Stephanie Bottrill, Mick Philpott and tragedy as political ammunition

Following the government’s refusal to comment on the tragic suicide of Stephanie Bottrill, a number of people have pointed out the rather glaring inconsistency between this case and that of Mick Philpott. George Osborne was notoriously eager to share his wisdom with us in that instance, but when a chronically ill grandmother took her own […]

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Cause and effect? Never heard of them.

Vince Cable, on Friday last week: In such weather spare a thought for those out on the streets & consider supporting or donating to @spearlondon, a local homeless charity — Vince Cable (@vincecable) January 18, 2013 Very commendable, Mr Cable. Just one thing – when you’re sparing a thought for those living on the streets, […]

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Britain is not losing jobs to the Caymans, Lord Fink, just your taxes

Conservative party treasurer Lord Fink is lobbying George Osborne to make the UK more like a tax haven so that hedge fund owners like himself no longer feel they have to set up subsidiaries in tax havens where vast profits can be squirreled away untouched by the British government. The same British government that is […]

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Olympic success is a team effort: Why Boris Johnson is wrong

I don’t want to rain on everyone’s parade, but the strong showing by Team GB at this year’s Olympics really isn’t remotely surprising. When a country is awarded the dubious privilege of hosting the Games, there’s a strong tendency for that country to invest heavily in sports infrastructure and training in the years leading up […]

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Why it Doesn’t Matter if Rich Women Can’t Have it All

Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in the Atlantic was brought to my attention the other day by a feminist friend who was unsure of her feelings about it. Certainly the piece has received a lot of praise.  It is by far the most popular article ever published in the magazine. But, as I told my friend, Slaughter […]

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Danny Boyle, the Olympics, and the juvenile idiocy of PETA

PETA are a bunch of prurient woman-hating jackasses who care far more about grabbing headlines than they do about animal welfare. That much has been beyond doubt for some time. Their latest foray into public life, however, is in some ways a new low even for them. In response to concerns raised by six animal welfare […]

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Labour’s failure to oppose the Welfare Bill is craven political cowardice

Fancy living on 62p a day? Thousands of families are going to have to do exactly that if the government’s Welfare Reform Bill becomes law, and the benefit cap comes in. Never mind the 100,000 children who’ll fall below the poverty line, or the projected 20,000 people who’ll be made homeless by it. Never mind […]

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In defence of the Intergenerational Foundation’s “Hoarding of Housing” report

So, apparently, if you release a report claiming that older people are contributing to the housing shortage by living in homes that are too big for them, some of those older people get quite annoyed. If you were inclined to be cynical, you might even wonder if controversy was exactly what the author – or […]

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Cutting nurseries is a recipe for social segregation

Guest post by Matt Mahon In June, the government announced a 22 percent cut in early years spending. At the time, the effect that was most widely discussed was the closure of SureStart centres, but now the direct impact on state schools and primary education is also becoming clear. Another ‘saving’ announced at the time […]

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Some thoughts on non-gendered babies

There’s a bit of a comments storm brewing over at LibCon over the ‘gender neutral baby’ story which came out a few days ago, with Flying Rodent in the ‘won’t the poor kid get bullied?’ corner, and Jennie Kermode of Trans Media Watch entering the fray for the ‘no it won’t, and gender’s just a […]

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