Long Live the Royal Institution of Great Britain!

Mismanaged since time immemorial, and sabotaged by a director who for her manifold sins was defenestrated, leading to a potentially expensive legal settlement, the Royal Institution of Great Britain (Ri) is in trouble once again. Massive debts have left the trustees with no option but to put the swanky Mayfair HQ at 21 Albemarle Street […]

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Bugger Bexley, the Borough that Boris forgot

It’s a funny old place is Bexley borough, politically tied as it is to London, but with its heart in Kent. That said, Kent proper is no doubt glad to be shot of Bexley, just as it is neighbouring Bromley, or at least parts of both boroughs. Like it or not, Bexley is tied to […]

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European Commission not calling for removal of journalists

Frothier elements of the British press have today cried foul at the European Commission, claiming that this supranational executive body, the members of which are appointed by and accountable to European Union member state governments, is calling for statutory regulation of the press, with the power to fire journalists and bar them from working again […]

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An NUJ response to anti-transgender bigotry in the media

The Equality Council of the National Union of Journalists reacted with alarm to the publication in the Observer of an article by Julie Burchill which contains an explicit and gratuitously offensive attack on transgender women. Following a lengthy email discussion among its geographically-dispersed members, of which I am one, the NUJ Equality Council agreed on […]

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On ethical journalism and the need for media audits

As part of my background reading around anti-transgender bigotry in the media, journalistic malfeasance and the future of press regulation, I came upon a Council of Europe resolution from 1993 on the ethics of journalism. I was aware that this resolution existed, but to my shame was not fully familiar with the text. Twenty years […]

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Fat Balls of Old England

From a chilly and snow-covered British Isles I give you the quote of the month, courtesy of nature journalist, national treasure and newly twittering knight of the realm David Attenborough… “The severe snow is bad news for the uk bird population. I got my fat balls out in the garden at the moment, I suggest […]

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Bringing fusion power to the grid

Nuclear fusion, the sustainable energy source that for many decades we have been promised is only a few decades away, might now be only a few decades away. So confident are the technical experts and policymakers that the European Fusion Development Agency (EFDA) has published a roadmap outlining its plans for supplying fusion power to […]

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Burchillgate is no free-speech issue

On Tuesday of this week my friend Terry Glavin contributed to the debate on Suzanne Moore, Julie Burchill and anti-transgender media sentiment with a blog post that focuses on Observer editor John Mulholland’s ex-post-facto censorship of Burchill’s bigoted rant. The paragraph from Suzanne Moore’s article which makes up the bulk of Terry’s piece is not […]

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On Suzanne Moore, gender identity and penis fixation

The Twittersphere, or at least the often tediously parochial British annex of it, was yesterday ablaze with comment about the latest writing of Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore on gender identity politics. Moore’s Guardian article on Wednesday of this week is an attempt at clarifying remarks made the previous day in a piece on female anger […]

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Lewisham Hospital – a little local problem?

Cross-posted from Lewisham NUJ… BBC’s Question Time, memorably described by economics journalist Chris Dillow as “… a zoo in which soundbites are vomited into an audience who clap like hyperactive seals”, was yesterday staged in our manor, Lewisham. Given current local difficulties with health service trusts, and the threatened closure of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department […]

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