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Justice isn't supposed to make a victim 'feel better', Damian Green

16 November 2013

Coming next month to a courtroom near you: a bewildered young man, freshly convicted, trembles in the dock while awaiting his fate. But just before sentencing, a weeping widow stands,… Read more

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I’m sick of sponsoring you to suffer

27 July 2013

Within waving distance of blessed solid ground, Susan Taylor lost her bid to swim the Channel — and, with it, her life. She was 34 years old, brainy and beautiful,… Read more

People. England. 1957. A mother and a young child look at a line of washing machines in a laundrette.

The mother myth

19 January 2013

Here she comes again. Back at the top of the news, draped in the robes of the righteous, embraced by those who sanctify all things traditional: the ‘full-time mother’. As… Read more

Search Continues For April Jones After Suspect Is Charged With Her Murder

Not in front of the children

13 October 2012

Nobody this side of the indecently callous would wish to rain upon the parade in Machynlleth on Sunday. As it slowly wound its way through the streets towards the local… Read more

The need for seed

1 September 2012

It’s a fair bet that most wives, asked to list the things they feel are jointly owned with their husbands, would tick them off in a trice: the house, the… Read more

Experts in suffering

19 May 2012

It’s unwise to treat victims of tragedy as universal sages It really is no surprise to learn that Sara Payne favours restrictions to keep online pornography away from children. There… Read more

Worse than hacks

14 January 2012

OK, we get it. We’re scum. Lowest of the low. If nothing else comes from the Leveson inquiry, at least the British public may be assured that its views of… Read more

Institutionalised brutality

24 September 2011

Lord Winston must have known he placed a puss among the pigeons when he aired his view, a couple of weeks ago, that nurses from Eastern Europe are putting NHS… Read more

Feel the pain

17 September 2011

There’s a passage in Willy Russell’s wonderful novel, The Wrong Boy, which could almost be funny — except, wisely, Russell doesn’t play it for laughs. The book chronicles a childhood… Read more

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Old father time

19 March 2011

Becoming a dad past retirement age isn’t miraculous, it’s just selfish He isn’t the first and he won’t be the last. But lack of originality was clearly the least of… Read more

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The hangover from hell

5 February 2011

If a drunken woman and a drunken man have sex, our legal system treats the man as a rapist. That’s wrong — and patronising Imagine, for a moment, that you’ve… Read more

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Hard labour

4 December 2010

More women than ever are having their babies by Caesarian section. Not the old last-resort emergency type, either; the ones where mothers howl for days, to the point of peril… Read more

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The burka curtails my freedom

31 July 2010

The great debate about the full-face Muslim veil is usually cast in terms of religious rights, says Carol Sarler. But what about my right to see who I’m talking to?… Read more

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Do you want someone like you in charge?

30 June 2010

Why must government be ‘representative’, asks Carol Sarler. It makes no sense. We must fight back against this pernicious new orthodoxy Only a week ago, as Julia Gillard was sworn… Read more

The shameful truth is that we love our sex crimes

27 May 2009

In Ireland, some 2,000 adults who gave evidence of assault at the hands of Roman Catholic priests and nuns are, probably correctly, spitting tacks. The inquiry into their treatment when… Read more

There is no dignity in this Alzheimer’s parade

18 February 2009

In the week that John Suchet made his wife’s dementia public, Carol Sarler questions this revelatory trend. Is it really what the sufferers would have wanted? Her end, when it… Read more

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Don’t waste time courting ‘moderate’ Muslims

22 August 2007

Enlisting the help of ‘moderate’ Muslims is pointless Funny the difference a few weeks can make. When I went away for an extended holiday, the subtle but unmistakable consensus on… Read more