Monthly Archives: November 2011

Caron’s Moonlightings: Jo Swinson MP questions BBC on all male Sports Personality Shortlist

You might recall I wasn’t best pleased yesterday when I’d seen the shortlist for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award because it had not one single woman on it. At the same time as writing it, I fired off … Continue reading

Posted in BBC, Caron's Moonlightings, Feminism, Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrat Voice, Sport | Leave a comment

Labour need to de-toxify themselves after string of poisonous comments

I’m sure Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran thought she was joking when, as an aside in an interview with Holyrood magazine, she said: “I think if Alex Salmond went under a bus tomorrow – not that I would ask … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Salmond, Holyrood Magazine, Margaret Curran | 2 Comments

The Strike: No time for abuse or intimidation #n30

It was a fairly innocent post on Facebook I made last night. Something I thought was pretty innocuous, really. Caron Lindsay hopes that nobody gets grief for their decision to work or strike tomorrow. They should be respected, whatever they … Continue reading

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Only comfort from gloomy Autumn Statement – Lib Dem win on benefit rise

I look outside and see nothing but gloom and darkness and wildness tonight. I could be George Osborne looking out at the economy. No, scrub that. I could never be George Osborne. But there seriously isn’t much to take any … Continue reading

Posted in Danny Alexander, Economy, George Osborne | 2 Comments

I’m very proud of my brave girl – and grateful to Freddie Mercury

In the scheme of things, the very minor surgical procedure Anna underwent this morning isn’t a great drama. Or even a small drama. For a child who’s been lucky enough never to require much in the way of medical treatment, … Continue reading

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Cos women’s sport just doesn’t matter, does it? #SPOTY

Well, you won’t find me voting in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year this year, that’s for sure. The institutional misogyny at the BBC is alive and well. Clearly, in sport as in current affairs, women just aren’t worth … Continue reading

Posted in Beth Tweddle, Chrissie Wellington, Rebecca Adlington, Sarah Stevenson, Sport | 2 Comments

Why we need equal marriage

There are no words in this video from Get up Australia, just a beautifully shot portrayal of the ups and downs of a shared life that we can all relate to. I think my favourite bit is the argument in … Continue reading

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Let’s just not have reserved places for Bishops in the House of Lords – make your voice heard

The link I’m going to direct you to in a minute is a wee bit inaccurate, cos it says “No Bishops in the House of Lords.” That’s not strictly speaking what the petition that comes with it is asking for. … Continue reading

Posted in Bishops, Liberal Democrat Humanists and Secularists; House of Lords, Lords Reform | 2 Comments

Rennie highlights independence threat to Scottish research funding

The debate on whether Scotland should become an independent country or not is one which will go on for the next few years until the referendum takes place. However, there’s one phrase I’m already sick to death of hearing. You … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Salmond, Independence Referendum, Mike Russell, SNP, Willie Rennie | 2 Comments

Mike Moore heads for Brazil to boost Scottish Business

The first thing I did when I heard that Scottish Secretary Mike Moore was heading to Brazil this past weekend was to fire off a strongly worded e-mail to a member of his staff which went roughly along the lines … Continue reading

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