Issue 1323

03 Feb 2020
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About this issue: Overview

A Long evolution
Josie Long has been ghosted by the biggest comedy panel show, alienated because of her politics and regularly has threats made against her life online. But the stand-up comic laboured for 50 hours and came out the other side a bulletproof Pokémon, finds Gary Ryan.

Drama out  of a crisis
Burnley Empire is one of the venues that made it off the at-risk list with help from the Theatres Trust. But how will the others across the north fare, asks Steve Lee.

‘He really should have read it’
If Donald Trump is going to use the US Constitution as part of his defence against impeachment, why can’t he read it aloud? Introducing an extract from new book A Very Stable Genius, by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig.

Winter walks
Roger Ratcliffe’s selection of winter walks will take you to wilderness shrines, an inland lake that feels likes the seaside and Alfred Wainwright’s very first Lakeland route.


News, arts and entertainment, columnist Saskia Murphy rails against our transport system, crossword, Sudoku and more.