Hearts and Minds last night grabbed an interview with Ken Loach (it’s in the last five or six minutes of the programme). He seems to be fighting a defensive rearguard for most of the time on air, muttering about right wing nutters in the British press. Indeed the controversy has been rumbling on the Guardian site all week since George Monbiot took up Loach’s comparison of 1920’s Ireland with present day Iraq. The conversation is long, but engaging. It was followed with critical pieces from Ruth Dudley Edwards , Niall Stanage, and my own contribution. Oh and Monbiot again.