The Pogues saga says more about us than the BBC

Was the reaction to the song’s censorship knee-jerk or needed?

20 Nov 2020

The problem with leaving London

The capital is never the same again once you leave it behind.

30 Oct 2020

There’s no such thing as a ‘right-wing’ comedian

Audiences look to comics for laughs, not political insight.

9 Sep 2020

The hidden joy of wearing a mask

Maybe we all need a break from ourselves.

30 Jul 2020

Comedy can bring us back together (if we’ll let it)

Nothing unites like live laughter – it’s time comedy clubs were opened.

7 Jul 2020

In praise of rugby chants

Fans should be able to sing what they like from the stands.

23 Jun 2020

Why John Boyega’s protest speech is worth a listen

The Hollywood actor’s ‘career-ending’ speech was more nuanced than many realise.

9 Jun 2020

A beginner’s guide to exiting lockdown

For all the bravado of lockdown’s most endless repeated refrain – can’t wait to go to the pub! – I…

3 Jun 2020

Why are we ignoring our impending economic doom?

All our bluster about self-improvement will vanish as soon as our new economic reality starts to bite.

6 May 2020

Here’s how PC Plod can get us Brits to behave

The nitpicking of PC plod during lockdown is like that of a power-happy prefect at school.

6 Apr 2020
British actor and satirist John Bird at the typewriter at his home in Chiswick, London,

An expert’s guide to working from home

Like many writers, I have a warm up ritual. I make a fresh pot of coffee, open a window, and attempt to read the entire internet.

17 Mar 2020

It’s time to ditch phones and rewild our dinner parties

Our social gatherings would be far more joyous and unpredictable if we could bear to be without our devices

22 Jan 2020

How to survive Christmas with the in-laws

The way you survive your In Laws is of course the way you survive almost anyone, in Peace Time at…

24 Dec 2019

How “cancel culture” got out of hand

Can anyone remember life before Brexit? In the years immediately BBB (Back Before Brexit), it seemed we were suffering from…

11 Oct 2019