Free speech
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Free speech

16 February 2009

Britain is not a ‘crowded theatre’

Foreign secretary David Miliband’s use of the ‘fire in a theatre’ argument against Geert Wilders was ahistoric and illiberal.

11 February 2009

Now it’s a war on words

Free speech controversies involving Prince Harry, Carol Thatcher and Jeremy Clarkson show the new thought police are in danger of running riot.

5 February 2009

A secular witch-hunt in western England

In backing the suspension of a nurse who offered to pray for her patients, New Atheists have become the new inquisitors.

28 January 2009

No Platform for anyone called Rothschild

I know how Douglas Murray feels after being disinvited from a university debate. I was once rejected due to my surname.

22 January 2009

Football fans must have freedom of speech, too

In the past, officialdom fenced in football fans like animals. Now it treats them like children, curtailing their speech and rapping their knuckles.

13 January 2009

Prince Harry and the thought police

The implication behind the public hounding of ‘racist Harry’ is that all words, even those uttered in private, must be policed and punished.

2 December 2008

Why we shouldn’t ban the F-word on American TV

The attempt to punish utterances of the F-word and the S-word on American TV exposes the arbitrary and patronising nature of censorship.

29 October 2008

Putting a forcefield around Britain

Jacqui Smith’s plan to keep out of Britain anyone who is not ‘conducive to the public good’ is both illiberal and impractical.

27 August 2008

The shame of Salman Rushdie’s secular fatwa

In using England's archaic libel laws to have books pulped, the former free speech martyr puts himself in the same camp as censorious mullahs.

7 August 2008

The BBFC is scarier than The Dark Knight

The killjoy, censorious politicians calling on the BBFC to give the scary new Batman film a 15 certificate should grow some cojones.