I’ve been working on this piece for a good few months now....and I am so grateful for everyone’s contribution. It takes a lot to talk about having your children removed, and that’s not purely because of how traumatic it is - there‘s also so much stigma surrounding it. We often think that a mother must … Continue reading We shouldn’t stigmatise mothers who have had their children removed
Time to Change still has work to do – but helping the most stigmatised doesn’t win votes
So many people with mental health problems still live in shame - people struggling with addiction, mothers who have had their children removed, people who have been caught in the criminal justice system. Why end the funding now?
Shameful illnesses – who made up the rules?
Who made up the rules about what illnesses or symptoms should be shameful?
LINEKER UNABLE TO RESPOND TO NEWS THAT OPINIONS ARE PROHIBITED IN SPORT
Sports legend Gary Lineker has been unable to respond to fresh criticism relating to his politically-charged tweets as he is not allowed an opinion on it. As a TV star and sports personality, it has been revealed that he is not authorised to have an opinion on anything that other people might disagree with. The … Continue reading LINEKER UNABLE TO RESPOND TO NEWS THAT OPINIONS ARE PROHIBITED IN SPORT
Don’t demonise social housing tenants
It's #HousingDay today - a national campaign that, this year, focusses on challenging the stigma surrounding social housing. I've lived in social housing myself - for about five years when I was in my late teens/early twenties on North Hull Estate. It was the house that my boyfriend's parents grew up in, his granddad lived … Continue reading Don’t demonise social housing tenants
Review: Gale is Dead
Part of the 'Man Alive' series on BBC iPlayer I hadn't heard of this series before but it gives you more than one issue to ponder. There's the subject of the particular episode and then layering on top of that is the 1960s/70s perspective of said subject. Fundamentally, however, some things never change. People without … Continue reading Review: Gale is Dead
I look at Katie Hopkins and think ‘you are nothing like me’
I think I reflect the national viewpoint here. Anyone who watched Ian Hislop's 'Who should we let in?' will no doubt have Hopkins' arrogance ringing in their ears. Of immigrants she said 'You look and them and think you are nothing like me'. Thank God for that. Because I would have a serious problem with … Continue reading I look at Katie Hopkins and think ‘you are nothing like me’