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Opinion: The Burchill controversy – a mixed blessing for the trans community

I have followed recent mainstream media events unfolding around the transgender community with a mixture of excitement, anxiety and sadness.

Excitement, because it is rare that trans issues get coverage that isn’t designed to portray us as perpetrators of some hideous evil. Even though the stories started with biased coverage in the Guardian about a doctor under investigation by the General Medical Council, it turned into something more positive when the #TransDocFail hashtag lead to LibDem Councillor Sarah Brown discussing the issue on BBC Radio. Even the continuation of bad reporting had a silver lining, when Julie Burchill’s

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Opinion: The Four Boxes – why the student occupation should be denounced

There is a rather American saying which runs along the lines of “We have four boxes with which to defend our freedom: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury
box
, and the ammo box. In that order”.

It becomes a good way of putting Wednesday’s violence in context, particularly for those that are trying to argue some similarity between the suffragette movement and student fees. That movement had no choice but to resort to violent occupation because the very thing its members were campaigning for was access to the ballot box.

But rather than the entire NUS executive distancing themselves …

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    @Bill le Breton - Miliband has just said excatly what Nick Clegg has done - no deals whatsoever with the SNP. - That message is...
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    The only remotely tolerable outcome for the election is for the Lib Dems to maintain a decent slice of their MPs but for Labour only...
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    Brilliant assessment Sesenco. This really is a battle for our existence.
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    Adrian PR's scenario looks plausible to me. Assume SNP hold the balance between two more-or-less equal large parties (and Clegg is wrong, it matters not...
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    Paul, the danger here is that we are relying on a campaign about indirect process and not about direct action. The existential threat to ourselves...
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