Maria Miller’s stance on legal abortion limit is simplistic and dishonest

Maria Miller is the minister for women and equalities. I thought I’d mention that because, from her interview with the Telegraph published on Tuesday, you might think she was the minister for something else entirely. Minister for specious claims and lack of evidence, maybe. Minister for faux-concern and anti-choice. One of the things that attracted attention when Miller took up her new […]

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This pleb jibe exposes the Tories’ Flashman thinking

Until Andrew Mitchell swears that he never used the word pleb, we assume that he did. Until the chief whip has the police officers sacked for giving false witness, we assume that he did. His carefully worded non-apology dared not deny he said it – so he did. The Sun, with its notoriously close contacts inside the Met, produces chapter and verse, written […]

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The need for a new coalition to tackle penal excess

There are already some very vocal and well organised campaigns that focus on penal conditions and reforming criminal justice processes. Many of you will be involved in or aware of this kind of work. However, through our recent Reform Sector Strategies project, we learned that because of urgent concerns around penal conditions and the fast moving policy environment there has […]

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Boris Johnson is no laughing matter

The polls now register his charisma, hence much over-excited premature speculation. He is not yet PM, not even an MP. When he was, he was fairly lacklustre. Nor does he appeal so much to those weird minorities the Tories need to win power: women, northerners, the upper-working classes. A quick trip past Luton pricks the Boris bubble. Yet his ability […]

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State of modern Britain: children turning to shoplifting to feed family

This is what we’ve become, folks. According to police, hungry children are turning to shoplifting in order to feed their families. In an interview with CBBC Newsround, Inspector Andy Briers of Islington Police said “They’re not stealing sweets and chocolate and chewing gum, they’re actually going out and stealing bread and food for themselves and their families. The police are attempting […]

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Cameron’s reshuffle creates even more of a white, male-dominated monoculture

There’s only one political subject in the news today: Cameron’s cabinet and ministerial reshuffles. You might think there were political plates shifting, that the shape of British politics was changing – but of course it isn’t – it’s just drifting ever further rightwards. (Yes, apparently this is still a coalition, though it’s the most right-wing Lib Dems like returnee David […]

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Member Research In Focus: Cameron’s (and politics’) ‘woman problem’

Cameron’s (and politics’) ‘woman problem’ is not something to be ‘managed’ but to be solved Rosie Campbell, Sarah Childs and Elizabeth Evans argue that political parties should get serious about solving the problem of under-representation of women in political positions of power. Rather then simply ‘shuffling the pack’, the government should actively aim for gender parity in cabinet. [Read more: psawomenpolitics] Related: Cabinet reshuffle: Fewer ‘dears’ represented in […]

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Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families (petition)

Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions The government were embarking on wholesale reform of the benefit system when the economic crisis struck. These welfare reforms had not been piloted and the plan was to monitor and assess the impact of the new untried approach as it was introduced in a buoyant economy. Unfortunately since then the economy has gone […]

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Measuring impact of cuts on services to prevent violence against women and girls

By Jude Towers and Sylvia Walby UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Group Lancaster University Key Findings • Substantial reductions in national budgets are leading to cuts in local services to prevent and protect against gender-based violence against women and girls.  These cuts in service provision are expected to lead to increases in this violence. • The effect on local services […]

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Galloway’s producer [minion]: ‘judging by your picture, you won’t have to worry about rape’

Here’s the type of person that George Galloway employs to do his bidding. READ THIS: RAPE IS NOT A COMPIMENT YOU MIOGYNISTIC PRICK. [Read more: liberalconspiracy] Related: George Galloway sacked as political columnist for rape remarks (guardian.co.uk) Campaigners hit back at George Galloway’s rape comments over Julian Assange case (scotsman.com) George Galloway: Assange is only accused of “bad sexual etiquette” (psawomenpolitics.wordpress.com) […]

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How food insecurity keeps the workforce cowed

Very interesting indeed. Lambeth council is turning to food banks in order to manage the crisis of soaring poverty in the borough. This is never a good sign. When soup kitchens started to appear in large numbers in the US during the 1980s, it was supposed to be a form of crisis management. Now they have become a threadbare safety net for masses […]

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Universities can’t do everything. Reinvent the polytechnic

Um. Maybe. Leaping students with cracking A-level exam results have been a staple of August news bulletins. And while no one wants to rain on their parade, the class of 2012 will be entering an university system facing its greatest crisis since the Robbins Report of the 1960s. In opposition, universities minister David Willetts argued for inter-generational equity and highlighted the plight of […]

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Why is Michael Gove so close to Christian extremists from LoveWise?

More evidence (as if we needed it) that this government is vehemently anti-choice. A government backed Christian charity called Lovewise teaches school children that most rape victims ‘regret abortion’. According to Dina Rickman, the charity also teaches children that abortion causes holes in the womb, depression and infection. LoveWise also describes homosexuality as “damaging to mind, body and spirit” in its code of practice. According to its accounts […]

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London 2012: how the Olympics suckered the Left

Damning. (And from the Telegraph, too). The London Olympics are the most right-wing major event in Britain’s modern history. Billions of pounds are taken from poor and middle-income taxpayers and service users to build temples to a corporate and sporting elite. Democratic, grassroots sport is stripped of money to fund the most rarefied sport imaginable. The police and the state […]

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