Free speech

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…

Free speech shouldn’t depend on billionaires

16 April 2022 1:37 am

If you take any interest in social media, Silicon Valley, or the culture wars — which all seem to be…

Mexico is no country for journalists

26 February 2022 9:00 am

I’m writing this on my last day in Mexico City, having accompanied my 18-year-old daughter here for the first week…

When did artists become the mob?

12 February 2022 9:00 am

‘The mob’s going to want a chicken to kill and they won’t care much who it is,’ wrote John Steinbeck.…

In defence of bad jokes

12 February 2022 9:00 am

I was once at a terrific Shabbat dinner where late in the evening one of the other guests suddenly said:…

One man's campaign to protect free speech

22 December 2021 7:25 pm

Almost three years ago, I spoke on the phone to a man called Harry Miller. A Lincolnshire businessman, he’d just…

Some (tentative) reasons to be cheerful in 2022

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Someone sent me a job advert recently for a Junior Research Fellowship at Queen’s College, Oxford. It states: ‘The Queen’s…

My meeting with the Durham University mob

18 December 2021 9:00 am

My abiding memory of this fairly appalling year is of the face of the young student at Durham University who…

Will Knowland, Eton and the problem with the teaching misconduct panel

17 August 2021 11:04 pm

When Eton master Will Knowland was sacked last year over anti-feminist views contained in a YouTube video which he refused…

Why wealth matters in the free speech debate

11 August 2021 3:30 pm

The divide between the rich and the poor is obvious in Britain today. Whether in terms of income, geography or political…

Justin Trudeau isn't the progressive leader he thinks he is

10 July 2021 7:20 pm

It came as no surprise to me to see activists ‘celebrating’ Canada Day by setting fire to churches and toppling…

How I was stitched up by the Royal Academy

10 July 2021 9:00 am

The Royal Academy, a witch-hunt and me

Don't 'Kill the Bill'

8 July 2021 4:00 pm

Are the rights of protesters and the rights of all other citizens fairly balanced? Think back to the Extinction Rebellion…

What would ‘sensitivity readers’ have made of my student scoops?

26 June 2021 9:00 am

‘Whatever you do, don’t call them snowflakes,’ Caroline said the last time I spoke to Oxford students. ‘That’s not a…

Beware Boris's sinister crackdown on free speech

24 June 2021 5:14 pm

A Conservative government that boasts it is a defender of free speech against the attacks of ‘the woke’ is about…

Oxford, 'sensitivity readers' and the trouble with safe spaces

22 June 2021 8:52 am

The list of things that students must apparently be protected from grows longer every day. Controversial speakers, rude comedians, sombreros…

Cambridge deserves better than Stephen Toope

18 June 2021 2:26 am

Regular readers may be aware that in recent months I have been having a running-spat with a Canadian lawyer called…

Big Tech is turning into Big Brother

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The Big Tech social media giants are having to rethink their policy of censoring anybody who suggests that Covid originated…

For journalists like Protasevich, free speech is a matter of life and death

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Last August I wrote a column in The Spectator’s US edition urging Donald Trump to take a leaf out of…

University challenge: conservatives are now the radicals on campus

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Conservatives are now the radicals on campus

In defence of Piers Morgan

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The Liberal Democrat party’s foreign affairs spokesgoblin, Velma from Scooby-Doo — or ‘Layla Moran’ as she is known to close…

The creeping criminalisation of causing offence

27 February 2021 9:00 am

At a time when resources are scarce, the Merseyside Constabulary must have thought long and hard about its recent advertising…

My advice for the next ‘free speech champion’

20 February 2021 9:00 am

I was delighted to hear the government plans to appoint a ‘free speech champion’ to the board of the Office…

Portrait of the week: Hotel quarantine starts, Ribblehead Viaduct cracks and a royal guest for Oprah

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Home The target was achieved of vaccinating, by the middle of February, about 15 million people of 70 or over,…