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Keep the aspiration flying

You can’t fail to notice, in the Labour leadership debate,that the word aspiration emerges constantly. It is a moral choice, apparently, to aspire. Aspiration is a hugely value laden word. … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Sunday Sermon; James Rhodes, disablism and the myth of the perfect parent.

content note for mention of child abuse, without any details in this piece, cn for detailed discussion of CSA in the first link to the interview with James Rhodes.  The … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Life does come with trigger warnings.

Be aware this post mentions consensual sex  The whole trigger warning/content note non debate has been resurrected by columnists desperate to make a bit of noise in a world where … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Category errors

I don’t know much about Michael Bloch. This article about politics and sex doesn’t help know Michael Bloch, although some of the sidewalk diagnoses of other people’s sexuality and personality … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Raw recruiters

The departure of Ed Miliband from the leadership of the Labour Party means the party has to have a leadership election. Labour’s leadership selection process seems, to me, to be … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The cultural geography of BB King

I will make a confession. I loved BB King’s music before I knew a thing about him. It had a simple lyricism and style that resonated with everything I knew … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sex work is not “the life”

Those opposed to sex workers rights have their own language, a hanky code by which one bigot can recognise another. They speak of “johns” and “prostituted women” and of ” … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

We need decriminalization, because no one ever looks like a rapist.

content note for rape. The client seems ideal, older, polite and respectful in all his emails, he arrives right on time, clearly having just showered and his designer t shirt … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Who moved my goalposts?

Anyone who works in a corporate or organisational development environment is likely to have encountered ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ It’s a staple part of the library of managers expecting and … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

In place of…

Part of horror of the election results was the realization that we were in for another protracted debate about Labour, and how it managed to lose the election. Cynical journos … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

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