Grace Dent

Grace Dent writes about television for The Independent

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Internet trolls are infuriating and depressing but giving them asbos is not the answer

It’s unworkable to expect the police to keep tabs on abusive behaviour

Principle Door Keeper of the House of Commons, Robin Fell

Grace Dent on TV: Inside the Commons glorifies a yesteryear all-boys boarding school

Would it do the Commons any harm to grow up?

Prince Charles travels by carriage after the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony

If Prince Charles is going to be this troublesome, we don’t want him to be King

In a previous age, courtiers would have quietly ushered him away from the seat of power

Stanley Tucci as DCI Eugene Morton, Sophie Grabol as Hildur Odegard and Christopher Eccleston as Professor Charlie Stoddart in 'Fortitude'

Grace Dent on TV: Fortitude is essentially Broadchurch with polar bears

Still the microcosm of Fortitude is – as it stands – highly compelling and cinematically sublime

Conservative MP Louise Mensch has made enemies in high places through her fearless pursuit of the hacking scandal

Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders

Her anger at the response to King Abdullah's death sums up what many of us are thinking

Focus E15 Mothers led a protest to highlight the lack of affordable housing in London

When rents are so high that you have to share a bed with a stranger, surely the revolution can’t be far off

London’s affordable-homes crisis amounts to an abuse of human rights

Grace Dent on TV: Damian Lewis smouldering in tights is epic value for licence-fee money

'Wolf Hall' is a fitting, elegant centrepiece for the BBC's Tudor season

Pope Francis greets the crowds

And we all thought this Pope was a little bit more gay-friendly than his predecessors...

Would Jesus have said the sort of things Francis has been saying?

Rita Ora judging on BBC's 'The Voice'

Grace Dent on TV: Rita Ora is a singing Kardashian – a perfect product-placement unit

Only the BBC would give 'The Voice' a fourth attempt to discover greatness

Birmingham is a 'totally Muslim' place where 'non-Muslims just simply don’t go', a self-proclaimed terrorism expert told the US Fox News channel, sparking a tidal wave of mockery

We can laugh at Steve Emerson and Fox News, but find me an 'expert' who really knows anything

Free speech also means the freedom to talk complete rubbish

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