• Luckily, I didn’t need to fly to Davos to get my fill of stardust: TV mogul Samir Shah’s 60th birthday party drew John Humphrys, Bianca Jagger, Diane Abbott, Andrew Neil and a host of others. Nick Cohen, whose new anti-censorship polemic, You Can’t Read this Book, has elicited comparisons with the late Christopher Hitchens, was among the luminaries.
I suggested to the BBC programme-maker beside me that he could make a brilliant documentary based on Nick’s book. “Are you kidding?” he snorted, “A white, middle-class, middle-aged man? Nick’s script, yes, but only if delivered by Diane Abbott. Even better if she converts to Islam.” Why not ignore the box-ticking and just call the documentary You Can’t Watch this Programme?