Zoe O'Connell

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Labour's Lack of Credibility on Defence Cuts

(0) Comments | Posted 30 September 2011 | (15:18)

Back in 2009, Labour tried to mothball the Territorial Army in order to save just 20 million pounds. To put that in context, over 10% of the total regular and volunteer manning of the British Armed forces was threatened for a saving of around 0.05% of the total military...

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Australian passport clarification - no "X" markers for trans folk

(1) Comments | Posted 16 September 2011 | (10:48)

There is quite a bit of misreporting over the situation with "X"/Unspecified markers on Australian passports that has recently been announced. To clear up the situation, there's a very good post here, on Global Comment. The short version is that there are two options:

Transgender people can now get...

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The not so gay blood donation ban is not quite lifted

(0) Comments | Posted 8 September 2011 | (13:04)

First of all, it's not a gay blood donation ban! No, I'm not ranting about Trans exclusion this time, but a wider issue - it banned bisexual men too, but lesbians are OK. It's a ban on donations from men who have had sex with men. Or MSM, for short,...

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That Wuestion from Nadine Dorries

(0) Comments | Posted 7 September 2011 | (13:34)

It's brilliant. With her views on abortion, sex education and approach to factual content on blogs, nobody could possibly expect Nadine Dorries of being a sleeper agent for the LibDems. But apparently she is, judging by her performance today at Prime Ministers' questions. Here's the transcript: (Taken from this...

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CRB Checks and Trans Folk

(1) Comments | Posted 15 July 2011 | (17:11)

According to information released under the Freedom of Information Act by the Criminal Records Bureau, there were 298 applications for CRB checks that used the little-known "transgender applications process" last financial year. (April 2010 - March 2011) That sounds like quite a lot, but is it as many as we'd...

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An Unsophisticated Attack on Clegg from Quentin "Letts" Rathbone

(2) Comments | Posted 14 July 2011 | (11:10)

Mr Rathbone - or Quentin Letts as he sometimes likes to be called - seems to have it in for Clegg, presumably as Nick has been blocking the more right-wing, homophobic, misogynistic and generally oppressive policies that Quentin and his fans would like to see. He's criticizing Clegg in...

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News Corp and the Nuclear Option

(0) Comments | Posted 12 July 2011 | (23:19)

"This is their expenses scandal" commented my partner over a cup of tea earlier, "only it's just beginning".

Quite what is beginning is still to be seen. Entrapment and similar tactics against politicians phones has been part of the game since time immemorial. And celebrities set themselves up for it....

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