Books 31 July 2009

The depraved genius of John Calvin

‘Calvinist’ has become a dirty word, used to describe especially dour people. We have forgotten that John Calvin was not only a severe Christian but also a key figure in the intellectual making of the modern world.

7 May 2009

New Labour plays its last card

Media-friendly, gimmicky and pointless: New Labour’s ID cards scheme provides a fitting testament to its time in office.

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.