Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Corbyn, anti-semitism and the menace of Mend

Jeremy Corbyn’s recent appearance at an event held by the ‘anti-Islamophobia’ charity Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) is significant for..

By Alastair Benn

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Review: "Lou Reed: A life"

“I created Lou Reed.  I have nothing even faintly in common with that guy, but I can play him well. ..

By Alastair Benn

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Review: Purcell's Brexit-themed 'King Arthur'

Brexit has illuminated and inflamed long-fomented divisions within British society, between England and its Celtic fringe, London and the rest..

By Alastair Benn

Friday, 29 September 2017

Why the 'European vision' is distinctly un-European

  In yesterday’s Times, David Aaronovitch praised Emmanuel Macron for his speech on the future of the European Union: apparently,..

By Alastair Benn

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Attempts to criminalise the consumption of Islamic State's online material make no sense

And I should know – as part of my academic research, I had to read it all. The BBC reported..

By Alastair Benn

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Book Review: 'A Legacy of Spies' by John le Carré

  John Le Carré’s novel ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’ seemed to emerge fully formed from the..

By Alastair Benn

Monday, 11 September 2017

Trump lost for words? An interview with Howard Jacobson

On a hot summer’s afternoon, I meet Howard Jacobson in a restaurant in Soho.  I am struck immediately by his..

By Alastair Benn