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My Carers campaign ends

Regular readers of my blog will know that I admire the work of Carers and have felt (for a long time) that they don’t get enough recognition or support for what they do. They spend much of their time taking care of vulnerable people – often sacrificing part of their life as a result. They […]

Overreactions to tattoos

A couple of things prompted this post. Firstly, there was the following series of tweets from the Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, made yesterday: I replied to one of these, but I’ll go into that later. The second thing that prompted this post was an article from the Guardian, entitled ‘Just one little tattoo‘. This passage […]

Armed Forces Day 2012

This blog post isn’t going to be long. It isn’t directly linked to politics, healthcare, education or any of the other topics I normally cover on here. It merely notes the importance of Armed Forces Day, which is happening at the time of typing. Across the country, there are celebrations, parades and all manner of […]

Lazy litter louts in Britain?

Some time ago, I did this blog post about the amount of litter that can be found in public transport areas, such as bus and train stations. It is definitely under the category of ‘personal annoyance’, but it was something worth investigating. I found that there are few bins in these areas despite there being […]

Carer Case Study #1: Sarah 2

Some of you will remember a post I did called ‘Caring for the Carers‘. I went through the history of the Carers Allowance, mentioned the present situation and also advertised my campaign. The goal is for Carers Allowance to be increased so that it equals the National Minimum Wage. In an era of austerity, I […]

Caring for the Carers 2

There are many people around the country who – for whatever reason – are unable to adequately take care of themselves. Inmany situations, the selfless actions of a group of Carers make the lives of those people better and more manageable. I have been lucky enough to know some of these people (one former Carer […]

Prison population problems

A recent topic of discussion is prisons and whether they work. In the Thatcher era, the then-Home Secretary Michael Howard claimed that they did. However, current Justice Secretary Ken Clarke believes in a more liberal approach. Prisons are certainly capable of restricting rights and therefore acting as a suitable punishment, but you could also say […]

The existence of apathy 2

A few days ago, I was having a conversation with an officer from Hull University Union on Twitter about the attendance at a conference. The subject of apathy came up and suggested there isn’t such a thing. He went on to say: “you can be disengaged or disenfranchised. Deep down everyone cares.” It’s true that […]

NOTW Closure: The Aftermath

Most (if not all) of the country will now know of the announcement that the News of the World will close. It was revealed in a statement made by James Murdoch earlier today. Everyone was rightly shocked by the phone hacking allegations and it is hard to believe that Rebekah Brooks (for NOTW Editor and […]