Sarah Ferguson’s interview with Joe Hockey: Bias is in the eye of the beholder

“One of the chief Functions of a television critic is to stay at home and watch the programmes on an ordinary domestic receiver, just as his readers do. If he goes to official previews, he will meet producers and directors, start understanding their problems, and find himself paying the inevitable price for free sandwiches. A … Continue reading Sarah Ferguson’s interview with Joe Hockey: Bias is in the eye of the beholder

What they had in common: The Grantham grocer’s daughter & the Mouseketeer

It was the 17th Century English poet John Donne who wrote: “No man is an island … Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” Donne’s oft-quoted meditation came to mind as I contemplated the deaths of … Continue reading What they had in common: The Grantham grocer’s daughter & the Mouseketeer

Nixon revisited, as Obama and Romney go neck and neck

“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” That quote has been attributed to one of my favourite writers, HL Mencken, and I used to think it was a harsh assessment. Then Richard Nixon was re-elected as president of the United States in 1972 in a landslide against the liberal Senator … Continue reading Nixon revisited, as Obama and Romney go neck and neck

Mitt Romney: Who am I talking to?

You’d think a US Republican presidential candidate would be aware of one of the tenets of good speech-making: Know your audience. Mitt Romney’s audience in Houston was the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), one of America’s oldest and most respected civil rights organisations, established in 1910 to … Continue reading Mitt Romney: Who am I talking to?