political correctness

Learn to navigate the elite’s new PC-speak – or else

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Official PC-speak is ever more incomprehensible

Everything on television is policed by politically correct dwarves

30 September 2017 9:00 am

My own fault, I suppose, for turning on the television. Not an action I undertake very regularly these days, because…

Lenin’s New Man has killed free speech

26 August 2017 9:00 am

When the Germans smuggled arguably the world’s most evil man into Russia 100 years ago, they did not imagine the…

Don’t like Google’s diversity agenda? You’re fired!

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Earlier this week, a technology website published an internal memo written by a Google employee called James Damore criticising the…

Even tea drinking is cultural appropriation now. Oh mea cuppa...

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Even drinking tea is ‘cultural appropriation’ now

The newly refurbished National Army Museum is full of inaccuracies and post-colonial guilt

3 June 2017 9:00 am

I used to love the National Army Museum in Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, which was crammed with the memorabilia of…

Why I’ve had it with Donald Trump

3 June 2017 9:00 am

I feel like an obituary writer, what with Nick Scott, Roger Moore, Alistair Horne — all great buddies — and…

The mad, bad crusade against 'cultural appropriation'

1 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s usually best to ignore the indignant fury of the 21st-century young. We’re used to them now, these snowflakes, posing…

For a real Oxbridge education, you now have to go to Durham

25 March 2017 9:00 am

‘Should I just have done with it and tell them they’re a bunch of tossers?’ I was on my way…

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…

Stupidity takes hold of another students’ union

21 January 2017 9:00 am

I had never heard the acronym Soas before I started work at the BBC, almost 30 years ago. But as…

Love becomes hate in the twisted world of PC

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Gstaad  New Year’s Eve was a Rhapsody in Blue, with a clarinet glissando that promised joys to come, and the…

The only way to make a ‘safe space’ for conservatives at universities

27 August 2016 9:00 am

To Edinburgh for the book festival, where I am to explain Fools, Frauds and Firebrands to respectable middle-class Scots, who…

Why the alt-right isn’t wrong

30 July 2016 9:00 am

I got told off this week by a presenter on BBC radio for using a four-letter word live on air.…

Dear Mary: Every summer I go abroad when what I want is to stay in England

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Q. Every summer, just when England is at its loveliest, we have to pack everything up and make a stressy…

It’s not sexist to say ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Bustle, an online newspaper ‘for and by women’, has published ‘six common phrases you didn’t know were sexist (that you’ll…

I came out feeling euphoric and disorientated: Young Vic’s Blue/Orange reviewed

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall enjoys the dubious status of a modern classic. A black mental-health patient, Christopher, is about to…

Isn’t it puke-inducing being lectured about poverty by millionaire comics?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Going Forward (BBC4, Thursdays) is a BBC comedy about the continuing adventures of Kim Wilde, the fat, cynical but lovable…

The tangled story of dreadlocks, from Milton to YouTube

9 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Why are you filming this?’ ‘For everyone’s safety.’ Those are the last words in a 46-second video that was watched…

Spectator letters: you don’t have to be politically correct to be kind

26 March 2016 9:00 am

PC and abortion Sir: It is heartwarming that Simon Barnes’s son should not suffer the stigma experienced by those with…

There were no safe spaces at the dawn of democracy

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Brilliant Oxford undergraduates argue that it is right to prevent us saying things they object to, because speech they do…

Dull hipsters in broad daylight – why I’m done with today’s dance music

19 March 2016 9:00 am

At 19, I dropped out of university to pursue a career as a rave promoter. I went into business with…

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…

Moral sainthood is a bore; sinners are much more fun

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Gstaad I had the rather subversive idea of offering a six-figure sum to Oriel College, Oxford. On one condition: that…

To survive as a Tory teacher, you have to keep quiet

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Surviving as a Tory teacher means keeping quiet