Sanders Effortlessly Crosses the Political Divide in his Fox News’ Town Hall Debate

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1118155023849017345 You know you’ve done something right when President Trump is questioning Fox News. With Trump tweeting the above the morning after Sander's debate on the Republican-friendly network, Trump's slightly cryptic, yet critical message in response to the senator’s appearance on its Town Hall series said a great deal about the outcome both he and … Continue reading Sanders Effortlessly Crosses the Political Divide in his Fox News’ Town Hall Debate

Frankie Boyle’s “New World Order” is a Testament to the Exceptionalism of Political Comedy

I was really struck by writer and socio-political commentator George Monbiot’s reflections on the latest episode of Frankie Boyle’s political comedy BBC show “New World Order”. Discussing the need to take urgent action on climate change, Monbiot brought the show’s panel and audience to a respectful silence by arguing that our current, timid approach to … Continue reading Frankie Boyle’s “New World Order” is a Testament to the Exceptionalism of Political Comedy

Why Moving Past Mueller Could Prove to be a Boon for Progressives

I wanted to write a few quick words on the fallout from the yet-to-be-released Mueller Report.  U.S Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report, indicating the 2016 Trump campaign had not “conspired or coordinated” with the Russian government, delighted Republicans and disappointed Democrats in equal measure. For many on the right, such as The … Continue reading Why Moving Past Mueller Could Prove to be a Boon for Progressives

Comedy Review: The Carnal Magic of Scott Agnew’s “Work in Progress”

My review of the fantastic Scott Agnew's "Work in Progress" show, as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival, has been published by the excellent Mumble Comedy.   If you are interested in reading it, it can be accessed here:  https://mumblecomedy.net/2019/04/02/the-carnal-magic-of-scott-agnews-work-in-progress/  

Hillary Clinton Stepping Away from 2020 Could be a Sign Joe Biden Will Do the Same

Rather unexpectedly, Hillary Clinton announced on Monday that she will not be running in the 2020 U.S presidential election. I say unexpectedly because, while, nobody outside of Donald Trump wanted her to take a third shot at the White House, flat out refusing to run this early in the presidential campaign pretty bluntly takes the … Continue reading Hillary Clinton Stepping Away from 2020 Could be a Sign Joe Biden Will Do the Same

Kamala Harris May Never Win Over Black Voters like Obama did, and That’s a Good Thing for African Americans

With African American Senator Kamala Harris now in the lead of declared Democratic presidential nominees for 2020, a roll of articles have focused on her difficulties winning over African Americans to her cause.  In Astead W. Herndon and Susan Chira’s New York Times piece, “Can Kamala Harris Repeat Obama’s Success With Black Voters? It’s Complicated”, … Continue reading Kamala Harris May Never Win Over Black Voters like Obama did, and That’s a Good Thing for African Americans

Immigration, Alienation and Brazen Lies: The Political Warfare of James Graham’s Brexit – Uncivil War

So I found Brexit: Uncivil War to be a surprisingly compelling piece of television on the Leave campaign of the 2016 EU Referendum.  While at times I wish it would have delved into further details on certain areas, it did a great job at underlining both the incredibly facile nature of the Leave campaign’s manifesto … Continue reading Immigration, Alienation and Brazen Lies: The Political Warfare of James Graham’s Brexit – Uncivil War

Surely Joe Biden Can’t Be the Answer to the Democratic Party’s 2020 Prospects?

In poll after poll, ex-Vice President Joe Biden has topped lists of prospective Democratic voters’ preference for who they would vote for in the 2020 Democratic Primaries, typically followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and newcomer political celebrity Rep. Beto O’Rourke. While part of this will be down to simple voter recognition, I … Continue reading Surely Joe Biden Can’t Be the Answer to the Democratic Party’s 2020 Prospects?

Russell Brand’s Re:Birth and his Critique of the British Comic Figurehead

My latest piece on Russell Brand's political stand-up comedy special Re:Birth has been published by the fantastic Mumble Comedy.  If you are interested, you can access it at:  https://mumblecomedy.net/2018/12/17/russell-brands-rebirth-and-his-critique-of-the-british-comic-figurehead/

With an Apologetic White House Correspondents’ Association, Will President Trump Try his Hand at Stand-Up Comedy?

President Trump caused a bit of a storm last week when he hinted on Twitter that he may – finally – make an appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  His conspicuous absence at each annual event since taking office has certainly taken the varnish off the association.  In contrast to President Obama’s stunningly strategic … Continue reading With an Apologetic White House Correspondents’ Association, Will President Trump Try his Hand at Stand-Up Comedy?