Politicians Must Face Criminal Charges for Lying – Their Deceit Corrodes Democracy

It could lead to a severe prison overcrowding crisis the likes of which has never been experienced in UK history but the time for the introduction of a specific criminal offence of lying to the public is now long overdue. It would clip the wings of politicians who use telling lies as a campaign tool to win votes or defend the indefensible and who now think nothing of spouting regular porkies in Parliament, safe in the knowledge there is no punishment for their deceit. The prevalence of dishonesty in politics is a corrosive cancer which undermines public trust and endangers […]

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Katie Hopkins and Orange Walks are Equally Repugnant but Bans Are Unwise

Katie Hopkins is an embarrassment to humanity. A thoroughly horrible woman with reprehensible right-wing and reactionary views who delights in insulting others and spreading malicious rumours and lies designed to hurt her targets. She has a long record of revolting insults and has found herself defeated in courts and sacked from jobs for telling lies and breaching norms of human decency. The fact she attempts to live off her uncouth racist rants and rancid anti-working-class views places her at the very bottom of the human species. Earlier this week she attempted to steal some of Marcus Rashford’s deserved limelight by […]

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Money Before Morals Party Ahead in England but not Scotland – Time to Go

The Government have been forced to make a U-turn on their mean and heartless school meals policy by a young black professional football player, Marcus Rashford, who himself was a recipient of free school meals as he grew up in a poor one-parent household. The Tories were determined to turn down his appeal to extend free school meal provision during school term holidays until the social media spotlight grew so intense that their shameful opposition to the move crumbled. This embarrassing but welcome U-turn was also undoubtedly encouraged by the knowledge that Scotland’s First Minister was set to announce at […]

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History Is Not Just About Statues – It’s About So Much More

Some of the arguments generated by the decision of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council to remove their Robert Baden-Powell statue highlight the hypocrisy and latent racism which pollutes much of England. I watched a middle-aged woman on Good Morning Britain proclaim that the statue should stay in place despite Baden-Powell’s well documented support for Hitler, fascism and virulent homophobia because her children ‘often climb onto the statue’ and ‘he did some good’ in his life. I despair at the attitudes of those like her who say they are sticking up for ‘British values’ and ‘British history’ by defending a Hitler […]

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Tearing Down Symbols of Slavery and Racism Should be Applauded

I am firmly on the side of the Bristol educators, agitators and organisers who together combined on Saturday to achieve in sixty minutes of action what years of flowery and mealy-mouthed words could not. An offensive symbol of brutal and inhumane slavery was torn from its plinth in an act of cultural enlightenment which was long overdue. The Black Lives Matter demonstration in the city made a statement which will go down in history as a progressive blow against the continued honouring of the dishonourable and the concealment of real British history which reeks from head to toe with the […]

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