Blimey I’m all over the Saturday Telegraph this week (5th April)! There’s me stunt driving in the motoring section then there’s me visiting Hull with Matthew Norman in the Weekend section. It’s an Alexei Extravaganza!
I got knocked off my bike this week by a taxi driver turning left across me, this is the first accident I’ve had in ten years. Somebody called an ambulance but I cancelled it, though I’m still in a bit of pain today, (it happened on Tuesday) but what shocked me was how unpleasant the cabbie was, he’d hit me and he hadn’t been indicating but he still was really obnoxious. I always think it’s easier when you’re driving or cycling to think that people are just trying to get about and not to assume that other road users are hateful but this guy really tested that belief.
With regard to your question Anthony on Critical Race Theory. Interestingly a few years ago at a bookreading a woman asked me a question about identity politics, I said I was more used to people asking me about working with the Daleks and she replied that in fact the Daleks were a prime example of identity politics since they were a single race trying to advance their own agenda. Without seeking to devalue CRT (which I don’t know enough about) the thing that I always found liberating about Marxism is that it puts people’s economic relationship with each other above all else. So white oppression in the United States is a function of the white ruling class and not of white people and any race is capable of oppressing any other race or its own race if it becomes the economic ruling class.
The stories on the internet that I am going to take over from Sir Bruce Forsyth on "Strictly..." are premature. Let's just say we are in talks with the BBC but that's as far as I can go right now.