Current Affairs & Journalism

My freelance writing career was kickstarted by getting three columns published in thelondonpaper‘thelondonpaper’.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
  
 
I am a regular contributor to both Yahoo! Finance and Lovemoney.com. All published articles can be seen on my Home Page.
 
I also write articles on consumer and financial topics for this Australian website.
   
 
Kent & Sussex logoI am a local correspondent for the Kent & Sussex Courier. (Link to the Kent & Sussex Courier)

 

Published Articles 

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Since I started writing for Lovemoney.com in October 2010 I have had  over 20 articles published, all of which you can access from my Home Page feed.

A number of these articles have also been featured on Yahoo! Finance. See previous posts on my Home Page for details.

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Article published in the Kent & Sussex

Courier on the subject of the Child Benefit cuts.

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Rosalind Kent, October 2010

Rosalind Kent has just begun working as a freelance journalist for lovemoney.com.

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 Follow this link: Cabin crew’s strike threat to see an article published in the Kent & Sussex Courier on Friday February 26, 2010 entitled:

BA staff’s action is set to cause chaos

Cabin crew’s strike threat

 

 

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prime50plus logoArticle for Prime50plus website

(published 23rd October 2009)

This article was written for Prime50Plus website. This is a great site that has been created  for those who are approaching or ov­er 50, who are already leading successful, fulfilling lives. Becoming a member of this site opens the door to a wealth of information and offers aimed at older people. My article was written following an interview with a local grandparent who has ‘lost’ both her children, and subsequently her grandchildren, when they have gone to live overseas. It looks at ways in which the feeling of loss can be lessened, and focusses on practical and cost-effective ways to keep in touch, using all the latest technological advances.

http://www.prime50plus.co.uk/living-aboard—worldwide-75-230.html\’Long-distance grandparenting\’ article

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Articles produced for local information magazine, ‘Roundabout’. (Link to Roundabout Magazine)

 

Link to article published:  Fundraising events for Brenchley Pre-school

 

Link to article published: Dragon Boat Race article

 

 

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thelondonpaper

 

I’m Staying

(published 16th June 2009)

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(NB SINCE ‘THELONDONPAPER’ SHUT DOWN ON 18TH SEPTEMBER 2009, THIS LINK IS NO LONGER WORKING).

Has anyone ever seen a more perfect illustration of a stressed and unhappy man than Gordon Brown? He looks exhausted and tense, the bags under his eyes are impressive and I bet his nails are bitten to the quick. Politically, problem after problem dogs him and his incredible unpopularity with both the public and his own colleagues is startling.

It begs the question: Why does Gordon want to stay in power so much? What is it that is driving him to carry on in the face of such opposition, when most of us would have decided that life is too short to be so miserable? Of course we have to have people who do not crumble under pressure in our positions of power – no one is suggesting that it is a walk in the park to be Prime Minister. Has Gordon got a highly developed sense of responsibility, or is he just a stubborn politician doing his best to save face?

I am not a huge fan of Gordon, but I would admit that there is something admirable about his determination to stay and ‘get the job done.’ He might not have ‘stage presence’ or charisma, but he has intelligence and an excellent work ethic. Perhaps we should not mind that he looks like a sad bloodhound, and just let him get on with it. The expenses scandal has caused him no end of trouble, but does anyone really believe it is a product of Gordon’s leadership? It has been going on for decades, and it is not just Labour who isn’t playing nicely with our money. This will be a newsflash to some, but the credit crunch is not actually Gordon’s fault either, and if anyone can get the economy back on track, I would trust Gordon to do it.

His MPs are jumping ship. I suspect many of them are leaving before the expenses scandal reaches their (beautifully maintained) front door. It’s the perfect solution – they save themselves the embarrassment of being cast as an expenses thief, and get to air their grievances about their former leader. Never mind Gordon, you can replace the lot of them by appointing Sir Alan Sugar as your enterprise tsar. Let’s just hope it doesn’t later come to light that he has been using taxpayer’s money to pay for the next series of The Apprentice.

