28 Jun 2014
June 28, 2014

An abusive anti-abuse lobby

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As a second (the first is in bold), and I think probably final, update to the post below, it’s worth flagging this morning’s development in the CSA/Exaronews story about child abuse and parliament. The story’s on the front page of every Sunday paper today (6 July), although in each case the handle is the investigation.. read more →

15 Jun 2014
June 15, 2014

The new English cricket test

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Ed Smith is a super-talented former England cricketer who is now a writer. Tonight he tweeted a link to his latest New Statesman piece, as follows: “Nigel Farage at Lord’s today to witness how immigration boosts a nation: Jordan and Ballance rescue English cricket http://www.newstatesman.com/lifestyle/2014/06/if-you-want-imagine-england-under-ukip-think-back-cricket-1980s … ” (you can follow the link to read the actual piece, which.. read more →

13 Jun 2014
June 13, 2014

Pally Lally

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Who’ll turn out to be the biggest loser in the Claire Lally story? Could it be Campbell Gunn, that nice bloke who retired early as the Sunday Post’s political editor and went to work for the Independence cause? Scottish journos are often pretty derogatory about Scots politicians’ media advisors, yet here’s one trying to move.. read more →

12 Jun 2014
June 12, 2014

Dodgy little charities

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Scottish Charity The Dignity Project is in trouble following the despatch of abusive tweets from its account about JKR. The charity has put up an odd, apology-free statement on its front page – it’ s not responsible, it says. Good luck with that, Dignity Project…except, you’re not really real at all, are you? What catches my.. read more →

I’ve just had a slightly frustrating Twitter exchange with an intersex person who assumed, wrongly, I had used the term ‘intersex’ casually. In fact, like many MPs, I’ve thought a lot about issues issues of gender and sexuality and in any case my instinct is that most people have a pretty good idea of what.. read more →