8 October 2008

How the anti-smokers are stubbing out liberty

A new report by YouGov and ASH confuses acquiescence to the smoking ban with support for official interference.

26 August 2008

Raising a glass to public spiritedness

Yesterday’s ‘provocation picnic’ in Hyde Park was a protest against officialdom’s bizarre bans on public boozing.

15 August 2008

Who’s afraid of corporate shills?

A new book on scary shills whitewashes the intellectual failures of the left, and shirks the task of putting forward a political alternative.

Books 25 July 2008

Are corporate fakers taking over the world?

A new book on the evil of corporate spin ends up whitewashing the intellectual failures of the left, and propagating delusions about twenty-first century politics that are more misleading than anything put out by the shills.

16 May 2008

Rangers after UEFA: just don’t call us plucky

We’d far rather stay as the team that everyone hates rather than be patronised as spirited, have-a-go heroes.

5 March 2008

Why we need a Humanist Reformation

Our response to religious radicalism should not be to plea for moderation, but rather to inject some real radicalism into politics.

14 December 2007

Defending the Terror

Maximilien Robespierre was a fearless critic of tradition and incorruptibly committed to liberty: a million miles from today’s webcam jihadists.

Books 30 November 2007

Remembering the
Reign of Terror

Robespierre is today depicted as a sexless fanatic who invented modern terrorism. His own words reveal he was a fearless critic of tradition and incorruptibly committed to liberty: a million miles from today’s webcam jihadists.

25 October 2007

Count me out of atheism's creed

The desire to belong has made atheism into its own religion. But non-belief is no basis for a group identity.

12 October 2007

In defence of ‘radicalisation’

Critiques of Hizb ut-Tahrir focus less on its dodgy politics than on its intellectualism. But what’s wrong with a devotion to the debate of ideas?