Shropshire Star

Peter Rhodes on Bafta stars, people smugglers and the long, long campaign to get pension justice

Waspi, the campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality, is demanding compensation for females who lost out because the rise in their state pension age from 60 to 65 was not properly communicated to them. Their leader, Angela Madden, says it is “unbelievable” that the Department for Work and Pensions is “resisting” paying compensation. You think . . .?

Bafta favourites Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki

The DWP, like any other government department, has an obligation to control its spending. A cynic might suggest that stringing out a compensation issue for as long as possible achieves this solemn duty by allowing plenty of time for the claimants to die. Unbelievable? No, entirely believable.

Unsurprisingly, The Crown (Netflix) is nominated for a crop of TV Bafta awards in May. While all eyes will be on Charles and Diana (Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki), I'll be hoping Salim Daw gets a gong. He plays Mohamed Fayed, a man who is often seen as a villain of the Diana tragedy, in a generous, amusing and humane light. You may find yourself weeping with him and for him. A fine performance.