“Progressive” Shouters

BY JON ALEXANDER I’m sure by now you’re all aware of a Google employee being fired for airing an opinion that wasn’t popular with his employer and the recent instance of some National Trust volunteers receiving criticism for declining to wear an LGBT lanyard. Both cases are a carefully-cultivated storm in a teacup. Whereas Google is sticking to its guns, The National Trust has backed down … Continue reading “Progressive” Shouters

Boots Sorry For What?

BY AMELIA CROSBY It was revealed last week that Boots, the largest high street pharmacy in the UK, is selling emergency contraceptive medication at four times the cost price and had refused requests to join a nationwide initiative to cease profiting financially in this way. It started when the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) backed by the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party wrote to Boots Chief … Continue reading Boots Sorry For What?

Don’t Look Back in Anger

BY MANDY BALDWIN So, the irons have been pulled out of the fire and we didn’t have to face the terrifying prospect of Catweazle shuffling resentfully into the presence of our beloved Queen (or ‘Comrade Windsor’, as he no-doubt refers to her in his wildest dreams) to be given permission to surrender us to whatever poisons lurk in the mud. After a sleepless night watching … Continue reading Don’t Look Back in Anger

Corbyn Replacement?

BY NICK PEARCE Speculation is dangerous. Nonetheless, it’s rather good fun. If the polls are right and Theresa May ends up with a workable majority on June 8th (PLEASE do go out and vote) there will surely be a (yet another) Labour leadership election as the Labour Party turns on Jeremy Corbyn, despite recent predictions that Corbyn and the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell will somehow … Continue reading Corbyn Replacement?

Quilliam Flawed

BY SAM WHITE You may be aware that this week, relations between Tommy Robinson and Maajid Nawaz’s Quilliam Foundation broke down completely. For those not up to date on what happened, here’s a summary. First, there’s Tommy Robinson, former leader of the English Defence League, and outspoken campaigner against Islamic extremism. Robinson is a deeply controversial figure about whom you can find two competing descriptions: … Continue reading Quilliam Flawed

Customers Think They’re Always Right

BY ANDY COLLIDGE When you are in a trade or business that is constantly frequented by the public, there inevitably comes that invariable onslaught of thoughts, opinions, requirements and self-indulgence. After only a very short while, you begin, not intentionally, to put people with similar attitudes and characteristics into certain categories. After a longer while at the mercy of the over-needy public, the more elevated of … Continue reading Customers Think They’re Always Right

Marine A Must Walk

BY JIM BROWNE MARINE A, Alexander Blackman from Taunton, has had his murder conviction downgraded to manslaughter. Blackman shot an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan and had his murder conviction reduced to manslaughter yesterday by five judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London. They heard argument on his behalf that fresh psychiatric evidence would have provided him with a diminished responsibility defence. He … Continue reading Marine A Must Walk