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Oxfam in trouble after ‘politically biased campaign’

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Faux film poster tweeted by Oxfam

Faux film poster tweeted by Oxfam

Oxfam, one of Britain’s leading aid charities, is facing an inquiry by the charity watchdog after it criticised the current government austerity measures.

On Twitter, Oxfam posted an image of a faux film poster, with the heading “The Perfect Storm” and the words “Starring zero hour contracts, high prices, benefit cuts, unemployment, childcare costs”.

The accompanying tweet stated: “Lifting the lid on austerity Britain reveals a perfect storm – and it’s forcing more and more people into poverty”.

Conservative MPs reported Oxfam to the charity watchdog as they regarded their campaign against poverty as ‘politically biased’ against the Conservative government. Read the rest of this entry

Homeless people treated like pigeons

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The inch-high studs have been installed in an alcove at the entrance to luxury flats in London

The inch-high studs have been installed in an alcove at the entrance to luxury flats in London

When I watched a video last week of a policeman cautioning a homeless man for ‘illegally’ sitting down, and stating “you can’t sit in the alleys, you can’t sit in the streets, you can’t sit on the sidewalks in Denver”, I shook my head and thought ‘only in America’ would there be a law this stupid.

However, shocking measures to deter the homeless in the UK have recently come to light, with metal studs being installed outside a block of flats in central London, to deter rough sleepers from occupying the doorway.

A woman who lives in the block told the Telegraph: “There was a homeless man asleep there about six weeks ago. Then about two weeks ago all of a sudden studs were put up outside. I presume it is to deter homeless people from sleeping there.” Read the rest of this entry

#YesAllWomen – Twitter’s Response to California Shootings

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On Friday night, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured 13 more in the college town of Isla Vista in California.

Rodger stabbed three people and shot three others before taking his own life. Over the weekend, videos emerged showing Rodger expressing his hatred of women and resenting the fact that no woman would sleep with him, claiming he would “slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blonde slut I see”.

Rodger was said to be severely mentally disturbed and some have blamed the mental healthcare system for these killings, however this case has also raised questions about America’s gun culture, and in particular the role of misogyny in Rodger’s motives.

In the videos, Rodger stated:

College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure, but in those years I’ve had to rot in loneliness, it’s not fair … I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me but I will punish you all for it. Read the rest of this entry