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
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.
Max talks to infectious disease doctor and presenter of CBBC's 'Operation Ouch', Dr Chris Van Tulleken, about the Coronavirus pandemic. This episode contains no strong language, and is suitable for younger listeners.
Well, ok. Maybe it is, just a little. But it’s more about the wider issues thrown up by Schofield’s decision, at the age of 57, to come out as a gay man, and the predictably grim reactions to that decision in the press and on social media. Now, as you might expect, and as I’m … Continue reading This article isn’t about Phillip Schofield
Extended interview with 'League of Gentlemen' creator Mark Gatiss, in which we discuss the general election result, the future of the Labour Party, and zombies.
Max talks about the General Election with special guest, actor, director and writer, Mark Gatiss. Contains frequent strong language. If you enjoy listening to Twenty Minutes Max, please consider subscribing to Spiller Of Tea Premium, where you may support my future work whilst gaining access to loads of exclusive articles, videos, music and bonus podcast … Continue reading Episode 15