25 July 2012

Harwood is innocent.
The jury said so

The case of the cop charged over the death of Ian Tomlinson is symbolic of the confusion at the heart of the British state.

3 July 2012

A crime against
the Olympic spirit

The creation of fast-track courts to deal with ‘Olympic offences’ sums up British officials’ miserabilism.

18 June 2012

This war on trolls is no fairytale

Why can’t we be more like Billy Goats Gruff and butt online trolls into oblivion, instead of involving the police?

7 June 2012

Judges v politicians: courting disaster

Ken Clarke’s plan to extend closed court hearings shows the dangers of relying on the law to achieve change.

10 May 2012

This defamation bill is no friend of freedom

Bizarrely, free-speech activists are cheering a new bill that will entrench the state’s right to decide what we can say.

30 April 2012

‘International justice’
is no justice at all

An international court's trial of ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor dents the democratic rights of West Africans.

Books 27 April 2012

Amanda Craig’s not-so-novel take on immigration

From a self-righteous human rights lawyer to a trafficking victim, the characters in Hearts and Minds are like cut-out clichés from the immigration debate.

17 April 2012

Don’t ban it.
Get over it!

The banning of silly Christian bus adverts reveals the contempt in which the mayor holds ordinary Londoners.

27 March 2012

An assault on ‘real’
men - and women

A London poster campaign about male rape is part of a trend to encourage us all to be victims in need of support.

15 March 2012

Stand up if you hate this law

Chanting ‘vile abuse’ at other footie supporters shouldn’t be a criminal offence – it is a vital part of being a fan.