Hugh McManners Blog

BBC World Service’ Contribution to UK Security

BBC World Service’ Contribution to UK Security

The BBC World Service was part of the UK’s projection of military ‘soft power’, and curtailment of its funding will greatly weaken the UK’s ability to mitigate conflict in many parts of the world.

You Can’t have Aircraft Carriers without a proper Navy

You Can’t have Aircraft Carriers without a proper Navy

Aircraft carriers require a mix of aircraft and other ships to protect them. How can the UK actually use its carrier? And what is the future for the UK’s amphibious capability?

The Internet is Dangerous for New Writers

The Internet is Dangerous for New Writers

New writers desperate to be published are easily diverted by social media and fee-charging editors and ‘publishers’, when they should be working hard in artistic isolation, learning about themselves and their craft.

Traditional Publishers Still Needed – So Must Change

Traditional Publishers Still Needed – So Must Change

Publishers are needed more than ever as the gate keepers to quality. Self-publishing is a dishonest exploitation of the vulnerable which will get worse until publishers develop a new business model.