Culture

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…

I hate to break it to feminists, but ‘white male privilege’ is a myth

5 January 2016 17:35

How’s this for dark irony: throughout 2015, ‘white male privilege’ was the buzzphrase on every rad tweeter and liberal hack’s…

I love the commercialisation of Christmas

23 December 2015 16:23

I was in Toys R Us in Brent Cross the other day with my kids, pondering the true miracle of…

There’s one very good reason why space travel isn’t a waste of money

16 December 2015 13:38

Why is it that the sight of a huge, thrusting rocket ploughing through virgin space at 25,000 kmph makes me…

Modern media makes the world smaller – and that’s no bad thing

30 November 2015 18:01

It’s not that often you get the low business of journalism put into its proper social and spiritual context but…

Is a ‘Transgender Day Of Remembrance’ really necessary?

27 November 2015 12:33

On hearing that a ‘transgendered flag of remembrance’ was being flown by a government department for the first time (the…

I have no sympathy for people who complain about ‘sharia Uber drivers’

25 November 2015 17:20

Actress Frances Barber has complained about her taxi driver after a night out in town, tweeting: Just had a sharia…

C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas le journalisme

23 November 2015 14:16

Andrew Neil is the best political interviewer in Britain. I am not just saying that because he is so high…

Nobody will ever forgive the right if they destroy the BBC

18 November 2015 12:49

Nowhere does the right show its isolation from its own country more vividly than when it demands the destruction of the…

The Uber generation won’t stand for the BBC – but it’s still a national treasure

13 November 2015 18:05

Watching the increasingly bleak and depressing Peep Show the other night I was pleased to note that my on-screen alter…

There’s absolutely nothing polite about political correctness

12 November 2015 12:44

I hope anyone who sees footage of the two shrieking women at Yale and Missouri will finally concede that political correctness is not…

Who defines what is so traumatic that someone shouldn’t speak to students?

5 November 2015 17:36

That students are becoming rather hardline about speakers they disagree with visiting their campuses is now well described. Brendan O’Neill…

Lord Leveson’s legacy could be the death of investigative journalism

15 October 2015 14:24

Later this year, or more probably in the spring of 2016, the following scene may play out on the steps…

How to defend the arts using liberal values

1 October 2015 11:32

This is a version of a speech I made to the No Boundaries conference at the Bristol Watershed Theatre on…