Freedom of speech

Bob Dylan falls foul of Europe’s neo-blasphemy laws

4 December 2013 14:25

The French authorities are investigating Bob Dylan after some Croats were offended by something he said in an interview with…

Untold truths – how the spirit of inquiry is being suppressed in the West

28 November 2013 14:56

It looks like Boris has offended lots of people by suggesting that some folk are where they are because they’re…

The Right’s attitude to radical Islam is as bad as the Left’s

20 November 2013 13:01

Whenever a heresy-hunting left-winger fixes me with an accusatory glare and demands to know how can I talk to ‘someone…

No shame in protesting against pro-Putin conductor, Valery Gergiev

12 November 2013 14:00

For a moment I thought someone had spiked my tea with LSD. With escalating levels of disbelief, I read Melanie…

My idea for a new date in the calendar – Hate Speech Day

7 November 2013 17:00

I know we’re inundated with ‘raising awareness’ days these days when we’re supposed to wear a bracelet or grow facial…

British journalists lock each other up and throw away the key

28 October 2013 21:23

In the past few days, my colleagues on the Guardian have been publishing stories of national and international significance –…

Veiled differences

25 October 2013 10:25

Last night I took part in an interesting debate for Channel 4 News. It was on the wearing of the…

The Leveson Test – separating the ‘Decent Left’ from ‘the Idiots’

22 October 2013 14:18

If the Leveson Inquiry does nothing else, then it has at least provided a useful guide to the British Left…

The Spectator’s two-letter response to politicians’ plans for licensing the press

11 October 2013 17:24

What part of ‘no’ don’t they understand? Our politicians have proudly unveiled their new plan to license the press, as…

Revised Royal Charter channels Charles I’s Royal Prerogative

11 October 2013 16:56

Here is the revised Royal Charter on press regulation agreed by the three parties. It replaces the draft published in…

The LSE and the notorious t-shirt of hate

7 October 2013 17:03

The London School of Economics (LSE) has been in the news recently thanks to a certain ex-lecturer who was a…

Alastair Campbell, moral arbiter? Pull the other one.

4 October 2013 12:58

Has there been a more emetic sight than Alastair Campbell touring the radio and TV studios lecturing the world on…

Josh Williamson is arrested for preaching the Christian gospel in public

24 September 2013 9:20

Freedom of speech is alive and well in Scotland, then. Pastor Josh Williamson took the Christian gospel to the streets…

The lobbying bill is a pernicious attack on freedom. All good men (and women) should oppose it.

10 September 2013 18:18

Sometimes, you know, I come close to despair. These are the times when you think the Reverend I.M Jolly was…

David Miranda’s arrest proves how sinister the state has become

19 August 2013 10:39

Always remember mornings like these, the next time police officers and politicians demand more powers to protect us from terrorism. They…

Why do people write abuse on the internet? Because they can

5 August 2013 16:04

I was away last week, filled with joy and love following the birth of our child, but just occasionally I’d…

Can we trust the state to censor porn?

22 July 2013 13:31

The most sweeping censorship is always the most objectionable. In principle, however, there is nothing wrong with David Cameron’s sweeping…

Cant phrase of the moment: community cohesion

28 June 2013 11:24

Ever since the Woolwich murder I’ve noticed an upsurge in the use of what is now my least favourite cant…

Keith Vaz and Salman Rushdie

28 June 2013 10:49

As an addendum to yesterday’s post I thought I might remind readers of something about Keith Vaz. The chairman of…

In defence of paranoid hysteria

22 June 2013 15:56

Compare a democracy to a dictatorship and world-weary chuckles follow. The last thing a citizen can do in true tyrannies…