Culture

Facebook’s ‘Motherhood Challenge’ is designed for sad exhibitionists

5 February 2016 17:06

Further proof that social media is fundamentally evil comes by way of Facebook’s Motherhood Challenge. It has been doing the…

Are hipsters the new aristocracy?

5 February 2016 16:36

I love Twitter. Just like the historian Dan Snow, I find the social media site to be an overwhelmingly positive…

It’s depressing to see David Cameron engage in a culture war

3 February 2016 12:20

In 2000, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, accused Magdalen College, Oxford, of class bias in failing to…

The collapse of British housebuilding

30 January 2016 9:53

Things are pretty good in Britain right now: poverty rates are at a record low, employment is at a record high…

The trouble with Rhodes’s enemies is that they are not anti-racist enough

29 January 2016 15:29

  When Cecil Rhodes was drawing up his will his final dream was of British world domination. He pledged funds…

Our leaders should read history books – but not just ones about the Nazis

28 January 2016 17:31

If I was in charge of the Home Office I’d employ someone whose sole area of expertise was Hitler’s Germany and…

President Hassan Rouhani needs to get over the shock of the nude

28 January 2016 15:05

Has a new art installation opened up at the Capitoline museum? One might be forgiven for thinking so: nude sculptures were…

Scotland’s free-speech opponents remain as hypocritical as they are illiberal. Shame on them.

27 January 2016 13:35

Like an old friend you do not actually like very much, the Scottish government’s Offensive Behaviour at Football Act will…

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: The Last Man

26 January 2016 1:22

And then there were none. The retirement of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the great Guyanese batsman, is the end of an era.…

Maxine Peake is wrong: Margaret Thatcher and Rebekah Brooks are feminist role models

25 January 2016 17:05

Margaret Thatcher has been out of power for twenty-six years and dead for three, but in our brave new world…

Did we really have to hear all about Crispin Blunt’s sex life?

25 January 2016 15:36

A year or so back my friend and colleague Hugo Rifkind wrote a very good piece in which he argued…

Google obeys tax laws, and gives us awesome services for free. Why complain?

23 January 2016 12:06

If Google hoped for some good PR in offering £130 million to settle UK tax claims dating back to the…

The BBC’s promises to change after Savile are as sincere as a prostitute’s smile

21 January 2016 17:17

It should be easy to admire the BBC’s handling of the Savile scandal. Two of its journalists, Liz MacKean and…

The police system for handling sex abuse accusations is absurd

21 January 2016 11:52

Many have rightly attacked the police for their handling of the demented accusations against Field Marshal Lord Bramall, now at…

George Weidenfeld was one of the great advocates for high European culture

20 January 2016 18:23

I am far abroad at the moment but have just learnt the sad news from home of the death of…

Why are hipsters obsessed with programmes about dead women?

19 January 2016 13:03

I’ve pointed out before that to be a woman who sucks up to Islamic extremists is to be a somewhat upmarket…

Public will now choose UK’s Eurovision entry – but should we trust the BBC with the shortlist?

19 January 2016 11:10

For almost two decades, Britain has failed dismally at Eurovision – and deservedly. Our entries have been so bad as…

What Oxfam won’t tell you about capitalism and poverty

18 January 2016 7:37

Your average milkman has more wealth than the world’s poorest 100 million people. Doesn’t that show how unfair the world is?…

Why English writers accept being treated like dirt

17 January 2016 13:49

A few months ago, one of the organisers of the Oxford Literary Festival contacted me. Hi Nick I may be…

Survival advice for public sector workers

16 January 2016 9:00

There should be a short booklet with a list of points for those about to take up public sector appointments…

David Bowie had sex with underage girls. Is that creepy or cool?

15 January 2016 13:52

Though I adored David Bowie as a teenybopper, I felt that one would have had to have a heart of…

Gay marriage isn’t splitting the Anglican Communion – it’s holding it together

15 January 2016 10:21

My line on the Anglican crisis is a bit eccentric. I think there are now grounds for hope that the…

An adult has finally intervened in the childish Cecil Rhodes debate

14 January 2016 17:26

I’ve never had much time for Chris Patten, generally disliking the Tory Europhile and late Roy Jenkins impersonator.  But the…

Is this feminist porn ‘artist’ really the best advert for western values?

11 January 2016 12:10

There was something inevitable about Milo Moire’s naked protest in response to the New Year’s Eve sex attacks in Cologne…

Why are feminists refusing to discuss the Cologne sex attacks?

7 January 2016 15:44

Regardless of the background of the men who carried out the attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, it is…