A dead party walking
Germany’s Social Democrats have a new leader, but no new ideas.
10 reasons minimum pricing sucks
Let’s stand up to this regressive sin tax.
After Toronto: a moral panic about men
‘Toxic masculinity’ does not explain recent brutal killings.
Michelle Wolf and the rise of right-wing snowflakes
It was a roast. What did these whinging conservatives expect?
|Wednesday 2 May 2018|
The senseless war on snus
Why does the EU want to snuff out smokeless tobacco?
The #MeToo era needs some hippy spirit
Two new plays reflect how prudish and harsh the gender debate has become.
Rewilding: a rotten idea
How a rewilding experiment created a barren wasteland of starving animals.
Why the left has turned its back on freedom of speech
The left’s embrace of censorship is the great political tragedy of our time.
|Thursday 3 May 2018|
Yes, there are some nice Tories
The politics of ‘all Tories are evil’ is infantile nonsense.
Stop treating sex workers like children
Feminists who want to criminalise prostitution are attacking women’s autonomy.
Cosby’s conviction is a hollow victory
The politicisation of this trial will forever taint its verdict.
The Lords and the left unite to fight democracy
Corbyn’s Labour – cheerleader for unelected, Brexit-throttling peers.
|Friday 4 May 2018|
Radicalising the Enlightenment
Jonathan Israel on the vital importance of those who dared to know.
Acts of faith and commemoration
Stuart Kelly on the land of Walter Scott, and the murderer who became a minister.
Steven Pinker on why the Enlightenment still matters.
Amrita Sher-Gil: unseen brilliance
The Hungarian-Indian painter is rightly hailed, yet few outside India have seen her work.
Rachel Hewitt’s history of emotion explores the late-Enlightenment mind
Forget Corbynism – the real ‘momentum’ is with Brexit
It’s clear now: Labour is the party of the establishment and status quo.
Against hate-speech laws
Nadine Strossen’s new book makes an important case for the importance of free speech without limits.
JJ Rousseau: autonomy lost
His work laid the ground both for a radical conception of autonomy, and its critique.
|Saturday 5 May 2018|
The truth about Karl Marx
200 years after his birth, let’s remember how committed he was to freedom.
|Monday 7 May 2018|
Ireland’s nanny-state evangelists
There’s nothing these moral crusaders won’t do to save us from ourselves.
‘Trump isn’t un‑PC. He’s just an asshole’
Bret Stephens talks to Tom Slater about the twin threats to free speech.
Forget left v right, it’s Leave v Remain
Why Labour didn’t win and Twitter lost the local elections.
|Tuesday 8 May 2018|
Shaming service staff goes viral
Some millennials think little of hectoring low-paid workers.
Education can set kids free
Genes and background do not determine children’s future.
Press freedom hangs by a thread
We have 24 hours to halt a historic betrayal of liberty.
|Wednesday 9 May 2018|
May Must Fall: an affront to intellectual diversity
Academics at Oxford seem to think students will be traumatised by a portrait of the PM.
The Day for Freedom was not a far-right rally
But it did show what happens when the left abandons free speech.
Trump’s dangerous Iran obsession
America’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal will stoke tension in the Middle East.
|Thursday 10 May 2018|
The EU won’t save academic freedom
Academics need to learn to stand up for themselves.
The Met Gala and the cultural-appropriation hypocrites
Crucifixes? On non-Catholics? Why isn’t Twitter up in arms about this?
A manifesto for heresy
Say the unsayable: read the speech Brendan O’Neill gave at Oxford this week.
|Friday 11 May 2018|
‘This is America’: a masterclass in ambiguity
Donald Glover’s viral hit is vague enough to suit everyone’s politics.
What Marx and Nietzsche had in common
Neither should be held responsible for the excesses of their supporters.
Buying off young people
Why giving £10k to all 25-year-olds is a terrible idea.
‘No one ever
voted for you’
|Monday 14 May 2018|
A minute of your time to help defend the press
We must see off the Lords’ plan for Leveson II – contact your MP now.
Eurovision is about camp, not politics
Political commentators’ glib Eurovision takes are almost always wrong.
Dirty jokes in the dock
The policing of smutty humour needs to stop.
Sex, lies and Stormy Daniels
Could Trump’s tawdriness prove to be his undoing?
|Tuesday 15 May 2018|
David Goodall: dying for the wrong cause
This tragic case reminds us why assisted suicide is immoral.
Sadiq Khan, London’s paternalist-in-chief
London has a lot of problems; burger ads isn't one of them.
Malaysia: a victory for democracy
The defeat of Malaysia’s corrupt rulers was unexpected, and welcome.
Why MPs must vote against Leveson II – again
It’s time to shoot down the myths of the pro-regulation lobby.
The siege of Israel
The demonisation of Israel is nurturing a new kind of conflict.
|Wednesday 16 May 2018|
Dementia: we need action, not awareness
The response to Barbara Windsor’s diagnosis captured society’s low horizons.
The ugliness of the knife-crime debate
Both sides treat black and Asian communities like children.
Stop playing politics with student suicides
Suicides on campus are shocking and tragic – and, thankfully, rare.
Why Ireland must repeal the Eighth Amendment
The right to abortion is one of the most essential liberties.
|Thursday 17 May 2018|
#MuteRKelly: now it’s #MeToo vs music
Throwing alleged sex pests off Spotify playlists is a mockery of justice.
