An Issue of Consent

In the light of a number of recent events I have been meaning to write about consent. My thoughts on this topic atre still maturing but in the meantime I wsih to say this: The Polish politician Andrzej Lepper committed suicide in August 2011 as his party collapsed around him. Just four years earlier Samoobrona or Self Defence had been part of the governing coalition … Continue reading An Issue of Consent

A Sex Worker Set in Stone

This is a picture of the Puppet Theatre in the Polish city of Wroclaw. The fine neo-Baroque building was built in the 1890s when the city was called Breslau and belonged to Germany. It was originally built as a sort of Chamber of Commerce building and there is an interesting story behind the two stone figures who hold up the entrance portal. The left hand one … Continue reading A Sex Worker Set in Stone

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

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