Lamentable Lammy

BY FRANK HAVILAND The accolade of ‘Britain’s worst MP’ is fiercely contested at the quietest of times.  In these days of open treachery and blistering incompetence though, you have to really go some to be in the running. Cue David Lammy, the one-man race awareness course, who occasionally moonlights as the Labour MP for Tottenham. Despite being a mere backbencher, Lammy is rarely out of … Continue reading Lamentable Lammy

Parent 1 Parent 2

BY TARQUIN SUTHERLAND Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh… you know the rest. Roll on to 2019, and – you guessed it – it’s ‘transphobic, cisnormative and exclusionary’. At the very start of Aldous Huxley’s seminal novel of 1931, Brave New World, we get plunged into what must have, at the time, seemed an utterly absurd concept. That of school-children giggling over ‘naughty’ words – something they … Continue reading Parent 1 Parent 2

It’s Just a Phase, Doctor

BY PAUL NEWALL  When I read about the gender reassignment of the Doctor, I confess I let out an audible groan. Not because I couldn’t cope with one of my childhood favourites becoming a woman – I’d already been prepared for that eventuality by the “Doctors wife” episode in the Matt Smith era. The new show runner Chris Chibnall apparently made it a contractual issue … Continue reading It’s Just a Phase, Doctor

The Post Modernist Final Solution

BY DAVID EYLES Most of us are mystified by the current course of events. There seem to be so many contradictions in politics and elsewhere. In fact, many contradictions seem to have become political even when they had nothing to do with politics in the first place. For example, the simple matter of deciding what sex you are has now been subdivided into a myriad … Continue reading The Post Modernist Final Solution