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Socialism requires that we leave the EU

Published: October 23, 2017
Written by Xavier Buxton

How’s Lexit treating you?” friends ask, sardonically. “Or is it Regrexit now?” I have to say that I’m not sure, but this I know: the European Union is no friend …

Mounting cost of mental ill-health

Published: October 23, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Slowly but surely, mental health is climbing the political agenda. It is long overdue but reflects a growing awareness of the issue and an acceptance that stress after almost a …

Books: A layman’s guide to hope

Published: October 23, 2017
Written by Carole Dawson Young

No Is Not Enough:?Defeating The New Shock Politics by Naomi Klein Allen Lane £12.99   Donald Trump’s cabinet of billionaires and multimillionaires represents a simple fact, says Naomi Klein: “The …

Books: Our England, on the buses

Published: October 23, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Riding Route 94 by David McKie Pimpernel Presss £9.99   Margaret Thatcher once said that any man over thirty still catching buses was a failure in life. Or did she? …

Theatre: Return to the Age of Aquarius

Published: October 21, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Hair The Vaults, London To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hair‘s off-Broadway opening, the show has been given one hell of a party. And that’s even before you get into …

Theatre: Scandalous memories

Published: October 21, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

A Day by the Sea Southwark Playhouse, London Some plays would by now be completely forgotten if not for a scandal that makes them memorable. NC Hunter’s A Day by …

Film: London calling

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

London Film Festival 2017 The 61st London Film Festival (October 4-15) began with a rousing plea for ­disability not to be seen as a limiter (Breathe) and closed with a …

Film: Yasmine’s sweet success

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Rita Di Santo spoke to acclaimed actress Yasmine Al Massri (pictured) at the recent El Goun Film Festival. Released in 2008, Caramel, writer/director Nadine Labaki’s debut feature, was a sensation …

TV: Back behind bars

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Porridge BBC 1 Electric Dreams Channel 4 If there’s one key ingredient that is going to make the new version of Porridge a success, it is the fact that Dick …

No easy path for election winners

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Chris McLaughlin

T he election for the first time since the end of the Second World War of a far right party to the German parliament, the Bundestag, created shock waves throughout …

Film: Larky and unexceptional

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Director: Matthew Vaughn The Exception Director: David Leveaux Kingsman: The Secret Service, freely adapted from the 2002 comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons by …

Books: Chomsky’s optimism

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Brian Heatley

Optimism over Despair: On Capitalism, Empire and Social Change by Noam Chomsky Penguin £6 Noam Chomsky, now 88, is America’s leading public intellectual. Often called the founder of modern linguistics, …

Books: Chomsky’s message of defiance

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

Who Rules The World? by Noam Chomsky Penguin £9.99 This book is a therapeutic read for anyone suspicious of leaders, sceptical of politicians, contemptuous of ‘social democratic’ parties and astonished …

Theatre: Julian Clary is cooking

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Le Grand Mort Trafalgar Studios, London Julian Clary looks up from his chopping board and with an economical twitch of an eyebrow, expresses his surprise to find us, the audience, …

Theatre: Thrilling history now

Published: October 12, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Prism Hampstead Theatre, London Jane Eyre National Theatre, London British audiences love plays set in the past, and this week there are a couple which will thrill anyone who loves …