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Knowsley’s Broken Democracy, Part 1: Knowledge Is Power

The first in a series of opinion pieces by the editor (Too long didn’t read? The gist: Knowsley Council provides information that no one can understand, and without information,you are powerless.) A great philosopher – no one’s quite sure who, but Sir Francis Bacon seems to be the main candidate – once said that ‘knowledge […]

Charles Moore on ‘Relatively Less Important’ Areas of the UK

Today, on the day of Lady Thatcher’s funeral, former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore spoke to Radio 5 Live’s Nicky Campbell. His comments about “relatively less important” parts of the country caused some controversy. Here’s a video of the entire interview, followed by a transcript of the relevant portion (4:44 onwards), for context: There are certainly […]

How to Pitch an Article to an Editor

Pitching an article to a magazine, newspaper or website can be daunting, especially if you’re still early on in your freelance writing career. But here’s the thing to remember: The editor doesn’t know you’re scared. She only sees what you allow her to see. Be bold and confident, and you’re in the running for a […]

Daily Mail ‘Honour Violence’ Headline Smears Young British Muslims

The Mail Online has backtracked on a headline claiming that “two thirds of young British Muslims” support “honour violence.” The information was false. The “two thirds” figure actually related to those who believed in the concept of “izzat,” the concept of “honour” in certain Asian societies. In fact, 18 percent, or less than one fifth, of […]

Uganda, Invisible Children & the Lord’s Resistance Army: Getting the Full Story

A 30-minute video released Monday has already received 37 million views on YouTube alone. That’s as I type this; tens of thousands, perhaps millions more will have seen Kony 2012 by the time this is published. The short film aims to increase awareness of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerilla group that began in Uganda and […]

Uproar over Olympics Diversity Questionnaire (or How to Manufacture the News)

Apparently, or so they say, there’s an uproar over a “diversity and inclusion” questionnaire being put to volunteers for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The test has been called (or “dubbed” or “labelled”) “patronising,” and Olympics bosses have “come under fire” and been “slammed” over its content. I first saw the story on Pink News, the […]