The terrible tale of Tuam

Continuing my usual practice of being late to press has the advantage of letting more details of a story emerge, being very late means that other people still cover the fuller picture before I do but I can cope. A little while back a tale of terrible cruelty from Ireland’s past emerged involving as always the Catholic church and cruelty to children. Stories about bad things the Catholic church is alleged to have done in the past, much like accusations against aging celebrities, causes even usually calm heads to discard their usual rigor and leap upon the most sensationalist headlines … Continue reading

UKIP, UAF and reporting

Yesterday UKIP had a rally in central London and the UAF protested it, as apparently they think that UKIP are a racist and fascist party. Normally I don’t go to part political meetings and in fact yesterday was the first one I’ve been to as an adult, so despite not being a UKIP supporter the prospect of UAF based amusement dragged me up into town. I’m not going to bother talking about what UKIP said, as that’s been badly covered by the mainstream media and besides it was the usual rally the troops sort of deal – so if you … Continue reading

Fun with facts

Apparently Channel 4 are showing yet another poverty porn series, which seem rather the fashion these days. This one is called “Benefits street” and has caused something of a stir – which is probably why they chose the title. After the first episode there has been all sorts of people claiming that the program is either highlighting a really important issue or cruel evil exploitation of honest working class people. Many people are claiming that it’s just fueling hatred and dividing people as some part of an evil Tory scheme, and that the program is distorting the facts. This has … Continue reading