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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 […]

Marriage Is Big Enough for All of Us

Some say that allowing same-sex marriage redefines marriage for everyone. It will make the definition of marriage hazy, consequently undermining a crucial social and cultural institution. (I use that weasel word “some” quite deliberately: “Traditionalists” sounds like an insult; “opponents of same-sex marriage” makes them sound “anti”; “Christian” and “conservative” wouldn’t reflect the diversity of […]

Archbishop Cranmer versus Advertising Standards

Last Friday, the blogger known as Archbishop Cranmer made a bold claim: “Advertising Standards Authority persecutes His Grace,” the headline announced. The ASA sent him “all manner of official papers, formal documentation and threatening notices which demand answers to sundry questions by a certain deadline.” The correspondence was part of an investigation into an ad (which […]

ASA Persecuting ‘His Grace’ over Marriage Ad?

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” — Not Voltaire Friday afternoon saw a bit of muttering on Twitter over the plight of Archbishop Cranmer, the pseudonymous Christian blogger claiming persecution for carrying a Coalition 4 Marriage advertisement on his website. According to Cranmer, the Advertising […]

Feeling Pain for North Carolina’s Gays & Lesbians

North Carolina’s Amendment One was a constitutional bill so anti-gay that even David Blankenhorn, the defence’s sole expert witness in the Proposition 8 trial, disavowed it. And yet, yesterday, voters in the state passed it by a majority of 60% to 40%, robbing gay families of all legal protections afforded to heterosexual married couples. Unlike California’s […]

Bercow’s Address to Our Kaleidoscope Queen

John Bercow’s speech to Her Majesty the Queen in Parliament yesterday has provoked the ire of the usual suspects. Video of the risible occasion with bonus expert commentary below: This is a land where men and women today are equal under the law and where Your people are respected, regardless of how they live, how […]

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 […]

Canada Needs More than a Robocall Investigation

I had hoped to wake up this morning to news from my native Canada that the true identity of “Pierre Poutine” had been revealed. How disappointed I was to read that the saga continues with none of the promised unravelling of this political mystery. Poutine was pseudonym of the man who registered a cellphone during […]

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 […]