Of corrupt minnows and unethical shopping

Stories of greed and corruption by the wealthy on the one hand, and welfare benefits cheating by the feckless and indolent on the other, go down very well among consumers of media products of all social classes, but smaller scale corruption barely gets a mention. Take shopping, for example, and the practice of some retailers […]

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Living Wage Week 2012

The remuneration of junior media workers is a subject of interest to me. In June of this year I wrote about a successful and almost entirely effortless campaign to have interns employed by the British Science Association paid the London Living Wage of £8.30 per hour, rather than the legal Minimum Wage of £6.08. This […]

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Save the Grauniad!

London übermayor and professional twit Boris Johnson has drawn a bit of media attention to himself today by launching a campaign to save that mighty organ the Guardian from extinction. While repeating (or instigating) rumours that the Guardian Media Group intends to scrap the print edition and move entirely online, Johnson highlights the cultural and […]

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Communicating uncertainty is a risky business

The conviction earlier this week for multiple manslaughter of six Italian geoscientists and a former government official has sent shockwaves through the research community. It should give everyone pause for thought, including journalists whose responsibility it is to communicate to the public the often complex issues surrounding hazard and risk. In light of the manslaughter […]

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First we came for the pigs

Some interesting data on global meat production and consumption have been published by Worldwatch Institute. The environmental group conducted a research study which shows that meat production has risen 20% since 2001. Consumption of meat fell very slightly in 2011, with a global average of 42.3 kilogrammes in 2011, down 200 grammes when compared with […]

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O Canada, how much will it cost us for you to keep him?

Conrad Moffat Black, (for now) Baron Black of Crossharbour, PC, OC, KCSG, denounces the venality and corruption of the fascistic US justice system, says that he has been “persecuted half to death”, and proclaims how virtuous he is in refraining from smashing in his interviewer’s face… Conrad Black is surely not the only victim of […]

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A Message from Messrs Sue, Grabbit & Runne

Which of these three is likely to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? (a) Dr Simon Jarhead MBE (b) The Rt Hon Mr Edward Psychokiller MP (c) Seasick Dara (d) None of the above Answers on a postcard please, to the Libel Reform Campaign, Free Word […]

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Tories revert to type on press freedom

Yesterday we had anti-censorship campaigners praising liberal-minded conservatives for their support of press freedom against the predations of Leveson. Today, however, the Tories have reverted to type. Attorney general Dominic Grieve has by government diktat overturned the ruling of an appeal court, and vetoed the publication of lobbying letters from Prince Charles to seven UK […]

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Against Leveson – Tories go from nasty to cuddly

Cross-posted from Lewisham NUJ… Things have come to a pretty weird pass when the loudest voices in favour of freedom of expression are those of Conservative politicians such as the often soggy David Cameron, and the rightwing ideologue Michael Gove. And then there are liberal Tory think tanks such as Bright Blue, which appears now […]

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Here’s Jimmy!

News of national treasure and tireless millionaire philanthropist / notorious paedophile and serial sex offender Sir Jimmy Saville OBE has pretty much swamped the PR generated triumph of the Tory party conference. Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher would be turning in her grave, were she yet lying in it. But what to say about the […]

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