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Thin End Of The Wedge..?

April 15, 2015 7 Comments
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Applying to roles deemed “safety-critical”, a host of employees from lorry drivers to binmen and lollipop ladies are being checked using breathalysers and swipes of their skin. Failure or refusal to take a test is regarded as a disciplinary matter. Yes, well, we wouldn’t want to see a lollipop lady roll out of control and crush a few kiddies, would we? Say…are they now saying that was what happened in…

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Reality On The Campaign Trail…

March 28, 2015 6 Comments
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Emma Burnell (a campaigns and public policy professional representing Labour’s Socialist Societies, no less) gets a dose of reality: A few weeks ago, while canvassing in a marginal constituency, I knocked on the door of a man who had previously voted Labour but was now leaning towards Ukip. His opening salvo to me was: “What about homeless shelters?” Great, I thought, this is something I understand and really care about.…

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You Can Have Freedom, But Only The Freedom To Be More Like Us…

August 19, 2014 2 Comments
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Many African countries are politically freer, more prosperous and with better educated populations than at the height of the notorious “big man” regimes: one-party states and military rulers that followed not long after independence. Great news! Right? Well, not entirely: But some leaders who were once seen as enlightened and enthusiastically embraced by the west as the “new breed”, and countries that claim to have embraced more democratic systems, are…

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

August 7, 2014 2 Comments
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Rebecca Schiller hyperventilates: Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale seems to have moved from fiction to prophecy, with news of a court case in England that could lead to the prosecution of women who drink alcohol while pregnant. Oh noes! Can’t women be free to harm their unborn babies without some squaresville court stepping in? What have we come to as a society? The case, which is largely concerned…

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They Work For You…But You Can’t Know What They’ve Been Up To!

August 3, 2014 9 Comments
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A top judge has ruled The Bolton News cannot name two councillors summonsed to court after they failed to pay their council tax for two years in a row. For 18 months, The Bolton News has called for various authorities to name the Bolton councillors — one Labour and one Conservative — who were summonsed to court after they failed to pay a total of £4,660 on time. But now,…

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Oh Noes! Whatever Shall We Do?

July 26, 2014 11 Comments
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Well, how about ‘ignore the prodnoses’ and busybodies..? A school has been rapped by an alcohol watchdog after it commssioned a beer to celebrate its centenary. So..? Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School sold the beer at a fireworks spectacular evening to mark 100 years of history and a centenary reunion for alumni in March. But a complaint was made by a concerned resident to the Portman Group, the independent body…

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Who Could Really Disagree With This Proposal?

April 30, 2014 8 Comments
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Cherisse A Scott rails against Tennessee law proposal SB1391: It’s all too easy for politicians to demonize a mother before we get to the root causes of her lived experiences. And it is too easy still for many in our state – and others – to impose a rational point of view on an irrational situation. Hmmm. So, what does SB1391 propose? … pregnant mothers of color and poor mothers…

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Are All ‘Controversial Issues’ To Be Welcomed, Then?

September 21, 2013 6 Comments
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An education that feeds students unquestioning patriotism – or, for that matter, unquestioning anything – and squelches any initiative they may take to explore controversial issues is not likely to produce free-thinking, independent-minded citizens. Bold words, Svetlana! Bold words indeed. Say, how do you suppose students would be treated should they decide to challenge the left-wing and ‘right on’ views of their teachers? No, no, no need to bother to…

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“Save Me, EU, You’re My Only Hope!”

February 28, 2013 13 Comments
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In the sickening seconds which followed, I learned that Christian and his friend had been jumping off the windowsill when a loop, which had formed in a venetian blind cord, caught around my son’s neck, leaving him hanging and unable to free himself. Ah. A familiar story. We’ve seen this before. Luckily, on this occasion, vigilance was rewarded, and the child suffered no lasting harm. So…was this woman unaware of…

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What, You Thought They Were Your Children? Why, No…

October 14, 2012 12 Comments
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…they are merely chess pieces on a board, and the game is ‘Social Cohesion’. It’s like ‘Risk, only with the potential for far more warfare: American-style “bussing” should be introduced in London to break down the segregated school system, a leading headteacher said today. Oh, and how dim do you have to be to come up with this idea? The idea was put forward by David Levin, head of the…

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Libraries: Suddenly, Icons Of The Left?

September 24, 2012 17 Comments
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Lynsey Hanley (again) missing the point: When Zadie Smith defends public libraries, you know that it’s not because it is fashionable to do so: it’s because, in her estimation, she owes her life to them. Really? According to popular music, it’s possible for a DJ to save your life, but a library? “When we were children, you’d never imagine that you’d get into a right/left argument about the purpose and…

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What Is It With MPs And Their Desire For Control Over Others’ Property?

September 7, 2012 2 Comments
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MPs have urged RBS and Lloyds TSB to allow customers with basic bank accounts to use their cards in rivals’ cash machines, saying that limiting withdrawals could lead to a decrease in the number of free ATMs. This is, believe it or not, a desire to do something (thought not by actually doing something themselves, you understand, merely by urging others to do the heavy lifting while they trouser their…

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White Is Right!

July 5, 2012 7 Comments
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But only when it comes to milk, of course. At least, according to Anna M Clark (president of EarthPeople, in case you were wondering. No ‘take me to your leader!’ jokes, please..): “Why are the children drinking pink milk?” asked the Finnish intern my family was hosting. As a graduate student, Nina came here last year to research American perspectives on green marketing. She accompanied me to a client site,…

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So…Just Why Do We Pay Income And Council Tax?

May 13, 2012 8 Comments
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Clearly, it isn’t to ensure someone performs the basics of a civilised society: A dead dog was removed from the River Thames by a distressed volunteer after authorities left it floating for more than two weeks. And this is Kingston! Clearly, twinned with any Third World unsanitary hellhole you care to name… The volunteer for DogLost, a website for lost and found dogs, said she approached the RSPCA, the Environment…

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Colluding In Their Own Destruction…

April 4, 2012 10 Comments
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Police are teaming up with pubs in Hucknall town centre to refuse entry to anyone found to have traces of drugs on their hands. So, better not handle any money, shake hands with any dodgy people, push open any shop doors…well, not if you want a drink, anyway! The testing works by swabbing the palm of the hand with a piece of card which is placed into a machine and…

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