Smith & Jones

The "other" Labour leadership candidate, as you might say, is called Owen Smith. There is a Guardian and New Statesman columnist and noted left-wing writer called Owen Jones. It's easy to confuse them; I saw this article (which is actually from almost exactly a year ago, and is about the first leadership election, but never…

Golden times of British TV comedy

It has come to my attention that there are some of you who are not aware of two of the best British comedy programmes to come out over the last year or so. Both have links to Green Wing ((Currently listed as "Watch now on 4oD" (sic). I might just do that.)), which was, of…

Freedom Tickling

Went to see Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Sunday. He was doing one night in London, with, as it turned out, the executive producer and the head writer of the show. It was good, though it could cynically be seen as an extended advert for their book, America: The Book. The largest part…