Joan Smith

Joan Smith

Author

Joan Smith is a novelist, columnist and campaigner for human rights. She is the author of the feminist classic Misogynies, the Loretta Lawson series of crime novels and What Will Survive, a thriller set in Westminster and Lebanon. Her non-fiction includes books on food, secular morality and the monarchy (Down With The Royals, 2015). Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, Daily Telegraph, The Times, Independent, Sunday Times and the Labour weekly Tribune.

Since 2013 she has been Co-chair of the Mayor of London’s Violence Against Women and Girls Board, which draws up the Mayor’s strategy to reduce sexual and domestic violence for the whole of London. She is a former Chair of the English PEN Writers in Prison Committee, supporting imprisoned writers all over the world, and has advised the FCO on freedom of expression.

She is currently on the board of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, reflecting a longstanding interest in copyright. She is also a patron of Humanists UK and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society. She lives in London.

Joan Smith @polblonde

Not going away.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scottish-tory-leader-jackson-carlaw-says-dominic-cummings-should-consider-position-2864978

Someone with principles:

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-minister-resigns-over-dominic-cummings-lockdown-trips-11994758

Worth bearing in mind as the government relaxes lockdown. They got it wrong going in & they may do the same coming out.

BBC News - Coronavirus: Sports events in March 'caused increased suffering and death'
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52797002

Here's some birds I spotted this afternoon.

Absolutely - this!

Good advice from a police officer

I don't think many of us foresaw this headline:

UK coronavirus live: Dominic Cummings says he drove to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/may/25/uk-coronavirus-live-boirs-johnson-dominic-cummings-covid-19-latest-updates?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Interesting thread re Highway Code and eyesight.

Just wondering if Boris Johnson thinks that went well. Might have been better to let @Number10cat do it? #cummingsPRESSconference

We are surprised. Not in a good way. More a 'Wtf was that' way.

So he did drive to Barnard Castle. Because he thought the virus might have affected his eyesight & he wanted to check WHETHER HE COULD SEE.

Picking myself up off the floor.