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The Nigel Farage Car Crash Interview

You know it’s all gone horribly wrong when your own media adviser has to interrupt a live broadcast to halt your interview. UKIP leader Nigel Farrage suffered the ignominy this morning when he went head-to-head with LBC’s James O’Brien. But it was too late. O’Brien had done his homework and Farrage, who usually resorts to […]

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Coming Out As Gay

The next time a high-profile footballer, like former German international Thomas Hitzlsperger, comes out as gay, I’d like our collective response to be along the lines of, “That’s just great. Good for you,” and for that to be the end of it. Coming out and declaring that you’re not like the heterosexual majority (not that […]

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Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing

          Every now and then, this list by Zadie Smith does the rounds on Twitter. It’s one of my favourites and comes from  The Guardian which had invited a group of writers to share their wisdom on how best to beat the blues, focus and write without distractions. 1.  When still […]

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Alison Morton introduces her new novel INCEPTIO

    Thank you very much for welcoming me to your blog, Sonya. My debut novel, INCEPTIO, was on 1st March. Hooray! Three years of slog – researching, writing, and polishing – have led to this exciting moment.

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Caitlin Moran – a step too far?

It’s easy to find things that annoy you on Twitter but I view it mostly as a place for discussion and debate, not always with the people whose views I share and often with those with whom I have little in common.

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Rotherham and UKIP Fostering Debate

If I were so minded, I could probably write a blog every day on the subject of racism and the frequency with which accusations of racism are made by one party, only to be swiftly denied by another,

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John Terry jumps ship

John Terry’s resignation from the England squad is encouraging news because it shows that there are consequences after all to using racially charged language. Terry never 

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The riots – a year on and Mark Duggan remembered

I don’t remember exactly where I was when the riots broke out but I do remember my immediate thoughts on hearing the

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The 2012 Olympics and the genius of Danny Boyle

I hate being told what to do, how to feel, what to like and dislike, so the constant refrain from parts of the media and all parts of the government

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