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What happens when you grass on someone at work?

The news that a culture of bullying pervades the NHS and stories of surgeons throwing scalpels and bawling out interns is quite alarming. Patients are also in the firing line. The sentencing of Ian Paterson, jailed for 15 years after carrying out unnecessary cancer...

Conservative grassroots at war with their parliamentary party

“We’ve been moving to this point for 20 years. Brexit is the issue that has brought it to a head,” said John Strafford, the host of the Beaconsfield barbecue. “You end up with the parliamentary party 60 to 70 percent in favour of ‘Remain’, and the voluntary party 60...

Author shares behind the scenes of politics in British crime thriller.

 The Missing Activist by Louise Burfitt-Dons confronts a threat that exposes not just the Tories and Westminster but all of the UK "It’s easy in the era of Facebook groups and Twitter to live in a bubble.” — Louise Burfitt-Dons Reader appetite for girl crime books is...

Acid Attacks Rise in UK

Nala is a thirty something Somalian who is murdered in London while over at a conference raising awareness of acid attacks on women. Her compelling backstory is what brought her to the City. How her attacker had scarred her as a teenager because she’d backed out of an...

Five Fast Facts: The Missing Activist

CCHQ  is the headquarters of the British Conservative Party. It houses central staff and committee members and maintains overall responsibility for targeting voters and seats, including shortlisting and finalising the selection of conservative candidates across...

Five Fast Facts: Moderating Feminism

Moderating Feminism first off covers the history of the movement from the Contagious Diseases Act to the implications of today’s sharia courts. Have we moved forward? The subject has always been fraught with contradictions. The Great War caused infighting over whether...

Book Blog

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book. Paul Morris is a one-hit-wonder writer. He’s been coasting ever since his first (and only) flush of fame/success. Mostly Paul is in the company of younger women which suits him well. But...

Five Fast Facts: Act Against Bullying

Act Against Bullying is a set of monologues I researched in 2000 and first published in 2002. It was the reason for me setting up Act Against Bullying as a charity. They’ve been used in schools as a means of discussing the awkward situations which can lead on to...

The Machiavellian Genius of Dark Femininity

When I set up Act Against Bullying in 2000 it was commonly believed that women didn't bully.  That was a boys thing.  Research into the motivations of girl gangs and female criminology only began in the 1980s as women’s social behaviour changed. Chicken or egg?  Who...