Tag: propaganda

Well, Are All Civilisations Equal?

Pierre Haski’s article in CiF on the French elections contains this little gem: But Le Pen’s success is also, as Hollande suggested in his first speech on Sunday night, the responsibility of Nicolas Sarkozy who played with fire in his…

When Is It OK To….

…sneer at the names children are given by their parents? I ask, because, on occasion, I hold my nose and take a peek at the ‘Guardian’ educational pages, where one sometimes finds articles like this one: In my roles of moral icon,…

Doomed To Failure…

Pupils at primary and secondary schools across Brighton and Hove will be given “early intervention” lessons to prevent abuse. The lessons for boys and girls from six years up will teach them not to hit, to be nice and how…

It Was The Adverts Wot Dun It!

The Riots, Communities and Victims Panel, set up by David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in the wake of the riots, will highlight the role of big business in creating a damaging consumerist culture in some of the…

Moving Those Goalposts….

Children are still exposed to the same level of junk food advertising despite tighter regulations, research suggests. Eh? Are companies breaching the regulations, then? Newcastle University academics said 6.1% of adverts seen by children were about junk food before the…

The ‘Poverty’ Pimps Are On The March!

The statistics show almost 10,000 children in Brighton and Hove are growing up in poverty. Oh noes! Shock! Horror! Families in parts of Brighton and Hove are relying on handouts of bread, clothes and shoes to keep going. Appalling! Outrage!…

A Bad Taste In The Mouth…

…that’s what I have this morning. And no, it’s not through overindulging last night, either. It’s from reading the ‘Guardian’: “It is unacceptable to us,” said Rakesh Sonawane, Bidve’s brother-in-law. “They say the investigation is still pending, the charge sheet…

Food For Thought?

Shelagh McKinlay (who blogs at ‘The Absurdist’) on the latest useless piece of ‘research’ on diet: I once ordered a cheese roll at a cafe in Fife and was astonished to hear the waitress cry: “Once through the hot fat…

With Friends Like These….

Are tobacco companies abusing freedom-of-information laws by asking for the raw data obtained by academics studying teenage smoking? Well, Maurice, since you’re director of the UK Campaign for Freedom of Information, why don’t you tell us? I mean, you’re surely…

Budget Crisis? What Budget Crisis?

Hundreds of thousands of families are to be visited by travel advisers who will tell them to stop driving their cars. Armed with bus timetables and cycle route maps, they will knock on doors and lecture on the need for…

”If we could talk to the animals….”

…it’d be a horrific abuse of their rights. Apparently…. Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin has launched a stinging attack on the research of a visiting American academic and has urged students in the south to boycott her lecture. *gets…