Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard

November 26, 2013

I think it’s important that these days school students know it’s OK to be visible. I suppose it’s always been OK, but as recent initiatives in schools and numerous feel-good videos on YouTube will tell you, standing up┬áto the bullies by standing with the underdog is a powerful and effective strategy and the best way to achieve this is to make the little guy visible.

This is more difficult if you’re a young person travelling through a city centre to commute to school. On the one hand, it’s safer in a city not to stand out too much for fear of attracting attention. On the other, it’s possible to look so small and vulnerable that you automatically become a target. Read the rest of this entry »


A great political lie, and I fell for it.

November 13, 2013

I’m not successful. Certainly not by the standards of modern politicians. I’m working for a living wage (and a bit more, if I’m honest) and providing for my family. My wife works and brings money in too, and we have a reasonably comfortable existence.

I’ve never used a food bank. I’ve never used a payday lender. I’m unbelievably relieved that it hasn’t gone that way. On the face of it, what David Cameron tells me matches my existence. I’m working hard, and I’m managing to get by. I’m a worker, not a shirker.

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