We Need a Grown-Up Discussion of Troubling Telly

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Following the extirpation of Little Britain, Come Fly With Me, Fawlty Towers, The League of Gentlemen, Cops, and, oddly, Gone With The Wind from...
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Review: ‘This House’ and our Real Life Theatre Of The Absurd

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Photo: National Theatre Last week the National Theatre streamed James Graham’s 2012 play This House on YouTube. It tells the story of the British Parliament...

Face masks: What’s all the fuss about?

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Many questions have arisen during the Covid-19 pandemic, but none more so than the questions surrounding face masks. On Friday 24 July, face masks...

Poldark causes feminists to get their knickers in a twist, again

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Way back in October 2016 The Backbencher wrote about the hypocrisy of feminists denouncing the portrayal of an ambiguous sexual encounter but then celebrating...

Rogan Quits YouTube for Spotify

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Joe Rogan’s departure from YouTube to a lucrative Spotify contract is a welcome, if small, step towards pluralism in social media. Estimated to be...

Covid Causes UK Cinema to Miss a Trick

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According to the UK government, face masks are a legal necessity to ensure Britons feel safe going to the shops and indulging in what...

The Usual Misinformation About A Levels

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Exactly one year ago to the day I wrote “Boys Beating Girls in A-Levels? – Err, No” pointing out how grossly misleading were the...

Why I’ve Left Twitter

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Quitting Twitter shouldn’t have been as hard as it was, but I felt a small part of myself die as my finger met...

No Silence in Music Letter Misses the Point

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An open letter signed by 700 UK music industry professionals has become yet another instance of the cultural elite telling regular people that they...

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