From the monthly archives:

October 2014

Cine-East Film Club Presents #54: 1972, Cabaret (Bob Fosse)

October 8, 2014

Sally Bowles: ‘Divine decadence, darling’ I am in Berlin.   It’s one of my favourite cities. I come here every year for the film festival with friends, which is held in February. This time though I am here with my wife and 5 month old baby, partly for a long needed break from London and partly […]

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#941: 1983: Nena, 99 Red Balloons

October 7, 2014

Those of us who write on these pages are usually frustrated by politics, excited by football and sport, befuddled by life in general, but always enthused, though occasionally divided, by music. It was, as we often remind ourselves, always about the music. Last Christmas, Mrs North gave me a record player, a proper turntable, with […]

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Week 40: Hero – the Hong Kong Protesters

October 6, 2014

This week, our panel has bestowed our regular Hero award on the people of Hong Kong protesting against the Chinese government’s curtailing of democracy. Many of us have protested – against steps our government are taking or for rights that are being denied. But what makes the protests in Hong Kong over the last week […]

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Week 40: Villain – Chris Grayling

October 6, 2014

This week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, for his proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act and for all intents and purposes withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights The European Convention on Human Rights was signed in 1949 in the aftermath of the Second World War. […]

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By-Election Special: Clacton

October 5, 2014

Thursday sees the Clacton by-election, caused by its sitting former Conservative MP, Douglas Carswell, resigning his seat after joining UKIP to stand for his new party. Most pundits see Carswell romping to victory, and we are certainly not suggesting he will not be victorious, becoming the United Kingdom Independence Party’s (UKIP) first elected MP (they […]

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Week 40: Prat – Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear Team

October 5, 2014

This Week’s Prats are Jeremy Clarkson and the team from BBC’s ‘flag-ship programme’ Top Gear. You can imagine how it happened can’t you: there they all were, a few beers down the hatch, massive pay cheques in the bank, planning their latest escapade which involved taking a load of cars to Argentina. ‘I know,’ says […]

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Some tales of the ECHR

October 4, 2014

The European Convention on Human Rights, was enacted into UK law, with the Human Rights Act, at around the same time I became a barrister. As such, for me as a lawyer it has always been part of the legal framework, always there, not always loud, not always needed, but underpinning everything that is good […]

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The Tories and the End of the Rule of Law

October 3, 2014

As you might have noticed there has been stunned silence on this blog for the last few days.   A silence caused to some considerable degree of the rightward leap of the Conservative Party we have witnessed and the now truly terrifying prospect of a post-2015 David Cameron led government.   No one can say (as perhaps […]

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