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Everyday life

This week has been an odd little bundle of complications. Of frustrations and blindsided punches. I’ve been left feeling tired, but thanks in part, well ok mostly to good medication, and an unstoppable desire to keep fighting the good fight, I have ridden through it. 530 more words

Submission to the select committee for sexual violence

**********Content warning: rape culture, graphic content, sexual violence, woman hating, suicide, sexism****************

Late last year the government announced a select committee inquiry into the funding of specialist sexual violence services in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 1,090 more words

Sexual Violence

Soft Power

The House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s influence published its report this week, comeplete with mind map and pages and pages of evidence. 1,542 more words

International Development

Bad day

“Killing oneself is, anyway, a misnomer. We don’t kill ourselves. We are simply defeated by the long, hard struggle to stay alive. When somebody dies after a long illness, people are apt to say, with a note of approval, “He fought so hard.” And they are inclined to think, about a suicide, that no fight was involved, that somebody simply gave up. 1,322 more words

Review of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (England and Wales)

Chloe Trew from SCLD’s policy team blogs on how the review of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (England and Wales), published today, has important messages and lessons for Scotland. 1,676 more words

The Political Week

Juliette Gerstein continues our series looking back at the week in politics

Much of the political debate this week concentrated on speculation about next week’s Budget, with pressure from Tory backbenchers and two former Chancellors, Lords Lawson and Lamont, for a revision to the 40% tax threshold to help middle earners. 381 more words


Getting Lunatics into the Asylum

In 1808, the Lunacy Act, also known as Wynn’s Act, was passed, enabling counties to establish their own lunatic asylums, with their own money. Although private hospitals, and those such as St Luke’s, had existed for decades, this act heralded a sea-change in how the mentally ill poor were dealt with by society, from being largely looked after within their own community to being institutionalised. 574 more words