In my last blog I noted how public opinion appeared to be changing around the issue of refugees following the tragic death of Aylan Kurdi. Even Th...
Not that long ago, I walked away from Labour for the second time. I was in despair at their brazen rejection of the ideals and values that spurned the...
Amnesty is concerned that if we allow this to become the norm, we could have countries all over the world conducting aerial executions of perceived enemies on the basis of secret, unchallengeable evidence. Would we honestly be so relaxed if this was an announcement from Moscow, or Beijing, or Pyongyang or Oceania?
As News UK's new chief executive officer settles herself under her new desk at the Baby Shard it is a good time to ask which Rebekah Brooks started work today? Was it the flame haired networker of the early Noughties with a contact book to die for
Aylun Kurdi There are times when you see a noticeable shift in public opinion, and sometimes a simple image can be all that is needed to trigger it...
Yes, there is a genuine historical interest in footage of Edward encouraging his niece to give the salute this early in the decade, when he was still expected to reign over the country. But I'm not sure it tells us much we didn't know before - it's elsewhere the real lesson of this story lies.
Fingers crossed I'll snare some people in to reading this blog with its almost sexy sounding title. It's fair to say though that 'friends on benefits' is a lot different to 'friends with benefits'. Simply, having a 'friend on benefits' means only one person is getting fucked.
For someone dedicated to campaigning journalism, the week I spent writing #GiveMeShelter was one to remember. For much of the time, my fingers bounced furiously off the keyboard telling a story that I hoped would make a difference. Every second I wrote in the safety of my office, I knew that women and children were being abused, killed even - all terrified, all looking for a way out. The Sun's #GiveMeShelter campaign has hopefully gone some way to offering them a lifeline.
There is real conflict between The Sun running a campaign raising awareness of domestic violence and it running a story entitled "First pic of body in boot mum Claire O'Connor". Using terms like "body in boot" to refer to a woman murdered by her partner is dehumanising.
A week has passed since the day of the General Election, and while we are surely used to bad losers (and winners) after any democratic event in the country, the tone of the Far (and increasingly non-Far) Left in this case is in many ways terrifying, but ultimately shows the true colours of certain sections of the Left today: namely blind hatred; classist contempt; and fervent anti-democracy.
In my view, no matter how much The Sun et al hate Russell Brand, his interview will have an affect on the way young people vote. How can it not? It might even persuade people to vote who weren't going to under any circumstances - and Brand came close to giving Ed the thumbs up. So, if Labour do end up in power next time, it'll be Russell Brand and social media wot won it - not The Sun.
Let me take you back. It's September 2014 and David Cameron faces the very real prospect of being the Prime Minister who oversaw the demise of the United Kingdom...
MYTH 5. The CPS is engaged in a witch-hunt against journalists. The facts. Normal procedures were followed and those procedures are designed to protect defendants from unfair prosecution. The CPS, an independent body, followed published guidelines in deciding that the evidence was sufficient to put before a jury.
The UK has a problem with immigration. Even those who support migration have to concede that there are practical difficulties, such as a squeeze on school class sizes and GP waiting lists in areas where many new people have settled. This has boosted parties such as UKIP where a withdrawal from the EU - and therefore an end to free migration throughout Europe - is one of their major policies.
On Easter Monday, the Sun ran a full page non-story attacking the Trussell Trust for tenuous and supposed hypocrisy. Was there any mention of the fact that thousands of parents are going hungry to feed their children in the UK this Easter holiday? No. For me, this is the real story - or at least it should be. So why are certain sections of the media so determined to undermine anyone who speaks out about the reality of hunger and poverty in the UK? Last Easter, the Mail on Sunday ran an undercover investigation at foodbanks, trying to attack them, and those who need them. It notoriously backfired. This year it was the Sun.
So what can we do about Katie? Katie the failed "Apprentice", Katie the Met Office drop-out, Katie the shameless 'media-tart' - loathe her or hate her, you cannot deny that she is an assiduous placer of irons in her own particular fire.