Bonnie Greer

Time to Make Way for the Young

Bonnie Greer | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK
Bonnie Greer

Millennials must be listened to. They must be admitted - right now - to the top tables of industry; commerce; government; the arts. If they need to learn the "etiquette" of big business; government, etc. well, teach them. But put them in place.

SOS for the NHS

Bonnie Greer | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK
Bonnie Greer

Let's be clear: no-one is saying that the NHS is not flawed... But I saw a cartoon once that perfectly illustrated where we might be heading: there's a huge, glistening private American-style hospital where you pay and pay and pay. And in its parking lot is a little shelter-type thing offering various services. Its heading: "NHS".

How Bowie's 'Low' Freed a Generation

Bonnie Greer | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bonnie Greer

Low was released on 14 January 1977, a few days after David Bowie's 30th birthday. The motto of our generation - Bowie's and mine - was "Never trust anyone over 30" and The Thin White Duke lived up to that motto in his own unique way. We were ready to party again with his next album. But you couldn't actually dance to Low.

Why I Hope the Cops Here Are Never Routinely Armed

Bonnie Greer | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Bonnie Greer

News of what happened at Leytonstone, of course, spread all over the world, so relatives and friends from the States got in touch. After I assured them that I was okay, they then went on to ask why and how the Met dealt with a potential terror situation - without guns. It was so strange, so incomprehensible, something they could not imagine. That's because the USA is an armed society. Arms are the equalizer; the avenger; the explainer; the revenge; and your best friend.

"Pig-Gate": My Part in its Temporary Media Shutdown

Bonnie Greer | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

We were told it wasn't going to be covered so we skipped the story. The Cameron biog that contains the "pig-gate" story is being serialized in The Daily Mail. Frankly, any day that I don't talk about or have to say the words: The Daily Mail; The Mail On Sunday or Mail Online - is a good day.

The Disrupter Has Landed

Bonnie Greer | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

Just as America has become the country where the first "selfie" political candidate - Donald Trump - has emerged, we here in the UK are experiencing a new paradigm, too. I'll call it: "Real". It has begun - as always - with the young. A "zero hour contract" reality; seven professions in a working life; eternal debt; possible no home ownership, all of these factors are very real for a generation that will not only be long-lived, but the ultimate carers of an ageing population growing larger by the year. After the winter snows melt, and the first flowers of spring push through the soil, Jeremy Corbyn may be gone. But the Disrupter has made his mark.

"You People Syndrome" Strikes Again

Bonnie Greer | Posted 13.09.2015 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

The first time I noticed "You People Syndrome" (YPS) was during the Scottish referendum. Being an immigrant, some nuances of my adopted culture can sometimes pass me by. You can often spend time re-calibrating your brain, trying to get to grips with the things you think you understand. But don't. So I was quite bewildered at the time of the Scottish Referendum ("Indy Ref") at the general coverage that I saw. Me, being London-based and London-centric, it seemed that the mainstream media (MSM) (largely London, too) were actually telling the people of Scotland that: "You People Up There Know Not What You Do" .

Why the Early Review of 'Hamlet' Sets a Bad Precedent

Bonnie Greer | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bonnie Greer

This breach of protocol matters because it can make it even harder for theatres to take chances; harder for new writers, new actors, new directors to come into the art form; to work outside of the mainstream. It makes it harder for established writers; actors; directors to try something new, do something new.

Tories for Corbyn - A First

Bonnie Greer | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

Here's a guy who's been an MP of over 30 years standing; pretty consistent in what he believes in; and who decides to Do Something - i.e. stand for Leader of his Party. This declaration unleashes a fire storm from our largely right-of-centre press - summertime, bored; its claws still sharp from the mauling it gave Labour in conjunction with the Cons, thereby delivering the most ad hominem/policy-light campaign I've seen for a long time. Now, a cabal has emerged, emboldened by victory and the support of this centre-right press, (that's most of the newspapers actually) who call themselves the catchy: "Tories For Corbyn".

We Need a British Equivalent of Samuel L. Jackson's Campaign Video

Bonnie Greer | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

You may not agree with Jackson's choice of President, but the point is that in this age of infotainment - that hybrid of news and showbiz that has largely taken over the United States and is gaining hold here, too - it's important that we wake up and stay awake.

Broadcast Behemoth Bonnie Greer's Memoir - Political, Controversial, Determined

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

She's the American British playwright, novelist, critic and intellectual who's acted on Parisian stages, had her plays performed on multi broadcast platforms, produced films, written novels, as well as regular features in The Guardian and Huffington Post, served on boards for universities, opera houses, film schools and more.

