For the few not the many

8th December 2019 8

Remainers waiting on South Western rail platforms shivering for hours for a strike bound train should think twice about voting for Mr Corbyn. If he becomes PM he wants to repeal previous Tory legislation making membership ballots compulsory before a strike and outlawing secondary picketing. Not only might there be no trains ; under Corbyn bus drivers, school teachers and … [Read on]

The Tate Britain Annual Narcissist’s Prize

5th December 2019 12

The annual Turner Prize jamboree started at Tate Britain in 1984. I began demonstrating against it in 2000 with the ‘Stuckist’ painters, so named by Zeitgeist jack-pot winner Tracey Emin when she accused her then boyfriend, artists Billy Childish of being hopelessly ‘stuck’ because he still painted, using traditional paints.  Apart from joining a protest against sexually segregated lectures at … [Read on]

Brexit is not leaving

5th December 2019 9

This Thursday Boris expects you to give him the parliamentary majority he needs to GET BREXIT DONE.  Of course, we all know that his ‘oven-ready’ deal is merely a reheat of Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement, which Boris had denounced as a dog’s breakfast. There is so much wrong with this treaty, but one of my favourite clauses is that a … [Read on]

The Abolition of Britain

3rd December 2019 12

One of the oddest things about Brexit since the mid-2016’s is how careful everyone has been not to say ‘traitor’ or ‘quisling’ to some Britons who argue that a foreign power’s interests need protecting against ignorant, nationalistic British demands. The T word, ‘treason’, is also absent, as if it was extremist to even think it. To be fair, there are … [Read on]

Clive James RIP. An appreciation

28th November 2019 7

Salisbury Review – Spring 2011 Malcolm Muggeridge once dismissed Clive James’ appetite for culture with the quip: “He seeks it here, he seeks it there, he seeks it everywhere.” The inference being that ‘Australian intellectual’ constitutes an oxymoron, and Clive James learning Russian (not to mention Spanish, Italian, German, French, Polish, Japanese and the rest) in order to read non-English … [Read on]

No restrooms for the “wicked”?

23rd November 2019 13

When I was fourteen years old, I had a Saturday job at a newsagents. Every week, a lecherous, greasy, fat guy used to come in and buy four ‘girlie’ magazines. He would bring them over to the till and the lean right over the counter with his eyes practically in my boobs and his hands ready to grope. I had … [Read on]

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