Only a clown judges Edinburgh Fringe comics by their sex appeal

What is it that makes a clown sexy, anyway? Is it the content of her show, the tone and intent, or the square inches of skin that are bared during the course of it? When a male critic for a left-wing newspaper refers to the debut show of LA-based comedian Courtney Pauroso, developed along with the male artist Dr Brown, as “another strikingly in-yer-face show from Dr Brown’s sexy-clown stable,” what exactly is he trying to say?

The burkini is not a burka for the beach, and French bans had nothing to do with security

The policing of Muslim women on French beaches was so utterly wrong-headed, even the Daily Mail disapproved.