There are still four weeks to go in the General Election campaign, but even at this relatively early stage I’m surprised at how really nasty some of the comments have been in the right wing media. Even before the election had been called, the Daily Telegraph’s Allison Pearson wrote a column demanding the beheading of […]

Without doubt the biggest media story of this week has been Diane Abbott’s horrendous car crash interview with Nick Ferrari on LBC Radio. Abbott, who will be Home Secretary in the (let’s face it, rather unlikely) event of a Labour victory on 8 June, got herself in an awful muddle trying to answer a relatively […]

Once again this has not been a good week for football. No less than four stories have hit the front pages this week, all highlighting the seedier side of the not so beautiful game. The HMRC investigation into alleged tax fraud resulted in dawn raids at Newcastle United and at West Ham United, as well […]

I concluded my last post before the Easter break by expressing the hope that some kind person would tell Sean Spicer not to regard The Thick of It as a training video. Sadly for him, the message doesn’t seem to have got through. Trump’s press secretary hit the headlines worldwide when he justified the US […]

For me, one of the few “must see” shows on TV at the moment is series six of Homeland, currently running on Sunday evenings on Channel Four. I find the parallels with real life fascinating. For those of you who don’t watch it, the main storyline involves a newly elected (female) US President who comes […]

In the last few days the NUJ has held a number of events across the UK to mark their Local News Matters week of action. As I have said before in these posts, our local newspapers seem to be in a vicious circle of decline. Low circulation figures cause a loss of advertising revenue, which […]

In case you hadn’t noticed, and it seems that few people have, the way in which much of the population of England are governed will radically change on 4 May. With all the hullaballoo about Brexit and Indy Ref 2 it’s all too easy to forget about the upcoming elections for Metro Mayors. The elections […]