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Why are men getting away with rape?

Too many men are getting away with rape, probably going on to commit  further assaults against women. In many cases, police don’t believe the victims and report the rape allegations as “no crime”. Of course, police have to weed out the false allegations, but a report published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s...
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Would you invite your ex to your wedding?

Wedding invites can be tricky and cause heated rows, especially  if you want to invite your ex along. If there is no animosity, should it be a big deal? Anyway, Hugh Grant will escape the pleasure of wearing a turban at the lavish wedding in India of his former flame Liz Hurley to Arum Nayar as he has been left off the guest list. I know rumours abound about Jemima Khan’s...
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Was the busty blonde necessary?

Thought that might grab your attention! A new era in punchy political campaigning was launched today by 18 Doughty Street with its first online video political attack against the    government’s record on tax. Do play the 90 sec recording and let me know what you think. I liked the clever use of the TAX swipe card to get its message across in a...
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Where is the joined up thinking in John Hutton’s plan?

John Hutton’s announcement today that lone parent benefits should be paid only until the youngest child is 11 instead of 16 could not have been timed more badly. The front page lead story in today’s Times tells how parents are being charged up to £19,000 a year for nursery costs, that the price of daycare for babies and young children has increased by almost 30% in six...
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Great news for Manchester

News that Manchester won the super casino bid seemed to take everyone by surprise. How did it remain such a closely guarded secret? News presenters were this morning debating whether it would be Blackpool or the Millennium Dome. Glad I didn’t bet on either of those! Other casino licences have been granted too, including a large licence for Great Yarmouth, which I’m sure will be good...
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Don’t miss Newsnight tonight

 You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss Newsnight tonight as the slick new 18 Doughty Street goes through the Paxman grilling. This is how they are plugging it: “18 Doughty Street is the internet TV channel dedicated to all things political. The creators say that the mainstream political process is ignoring huge swathes of public opinion – a niche they propose to fill by...
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Community midwives’ pay slashed

Just as the government had extensive warnings about prison overcrowding in the last few years, it was also aware of the shortage of midwives putting mothers and babies at risk. Three years ago, “truly alarming” figures revealed that the number of midwives intending to work in the NHS was falling sharply.  Labour pledged to increase the numbers so that every...
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America uses wiki to promote open government

  With Gordon Brown’s admission that politicians had failed to use the internet to communicate, that they have to adjust to the growth of “audience power” through the rise of blogging, I wonder if he is closely following the new Politicopia site in Utah – a wiki for open government. It enables people to comment on legislation being considered by...
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My walking weekend

I must pack my bag now and prepare for my walking weekend in North Norfolk with Cambridge Rambling Club. I am vastly outnumbered politically with this group, the city council does not have one Conservative councillor. I was joined on one of their recent walks by a Respect member who told me how they are actively canvassing there. But we are all good friends once we put...
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How do you cope with a tantrum on a plane?

It’s every parents’ nightmare, having a child who throws a wobbly in a public place. But when the tantrum is on an plane and delays the flight, how do you cope, what can you do to placate an hysterical child, knowing everyone’s eyes are fixed on you? This is what happened to Julie and Gerry Kulesza who could not restrain daughter Elly, 3, with her seat belt strapped...
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Internet celebs favouring WordPress

I managed to get an early night earlier this week because so many of my favourite sites had problems with Blogger. I left a few comments suggesting they switch over to WordPress like myself. And especially as it seems that cool internet celebs are favouring WordPress too, according to top 25 internet celebrities listed by Forbes.com, including the No1 celeb LonelyGirl15, as well...
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Lembit takes his Cheeky Girls to Wales

Cheeky Girl Gabriela has given the thumbs up to the mid-Wales constituency  of her Lib-Dem lover Lembit Opik which she visited recently with twin sister Monica. And keen to establish herself as the perfect MP’s partner, she enjoyed a “Mad Friday” night on the town, as well as going shopping with two local newspaper photographers, gushing how friendly...
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What is Britishness today?

A report today recommends that schools in England should teach “core British values” in our diverse, multi-cultural society, I wonder exactly what this means. What is Britishness today? If we went to a school and asked the kids for their views on this, what would they say? They may refer to the queen, perhaps even parliament, in other words, our traditional heritage. Yet...
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The councillor, the travellers and that explosive remark

I’ve sat in many council meetings and had a job staying awake. However, my ears always pricked up at South Cambridgeshire Council when Deborah Roberts and Robin Page stood up because I knew I could expect a good quote. And Coun Roberts really let rip in expressing her anger and frustrations at the escalating travellers row in Cottenham, which attracted extensive national media...
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What is the judges verdict on John Reid?

Britain’s judges must be scratching their wigs in disbelief following John Reid’s plea to them to limit jail sentences as our prisons are full. The Home Secretary and law chiefs have told the country’s learned legal professionals, along with our magistrates, to only use jail for the most dangerous and persistent criminals – but hasn’t that always been the case?...
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