"Cover-up is a British institutional tradition" 4 December 2016 for The Observer: Breaking the silence is immensely powerful and it is good medicine. But speaking up is hard. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has data that suggests one out of three people abused as a child has not disclosed the abuse … Continue reading Enable children to talk and then listen to them – the only solution
Joy Schaverien boarding school and psychological trauma - an important book in the child abuse debate
July 28, 2014: I'm writing a series of stories looking at abuse in British boarding schools and its wider context - social, historical and psychological. The latest piece, published July 21st in the Observer magazine, looked at the experiences of those who have loved and cared for survivors of abuse, and the immense collateral damage early trauma can do. … Continue reading Abuse and violence in boarding schools
25 Feb 2014. Comment piece published in the Daily Mail (original here): A high Street butcher in Suffolk has been forced to take down its window display, as shoppers are said to be offended by the sight of bits of dead animals. Hanging pigs’ heads, limp rabbits and dead pheasants were upsetting the children. The story is ludicrous. … Continue reading For the good of animals and humans, butchers' windows should look like this
An ongoing discussion of Big Sugar and its spending in academia 24 January 2016: BBC1's The Big Questions held a live debate in Edinburgh on sugar and health. During it I stated that Professor Mike Lean, chair of human nutrition at Glasgow University, was funded by Coca-Cola for some of his research. He objected. I based my assertion on a 2012 … Continue reading The sugar corps: scientists for sale?
My Observer magazine story and an editorial calling for government action on sugary drinks gathered lots of interest: 170k web hits, 850 comments and a feeble response from the British soft drinks industry. The tin of 7UP rolls to a stop at my feet. I pick it up, scowling at the kid on a bike … Continue reading Tackling Big Sugar – the next great health war