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Monthly Archives: October, 2014

Ed’s not panicking

The news that the SNP is on course, according to various polls and febrile commentators, to win all but four seats in Scotland at the next General Election will be … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Killing with Kindness; #SamaritansRadar and paternalistic abelism

Please be aware this post discusses suicide,┬áharassment, and stalking. The instant I heard about the Samaritans radar scheme I was truly amazed it had ever been considered a good idea. … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 7 Comments

Singing an old song

I grew up in a world where white men sang black men’s songs, and not always respectfully. The furore about Annie Lennox’s bizarre explanations of what Strange Fruit is about … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Listening and loneliness

Jem wrote, incisively, about the risk that women might become more like men in terms of loneliness in yesterday’s Sunday Sermon. Valery North then added to the pot by reminding … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Form follows structure or function?

It’s an old argument about organisations – does the form of the organisation follow a structure imposed externally, or a function that it is created to perform? In truth it … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Sunday Sermon; Returning to the Well

When I was a baby sub Carter sometimes used to send me surprises in the post. Being the master of teasing that he is I was not always allowed to … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

Devolution and tolerance

In the wake of the decision by the New Stormont Fundamentalists to ignore the evidence and pursue a strategy of making sex work less safe for sex workers in Northern … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

End demand for mistakes

Picture the scene, three people, two women and one man sleeping on a bed after what the tabloids would describe as a “drug fueled night of passion”. They met in … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Miss you nights

Content note for BDSM and consent violations.   Imagine if you can the bar of a budget city centre hotel in the years before budget hotels became Travellodges. The hotel … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · 4 Comments

Lock up the trolls

OK, let’s assume it makes sense to lock up trolls for two years. No, stop sneering, stop and think about it. Let’s imagine we go along with the government, and … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

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