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

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 […]
January 3, 2017

Children of the Jungle

  Thousands of unaccompanied children and young people will, by the end of this week, lose the perilous, bleak place they have sheltered in for many […]
January 3, 2017

Whitewashed History

  This week, in an Uber taxi, going past four lovely Portland stone pillars near Hyde Park corner. These are Memorial Gates dedicated to the South […]
January 3, 2017

Anti-Semitism in Britain

  I am a Muslim, so that makes me suspect. Also a leftie, so doubly suspect. Add to that the conclusive proof: I have often criticised […]
January 3, 2017

God Help America

  Just got back from a short lecture tour in the US. I was there last in 2010 when I spoke at a diversity and inclusion […]
January 3, 2017

Lay Off the Millennials

  Millennials are fair game these days. Their crime was to be born after 1994. Around 13.8 million of them, not all the same of course, […]