April 2018

Jim Butcher Monday 2 April 2018 comments

The myth of a post-Brexit surge in hate

Even the EU now accepts Brits are more positive about migrants.

Wendy Kaminer Monday 2 April 2018 comments

The problem with this children’s crusade

The Parkland activists are impressive, yes, but let’s not lionise them.

The return of the socialism of fools

The problem of left anti-Semitism is more profound than people recognise.

Christian Butler Tuesday 3 April 2018 comments

The trans-gressions of Ricky Gervais

Humanity’s Caitlyn Jenner jokes are the least of this sub-par show’s problems.

Martin Cullip Tuesday 3 April 2018 comments

Why shouldn’t footballers use snus?

The FA should rise above this confected outrage over oral tobacco.

Tim Black Tuesday 3 April 2018 comments

The misplaced panic about London’s murder rate

Youth violence is both less and more serious than is being reported.

Fraser Myers Wednesday 4 April 2018 comments

Let Tommy tweet

The problem with Twitter’s ban on Tommy Robinson.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 4 April 2018 comments

Alison Saunders: when law becomes a crusade

Under Saunders’ reign, the CPS became far too political.

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 4 April 2018 comments

Why Martin Luther King still speaks to us

Things have got both better and worse since his death 50 years ago.

Courtney Hamilton Thursday 5 April 2018 comments

Heineken’s racist ad? Lighten up

People need to stop seeing racism where it doesn’t exist.

Ella Whelan Thursday 5 April 2018 comments

More women should revolt against saviour feminism

Hail the restaurant workers standing up to celeb do-gooders.

Bill Durodié Thursday 5 April 2018 comments

Salisbury: are we any closer to the truth?

The government’s diplomatic errors have knocked its credibility with the public.

Mick Hume Thursday 5 April 2018 comments

Whatever happened to investigative journalism?

The Observer’s ‘scoop’ let the message get ahead of the facts.

Naomi Firsht Friday 6 April 2018 comments

I’m a pay-gap denier and proud of it

We need to junk this fact-lite obsession with gender pay.

Moses Dube Friday 6 April 2018 comments

Winnie Mandela: a flawed but exemplary life

How the ANC betrayed this bravest opponent of Apartheid rule.

Tom Slater Friday 6 April 2018 comments

Why centrists are holding out for a hero

The Third Way nostalgists crave a return to elite rule.

Bill Wirtz Monday 9 April 2018 comments

Who’s afraid of automation?

Yes, robots will replace existing jobs, but they’ll create new ones too.

Tim Black Monday 9 April 2018 comments

Boris is not the only Russia baiter

Too many today think Russia is to blame for everything.

Frank Furedi Monday 9 April 2018 comments

Orban’s victory: another blow to the EU oligarchy

The demonisation of Hungary is the real threat to democracy.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 10 April 2018 comments

The bitter reality of the sugar tax

This illiberal policy will do sweet FA for the problem of obesity.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 10 April 2018 comments

Molly Ringwald, you are wrong about The Breakfast Club

There is a serious philistinism in viewing culture through a #MeToo lens.

Tom Slater Tuesday 10 April 2018 comments

On Kevin Williamson and cowardice

Editing isn’t censorship. But this sacking didn’t come from nowhere.

Emily Dinsmore Wednesday 11 April 2018 comments

Young people have never had it so good

So why do so many of us say we can’t cope?

Fraser Myers Wednesday 11 April 2018 comments

Another moral panic about rap

‘Drill’ music is not the cause of youth violence.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 11 April 2018 comments

Why do you hate Israel?

The question that hangs over the left, and which no one can answer.

Sabine Beppler-Spahl Thursday 12 April 2018 comments

Pulse of Europe: an elitist campaign

Meet the ‘grassroots’ pro-EU group that is only popular with politicians.

Ann Furedi Thursday 12 April 2018 comments

Buffer zones are not an attack on free speech

Protests outside abortion clinics are about intimidation, not debate.

Mick Hume Thursday 12 April 2018 comments

Now they want to lock up Rod Liddle and ban Quentin Letts

Joking about the Welsh or criticising black actors is the new limit to free speech.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 12 April 2018 comments

Free bus travel for young adults is a terrible idea

Jeremy Corbyn’s cult of youth is actually bad for young people.

Christian Butler Friday 13 April 2018 comments

The comics who are waging war on comedy

Some turncoat comedians want to ban ‘offensive’ comedy gigs.

Josie Appleton Friday 13 April 2018 comments

Why I’m pro‑choice and anti‑buffer zone

Those Ealing pro-lifers have the right to stand outside that clinic.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 13 April 2018 comments

Syria: the bloody price of Western narcissism

The Twitter bombardiers have no idea of the horrors they will unleash.

Mick Hume Monday 16 April 2018 comments

They think we’re all Enochs now

Demands to ban Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech are the latest insult to Leave voters.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 16 April 2018 comments

The West’s virtue-bombing of Syria is a disastrous mistake

Our governments have made themselves the allies of ISIS.

