Why are the best MPs on the backbenches and what are they doing there?

British politics at the moment is dominated by one issue – Brexit. A referendum supposedly fought to 'take back control' now sees the Prime Minister taking over negotiations as she can not rely on her Cabinet or her own Party. There is no majority in Parliament for any of the rumoured solutions – none of [...]

UK CULTURE WARS – DIVERSITY AND THE FUTURE OF POLITICS

. . . AND HOW THE RIGHT DIVIDES US I live in one of the hippest areas in the world – according to the San Francisco Chronicle - a district which saw the industrial revolution, then dereliction and now redevelopment. We have both a discount supermarket and a convenience store that stocks Bollinger. Where the [...]

Why I’m no longer listening to Germaine Greer

We live in febrile political times – rational polite debate is a thing of the past and the voices we hear are strident and allow for no compromise. Donald Trump transformed a reputation as a loud contrarian into a political career and his base continue to repeat his words, with little thought or evidence. Boris [...]

WoManchester

When I first moved to Manchester with my family all I knew was that George Best lived here! In retrospect I think he had already moved on, but he cast a giant shadow. Later I realised that the city was not only the home of football, but of radicalism and of a multi-cultural population which [...]

WHEN OUR HEROES HAVE FEET OF CLAY

For many years if you had asked me to name the people I most admired Aung San Suu Kyi – the Lady – would have been high on the list. A woman who combined the intellectualism of a Western education with the serenity and spirituality of her Buddhist heritage. A woman who left her family [...]