Ruling class women self-identify by class rather than by gender, and then pose as victims… Continue reading Power Trumps Identity
Theresa May is not only a terrorist sympathiser, she is a terrorist enabler: and not several decades ago as a rebellious but relatively powerless back-bencher, but within the lifetime of the current government, as a serving Minister Continue reading Who is the real terrorist sympathiser?
So the news this week has been all about fake news. A significant factor in the American election, we were told, was the proliferation of news sites deliberately propagating made-up stories. Channel 4 had an exclusive. Ciaran Jenkins, ITN’s Northern … Continue reading Fake News vs Stooge News
A recent survey by the New Statesman into coverage of the EU referendum campaign showed that 71.2% of sources were from the Conservative Party. Right across the media, the way the story was covered was as a struggle between rival … Continue reading Referendum propaganda
So there’s been this brouhaha in the media about whether Labour have an anti-Semitism problem or not. Meanwhile, as if by magic, a number of other important issues seem to have disappeared from the news. Take this as an example: on Monday the 25th of April, 4 days before Ken Livingstone’s clumsy intervention in the debate about Naz Shah’s Facebook posts, Tory MPs voted down an amendment to the Immigration Bill calling on the government to take in 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children from Europe. Let’s repeat those words so we can be clear exactly what they mean. “Unaccompanied”: they are … Continue reading Opposing Israel policies is not anti-Semitism
My first article in the Independent appeared in the Saturday Magazine, on Saturday 22nd March 1997. It was the first of a series a columns collectively entitled “Going Home“, about my return to my home city, Birmingham, in early 1997. The story is called “Back to Brummagem“, Brummagem being the local name for the city. It’s not, as it sounds, just a nickname. The name “Brom” or “Brum” appears as a prefix for a number of places in the area: West Bromwich and Bromsgrove, to name but two. So Brummagem is probably the original name, and “Birmingham” the tarted up … Continue reading CJ Stone in the Independent
Housing Benefit Hill was a series of columns which appeared in the Guardian Weekend between September 1993 and September 1996. Originally it featured a cartoon series by Steven Appleby, which were very funny, but not specifically intended as illustrations of the text. (Mind you, sometimes they could be accidentally appropriate). However in September 1995 the editors at the Guardian commissioned Ian Pollock to illustrate the stories, and the results are shown below. They are remarkable drawings, not least because somehow or another Ian seemed to be able to capture not only the essence of the story, but the actual appearance … Continue reading Ian Pollock’s Illustrations for Housing Benefit Hill
The following story is an illustration of what private provision of health care in the NHS could look like. For many years I went to the same dentist: Kelvin House on Nelson Road. That ended just over three years ago, … Continue reading Dental Costs are painful – even for NHS patients
I overheard one of my colleagues at work the other day. He was listening to a news report about the prospect of British jets bombing Isis targets in Syria. “Let’s bomb them,” he said. I often hear him saying such things. He’s not a right wing bigot or a racist, although he might be Islamophobic. Many people are Islamophobic these days. I said, “that’s exactly what they are saying about you right now.” He turned from his frame and looked at me sceptically. “So what would you do?” Unfortunately my answer was a lot less succinct than the three words … Continue reading Unbalanced reporting is feeding our ignorance
A friend of mine asked me a question a while back, which has been niggling me ever since. I put up a post on Facebook, which I got from fair.org. “F.A.I.R.” stands for Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting. It was about the reporting of Russian airstrikes in Syria by the mainstream media. What it showed was that there was a certain amount of false reporting going on. The news appeared to be different before and after the Russian intervention. On the 30th September the New York Times had reported airstrikes in Homs, but then added that it was a region of Syria not under the control of … Continue reading Who do we trust?