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Monthly Archives: August, 2014

Politicians and the culture of abuse

I didn’t set out to write three posts on Rotherham, but here comes the third. If you haven’t already read what we’ve written, look here, here, here, and here. You … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Sunday Sermon: The cake is a lie

If like me you spend too much time checking twitter to see what the world, or at least your small self selected corner of it, thinks you will be used … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · 7 Comments

Rotherham, culture and abuse

If you haven’t already seen Jem’s trenchant reminder that not all abuse is as described in the Rotherham report, then read it now. There is a huge risk that thousands … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 4 Comments

This is my truth

Content note for discussion of child sexual abuseĀ    I pondered whether to write this, given that Carter so excellently said what needs to be said about grooming, and the … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 9 Comments

The culture of abuse and Rotherham

I listened to the account of her abuse given by one of the Rotherham victims on Radio 5 Live yesterday. What struck me first was how typical it as of … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 14 Comments

UKIP of the left

Helen Lewis, who is a reliable barometer of the thoughts of the chatterati, has written in the New Statesman about the idea that there is space beyond Labour for a … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Sunday Sermon; The Widows Mite

It has been hard to be on social media this week and avoid the ice bucket challenge, but I have to confess I did my best. I assumed it was … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

My top 20 political songs

The New Statesman published their list here. It is, as is traditional with the New Statesman, a middle aged, transatlantic list. Mine probably will be, too, and is in no … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 3 Comments

Object and subject

Jem wrote brilliantly about the faking of a paraphilia called autogynephilia here. It brought to mind, for me, this post from last year about objectification. One of the things that … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Psychic commentators

You have to admire CiF hacks like Holly Baxter. The IPPR report on young people and internet porn won;t even be published for another week but she’s managed to conjure … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

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