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 AvatarRob Parsons 23rd Jul - 9:14pm
    Roland, asking for evidence is not daft, it is sensible. I live in a village in the countryside. There has been building in this village....
  • User AvatarAlice Thomas 23rd Jul - 9:02pm
    Richard - I would appreciate it if you could identify what the divisive statements are that you think I have made, so that I don't...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 23rd Jul - 8:56pm
    @Alice. You seem to be moving towards Men from Mars Women from Venus territory again. Why not try being a little less divisive? Division doesn't...
  • User AvatarHelen Dudden 23rd Jul - 8:56pm
    If you win the next election, or play coalition with any Party, you have your chance.
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 23rd Jul - 8:50pm
    does david understand what a proportionate response would be? Perhaps, but i rather think he believes israel should not respond at all: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danhodges/100281103/israels-critics-dont-want-a-proportionate-response-in-gaza-they-want-no-response-at-all/
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 23rd Jul - 8:35pm
    @g - I think you've lost me. Why would you not consider Hamas supporters, activists, sympathisers etc. to be embittered Palestinians just because they are...