Tom Slater

Britain's creeping authoritarianism

27 July 2021 7:53 am

When a top Edinburgh school announced earlier this month that it would stop teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, citing the…

Who cares what Ben & Jerry’s think about Israel-Palestine?

20 July 2021 11:44 pm

When you think of the Israel-Palestine conflict, ice cream doesn’t usually come up. But that may be about to change.…

Mumford and Sons versus the mob

25 June 2021 10:52 pm

So it’s finally happened. Cancel culture has come for Mumford and Sons. Winston Marshall, former banjo player in the hugely…

Shame on the GB News boycotters

16 June 2021 8:00 am

GB News, the UK’s first new news channel in decades, launched on Sunday night with a monologue from the estimable…

Why can't King's College academics cope with a photo of Prince Philip?

1 June 2021 12:32 am

Librarians aren’t known for causing trouble. But at our elite universities, in the grip of an increasingly unhinged culture of…

Pimlico Academy and the politicisation of the playground

20 May 2021 12:29 am

The strange tale of Pimlico Academy, the central London school roiled by ‘anti-racist’ protests, shows us that the culture war…

The infuriating truth about Harry and Meghan's activism

15 May 2021 4:00 pm

‘Why do you lot hate Harry and Meghan so much?’ It’s a question the formerly royal couple’s supporters often ask…

Racism has become a kind of theory of everything

1 May 2021 6:53 am

‘If you hate wokeness, you should vote for Joe Biden.’ So said writer and academic Yascha Mounk in the Atlantic in…

Covid has emboldened our modern censors

29 April 2021 11:18 pm

The past year has accelerated all kinds of trends that were already moving through our societies. Social atomisation, the decline…

Why do Ben & Jerry’s want to defund the police?

16 April 2021 12:27 am

The radicalisation of the Ben & Jerry’s PR department has been one of the stranger spectacles of recent years. After…

What's the problem with Apu?

14 April 2021 2:50 am

Remember Apu, the kindly Indian shopkeeper from The Simpsons? Well, in the time since most people have stopped watching that…

Prince Harry's new job is hardly 'public service'

25 March 2021 2:21 am

At the tender age of 36, Prince Harry has got his first job since leaving the royal family. Congratulations to…

In defence of Charlie Hebdo's 'racist royals' cover

16 March 2021 6:56 pm

Amid the ongoing fallout from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive Oprah interview, Charlie Hebdo seems to have done the…

Mr Potato Head and the cult of gender neutrality

27 February 2021 1:52 am

Another pillar of the patriarchy has fallen. His name is Mr Potato Head – or rather, it was Mr Potato…

Of course there's a free speech crisis on campus

18 February 2021 11:02 pm

A free speech crisis on campus? Apparently, it’s a myth, concocted by right-wing commentators and latched on to by a…

Gina Carano and the hypocrisy of Hollywood

12 February 2021 5:46 am

Godwin’s Law has become a way of life in our polarised political times. Go on social media any given day…

Why we should worry about the censorship of the far left

26 January 2021 3:36 am

There are many important, principled arguments for free speech. But one of the most convincing is purely tactical. Why empower…

The pathetic attempt to cancel Jordan Peterson

26 November 2020 3:53 am

There was a time when publishers had to battle with external forces for their right to publish controversial authors. It…

When will Harry and Meghan stop hectoring us?

2 October 2020 4:41 pm

Another day, another Zoom missive from the Duke and Duchess of Woke. Hot on the heels of their thinly-veiled intervention…

Andy Murray shouldn't cancel Margaret Court

18 September 2020 8:59 pm

Cancel culture has hit the world of tennis – again. Top British player Andy Murray has reignited a torturous debate…

Cancelling Kindergarten Cop is a step too far

6 August 2020 9:58 pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s late-Eighties to early-Nineties comedies have not gone down in history as great triumphs. Films like Junior and Twins…

Binning Fawlty Towers does nothing to solve racism

12 June 2020 9:10 pm

We’ve done it. We’ve solved racism. And who’d have thought that all it would take was a few judicious edits…

The march of progressive censorship

7 June 2020 3:01 am

It’s official: criticising Black Lives Matter is now a sackable offence, even here in the British Isles, thousands of miles…

Why is Ben & Jerry’s lecturing us about 'white supremacy'?

4 June 2020 1:04 am

When this chapter in America’s history of its struggle against racism is written, two names will stand out among all…

Ricky Gervais is right about sanctimonious celebs

15 April 2020 12:42 am

Do you who hasn’t had a good corona war so far? Celebrities. Throughout this crisis, many of them seem to have…