One work from Isis Threaten Sylvania by the artist Mimsy. Photograph: Mimsy

‘Health and safety concerns’ are now being used to censor anti-Isis artwork

30 September 2015 10:11

On Saturday I wrote a blog recommending readers catch the ‘Passion For Freedom’ festival’s final hours in London.  Thank you…


Denmark’s free speech conference kept the spirit of Charlie Hebdo alive

28 September 2015 18:20

This has been a terrible year for free speech. In January, after the atrocities in Paris, the whole world was…

Helena Christensen (Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty)

Yvette Cooper needs to do more than just talk about Nordic models

9 June 2015 11:55

Britain’s Left has been indulging in worship of Scandinavian social democracy ever since the tide started ebbing on the New…

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A tax on sugar won’t work, as the shipwreck of the Danish ‘fat tax’ shows

22 May 2015 15:10

Bad ideas die hard in the world of ‘public health’, especially when the government can make money out of them.…


Copenhagen shooting: we debated free speech despite the gunfire – we will not surrender

14 February 2015 19:16

I was invited to Lars Vilks* Committee in Copenhagen to present Passion for Freedom London Art Festival. The committee is…

A petition is delivered to 10 Downing Street by members of the protest (Photo: Getty)

Freedom of speech is a sacred British value (and those who disagree can hop it)

9 February 2015 17:22

In the aftermath of last month’s Paris atrocities there was a remarkable piece in one of Denmark’s leading papers signed…

Brian and Joan Caswell, who won a £24.9 Euromillions jackpot aged 74 and 72 respectively. Do they still need free bus passes? Image: Getty

It’s time Labour talked about universal benefits

31 March 2014 10:54

For years the Nordic model has stood out as a beacon of universal welfare provision. But if you want evidence…

Borgen actress Birgitte Hjort Sorensen.

Denmark’s ban on ritual slaughter is not kosher

20 February 2014 10:16

Fey metropolitan ponce that am I, I love nothing better than curling up on the sofa with my partner to…

An employee makes a sad faced Legoman. (MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Can you solve the Legomen puzzle?

17 June 2013 9:27

A scientific study has revealed that the faces of Lego characters are no longer so mindlessly happy as they once…

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Spectator Play: what’s worth watching, listening to or going to this weekend

24 May 2013 18:33

This Saturday’s Eurovision contest was never going to be a triumph for the UK, that much was for certain. What…

Ed Miliband

The Adventures of Ed

22 February 2013 11:06

Steerpike is back in this week’s edition of The Spectator. Here is a sneak preview, as ever: ‘Ed Miliband, meeting…

The Scottish Parliament building is pict

Borgen and Scotland: A Love Affair Founded on Self-Congratulation

6 February 2013 17:37

Borgen – the title refers to the Danish equivalent of Holyrood or Westminster – has been terrifically popular amongst those…

Policemen survey the area in Copenhagen where a man tried to shoot Lars Hedegaard earlier today. Image: Getty

An assassination attempt on Lars Hedegaard

5 February 2013 18:27

It has just been announced that my friend Lars Hedegaard, a Danish journalist and frequent critic of Islamic fundamentalism, has…

Prime Minister David Cameron Meets President Of The European Council Herman Van Rompuy

EU budget talks end

23 November 2012 15:59

The EU Budget discussions have ended with no agreement, as seemed inevitable after yesterday’s struggles and rows. David Cameron has been…

Can Home Rule Solve Scotland’s Problems?

30 January 2012 16:10

This is not a Question To Which the Answer Must Be No. I too saw the headline Now 51% Back…

Is Scotland a Nordic Country?

12 December 2011 19:13

This is a question that meets the classic definition of John Rentoul’s famous-to-them-that-ken series of Questions To Which The Answer…

The dangers of ever-closer union

22 November 2011 17:51

Yesterday, Fraser wrote that ‘reporting of European issues tends to ignore public opinion’. Today, Philip Stephens has neatly illustrated Fraser’s…

A model for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

1 May 2011 16:13

With the newspapers still full of Royal Wedding pictures, I thought I’d draw CoffeeHousers’ attention to something remarkable: a visit…

Freedom of expression is Rose’s war

1 November 2009 15:29

Last week, Denmark discovered that two US-based men were plotting a terrorist attack against Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that outraged…