The politics behind Ed Miliband’s long-awaited speech on immigration are pretty straightforward. Polling – and Labour activists’ experience on the doorstep – suggest that immigration remains a big concern for large numbers of working-class voters. Unless Labour engages with a conversation going on in ‘every kitchen’, as Ed Miliband puts it, the [...]
Having noticed that at least a couple of times a week, a topic would trend with an anti-female message, I’ve been keeping a list of sexist Twitter trends over the last few weeks.
Today marks the last scheduled day in the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, who, on the 22nd July 2011, killed 77 young Norweigians and injured 242 others. What we do know is that he is a self confessed Islamaphobic militant killer, what we don’t know is whether he has a psychiatric illness.
It looks like pupils across England will sit GCSEs for the last time in 2015, paving the way for more traditional exams modelled on the old O-levels the following year. This is undeniably a bold move – breath-taking even – which has taken politicians and educationalists completely by surprise. But is it right?
Within the videogame industry there are a select few influential figures whose opinions and occasional remonstrations about the direction of the medium carry a certain weight and gravitas. Warren Spector resides at the head table of this unspoken hierarchy, and as such, his recent condemnation of the ceaseless ubiquity of fetishised ultraviolence inspired much beard-stroking and contemplative musing among the gaming media, almost as if something gospel and unprecedented had been uttered.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease progressively damages the lungs and can impede all aspects of everyday life. Deaths from COPD have doubled in the last three decades and are expected to further increase by 30% in the next 10 years, unless we act now.
It’s easy to dismiss Michael Gove’s decision to replace GCSEs with O-Levels as a “ludicrous” move. In fact, that was the exact term used by Mary Bousted, leader of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, who accused the Education Secretary of having a rose-tinted view of the past. As the news emerged last night, the Twitterati jumped all over it. Why stop at bringing back GCSEs, they cried. What about leg warmers and fax machines?
There was a time when I would rather die than live with the guilt that came after drinking the nutrition substitute that replaced the contents of that plate.
Today is the day where doctors (some not all) take industrial action over government planned pension reforms; its arrival set against a backdrop of great controversy and debate.
Finally Rio+20 is upon us. The big question for me is how are decisions that are made there going to relate to the real world and the harsh daily reality of poverty for billions? Because let’s not forget that Rio+20 is about poverty eradication AND environmental protection.
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