It’s time to destroy the sport of kings: our humanity is at stake.

A good walk spoiled

“They call it golf because all the other four letter words were taken.”

— Raymond Floyd, golfer

The best thing I can say about Tony Blair is that despite being born in Scotland…

The rituals and secret-keeping of Britain’s privately educated elites are a cornerstone of Conservative Party unity.

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First published in The Leveller (which sadly no longer exists), I’m celebrating the fifth anniversary of “Pig Gate” by republishing my viral article here. Enjoy.

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Whether or not it’s true, the Internet has decided for the time being that British Prime Minister…

Empires die, but their propaganda echoes in eternity

“There once was a dream that was Rome.”

Everyone’s favourite swords and sandals epic Gladiator (2000) has a lot to answer for. Not because it’s riddled with factual inaccuracies, those are awesome — even historians (the cool ones at least) will agree. Historical films don’t need to be accurate, they…

An extremely unserious exercise in watching Star Wars as if every character was queer.

Ever since Poe and Finn gazed at each other in that special way in The Force Awakens (2015), their latent homosexuality has been gleefully asserted on the internet by the side of the Star Wars fandom…

In loving memory of the last British hero

“tHe WiLL oF tHe PeOpLe”

It’s April, 2016. Nobody has been forced (yet) to utter the words “President Trump” but it’s only a matter of time, and Brexit looms large — only a few weeks to go now until the referendum. The corpse of an old friend is about to be thrown into the waves…

The polyjuice potion has worn off.

“There will be a time when we must choose”

In the wizarding world of Harry Potter, things are often not as they seem. You think you’re looking at a cat or a beetle, but those are powerful witches. That nasty potions master is in fact a Nice Guy™ deep undercover…

Despite its erudite appearance, the Economist is a pit of closet anti-intellectualism and victim blaming.

Originally published at The Leveller, July 6th 2016

Consider your average Internet moron, the noble knuckle dragger who proudly thinks that any solution more complex than “lock them all up” or “deport the lot of…

A man with no values wishes you would love Trump like he does.

Originally published at The Leveller, January 17th 2017

One day I want to meet someone who likes Piers Morgan. Not because we could ever be friends but because I will be able to ask them: ‘how?’ Piers…

Worker cooperatives are birthing a new world in the wreckage of a dying one.

Originally published on

In the wake of the 2008 global financial crash, a little-known but remarkably durable model of business began to quietly make waves in the United States: the worker cooperative. …

Laurie Charles

I write about empires. Bylines in the Guardian, ThinkProgress, Dazed, Huck, etc.

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