political correctness

Prince Andrew and me

30 November 2019 9:00 am

No use piling on where Prince Andrew is concerned. It’s a sorry business, and he’s not among the brightest either.…

The joy of my grandson’s baptism

8 June 2019 9:00 am

They were putting the finishing touches to the giant tent as I drove up to Schloss Wolfsegg after an hour’s…

Chris Lilley as Quentin, the real-estate agent with an improbably huge arse who dreams of becoming a famous DJ

Gloriously un-PC: Chris Lilley’s Swiftian, scabrous, gleefully misanthropic Lunatics reviewed

11 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Unfunny, boring and utterly unrelenting,’ says the Guardian’s one-star review of Chris Lilley’s new sketch series Lunatics (Netflix). And if…

Sebastian Flyte had nothing on me: memories of a misspent youth

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Charlottesville is an enchanting Virginia college town graced by the neoclassical architecture of the university’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. I flew…

Frankie Boyle's New World Order, on which the comic is paid to say the totally and predictably sayable. Image: BBC/ Endemol Shine UK/ Brian J Ritchie

Why has Frankie Boyle gone so soft?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

‘I spend a lot of time helping teenagers who’ve been sexually abused…’ — beat — ‘…find their way out of…

Second coming: Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge

I’ve never seen Coogan better or Partridge funnier: This Time with Alan Partridge reviewed

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Steve Coogan is back as Alan Partridge but frankly who cares? Like Ali G, I’ve long thought, he’s one of…

Fear and loathing in New York

Why truth gets you nowhere

20 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   There is fear and loathing in this city, with men looking over their shoulders for the thought…

The new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker is a delight – but the script isn’t

13 October 2018 9:00 am

You won’t be aware of this because the BBC has been keeping it very quiet. But the new Doctor Who…

The rough, simple and cheerily thick lifeguards of Bondi Rescue. Image: Mojo Down Under

All the good non-fiction that was ever on TV was made by middle-aged men

1 September 2018 9:00 am

All the good non-fiction things that were ever on TV — from Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation to David Attenborough’s Planet Earth…

Holidays in Hell – Such A Pleasant Getaway from the BBC

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Apparently there’s a new ‘character’ on University Challenge. I wouldn’t know. Last year, I vowed never again to raise my…

When diversity means uniformity

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I’d been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell…

Were all those young lives lost at Normandy in vain?

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I’m back in New York and digesting the five glorious days spent in Normandy. What was the fighting all about,…

Once you get over its political correctness, Netflix’s Godless is a cracker

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Boy came to me the other night in a state of dismay. ‘Dad, I just turned on Match of the…

Everyone’s doing a mea culpa these days — except me

25 November 2017 9:00 am

The faux Leonardo that sold for 400 million greenbacks — plus a 50 million fee for Christie’s — was a…

When did fiction become so dangerous?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The assignment of books for review has always been haphazard. Fellow fiction writers can be tempted either to undermine the…

Goodbye London, Reykjavik here I come

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I have a message for the London mayor, Sadiq Khan: you and your policies stink! While the fuzz are busy…

The dwarves of death who control your TV

30 September 2017 9:00 am

My own fault, I suppose, for turning on the television. Not an action I undertake very regularly these days, because…

High life

26 August 2017 9:00 am

When the Germans smuggled arguably the world’s most evil man into Russia 100 years ago, they did not imagine the…

Don’t like our diversity agenda? You’re fired

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this week, a technology website published an internal memo written by a Google employee called James Damore criticising the…

Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Marx’s detritus

15 July 2017 1:59 pm

Yassmin Abdel-Magied recently published a piece in The Guardian Australia lambasting her critics as being merely ‘afraid of a young…

I came out feeling euphoric and disorientated: Young Vic’s Blue/Orange reviewed

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall enjoys the dubious status of a modern classic. A black mental-health patient, Christopher, is about to…

Isn’t it puke-inducing being lectured about poverty by millionaire comics?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Going Forward (BBC4, Thursdays) is a BBC comedy about the continuing adventures of Kim Wilde, the fat, cynical but lovable…

The tangled story of dreadlocks, from Milton to YouTube

9 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Why are you filming this?’ ‘For everyone’s safety.’ Those are the last words in a 46-second video that was watched…

There were no safe spaces at the dawn of democracy

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Brilliant Oxford undergraduates argue that it is right to prevent us saying things they object to, because speech they do…

Dull hipsters in broad daylight – why I’m done with today’s dance music

19 March 2016 9:00 am

At 19, I dropped out of university to pursue a career as a rave promoter. I went into business with…