'Non-whites don't wipe their bums'; refugees are a 'bunch of migrants', 'don't sit next to muslims with a bag'. Not anonymous below the line comments in a tabloid newspaper. These are views expressed to me recently in situations as diverse as a community workshop, the House of Commons or from fellow commuters. This is why Prevent is a missed opportunity. Britain requires a conversation, not an exercise in finger pointing. We need to both address common fears of 'the other', and promote the best of our abilities to work together.
I am certain politicians of all parties would agree that young families should not be left to live like those currently in the camp at Grande Synthe. In supporting the work of MSF and others, we hope both the UK and French Governments will assess the humanitarian need at the camps and provide assistance.
Social affairs journalist Dawn Foster's new book Lean Out is a mere 81 pages long, but it packs a powerful punch. Inspired by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's likeable bestseller Lean In, it's much more than just a riposte to the popular business manifesto for women....
The government plans for our fire and rescue service are unlikely to do anything to improve local accountability, professional standards or planning for future risks. Instead they are likely to be a means to force through further unwanted and ill-planned change.
The thirteenth stroke of the clock. "It's quiet, Carruthers, too damned quiet". Yes, we all recognise those little indications that, although everyth...
Young people and teenagers are far less likely than adults to know where to turn for help, and research shows that if parents think they would know if their daughter was being abused by a boyfriend, they are kidding themselves. Only a tiny minority of teenage victims would tell a parent. The new criminal offence is a significant step forward.
What does the law do? The new law criminalises perpetrators who coerce, control and psychologically abuse their victims. In order for the offence to apply, the behaviour would have to pass two main tests.
Activists from Lesbian & Gays Supports the Migrants spilled their own blood into the pond outside of the Home Office in protest of the Immigration Bill to be voted on today. Three protestors, from a larger group, cut themselves open to let their blood flow from their arms into the ponds in London this morning.
On home turf, with Islamophobia and myths being peddled about the religion and those who follow it, as well as the further racialisation of Muslims, critical thought and engagement is of the essence. Let's create a climate where that is genuinely possible, because 'we're all in this together' - right?
In London the simple fact is that the armed police 'jam' does not cover the slice of bread that is one of the world's major cities and does not even begin to lightly smear much of the loaf that is the UK. Meanwhile, the increase announced by the government in the numbers of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ officers together with increased funding is a bittersweet pill for struggling police officers on the front line to swallow...
In times like these, we need to stand up and show that we will not be intimidated by such atrocious acts. The cost to our civil liberties is not worth the price paid, especially when we will not be any safer with it.
I entered politics because I wanted to fight and campaign against the ongoing suppression of our nation's freedoms from the European Union, yet here we see the vital freedom of privacy from the state is being undermined and disregarded by our own UK government.
The ban on poppers is happening because no one has been talking about. It's time to shine a light. I'll admit I've had poppers and yes I did inhale. It did me no harm and countless others the same. It's time for a grown up drugs policy.
Liberty has long campaigned for a fundamental reform of the laws governing surveillance in the UK. We awaited this Bill with bated breath, knowing it represents a once-in-a-generation chance for parliamentarians to lay spying powers and crucial human rights safeguards down in law. Unfortunately, as it stands, the draft Bill isn't just a wasted opportunity - it's an astonishing assault on the internet security of everybody in our country.
Now that the dead are drowning in the sea where I spent my childhood summers, it's too close to ignore. I feel personally responsible for not shouting louder, earlier - for not failing after at least having tried. The decision of our Government was criminal. Theresa May has blood on her hands. And our silence is responsible for letting her get away with that.
Whatever merits that may have been perceived in Theresa May's speech, the assertion that the policing front line has been 'preserved' is arrant nonsense. The dramatic reduction in both mounted and dog units is huge blow to those on the front line as is the reduction in helicopter cover.