Monthly Archives: May 2015

IPSO Ruling on Rod Liddle’s Sun comment piece on Emily Brothers

00572-15 Trans Media Watch v The Sun Summary of Complaint Trans Media Watch, acting with the consent of Emily Brothers, complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation that The Sun had breached Clause 12 (Discrimination) and Clause 3 (Privacy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice in columns published on 11 December 2014 and 15 January […]

Discrimination, Faith and Human Rights

I can remember the feeling when, during the English same-sex marriage debates in 2012 and 2013, people like me were talked about as if we were inanimate objects, and whether we deserved the rights taken for granted by most of the population. Being spoken about as “not quite human” was gruelling and painful at times, […]

Just Look What You Could Have Won

Shortly after the election the Electoral Reform Society published a bar chart which showed the results under “Proportional Representation”. Basically they had treated the whole of the UK as one constituency, and apportioned the votes into seats using something known as the d’Hondt mechanism, which is what we use to determine MEPs in elections to the […]

The Straw Has Snapped

Theresa May trying hard not to define extremism but insist that it was right that peoples’ human rights should be restricted was not a good start to the morning. Reading David Cameron’s quote –  “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, […]

Oppositions don’t win Elections – Governments Lose Them

This long election campaign seems to have continued the process of tribalising British politics. The social media age encourages us to surround ourselves with views we like and shut out voices we don’t. This feedback loop reinforces our belief that we are right, and insulates us from other opinions. The vast majority of the de-politicised […]