Opinions

Transgender rights versus women's privacy

At party conferences it is normal to face an airport-style frisk. Although not overly intrusive, it is always done by someone of the same sex and many people would strongly object on grounds of privacy if it were not.

The myth of the post-Brexit NHS collapse

Once of the great lies being told about the UK's decision to leave the EU is that it could “cause the collapse” of the NHS. The so-called evidence for this is that out of a total number of 1.2 million workers, 5,7000 (or around five per cent) are from EU countries.

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The big issue of the day seems to be transgender rights. Equalities Minister Justine Greening has announced proposals to allow people to change their legal gender without any medical intervention. A consultation on reforming the 2004 Gender Recognition Act will begin in the autumn.

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Following the terrible Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, we once again saw the incredible bravery of our firefighters and the overwhelming acts of public generosity.

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The past few weeks have seen atrocious crimes committed on British soil. Pedestrians and a police officer murdered by an Islamist terrorist in Westminster, and a young Kurdish Iranian asylum seeker almost beaten to death by a baying mob in Croydon.

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The business rates revaluation which comes into force on 1 April 2017 is a complete disaster for high streets. Monmouthshire has taken a particularly bad hit.

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2017 will mark some notable historic anniversaries. We can all celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Second Reform Act which doubled the number of people who could vote and brought working class voters into the polling booths for the first time.

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Torfaen County Borough Council has launched a consultation in relation to post-16 education, which could spell the end of Croesyceiliog School’s sixth form – one of the best performing in the area.

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First Minister Carwyn Jones visited Downing Street on Monday. Apparently, he was in Westminster to tell Theresa May what terms he would accept for Britain’s departure from the Europe Union and to demand a vote on the final Brexit deal.