Freedom of speech

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Who defines what is so traumatic that someone shouldn’t speak to students?

5 November 2015 17:36

That students are becoming rather hardline about speakers they disagree with visiting their campuses is now well described. Brendan O’Neill…

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Keep the cops away from the radical clerics, be they Christian or Muslim

15 July 2015 13:40

If you want to see our grievance-ridden, huckster-driven future, looks to Northern Ireland, which has always been a world leader…

Students protest against Marine Le Pen's attendance at an Oxford Union debate. Image: Getty

What does the Tim Hunt saga tell us about the future of democracy?

21 June 2015 10:45

A friend of mine, who attends a top UK University, recently attended a generic debate on feminism and sexual violence.…

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It’s not up to Theresa May to define ‘British values’

12 March 2015 15:51

A month after the Magna-Carta-mangling Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill crept onto the statue book, leaked documents seen by the Daily…


Podcast: The new political correctness and how Labour lost Scotland

5 February 2015 9:45

Is there something menacing about the march of the new political correctness? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Brendan…


Political correctness: How censorship defeats itself

28 January 2015 13:20

A cretin writing in this morning’s Telegraph doesn’t understand the meaning of ‘cretin’. Just about every writer writing about Benedict Cumberbatch…

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David Cameron ‘wholeheartedly’ defends right to publish Charlie Hebdo cover

13 January 2015 13:43

The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo goes on sale tomorrow, with around 1,000 copies expected to be available in the UK.…

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The top students who are too lazy to argue

20 November 2014 12:58

Don’t be a Stepford student — subscribe to The Spectator’s print and digital bundle for just £22 for 22 weeks.  Brendan O’Neill…

Here's the (daily) proof of Hamas's murderous intent. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Owen Jones is lying about Israel. Plain and simple.

11 August 2014 17:22

Owen Jones’s column in the Guardian is headlined ‘Anti-Jewish hatred is rising – we must see it for what it…

The Chinese state is terrified by the spread of Christianity. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Why is China tearing down church crosses? Because it’s terrified of religion

6 August 2014 17:12

Since the beginning of this year, China has been engaged in a cruel and bizarre campaign against Christians in the…


Anti-Semitic double standards: the arts and the Jews

6 August 2014 15:35

‘Would you force anyone else to behave like this?’ the promoters of the UK Jewish Film Festival asked the artistic…

Icons and overturned funiture on the ground at the church of Saint Michael in the Syrian village of Qara

The Left’s blind spot with Islam: opposing bigotry does not mean liking a religion

25 June 2014 15:05

I agree with something Owen Jones has written, a confluence of beliefs that will next occur on September 15, 2319.…


Britain is not alone in its mad attitude to Islamism

21 June 2014 12:24

There is a tendency in Britain to think we are alone in our national madness. So I thought I would cheer…

Pakistani journalists hold placards during a protest against the attack on Geo television journalist Hamid Mir by gunmen in Islamabad on April 23, 2014. (Image: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s ISI accused of subverting media freedom

18 June 2014 14:30

Media freedom is under attack in Pakistan, declared Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s most prominent journalists. He had six bullets…

Peter Robinson deserves applause for his stance on religious expression. AFP PHOTO / POOL / WILL OLIVER

Let Evangelical Protestants be Evangelical Protestants

29 May 2014 10:07

Pastor James McConnell of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast has gone and done it. He declared in a sermon that:…

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Abu Hamza embodies Britain’s self-destructive madness

20 May 2014 19:57

A jury in the US has taken less than two days to find Abu Hamza guilty on multiple terrorism charges.…

World War II Reenacted In Yorkshire Villages

Yorkshire village bans Nazis. Why didn’t Neville Chamberlain think of that?

19 May 2014 10:12

D-Day would have been effected with far less trouble if, at the time, we had insisted on the same rules…


America’s Left is just as ‘eccentric’ as its Right

9 May 2014 17:04

Rory Sutherland writes in this week’s magazine that the Mozilla/Brendan Eich affair has finally put him off his dream of…

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

Hurrah! A setback for the enemies of free speech

8 May 2014 10:51

This has been a bad month for those who want to shut down free speech in Britain. First there was…

Ayaan Harsi Ali is a classic of example the trend whereby 'traitors' are abandoned by people who ought to be their friends.

How to be a traitor

8 May 2014 10:51

No one is as hated as deeply as the apostate. Ordinary opponents are nothing in comparison. They are unbelievers, who…

Cyril Smith pictured in the House of Commons in 1982. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Are you fit to be a Liberal Democrat? (A response to Nick Cohen)

28 April 2014 18:43

My colleague Nick Cohen has a piece asking ‘Are you fit to be British? Take the UKIP test.’ In it he…

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You sexist/racist/liberal/elitist bastard! How dare you?

7 April 2014 14:49

While he was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, Tony Judt found the breath to educate those who believe they could…

Equality campaigners have stormed the Bastille. It would be tragic if they built new Bastilles in its place.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Mozilla controversy suggests that the sexual revolution is getting ugly

4 April 2014 11:04

If you’re reading this on Firefox, you can rest assured that your custom is not going towards any hateful, disgusting,…

Caught Smoking

We get the message: smoking is bad for you. Now leave fag packets alone

3 April 2014 23:31

What form do you reckon the government’s consultation on cigarette packaging is going to take? Given that health minister Jane…

Demonstration Outside Houses Of Parliament As MPs Debate Lobbying Bill

Index on Censorship is thriving and defending free speech around the world

1 April 2014 15:17

Index on Censorship defends free speech and debate for all – so we defend Nick Cohen’s right to write a…