Tom Slater Monday 16 April 2018 comments

Amnesty for the Windrush children

These people are British citizens yet are treated like criminals.

James Gill Tuesday 17 April 2018 comments

The problem with ‘representation’

Why we don’t need fictional characters to look like us.

Pauline Hadaway Tuesday 17 April 2018 comments

Thou shalt not question the Good Friday Agreement

Why Barry Gardiner was right to call it a ‘shibboleth’.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 17 April 2018 comments

Enoch Powell was wrong – so were his critics

Both Powell and his detractors rejected the positive idea of integration.

Hardeep Singh Wednesday 18 April 2018 comments

We need to talk about Muslim anti‑Semitism

The UK’s Chief Rabbi has raised a thorny but important issue.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 18 April 2018 comments

Another boozy scare story

Those extra few pints won’t take years off your life.

Fraser Myers Wednesday 18 April 2018 comments

The People’s Vote: a parody of democracy

Jean-Luc Picard may want a second referendum – but the public don’t.

Ben Elliott Thursday 19 April 2018 comments

Annihilation: a shimmering sci‑fi fairytale

Alex Garland’s Netflix film leaves the viewer with plenty to ponder.

Tara McCormack Thursday 19 April 2018 comments

Syria, The Times and free speech

Why did the newspaper attack me for questioning the government?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 19 April 2018 comments

The Lords’ vote for a customs union is a vile assault on democracy

Unelected peers are engaged in an elitist revolt against the masses.

Ella Whelan Thursday 19 April 2018 comments

The real scandal of the Ulster Rugby rape trial

Punishing men who were found not guilty makes a mockery of justice.

Fraser Myers Friday 20 April 2018 comments

The Square: a vicious satire on the new elite

Ruben Ostlund’s film brilliantly pricks the pretensions of Europe’s cultural set.

Tom Slater Friday 20 April 2018 comments

The problem with Kendrick Lamar winning the Pulitzer

It isn’t for high-culture awards judges to confer legitimacy on hip-hop.

spiked podcast Friday 20 April 2018 comments

‘I was called human scum just for criticising #MeToo’

Katie Roiphe on the ‘weird energy’ and censorious rage of Twitter-feminism.

Hugo Brundin Monday 23 April 2018 comments

The lesson of Sweden? Defend free speech

Stifling open debate about migration is a terrible mistake.

Andrew Doyle Monday 23 April 2018 comments

Now it’s a crime to quote rap lyrics?

Censorship in Britain is out of control.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 23 April 2018 comments

The Windrush fallout has shattered every Remainer prejudice

British people don’t hate migrants. They simply want some say on migration.

Emily Dinsmore Tuesday 24 April 2018 comments

Leave pregnant women alone

Officialdom should stop policing pregnant women’s lifestyles.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 24 April 2018 comments

Syria is a moral problem, not a legal one

Judging every military act in legal terms is just moral evasion.

Tim Black Tuesday 24 April 2018 comments

It isn’t America vs Assad – it’s America vs Iran

US meddling in Syria is really aimed at Tehran.

Ella Whelan Wednesday 25 April 2018 comments

Making a mockery of the suffragists

Many of those cheering the Millicent Fawcett statue don’t really believe in democracy.

Fraser Myers Wednesday 25 April 2018 comments

Trans intolerance is out of control

Feminists are being physically prevented from even discussing transgenderism.

Mick Hume Wednesday 25 April 2018 comments

How did Britain end up at No40 on the world press-freedom rankings?

The 2018 World Press Freedom Index shows we have a fight on our hands

Steve Bremner Thursday 26 April 2018 comments

Germany and the perils of online censorship

When social-media giants become the corporate wing of state censorship.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 26 April 2018 comments

Arsene Wenger: a reign of two halves

The Arsenal manager was a revolutionary who became stuck in his ways.

Tom Slater Thursday 26 April 2018 comments

The Customs Union con

This isn’t about the economy or Northern Ireland – it’s about weakening Brexit.

Christian Butler Friday 27 April 2018 comments

Treating Kanye like an Uncle Tom

The reaction to his pro-Trump remarks has been deeply condescending.

Joanna Williams Friday 27 April 2018 comments

We need to keep trans politics out of schools

Schools have become laboratories for contentious ideas about gender.

Kevin Yuill Friday 27 April 2018 comments

The tragic battle over Alfie Evans

It is the doctors and courts who are playing God here.

Naomi Firsht Monday 30 April 2018 comments

Cultural appropriation: the ultimate First World problem

Only privileged schmucks think cultural mixing is a bad thing.

Tim Black Monday 30 April 2018 comments

Korea: what’s Trump got to do with it?

The inter-Korea agreement was struck in spite of the US.

Alexander Adams Monday 30 April 2018 comments

Poster politics, from Hope to Nope

A new exhibition captures the political imagination of our era.

Tom Slater Monday 30 April 2018 comments

We need to democratise the migration debate

Rudd, May and their critics assume the worst about the British public.