Philip Patrick

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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

The Tokyo Olympics are heading for a climate catastrophe

It was 34 degrees here in Tokyo yesterday, with humidity hovering around the 70% mark. The day before that was …

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 2 August 2019

Boris the Kid has changed the game on Brexit

Politics hasn’t been this exciting, since, well ever… We are in the third act now. How will it all end? …

By Philip Patrick

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

The academic tribe's hatred of Brexit and Trump is motivated by fear

Imagine what it must feel like for an ornithologist to finally, after years of searching, spot an ultra rare bird, …

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 5 July 2019

Christopher Booker was right about the EU

The death this week at the age of 81 of the Telegraph journalist, and co-founder of Private Eye, the controversial, …

By Philip Patrick

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Coolidge not Churchill should be the model for Boris Johnson

It is not exactly a secret that Winston Churchill is the leader Boris Johnson would most like to be associated …

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 28 June 2019

‘Comedy 50 – 50’ is no laughing matter

Here’s a joke: How many TV commissioning editors does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: two – one …

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 14 June 2019

Jo Brand should be free to make bad jokes

Here we go again, another week, another War of the Words. The Jo brand ‘battery acid’ controversy is this week’s …

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 7 June 2019

Lost Classic: Arnold Bax

“This terrible thing of fashion, in assessing composers, especially in Great Britain, is something that worries me terribly”. So remarked …

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 3 May 2019

Ten years since his death, John Updike's work remains as powerful as ever

Was anything written, said or done to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of American novelist, poet, art critic, …

By Philip Patrick