Culture

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…

The left’s love for protest doesn’t apply to the issue of abortion

10 October 2017 16:53

Funny, but I had picked up the idea, especially over the past year or two, that the Left was rather…

The Football Lads Alliance is a working-class movement – and the political class wants to ignore it

9 October 2017 17:44

Politicians are always going on about ‘the voiceless’. By which they usually mean poor and working-class people. People who have…

Politically correct pedestrian crossings are a step too far

8 October 2017 8:30

If you cross the roads round Trafalgar Square, the pedestrian lights no longer show red or green men. Currently, they…

Can you have your grass-fed beef and eat it?

6 October 2017 16:37

Grass-fed beef just came off the North London dinner party menu. A report by the Food Climate Research Network at the…

Women-only colleges were the original ‘safe space’

4 October 2017 10:36

My old college, formerly known as New Hall, is women-only for its undergraduates. But now the term is expanding, as…

Can we no longer distinguish between an evangelical Christian and a jihadist?

3 October 2017 17:56

Is it possible that London commuters are now unable to tell the difference between the cry of God is Great,…

Can we trust supermarket brands?

30 September 2017 14:00

When you pick up a packet of meat from the supermarket and it says ‘Willow Farms’, what is the image…

Patronising working class students won’t make universities more inclusive

30 September 2017 10:30

From Educating Rita and The Young Ones to the more recent Fresh Meat, social class differences among university students provide…

Hugh Hefner was the king of soft porn – and luxury living

29 September 2017 17:33

I got to know Hugh Hefner quite well when I lived in LA in the nineties and was a fairly…

With average house prices now eight times the average wage, affordable housing remains a dream

28 September 2017 13:01

Housing – and specifically the dearth of reasonably priced housing – is an issue that crops up again and again…

Is justice blind to the charms of Oxbridge-educated young women?

27 September 2017 14:47

Last December, Lavinia Woodward threw a laptop at her boyfriend and stabbed him in the lower leg with a breadknife,…