political correctness

Fear and loathing in New York

Why truth gets you nowhere

20 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   There is fear and loathing in this city, with men looking over their shoulders for the thought…

The new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker is a delight – but the script isn't

13 October 2018 9:00 am

You won’t be aware of this because the BBC has been keeping it very quiet. But the new Doctor Who…

The rough, simple and cheerily thick lifeguards of Bondi Rescue. Image: Mojo Down Under

All the good non-fiction that was ever on TV was made by middle-aged men

1 September 2018 9:00 am

All the good non-fiction things that were ever on TV — from Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation to David Attenborough’s Planet Earth…

Holidays in Hell – Such A Pleasant Getaway from the BBC

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Apparently there’s a new ‘character’ on University Challenge. I wouldn’t know. Last year, I vowed never again to raise my…

Great writers are found with an open mind

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I’d been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell…

Were all those young lives lost at Normandy in vain?

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I’m back in New York and digesting the five glorious days spent in Normandy. What was the fighting all about,…

Once you get over its political correctness, Netflix’s Godless is a cracker

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Boy came to me the other night in a state of dismay. ‘Dad, I just turned on Match of the…

Everyone’s doing a mea culpa these days — except me

25 November 2017 9:00 am

The faux Leonardo that sold for 400 million greenbacks — plus a 50 million fee for Christie’s — was a…

When did fiction become so dangerous?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The assignment of books for review has always been haphazard. Fellow fiction writers can be tempted either to undermine the…

Goodbye London, Reykjavik here I come

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I have a message for the London mayor, Sadiq Khan: you and your policies stink! While the fuzz are busy…

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…