Free speech
Free speech

Free speech

The battle of Brick Lane

The hotly anticipated demo against the filming of Monica Ali’s novel in east London was in fact a ragbag collection of short-tempered middle-aged men.

Don’t tinker with the libel laws – scrap them

No amount of reform will stop England and Ireland's stringent libel laws from having a chilling effect on free speech.

28 June 2006

A rights kerfuffle

New Labour's Human Rights Act and the Tories' proposed British Bill of Rights share the same elitist prejudice: that ‘rights’ are gifts granted by governments and judges.

18 April 2006

Animal rights protesters: don’t ban them, beat them

A leading member of the pro-vivisection group Pro-Test argues that animal rights activists should be defeated through debate, not legal injunctions.

11 April 2006

Sticks, stones and hate speech

The case of a schoolboy prosecuted for calling a playmate 'Paki' has shown up the childish streak in Britain's speech laws.

30 March 2006

Whitewashing academic debate

A student of Dr Frank Ellis - the Leeds lecturer suspended for his racist views - asks why the university couldn't handle a heated argument.

28 March 2006

Free speech, with the edges taken off

Saturday's rally in the rain for free expression was a damp squib.

21 February 2006

Free speech in Europe: it’s all or nothing

As British historian David Irving is imprisoned in Austria for Holocaust denial, read this spiked article first published in December last year.

13 February 2006

A tale of two demos

Saturday's demonstration of moderate Muslims was presented as a peaceful counter to last week's aggressive gathering. In fact, similar resentments seemed to simmer beneath both.

9 February 2006

Abu Hamza: imprisoned for talking rubbish

His incarceration for incitement is the political equivalent of a panto villain being booed off stage by excitable kids.