Lord Morrow and the Balloon Man

Last year I blogged here about a Midlands sex worker called “Katie”. I was reminded of her this week when I read about the new clause that has been added to the Northern Ireland Human Trafficking Bill. In the course of the interview my friend conducted with her she talked about clients who come to see her for things other than penetrative sex. In particular … Continue reading Lord Morrow and the Balloon Man

Hoping that ToMorrow Never Comes

A look out of the window at the greyness that cloaked the Midlands today tells me that  time has moved on from last summer. Some things seem not to have changed. Unfortunately one of them is the quality of responses to consultations on proposals to criminalise the purchase of sex. Last summer it was Scotland, this time round it is Northern Ireland. I did blog … Continue reading Hoping that ToMorrow Never Comes

Thank You Rhoda Grant

So Rhoda Grant’s  misbegotten Bill to criminalise the clients of sex workers has died the death it deserved. No more do we need to get angry about her consultation with its loaded questions or her wilful misrepresentation of the responses to that consultation. It’s all history. She failed as she deserved to. With the benefit of hindsight we can see that her Bill was in … Continue reading Thank You Rhoda Grant

Asserted Not Demonstrated

Once upon a time there was a university lecturer who scribbled AND in the margins of his students’ essays. This stood for ‘Asserted not Demonstrated’ and was a sign of the importance he attached to structure argument supported by facts, in other words to intellectual rigour. Last week Rhoda Grant MSP published the results of the consultation on her proposal to criminalise the purchase of … Continue reading Asserted Not Demonstrated

A Debate That Misses The Point

I reproduce below an exchange of e-mails I have had with Gavin Shuker MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution, which was behind the much criticised information gathering survey to which some of those reading this may have replied. It doesn’t give much confidence that the Group will be prepared  to listen to those who want to stop the criminalisation band wagon in its … Continue reading A Debate That Misses The Point

Sex Work Is Still Work!

I was going to write some more about this. There is a ‘survey’ currently being conducted on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade to which responses are required by next Monday (4th February). This is a deeply flawed exercise with loaded questions that make clear what the Committee’s agenda is, namely attempting to tackle demand by criminalising … Continue reading Sex Work Is Still Work!