Culture

Corbyn’s limited ‘respect’ for press freedom

16 May 2017 20:10

A stirring defence of press freedom from Jeremy Corbyn at his party’s manifesto launch. Urging the booing Momentum authoritarians to…

No, Britain’s Eurovision flop can’t be blamed on Brexit

15 May 2017 20:00

I see that the UK’s Lucie Jones has blamed her Eurovision Song Contest failure upon Brexit. Lucie actually came fifteenth,…

Kelvin MacKenzie isn’t the one to blame in the Ross Barkley row

13 May 2017 9:00

I must protest at the Sun’s sacking of Kelvin MacKenzie. As shop steward for the small trade union of columnists…

How the hunting community could boost Theresa May’s campaign

9 May 2017 17:23

Out on the campaign trail in Leeds today, Theresa May stated that she supports fox hunting. ‘As it happens personally…

Emma Watson is right: film awards should be ‘gender neutral’

8 May 2017 14:14

Emma Watson isn’t, you might say, to everyone’s taste, given that her feminism – she can hardly get up in…

When politicians buy the newspaper front pages, they create fake news

6 May 2017 16:58

Newspapers everywhere are in trouble, with advertising revenues down about 20 per cent a year. Local newspapers are worst hit…

Welcome to the era of the boring Royals

4 May 2017 18:50

The news that Prince Philip will be retiring from his royal duties from August is a terrible blow. It’s entirely…

Prince Philip deserves a rest from his royal duties

4 May 2017 10:44

A friend of mine’s father – who knows Prince Philip – calls him ‘a kind of semi-deity’. I realise that’s laying…

France’s burkini row returns

2 May 2017 12:35

Bad weather swept across southern France over the May Day holiday but summer is just around the corner and with…

Will Prince Charles’s ‘climate collapse’ prediction come true?

1 May 2017 9:00

Each year, this column has the melancholy duty of reminding the public of the Prince of Wales’s prediction, made in…

By their own logic, feminists should support Marine Le Pen

1 May 2017 7:55

Why aren’t feminists lining up behind Le Pen? I thought women had a moral responsibility to back women standing for…

J. K. Rowling and the curse of the left

27 April 2017 8:37

How people who want a fairer society should vote at this election is causing agonies across the liberal-left. It is…

In defence of the stiff upper lip

20 April 2017 17:14

At the time of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, Prince William and Prince Harry were in…

MPs should practice what they preach – and have a shorter summer holiday

19 April 2017 12:24

One of the consequences of the early election is that Britain will find itself without a functioning parliament for six…

The trial of Kelvin MacKenzie

15 April 2017 21:08

Kelvin MacKenzie’s baffling compulsion to pick at Liverpool has brought him up a cropper again, with the Sun pulling his…

Forget the Garden Bridge – and let’s destroy our existing bridges

14 April 2017 10:00

The Garden Bridge project, loved by Joanna Lumley and no-one else, has been roundly criticised by Dame Margaret Hodge in…

Fashion is about change – and British Vogue’s first male editor is exactly that

10 April 2017 13:51

After months of speculation, Alexandra Shulman’s successor at British Vogue has finally been announced. And in what may come as a shock…

How to pick a winner in today’s Grand National

8 April 2017 13:42

Aintree’s Grand National festival is well underway, with the ladies of Liverpool making the most of the unseasonably warm weather.…

Red Rum: the horse who saved the Grand National

8 April 2017 6:52

My first ever goldfish was called Red Rum. I won it (him?) at a point to point, so to a…

The National Trust is compromised by its own success

6 April 2017 17:30

Cadbury and the National Trust stand accused of taking the Easter out of Easter eggs. The Trust’s ‘Easter Egg Trail’…

Pepsi’s advert gives protesters exactly what they want: another opportunity to protest

6 April 2017 15:22

No sooner had Pepsi skooshed open its latest ad campaign, the internet burped it back up.  The soft drink giant’s…

Forget fake news. The bigger problem is misleading news

3 April 2017 16:29

The way that ‘fake news’ became an overnight crisis is telling; just as progressive ideas were being rejected by voters…

The short path from censorship to violence

3 April 2017 12:10

The news that Ayaan Hirsi Ali has cancelled her speaking tour of Australia due to ‘security concerns’ should concern anyone who…

Battersea Dogs’ Home’s political advocacy is a step too far

2 April 2017 11:00

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is running a poster campaign to increase sentences for cruelty to animals. The current maximum…

The golden rule for Daily Mail hysteria

28 March 2017 15:00

Here’s a cast-iron law of the media in 21st-century Britain: the hysteria about a Daily Mail article will always be…