Tony Mckenna
Tony's work has been featured by ABC Australia, New Internationalist, The United Nations, The Progressive, NewStatesman, Adbusters, In These Times, Monthly Review, Counterpunch, Open Democracy, and others.

His first book on art, literature and culture is available now from Macmillan.

Entries by Tony Mckenna

Would the Real JFK Please Stand Up!

(0) Comments | Posted 31 March 2016 | (14:42)

The latest TV series to be spawned from the ever fertile mind of horror writer Stephen King is called 11.22.63, a time travelling extravaganza which sees hero Jake Amberson projected back to 1960, where he spends the three following years working on a plan to thwart the assassination of JFK....

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The Dangers of Repetition: Iraq to Syria

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2015 | (16:17)

Everybody has that one teacher don't they? A teacher you never forget. For me it was Mr Herzog. Because he made history come alive. I remember one week he taught us about the rise of Hitler. We all pretty much figured Hitler was a really bad man, but what was...

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Labour's Leadership Contest and the Politics of Limbo

(0) Comments | Posted 4 June 2015 | (10:58)

The Labour Party leadership contest trundles on. Liz Kendall hit upon a Eureka-like revelation when she divined the need for 'a fundamentally new approach'. Mary Creagh offered herself up as a 'leader who will bring people together' - which is good, for loneliness is rarely kind. Also the word 'aspiration'...

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The Walking Dead: Season 5

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2015 | (12:41)

Over its four previous seasons The Walking Dead has managed to sustain a strong stock of fascinating characters - those, at least, who weren't turned into zombie mulch or otherwise prematurely expired. The soft-spoken, gimlet-eyed Rick Grimes, the unofficial leader of the group, provides a tormented study in the pitfalls...

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Sleeping Rough in the Age of Austerity

(0) Comments | Posted 6 October 2014 | (17:05)

Its 10.00 on a Friday night, and in Enfield Town's main high street, night time revellers are flitting from the kebab shops to the pubs to the restaurants, and the whole parade is ablaze with light. We watch them from where we are gathered - a small shadowy green nestled...

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

(3) Comments | Posted 9 June 2014 | (18:15)


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...

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Ofsted: Who Inspects the Inspectors?

(1) Comments | Posted 6 March 2014 | (11:00)

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...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2014 | (16:20)

For me, memories of junior school tend to involve cold classrooms and leaky roofs and perpetually peeling walls. Funding seemed to be diverted toward activities rather than buildings - so we got to take a good few trips to museums, galleries, farms and woodlands. But, by far and away, the...

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted 23 January 2014 | (15:03)

In the epoch of the twitterati - when culture is more and more served to us in palatable, postmodern, bite-sized fragments, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is pure old-school - providing the grand narrative of a life very much in the style...

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Crowdfunding: A New Horizon

(0) Comments | Posted 23 December 2013 | (17:03)

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...

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Freedom of Information: The British Press and the Royal Charter

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2013 | (10:14)

There is a wonderfully funny scene in the film Groundhog Day. The main character - played with laconic, dead-pan charm by Bill Murray - has been condemned to live the same day over and over; to the point where he is bored beyond caring. Eventually he goes out and gets...

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Laurie Penny and the Oppression of Women

(6) Comments | Posted 18 August 2013 | (11:50)

In the last couple of years, several horrific and high-profile crimes against women have coincided with a surge in world-wide struggles against misogyny - from the glorious slut walks which have seen women and men march in various cities across the globe, to the more metaphysical battles, fought on the...

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Royalty, Tax, Smoke, Mirrors

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2013 | (20:18)

For many the name 'Windsor' resonates Britishness in much the same way as strawberry jam melting over a hot buttered scone; it inevitably conjures up the image of a royal family which has centuries-old roots embedded in the nation's heartland.

In reality though, it was only relatively recently that...

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The Five Most Shocking TV Character Demises

(1) Comments | Posted 10 June 2013 | (19:17)

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, and the notorious 'Red Wedding'; a scene which saw several integral and beloved characters despatched in a plot twist as...

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Risk Factor: Bankers, Benefits and Bailouts

(1) Comments | Posted 2 May 2013 | (19:40)

In their book Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt and Steven J. Dubner draw an important distinction between 'risks that scare' and 'risks that kill'. 'Risks that scare' pertain to those dangers where the 'hazard is low and outrage is high' while 'risks that kill' cover cases where 'the hazard...

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George Galloway and the Politics of Nationality

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (19:13)

There is a recording of George Galloway speaking in the House of Commons in 2007. Galloway is stood in the rows toward the back - a lonely figure. The building is relatively empty - only a smattering of politicians, dotted here and there around the benches. Some of...

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All Quiet on the Western Front: The Christmas Truce

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2013 | (21:35)

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...

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Valentine's Day Blues

(0) Comments | Posted 11 February 2013 | (10:21)

Valentine's day is underpinned by one pervasive notion. Not only is it carried by the sudden proliferation of those blushing pink and red cards, it is everywhere else: in papers, books, songs and films. It's the notion that each and every person has their ideal romantic counterpart; that somewhere in...

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Jimmy Savile Gets Spiked

(3) Comments | Posted 2 December 2012 | (12:21)

In a period when politicians gaze ardently into the camera while delivering speeches which have been manufactured by slick, up market PR gurus, it is any wonder that the one thing money can't buy in the corridors of Westminster is a sense of authenticity? In the post-Blairite political climate where...

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Hugo Chavez's Electoral Win Represents a Victory for Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2012 | (10:33)

On 11 April 2002, something extraordinary happened in the Miraflores Palace, seat of political power in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. Following a sudden military mobilisation, the democratically elected president of Venezuela was deposed and taken to an island base where he was placed under armed guard. Meanwhile, in the...

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