Free speech
Free speech

Free speech

15 January 2007

Why I applauded the ‘BNP ballerina’

Who cares what Simone Clarke thinks in private? Her performance as Giselle was sprightly, springy and brilliant.

28 December 2006

Let’s make 2007 the Year of Real Tolerance

...and not the vacuous, censorious kind promoted in Xmas messages by the Queen and Channel 4.

1 December 2006

More news from the world, please

Whatever you think of the tabloid editor who bugged Princes Charles and William, the fact is reporters must sometimes break the law.

29 November 2006

Why I still love Cosmo Kramer

Comedian Michael Richards might be a ranting ass, but that doesn’t mean we can never laugh at Seinfeld again.

24 November 2006

Advertising is a free speech issue

The ban on junk food ads on British TV is far more 'mind-controlling' than anything a cynical adman could come up with.

21 November 2006

Who’s afraid of extremism on campus?

Read spiked editor Mick Hume's column in The Times (London).

13 November 2006

If there’s one thing far worse than the BNP…

...it is using a botched political prosecution of that far-right party as another stick to beat free speech and jury trials.

30 October 2006

Who’s afraid of flag-burning?

Police proposals to ban the desecration of flags should be shot down in flames.

25 October 2006

Let’s have a heated debate

Officialdom's calls for a 'gentle, nuanced' debate about race, veils and multiculturalism is just another way of policing public discussion.

24 October 2006

Are Muslims a threat to free speech?

So asked Channel 4, in a programme which revealed the real problem is the West’s own politics of inoffensiveness.