The whole point of the Asbo was to prevent anti-social characters wreaking havoc in local communities, bullying the vulnerable and generally being a mean to other people. Dennis the Menace probably would have been issued with one, even though he said sorry sometimes.
On 26 May 2012, Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku, will host the Eurovision Song Contest. Few of the international contestants are probably aware of Azerbaijan’s appalling human rights record, particularly in regard to free expression.
While some will hold the sex workers should be respected in their resistance to the upheaval, it is the argument surrounding the legalisation of prostitution that should come to the forefront of discussion with regards to the safety of sex workers. Should sex be regarded as a service that can be sold, with the legalisation of a safe space for those who choose to take part, and a crack down on those forced into prostitution? Mary Dejevsky makes the case for the legalisation of brothels, with Julie Bindel arguing that this would lead to the expansion of the industry.
It was reported today that Ian Duncan Smith is threatening to stop heroin addicts from being able to claim incapacity benefits. About a hundred of my patients are heroin users and they are all signed off work. IDS pointed out that it was unfair that hardworking tax payers were paying for the addictions of others. This may well be true but is an attempt to force heroin users in to gainful employment really a viable option?
Apprenticeships are on the rise. Although this is welcome news, we need to ensure that the quality of Britain’s vocational training courses is always considered above the quantity, says Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills.
Paul Woodward recently hit the headlines for speaking out against parents who allow their children to sign up to Facebook despite being underage, even threatening parents that he will report them to social services. Facebook was also in the news at the weekend as it looks as if the site could remove the current age restriction of 13 and above, potentially opening the social network to millions of children.
Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, being held without being charge and without trial by the Israeli government, ended their hunger strike last Monday which was in protest at Israel’s policy of ‘administrative detention’.
As someone who is interested in feminism as a movement, I was pleased to find out about RadFem2012 – a Radical Feminism conference held in London in July. Unfortunately, to my disappointment and anger, this conference has a policy of excluding people based on gender – not only men, but also people who are transgender.
Why use the near-infinite pool of free information out there on the world wide web for some kind of greater good, when we could watch a group of obnoxious pretty boys pissing people off on their way home from work?
Take a step into Westminster square and what surrounds you are the buildings at the root of the failings of British Society. Buildings stained with the sweat of corruption, seeped in lies, and burnt egos. It’s 7pm, on the Thursday 17 May, and the square is empty, apart from a few paparazzi that stand outside the Westminster Methodist Hall, waiting for the entry of Hugh Grant, who is booked to speak at the Rally for Media Reform.
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