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Mark Ellse: The modern world seems to need laws on everything

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Yesterday’s Telegraph, just one single day’s news, shows how many laws we need to create a really fair society.

(Or does it show that we are totally bonkers..?)
ARTICLE 1

Girls who go to private schools are three times more likely to suffer from alcohol and drug problems than other young women later in life….

Boys who have grown up in affluent areas and go to “elite” schools are twice as likely…..

ARTICLE 2

Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Tomkins, of Defence, Equipment and Support, was cleared of the single count of rape against a subordinate in her room after a UN meeting in an African hotel….

…he and the complainant had each drunk four or five glasses of red wine during dinner that evening and afterwards he drank a vodka and tonic and she drank a gin and tonic before they went up to her room to prepare a presentation for their work…

ARTICLE 3

Women writers must stop rewriting history to make their female characters falsely “empowered”, Hilary Mantel has said…

She said writing about women in history caused “persistent difficulties” for her contemporaries, who “can’t resist” retrospectively making them strong and independent…

ARTICLE 4

Forcing a “feminist ideology” into films and television shows could have an unintended consequence, the co-writer of a BBC drama has said, as he warns it could make the endings too predictable…

But Campion, the only female director to win the Palme d’Or in Cannes, said the industry could change for the better overnight if 50 per cent of all public funding for film was given to women film-makers.

In 2014, the BFI introduced a “three tick” diversity scheme, requiring filmmakers asking for funding to prove they paid enough attention to women, black and minority ethnic people, the disabled and LGBT staff…

ARTICLE 5

MPs must lower their voice if they are to be taken seriously in the House of Commons, Yvette Cooper has said.

Baroness Thatcher famously took lessons with a speech coach at the National Theatre in the 1970s, learning to develop a more commanding tone.

Four decades on, women still face the same challenges in the Chamber, Ms Cooper said…

And when we’ve solved gender equality, we’ll move onto income equality, then extremism, then health equality. Then all we’ve got to do is deal with education and parenting and the world will be perfect…

ARTICLE 6

Parents who allow children to use iPads unsupervised can put them at risk of sexual abuse, the NSPCC says amid a huge rise in cyber sex crimes…

The NSPCC….said it was urging the next government to introduce strict internet safety measures to protect children.

(Image: Herry Lawford)

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Mark Ellse
Mark Ellse is a physicist and author. He is a former headmaster, independent school inspector and A level chief examiner.

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