Culture

The FT is now a sensationalist rag – according to FT readers

26 January 2018 16:04

In the old days, the Financial Times didn’t do scoops. Indeed, it was so unkeen on being sensationalist, if it…

Groping wasn’t the worst thing going on at The Presidents Club

25 January 2018 12:48

Once again public figures are fanning themselves with shocked surprise at something perfectly comprehensible to everyone else: men behave boorishly…

In defence of Cathy Newman

22 January 2018 16:58

A woman and a man had a conversation. Other people watched and listened. The woman asked the man some questions.…

Ethnicity can be a dangerous weapon in the hands of the state

21 January 2018 8:45

I gather that one way in which the persecution of the Rohingya people was first advanced was by a decision…

How I learned to love (some of) my Twitter critics

21 January 2018 8:30

John Humphrys doesn’t do Twitter. Which, let’s face it, is wise. If it weren’t for Twitter I would have written…

The green lobby’s energy obsession is harming the world’s poorest

18 January 2018 13:00

Access to an abundance of clean water has been pivotal for the public health miracle that has taken place in rich…

The Bayeux Tapestry is coming home at last

17 January 2018 10:14

The Entente Cordiale is alive and well, it seems. It was announced today that, thanks to the benevolence of Emmanuel Macron,…

The #MeToo movement’s feminist dystopia

15 January 2018 17:07

It’s here, at last: the backlash against #MeToo. Finally people are sticking their heads above the parapet and asking if…

Is political correctness speeding up?

15 January 2018 14:00

One of the most influential and popular ideas of the post-war era was that of the Authoritarian Personality, which linked…

A digital toolkit for young Tories

15 January 2018 13:44

OMG. New Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis has announced a ‘digital toolkit’ to help young right-wingers battle the Left on social…

Would Winston Churchill have survived public life in the age of Twitter?

14 January 2018 8:31

It used to be the case that tabloid stings struck the fear of God into politicians and celebrities. Now social…

The true value of cryptocurrency is freedom

13 January 2018 14:00

Picture a village. It has a grocery shop and a pub. A little down the road you can find a…

The French women who stood up to the #MeToo movement

10 January 2018 16:37

Why the big fuss about the 100 eminent Frenchwomen, including Catherine Deneuve, who have criticised the #Metoo movement as a…

The irony of the Hampstead ladies’ pond transgender row

7 January 2018 9:00

How ironic that it should take an invasion of the female-only pond in Hampstead by trans women to make luvvies…

Spotted: a right-wing comedian on the BBC

6 January 2018 19:29

I just exulted to my wife that Simon Evans had been on Radio Four’s The News Quiz. He’s a very…

The death of the high street has been greatly exaggerated

5 January 2018 17:04

Predictions of the death of the shop have become as much a ritual of New Year as fireworks and the…

Keir Starmer must answer this question about John Worboys

5 January 2018 16:00

A Martian visiting Britain in recent months might be a little confused as to the nature of human morality –…

Ann Widdecombe is the feminist hero we need right now

4 January 2018 13:31

Britain has a new feminist hero. She’s a diminutive, eye-rolling force of nature. A BS-deflecting defender of the right and…

Feminists complaining at being called ‘honey’ are a tiresome bunch

4 January 2018 11:00

Not surprisingly, feminists lost no time this week weighing in behind Emily Lucinda Cole, a Virgin Trains passenger who took…

New Year, new world order

1 January 2018 9:00

  Old establishment New establishment Order of the Garter BBC Sports Personality of the Year Parliament’s Woolsack The Supreme Court…

Does alcohol make us more right-wing?

31 December 2017 11:59

Although I wrote in my last post that social media makes people miserable, Twitter is also a fantastic resource for…

Is ‘Hi’ the word of 2017?

31 December 2017 11:00

A book that changed my way of looking at the world was The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren. It showed…

The Lost City of Z is a very long way from a true story — and I should know

29 December 2017 10:00

We’re closing 2017 by republishing our twelve most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 3: John Hemming on why Percy…

Safe spaces and ‘ze’ badges: My bewildering year at a US university

28 December 2017 10:00

We’re closing 2017 by republishing our twelve most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 4: Madeleine Kearns on her time at…

Get off social media for 2018

27 December 2017 13:44

Was 2017 that terrible? Everyone feels like they’re losing and the world is going to hell, and in many ways…