Fetish Dungeons (& Dragons)

To be brutally honest, Fifty Shades of Grey is one of those books that ranked pretty high on my personal list of books to avoided like the plague even before I discovered that it had started life as a bit of dodgy BSDM fan-fiction using characters from the […]

Not just the Met failing women.

I don’t know how much national press coverage this story will get but today’s Birmingham Mail is reporting another sorry case of a Police officer falling down on the job: A “rogue” policeman has quit the West Midlands force after admitting retracting a domestic violence victim’s statement without […]

Thoughts on the This Morning Abortion Debate

It feels a little odd to be writing about a segment on ITV’s This Morning – not a programme I’d usually look in on – but as the segment pitted Kate Smurthwaite against Nadine Dorries in a ‘debate’ on the upper limit for elective abortion I felt that, […]

Push-polling and same-sex marriage

Desperation has clearly set in at the offices of the Amalgamated Union of Bigots, Godbotherers and Allied Dinosaurs, AKA the Coalition for Marriage, which has commissioned no less than seven separate opinion polls for publication this week in the hope of wrapping the issue of same-sex marriage in […]

Dodgy Advertorials at Lib Con?

As independent blogs go Liberal Conspiracy is, for the UK, a pretty sizeable operation and, I assume, quite expensive to run, so one can hardly be surprised to see it running a bit of advertising in an effort generate a bit of revenue to pay the hosting bills. […]

CRB Checks and Human Rights

A few days ago, the Court of Appeal finally handed down a ruling which confirms what many of us knew even before the current system of Criminal Records Bureau checks was introduced, that the system as created by New Labour was excessive, disproportionate and flagrantly in breach of […]

Teenage Pregnancy, STI Infections and Emergency Contraception

It’s been about six weeks since I last slapped Dr Peter Saunders around – metaphorically speaking, of course – but as he’s decided to give me an early Christmas present with a typically misconceived article on teenage pregnancy, STIs and emergency contraception who am I to decline an […]

Did marriage equality scare off Spain’s heterosexuals?

I am unashamedly a fan of the work of fact checking organisations and websites, not least amongst which is the excellent Full Fact. However, as a stats hound myself, I am also very much aware of the limitations and occasional pitfalls of the standard fact check model used […]

Still a bigot after all these years, eh, Sayeeda?

I think it fair to say that one definite effect that government’s proposals for equal marriage have had, thus far, is that of flushing out a sizeable collection of unreconstructed Tory bigots, each of whom is ripe for ridicule. Yes, folk, we’re genuinely spoiled for choice at the […]

Making sense of Cameron’s ‘Quadruple Lock’ on Equal Marriage

Opponents of equal marriage are, it seems, not alone in their inability to make sense of the government’s equal marriage proposals or the rationale behind the proposed ‘quadruple lock’, which is intend to ensure that religious denominations that remain opposed to same-sex marriage on theological grounds cannot be […]