Bonnie Greer
Award winning playwright and author, dual national black American Brit, Londoner for almost three decades, a lot longer than Boris

Entries by Bonnie Greer

Time to Make Way for the Young

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 6:00 PM

What will be the biggest challenge of the 21st Century?

Not global warming, terrorism, the economy, the human population explosion, super bugs etc.
The biggest challenge of the 21st Century will be this: our capacity and our willingness to expand our brains and our minds. To be and to...

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SOS for the NHS

(13) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 3:19 AM

A little tale about the 'American Health Care System' and where the Tories may land us if we aren't vigilant.

A few years ago a relative of mine - travelling through Europe - rang from Munich desperate because her husband had had what looked like a heart attack and had...

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How Bowie's 'Low' Freed a Generation

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 6:00 PM

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...

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Why I Hope the Cops Here Are Never Routinely Armed

(17) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 6:00 PM

After watching the video of the police tasering Muhaydin Mire, 29, now accused of the attempted murder of a 56-year-old man he attacked and seriously wounded at Leytonstone Station after shouting "this is for Syria", I suddenly realized something.

After living in London for almost 30 years - a...

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

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 9:48 AM

Let just me say straight away the five most shocking things I'll say in this blog:

1. I'm not on Twitter 24/7. Therefore there are trends that I don't see.

2.When I'm on Sky Paper Review, I don't look at Twitter in between the two programmes that paper...

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The Disrupter Has Landed

(17) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 7:00 PM

I came away from Jeremy Corbyn's first PMQs as Leader of the Opposition (!) with three things:

One: that this guy right now is a genuine Disrupter, a "black swan"; literally "out of left field". With a yellow tie (some say "mustard"; others, "champagne coloured") and a suit that looked...

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"You People Syndrome" Strikes Again

(13) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 7:00 PM

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.

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

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 5:54 AM

Previews aren't called previews for nothing.

They are experiments, the means that a director, cast and crew can look at their work, iron out the kinks, the bumps. Theatres charge for previews because they have to keep the lights on, and if a house is lucky to attract a...

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Tories for Corbyn - A First

(6) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 4:01 AM

Most people don't belong to the Labour Party. I don't. You probably don't, either. In fact, I don't belong to any political party. I just vote when the time comes, something, unfortunately that most people don't do. Sadly, they wake up the next day to find out that elections have...

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

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 7:00 PM

In Samuel L. Jackson's campaign ad for the 2012 American election, he exhorts the apathetic; the complacent; those who think that all politicians are the same, etc to quite simply: "Wake the fuck up!"

You may not agree with his choice of President, but the point is that...

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Brussels-Obsessed? You'd Better Worry About the Encroachment of US 'Big Pharma'

(9) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 4:48 AM

The second or so attempt of U.S. drugs colossus Pfizer for control of British drugs giant- and one of the basis of the British economy- Astrazeneca ought to be ringing alarm bells up and down the land.

And it would, if we all weren't so busy being...

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What Shakespeare and Farage Have in Common

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 8:34 AM

I once sat next to Nigel Farage during his umpteenth appearance on Question Time, the programme that helped make him a household name.

It's always a shock to a civilian to see how matey politicos are with each other when they're off air. Many have gone to university together. There...

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

(15) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 6:00 PM

I was pleased, like most people, with the Best Picture win for 12 Years a Slave.

It has started a much-needed conversation about slavery, past and present, and, in doing that, it is a worthy winner. But I wasn't impressed with it as a movie.

I saw it with my...

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Why Laure Prouvost Won the Turner Prize

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 6:00 PM

I was surprised to read that the winner of this year's Turner Prize, Laure Provost was the rank outsider. 'Rank outsider' is a pretty serious term. It meant she had no chance at all. Wonder why?

The other short-listed works were brilliant: Lynette Yiadom-Baokye's portraits (yes, a painter was shortlisted....

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

(6) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 7:42 AM

I'm not one of those who say that you can't talk about something if you weren't there.

If that was true most of us couldn't talk or write about anything that happened before we were born. Since that's obviously ridiculous, I've been reading with interest the opinions and assessments...

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The Era Of Hybrid Politics Is Over

(20) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 5:27 AM

In the not too recent past , the electorate would have been forgiven for thinking that the middle ground was the wave of the future.

In 1997, Tony Blair swept in on a landslide buoyed by a theory called 'The Third Way'. The swing to Labour was so massive that...

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Miliband and Farage: The Fearsome Twins of Tory Destruction

(23) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 7:55 AM

The Conservative Party, or rather the 'Dave's Chums; wing of it, are standing with the ball at their feet. What exactly do they do next? They're faced on their right and their left with the Castor and Pollux of their destruction.

If you read Conservative and right-of-centre media, you'll have...

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In Going To Congress, Obama Has Boxed in His Enemies

(43) Comments | Posted September 1, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Back In Illinois before he went to the US Senate, Barack Obama had a regular poker game with his fellow state legislators down in Springfield, the state capital. He was known to be pretty good.

He is about to be a part of the biggest poker game of his life....

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

(6) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 6:28 AM

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.

All of this...

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Ed Miliband Polls: We're Being Played

(217) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 7:00 PM

I can still recall how taken aback I was to see my first UK General Election ballot. Compared to an American ballot, it was pretty sparse.

In the US, you vote directly for the President. Not for his/her party, parliamentary democracy-style. This is one of the reasons that American politics...

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