A ROW has broken out over a shop linked to a prominent Scottish Labour politician selling a comic book widely condemned as racist.
Damian CounsellHoly hell. This is a story about how an MSP USED TO RUN a bookshop that *currently* sells a Tintin book that some people think should be banned because its depiction of the Congolese is racist.
Labour’s proposed new antisemitism code will penalise members who make "vexatious" claims on the grounds that many complaints about antisemitism have been made "as part of a factional agenda". The nature of the penalties are not
Roots says he has previously shown Oliver how to make ‘real deal’ jerk cuisine
Damian CounsellThis article actually contains the phrase "as the row over cultural appropriation widened". It's not enough that an elected Labour MP has started a political row over a microwaveable rice flavour; now, it's escalated.
Gisela Stuart reveals why she changed her mind on the EU and led the campaign for Brexit.
Damian CounsellIf you are interested in the EU Ref, this is gripping listening. Gisela Stuart talks about why she, a German immigrant, went from philia to scepticism. It's the opposite of a Humphrys *Today* interview: so much insight and substance in such a short time.
Owen Jones couldn't be more wrong about the relationship between capitalism and slavery
Damian CounsellMy mum's descended from slaves. She spent most of her adult life working voluntarily for capitalists, exporting goods to places where slavery had been abolished. I can't find words for how stupid it is to believe "capitalism caused slavery". This man has.
Nicholas Blincoe admires Jayne Senior’s lonely fight to reveal the sex abuse ring in Rotherham
Damian CounsellThe truth about the Rotherham abuse scandal is somehow even worse than I thought. Jayne Senior's struggle to expose it against institutional and criminal cover-up is like something from terrifying conspiracy series.
It has been suggested that women spend £13 a month on sanitary products on average.
Damian Counsell@euanmccolm It's not "women" though, is it? It's one woman, making a claim that's both open to objective measurement and that's been questioned by people who are, overwhelmingly, women.
Today the Swedish Karolinska Institutet (KI) will announce its decision about 6 papers of their former professor and surgeon, Paolo Macchiarini. This article will be updated accordingly. The backgr…
Damian CounsellI don't read Swedish so can't confirm this blogpost is accurate. But, if it is, this scientific misconduct case is jaw-dropping. 3 dead patients! Breaking the 1947 Nuremburg Code! Faking both a license to practise medicine and a PhD! Retracting 6 papers!
Chelsea Russell said she used the Snap Dogg lyric as a tribute to a boy who died in a crash.
Damian CounsellA 19-year-old woman *quoted* a *black* American rapper's lyrics including the word "nigga" on her *private* social media profile. Someone anonymously screengrabbed it. She now has a conviction for a "hate crime" on her record. WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS END?!
Journalist and author Simon Jenkins has argued that the best way to end the Syrian war is to let Assad win. Syrian refugee Hassan Akkad supports military intervention.
Damian CounsellA Syrian refugee vs Simon Jenkins. This is one of those clips they'll play in 50 years time and everyone will shake their heads, as if at a dinner party scene in an historical drama about slavery in the American South.
Jeremy Corbyn says he is 'sincerely sorry for the pain' caused by anti-Semitism in Labour.
Damian CounsellWe have reached that glorious day when, even as his followers are still screaming at everyone that there is no anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, the Jezziah himself has said that there is.