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Tom Whyman

Latest Editorials by Tom Whyman

Where The Wild Things Aren't

Are you worried about the scourge of wokeness coming for your kids? In the present age of trans rights activism, high levels of vaccine uptake, and critical race theory, no parent can afford to be too careful: there’s every chance your kids could...

Sajid Javid's Freedom Day Fantasy

Throughout the first year of the pandemic, responsibility for the U.K.’s health service lay with Matt Hancock, who first rose to public prominence when, as a more junior MP, he launched a social media app called simply “Matt Hancock.” This app...

Just Don't Look

In “Attack of the 50ft Eyesores,” one of the Treehouse of Horror shorts from The Simpsons, Springfield falls prey to a fearsome mob of giant advert mascots led by the Lard Lad – the colossal mascot of a donut shop whose big donut has been stolen...

How to Rehydrate the Media

At the start of a Simpsons episode from 1993, Bart pulls a prank on his teachers and Mrs. Krapabbel decides to punish him by calling on him first for every question she asks the class. Ostensibly, this punishment will last for the rest of the...

Keir Starmer's Most Iconic Line

Last Thursday, when a number of elections were running simultaneously in the U.K. (there was Americanized talk of a “Super Thursday”), a picture of a poster did the rounds on social media: a group of people, one of whom was the Labour Deputy...

Line of Duty’s Fantasy of Accountability

At one point in season six of Line of Duty, which is currently airing on BBC One, Superintendent Ted Hastings – the proud, determined, grouchily folksy Northern Irish head of Anti-Corruption Unit 12 – is called into the office of some of the...

Is Twitter Real Life?

Is Twitter real life? This has become one of the perennial questions of social media. Indeed, it often seems as if prominent Twitter users enjoy nothing more than reminding the people they spend their lives, both professional and personal,...

The Center Cannot Hold

On February 24, 2021, Lisa Nandy and Yvette Cooper – both senior MPs in the U.K. Labour party – used their Twitter accounts to share a thread by Eric Feigl-Ding, a Harvard-trained epidemiologist specializing in nutrition.