Tom Slater

The fight is on to censor Elon Musk’s Twitter

6 May 2022 2:58 am

If Elon Musk truly intends to make Twitter a free-speech platform, he’s clearly got a fight on his hands. That…

The case that sums up the police's warped priorities

25 April 2022 8:49 pm

If you want a snapshot of how warped the police’s priorities are these days, look to the case of Kevin…

Banning Russian players from Wimbledon will backfire

20 April 2022 10:34 pm

We need to talk about Russophobia. There really is no other word for the swiftness with which Russian sportspeople and…

Nottingham university’s shameful treatment of Tony Sewell

14 April 2022 4:00 pm

If you want a glimpse of how toxic the UK’s race debate has become, take a look at the treatment…

Why is Durham trying to ‘decolonise’ maths?

12 April 2022 2:02 am

Is maths racist? That’s the question apparently troubling the department of mathematical sciences at Durham University at the moment. As…

Disney's Russia boycott plays into Putin's hands

2 March 2022 1:04 am

What might make Vladimir Putin think twice? That’s the question on everyone’s lips as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues for…

The attacks on J.K. Rowling only prove her point

17 December 2021 3:10 am

It is often said that J.K. Rowling is uncancellable. So rich and bankable is the Harry Potter author — now…

The sinister attempt to silence a Yazidi survivor

26 November 2021 2:37 am

Are we cancelling former Isis sex slaves now? It would seem so, at least going by this barmy story out…

Harry and Meghan, the term 'Megxit' isn't sexist

11 November 2021 8:53 am

Just when you thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s collective victim complex couldn’t get any more vast and cavernous, up…

Un-cancel Terry Gilliam!

3 November 2021 8:55 am

I am starting to wonder if the world of arts and culture is staffed, in large part if not exclusively,…

Meet Extinction Rebellion's latest offshoot

14 September 2021 8:26 am

What have environmentalists got against commuters? Not for the first time a group of bedraggled climate nuts have taken their…

The policing of 'non-crimes' shows the dark side of rainbow cars

24 August 2021 5:18 am

The great awokening of the British constabulary has got to be the most curious and infuriating part of our culture…

Kate Clanchy and the new censorship in publishing

12 August 2021 1:00 am

‘There’s more than one way to burn a book’, wrote Ray Bradbury, in a coda to the 1979 edition of…

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…