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To Ban or Not to Ban? Toxic Trump Has Theresa Trapped

Graham Kirby / November 30, 2017 at 12:00 AM 58 views

Why is anyone surprised that this president of the United States retweets misleading videos purporting to show Muslim violence against Westerners? This is a president who has attacked London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, while London was still under terrorist threat; he…

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

Graham Kirby / November 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM 530 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 408 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 357 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 608 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 386 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…