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The Serena Williams cartoon was brilliant – but unnecessarily offensive

A little like the story of the boy who cried wolf, many of us are so inured to hearing accusations of racism in response to virtually any criticism of a person of colour, that we now simply tune out.  So … Continue reading

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Forget crime – it’s investigating non-crime that pays dividends

In a truly creative interpretation of the role of the police, South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner went on national radio earlier this week to explain why the police force he oversees, despite being too short of resources to investigate … Continue reading

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In the gutter, with no view of the stars

In what bizarre social imaginings, would it be acceptable for somebody to make a wildly libellous accusation, and then demand that the accused provide them with sensitive private documents in order to enable them to attempt to prove the accusation? … Continue reading

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Want to hire talented individuals? Then stop treating them like criminals.

I’ve just registered a formal complaint with my agency about the intrusive nature of the background checks for a contract position at a major investment bank. Having had two years out of work, I have been asked to provide personal … Continue reading

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ISIS ‘Beatles’ deserve not one second of our consideration

I might have known that within hours of the media reporting that Sajid Javid has dropped his objection to the death penalty for the two captured ISIS terrorists from the “Beatles” terror cell, we would be hearing about the fierce … Continue reading

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Divisions over strategy risk derailing Brexit

A disheartening argument yesterday on Twitter, with a fellow Brexiteer. It started when I pointed out to her that I don’t think Mrs May’s Chequers plan is quite the disaster that many are portraying it as, to which she responded, … Continue reading

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Will Tommy Robinson Supporters Denounce This?

A video has been circulated on Twitter, showing a Tommy Robinson supporter verbally abusing a journalist from Al Jazeera, at last weekend’s “Free Tommy” march in London. My interaction with a Tommy Robinson supporter today… pic.twitter.com/7QU5j5Uagx — Sonia Gallego (@SoniaGallegoAJE) … Continue reading

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Chequers Proposal: Time for Brexiteers to face reality

I’ve spent the last few days trawling through endless reports and analyses of Theresa May’s Chequers proposal for leaving the EU, and it’s fair to say my brain is fried. From the initial newspaper reports and tweets shouting “Betrayal!” to … Continue reading

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Good writing deserves to be read

A few months ago, I had a blazing row on Facebook with a friend who took exception to something I hadn’t written in my blog. Yes, you read that correctly.  In response to my blog, “All Hail the Mogg!” this … Continue reading

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Fired for a racist tweet. But was it really racist?

Roseanne Barr has had her show cancelled because of a tweet suggesting former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett is the product of a union between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes. ABC Network, in cancelling the show, issued … Continue reading

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