A woman’s body – a woman’s choice

I know it’s a polarising and contentious issue – one which for many years of writing this column I have steadfastly avoided for obvious reasons – but I feel compelled to make a comment on the leaked document that would indicate the US Supreme Court’s apparent intention of revoking a 49-year old ruling that gave women abortion rights nationwide, which would result in 22 of the 50 states immediately introducing a complete ban on terminations, even in cases of rape or incest.

Senate leader Mitch McConnell, in an attempt at distraction worthy of the most inept club conjurer, has been insisting to the US media that the real story is the leak, which is unprecedented, but any political commentator not in the employ of Fox News is adamant that while it’s certainly a story, it’s not THE story.

I never knew my paternal grandmother because in 1940, when my late dad was just five years-old, she died, resulting in my father being brought up until the end of the Second World War by his aunt and grandmother while my granddad was fighting in Burma.

I found out the details at 14 when I asked my mum, who had found out from my father, who himself had only been told by his stepmother (who I did know and am going to resist expressing my opinion of here) while in his late teens.

It had a profound affect on me – one that has remained for the rest of my life.

Until I found her, by which time my dad was in his 70s, he didn’t even know where she was buried because my grandfather thought he had taken the secret of the stigma to his grave – something I blame him for to this day..

The hard fact is, you can’t ban abortions, you can only ban safe abortions.

Robbed of choice, desperate women without the finances to get on a plane to a friendly state and pay for treatment are going to risk death having backstreet procedures if this barbaric ruling goes through.

Justify that to your God you shouty self righteous pro-life living in the 17th Century Christian fundamentalist freaks.

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Speaking of leaks, Kier Starmer is keeping his head down as Durham Police reinvestigate “beergate” where the Labour leader, whose calls for the PM’s resignation have bordered on obsession, had a beer and curry with constituency workers during COVID restrictions.

A memo from the time reveals that a break for food with office staff was actually scheduled into his itinerary for the day, which would indicate that it was indeed a planned event rather than the innocent break from working it has been portrayed as.

The hypocrisy is palpable.

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Ncuti Gatwa

The casting of Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa as the new Doctor, replacing Jodie Whittaker could well turn out to be an inspired choice by returning show runner Russell T Davies.

His return already bodes well for a show that has lost its edge over the past five years (no fault of Jodie’s, who had so little of substance to work with amidst the barrage of gratuitous Chris Chibnall box ticking) and with the hugely talented Scottish/Rwandan actor taking over the Tardis (with hopefully some new companions thrown in too) I’m actually daring to be optimistic.

Roll on 2023.

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TV highlights of the week have to be Holly Willoughby talking about iceholes on BBC1’s Fight The Freeze With Wim Hof and the presenter on Sky News who managed to mispronounce both words in the name Diego Maradona (Diago Mara-doh-narr).

She wasn’t having a stroke.

Stupid TV quiz answer of the week

Tipping Point (of course):

Q: How many feet are there in ten yards?

A: 12?

And he won!!

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Edward Case

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