video 2 August 2013

‘You cannot be free from being insulted’

spiked's law editor debates trolling and Twitter abuse on Channel 4 News.

31 July 2013

Lewisham A&E: democracy in intensive care

Using the judiciary to overturn the decision to close a London A&E department was not a triumph for people power.

23 July 2013

David Cameron: getting off on porn scares

It’s not online porn that gets in the way of young people developing a healthy attitude to sex, it’s official scare stories about intimacy.

12 July 2013

What did Abu Qatada actually do wrong?

The Islamist's decade of detention without charge suggests the real threat to liberty is at home, not from Over There.

3 July 2013

The law’s insane treatment of the mentally ill

Public trials ensure that court judgements are held to account by the people. So why are those deemed mentally ill being tried in secret?

20 June 2013

The Lawson case: a word of caution

The zeal with which the police pursued a case against Charles Saatchi shows domestic violence trumps legal principles.

19 June 2013

Stuart Hall: the thirst for punishment

The calls for the TV presenter’s sentence to be harsher are not based on the principles of justice, but on a desire for revenge.

11 June 2013

The victims are taking over the law courts

Reorientating criminal justice around the rights of alleged victims is destroying the rights of the defendant.

30 May 2013

The revolutionary myth of ‘The Rite of Spring’

Stravinsky’s ballet, which debuted 100 years ago, is a great work, but not as iconoclastic as its fans claim.

23 May 2013

Keep the police out of our private lives

Maria Stubbings’ death was terrible, but a public inquiry would lead to even more hamfisted official intervention.