Keeping an eye on Charlie

Probably coincidentally, former special advisor to Hazel Blears, Paul Richards, and founding editor of the Independent, Andreas Whittam Smith, are today worrying about the constitutional implications of self-styled royal dissident Prince Charles continuing to lobby government. Paul Richards reckons the royal lobbyist is getting carried away while Andreas Whittam Smith reckons a constitutional Continue reading

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band: Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte)

Director Michael Haneke has a well deserved reputation for disturbing cinema, mostly after Funny Games, and The White Ribbon is a dark disturbing film too, but for very different reasons. The story of a small village blighted by incidents – the doctor’s horse brought down by trip wire, children abducted and beaten – Continue reading