Those at the super-soaraway Sun are, yet again, making outlandish claims that they’ve changed the world. This time, they’ve turned their sights on social media and ‘Britain’s most popular paper’ is claiming to be its pioneer with a new marketing strapline: “The Original Social Media”.
Last week, UK and Irish journalists were taken aback at events both inside and outside the Supreme Court in the Mauritian capital Port Louis at the trial of Avinash Treebhoowun, 30, and Sandip Moonea, 42, who are accused of the premeditated murder of Northern Irish honeymooner Michaela McAreavey.
Banter is a very odd thing. As an activity it provides a handy shelter for bigots to flex their anti PC brigade muscles and to prove to their friends that they fell out of the funny tree and hit every branch on the way down. What it is not alledgedly is subjective. Anyone who questions the banter status quo is immediately deemed humourless. I’ve seen it used to shield people from accusations of racism, homophobia, disablism and sexism and it’s the latter, which as a 45 year old woman, I’ve witnessed most.
Pronouncements on sexual inequality in the UK are normally met with an eye roll by my generation. As the babies born at the tail end of the Thatcher era in the late eighties and early nineties graduate university and begin to enter the real world, the fight for female social equality is all too often regarded as a fight that their mothers had already won. Inequality is seen as a relic of a past and those who continue to talk about it are merely causing trouble.
A YouGov survey commissioned by the End Violence Against Woman Coalition (EVAW) this week has found that four in 10 women report experiencing sexual harassment in public spaces over the last year. Some of you may have read that figure and been shocked. I was shocked, too – shocked that it was so low.
“Isolation is a dream killer,” so the saying goes. Many commentators assert that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s unprecedented new isolation in Europe over eurobonds and growth measures could turn her dream of tightly controlled European fiscal discipline into a limp cadaver. Some go even further and say it could accelerate her own political garrotting.
The corruption and hypocrisy which has come to characterise politics and politicians, and in particular the police highlights the widening chasm between the political class and the electorate.
The expenses scandal, the Leveson Inquiry, and now the revelation that the anti corruption unit of the Met is being investigated for-wait for it- corruption, all reinforce this [...]
The University of Michigan law school and Northwestern University have just compiled a database of over 2,000 United States prisoners exonerated between 1999 and the present day. One of the study’s findings was that death row inmates were exonerated nine times more frequently that others convicted of murder, raising the possibility that many innocent people have been sent to their deaths by the American justice system.
Today Tahrir Square is not the scene of demonstrations against the military. Instead, it is a centre for political campaigning for the 50 newly-formed political parties, divided mostly between Muslim and secular ideologies. This is Egypt’s first free Presidential election – Hosni Mubarak had formed the euphemistically named National Democratic Party, which made a charade of elections and planned to have Mubarak’s son succeed him.
Today’s migration statistics will make worrying reading for Theresa May and Damian Green. Net migration to the UK remains stubbornly high at around 250,000 a year, leaving the government no closer to meeting its much-vaunted target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000 a year.
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