On the politics behind the nation’s beloved baking show.
Will’s blistering attack on cars and their drivers, who are “told they have the ability to go anywhere when the truth is they’re shackled to a grotesque and Sisyphean go-round: they have to make the money, to pay for the car, to sit in the traffic jam, to make the money to pay for the car” for A Point of View on Radio 4.
This week’s Multicultural Man column considers the James Bond actor’s comments on his fondness of gay bars.
Will has written about being welcomed in church and religious identity for his latest New European Multicultural Man column.
Will’s latest New European column can be found here.
Will’s review essay on Sedated: How Modern Capitalism Created Our Mental Health Crisis by James Davies is available to read for free on the Prospect magazine website here during its two-week paywall holiday.
“There’s something curiously out-of-focus about the Prime Minister, isn’t there? I mean, I’ve been up close and pretty personal with him on a number of occasions, and I still can’t help seeing him with a sort of fuzzy nimbus surrounding his roly-poly outline – as if he were one of those newborn babies covered with a lot of vernix. It’s widely bruited about that his dishabille is a deliberate affectation – like Harold Wilson’s pipe-smoking. In private the Labour premier and soi-disant ‘socialist’ smoked Havanas – but can we really believe that left to his own devices Johnson’s coif becomes immaculate and his clothing sharp? Of course, Tony Blair was beautifully groomed, but it didn’t stop him trashing his entire record by getting involved in a quixotic and criminal foreign jaunt.”
Read the rest of Will’s New European column here.
“So, farewell then to the Routemaster bus – and while I fully appreciate that those of my readers who live elsewhere than the corporate death star formerly known as ‘London’, the fact remains that these vehicles were symbolic not just of the city but an entire culture. That this culture was largely bogus is neither here nor there – because let’s face it, most culture begins with fakery of one sort or another that once entrenched becomes indisputably real. Transport for London were operating a ‘heritage service’, the 15H, that ran from Tower Hill to Trafalgar Square, but what with the emissions issue and the lack of step-free access – plus the pesky pandemic – there was no longer any economic justification for a seasonal service aimed mostly at the tourist trade.”
Read the rest of Will’s piece on the Routemaster buses in The New European here.