Dani Garavelli

Murdered backpacker Grace Millane: Picture: Lucie Blackman Trust/PA

Dani Garavelli: Murderer’s defence makes Grace a victim all over again

What happened to Grace Millane in a court in New Zealand, while devastating, wasn’t new. Victim-blaming has been all the rage since Medusa was turned into a Gorgon for the crime of being raped by Poseidon. Women are constantly asking for it. Sometimes they’re too damned sexy; sometimes too damn gobby. Either way, what are hot-blooded men supposed to do? The law has always understood both their sense of entitlement and the limits of their tolerance, and compensated with defences such as “provocation by sexual infidelity”.

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Memorials at the base of Grenfell Tower on the day the first report from the public inquiry into the fire was released. Picture: 'Steve Parsons/PA

Dani Garavelli: Cynical elite scapegoats the other victims of Grenfell

In the months before fire ravaged the Grenfell Tower, Gavin Barwell, then housing minister, ignored multiple letters warning of the risk of a deadly conflagration. So frustrated did those lobbying for action become, they started sending their missives by recorded delivery. But Barwell – now Lord Barwell – faced no calls for his resignation after the publication of the first phase of the report into the tragedy last week.

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The lorry in which the bodies were found behind police tape at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA

Dani Garavelli: Careless talk costs lives when migrants are demonised

What can you say about those whose first reaction to the deaths of 39 people huddled in the back of a lorry is to call for tighter border controls? That they lack empathy? That Daily Mail-type rhetoric has stripped them of the capacity to imagine the desperation that drives the impoverished into the arms of human traffickers or the terror of realising you are about to die?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits schoolchildren in Milton Keynes. Picture: 'Paul Grove/Getty

The nightmare election before Christmas

December 2000. A muddy field. Falkirk. All of the candidates in the forthcoming Falkirk West by-election have agreed to take part in a football match. They are decked out in the club’s scarves, both as a show of support for the team and in the hopes of avoiding hypothermia.

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Illegal drugs in abandoned factory.

Why Scotland can ill afford to ignore Portugal’s ground-breaking war on drugs

By a make-shift shack on a wasteland in Bairro da Picheleira, in Lisbon, a man holds out his bloody arms and gestures to me to douse them with water. He has spotted the outreach team from Crescer – one of Portugal’s many drugs agencies – making their way down the hill, and staggered over, fresh from injecting, to drop his dirty needle in one of their trademark red and yellow buckets.

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