Author: Lisa Muggeridge

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Are You Ready For Parenthood? Try This Simple Test!

The essential guide to whether you're ready for kids. Tongue may be slightly in cheek....

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Silver Linings: No Longer a Football Widow

Abba were right: breaking up is never easy. Nevertheless, it does come with some benefits...

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The Vatican: Why Should An NGO Have a UN Seat?

Why does a Non Governmental Organisation have UN status as Nonmember State Permanent Observer?...

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Ban the Burkini? Or Ban Middle-Aged White Male Decision-Makers?

Legislation covers everyone, not just the few women who dress in a way you find threatening...

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Drugs: The Only Issue In Which Ignorance is a Virtue

Maybe our ‘war on drugs’ should be reframed as a ‘war’ on ignorance...

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State-Scrounging and the Single Mother

Work, motherhood, singledom - the no-win blame game that winds the taxpayer right up...

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Just Not the Damned Archers – An Ode to Radio Four

A grown-up relationship that lasts - the erudite but soothing appeal of Radio Four...

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The Timeline of Being a Woman

Political activist Lisa Muggeridge chronicles the ways culture, politics and society combine to control women's lives....

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Sex, Slashing and Suffrage: The Rokeby Venus (Diego Velasquez)

Mary Richardson's ‘vandalism’ of the Rokeby Venus has become part of the story this painting tells, not something which detracts from its beauty. ...

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If I ran the economy…

The fact that our market is distorted enough that millions of working families now need state help to meet basic living costs is the problem. Not the ‘scroungers’ ...

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When The TUC Abandoned Unions

The power of labour to challenge capital is to be absorbed into the benefits system. Trade unions are no longer necessary....

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Kendal Calling : Festivals, Politics and Culture

Kendal Calling’s strength comes from its ability to tap into and play host to what has emerged since the digital revolution gave bands and artists the ability to promote themselves....

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Time for the Twitter Bubble to Burst

If your Twitter row is resulting in someone being fired, imprisoned or put at risk, it is time to get some perspective on your internet use...

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Shafting the Welfare State [Part 2]

Social reform driven by market needs, with social policy development using corporate models. ...

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Shafting the Welfare State

The reality of social enterprise hides behind opaque language and mysterious ‘third sector’ jargon that alludes to volunteerism and good intentions. The key word is ‘enterprise’. They are run...

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In Defence of Iain Duncan Smith

It is time to mount a defence of one the most hated figures in British politics - Iain Duncan Smith ...

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Chavs and Austerity

For those of us caught in austerity, there was no shock. Austerity is a forced return home....

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We Are Not All Trayvon Martin

Why tackling what happened to Trayvon Martin requires more than shouting his name and pretending you are the same....

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Intersectionality

Race, class, gender, sexuality, age, geography, identity and the economic inequality our system requires, comes down on women’s lives brutally....

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Cis or gender. What’s Your Privilege?

Transphobia is not about an academic term, it is about the reality of living in a country where you can’t even guarantee your doctor will speak to you like a human being, and where the risk of...

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On Porn and Prostitution

The market in education meant a market in women’s bodies. The welfare cuts meant a market in women's bodies. The social work cuts meant an expansion to the market for young men's, women's, and...

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Twitter Storms

It’s dangerous, people are not who they seem on the internet. Inside those twitter storms (I’ve had a few) there are usually one or two who hang around for a week or so, its easy to pick up...

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Outside of business, it’s business as usual

Orwell Prize shortlister Lisa Ansell takes a commonsense view of financial crisis and ground-level resilience I logged on to twitter today for the first time in a bit, and I saw that Baroness Warsi...

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Tribalism is a luxury

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize this very week, Lisa Ansell brings a very personal set of convictions to her writing. More than simple commentary, Ansell's own circumstances imbue her politics...

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