On Monday evening I was invited to speak at the Royal Society for the Arts. My co-panellists were Linda Riley (publisher of Diva Magazine) and Tunde Ogungbesan (Head of Diversity at the BBC). My speech follows: Let me start with a borrowed quote – “Mass media is perhaps the most powerful tool in the world […]

On Monday the Department of Health’s most senior civil servant suggested that patients for scheduled surgeries in hospitals could be asked to provide their passport in order to prove they shouldn’t be charged. This is in response to a possible total of around £200 million (the figures seem to be intentionally vague) which has been […]

I guess the roots of our current politics started with the banking crisis of 2008. A massively under-regulated system had cost everyday people thousands, if not more – yet the response of the authorities was largely to bail out the banks and let the bankers walk free. The system looked after its own. Your everyday […]

It’s been 36 hours since three High Court judges ruled that Parliament must have a say in invoking Article 50. Just 36 hours. In that time emotions have run high across the land. Some of those who voted Remain feel as though they have some good news to celebrate – possibly the first for months […]

Currently there is a letter to Channel 4 and the production company RDF going round, asking RDF to stop filming a series tentatively titled “Transition”. At the same time, I’ve been involved in some behind the scenes discussions with another production company who want to make a programme on the difficulties trans people face in […]

The Women and Equalities Select Committee hearing this morning was concentrating on women in politics and the various measures the political parties were taking to improve the number of women in parliament. As a prospective parliamentary candidate myself, and a female one at that, it’s a subject of specific interest to me. It was surprising, […]

This was tweeted at me yesterday evening, in response to an initial tweet from me despairing that a Prime Minister chosen by only 199 people was now trying to dictate what Brexit actually was, yet wanting to deny Parliament a say. As Ian Hislop eloquently said on BBC’s Question Time, losing a vote doesn’t mean […]