The myth of a post-Brexit surge in hate
Even the EU now accepts Brits are more positive about migrants.
The problem with this children’s crusade
The Parkland activists are impressive, yes, but let’s not lionise them.
The return of the socialism of fools
The problem of left anti-Semitism is more profound than people recognise.
|Tuesday 3 April 2018|
The trans-gressions of Ricky Gervais
Humanity’s Caitlyn Jenner jokes are the least of this sub-par show’s problems.
Why shouldn’t footballers use snus?
The FA should rise above this confected outrage over oral tobacco.
The misplaced panic about London’s murder rate
Youth violence is both less and more serious than is being reported.
|Wednesday 4 April 2018|
Let Tommy tweet
The problem with Twitter’s ban on Tommy Robinson.
Alison Saunders: when law becomes a crusade
Under Saunders’ reign, the CPS became far too political.
Why Martin Luther King still speaks to us
Things have got both better and worse since his death 50 years ago.
|Thursday 5 April 2018|
Heineken’s racist ad? Lighten up
People need to stop seeing racism where it doesn’t exist.
More women should revolt against saviour feminism
Hail the restaurant workers standing up to celeb do-gooders.
Salisbury: are we any closer to the truth?
The government’s diplomatic errors have knocked its credibility with the public.
Whatever happened to investigative journalism?
The Observer’s ‘scoop’ let the message get ahead of the facts.
|Friday 6 April 2018|
I’m a pay-gap denier and proud of it
We need to junk this fact-lite obsession with gender pay.
Winnie Mandela: a flawed but exemplary life
How the ANC betrayed this bravest opponent of Apartheid rule.
Why centrists are holding out for a hero
The Third Way nostalgists crave a return to elite rule.
|Monday 9 April 2018|
Who’s afraid of automation?
Yes, robots will replace existing jobs, but they’ll create new ones too.
Boris is not the only Russia baiter
Too many today think Russia is to blame for everything.
Orban’s victory: another blow to the EU oligarchy
The demonisation of Hungary is the real threat to democracy.
|Tuesday 10 April 2018|
The bitter reality of the sugar tax
This illiberal policy will do sweet FA for the problem of obesity.
Molly Ringwald, you are wrong about The Breakfast Club
There is a serious philistinism in viewing culture through a #MeToo lens.
On Kevin Williamson and cowardice
Editing isn’t censorship. But this sacking didn’t come from nowhere.
|Wednesday 11 April 2018|
Young people have never had it so good
So why do so many of us say we can’t cope?
Another moral panic about rap
‘Drill’ music is not the cause of youth violence.
Why do you hate Israel?
The question that hangs over the left, and which no one can answer.
|Thursday 12 April 2018|
Pulse of Europe: an elitist campaign
Meet the ‘grassroots’ pro-EU group that is only popular with politicians.
Buffer zones are not an attack on free speech
Protests outside abortion clinics are about intimidation, not debate.
Now they want to lock up Rod Liddle and ban Quentin Letts
Joking about the Welsh or criticising black actors is the new limit to free speech.
Free bus travel for young adults is a terrible idea
Jeremy Corbyn’s cult of youth is actually bad for young people.
|Friday 13 April 2018|
The comics who are waging war on comedy
Some turncoat comedians want to ban ‘offensive’ comedy gigs.
Why I’m pro‑choice and anti‑buffer zone
Those Ealing pro-lifers have the right to stand outside that clinic.
Syria: the bloody price of Western narcissism
The Twitter bombardiers have no idea of the horrors they will unleash.
|Monday 16 April 2018|
They think we’re all Enochs now
Demands to ban Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech are the latest insult to Leave voters.
The West’s virtue-bombing of Syria is a disastrous mistake
Our governments have made themselves the allies of ISIS.
Amnesty for the Windrush children
These people are British citizens yet are treated like criminals.
|Tuesday 17 April 2018|
The problem with ‘representation’
Why we don’t need fictional characters to look like us.
Thou shalt not question the Good Friday Agreement
Why Barry Gardiner was right to call it a ‘shibboleth’.
Enoch Powell was wrong – so were his critics
Both Powell and his detractors rejected the positive idea of integration.
|Wednesday 18 April 2018|
We need to talk about Muslim anti‑Semitism
The UK’s Chief Rabbi has raised a thorny but important issue.
Another boozy scare story
Those extra few pints won’t take years off your life.
The People’s Vote: a parody of democracy
Jean-Luc Picard may want a second referendum – but the public don’t.
|Thursday 19 April 2018|
Annihilation: a shimmering sci‑fi fairytale
Alex Garland’s Netflix film leaves the viewer with plenty to ponder.
Syria, The Times and free speech
Why did the newspaper attack me for questioning the government?
The Lords’ vote for a customs union is a vile assault on democracy
Unelected peers are engaged in an elitist revolt against the masses.
The real scandal of the Ulster Rugby rape trial
Punishing men who were found not guilty makes a mockery of justice.
|Friday 20 April 2018|
The Square: a vicious satire on the new elite
Ruben Ostlund’s film brilliantly pricks the pretensions of Europe’s cultural set.
The problem with Kendrick Lamar winning the Pulitzer
It isn’t for high-culture awards judges to confer legitimacy on hip-hop.
‘I was called human scum just for criticising #MeToo’
Katie Roiphe on the ‘weird energy’ and censorious rage of Twitter-feminism.
|Monday 23 April 2018|
The lesson of Sweden? Defend free speech
Stifling open debate about migration is a terrible mistake.
Now it’s a crime to quote rap lyrics?
Censorship in Britain is out of control.
The Windrush fallout has shattered every Remainer prejudice
British people don’t hate migrants. They simply want some say on migration.
|Tuesday 24 April 2018|
Leave pregnant women alone
Officialdom should stop policing pregnant women’s lifestyles.
Syria is a moral problem, not a legal one
Judging every military act in legal terms is just moral evasion.
It isn’t America vs Assad – it’s America vs Iran
US meddling in Syria is really aimed at Tehran.
|Wednesday 25 April 2018|
Making a mockery of the suffragists
Many of those cheering the Millicent Fawcett statue don’t really believe in democracy.
Trans intolerance is out of control
Feminists are being physically prevented from even discussing transgenderism.
How did Britain end up at No40 on the world press-freedom rankings?
The 2018 World Press Freedom Index shows we have a fight on our hands
|Thursday 26 April 2018|
Germany and the perils of online censorship
When social-media giants become the corporate wing of state censorship.
Arsene Wenger: a reign of two halves
The Arsenal manager was a revolutionary who became stuck in his ways.
The Customs Union con
This isn’t about the economy or Northern Ireland – it’s about weakening Brexit.
|Friday 27 April 2018|
‘We need to reject this idea that women are victims’
Treating Kanye like an Uncle Tom
The reaction to his pro-Trump remarks has been deeply condescending.
We need to keep trans politics out of schools
Schools have become laboratories for contentious ideas about gender.
The tragic battle over Alfie Evans
It is the doctors and courts who are playing God here.
|Monday 30 April 2018|
Cultural appropriation: the ultimate First World problem
Only privileged schmucks think cultural mixing is a bad thing.
Korea: what’s Trump got to do with it?
The inter-Korea agreement was struck in spite of the US.
Poster politics, from Hope to Nope
A new exhibition captures the political imagination of our era.
We need to democratise the migration debate
Rudd, May and their critics assume the worst about the British public.