The rude, crude and lewd can also serve the public

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At the risk of never being able to eat avocados in this town again, I admit I laughed out loud at a Toby Young gag about getting through five boxes of tissues while watching a Comic Relief film about starving children.

One of the more obscure obscenities in the recent harvest of the Tory journalist’s Twitter feed, the condemnation of it shows the loudest attitude towards loutish humour right now is censorious, the illicit comment being one of many found after Tobes was appointed to the board of the Office for Students. Earlier this morning, he resigned.

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The premature obituary of liberal Britain

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Tim Farron was one of the odder casualties at the last general election, resigning more than a week after the dust settled amid allegations of backroom plotting and ongoing controversy about his Christian faith. This despite the Lib Dem leader actually gaining his party a few seats.

His defenestration marked a few things, perhaps most importantly the trouble many have with distinguishing between somebody’s personal beliefs and what they wish to enforce in law. Farron, if you recall, clearly had some problem with homosexuality, but had a decent record on voting for LGBT rights and clearly had no intention of going backwards on the matter.

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Podcast Ep. 89: Google Pioneers Post-literacy Approach For Staff Complaints

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The sacking of a Googler after an alleged ‘anti-diversity screed’, newspaper attacks on a student activist tweeting about the Dalston riots, and Britain’s pro-consumer data protection rules are the three topics this week.

Joining us is YouTuber Taha Khan, who can be found on the video site and Twitter.

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Podcast Ep. 41: Stephen Fry on safe spaces, Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment & free speech in Germany

RD E41, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Stephen Fry, Dilma Rousseff

British actor Stephen Fry’s controversial opinion on university censorship, the prospective impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, and a German comedian being prosecuted for insulting a foreign official are the topics three for this week.

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