LGBT+ rights have improved significantly over the last 50 years, with widespread acceptance of homosexuality in recent years. In contrast, Ross McNally argues that rights for trans people are falling behind and transphobia is widespread, not helped by negative coverage in the media. Pride should reclaim its radical roots and show solidarity with the trans community.
Author: Ross McNally
Ross is a zoology graduate from Hove. He enjoys watching wildlife and following developments in the ecology of re-wilding. The history of radicalism and revolution in Britain and Europe is another interest.
Activists are letting down the tyres of Sports Utility Vehicles and they have a point, says Ross McNally. Should these dangerous monster polluters really have a place in our urban environment?
Ross McNally asks why we should be celebrating a medieval institution that stands in the way of Britain becoming a truly democratic nation. So no, he won’t hanging out the bunting over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Nearly half of Britain’s bees are designated as nationally or globally threatened. Leading factors include habitat destruction and the use of chemical pesticides. Ross McNally argues that the introduction of bee bricks into new buildings will not make much difference to bee survival; it’s more important to ban pesticides in gardens, streets and agricultural land.
Margaret Thatcher did much to hasten the decline of our hedgehog population, argues Ross McNally, who points to rampant road building, privatisation and individualism as contributing factors.
The post-Brexit decision to allow sugar beet farmers to use a harmful insecticide is the latest deadly threat to our ecosystems and to vital pollinators such as bees, writes Ross McNally,
Rewilding is all the rage yet there remain key fatal flaws in the model. First is the fragmented nature of rewilding in the UK. Second, it remains largely the domain of a handful of privileged people. Could greater democratic oversight help repair fragmentation?
Under Home Secretary Priti Patel, what was once the policy of fringe British National Party crackpots is now at the heart of government. Her response to the deaths of 27 refugees at sea is playing politics with people’s lives.
Greater species diversity would transform the South Downs National Park from ‘pretty’ sheep-grazing fields into a vibrant landscape for all kinds of wildlife. Bring back the bison and let nature take charge again, urges zoologist Ross McNally.