What Shakespeare and Farage Have in Common

Bonnie Greer | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

So what if his 'loss of control' UKIP EU 2014 election posters offend some people? He'snot talking to them/me anyway. Like Shakespeare, Farage knows his audience. Meanwhile, Cameron, Miliband and Clegg have paid for guys from abroad to help them.

'12 Years a Slave' - An Oscar Win That's Not Necessarily Good News

Bonnie Greer | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bonnie Greer

The truth is that whatever nationality you are in the West, if you are black in the arts, you are corralled, parcelled out, mediated... 12 Years a Slave may make it even harder for black American filmmakers to be financed, to have a shot at clutching that Oscar, too.

Why Laure Prouvost Won the Turner Prize

Bonnie Greer | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bonnie Greer

The Turner Prize is important because it keeps the art world, the cultural scene awake. Yes. its atmosphere can be too full of art 'luvvies' and 'mavens' and the 'usual suspects' but they're easier to get rid of than the idea - and need - that art and culture matter. They do. They are what we are. What Laure Prouvost's installation entitled: 'Wantee' (punters put a sum total of £22 on her chances of winning, according to Ladbrokes ) demonstrates, too, is that big, bad Mighty London with its critics/punters/experts/buyers doesn't always get it right.

The Kennedy Assassination Did Change Everything, But You Had to Have Been There to Know It

Bonnie Greer | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Bonnie Greer

On 22 November 1963, in the US, after lunchtime, (my hometown of Chicago is in the same time zone as Dallas) on a school day, we were told that the President had been shot dead. I walked home, crying. It was raining, like something out of a corny movie. People were wailing; standing around stunned; praying out loud

The Era Of Hybrid Politics Is Over

Bonnie Greer | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

The complaint that Ed Miliband is only talking to his Party, not the nation, is valid right now. He has to tell them who he is, who they are, and then turn to the electorate and ask them to make their choice. It is clear. It is simple.

Miliband and Farage: The Fearsome Twins of Tory Destruction

Bonnie Greer | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

UKIP are taking votes away from both right and left, but it is the Conservative Party taking the biggest hit. The party Chairman just the other day entreated Ukippers to "come home". Tory MP Nadine Dorries has suggested a Conservative Party/Ukip ticket. Things are that desperate.

In Going To Congress, Obama Has Boxed in His Enemies

Bonnie Greer | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

Obama sees Syria as one of the definitions of his presidency. But Syria is the battleground for a 21st Century proxy war. Iran, Saudi Arabia, many major players are there. And there is something else: Obama can't afford to do a 'W' and go in with all guns blazing. The president's past, steeped in vociferous opposition of the Iraq War, won't allow it.

Why I'm Not Celebrating The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Bonnie Greer | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK
Bonnie Greer

It looks as if we're about to be made to watch a movie we've seen before: Middle East Strike Part... At the same time we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of a march that was led by one of the greatest pacifists of the 20th Century.

The Day Twitter Changed

Bonnie Greer | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Tech
Bonnie Greer

Some trolls actually break the law and should be prosecuted like any other criminal. But the majority just stay on the right side of it, which doesn't make it any better. I support those women who called for a silence on Twitter. And yet...

Walk in the Light: Part I ~ A Day of Surprises

Naana Orleans-Amissah | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Naana Orleans-Amissah

It was by chance last week that I heard of Walk in the Light, the week-long exposition and celebration of Black artists and the contribution they have...

Don't Ban Pam Geller and Robert Spencer - We Need All Laughs We Can Get Right Now

Bonnie Greer | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

It's quite a wonder to behold, how 'Tommy Robinson' is fast becoming the Hugh Grant of far right nationalism. While poor old Nick Griffin, a fading light, does everything he can to capture our attention, his younger rival is racing rapidly up the Hate Hit Parade.

Tommy Robinson and Fox News - What's Not to Like?

Bonnie Greer | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK
Bonnie Greer

Fox's breakfast programme, the one on which the EDL leader was assured that his back would be watched, is a kind of "wake-up-to-how-horrible-it-all-is" fiesta. To get Fox viewers ready for the day ahead. But it is the evening, East Coast time, (1am and beyond here) slots where Fox News comes into its own...

Why All the Anti-Ed Miliband Polls in the World Don't Matter

Bonnie Greer | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

As the Tories engage in intra-Party bloodletting, Labour remains quiet and at least outwardly behind Miliband. All politicians know that electorates do not reward split Parties. The Tories are scared. Meanwhile there's Ed Miliband, Labour leader now and into the 2015 General election. I'd advise those laughing at him to wise up.

The Tory/UKIP Clash Is Nothing for the Left of Centre to Be Happy About

Bonnie Greer | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

Labour actually didn't do all that well. Plus the electorate just aren't that convinced by Miliband/Balls. And I'm being polite here. The bottom line that Ukip voters have delivered today to the Big Three is: the people are tired.