Author Archives: Zoe OConnell

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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  • User AvatarDave Besag 30th Aug - 1:54am
    David was about! It's my home ward and we've held it since 2000 despite a couple of close calls in 2011 and 2014.
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    The problem with this situation is that there are far too many people in the West who seem all too willing to lap up all...
  • User AvatarDavid Allen 30th Aug - 12:10am
    One egg doesn't make a pudding. Painting your opponents as thugs does you no credit.
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    I wish I lived in Scotland so that I could vote, and then I would put a big fat yes on the ballot so that...
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    This is not about Ukraine, a failed state. This is about the international law and a mad dictator, Mr. Putin. He has trampled the law...
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    GF - as T-J says the our interest is ultimately not in simply supporting Ukraine or its government on an individual basis. It's about preparing...