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[Guest post] The ultimate celebrity interview!

January 17, 2012 by


Mhairi McFarlane is a kirby-grip strewing angel of vengeance and you should follow her on Twitter if you’ve got any smarts at all. I am so sick of reading this interview. You read it all the time, constantly, year in, year out, in every glossy magazine and Sunday supplement. It’s founded on the twin principles […]

The political myth kitty

October 7, 2011 by

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Criticising the media gets boring. Even Chris Morris – who did it better than anyone with The Day Today and Brass Eye – found that he couldn’t bear to do it anymore when he came to work out his response to the war on terror: “I did formalise some ideas,” he told the Guardian, “but […]

What’s the blogging story?

October 25, 2010 by


What’s the Blogging Story?, Recorded on 22/10/2…, posted with vodpod There are some questions I didn’t realise were still worth asking. Is blogging journalism? Will blogging kill journalism? Can bloggers save journalism? So I was a tiny bit surprised to find myself talking about all these at a Bristol Festival Of Ideas event last Friday. […]

What to say about Ed

September 27, 2010 by


It’s the decision that will determine Labour’s fate over the next five years. It’s the difference between a demoralising era of electoral devastation for the party, and the chance to mount an effective challenge on the next polling day. It’s the choice that could make Labour a force that’s ready for power, or inaugurate a […]

Liddle hope

January 9, 2010 by

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There can’t be many people with any affection for the Independent who are happy about the idea of Rod Liddle becoming editor. But there probably aren’t very many people left with much affection for the Indy at all, because the brand seems to have specialised in weird and reputation-squandering reversals. Its Sunday version campaigns for […]

Jon Snow: bring in privacy law, finish off the tabs

September 26, 2009 by

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Channel  4 news anchor Jon Snow comes out in favour of privacy restrictions on reporting in this Guardian interview with Ann Widdecombe. And strongly in favour, too, even disallowing the public interest defence in cases of hypocrisy: AW Would you welcome a privacy act, Jon Snow? JS I would welcome a privacy act, yes. AW […]

New post on Liberal Conspiracy: How Judge Eady went from press villain to hero

June 26, 2009 by

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I’ve got a new post up at Liberal Conspiracy, where I ramble speculatively about the way Mr Justice Eady’s decisions on media law seem to be acting in combination against scrutiny at all levels of reporting: the sex scandal, science coverage, and anonymous whistle-blowing: It’s not unusual for public figures to experience severe reversals of […]


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