Brexit and “this isn’t an election campaign” campaign

Boris Johnson and the Conservative government have repeatedly said there will be no snap general election in the near future. His priority is delivering Brexit, no if’s not but’s, whatever that means. However, in Conservative literature that was seen yesterday, it is clear a snap election is what Johnson and the government is gearing up … More Brexit and “this isn’t an election campaign” campaign

In Defence of The New Yorker and Freedom of Speech

“I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it.” –      Voltaire “Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;.” –      First Amendment, United States Constitution   Last week David Remnick, political journalist and editor of The New … More In Defence of The New Yorker and Freedom of Speech

Aretha Franklin’s Living Memory: an essay on the collective loss of historical memory

Soul music has always seemed to me the music that people need when they’ve been sufficiently beaten down by the world, and just need something that can put them back together again. Whether it’s Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’, Sam Cooke’s ‘Just For You’, Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ or Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’, these … More Aretha Franklin’s Living Memory: an essay on the collective loss of historical memory

“Round and round we go, where it stops nobody knows”: an essay on political short-termism.

There is a photograph in a book dedicated to a lesser known war photographer Dickey Chapelle. Chapelle reported from around the world, including the battle of Iwo Jima, the reconstruction of post-war Europe, the Algerian civil war and most notably, the Vietnam war. In addition to this, Dickey also covered relief and aid work in … More “Round and round we go, where it stops nobody knows”: an essay on political short-termism.

‘Stay Lucky’: an interview with Nerina Pallot

Three years ago, Nerina Pallot released The Sound and the Fury an intensely political record that reckoned with the death and legacy of Margaret Thatcher, the murder of Lee Rigby, the now-closed refugee camp in Calais, and the intricacies of navigating the world as a woman. The record was infused with electro-pop and heavy synths and … More ‘Stay Lucky’: an interview with Nerina Pallot

The Musical is Political: ‘White Man’s World’ – Jason Isbell

Nina Simone once said, “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true for painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I’m concerned it’s their choice. But I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself. That to me is my … More The Musical is Political: ‘White Man’s World’ – Jason Isbell