Post Traumatic Feminism Syndrome

29th September 2017 6

I used to enjoy A Good Read on Radio 4 at 11.30pm, lulled to sleep by the soothing tones of Sue McGregor and lately the detached calmness of Harriett Gilbert. But like the BBC’s other surviving review shows, guests are now being culled from the stand up comedy circuit, pop radio stations and The Guardian, people one suspects rarely read … [Read on]

Greed über Alles – London’s web cabs are above the law.

28th September 2017 7

‘They won’t be able to stop them now,’ said my London cabby wistfully. He was talking about Uber, the black-cab man’s nightmare. I was on my way to an art class in Chelsea. Many of the younger students had arrived by using Uber, and although the London mayor Sadiq Khan says he will not renew their five year licence on … [Read on]

The BBC has bought a new brand of whitewash

17th September 2017 6

‘As a journalist it’s my responsibility to give people information that is relevant to their lives,’ opined Robert Peston, political editor and presenter on ITV News, speaking on R4, 15th Sept 2017. His sense of duty doesn’t seem to be shared by everyone in his profession. BBC Reporter Lucy Ash presented, ‘The French East End,’ this week without revealing who … [Read on]

Another mother’s son

12th September 2017 2

Strangers to nuance with no feeling for or understanding of the past are busy trying to smash historic statues and rip our colourful ancestors down from their plinths, but some of us prefer to think of many people we’d like to put up there. We want more statues to the great and the not so good, to men and women … [Read on]

The Burkification of Britain

7th September 2017 4

We live in an age where most ‘right thinking’ people, at the BBC, education and the Church of England, are letting the concept of gender disappear, our more progressive universities dropping the pronouns, ‘He’ and ‘She’ in favour of the all inclusive ‘They.’ That may seems strange to some but it’s surely even stranger that at the same time, increasing … [Read on]

Carnival of Crime

1st September 2017 3

Southend-on-Sea Carnival boasts one of the largest processions in Europe its sixty garish floats attracting about 20,000 people. Strangely there’s never any mention of it on the news. For the BBC it doesn’t exist, no more significant than the average English summer fete going on somewhere in white middle England. For the press it’s not news worthy as no one … [Read on]

Poggers, elves and baby Barbara Windsors

8th August 2017 3

On a recent trip to sunny Shropshire it was relaxing to leave behind the London centred, southern bubble of anxiety about tortuous sexual politics, currently flooding our cultural world, led by the National Trust, Tate Modern with its six month long ‘Queer British Art,’ the BBC disporting its TV ‘Queer season,’ which even managed to get into the trenches of … [Read on]

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