It hardly needs saying that freedom of expression is important. The introduction of free speech laws allowed us to criticise the King or the government or the church without fear of arrest or imprisonment. They allowed scientists like Charles Darwin to propose radical new theories that would previously have been censored as heresy, driving forward … Continue reading Free speech: sometimes it comes at a cost
People who have spent decades howling about the need to slash foreign aid budgets on the basis that ‘charity begins at home’ were united today in the opinion that feeding hungry children in the UK does not satisfy their definitions of ‘charity’ or ‘at home’. As schoolchildren across the nation face the prospect of a … Continue reading ‘Looking after our own’ does not include feeding hungry children, insist racists
We live in an age of absolutism. Everything is binary: right or wrong, black or white. There are times when this approach is helpful. Necessary, even. My ‘never fuck a Tory’ policy, for example, has served me well for many a long year and will no doubt do so for many years to come. But … Continue reading J.K. Rowling and the Guileful Intolerance
There are people whose lives are so empty, so utterly devoid of hope or meaning, that they devote their entire existence to following me around Twitter, saying, “Max is such an arsehole! He blocks anyone who disagrees with him! He is incapable of debate!” Contrary to the opinions of these sweaty, basement-dwelling incels, and, at … Continue reading It’s ok to disagree, except when it’s not
This year will be the first year since the 1970s when, in all likelihood, there will be no Pride events taking place anywhere in the UK. You might think this is a relatively minor consideration, and I suppose, in the grand scheme of things, it is. Somewhere between 20,000 and 40,000 people have already died, … Continue reading Pride 2020: The loss of a lifeline
Max talks to 'Tracy Beaker' and 'Dumping Ground' actor, Connor Byrne, about ballet, musical theatre, snow penises, LGBT rights and, inevitably, coronavirus. Contains frequent strong language.
Max talks to director, writer and national treasure Kathy Burke about lockdown, the theatre and the places he can stick the questions she's bored of answering. Contains frequent strong language.