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Ex-UKIP councillor Stephen Searle guilty of murdering wife - the comment from his colleague has to be seen to be believed.
Following the verdict, former politician Bill Mountford told BBC Suffolk he still considered Searle "a friend", adding "these things happen". Mr Mountford, who was leader of UKIP at Suffolk County Council when Searle was a councillor, said: "I still regard Steve as fundamentally a decent man who has found himself in circumstances beyond his control. I'm not condoning it in any way but I was very, very sad to hear of Steve's conviction. I'm well aware domestic disputes can get out of hand but I feel equally sorry for both Steve and his now deceased wife."
15 hours ago
To Defeat Far-Right Nationalists, Don’t Try to Imitate Them
This article is very frustrating, because while it lists lots of things NOT to do, it doesn't give the slightest clue as to what WOULD be effective. I suspect that's because the author doesn't know. Because none of us know. And that's really frightening.
16 hours ago
Either / And: Change for the better?
Jen Yockney says what I have been thinking about the changes to BBC political programming.
2 days ago
Brewdog ‘not at all bothered’ by Portman ruling over Pink IPA complaint
I read this and thought, once more, "If only Brewdog's product was a tenth as good as their marketing department, they'd be challenging Diageo by now".
Why has nobody who makes actually drinkable beverages poached their marketing department yet? Answers on a postcard...
2 days ago
Twitter
I posted Report Back from FCC Saturday the 14th July to my dreamwidth blog
from twitter
3 days ago
miss_s_b | Report Back from FCC Saturday the 14th July
I posted Report Back from FCC Saturday the 14th July to my dreamwidth blog
from twitter
3 days ago
miss_s_b | The Blood is the Life for 13-07-2018
I posted The Blood is the Life for 13-07-2018 to my dreamwidth blog
from twitter
5 days ago
My responses to the government GRA consultation | Sarah Brown's Blog
If you're unsure about what a reasonable response to the GRA consultation would look like, here's one.
14 days ago
Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 Consultation
This is going to get piled on by transphobes. Please add to the number of reasonable people filling it in.
14 days ago
How to win with the new politics (are you listening, Lib Dems?) - Radix
Some really good points in here, which I suspect HQ will be conveniently deaf to. I don't know WHY a party of radical liberals always ends up staffed and led by mostly managerial centrists, but we do, and it's thoroughly demoralising.
16 days ago
Cabin Pressure: The sitcom that broke records
This is an extended advert for the fact that the final episode of Cabin Pressure will feature on BBC Radio 4 Extra's Comedy Club on Sunday 15 July at 23:00. If you've not heard it, you should. The lemon is in play.
16 days ago
miss_s_b | Quick Update
I posted Quick Update to my dreamwidth blog
from twitter
16 days ago
Hundreds Of Women In The UK Have Been Prosecuted For Lying About Rape
Those still wondering about why women don't report: read this.
16 days ago
Poll: 73% say 'Brexit dividend' is a lie
Interesting and concise on confirmation bias
29 days ago
miss_s_b | An Update on the Ashdown Prize for Motherhood and Apple Pie has arrived...
I posted An Update on the Ashdown Prize for Motherhood and Apple Pie has arrived... to my dreamwidth blog
from twitter
29 days ago
Immigration officers compete on arrest numbers to win cake
"schemes were supposed to incentivise officers but may be seen as evidence that staff are still under pressure from the Home Office to apprehend suspects in significant numbers" - the Home Office really are bastards
4 weeks ago
Upskirting to be made criminal offence with two-year prison sentence under proposed law | The Independent
Three cheers for Wera Hobhouse! The new law will, if passed, apply to anyone in any form of skirt or kilt regardless of gender or gender presentation.
4 weeks ago
New words list June 2018 | Oxford English Dictionary
Lots of new LGBTQIAA+ words in here, but also cuddy wifter, which I know will please my dad :)
4 weeks ago
Mumsnet brings in tougher forum rules after transgender row
MN "clamping down on transphobia" by banning the use of the terms cis, cisgender, and TERF. Sorry, just got to go find my eyes, they appear to have rolled RIGHT out of my head...
4 weeks ago
Doctor Who, Twitch and race
Heartfelt and thoughtful piece.
4 weeks ago
Rising crime is symptom of inequality, says senior Met chief
I think there's something in this, but I'm wary of it sliding into "crime is only committed by poor people, therefore punish the poor for being poor" territory.
Rich people commit crimes too. It's just they're less likely to be caught, and if they ARE caught they can afford representation.
4 weeks ago
tigerfort | How bad could it be, really?
In which the consequences of a no-deal brexit are laid out in terrifying detail.
5 weeks ago
The secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death | UK news | The Guardian
So secret they've been punished in detail in the Grauniad... Still, v interesting
5 weeks ago
The story of the marvel movie you've probably never seen (twitter thread)
I'm a big fan of Roger Corman, and have heard of this but not seen it.
5 weeks ago
Say no to Article 13's censorship machine | Open Rights Group
If you want to do something about the article linked above, click here
5 weeks ago
I did a twitter poll about lactation.
The results so far are genuinely amazing.
5 weeks ago
My Chapter in “Trans Britain” | Sarah Brown's Blog
A fascinating look at the last 15 years or so of trans activism in the UK
5 weeks ago
DiscoverEU | European Youth Portal
Are you 18, or do you know an 18-year-old, in the EU? (UK still counts!)

The EU is offering *free passes* this summer which will allow you and up to four friends to travel around the continent.

See here for details of how to apply.
5 weeks ago
weekly_food_challenge | Challenge #45 - Lime and Mustard salad dressing
In which I reveal the recipe for my famous (and dead simple) favourite salad dressing
6 weeks ago
This Lawyer Says The Home Office Used The NHS To Deny A Woman A Visa By Inventing A Debt
"Immigration lawyer John Vassiliou said that his client had never received a bill for treatment she received and was never offered the option of paying the charges, and that the NHS invoice was issued a day after the refusal letter was sent." - the Home Office continues in bastardry
6 weeks ago
Why do people get more conservative as they get older? They don't.
... it's just that the ones that are not conservative skew poorer, and the poor die younger...
6 weeks ago
What do slugs hate? RHS are putting home remedies to the test
... but not beer, strangely, which is the one my dad uses.
6 weeks ago
Vacancies - Bat Conservation Trust
Fancy working for the Bat Conservation Trust? Now's your chance!
6 weeks ago
Discover Weakly | Liz Pelly
On Spotify's algorithmic reinforcement of the sexism in the music industry.
I specifically seek out lady artists a lot of the time, but still when I go to my daily playlists or discover weekly it recs me 90% men. It's very frustrating.
(full disclosure: I haven't used the Smirnoff Equaliser because I'm in the UK and can't)
6 weeks ago
Neville Southall: ‘I’ve got a bit of flak because I stick up for sex workers’
If you want to know why Nev has become a bit of a hero of late, read this interview. I think he's lovely. Read this to cheer yourself up.
6 weeks ago
pod_together 2018 coming soon!
Eeeeeee! Pod Together is hands down my favourite fandom thing!
6 weeks ago
miss_s_b | Lib Dem Federal Conference 101: Debates
Another little primer, this time on the conduct of debates.
from twitter
6 weeks ago
miss_s_b | Lib Dem Federal Conference 101: Timings
One of an occasional series in which I explain bits of lib dem conference, in probably still too jargon-filled and wordy a manner for most people.
from twitter
6 weeks ago
From Facebook to Amazon, these are the default privacy settings you should change
OfC several of these are not relevant to me, as I do not have a facebook account, but they might be helpful to you, dear reader.
6 weeks ago
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