Freedom of speech

Millennials don’t fear censorship because they plan on doing all the censoring

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…

Crushing, corrupt political correctness just had its Berlin Wall moment

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Because we’re all so obsessed with what it was that made the Nazis tick, we tend to overlook the bigger…

Press freedom in Britain is under attack - again

31 December 2016 9:00 am

It is said that the case for freedom of expression needs to be restated in every generation, but things move…

The case that shows why we must not stay in the European Arrest Warrant

3 September 2016 9:00 am

If Brexit is to mean anything, we must dispense with the pernicious European Arrest Warrant

Christopher Biggins and the fall of civilisation

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Suppose you’d invited me round to dinner to celebrate my engagement to your daughter, which do you think would be…

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…

Spectator letters: A history of Stepford Students; Brendan Behan and Joan Littlewood; and the Army’s tour of Pakistan

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Silencing students Sir: The Stepford Students (22 November) are nothing new. The NUS-inspired ‘No Platform’ policy has been used to…

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…

Now that everyone’s a journalist, anyone can be sued

12 July 2014 9:00 am

When everyone’s a potential journalist, it’s time to tame libel costs

Rebekah Brooks takes her place in a perfect picture of modern Britain

28 June 2014 9:00 am

What image comes to mind when we think of Britain today? I was moved to contemplate this question after reading…

Since when has Steve Coogan stood against censorship?

21 June 2014 9:00 am

Why is Index on Censorship cosying up to the tribune of Hacked Off?

The martyrdom of Mark Steyn

15 February 2014 9:00 am

When I first read, many months ago, that the notorious US climate scientist Michael Mann was suing the notorious right-wing…

How social media helps authoritarians

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Rumour-mongering and censorship in the age of Twitter

Freedom starts with plain speaking

11 December 2010 12:00 am

The Jeremy Vine show (BBC Radio 2) rang the other day to ask whether I’d come on and talk about the newly ennobled Tory peer Howard Flight’s remarks about ‘breeding’ and the underclass.