Our straight talking Lancashire lass takes a sideways look at the daily news.
Today’s news: Crime, babies and curry
Weeks after the riots that swept England more details are emerging about who was actually involved. So far we have a group of unruly hoodies mixed with a couple of ‘respectables’ including a primary school teaching assistant and a millionaire’s daughter (probably seen as a cry for help because she’s not from a rough estate). But it’s easy to generalise. And we have!
As it turns out, three quarters of the looters were known criminals - Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke refuses to blame factors like poverty, bleak hopeless futures for young kids mixed with our ferocious consumer culture. Oh no, the riots were totally down to a ‘feral underclass’ who have criminal backgrounds and refuse to learn their lessons.
I agree that the looters were a massive bunch of horrible cretins, but to label the whole lot as a feral group of scummy criminals who are all from one section of society is a bit like trying to sweep an elephant under the carpet.
And as this comes from the man who believes that rape isn’t ‘rape’ unless it involves being pulled from the street into a back alley, I doubt his assertions.
But it seems the ‘justice revolution’ will be televised. David Cameron is set to make the historic decision to allow TV cameras inside the courtroom. This opens a massive can of squirming legal worms. Will cameras impede witnesses and defendants from giving evidence properly? Will broadcasting court cases lead to trial-by-public-opinion? I’m no expert but these are certainly interesting times...
Away from the world of crime and punishment, sperm donation has been raising some sticky issues. Namely, donor siblings – that is, people born through artificial insemination who all have the same biological father.
Currently in the US there is no legal limit on the number of children created from one donor. One such Super Stud has produced over 150 children this way Apart from being a bit of a head mash for the donor’s offspring, what about the risk of accidental incest? I’d avoid doppelgangers at all costs!
Saying that, our Super Stud may soon be out of a job if current trends are anything to go by. Up to 25% of UK women have put their family plans on hold because of the recession. The research, carried out by Red magazine shows that two years of recession have already had a massive impact on our families of the future.
At least there is some refreshing honesty from Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Alyson Hannigan. She’s been spotted sporting a ‘baby bump’ sparking rumours that she’s about to drop a sprog. But she has stated that she isn’t with child, she has simply eaten too much food, is bloated and needs to do more exercise. I think this has just propelled her towards being the coolest celebrity ever.
And talking about pigging out, if you’re partial to the occasional takeaway then take care. British takeaways are ram packed full of illegal colourings and nasty chemicals.
A study of Indian and Chinese takeaways found high levels of illegal colourings, nuts in nut-free dishes and vast amounts of salt and saturated fats. But let’s face it, you’re probably not thinking about health when you’re tucking into a delicious chicken tikka.
But if healthiness is on your mind, then you’re best off checking out our iVillage UK recipe finder for some wholesome top notch nosh!