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Caroline Argyropulo-Palmer

Freelance journalist

Once a Geordie, Dubliner and Shropshire Lass, Caroline now lives in London.

Cameron's Fairy Tale

Fairy tales, it is argued, all consist of a combination of just 31 sequential elements; between the 'once upon a time' and the 'happily ever after', nothing ever takes place when it shouldn't. In his speech to the Conservative Party Conference yesterday, David Cameron gave the impression that he thinks life works in much the same way, telling under-25s to: "Go to school. Go to college. Do an apprenticeship. Get a job."
04/10/2013 09:56 BST

Are the Pensioners Revolting?

The grey vote is often assigned wholesale to the Tories - the old, we are told, are inherently conservative, natural backers of austerity, unwilling to take any cuts to their own benefits to help the young. Yet this may not be the case.
21/05/2013 12:58 BST

Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

Sometimes sorry seems to be the hardest word - at least, it was for one Prime Minister this week as David Cameron refused to apologise to for the Amritsar Massacre.
21/02/2013 18:45 GMT

Private School Is No Golden Ticket

Going to private school is no guarantee of success. If you send your child to private school you can't breathe a sigh of relief, safe in the knowledge that your child will inherit the earth instead of collecting bins.
05/02/2013 17:19 GMT

Are We Snuffing Out the Olympic Flame?

Maybe it was naive. Naive to believe that things would be different. That we weren't going to be back in exactly the same place four months on.
24/01/2013 11:33 GMT

I <3 EU

Posturing over a referendum on Britain's EU membership is the political order of the day, and accusations of Euro-human-rights-madness-keeping-murderers-and-rapists-on-our-streets abound: euro-scepticism is having a moment. MEP bashing up, Europhilia down.
08/01/2013 12:15 GMT

Let's Talk About Assault

Today the twitter account @ididnotreport1 has been posting anonymous tweets from people who have been the victims of sexual assault but not reported it to the police. These fragments of stories speak of fear, of a belief - or experience - that victims won't be listen to, and guilt.
14/03/2012 14:05 GMT

Breast is Best

Facebook's action puts photographs of breastfeeding in the same category as pornographic pictures. But breastfeeding is not a sexy thing to do. I have also never seen a woman try to sexualise it. They are discreetly feeding their child.
08/02/2012 22:12 GMT

A Letter to Obama and Sarkozy

Dear Sarko and Barack, I know you're both having a bad day, what with people talking about how you badmouthed a fellow world leader when you thought your microphones were off and all, but I wanted to tell you that last week, on a train, I spoke to my boyfriend about someone I know. And I wasn't very nice.
08/11/2011 21:10 GMT

In Defence of August Babies

The report says children born in August feel less like they "control their own destiny" - perhaps had I known my destiny was so heavily weighted on the side of failure, I would have felt like that too. And perhaps I would look more like the August baby the report paints.
01/11/2011 17:25 GMT