14 April 2017

Withnail and I and the meaning of life

Thirty years on, this film’s tragedy and comedy speak to us still.

7 April 2017

Brexitphobic comedians are the real populists

Sneering at the ‘enemy within’, stand-ups today are bien pensant demagogues.

24 February 2017

Meet the NHS extremists

Worship of the NHS is the dying cry of Labourism.

17 February 2017

Fahrenheit 451 is a better guide than 1984

Ray Bradbury foretold the tyranny of ‘You Can’t Say That!’.

10 February 2017

Brass Eye wouldn’t survive today

Our era is too kneejerk and censorious for iconoclasm.

3 February 2017

Whatever happened to left‑wing Euroscepticism?

True leftists should be Team Brexit.

26 January 2017

We have reached peak ‘you’re racist!’

The charge of racism is now used to silence people we disagree with.

20 January 2017

At last – a president who doesn’t claim to be Irish

Trump has broken with the blarney of claiming green roots.

16 December 2016

From Sweden to Cuba: stop looking for utopias

Fantasising about perfect foreign countries is a way of dodging real debate.

9 December 2016

Veganism: a cult of purity

This obsession with clean living is a denial of human nature.