In 1999, the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police Service was labelled as “institutionally racist” by Sir William Macpherson in his report into the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence. Was this controversial action by Macpherson effective and, if so, could this ‘organisational tagging’ be applied elsewhere? For example, should the UK Government be labelled as “institutionally discriminatory towards children and young people”? Continue reading
Chapter 13 of Mary Whitehouse’s 1982 autobiography, “A Most Dangerous Woman” discusses her fight to bring in new legislation to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. She describes how the Home Office (headed by Merlyn Rees), the Director of Public Prosecutions (Sir Thomas Hetherington), and the Attorney General (Samuel Silkin) showed a “consistent unwillingness to take action”, even after 1.6 million signatures had been gathered from the public. It was only through the use of a Private Member’s Bill by Cyril Townsend MP and the campaigning by Mary Whitehouse and her colleagues that the Protection of Children Act 1978 was passed. More information on the Act is available here. The debate is recorded in Hansard here.
At the same time as the Home Office was “unwilling to take action” in 1978, we know that key member/s of PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange) were operating from within the Home Office. Continue reading
400 million people go to Wikipedia for information every month. The CIA, the Vatican and Bell Pottinger are among those who have tried, and failed, to subvert the integrity of Wikipedia’s content. Use Wikipedia to share your research and make the world a better place.
I love Wikipedia so much that last week I gave the people running it £5 of my hard-earned money to help keep the site free from commercial influence. I’d previously thought that giving money to Wikipedia undermined the principle of it being “free”, but then I realised that this kind of thinking was symptomatic of the hippy mindset that ruined so many “free” music concerts in the 1960’s and 70’s when the musicians had the audacity to ask for a contribution to the petrol for their tour bus and vengeful hippies smashed the place up… so I put my hand in my pocket. Continue reading