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The Word Gay

Patrick Cash | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK
Patrick Cash

In the last months of 2013 there were a few choice op-eds and journalistic pieces that displayed a worrying ignorance of thought on social matters...

The Use of 'Gay' as a Derogatory Term Should Not Be Tolerated in Our Schools

Andrew Doyle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Doyle

The truth is that we all tacitly accept limitations on certain forms of verbal expression for the sake of social cohesion, and to pretend otherwise is disingenuous. Most of us, for instance, are happy to modify our language in the workplace, or when out in public, because we understand that there are broadly accepted standards for polite discourse that differ from private conversation. Why should a school be any different?

Jimmy Savile Gets Spiked

Tony Mckenna | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK
Tony Mckenna

In a period when politicians gaze ardently into the camera while delivering speeches which have been manufactured by slick, up market PR gurus, it is ...

How Bad Is the Sex Everyone's Having?

Kate Smurthwaite | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK Politics
Kate Smurthwaite

The proverbial joy of sex must be about pleasing the other person and enjoying their response and enthusiasm for pleasing you. In that context there is no mystic hinterland of confusion about consent. It's obvious.

Benefits: In Defence of the Fake Disabled

Jason Reed | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

It's no coincidence that the word 'benefit' is now a dirty word, and by proxy, it now defines the disabled. If you're on benefits, then you are a lowlife by default.