Author: Laura Mullan

It’s High Time Boris Johnson Resigned

Well, we all knew Boris Johnson was a bumbling, arrogant, dangerous man – didn’t we? In the ‘What Has One Of Theresa May’s Minister’s Done Now?’ sweepstakes, Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, is racing ahead of the competition by endangering British Citizen, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.   Yes, that’s right. …

We Still Have Dickensian Attitudes Towards Poverty

Dickensian thinking among the super-rich has never gone away Believe it or not, I wrote that sentence a week ago — long before the amazing long-read Buzzfeed article hit the internet, detailing white supremacy’s rise to popularity. But that article proves what I have long thought: that the issues with …

Boob Squishing – How to Survive Your Mammogram 

Apparently breast screening is offered to all women aged 47 – 73 who are registered with a GP in England, or aged 50 – 70 in the rest of the UK. I don’t quite know how, but I got to 50 before anyone got around to contacting me about it. I knew …

Theresa May and the Art of Shovelling Horsesh*t

I spent most of yesterday shovelling poo. This is not a metaphor — I really did load up many, many barrowloads of well-rotted manure to be spread on my garden because apparently I’m a bit weird like that. During all of this shovelling, I learned that there is, unsurprisingly, a limit as to how much horsesh*t one person can shovel in one day – but it seems …

The NHS Needs More Than Just Money

Systematic reviews of something as complicated as the NHS take time and need careful consideration, so are best left to experts, which is why the Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Health Care System was commissioned to research the thorny issue of whether the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) was having a …

The Reality of the Rural Poor: It’s Not All Big Houses in the Country. 

Go down any single-track country road and you will find cottages dotted here and there; or perhaps you’ll only see a narrow drive that leads goodness knows where, to houses hidden down long lanes. But despite popular misconceptions, the people who live here are not usually the Damon Albarn’s of this world who have decided to …

What White People Need to Learn About White Supremacy

All white people are racists.   That got your attention, didn’t it? Before you start on the whole ‘How dare you’ thing, I’m white and, while I try my very hardest not to be prejudiced, I am – because that’s what I was taught by society as I grew up. I don’t always realise it, but that is …

Joss Whedon and Gorram Performative Feminism

Well gorram, that was disappointing. The ‘that’, of course, being the emerging news that geek-culture creator Joss Whedon is a bit of a douchebag. I’m not your usual type of nerd; I don’t sit at my keyboard googling every last piece of information about every show I love, and all its cast, crew …

Can Vince Cable Save the Lib Dems?

*Record scratch* *freeze frame* Yup, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation. Well yes, Lib Dems, that’s exactly what I’m wondering. How has a party descended from the Liberal and Whigs, once one of the two major parties in Parliament, come to this? How have you ended up with only twelve …

Peter W. Smith and the Tragedy of the US Healthcare System

The death of Peter W. Smith on May 14 2017 was initially reported without much fanfare, but the recent news that he committed suicide has sent the internet into a frenzy of conspiracy theory speculation. To be fair he was someone who actively tried to access Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails in order to help …