Posts in April
Losing votes is not like losing football matches. Both can turn on luck or chance, but no matter how passionate a team and its supporters are, losing a match is ultimately part of the game, whereas much more can hinge on losing a vote.
On Wednesday night, Lady Scotland, the former attorney general, mounted an impassioned plea in the House of Lords for the government to extend the grounds on which victims of domestic violence can claim legal aid. The vote on her amendment was a draw (238 to 238) which means in accordance with parliamentary procedure that it was lost. If her amendment had succeeded, the government would have been forced to amend the legal aid, sentencing and punishment of offenders bill (known as the legal aid bill).
Yvonne Ridley is the patron of Nour, who was unable to attend the launch dinner due to unforeseen circumstances. However, she sent a message of support and in this clip Yvonne Ridley gives us an insightful analogy of the silent yet prevalent issue of domestic violence.
The number of women and children across Britain being forced out of their homes by violent relationships is revealed for the first time today, raising fresh fears about the impact of council funding cuts on local refuges.
Almost 19,000 women aged between 15 and 88 sought state help to find emergency housing in 2008-09, showing the previously hidden scale of domestic-violence “migrants” forced out of their homes. Sixty per cent, or 11,300 victims, found shelter at a women’s refuge – many of which are overstretched and facing unprecedented cuts.
I regret to tell you that it is just too late. The emptiness you created with your absence in my past, cannot be coloured in with what you call ‘love’ now. Your hands, when they touch my skin, is like a thorn scratching itself into me. Your eyes, wherein I have only ever witnessed anger, is as if I am staring into the sun – unbearable. Your voice, like a roar it plays in my mind, day and night, night … and day, chasing away all sanity. All sanity.