Culture

It’s time for more schools to have an ‘unsafe space’

23 November 2017 17:03

A school’s decision to create an ‘unsafe space’ – where controversial ideas and works by everyone from Virginia Woolf to…

Stop Appeasing Stupidity

23 November 2017 11:01

I’ve always thought of the Daily Mail as catering to a sort of Roundhead English tradition, the inheritors of low…

Why did Paperchase bow to a few bug-eyed Corbynistas?

22 November 2017 12:16

Last Saturday, the high-street chain Paperchase ran a promotion in the Daily Mail offering two free rolls of wrapping paper.…

Stop Funding Hate has a simple aim: political censorship

22 November 2017 10:28

Here’s a law of politics that is about as cast-iron as a law of politics can be: people who hate…

The #MeToo witch hunt comes back to bite Lena Dunham

21 November 2017 12:13

Let’s take a moment to celebrate Lena Dunham. OK, so she stinks as an actress and her brand of self-indulgent,…

Beware the modern-day heretic hunters

21 November 2017 9:07

One of the most sinister noises in the world is that of dumb officialdom groping around to find some reason…

The Stepford students’ latest target is a step too far

16 November 2017 14:13

Stepford students have been busy in recent years picking off targets from the past to vent their fury at. Cecil…

Questioning gender fluidity is the new blasphemy

14 November 2017 16:36

The capitulation of the establishment to the politics of transgenderism has been astonishing. I’m struggling to remember any other time…

The problem with the Church of England’s gender guidance

13 November 2017 21:10

There has been an equivocal reaction, wouldn’t you say, to the Church of England’s pronouncement that little boys should be…

Wild lynx are either dangerous or docile – but we need to decide

31 October 2017 16:29

It’s interesting that everyone is making such a fuss about this ‘dangerous wild lynx’ that has escaped from a Welsh…

How tech lobbyists harness the power of grassroots activism

31 October 2017 12:00

A strange thing happened after TFL’s decision last month not to renew Uber’s license to operate in London. The ride…

The wisdom of children isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

31 October 2017 10:43

Here’s an uplifting story from the vanguard of the culture war. As the New York Times reports: ‘At the Advent…

How I fell under the spell of Soviet propaganda posters

28 October 2017 9:00

It’s hard to admire communist art with an entirely clear conscience. The centenary of the October revolution, which falls this…

Political meddling is putting universities’ independence at risk

25 October 2017 15:57

If I was the vice-chancellor of Oxford, I’d be thinking about an urgent fundraising campaign that would allow the university…

Freedom of speech and Russia Today

25 October 2017 10:38

Russia does much worse than suppressing dissident opinion and manufacturing fake news. Putin has aided and abetted the vast crimes…

The word ‘woman’ is being erased from public life

23 October 2017 17:13

If someone had told you 10 years ago that it would soon become tantamount to a speechcrime to say ‘Men…

What if someone takes the kisses at the end of my emails seriously?

21 October 2017 10:52

Very good piece from Giles Coren (as usual) on the intrusive and aggressive act of putting ‘xx’ at the end of…

It is unfair to blame Oxford for the low number of black undergraduates

20 October 2017 12:44

David Lammy has been making headlines today, accusing Oxford of ‘social apartheid’ because it offers so few places to black…

Academic freedom is now being betrayed by academics

17 October 2017 14:52

The ultimate purpose of a university is, without fear or favour, to pursue the truth, and in furtherance of that…

The #MeToo movement reveals feminism’s obsession with victimhood

17 October 2017 11:55

Following a weekend crammed with ever more salacious revelations about Harvey Weinstein, hundreds of thousands of women have now taken…

Misogynists can’t decide: are Weinstein’s accusers weak subhumans or devious slags?

17 October 2017 11:10

The volley of accusations against Harvey Weinstein has been extraordinary – and, to some, suspicious. Why keep silent after so…

The Weinstein affair has exposed Hollywood’s culture. Let’s boycott it

16 October 2017 14:17

Oh, the glorious hypocrisy of it all – the dozens of actresses, UN goodwill ambassadors among them, who have come…

Why is England’s football team so unexciting?

15 October 2017 10:00

During a riveting session at the Cheltenham Literary Festival with sporting brainboxes Mike Brearley and Matthew Syed, discussion touched on…

Donald Trump is right to ditch Unesco

14 October 2017 14:00

Donald Trump and the United Nations don’t appear to have much in common. Trump is loud, angry, insular, lumpen and…

Ireland’s abortion debate will be next year’s big culture war

13 October 2017 12:53

If you’re fed up with endless bickering over Brexit, spare a thought for the citizens of Ireland. The government here…