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Dave Hewitt
That thing and those other things
Created 14 Nov 2020
  • Billy Bragg, I wish, I wish, I wish you cared
    16 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 15 0
    After getting involved in a twitter spat over revising the lyrics to “Sexuality” and finding himself trending both as hero and villain simultaneously, Billy Bragg published the following piece on Nove...
  • Smearing the LGB Alliance
    20 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 15 0
    As I write today it is October 20th 2021. Tomorrow, it will be the first annual LGB Alliance conference, on the eve of their second anniversary. And October 23rd will mark the second anniversary of th...
  • Crowdjustice and The Good Law Project
    08 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 14 0
    Between October 4th and 7th, I sent a series of emails to CrowdJustice, complaining that the Good Law Project’s page for its action to remove LGB Alliance’s charitable status contains several dozen ab...
  • The Butlerian Jihad
    04 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 12 0
    Originally posted on Medium in January 2021. In the Dune universe, The Butlerian Jihad is a pivotal struggle in humanity’s future history alluded to throughout the original books written by Frank Herb...
  • Inclusionary Language
    28 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 23 0
    The journalist and author Oliver Burkeman (whose book Four Thousand Weeks I highly recommend) made the following comment the other day: Oliver Burkeman @oliverburkeman I wish I could recall where I fi...
  • A Tale Of Two Bills
    27 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 15 0
    On December 18th, 2020, the Swiss National Council passed the “Marriage For All” bill. This would legalise same-sex marriage, equalising citizenship and adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples, as...
  • The Guardian's Ideological Dead-end
    03 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 121 0
    Today, The Guardian released an updated report on the controversy of a report of indecent exposure at a spa in LA. This piece contains new information that was first revealed by right-wing outlets, an...
  • Irreversible Reputational Damage
    28 Jul 2021 • 13 min read • 55 0
    When I was a new parent in the early 2000s, controversy around the MMR vaccine was a live issue as a result of Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 study in The Lancet showing a link to autism. Fears around safety...
  • The Lancet's Flawed Editorial on Trans Youth
    20 May 2021 • 11 min read • 31 0
    On May 14th, 2021, The Lancet published an editorial titled “A flawed agenda for trans youth”. This contains a number of weak or flawed arguments and rhetorical framing that I believe are far below th...
  • Pattern Matching Euphoria
    09 May 2021 • 4 min read • 5 0
    I have been thinking today about the euphoria elicited by psychoactive drugs like LSD - the sense that you have access to some sort of truth, scales falling from your eyes, the secrets of the universe...
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