There once were two doctors. One was called Ken and the other one was called Ray and they worked in the same place. They tried to understand why some people were the way they were. Ray decided that you were more likely to be gay if you had older brothers. He also decided that trans […]

The Government has just closed it’s consultation on whether to commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and whether to hold Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry. To the uninitiated, commencement is making sure that the law now applies. It’s not enough for it just to receive Royal Assent, the relevant Government […]

Steve was always tall. His ears stuck out slightly, and he had a cheeky smile that could crack melons. Even though we were in the same primary school class, our paths didn’t cross for a while. He was quiet, and I hung out with the girls, playing hopscotch or just talking. And then they decided […]

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 […]