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Negotiated Stopping - How is it going?

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By Helen Jones |  October 1, 2012 |

You'll remember our excitement a couple of months ago at the beginning of the negotiated stopping trial in Leeds? You might be wondering how things are going?  So here's a quick update.

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The Rumsfeld take on Equalities

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By Helen Jones |  February 19, 2012 |

“There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.”

But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.

United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

Leeds GATE chair, Eileen Lowther, and I went to an event at Quarry House in Leeds last week. The Department of Health is introducing a new quality assurance system called the Equality Delivery System (EDS). The event was a ‘train the trainers’ session for professionals who will have to introduce the EDS to their teams or services.

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Bigger, Fatter, Gypsier?

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By Helen Jones |  February 12, 2012 |

The channel four My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding programmes have been a seriously narrow and distorted representation of Gypsy and Irish Traveller people. They have created images of Travelling people as rich, crass, and careless. Add to this the Dispatches programme that was aired around the time of the Dale Farm eviction, and the recent ‘Gypsy Blood’ programme that featured two families with a tradition of bear knuckle boxing and we may as well add ‘thugs’ to the list as well.

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