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The Ascent of Woman

On this centenary of the law giving British women limited voting rights for the first time in a general election, you may be interested to know that in 2004 I published a book, The Ascent of Woman, which was about the ideas behind the great campaign for the women’s suffrage. It’s a fascinating story, because the struggle for the women’s vote was bound up with other seismic changes in British society and social reforms all reflecting the overriding preoccupation with elevating human potential. You can buy The Ascent of Woman…

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Would the suffragettes have said #MeToo?

What would Emmeline Pankhurst or Millicent Fawcett have said to the film star Uma Thurman? Thurman has claimed that the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape by multiple women, made unwanted, degrading and “unpleasant” sexual advances towards her at the Savoy hotel and in Paris. Mr Weinstein says he made an “awkward pass” at her but there was no physical contact. Today marks the anniversary of the law giving women the first (limited) rights to vote in a general election, following the…

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The Nunes memo

Publication of the now-famous Nunes memo (full text here) has produced the kind of reaction which, if people were previously inclined to be sceptical about either its reliability or importance, is likely to have made them believe it is both well-founded and of exceptional importance. For the reaction by FBI folk, Democrats and the Trumpophobic media has been desperately twisted and incoherent to a quite jaw-dropping degree. These anti-Nunesians have maintained, with a straight face, that the memo reveals such sensitive secrets it has endangered American security and that it…

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