Young and Unemployed? You could become a Pornographer, says DWP.

I want to share a document with you, a page from Chapter 20 of the Department of Work and Pensions recently revised guidance for Work Programme providers, one which deals specifically with the provision of wage incentives to employers under the Youth Contract – i.e. this is where […]

On the banning of revenge porn

There is a new petition up at Change.org calling on David Cameron to ban revenge porn: Revenge porn is the intentional sexual humiliation of ex partners by posting intimate and naked photos/videos on-line. The jilted ex often writes malicious and damning remarks about the subject and provides they […]

Domestic Abuse Statistics and Margins of Error

Today’s Observer is running a story on research by Citizens Advice which, more than anything else, serves to demonstrate just how easily statistical information can be abused to present an alarming but potentially inaccurate picture of reality… Domestic abuse: half a million victims ‘too terrified to come forward’ […]

One Flew Over The Hemming’s Nest

Before getting into this I should explain that this particular article was to have been on the subject of the so-called ‘forced caesarian section’ case, which has of course been one of the more prominent news stories of the last few days, and the article was to have […]

Has Nadine Dorries misled the Standards Committee?

I’m not going to comment directly on the Sunday Mirror’s exclusive story of strange things going on in the heart of Mid Bedfordshire… Mystery of Nadine Dorries MP, her millionaire landlord and the internet glamour model Controversial Tory MP Nadine Dorries shares her landlord with a Romanian glamour […]

What Dorries Doesn’t Tell You

Let me take you all the way back to 12th May 2013, the date on which the mainstream media finally got around to noticing that Nadine Dorries MP had failed to declare her earnings from her appearance on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here on […]

Sex Selective Abortion and the Public Interest

Okay, time to get back in the saddle after a short break to recharge my batteries and we’ll start, as so often seems to be the case, with abortion and an editorial which finds the Telegraph in somewhat conspiratorial mood: The decision of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) […]

Cameron ‘Porn’ Advisor’s website ‘hacked’ – Threatens/Libels Blogger

I’m perhaps one of the last people you’d expect to see stepping up to defend Paul Staines (aka Guido Fawkes) but you’d be wrong because there are principles that come into play whenever a blogger, even one as notorious as Guido, is subjected to an unjustified, hectoring attack […]

MPs’ Pay and the Law of Misleading Averages

By now you’ll surely have seen the that IPSA, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, has recommended that MPs should receive a 9% increase in their pay in 2015/16 which, on top of the 1% increases they’re due to receive in the next two year, will raise the basis […]

On Kier Starmer’s Rape Inquiry

If there is one thing I learned very well back in the days that I worked in and with the Public Sector it’s that once you get above a certain level of seniority, the staff become highly adept at creating unnecessary work purely for the sake of creating […]