Alastair Benn

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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Lost Rebecca Long Bailey sounds divorced from reality

Can Corbynism survive without Corbynism? We have our fullest answer to that question in Rebecca Long Bailey’s opening pitch for …

By Alastair Benn

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Farewell Anna Karina, the New Wave's brightest star

Anna Karina, who died earlier this week aged 79 of cancer, will be remembered for her singular contribution to French …

By Alastair Benn

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Britain waits: What could possibly go wrong?

Britain is going to the polls today in an election that could decide the direction of the country for a …

By Alastair Benn

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Hugh Grant, Richard Curtis and the cringe-inducing superficiality of this Love Actually election

Czech novelist Milan Kundera wrote of kitsch as the salient feature of Eastern bloc totalitarianism. It was not just the …

By Alastair Benn

Monday, 9 December 2019

Corbynism has turned Labour into a party of hipster twits

The Corbyn-backing website Novara Media today tweeted out some quotes from an article written for a blog titled Salvage (with …

By Alastair Benn

Sunday, 8 December 2019

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

The Summer Isles - A Voyage of the Imagination review

“The boat,” wrote the philosopher Michel Foucault, “is the greatest reserve of the imagination… In civilisations without boats, dreams dry …

By Alastair Benn

Thursday, 5 December 2019

JLM dossier shows scale of antisemitism in the Labour Party

The Jewish Labour Movement’s closing submission to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHCR) has been leaked in full online …

By Alastair Benn

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Turner prize: why do contemporary artists talk such rubbish?

The decision to award all four nominated artists for this year’s Turner Prize was made not by the judges, as …

By Alastair Benn