Westminster Abbey claimed that failing to fly the flag at half mast in tribute to King Abdullah would, "make a noticeably aggressive comment." Actually, I don't think it would be aggressive enough.
Motions to "protect" the innocence of children are alway easy vote-winners. It doesn't matter whether it's effective, ethical or logical, as long as it hits the right buzzwords and appears to be tough on the boogie-men in our closets.
The young women making their way through school and university now, with dreams of progressing in their chosen field, maybe aiming right for the very top, need to know that their aspirations are achievable, that their dreams are not mere fantasies and that routes to the top exist.
Pro-Fox Hunting, Pro-Censorship, Ex-Tory MP Louise Mensch featured heavily in the papers last week. Why was that? Has she solved world hunger? Slashed the deficit? Invented self-removing socks? Nope, she's come to the stunning realisation, in her blog, that not drinking is better for you than drinking a little bit.
Margaret Thatcher died this week. Obviously this threw open a huge debate: was she a great leader, or a vile woman? Is it a disgrace to celebrate her death, or is it reasonable in such circumstances? Should we even be focusing on Thatcher herself, or be more concerned with the ongoing legacy of Thatcherism?
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The Corby and Northamptonshire East seat has been a bellwether of which party will govern Britain since it was formed in 1983. Today, two years, five months and nine days after it chose a young, beautiful, intelligent, vivacious blonde as its representative in parliament, it is forced back to the polls a cuckold.
I care about making spaces safe online for women so, whilst I will never support the policies of Dorries and Mensch, I do think we need to stop belittling and denigrating them. It is possible to criticise their policies without making it personal and supporting the patriarchy in silencing women. That is what we do when we fall into denigrating women. We are effectively helping to silence other women's voices. Instead, we need to reclaim the Internet and make it the most subversive weapon we have against the patriarchy.
I don't have a problem with the issue of rape being on the agenda. With conviction rates as low as they are, the more we talk about the issue, the better. I do, on the other hand, have something of an issue with the tragically misinformed opinions being banded about, in the main by people who have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. George Galloway and Todd Atkin, I'm pained to admit, I'm dedicating yet more column inches to your hopelessly ill advised, ill informed streams of garbage.
In election day in East Northamptonshire I will think of my great-grandmother and remember my mother's recollection of her granny Alice saying to her, "you must use your vote, we suffered for it". Words from many years ago but still true today.
Louise Mensch playing the 'kids card' and relinquishing her Conservative tenure as the representative for Corby and East Northamptonshire makes for interesting news in a fortnight filled with Olympic success and British pride. And yet, I can't help but raise a cynical eyebrow at the ambitious blonde's reasoning for this ill-timed decision.
A bit of a babe, with young children and a successful career, which is not the first one she has had, Louise Mensch seems more than a little inspiring.
The sudden resignation of the Conservative MP Louise Mensch, probably the best-known member of the 2010 intake of MPs, will cause a fascinating by-election contest in her Corby constituency in eastern Northamptonshire.
Who knew the archaic "eye for an eye" mantra could be substituted for "a tweet for a tweet"? Well I say it can't and it mustn't or we risk sinking to the troll level from the precious moral high ground.
The more followers someone has on Twitter and other social networks means it is more likely real people are going to follow them and the more credible they appear. But how easy is it to buy Twitter fame?
You might very well be forgiven for thinking that today's rail announcements were mainly about trains. But they're really about two other issues: (1) getting the coalition back on track and (2) the coalition's intended final destination, the 2015 general election.