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Brexit Will Tear Both the Tories and Labour Apart

Graham Kirby / August 9, 2017 at 11:00 PM 325 views

Be careful what you wish for. For decades voters have gone through the occasional spasm of revolt against the two party stranglehold. The have flirted, in turn, with Liberals, the SDP, the Greens, Cleggmania then UKIP. At every point, Britain’s…

Labour Goes into the Summer on the Back Foot

Graham Kirby / July 24, 2017 at 11:00 PM 232 views

Unlike those of God, the mills of politics grind quickly but they also grind finely. On June 8th, Theresa May went from being a prime minister who commanded all she surveyed to one one whose authority was nothing more than…

The Left Should Not Be Get Excited By Trump’s Election

Graham Kirby / November 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM 448 views

Spare a thought for Hillary Clinton. Election Day was meant to see her election as president. Few doubted that she would make history as America’s first female president. Instead, she will be remembered as the establishment candidate who lost against…

I, Claudius: An Epic that Changed Television

Graham Kirby / September 9, 2016 at 11:00 PM 323 views

Midway through rehearsals it wasn’t working. They had assembled some of the best talent available: writer Jack Pullman’s credits included Jane Eyre (1970) for film and War and Peace (1972) for television; the director Herbie Wise had started his career…

Identity, Idealisation and Love: Defining Mary Renault

Graham Kirby / September 2, 2016 at 11:00 PM 296 views

There is a seeming paradox about novelist Mary Renault. The truism that novelists write about what they know is both true and false about her. As someone who wrote historical fiction that Renault would write about worlds which were morally…

Labour Has a Problem And It Is Not Jeremy Corbyn

Graham Kirby / May 24, 2016 at 11:00 PM 530 views

“If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” Every parent, plunging to new depths of predictability, has said this adage (or something similar) when their spawn has cited popular opinion for a - generally ill-considered - action. It…

Welcome to the Golden Age of Radio

Graham Kirby / February 6, 2016 at 12:00 AM 341 views

My relationship with radio goes back three decades. I grew up in the Middle East, where - extraordinarily from today’s 24/7 world - we had one channel that did not start until 5 o’clock; to get a reception for neighbouring…