Category Archives: Social commentary

Homophobia kills

On Sunday night – less than 24 hours after Omar Mateen killed 49 people in Orlando, Florida for being gay – Owen Jones, the gay journalist, took part in a review of the papers on Sky News. He ended up … Continue reading

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The BMA’s permanent smoking ban

The British Medical Association have voted ‘overwhelmingly’ for a permanent ban on anyone born after the year 2000 buying cigarettes. I have some things I want to say about this. First, it is probably illegal. Second, it would in practice … Continue reading

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The kids are alright, but not all right

The BBC news website had an article about the political affiliations of Generation Y (which is the name unimaginative pop demographers have given to people currently aged 18–30, on the basis that they are the generation after Generation X). The … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about the housing crisis in two headlines

The following image was grabbed on the late afternoon of Friday, 2nd May, 2014. It’s taken from one of the pages in The Guardian‘s Money section, and it tells you everything you need to know about the housing crisis (which … Continue reading

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For a “Christian country”, ours seems to have an awful lot of hoarded wealth

David Cameron has recently taken to declaring with an unprecedented frequency and vigour that “we” are a Christian country. Some people are upset about this. Personally, I’m not all that upset. I don’t tend to get upset about these kinds … Continue reading

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Mind are to be congratulated for their work with benefits claimants

I have a habit, on this blog, of criticising the major mental health charities when they undertake activities with which I disagree. I did so most recently a little over a month ago. On that occasion, I expressed disappointment and … Continue reading

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This is how some of the major mental health charities work against the interests of mentally ill people

Today, there was a conference on mental illness. It was addressed by the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg. The text of his speech is here. Since he was speaking about mental health in public, he inevitably aired a number of … Continue reading

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Some brief comments on Tom Daley’s announcement

Some things I want to say about Tom Daley’s announcement today.

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Online abuse and freedom of speech

In the light of this recent spate of grotesque online abuse – which has seen high profile women on twitter receive the most horrifying threats of sexual and other violence – we’re being encouraged to believe that freedom of speech … Continue reading

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Restricting access to pornography: principled and practical reasons why I object

This post is arriving ridiculously late, but – at some point now lost in the mists of time (OK, a week ago today) – the UK government announced their intention to require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to … Continue reading

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