The Defenestration of Danny Baker

Smiling ape by Tim Simpson v3

The royals, even to their defenders, are a kind of entertainment. The leader in this week’s Spectator described royal lives as highly relatable, with the “rhythms of royal news … so much more aligned with our own life experience” than tales of grubby politicians.

Others, myself included, think the Windsors are more circus than soap opera. And it was in this vein that the comedian Danny Baker tweeted a black and white photo of a young simian held between two poshos. The caption “royal baby leaves hospital” was in response to the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Meghan Markle and Harry Windsor.

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Podcast Ep. 111: Intellectual Dark Web Spinners Reconsider Branding

Right Dishonourable intellectual dark web

Our belated response to the local elections in early May, the ‘intellectual dark web’ confronting taboo political subjects, and a ‘gay-baiting’ Eurovision performance (which one? – Ed) are the three topics this week.

Joining us is our reluctant loyalty to the Lib Dems.

Image based on Tarantula, September 2016 by Judy Dean