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Labour is no Longer a Serious Party

Graham Kirby / September 24, 2017 at 11:00 PM 41 views

Labour is a party that loves its traditions so it was no surprise that its conference in Brighton started off with the traditional singing of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn”. Labour Conference 2017 will be a celebration of humiliation deferred and future…

Boris Johnson: Inside the Tent and Pissing in it Anyway

Graham Kirby / September 16, 2017 at 11:00 PM 32 views

So obvious was Boris Johnson’s intervention in the Brexit debate that nobody bothered to ask “What did he mean by that?” As the foreign secretary’s Daily Telegraph article landed, the immediate reaction was - without question - that it was…

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

Graham Kirby / November 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM 478 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 355 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 308 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…