Did the New Statesman censor its censorship issue?

29 May 2015 17:02
The New Statesman used a photo for their cover rather than a cartoon by Art Spiegelman (Credit: Art Spiegelman)

This week’s New Statesman, guest-edited by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, is titled ‘Saying the unsayable’. It promises to ‘address the ideas of censorship, taboos, offence and free speech’. The magazine has Stephen… Continue reading


Alex Salmond knows all about the art of politics

29 May 2015 14:54
SNP spring conference 2015

‘The art of politics is not to lie,’ claimed Alex Salmond on last night’s This Week. “The art of politics is not to lie” @AlexSalmond tells @afneil about Carmichael comments… Continue reading


Coffee Shots: Suzanne Evans, Ukip leader 8th – 11th May 2015

29 May 2015 14:26

After Nigel Farage resigned as the leader of Ukip following his South Thanet defeat, he appointed Suzanne Evans as the party’s temporary leader. However, this appointment turned out to be… Continue reading


Ben Harris-Quinney suspended from Conservative party

29 May 2015 12:44

Earlier this month Ben Harris-Quinney stepped down as the chairman of the Bow Group, following internal frictions over the Conservative think tank’s partial Ukip endorsement ahead of the election. Now Harris-Quinney, who was… Continue reading


The SNP is a party happy to pursue the wrong policies ‘for the right reasons’

29 May 2015 12:05
Kenny MacAskill To Make Statement On Lockerbie Bomber Allegations

Of course, as the SNP keep reminding us, this year’s general election had nothing to do with advancing the case for independence. Besides, please, you must remember there’s much more to the party… Continue reading


Why is big business so interested in left-wing politics?

29 May 2015 10:23
Internet Companies Vie For Market Dominance

Numerous commentators have noted how the Irish marriage referendum was influenced by big business, especially Californian-based companies like Google. It’s one of the curious trends of recent years that big business,… Continue reading


Liberty’s ‘Human Rights’ campaign uses luvvies to spread misinformation

28 May 2015 16:35
Benedict Cumberbatch in the Liberty campaign

Does anybody else remember life in Britain before the year 2000?  Despite the distressing increase in the number of walking, talking human beings one meets who were born since the… Continue reading


Women don’t need police protection on the Tube

28 May 2015 15:48
(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty)

The Tube isn’t an obvious political arena, but recently, it has become the backdrop for a number of flashy feminist statements. Last year, a blog which pictured women eating on the Tube provoked… Continue reading


The Guardian dumps British tea

28 May 2015 12:48
The Guardian Tea Party

So now we know just how serious the Guardian is about breaking America: the newspaper has dumped British tea. Not content with the declaration of war on HP Sauce last year, the… Continue reading


Peter Mandelson’s ‘but I am a celebrity’ moment

28 May 2015 12:13
Don't you know who I am? (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty)

When GQ editor Dylan Jones hired Peter Mandelson as a columnist for the men’s magazine in 2001, he was accused of trying to head off criticism that the publication, which… Continue reading


Alex Salmond insists on Nats dining separately from hacks

28 May 2015 11:34
Tikka chance on me

The Kennington Tandoori is a favourite late-night eatery for MPs of all persuasions. Last night was no exception, with Tom Watson spotted planning his bid for deputy leader of Labour over… Continue reading


Mary Portas’ awkward train encounter with Ed Balls

28 May 2015 9:56
Mary Portas Attends The Select Committee About Her Regeneration Of The  Highstreet

When the Conservatives won a surprise majority in the election, many businesses breathed a collective sigh of relief that the two Eds would not have a chance to implement their… Continue reading


The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning

27 May 2015 23:19
Image: Getty

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all! S’obvious, innit? I can’t believe politicians haven’t thought of it… Continue reading


Coffee Shots: Simon Burns or Robert Redford?

27 May 2015 16:14
Is it Simon Burns or Robert Redford?

Harriet Harman was on fighting form in Parliament today when she responded to the Queen’s Speech. Between telling David Cameron to watch his back for Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson and… Continue reading


From the oldest pub in Britain to the most stupidly named pub in Britain

27 May 2015 15:15
'Ye Olde Fighting Cocks', one of the oldest pubs in Britain. Image: PA

Should one of the oldest pubs in Britain – ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ – really change its name to ‘Ye Olde Clever Cocks’? This is what the animal rights organisation… Continue reading


Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip

27 May 2015 14:48
(Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty)

Keep an eye on the government’s ban on legal highs. The Conservative ­manifesto pledged to outlaw all the horrible chemicals kids smoke and snort for fun these days, on account… Continue reading


Queen’s Speech Tory slogan bingo

27 May 2015 12:30
(Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty)

Anyone would think that those drafting the Queen’s Speech might have had a bet on to see how many Tory soundbites they could shoehorn in. Apparently the Queen’s government will… Continue reading


Will Dennis Skinner take a pop at the SNP?

27 May 2015 11:13

He may be a national treasure, but it’s safe to say that Dennis Skinner’s annual crack during the Queen’s Speech have been a bit lame of late. The veteran MP always… Continue reading


Pope Francis is right to avoid television. It’s the dumbest medium known to man

27 May 2015 11:05
(Photo:  Franco Origlia/Getty)

Unlike Pope Francis I can’t actually remember when I consciously gave up television and I have in fact watched it occasionally in other people’s houses on various occasions. But it was probably… Continue reading


Equine squatters: the topic that united the Countryside Alliance and the RSPCA

27 May 2015 10:26
Image: PA

In September last year I wrote about horses being illegally grazed and abandoned, and the inability of landowners to do anything about it. Back then, the government were poised to… Continue reading


‘Trigger warnings’ are tools for censorship. They have no place in academia

26 May 2015 18:02
Tarquin and Lucretia by Titian

I get defensive when feminists are accused of being prudes. There’s nothing prudish in critiquing a monotonously promiscuous culture; in despairing of unrealistic body standards, or believing, as I’ve argued before,… Continue reading


Ian Austin sees red over black cab protest

26 May 2015 17:30
London black cab drivers take part in a protest against Transport for London (Photo: Carl Court/Getty)

Ian Austin has come under fire this afternoon for tweeting his rage about today’s black cab strike, which saw cabbies obstruct roads as they called for tougher rules on minicabs: Taken 2.5… Continue reading


Why are ordinary British women blowing their savings on gruesome facelifts?

26 May 2015 15:29
Tempted by package surgery? Here's Donatella Versace (Getty)

A ‘jobless mother of four’ from Cumbria has jetted off to Budapest for another round of cosmetic surgery. Andrea Dalzell has been saving child benefit money since 2003 for a string… Continue reading


Alan Yentob admits he inspired W1A bicycle plotline

26 May 2015 13:26
Peter Florence, Caroline Michel, Alan Yentob and Rosie Boycott at the GQ party

With the BBC’s self satire W1A proving to be one of the corporation’s most popular shows, much has been made of whether the comedy is too close for comfort given that… Continue reading


Sandi Toksvig makes Hitler jibe about Nigel Farage

26 May 2015 8:29

Sandi Toksvig disclosed last month that she has given up her role on Radio 4′s The News Quiz in order to focus on launching the Women’s Equality Party. Appearing at the… Continue reading