1. The Edinburgh International Film Festival invites Israeli film-maker Tali Shalom-Ezer to show
The sum involved is, of course, trivial. What is objectionable is the behaviour of EIFF who've succumbed to Loach's bullying. Here's the key bit:
Mr Loach released a statement through the SPSC which read: "I'm sure many film-makers will be as horrified as I am to learn the Edinburgh International Film Festival is accepting money from Israel. The massacres and state terrorism in Gaza make this money unacceptable. With regret, I must urge all who might consider visiting the festival to show their support for the Palestinian nation and stay away."
The following day the EIFF – which has since been in talks with Mr Loach – did a U-turn. It said: "The EIFF are firm believers in free cultural exchange and do not wish to restrict film-makers' abilities to communicate artistically with international audiences on the basis that they come from a troubled regime.
"Although the festival is considered wholly cultural and apolitical, we consider the opinions of the film industry as a whole and, as such, accept that one film-maker's recent statement speaks on behalf of the film community, therefore we will be returning the funding issued by the Israeli embassy."
Not that Loach is any kind of model of consistency. After all, as the Scotsman points out in its editorial today, he's quite happy for his latest film to be entered into competition at Cannes - alongside several Israeli movies.
*Initial error now corrected.