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Can Labour Cling on in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central?

Graham Kirby / February 20, 2017 at 12:00 AM 4 views

That the question of defeat even arises shows the extraordinary weakness of the official opposition in these strange political times. If we accept that 2015’s defeat under Ed Milliband represented a low in Labour’s fortunes, then holding onto two relatively…

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

Graham Kirby / November 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM 314 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 170 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 160 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 392 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…