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So, Mr Corbyn, What’s the Excuse This Time?

Graham Kirby / May 5, 2017 at 11:00 PM 248 views

There is no point finding adjectives to describe the results of the local elections. If the crocodile masks of Tory spokespeople declaring that these result do not correspond to a stonking general election win is not enough, the results speak…

Theresa May Declares War on Brussels

Graham Kirby / May 3, 2017 at 11:00 PM 293 views

Well, that escalated quickly, didn’t it? On Monday a detailed account of a dinner between Theresa May, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Jean-Claude Juncker was leaked to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Let’s make a success of Brexit” the newspaper…

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

Graham Kirby / November 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM 376 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 242 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 224 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…