Lydia Suffield

Writer, Blogger, Contributor to Hellogiggles

I'm a writer and a contributor to the website Hellogiggles. I am (tentatively) working on a novel and also write various articles and short stories for different places. I am also a contributor and advocate for Doll Hospital, a mental health zine.

Seeing The Election Like A Book: How Asperger Syndrome Gives Me A Different View Of The General Election

As a kid with AS, who suffered from limited empathy and theory of mind as a result, stories were always how I understood the world. I learnt empathy through fictional characters, through taking dilemmas I found in stories and applying them to my real life. (This created some problems when I went through the customary Enid Blyton phase. Most people don't describe things as "spiffing.")
14/05/2017 15:17 BST

Seriously, the EU Campaigns Need to Lighten Up

Give us the facts. Give us warnings. But please-can we stop with the constant cloud hanging over our heads? If you believe some of the more extreme claims on both sides, depending on what we choose on June 23rd, it might be one of the last times we get to see the clouds, anyway.
09/06/2016 12:11 BST

Why David Cameron Should Remain Prime Minister, Even If We Vote For Brexit

The best thing for the country, in the aftermath of the referendum result, would be for the Tories to unite and show some true leadership-with someone who has proved he can lead at the helm. If a certain group of Conservatives choose to discount this in favour of pushing forward their own little agenda, then it is they, and not David Cameron, who will have proved themselves untrustworthy in this referendum.
02/06/2016 15:45 BST

In Brussels, Lives Have Been Lost: This Is Not the Time for Political Capital

If we turn this into arguments - if we use this as an excuse to turn on each other - <em>they have won. </em> We cannot let that happen. This is the time that politics is put aside. This is the time that we unite against these people.This isn't a day for political argument. This is not a day we'll let them win. We will <em>never </em>let them win. Today, people have lost their lives. And we must stand united against the people who have murdered them. We cannot ever let them win.
22/03/2016 14:51 GMT

Why David Cameron and Boris Are Probably Secret Taylor Swift Fans

The fracturing of a clique. Any teenager knows what that means. Sitting alone at the lunch table. A few exclamation-marks littered tweets. Taylor Swift writes about it beautifully in <em>Bad Blood</em>, which should practically be mandatory listening for any teenager dealing with a broken friendship group.
26/02/2016 12:53 GMT

What David Bowie Taught Me

David Bowie will be remembered for many things by many people. But for me, I'll always remember him as the person who taught me that there didn't have to be one face I chose.
13/01/2016 10:40 GMT

PMQs Verdict: Corbyn's Getting Better But Cameron's Seen Worse

PMQs today made it pretty clear: Corbyn is starting to employ that headmaster stare. Today, it went from a rather stern warning look to a full-on, narrow-eyed, flashing-gazed glare at the Tory front bench who promptly erupted from muffled laughter to full-on cheers, accompanied by the classic chanting of "Ooooh", which reminded me all too strongly of schooldays seated in front of a well-intentioned but sadly incompetent supply teacher.
29/10/2015 10:53 GMT

Why 'Mean Girls' and British Politics Might Not Be That Different

The back-and-forth drama between politicians is unlikely to decrease anytime soon and in the current political climate, perhaps we need all the humour we can get. And who knows-picturing Cameron, Clegg and Miliband setting up their own cafeteria rules and sashaying down a hallway to Missy Elliott might be just what we all need.
11/09/2015 16:35 BST