Freedom of speech

The day I got heckled at Speakers’ Corner

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Monday was the 150th anniversary of Speakers’ Corner and, in the hope of drumming up some publicity for the Free…

Will my kitchen be designated a ‘safe space’?

25 June 2022 9:00 am

As the father of four children who will be entering higher education in the next few years, I’m worried that…

Are cancel-culture activists aware of their sinister bedfellows?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Is there a woke case to be made for freedom of expression? Jacob Mchangama certainly seems to think so. This…

Nicola Sturgeon’s last laugh

12 February 2022 9:00 am

I was delighted to discover that the University of Bristol has been advising students how to address those who identify…

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…

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Who’s really being silenced on campus?

2 November 2020 6:14 am

The never-ending social justice messaging from our college and university presidents and their legions of diversity, equity and inclusion officers…

Scotland's Hate Crime Bill would have a chilling effect on free speech

22 August 2020 9:40 pm

Among the encroachments on Milton’s three supreme liberties contained in Humza Yousaf’s Hate Crime Bill is a cloturing of the…

The proof that free speech in universities is in peril

8 August 2020 9:00 am

About 18 months ago, I attended a debate at Policy Exchange, the think tank founded by Nick Boles, Francis Maude…

Welcome to the world you created, J.K. Rowling

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Welcome to the world you created, J.K. Rowling

The chilling truth about the Facebook advertising boycott

4 July 2020 9:00 am

The printed press is not a natural ally of Facebook. Silicon Valley publishers have hoovered up so much advertising that…

Will Cambridge University finally stand up for free speech?

27 June 2020 2:35 am

When Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a University of Cambridge academic, tweeted ‘White lives don’t matter’ and ‘Abolish whiteness’ in response to…

The young oppress their future selves

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Matt Ridley’s fine recent Times column was hardly the first to raise the alarm about the pseudo-Soviet intolerance of the…

How my disabled son has changed my mind about political correctness

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Here’s another stock joke for your collection: Pembroke College, Cambridge, has cancelled a fancy dress party themed on Around the…

The 5 per cent of people who decide everything (and how to be one of them)

27 February 2016 9:00 am

What happens when 95 per cent of people like something, but 5 per cent of people prefer something else? You might think…

Amanda Foreman’s diary: My inspiration as a Man Booker prize judge

9 January 2016 9:00 am

So far my responsibilities as the 2016 chair of the Man Booker prize have been rather light. We’ve had our…

Meet the intellectuals leading France to the right

29 October 2015 9:00 am

The nation’s intellectuals are being roiled by issues of immigration, sovereignty and freedom of expression

To defend the NHS, stop health tourism

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Speaking after the Stafford hospital scandal in 2010, the then newly appointed Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, grandly announced plans for…

Why is a festival of Israeli film fighting for censorship in London?

20 June 2015 9:00 am

The attempt to ban Jewish men from seeing ‘The Gift of Fire’ sets a very dangerous precedent

How liberal Britain is betraying ex-Muslims

28 February 2015 9:00 am

These people are risking their lives for the freedom not to believe – and liberal Britain is betraying them

A survivor of the Copenhagen attack speaks: ‘If we should stop drawing cartoons, should we also stop having synagogues?’

21 February 2015 9:00 am

An interview with Helle Brix, who was at the meeting in Copenhagen on Saturday when the shooting happened

As a republican, I used to look forward to Charles III. Now I’m scared

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The Prince of Wales has shown himself too vain to accept the limits of constitutional monarchy

Standing firm is the price of civilisation. Are we still ready to pay it?

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Reading Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, as I have recently, you cannot help but be struck by what a perfectly…

The attack on Charlie Hebdo is an attack on freedom

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo lambasts, attacks and lampoons absolutely everybody. Its targets include all religions, all identity groups,…

Alexander McCall Smith’s notebook: America vs my diet

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The trouble with going on an American book tour is that I know it’s going to play havoc with my…

You’ll regret not having a Human Rights Act when Labour get back in

11 October 2014 9:00 am

I’ve been thinking about the Conservative party’s proposal for a Bill of Rights and am finding it difficult to make…