Coffee House The View from 22

The View from 22 — Twitter abuse wars, Theresa vs Boris and Egypt’s Arab winter

1 August 2013

Will online abuse and trolling ever be stopped? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind discusses his Spectator column on the subject with Helen Lewis of the New Statesman. They ask if trolling has got better or worse? What, if anything, can or should be done about ‘morons’ who mindlessly attack people? And should politicians — like Stella Creasy — be influencing the moderation policies of social networks like Twitter?

James Forsyth and Toby Young discuss the next Tory leadership battle: Theresa May vs. Boris Johnson. James reports that these two top Tories are jostling to succeed David Cameron, even though the PM is expected to be in situ after 2015: Boris isn’t even going to stand in the 2015 election. Who is most likely to be successful? And how might the EU referendum help Boris position himself to succeed Cameron?


Plus, the Telegraph’s Con Coughlin and Douglas Murray explain why Egypt’s deposed Muslim Brotherhood should have learnt from its own past and looked to Colonel Nasser on how to run the country.

You can subscribe to the View from 22 through iTunes and have it delivered to your computer every week, or you can use the embedded player below:

The View from 22 — 1 August 2013. Length: 36:43

Download | iTunes | RSS

More Spectator for less. Subscribe and receive 12 issues delivered for just £12, with full web and app access. Join us now.

  • Magnolia

    I agree with Hugo.
    I think on-line commenting is in the process of eating itself.
    The discussion comment management systems are evolving and trying to create order through computer systems which screen out inappropriate words, phrases, whatever, but in doing so they themselves are acting in a destructive way because they are part of an attempt at systems control of what is really just life and humanity.
    It will not work and it cannot work.
    Only an old fashioned human brain and real life ‘editor’ can do the job properly.
    The rest is just an attempt at the automation of thought control.

Can't find your Web ID? Click here