Jimmy Savile was protected by the media’s defence of the status quo

Even in places where you might expect most awareness, my experience tells me paedophilia doesn’t get taken seriously

The revelations about Jimmy Savile have rightly induced soul searching among those who dealt with him in the media. How did he get away with it for so long? Why was he shielded? Some people have even asked if he was protected – or helped – by people in full knowledge of his behaviour. But what if Savile was protected, not by a knowing network of big players making big decisions but by endless small decisions to protect the status quo? What if these are the kind of low level decisions – about finding the subject of sexual abuse embarrassing, uncomfortable and disruptive – that go on every day and which mean Savile’s activities don’t belong to a dim and distant, sexist past but very much to the present?

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/oct/18/jimmy-savile-protected-media

Caring dads? Proud posers, more like

Men who flaunt their domestic responsibility gain brownie points at work – but for women it’s a different story

The school summer holidays are in full flow. Even if you don’t have children, you’re sure to be only too painfully aware of this. Why? Because many of your colleagues with children have no doubt cancelled meetings, rescheduled events or have been leaving the office well before home-time. I can sympathise. The same thing is common in my workplace during school holidays. It’s not the women who behave like this, though. It’s the men. It is only too common for male workmates of mine to declare, with a distinct air of virtue, that meetings have to be rearranged and deadlines extended “because of childcare obligations”.

Full article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/9434683/Caring-dads-Proud-posers-more-like.html

Why Kate Middleton is no Princess Diana

Media and public desire for a new people’s princess is palpable. But this time the royal family are ready

Kate Middleton has given her first speech. Cue enormous excitement in the media and huge praise. According to one source, she delivered an “assured” performance to “rave reviews”. The speech in fact was a few tremulous sentences in which she thanked the charity for inviting her, described its important work, and mentioned missing William.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/mar/20/kate-middleton-no-princess-diana

Stephen Hester’s bonus is wrong – but what about Wayne Rooney’s millions?

Bankers’ bonuses are an easy target. Politicians should raise other excesses, such as footballers’ pay or lottery winnings

Politicians have been falling over themselves to have the toughest stance onStephen Hester’s £1m bonus from RBS, which he has now turned down. Being tough on bankers’ bonuses is seen as an easy vote-winner, and they are desperate to make political capital out of the public mood. Like anyone with a commitment to greater social equality I don’t dissent from the near-universal criticism of Hester’s bonus. However I can’t help feeling cynical about the outcry. If politicians are so concerned about pay excesses, why don’t they talk about some of the other areas of excess – the obscene pay of footballers, for example, or unimaginably vast lottery winnings.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jan/30/stephen-hester-bonus-wayne-rooney