But have the government got the wrong end of the leash again? While it can be argued that the current two-year maximum tariff is too lenient, will tougher sentences, post-event, do anything to address irresponsible dog ownership or reduce the proliferation of aggressive bull breed dogs on our streets, or indeed prevent dog attacks from taking place?
People assume that CEOs in the charitable sector work for minimal pay. However, they fail to take into consideration the fact that these leaders are running multi-million pound organisations and that large charities require highly qualified individuals with management expertise.
Over 4000 miles from Sheffield and a year after departing South Yorkshire, James Mahon is ploughing a lone furrow as an Irishman on TV news in America...
What can be achieved online is staggering. Information about any topic imaginable is available in an instant. Whether you're conducting serious research or just looking to satisfy an idle curiosity, your thirst for knowledge can be sated with a few clicks of the mouse.
If you believe the headlines people are going hungry in Britain today. The only reason they are not starving to death is because soup kitchens, food banks and other charitable schemes are springing up to serve those in most desperate need... But scratch the surface a little beneath these shocking headlines and you might find you come to a rather different view.
Today's news environment is different from that faced by the generation that wrote the original crisis comms rulebook; social media are becoming more dominant, driven by the increasing accessibility of cheap smartphones globally.
The reappearance of Northern Ireland on the global stage is largely a result of violence in Belfast. First, loyalists - who demand that the region remains within the UK - rioted after a vote on December 3, 2012 to restrict the Union flag flying above Belfast city hall.
Being a successful entrepreneur and angel investor, I have seen my share of business plans. I'm still waiting to have one land on my desk where I don't have to ask a multitude of questions to get the whole picture. So where do people go wrong and what can a new business or start-up do differently when putting their plan together?
In a recent article for The Times, Tim Montgomerie declared that the green movement is finished, citing unaffordable subsidies, ineffective policies and cost as the reason that 'all over the world green politicians are presiding over... climbdowns' and turning away from a sustainable future. Such weighty statements were surely intended to catch the attention of his critics, and they have not failed to do so.
It felt like a hundred years of news coverage. As the commentary and the endless, pointless interviews grew ever more banal, I began to hope for a live feed to the Royal Nursery, where the paint might still be drying on the walls.
For the first time this series, I'm genuinely gutted with this week's eviction outcome. Another twist that took place last week has essentially backfired again, leading to the eviction of the alpha-male in the house.
This was the week that the country finally went completely insane. I mean, babblingly, frothingly, totally berserk. This was the week of The Baby. For what seems like a lifetime, the press have been trying to whip up a frenzy about the perfectly ordinary occasion of a woman giving birth.
"A symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law." These are President Obama's recent words on Guantanamo Bay, the military prison he rules as commander-in-chief. But as Gitmo's infamous hunger strike enters its sixth month, it is increasingly plain that we have not one, but two administrations on Guantánamo Bay. The first - the administration of President Obama's speeches - regrets the prison... The second administration offers a retort.
In some ways us bloggers are parasites feeding off the labours of others then giving our spin on it to suit either our opinions and those that may follow us - in under 800 words. How we do this is not governed by any particular media code of ethics.
Just a few weeks ago, the world's fiercest and fastest racing drivers returned to Silverstone for what turned out to be a thrilling British Grand Prix. While our exceptional British drivers have had mixed fortunes on the track this season, for me the return of Formula One to our shores is always an ideal opportunity to recognise British success in automotive more widely.
In Britain today we are witnessing a "race to the bottom" on immigration rhetoric. Less than two in 10 of us think that immigration is a problem for our local area, and yet about three quarters are in favour of reducing immigration. That's the sad consequence of the vicious rhetoric.