Nadine Dorries last appeared here when she used her blog to reach out to knicker-fetishists. Since then she has worked hard to cast herself as a maverick voice of the right, a kind of British Sarah Palin. So it was perfectly in keeping for her to accept a place on I’m A Celebrity Continue reading Nadine Dorries easy to sack?
I was very lucky indeed to get a couple of preview tickets for Argo, because it turned out to be an excellent thriller which lives up to the trailer’s promise to shred to your nerves. Flamboyant covers are not, we’re assured, the CIA’s usual thing but on this occasion they went with what on the face of Continue reading Argo reviewed
Searching for Sugar Man is the remarkable film of Rodriguez, a Detroit based singer-songwriter, tipped for the top by his record label and the critics, but whose 1970 and ’71 albums failed commercially: except, and without his knowledge, in South Africa where his socially concious Dylanesque lyrics, delivered in a style that leans Continue reading Searching for Sugar Man reviewed
I’m struggling not to give away the ending of Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth, because its literary trickery irritated me in the same way the end of Atonement annoyed some. But then McEwan is a leading figure amongst that cohort of writers who have successfully turned the trick of creating a genre from literary Continue reading Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan reviewed
Prince Charles has vowed to ‘bombard ministers with his political views’, which is no surprise. But the attempt to force publication of the future monarch’s missives has confirmed that Prince Charles’ views are such that, if they were revealed, the resulting furore would leave the monarchy ‘seriously damaged’. This is the chilling effect argument that fear of future disclosure Continue reading The real ‘chilling effect’ of Prince Charles lobbying government
The Taleban’s attempted assassination of Malala Yousufzai, a fourteen year old school girl, is rightly winning headlines but it’s worth remembering that Malala Yousafza is only the latest of a great many victims of the Taleban’s campaign to frighten Pakistanis off educating girls. They have destroyed many schools and murdered many teachers and others as part of their campaign to Continue reading Only Muslims can save the world from the Taleban