The other day I posted on Facebook a link to a story about Creationists setting up Free Schools. I posted my thoughts with some pretty intemperate language, “religious wackos” was the term I used I believe.
A friend of mine, Brett, who’s opinion I respect greatly challenged me on this. Brett was unhappy at the provocative language I used, and also that as a political voice I should think about how I present my views. Now aside from the fact that I think Brett is massively overestimating my influence (though I
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Like pretty much everyone else I have been utterly astonished, horrified and disgusted by the recent “News of the world” hacking allegations. It beggars belief that something so crass and awful could have happened. In pursuit of a gutter press story giving false hope to the parents of a missing girl.
Being a politico, a blogger, a follower of the media and a subscriber to Private Eye I have been following this story with interest for quite some time, and been pretty disappointed that the story didn’t capture the popular imagination
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Yesterday I read with interest Ian Silvera’s LabourList post “How to get more women and ethnic minorities into politics: the sober way”.
Ian started by saying “Positive discrimination is oxymoronic”. And for me this is the essence of where both Ian’s article, and argument, goes wrong. Let’s be clear about this – there is nothing necessarily wrong with discrimination. That might seem an odd thing for a Labour activist to say but it is true.
Our society discriminates all the time, with
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