Why demonising Iran is a dangerous game
Trump’s blundersome approach is escalating Israel-Iran tensions.
FOBTs: a middle-class moral panic
The £2 stake will do nothing to help problem gamblers.
Time to quell the Lords’ anti-democratic riot
The constitutional crisis that nobody on the left wants to talk about.
|Friday 18 May 2018|
Carrot-gate and the sorry state of education
Teaching to the test has rendered students unable to answer tricky questions.
The black nihilism of Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates has profited from the very thing he is intent on destroying: the American Dream.
It takes more than a makeover to make a woman
Munroe Bergdorf is pushing a pretty sexist view of womanhood.
Harry, Meghan and the future of the royals
Monarchism is weaker than it looks. Sadly, so is republicanism.
|Sunday 20 May 2018|
Oh spare us this Woke Monarchy
The new aristocrats are as irritating as the old ones.
|Monday 21 May 2018|
Entebbe: hijacked by political messaging
A new dramatisation of the Entebbe hijacking ignores its human dimension.
Cannes is a celebration of diversity
Blanchett and pals’ sexism protests obscure the brilliant non-Western filmmaking on display.
The ugly trade in Palestinian pain
Western liberals bear some responsibility for the violence in Gaza.
|Tuesday 22 May 2018|
YouTube’s anti-vaping purge
The war on e-cigarette advertising sets a dangerous precedent for free speech online.
Asking too much of the Grenfell Inquiry
An inquiry can’t provide political answers to this terrible tragedy.
The fantasy of Russia’s dirty money
Blaming Russia for everything has become the elite’s go-to conspiracy theory.
Ken Livingstone: undone by his own brand of anti‑racism
His own equal-opportunities approach has been turned against him.
|Wednesday 23 May 2018|
The alt-right comes to South Africa
The cynical politicisation of attacks on white farmers is helping no one.
Gina Haspel: feminist or torturer?
The CIA’s first female director is nothing to celebrate.
Monarchy and feminism: a perfect marriage
Meghan Markle epitomises the elitist turn of feminism.
Just say Yes
Brendan O’Neill reports from Dublin on the abortion referendum.
|Thursday 24 May 2018|
‘Internet safety’ just means internet censorship
Officials want to clean up the web. Bad news for free speech.
Turning monsters into victims
Saying school shooters are the products of a warped society lets them off the hook.
The thwarting of Italian democracy
How EU officials are overriding Italy’s popular will.
The real ‘Tory Brexit lie’...
...is the myth that May’s government is fighting to leave the EU at all.
|Friday 25 May 2018|
The GDPR is why Brexit must happen
This mad regulation proves the 17.4million were right.
Gammon: the left turns on the less well-off
Among middle-class Momentum types, it’s cool to sneer at working people.
Identity politics is ruining Shakespeare
Two new productions at The Globe put ‘diversity’ ahead of art.
‘How could Germaine Greer make anyone feel unsafe?’
Universities minister Sam Gyimah on the march of campus censorship.
|Sunday 27 May 2018|
The Irish vote will echo through Britain
How the revolt against the Eighth raises questions for the UK.
Choice – the great cause of our times
The Irish revolt against the Eighth should inspire radicals everywhere.
|Monday 28 May 2018|
How kids’ lit became misery lit
Adventure stories are out; tales of woe and stress and illness are in.
We have to stop saying ‘Asian grooming gangs’
‘Asian’ has become a way of avoiding mentioning the M-word.
The silencing of schoolteachers is out of control
How the education ‘blob’ uses intimidation to quash dissent.
|Tuesday 29 May 2018|
Who’s afraid of the N-word?
No, singing along to the N-word in a rap song doesn’t make you racist.
No, Oxford University is not racist
The diversity industry patronises black students and harms academia.
Abortion in Northern Ireland: let the people decide
Northern Irish women’s rights can’t be won by Westminster.
The putsch in Italy
The Euro-establishment has declared war on democracy.
The real reason the cultural elite hates Roseanne
It’s her non-conformism, not her gross tweet, that they can’t abide.
|Wednesday 30 May 2018|
The myth of the obesity timebomb
Childhood obesity is lower than it was a decade ago.
North Vietnam strikes back
In January 1968, Vietnamese communists launched the world-changing Tet Offensive.
Enter the Weatherman
Tim Black talks to Mark Rudd about the 1960s, radicalism and his time in the Weather Undergound.
Tommy Robinson is no free-speech martyr
Prejudicing a court case is not a free-speech issue.
1968: The birth of the new conformism
As the old order crumbled, an equally depoliticised new one took its place.
The left’s betrayal of Ireland’s ’68
When people in Derry rose up to challenge their sectarian rulers, they were condescended to by a British left fiercely loyal to the British state.
Hubert Selby Jr’s war on God
Last Exit to Brooklyn is a testament to a deeply humanist sensibility.
Misremembering May ’68
There is more to les évènements than students, sex and Paris.
‘The world was never the same’
Joan Bakewell on sex, revolution and reporting during 1968.
|Thursday 31 May 2018|
Even Holocaust deniers deserve free speech
Alison Chabloz’s songs are grotesque but she shouldn’t be criminalised.
The Great American Novelist
Philip Roth’s American Pastoral is one of the finest novels of all time.
Blue Waves and Impeachment? Dream on, Democrats
The Democrats’ mistake: embracing an elitist politics of identity.