Here's a headscratcher. If Danny Baker was MORE of a racist, would he get away with it? If the Radio 5 Live DJ had done something more than liken a mixed-race Royal to a chimpanzee - start a political party, build a wall, scream anti-Muslim rhetoric at a Parliamentary rally - he'd be given more attention, not less of it. Black celebrities could tweet their disgust, and it would make not a jot of difference to the attention given. He'd be invited on to Andrew Marr. He'd be asked to give us his reasons on Question Time. He'd get followers, too, as whatever mad things he came out with infected others who were ripe to be hooked. He still wouldn't have a job at the BBC, of course. That still wouldn't look right. But they'd have let him go politely, talking about the need for an apolitical image among Auntie's representatives, rather than issue a statement saying he "goes against the values we as a station aim to embody". And money would come his way. From online crowdfunders, … [Read more...] about If Danny Baker was more of a racist, would he get away with it?
When I went to interview Nigel Kneale about Quatermass he would keep talking about his wife. Apparently she was a writer herself. The more I hauled the steering wheel over to malevolent Martians and aliens in the attic (he kept the Quatermass monster in his study) the more the conversation drifted back towards pink rabbits and tigers who dropped in for tea. Some powerful gravitational force was at work here, professor. God knows what I made of it all. Years later, when Nigel Kneale was dead, I found a little note from him thanking me and mentioning gently that Quatermass was not, as I thought, a name from his Manx background. He just found it in a telephone book. It was a handwritten note that I found physically impossible to throw away – I often find things impossible to throw away, which was why it was there in the first place – so I sent it to his wife. Who, I now realised, was the equally famous writer Judith Kerr. She was surprisingly delighted. As we wrote and talked … [Read more...] about Judith Kerr was both sweetness and steel – and I’ll miss her
Labour must not resort to "wishy-washy centrism" after its disastrous general election showing, ex-Welsh secretary Lord Hain has said. The party had its worst UK performance since 1935 and lost six seats in Wales, leaving it with 22 of Wales' 40 MPs.Lord Hain said Labour must offer "a clear alternative to the Tory project" which would be "disastrous for Wales".But he said the "intolerance" to voters "not necessarily of your tribe" under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership must end. Full steam ahead to Brexit deal' Tories claim big scalps in Wales Results of the 2019 general election in Wales Mr Corbyn said he did "everything he could" to get Labour into power and will not "walk away" until another leader is elected, after Boris Johnson swept back to power with a majority of 80. Lord Hain, a cabinet minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, told BBC Radio Wales' Breakfast with Oliver Hides: "The Corbyn project has some very searching self-examination that has to be done honestly. "But I do not … [Read more...] about Wishy-washy centrism wrong for Labour, warns Lord Hain
Buyers could snap up this two-bed home in Leicestershire for as little as £100,000 - but there's a catch. The two bedroom terraced house in Hinckley is currently being rented out for £500 a month but it has been listed for auction with SDL Auctions. It is one of nearly 150 similar properties in the area that have gone for an average price of £161,059 in the past 12 months, according to Rightmove. House coulup selling for tens of thousands less than the average, reports the Leicester Mercury . However, there is one catch that buyers will have to contend with. Prospective buyers will be unable to see inside the property before they buy. A description of the property reads: "Please note, no internal viewings will take place. The auctioneers have not inspected the property internally." Auctioneers believe the property to comprise of a lounge, dining room, and kitchen on the ground floor. While the first floor comprises two bedrooms and a bathroom. Outside, there is a … [Read more...] about House goes on sale for £100,000 – but you can’t look inside before you buy it
Ann Widdecombe has refused to apologise after using the word “golliwog” while talking to Brexit Party activists. The ex-Tory minister, standing in the election for the Brexit party, used the word in a WhatsApp conversation with party faithful. But Miss Widdecombe, who is standing for the Brexit Party in the Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport constituency, said she was not sorry for referencing the black doll despite it being widely recognised as demeaning to ethnic minority groups. A screenshot of the private discussion was sent to local news outlet Plymouth Live and was dated December 2. Within it she wrote: "Yes. I threw all my toys out of the pram. Bears and gollywogs (sic) everywhere!!" The thread involved Miss Widdecombe and Brexit Party advocates - who responded to her choice of language with cry laughter emojis. But one party insider has blasted the use of the term as "racist". They said: "I understand a lot of Ann's comments previously were based on her religious … [Read more...] about Ann Widdecombe won’t apologise for saying ‘golliwogs’ to Brexit Party activists