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July 18, 2014 2 Comments

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

In the glorious, oak-panelled chamber of the Lords there has been no fury, no barracking, no shouting.

The debate is not speedily delivered. The voices are courteous and slow, some quiver slightly with age. But all of this belies the ferocity of what is being said.

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The debate is on the right to die – or “murder by physician” as opponents would have it (even the shorthand for describing the subject matter cannot be agreed upon).

And the language has been combative, provocative, inflammatory even.


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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 1 Comment

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.

June 12, 2014 6 Comments

‘Threatened’ for publicising poverty: an uncharitable tale

Charities working with the poorest in society say government attitudes to their work are increasingly hostile.

June 11, 2014 1 Comment

Disability claims backlog brings hardship and anxiety say campaigners

This piece is not news. It’s not new. The Department for Work and Pensions told me. Four or five times. But I thought it was worth marking anyway.

May 15, 2014 4 Comments

Doubts over disability figures

A complaint about Department for Work and Pensions claims about Disability Living Allowance is upheld by the UK Statistics Authority.

April 10, 2014 2 Comments

Suicide of sexual abuse victim was preventable

Let down by the mental health authorities.

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