Rape and Anonymity – Quick Thoughts

The conviction of Ched Evans (and acquittal of his co-defendant) of rape lit the blue touch paper on Twitter. There was an outpouring of vile tweets about the victim (documented by stfumisoginists here – now taken down). Things got more serious when various people named (or purported to name) the victim and directed the abuse…

Mr Briggs’ Hat

I’ve just finished reading an absolutely excellent book – Mr Briggs’ Hat (by Kate Colquhoun) and would heartily recommend it to everyone. It’s a sort of historical detective novel, narrating the true account of a Victorian ‘locked room’ style murder, its investigation and trial. It’s as readable as any novel and all the better for…

Slagging off Judges

President Obama got in a bit of hot water last week by suggesting that for the Supreme Court to overturn part or all of the Affordable Care Act would be an “unprecedented, extraordinary step” for “an unelected group of people” due to the fact that it had been “passed by a strong majority of a…