British people feel their culture is being ‘buried’ by Islam and the ‘weight of numbers’ of immigrants, Ukip’s new leader claimed today in his first major speech.
Addressing activists at Ukip’s conference in Torquay, he vowed to discuss with them how to rescue the party, which saw a collapse in its vote share and the loss of its only MP on June 8.
His rhetoric on tackling radical Islam came after his victory over the far-right Anne Marie Waters was widely seen as essential to avoiding a permanent Ukip split.
The evening had touched me to the core, so let’s reach for a fourth star. The new touring production of Rain Man — a story best known for a 1988 film starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise — is not perfect.
Technically, it is probably a three-star job, but as I left Windsor’s lovely Theatre Royal on Wednesday night I had a great lump in my throat.
The first film we saw was Rain Man. This is where I need to do some personal explaining. Neither of us had heard of autism. Thirty years ago, I met a beautiful girl and took her to the flicks.
Mr Horne, best known from TV’s Gavin & Stacey, hurls himself into the part of Raymond.
This is a fine performance, leavening the vulnerability with quirks and humour.
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The civilians who participated in this Pericles will never forget it. As a one-time am-drammer, I am all in favour of community theatrics.
Taking part in a play, front or back-stage, can be tremendous for bonding, self-esteem, emotional discovery and general sodality.
Mr Bolton has used his first day as Ukip leader to soften the party’s line on immigration, telling reporters while numbers should be cut a hard target was not needed.
Wide-boy Charlie Babbitt is a failing car-dealer in Eighties Los Angeles.
He badly needs money. When his estranged father dies, Charlie thinks he is in for a windfall, but the old man’s fortune is left instead to Raymond, a brother Charlie never knew he had.
Yet once that sluggish first scene is out of the way, and despite a spattering of bad language, the story grips. The economics of touring theatre being what they are, the staging is spare and the cast is tiny.
The show took me back not only to that first date at the cinema three decades ago, but also to the early diagnoses we heard from medical professionals who examined our son and seemed sometimes to be speaking to one another rather than to us.
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