Across the UK, children have been the biggest winners, their lives having been transformed on every level by the HRA. Victims of crime and sex offences in particular have also been significant beneficiaries of the HRA. And the other identifiable group whose lives have been altered beyond recognition has been the gay and lesbian community.
Taking a picture with that newspaper was one of two things: either an act of stupidity by a busy, badly-advised man who wasn't thinking straight, or, much more worryingly, a cynical act of hypocrisy, shamelessly courting voters, in contrast to his own previous pronouncements on the values of the group which runs this particular newspaper.
Tonight, the two Rugby League teams in Hull will square off in the sport's Super League. Fans of both clubs will doubtless spend time before and after the match drinking together, some will mingle and sit together during the game as banter and honour are exchanged and battled for...
Today really matters. It marks 25 years since 96 innocent men, women and children were killed at the Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield. It marks 25 years since the orchestrated campaign to denigrate the memory of the deceased began. And it marks 25 years of totally preventable pain, anguish and heartache for the families of the victims and the survivors of that fateful crush... As we gather at Anfield this afternoon for the 25th anniversary of the deaths of 96 of our own, we do so, for the first time, under the umbrella of a collective hope.
My heart is still beating hard following Liverpool's dramatic win on Sunday over Manchester City. Many have pointed to the strange parallels between y...
I think that clubs, not only Boro but all clubs whose fans tried to disrupt the memorials, should work to identify those people involved, and deliver sanctions. Not a life ban, but a short-term ban, maybe four or five games, just to send a message.
Hands up anyone still luxuriating in the Plebgate affair... Hmmm, so it's only me then? Well, never mind, it gives me ample time to laugh my head off and attempt to entice you over to the comical side. Guffawing is a pastime here and I particularly prefer any comical situation laced with irony.
The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill poses dangers to civil liberty: freedoms of protest and of association are threatened.
With disasters such as Hillsborough still fresh in the memory, although not because of the safe standing debate, trialling safe standing sections appears to be something that authorities in the UK will be reluctant to approve.
Ninety-six fans, sons and daughters never made it home, and it was all the fault of their fellow Liverpool supporters. This was the narrative that Margaret Thatcher played a crucial role in perpetuating. There will have been few tears shed on Merseyside on Monday evening at her demise.
As a Liverpool fan, this reviewer must admit that he had a vested interest in seeing this play. Few subjects pull at the heartstrings quite so much as the Hillsborough tragedy, so it was with morbid curiosity that I sat down to watch Luke Barnes' Bottleneck at the Soho Theatre.
As a memorable year draws to a close, I thought we'd get in the end-of-year-review spirit and look at some of the biggest people-powered campaigns of 2012.
The world is now perilously close to another war in the Middle East. I believe if we could bring Bush and Blair to trial for their war crimes, there will be an enormous shake up in the world which would open the door to talks.
It is not as if politicians are more trusted than the police - a 2011 Ipsos Mori poll on which professions are most trusted - puts police well ahead of politicians in the list of those most trusted by the public. So we are putting people in charge of police who are less trusted by the public than the police themselves and this is meant to increase public confidence!
The other side of the police has been exposed by the shocking revelations about Hillsborough, both in failing to prevent a disaster waiting to happen and later dishonestly concealing the truth.
I am making another comparison in support of the campaign for the UK and the wider international community to recognise other events that finished 24 years ago: the genocide against the Iraqi Kurds which began in 1963 and culminated in the use of weapons of mass destruction, most notoriously at Halabja in 1988.