Tony McKenna

Philosopher, Novelist, Journo. Author of 'The Dying Light'


The Oily Politics Of Unity: Owen Smith As Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary

mith's appointment smacks of the type of compromise which, in time, will poison the living, beating, vital heart of the movement Corbyn has been raised up by. It should be criticised and there is no gain to be made from the type of loyalty which shields Corbyn from such criticism. To do that, would be to hand the Labour leader a real poisoned chalice.
23/06/2017 11:21 BST

The Political Event Of Jeremy Corbyn

They say that Corbyn is entirely unelectable. But the rabidity with which they denounce him, the sheer ferocity of the attacks, suggests that, deep inside, they fear the very opposite to be true.
07/06/2017 11:46 BST

The Dangers of Repetition: Iraq to Syria

Reacting like a true demagogue, beating the drums of war, French 'socialist' president François Hollande has vowed to intensify the bombardment of an already pulverized Syria. Truly, those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. That was something Mr Herzog taught us too.
27/11/2015 10:29 GMT

The Walking Dead: Season 5

Over its four previous seasons <em>The Walking Dead</em> has managed to sustain a strong stock of fascinating characters - those, at least, who weren't turned into zombie mulch or otherwise prematurely expired.
08/04/2015 16:17 BST

Sleeping Rough in the Age of Austerity

While the broader policy of economic hack and slash has created the conditions for a sharp increase in the level of homelessness, stigmatization of homeless people themselves effectively helps shift the focus from the political sphere...
07/10/2014 14:30 BST

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens with a vision of what is to come; a smoking, smouldering post-apocalyptic wasteland where the few remaining mutants shelter in the barren crags, darting through the rubble, trying to avoid extermination at the hands of sinister, implacable robots - the Sentinels.
10/06/2014 09:16 BST

Ofsted: Who Inspects the Inspectors?

From the moment you attend that first job interview, you can often find yourself participating in an elaborate and bizarre form of performance art. 'Why do you want the job?' - they ask. For most people, the answer is relatively simple - 'because I have bills to pay, kids to feed, etc...'
06/03/2014 12:33 GMT

Who to Blame for the High Cost of Theatre Tickets? The Usual Suspects.

The rise of 'resale' sites - on-line companies which hoover up large swathes of tickets before selling them on at grossly inflated prices - has helped create a price-hike which has seen the average ticket in London's West End driven from £28.84 in 2001 - to £45.12 at the end of the decade.
19/02/2014 18:25 GMT

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

In the epoch of the twitterati - when culture is more and more served to us in palatable, postmodern, bite-sized fragments, <em>Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom</em> is pure old-school - providing the grand narrative of a life very much in the style of the epic film of yore - think Ghandi or Ben-Hur, for instance.
23/01/2014 17:47 GMT

Crowdfunding: A New Horizon

You might have already heard of Crowdfunding - the phenomenon by which an idea for a project or invention is relayed to the public, usually via the internet, in order to attract funds and become a reality. This year it has hit the mainstream with a bang - with celebrities such as Zach Braff and James Franco using it as a way to attain revenue for their own movie projects.
24/12/2013 09:55 GMT

Laurie Penny and the Oppression of Women

'All men are implicated in a culture of sexism' - says Laurie, and this is a 'challenge'. But any such challenge is profoundly divisive. It is as divisive as saying all white people are implicated in a culture of racism.
20/08/2013 12:39 BST

The Five Most Shocking TV Character Demises

Contains Spoilers ***** Last week the Twittersphere erupted in a single collective yowl of shock and disbelief. The cause - the penultimate episode in series three of Game of Thrones.
11/06/2013 14:59 BST

Risk Factor: Bankers, Benefits and Bailouts

Many of us are half-aware that such figures - these almost pantomime like caricatures of sloth and wretchedness - exist as a tiny minority, but the need to find a visible and sinister repository in which to place our fears is both seductive and satisfying
06/05/2013 15:26 BST

All Quiet on the Western Front: The Christmas Truce

Like smoke drifting across no man's land as the sound of the guns and the mortar finally fell quiet, the Christmas truce of 1914 has been shrouded by the mists of time. A historical event which occurred early in the First World War and one many of us are familiar with; yet it has the feel and texture of legend as much as fact.
21/02/2013 11:17 GMT

Valentine's Day Blues

Perhaps you are fortunate enough to have already encountered your soul mate - or maybe you are still searching, but the sense that this person exists, somewhere out there, can at times feel compelling.
12/02/2013 16:11 GMT