Porn and taboo: it’s awfully quiet in here

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All italicised quotations are from our porn survey respondents The thing about porn (well, yes, one of many things, but this is a real big one), is that although as a generation we’ve accepted it as a staple, we still feel uncomfortable talking about it. We shy away from interrogating it. Porn’s both completely normalised, … Continued

What’s wrong with British party funding anyway?

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It’s often hard for liberal socialist types like myself to remember, but the last Labour Prime Minister but one resigned in the midst of a party funding scandal. When most of us hear mention of Tony Blair, we think “war criminal”, so it is easy to forget that the rush into an illegal war happened … Continued

Conversing with democracy

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“What do you want for Egypt?” I cannot resist asking. He stops mid-stride and spins to face me, his eyes meeting mine in an unflinching gaze. There is no pause before his response, no hesitation within his words; he immediately knows his answer. “I want democracy. Democracy for my country. Just like your country.” I … Continued