Friday, 22 February 2019

Jussie Smollet, fake hate, and the journalism of assertion

I have an idea for a film: there’s a young black actor in a hit TV show who hears a..

By Philip Patrick

Monday, 4 February 2019

Why the British really voted for Brexit - they rumbled the EU

‘Judge a man by his questions, rather than his answers’, said the great Voltaire. I first came across this quote..

By Philip Patrick

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Why a great country like Japan gets such boring Prime Ministers

They used to say Italy was the most democratic country in the world – everyone got to be Prime Minister...

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 21 December 2018

How about a Brexit Truce for the holiday season?

Amid all the sturm und drang in Westminster recently there was an exquisite moment of light relief that, at least..

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 14 December 2018

Television: Why is politically correct British TV drama so terrible?

In my favourite episode of the BBC comedy series I’m Alan Partridge the lead character finding himself alone in his..

By Philip Patrick

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Stephen Fry's unfunny Brexit film convinced me I was right to vote to leave

Remember when Stephen Fry was funny? I can, though it’s getting harder with every passing year. In the late 1980s..

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 30 November 2018

I’m a Japanese emperor get me out of here!

Seismic is not a word to be used carelessly about events in Japan, but you would think the abdication of..

By Philip Patrick

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Japanese have more affection for the EU than we would like to think

You would think that the Brexit phenomenon would resonate in Japan. Our two countries and peoples have so much in..

By Philip Patrick