The Republican Party and the credibility gap

In the screenwriting business, the toughest challenge is pushing plot: writing the expositional dialogue that drives the story forward and keeps the audience up to speed. It’s a thankless task: if the dialogue is too hokey, the audience will hiss; too subtle, and you risk leaving people behind. Worst of all is the scrutiny it […]

‘A humble and dedicated man… he was quite simply a gentleman’

Decency. Humility. Kindness. Those words were repeated endlessly at the funeral service for MSP Bashir Ahmad, who died suddenly on Friday. They were the words chosen – by everyone from imam to first minister – to describe a politician whose friendships and influence cut across parties and communities. With the shock of his death still […]

How I became Lizzy Bennet

Being Elizabeth Bennet: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure By Emma Campbell Webster Atlantic Books, pp.352 Do you remember the choose-your-own-adventure books that squatted brazenly on the school library shelves? Those laminated interlopers that enticed you with their E-number colour schemes and promises of author-sanctioned page-skipping privileges? How they mocked the “serious” titles and their obsession […]