Welcome.

I am a complicated conservative and a Civilised Right-winger. I am a bit hippy and arty. I am currently working on poems, a memoir, and cultural essays. I nurture hopes of doing a one man show. And I am interested in the spiritual.

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A wonderful time to be on “The Right”

Capitalism in crisis. Economy in recession. Israel in the dock. A populist Democrat in the White House. What a wonderful time to love being on "The Right". And it is surprisingly confident, too. Read more...

Published

27 January 2009

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Politics & campaigns

Don’t let the state subsidise local papers

Alan Rusbridger has suggested that the tax-payer ought to subsidise local newspapers. This is a very bad idea. Even my proposed National Media Trust should not do that. Read more...

Published

24 January 2009

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On TV & Radio, Politics & campaigns

New reports bolster a National Media Trust

The latest Ofcom report and the new Reuters Institute book in their different ways bolster the case for a National Media Trust. They don't know it, of course. Read more...

Published

23 January 2009

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On TV & Radio, Politics & campaigns

10 protest bullet points

A Radio 4 show is interviewing me about modern protest, not least because the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is nearing the end of its inquiry into policing and protest. Read more...

Published

18 January 2009

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Politics & campaigns, RDN's media outings

Time for a media funding revolution

Serious journalism is in dire financial straits. All its business models are under threat. It's time for the literate, affluent, bossy middle class to club together and fix things. They did it for buildings and landscape. Now they can do it for the national debate. Read more...

Published

17 January 2009

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On TV & Radio, Politics & campaigns

Still pro-Israeli, I’m afraid

So far as I can see almost all polite opinion is sure that Israel has behaved very badly in recent weeks in Gaza. I - rather tentatively - beg to differ. Read more...

Published

15 January 2009

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On TV & Radio, Politics & campaigns

Stay home, Jarvis!

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp seems like a good egg, if a little coddled. He was guest editor of the Today programme on New Year's Eve and agonised about climate and financial meltdown. Strikingly not-novel, his account was partly based on a trip to the Arctic made by a group of artists. How deliciously lacking in irony it all was. Read more...

Published

31 December 2008

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Mind & body, On TV & Radio, Politics & campaigns

Come off it, Mr Marr

Andrew Marr is so obviously nice that it seems unfair to criticise him. But Mr Marr is so infuriatingly, blandly, the decent liberal right-on that I am bound to have a go. Read more...

Published

28 December 2008

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Mind & body, On TV & Radio, Politics & campaigns
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