Jackie Long on Social Affairs

Our social affairs editor looks at the issues affecting modern Britain in an era of spending cuts and high unemployment.

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August 26, 2014 14 Comments

Why did those there to care for Rotherham’s children look away?

Sadly, it is not the extraordinary detail of the abuse catalogued in today’s report on Rotherham which is so shocking.

In recent years, a number of high-profile court cases focusing on the crime of child sexual exploitation have shown just how brutal and cruel the men who groom girls as young as 10 or 11 for sex can be.


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August 7, 2014 5 Comments

Robert Pattinson: teacher told me not to bother with drama GCSE

Robert Pattinson – who’s said to be worth an estimated $27m – is quick to realise that there’s not always much sympathy for people living in the public eye.

August 5, 2014 1 Comment

Young and Scottish: what do you want from #indyref?

Michael Low, a 19-year-old student, is in the no camp; trainee solicitor Kayleigh Waugh will vote yes for independence in September. Watch their exchange here.

August 3, 2014 1 Comment

How WWI changed the lives of Britain’s women

They were widows. They were bereaved mothers, sisters and friends. But women in the first world war were so much more too.

July 18, 2014 2 Comments

Assisted dying – a right or ‘murder by physician’?

There has been no fury and no barracking – but in the House of Lords ferocity belies what is being said. The debate? The right to die.

July 12, 2014 2 Comments

Assisted dying – will Lord Carey’s U-turn change the debate?

With the assisted dying bill due to be debated on Friday, what impact will Lord Carey’s controversial intervention make?

July 11, 2014 4 Comments

PIE – trying to persuade others that child abuse was acceptable

Started in the 1970s, the Paedophile Information Exchange is a window on a world 40 years ago which may hold vital clues to today’s investigations.

July 7, 2014 2 Comments

How we can stop children from sexually abusing other children

8,000 children under the age of 18 have been accused of sexually abusing another child over the past two years, offences including serious sexual assault and rape.

June 26, 2014 No Comments

What do Richard Gere and Iain Duncan Smith have in common?

Writing about Universal Credit is a bit like writing about a celebrity marriage. You know it’s in trouble , you just don’t know how much or exactly why.

June 20, 2014 8 Comments

Will the universal benefits plan have to be redrawn?

Two reports attacking major areas of the government’s planned benefits reforms suggest there may come a point when the universal credit policy has to be redrawn.

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