Thursday, March 26, 2015

Anti-Russian propaganda is ‘unconvincing’, because Western narrative is false



My latest RT.com OpEdge piece.

You really couldn’t make it up. Almost 24 million people in the EU are unemployed. The Greek debt crisis has yet to be resolved. An Islamic State terrorist attack in Tunis, just over 100 miles from Italy. The ever-worsening problem of climate change.
And what are the EU elite talking about? How best to counter‘Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns’. It’s good to know they’ve got their priorities right, isn‘t it?

You can read the whole piece here.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Stranger than Fiction- the life of Edgar Wallace (some UK radio coverage)




I talk about my new biography of Edgar Wallace, on the Kat Orman show on BBC Radio Oxford  here.

While here, (if you're in the UK), you can listen to a wonderful three-hour celebration of Edgar Wallace and his works on BBC Radio4Extra. There's an interview with me at around 1hr into the programme.
Here is producer's Peter McHugh's blog about the programme.
I hope you enjoy it. I still have a few signed copies of 'Stranger than Fiction' available via the paypal button on the top right of this blog if any readers would like one.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Britain’s Budget Unveiled: but will it be enough to win the election?



My analysis of the UK Budget- and its political implications-  for Sputnik International.

After a number of Budgets that benefited the well-off, the Chancellor used his last Budget before the general election to make life a little easier for those who haven't done well under the Tories - and whose votes they desperately need to hold on to power after 7 May.

You can read the whole piece here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Power of ten: How neocons and the fake-left took over the British Establishment



My new piece for RT.com OpEdge

Forty years ago, Britain could be described as a vibrant democracy. Our parties lived up to their names: a conservative Party believed in conserving things, a Labour Party represented the interests of working people and a Liberal Party was liberal.
We had a mixed economy, in which majority interests were put first, a sensible foreign policy - we pursued detente with the Soviet Union - and didn't seek to go around the world trying to stir up conflicts. The only foreign “wars” we got involved with in those days were the so-called “Cod Wars” with Iceland.
Today, it's a very different story. Our political parties have converged around what author Tariq Ali has labelled “the extreme center.” The range of views which can be freely expressed in Britain without adverse personal consequences ensuing is narrowing by the day.

You can read the whole article here. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Intelligent Punter's Guide to the 2015 Cheltenham Festival



The  intelligent punter’s guide to the 2015 Cheltenham festival

Neil Clark
Four great days of jump racing start today at the Cheltenham Festival. Where should you put your money?


The Cheltenham National Hunt Festival - the Olympics of jump racing - begins today. With 27 ultra-competitive races being run over the four-day meeting, there are plenty of opportunities to win - and lose – money. But if we bear in mind three key factors before placing our bets, we can help tilt the percentages in our favour...

You can read the whole guide here.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Cash for Access: It's time for radical reform



My new piece for Sputnik International.

The latest ‘Cash for Access Scandal' to hit British politics makes the case for radical reform of the UK's current Parliamentary system an urgent priority.
Two former Foreign Secretaries, the Tory grandee Sir Malcolm Rifkind Q.C. and Labour's Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary at the time of the Iraq war, (WMDs anyone?) were caught on camera boasting about their influence — and what they could do to help a fictitious Chinese company — for the right money, of course.
Rifkind, despite receiving a £67,000 salary from British taxpayers, told the undercover reporters that 'nobody' paid him a salary and that he was 'self-employed'.

You can read the whole article  here. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Stranger than Fiction book signing



 'A fascinating book which I wholeheartedly recommend' Chris Gray, The Oxford Times.

I'll be signing copies of my new book 'Stranger than Fiction, The Life of Edgar Wallace, the Man who Created King Kong', at WH Smith's 22, Cornmarket Street, Oxford on Saturday 28th February from 10am- 4pm.

If you'd like a signed copy but can't get to tomorrow's signing, copies can be ordered via the form on the top right.