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thelondonpaper

 

Expansive Expenses

(published on 18th May 2009)

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(NB SINCE ‘THELONDONPAPER’ SHUT DOWN ON 18TH SEPTEMBER 2009, THIS LINK IS NO LONGER WORKING).

There is something very satisfying about watching the MPs’ expenses scandal unfold, and I think a large part of it is the way we can all sit back and talk righteously and honourably about their disgraceful behaviour.

Whilst we are right to be aghast at this behaviour, I do not know why we are so surprised. History shows us that people, when given any kind of level of power, can turn into self-serving egomaniacs. Is there any government that does not indulge in some level of corruption?

The really incredible thing about this scandal is not that they are all at it, but the scale to which they are all at it. They are not just pocketing a few extra quid from the office kitty; they are living in gentlemen’s clubs, paying non-existent mortgages, keeping unusual living arrangements and (prize for the most imaginative use of funds here) cleaning moats. You’ve got to love that one. It seriously almost makes me admire them for their single-minded pursuit of milking the expenses system for all it is worth. If they could use this imaginative and clever single-mindedness to actually run the country just think how much greater Great Britain could be today.

I’ll say one thing, though: it has taken the pressure of those poor old bankers a bit. They must be breathing a sigh of relief that the media has shifted its focus away from them.

And we all could be forgiven for expecting this kind of behaviour from the banking industry, which is unashamedly out for itself.

These MPs have pledged to work with the best interests of the public at heart, something that bankers have never claimed to do, and no one can pretend that this is what they are aiming for with their single minded pursuit of tax-payer’s money for personal gain.

Can Parliament recover? This investigation looks set to go on and on until every single MP is implicated, and I really doubt that there will be anyone left when it is all said and done.

We will then have to start again with a bunch of completely new people. What novel and unknown horrors will they reveal to the public? As depressing a thought as this might be, maybe we are better off with the (hopefully much chastened!) devil we know.

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thelondonpaper

 

Dr. Deaths Fight for Freedom

(published 8th May 2009)

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(NB SINCE ‘THELONDONPAPER’ SHUT DOWN ON 18TH SEPTEMBER 2009, THIS LINK IS NO LONGER WORKING).

Philip Nitschke is an Australian doctor who is holding workshops on euthanasia in the UK and has caused a bit of a stir. Those who oppose him say that what he is doing is illegal, but he insists that he is merely distributing information, not encouraging or indeed assisting anyone to die – a fine line indeed, and maybe just a question of semantics, but isn’t that what our legal system is preoccupied with in any event?

There are many people who are interested in what Nitschke – labelled ‘Dr Death’ in his home country – has to say. Anyone who has seen the intolerable suffering involved with terminal illness will understand the need in our society for a painless, humane and – above all – legal way of helping those who are so ill. There are already countries that ‘successfully’ use euthanasia. The UK could look at them to create a blueprint for our own legislation. Of course there is a margin for abuse of any euthanasia law that might be introduced, but to deny people the freedom of choice about their own plight is surely as morally reprehensible as denying people the freedom of speech.

Euthanasia ‘tourism’ – whereby people travel to other countries to die – has been in the news. It has caused very little trouble, with few people being taken to court upon their return for the heinous crime of ending the misery and pain of a loved one.

So, what are the counter-arguments? People in vulnerable psychological conditions due to severe illness might attempt to euthanize themselves ‘inappropriately’. People who can’t think clearly for themselves may be unduly influenced by immoral relatives who have had enough of their lingering and think it is high time they received their inheritance (“But I’ve only got flu!”)? There can be no denying that humans are complex creatures and this situation could arise.

All the more reason for euthanasia to be made legal and proper rules, regulations, caveats and criteria put in place. Our politicians could have a field day cobbling together an unnecessarily confusing piece of legislation – in fact, we owe it to ourselves to get them started. It will give them something to do other than thinking of new and exciting ways to abuse their expenses, aside from incessant trips to John Lewis or happy afternoons watching porn.

 

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