It seems students at English universities are to be protected from their own wrong opinions by a watchdog that will have the power to fine universities for pandering to them – or rather, for not interfering any time a minor stooshie involving a student-led group erupts.
Often, the easiest and most comfortable thing to do is be quiet, or change the subject, or close your laptop. But when things get tricky I’m going to keep asking myself: “what would Kate do?”
As technology allows family relationships to become ever more complicated, such as in the strange case of the 24-year-old frozen embryo, it’s worth pausing to consider what problems might be stored up for the future.
In real life, as in quality fiction, we’re all flawed. Algorithm-based dating technology may give the impression The One is out there, just waiting to be discovered by a diligent box-ticker, but what if a much better match is just a couple of years older, or lives five miles further away, or can’t be faffed with internet dating?
With hindsight it might seem obvious that coaches should never have been allowed to be alone behind closed doors with the boys in their care, and that any form of touching was inappropriate. But a blanket ban on physical contact between adults and children in sport is neither practical nor desirable.
In the stranger-than-fiction real world, the actual US President is retweeting hate via Britain First then sniping at the actual UK Prime Minister when she indirectly criticises him for it.
Some might say it’s wrong to clamp down on unpaid work when many people – particularly young people – are keen to do it. But where do we draw the line? How many weeks, months or years of volunteering might end up being required before a job applicant can outshine their rivals and bag a paid post?