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 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.’
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’
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.
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
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.