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Tag Archive: Politics

Dec 11 2012

Gay marriage politics has its queer critics too

“Look,” said David Cameron last week, in a voice much like Tony Blair’s when grilled on Newsnight. “I’m in favour of gay marriage, because I’m a massive supporter of marriage, and I don’t want gay people to be excluded from a great institution.” The comments were met with gushing praise from self-described progressives, and no …

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Nov 15 2012

These police commissioner elections should terrify us all

Of the few encouraging signs about today’s PCC elections, one is the total unenthusiasm on display: I know only one person planning to vote, and friends are organising collective ballot-spoils. This couldn’t contrast more with Barack Obama’s reelection, the run-up to which included all the usual choruses of You must vote! and Don’t forget! By …

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Aug 28 2012

A secular state is important, but (for me) it’s not enough

Sunday’s post on humanism has gained lots of attention, including the National Secular Society’s, who shared it on their homepage. (Thanks to them for the readers that sent the blog.) One issue I mentioned half way through that post, and that I’ve brought up a lot elsewhere recently, is that I want to focus my …

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Aug 16 2012

P.E. lessons ruined how I felt about myself

Recently, John Prescott and I disagreed. The Olympics were nearing a close, and a tweet from Gaby Hinsliff about compulsory PE in schools set us off. His stance was that “we need competitive sport” since “learning how to lose gracefully is just as important as winning”. I was unconvinced, as I was four days previously, when David Cameron demanded, “a revival …

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Jun 26 2012

Grindr and what old-fashioned queer activists can learn from it

A week ago, I thought Grindr was tedious. In my mind, it belonged with partying gay first years at college, who’d much rather get smashed on vodka than smash the system. I felt above it – but a few days’ use just changed my mind. I went to visit family at the end of May, …

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Apr 16 2012

The Pat Condell problem

I just watched a great Atheist Experience with Russell Glasser and Jeff Dee. At the beginning, a caller raised the issue of ‘Islamophobia’ among atheists, and specifically Pat Condell. His 2010 ‘No mosque at Ground Zero’ video came up, in which someone suggested he was blaming all Muslims for 9/11, as did the idea he’s …

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Mar 27 2012

The revolution won’t come in a Starbucks cup

Starbucks has deeply offended at least half its US customers, and the vast majority of its international customers. Those words aren’t mine, and I’m not sure if they’re true with regard to fact. I lifted them from a website, DumpStarbucks.com, which appears to have sprung up late last week and which swiftly went viral. The …

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