RBS plans cut customers adrift

Published: February 13, 2018
Written by Martin Whitfield

The Royal Bank of Scotland’s decided towards the end of last year to close 259 branches. Communities will be cut adrift from the face-to-face banking that is so essential. The …

Books: Fine account of prison camp Gaza

Published: February 13, 2018
Written by Denis MacShane

Gaza: Preparing for Dawn by Donald Macintyre One World £20 There is no British equivalent of Pulitzer prizes for books by journalists who narrate important events or current affairs topics …

Books: Echoes of the ancients

Published: February 6, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Why Dylan Matters by Richard F Thomas William Collins £12.99 In her 1974 song ‘Diamonds and Rust’, Joan Baez sang of Bob Dylan, ‘You, who are so good with words …

Theatre: Local heroes in Brexit Britain

Published: February 5, 2018
Written by Aleks Sierz

Booby’s Bay, Finborough Theatre, London. Huck Trebillcock has his head in the clouds. He’s a former fisherman, now an unemployed rebel who yearns to be a local hero.

Theatre: Once more with feeling

Published: February 4, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Everyone’s Talking About Jamie Apollo Theatre, London Based on a BBC documentary, Jamie, Drag Queen at 16, Everyone’s Talking about Jamie, with music by Dan Gillespie Sells, frontman of chart …

Books: Henning’s last hurrah

Published: January 31, 2018
Written by Mike Parker

After The Fire By Henning Mankell Harvill Secker £17.99 Having condemned his much-loved detective Kurt Wallander to a long drawn-out descent into the hell of Alzheimer’s, Henning Mankell died of …

Books: Pretending it’s something it’s not

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

China In Drag: Travels With A Cross Dresser by Michael Bristow Sandstone Press. £8.99 If asked to identify the embodiment of the post-Maoist Chinese revolution, you might not necessarily think …

A new plan for a devolved Yorkshire

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by Dan Jarvis

I was recently struck by the words of Archbishop John Sentamyu: “Today, our elected leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to repay the trust vested in them by the people and …

Theatre: Class, savagery and queens

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by William Russell

Heartbreak House The Union Theatre, London   Into the Numbers Finborough Theatre, London   SiX: Divorced, beheaded, LIVE The Arts Theatre, London   The Union Theatre in Southwark, London, has …

The US and the first ‘Red Scare’

Published: January 28, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The 1919 ‘Red Scare’ – during an era of mass industrial action and police walk-outs – saw an outbreak of lawlessness which threatened everything the propertied class held dear. It …

Nothing new in the Carillion debacle

Published: January 28, 2018
Written by John Holden

“I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches …

Film: That shrinking feeling

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Downsizing Director: Alexander Payne   Downsizing is so many films packed into its 135-minute running time that I almost don’t know where to begin. It is an ecological fable in …

Television: Here comes the sun

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Les Hull

Hard Sun BBC 1 The premise behind Hard Sun is that the authorities are keeping a colossal secret from everyone else: the world is going to end in five years’ …