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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.

29 July 2008

What are the odds that we’re baking the planet?

Eco-campaigners claim that climate catastrophe is a virtual certainty. A little bit of maths and logic suggests otherwise.

The rise and rise of Climate Blasphemy

Today’s Ofcom ruling on The Great Global Warming Swindle strengthens the censorious forcefield around climate change experts.

15 July 2008

A naked return for puritanism

A row in Australia over an art magazine cover shows that our leaders are less at ease with child nudity than the prudish Victorians were.

26 June 2008

No defender of liberty should use the libel laws

England’s law of defamation is the enemy of free speech. So why did the head of Liberty threaten a minister with a writ?

3 June 2008

Freedom is not an academic discussion

The idea that British academics should boycott Israeli universities and their staff is a slap in the face to academic freedom and solidarity.

13 March 2008

Blasphemy is dead!
Long live blasphemy!

England’s dusty, archaic and unpopular blasphemy laws look set to be abolished, but Ofcom and others are keeping their censorious spirit alive.

The student doth protest too much

Teachers should not backslap a group of teenage girls who refused to sit an exam on Shakespeare in protest against his anti-Semitism.

The Independent, Big Oil and me

A gossip columnist’s libel against spiked in a national newspaper unwittingly revealed a lot about contemporary politics and debate.