May 12, 2019

Men in Forced Marriages

(Names have been changed) Suhail Khan’s arms are nut-brown, hairy and muscular. He turns them over. No hair, but a crisscross of slashes- two bandaged and […]
May 8, 2019

Democrats, your nation needs you

Last week I tweeted: “The nation is ungovernable. A stable old democracy is being demolished by populist politicians. It’s worse than an army coup… What will […]
April 6, 2017

Britain’s Horrible Histories

  The Viceroy’s House, a feature film by Gurinder Chadha, director of the joyous Bend it like Beckham,  is out on general release in March. It […]
April 6, 2017

White and Black Working Classes

  Not a week goes by without some right wing British politician or pundit bewailing the lot of the ‘left behind’ white working classes. Most of […]
April 6, 2017

Emma Watson and Women Today

  Having followed the Emma Watson furore, what I would really, really like is to go out on a sisterly date with this amazing young woman […]
April 6, 2017

Lies and Hypocrisy Over Asylum Attack

  Witness the rank British duplicity and hypocrisy as various public figures respond to the mob assault on a blameless teenager on a street in Croydon, […]
April 6, 2017

Misrembering Diana

  Hear ye all.  Kensington Palace has put on an exhibition titled Diana: Her Fashion Story and, ostensibly, tickets are selling out fast. For a mere […]
January 3, 2017

Homeless in ‘Great’ Britain

  From my study I can see the common with its tall trees, sweeping seagulls and dog walkers. It  looks like a Christmas card, frosty, silvery […]
January 3, 2017

Bloody Britishness

  This year Britishness reached its nadir. It turned angry, righteous, hateful, confrontational, inward looking and mean. Brexit was the result and still the rage goes […]