Why telling victims not to ‘be victims’ is wrong
May 09, 2018
As the Bill Cosby trial finishes and the world watches to see which other big names will face court there seems to be confusion about how we talk about the people on the other side of the courtroom. Victims? Or survivors?
The laws won’t work.
April 01, 2017
Little could be more predictable or nauseating than the sight of Donald Trump, flanked by his super-rich, all-male team, signing the global gag rule back into force on one of his first days in office
As Donald Trump and Brexit show, progress is not inevitable
September 01, 2016
Tony Blair's campaign theme tune ran with the chorus line ‘Things can only get better’. It might be the most dangerous sentiment politics has ever known.
Doing Grief Properly
January 01, 2016
The Monday after the Paris attacks my aerobics class was interrupted for a minute’s silence. ‘I’ve been told,’ the instructor said, ‘we’ve got to do a minute’s silence. I’m not sure what for... maybe France.’
Down With Love
October 01, 2015
The notion of romantic, monogamous, heterosexual love as the solution to life, the universe and everything is marketed to us, especially us women, from birth in the most aggressive way.
Why Should We Be Grateful For The Pope’s Small Mercy?
September 04, 2015
The Pope has declared this to be a Holy Year of Mercy. Bad move, Francis: everyone knows you’d get more enthusiasm for Talk Like A Pirate Year.
Time To Put An End To Rip-Off Culture
November 05, 2014
Capitalism is supposed to encourage competition, which is supposed to encourage quality and innovation. Let’s check in with how it’s going.
So Much For Free Speech...
November 01, 2014
On 1 September Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi lost his final appeal. Convicted of insulting Islam, he will serve 10 years in prison and receive 1,000 lashes.
I’m guessing I do 10 things a day that insult Islam. Bacon sandwiches, vodka shots, shouting ‘Islam isn’t true’. Then I have breakfast.
Carry On Jihading?
September 03, 2014
David Cameron has announced he is considering plans to take passports away from UK nationals suspected of being involved in ‘terror acts’ or, as the tabloids would have it, ‘jihad’.
Now, if you’ll forgive my blistering ignorance, I think those suspected of violent acts of terror belong in a courtroom in front of a judge, not being forced to ‘Carry On Jihading’.
‘I’m Pretty Good At Channelling My Anger Into Activism Rather Than Tears’
July 29, 2014
Comedian Kate Smurthwaite tells Jo Lateu how she would shake up the political system, and reveals a perfect new job for Jeremy Clarkson.
No More Austerity!
June 23, 2014
Today in Britain, the seventh largest economy in the world, one in three of the population is living in poverty and more than half a million are reliant on foodbanks. The wealth of the rich keeps growing – a trend that will continue as the state sector is dismantled and sold off to private companies.
How Much Of Your Soul Does The Minimum Wage Buy?
June 16, 2014
Outside the cafe where I’m writing this, there’s a woman in a fleece top that says: ‘I’m a Happy Tosser’. And if you’re worried I’m about to launch into a piece on the perils of crap t-shirt slogans, think again. It’s her work uniform.
The BBC Having Clegg and Farage Debate Immigration is a Bad-Taste Joke
March 31, 2014
Good news from the BBC: a generation raised on the Muppets can look forward to a wave of nostalgia on 2 April as Britain’s leading Statler and Waldorf impersonators are brought to our screens to spend a whole hour talking absolute nonsense.