James Lemons

Self-motivated, diligent and experienced NCTJ-qualified graduate determined to aspire and learn new skills within a renowned environment. Takes the initiative, enthusiastic, and endeavours to tackle challenges hands-on in order to achieve at the highest level.

Fascism: A Very Un-English Ideology

Less attention should be paid to Stephen Lennon, or ‘ Tommy Robinson ’ – the mumbling, spitting, uncharismatic captain of the English Defence League ( EDL ), for he is irrelevant and full of empty rhetoric. Is it just the mindless and bored who listen to this man? Should he be given such a high platform to spread his venom? Or are his followers a symptom of the disenfranchisement of the white working class in modern Britain? A cause – any cause – for the marginalised few in a group to latch onto...

Fascism: A very un-English ideology

Less attention should be paid to Stephen Lennon, or ‘Tommy Robinson’ – the mumbling, spitting, uncharismatic captain of the English Defence League, for he is irrelevant and full of empty rhetoric. Is it just the mindless and bored who listen to this man? Should he be given such a high platform to spread his venom? Or are his followers a symptom of the disenfranchisement of the white working class in modern Britain? A cause – any cause – for the marginalised few in a group to latch onto. On Satur...

On Syria, Egypt and propaganda

The drums of war beat in Washington and London. Cameron abandoned his holiday (he is always on holiday when something’s afoot), and Obama has led the call for action to bomb Syria. Yet various polls conducted show that the majority of the British and American public is sensibly opposed to another US-led intervention in the Middle East. The US could deploy guided-missile destroyers, such as USS Barry, to the eastern Mediterranean if action is to be taken against Syria. Photo: Reuters. The media h...

On Syria, Egypt and propaganda

The drums of war beat in Washington and London. Cameron has abandoned his holiday (he is always on holiday when something’s afoot), and Obama leads the call for action to bomb Syria. Yet various polls conducted show that the majority of the British and American public is sensibly opposed to another US-led intervention in the Middle East. The media has been telling us for nearly a week now of an alleged chemical weapons attack on the capital, and has replayed again and again scenes and images of ...

Here’s to Frank Lampard – Chelsea’s greatest ever footballer

Frank Lampard turned 35 over the pre-season period, an age when the proverbial hanging-up of boots draws ever closer, if indeed it hasn’t crept up on you already. Other players of the ‘golden generation’ have already gone – Paul Scholes was 38 when he announced his (second) retirement earlier this year, as was David Beckham – and Michael Owen, struggling intermittently throughout his career with injuries, went at 33. At 33 years old, you would say Steven Gerrard is not the player he once was wit...

Review: Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Only God Forgives’

By James Lemons - August, 25th 2013 Canadian heartthrob of the moment Ryan Gosling is the least interesting thing in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives . He plays Julian, the owner of a Muay Thai gym that serves as a front for him and his brother Billy’s (Tom Burke) drug smuggling ring. Gosling takes the McQueen-like neutrality of the central character of Refn’s Drive to new extremes. Seemingly in the grip of a terminal boredom, and looking as if he might pass wind at any moment, he substi...

US said to be positioning forces around Syria

The Pentagon is putting forces into place should president Barack Obama call for military action against Syria, where president Assad’s regime carried out an alleged chemical weapons attack in the capital Damascus. Hundreds of children are among those affected by an alleged chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of Damascus. Photo: Reuters On Wednesday details emerged of the massacre of up to 1,700 civilians, many of whom were women and children. Barack Obama responded by ordering US intelligenc...