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Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, she’s still her own worst enemy

Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, she’s still her own worst enemy

By Steven George-Hilley The former first lady and secretary of state has the profile, determination and funding to make it to the White House. But her previous presidential bid exposed character flaws which alienated supporters and ultimately derailed her 2008 campaign. As Hillary announces her new campaign for 2016, will history repeat itself? When Hillary Rodham Clinton announced she was […]

by · 12th April 2015 · US Politics
Celebrating International Women’s Day is not enough

Celebrating International Women’s Day is not enough

By Clare George-Hilley Since 1911 International Women’s Day has marked the economic, political and social achievements of women from around the world. But celebration alone is not enough, much more needs to be done to break down the barriers which are holding women back. This year’s theme is ‘make it happen’ and is a fitting reminder that we all have […]

by · 8th March 2015 · Blog
Wolf Hall, another milestone in the great Tudor revival

Wolf Hall, another milestone in the great Tudor revival

By Clare George-Hilley The Tudor period, which gave our country such rich culture and strong national identity is still making a comeback. The great Tudor revival has captured the imagination of many in our country. So let us remember to be proud of our exciting and vivid history instead of being ashamed of it. The Tudor period is a remarkable […]

by · 18th February 2015 · Reviews & Arts
Sheikh down: Mahmood’s questionable journalism

Sheikh down: Mahmood’s questionable journalism

By Steven George-Hilley The fake Sheikh story shows how crime and journalism can get too close for comfort. There is also the terrible pain and suffering that tabloid journalism at its worst can inflict on naive people who are just as flawed as the rest of us “I have to tell you I have never been so nervous in my […]

by · 13th November 2014 · Blog
Truth can stop Scotland sleepwalking to catastrophe

Truth can stop Scotland sleepwalking to catastrophe

In the run up to the referendum on Scottish Independence, Steven George-Hilley writes about the choice facing the Scottish people. One of the most successful aspects of the Yes campaign has been its ability to hide the economic, social and historical consequences of a vote for independence. The choice for the people of Scotland has been framed by Scottish National […]

by · 14th September 2014 · Blog
How social media can be a wife beater’s best friend

How social media can be a wife beater’s best friend

  By Steven George-Hilley The government is moving strongly against psychological abuse visited upon victims of domestic crime. This is good. But even inside the main parties there’s plenty to do, and a big revelation to come. The announcement that Home Secretary Theresa May has launched a consultation into strengthening the law against psychological abuse, will come as a huge […]

by · 21st August 2014 · technology
Police, Sir Cliff, and trial by media

Police, Sir Cliff, and trial by media

By Steven George-Hilley The Cliff Richard case, in which media were obviously tipped off before Cliff was, shows how little has been learned. The criminal justice system is not a play thing of the media or the police. Both need to understand that. The revelations that BBC reporters were ready and waiting at Sir Cliff Richard’s home before the Police […]

by · 18th August 2014 · Blog
Tulisa and the Fake Sheikh

Tulisa and the Fake Sheikh

By Steven George-Hilley Tula Paulinea “Tulisa” Contostavlos, the sheikh, the sting, the law, and the ethics of the tabloid press. After the phone hacking scandal, you’d have thought it was all over. It isn’t yet. The last 12 months have not been kind to Tula Paulinea “Tulisa” Contostavlos. At the relatively young age of 26, she has lost a stone […]

by · 4th August 2014 · Blog
Trojan Horse teachers should be jailed

Trojan Horse teachers should be jailed

By Steven George-Hilley Under the previous Labour government, a culture of political correctness meant Islamic extremism was allowed to spread unopposed and unchallenged at every level of society. Those days must now come to an end. The revelations that radical Islamists were able to infiltrate and effectively control at least 21 schools in Birmingham is a reminder of just how […]

by · 21st July 2014 · Home Affairs
Obama pays the price for early withdrawal in Iraq

Obama pays the price for early withdrawal in Iraq

By Steven George-Hilley On Iraq, what is unforgivable is knowingly withdrawing from a country still struggling to defend itself from extremism and effectively leaving it vulnerable to those extremists. The alarming revelations that the Sunni militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) is aiming to launch an offensive on Baghdad after toppling government forces in Tikrit and Mosul is […]

by · 14th June 2014 · Defence & War