Is Johnny Rotten a working class hero?
Culture / Politics / UK

Is Johnny Rotten a working class hero?

John Lydon, the once-rebellious ex-singer of the once-subversive punk band the Sex Pistols, appeared on the breakfast show Good Morning Britain on Monday. Lydon took the opportunity to inform Susanna Reid, Piers Morgan and the breakfast TV watchers of Britain of his opinions on Brexit, the “fantastic” Nigel Farage and the “political Sex Pistol” and … Continue reading

In praise of cats
Culture

In praise of cats

As I write this, my fifteen-year-old and somewhat curmudgeonly cat Marlon is perched comfortably on my lap, purring loudly and contentedly. Yet even in this moment of relative relaxation he retains an alert poise; I know that if I were to move too suddenly, or accidentally stroke him in a discomfiting way, he would be … Continue reading

TV Review | Question Time, 19/01/2017
Culture / Politics / TV / UK

TV Review | Question Time, 19/01/2017

One doesn’t tend to learn much about one’s political beliefs when watching Question Time these days. Any ‘discussion’ which takes place between the panel, moderated by David Dimbleby, usually descends into ill-tempered one-upmanship and soundbite spouting, with little room for thoughtfulness or any genuine insight from either guests or audience members. For those of us … Continue reading