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Legalising Cannabis, A Question of When and How

Graham Kirby / June 19, 2018 at 11:00 PM 6 views

When do ideas reach the tipping point from which their advance becomes inevitable? One of the criteria must surely be that their cause is taken up by the unexpected. We expect members of the Scottish Nationalists to speak of independence…

The Donald, Kim, and the Art of the Deal

Graham Kirby / June 13, 2018 at 11:00 PM 94 views

Big on spectacle. Low on substance. That was the broad verdict of all but the most partisan of Trumpists to the Singapore summit between the leaders of North Korea and the United States. Naturally, the president saw things differently. Ever…

Weekend Fiction: Fucking Queers

Graham Kirby / June 1, 2018 at 11:00 PM 140 views

The police vans had left for HM Prison Harrow. The BBC and Fox News would not report it. And those few independent outlets who did would find themselves subject to Public Interest Violation Orders that blocked UK visitors to their…

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

Graham Kirby / November 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM 674 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 538 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 530 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 781 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…