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“My parents say I’m ugly…”

There is a letter in the weekend section of today’s Guardian from a teenage girl to an advice columnist called Annalisa Barbieri, who answers a question each week about difficulties with family relations. This...

Prayer mats on the caravan trail?

So says the most powerful man in the world, the self-styled Very Stable Genius, the president of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump. The fact is this: Muslims do not go round...

Lauren Cooper (Janis Revell)

This morning it crossed my mind to Google the name of Janis Revell, a young lady who was deafblind who died an agonising death in a British hospital in 1999 whose poems and writings...

A still from a Gillette video in which a Black man is stopping a man of Latino appearance outside a shop, putting his right hand on the man's lower abdomen.

About that Gillette ad …

So, yesterday the razor manufacturer Gillette published an advertisement contrasting examples of harmful expressions of masculinity, such as fighting and sexual harassment, accompanied by fatalistic or enabling attitudes such as “boys will be boys”...

A picture of a Garmin Dezl 580 sat-nav with a map of an American city shown, with a list of two truck stops and a pizzeria on the right.

Review: Garmin Dezl 580

Last year I bought, and then returned, Garmin’s latest ‘flagship’ truck sat-nav, the Dezl 780. The reason I returned it was that a major feature which I used on a daily basis, the ability...

An open-top double-deck bus, painted white with the Union flag painted across the back with the words "Believe in Britain: Leave Means Leave". On the right-hand side the text reads "Stop the Brexit betrayal".

Remainers, the “elite” and Corbyn

I’m a remainer. So why do I feel more and more sympathy for leave voters? by Joseph Harker (the Guardian) This piece, published today on the Guardian’s website (probably for the Observer tomorrow), reiterates...

Picture of David Lammy, a Black man with very short hair wearing a white shirt, a shimmering red tie with a dark blue jacket over the shirt.

Foreigners, foreigners and more foreigners

One of my biggest complaints about Remainers is that, when discussing the issue of the end of free movement between Britain and the EU, instead of emphasising the benefits to Britain and British people...

Picture of a village sign showing a church and a man pushing a loaded barrow across grass in front of it; the sign stands on a pole amid a flowerbed surrounded by benches and a roadsign facing the other way. There is a parade of shops across the road which stretches from a corner behind the sign, including a florist with flowers displayed outside at the shop on the corner.

No injustice

In 2011 Sally Challen was jailed for life for murdering her husband, Richard Challen, at his home (and formerly their marital home) in Claygate, Surrey (which is down the road from where I live)....

Portrait of Kate Osamor, a Black woman wearing a necklace consisting of 3 solid metal bands, with a top consisting of yellow shapes on a black background.

Kate Osamor and her council house

Recently the Labour MP for Edmonton, Kate Osamor, has come under criticism for still occupying a council property despite having a job that pays her a £77,000 annual salary. This is the same MP...

A black-and-white picture of a checkpoint on the main Belfast-Dublin road some time during the Troubles. Cars and trucks are queueing, there is a raised barrier and soldiers or police are standing at a driver's window apparently inspecting a document. There are concrete blocks at regular intervals on both sides of the road. A distance sign gives the road number A1 and distances to Dundalk and Dublin.

Yes, Brexit does have to come first

The past few weeks, I have noticed that there are two bitterly opposed camps when it comes to the importance of Brexit or other issues, particularly as regards the Labour party. One side seeks...

Jeremy Corbyn, an elderly white man with thin white and grey hair, sitting on the front bench of the House of Commons wearing a white shirt, red tie and dark grey suit jacket.

Stupid woman: sexist? Ableist?

Earlier this week Jeremy Corbyn was widely criticised in the media and on social media for supposedly mouthing “stupid woman” at Theresa May, the prime minister, during a parliamentary debate. Corbyn claims he actually...