Freedom of speech

Zoe Heller versus Salman Rushdie and Joseph Anton

4 December 2012 16:52

The literary world anticipates Salman Rushdie’s response to Zoe Heller’s cauterisation of his memoir, Joseph Anton, in the New York…

Why The Spectator won’t be part of a state licensed media

28 November 2012 12:59

Anyone picking up a newspaper in recent days will have noticed that the press has been writing a lot about…

Rotherham’s ‘political commissars’ reinforce the need for a free press

25 November 2012 11:40

‘Clearly she has morphed somewhere in her career from social worker to political commissar.’ These are the words of Minette…

David Blunkett warns MPs against regulating the press

24 November 2012 9:00

David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary, has has his private life in the newspapers often enough to yearn, Hugh Grant-style,…

Secrecy and the State in Modern Britain

23 November 2012 17:41

In his new book Classified: Secrecy and The State In Modern Britain, Dr Christopher Moran gives an account of the…

We ask the questions

22 November 2012 14:56

The enemies of a free press, also known as the mysteriously funded Hacked Off campaign, are positively salivating at the…

Michael Gove mocks Leveson at Spectator parliamentary awards

22 November 2012 9:45

Michael Gove’s savage comments about Brian Leveson at yesterday’s Spectator awards have been making headlines everywhere today. Here we have…

Theocrats, plutocrats, bureaucrats and other enemies of human freedom

18 November 2012 14:32

This is a video of a speech to Oxford Brookes University on freedom and its enemies based on my book…

The internet is proving to be a tool of censorship, not emancipation

16 November 2012 14:07

The case of Adrian Smith, the Christian the Trafford Housing Trust demoted for politely expressing his opposition to gay marriage…

The complexity of the war on free speech

9 November 2012 18:47

Free speech in Britain is being pulled in two completely opposite directions. On the one hand, thanks to the increasingly…

Another Hateful Decision by the European Court of So-Called Human Rights - Spectator Blogs

8 November 2012 12:18

How much longer must we put up with this kind of thing? A bus driver who was fired for being…

What kind of regime imprisons people for what they tweet? Oh, hang on…

4 November 2012 17:57

The King of Bahrain certainly doesn’t seem to like it up him. In this week’s Spectator, Kirsty Walker said her last complaint…

Jimmy Savile and the dangers of received wisdom

25 October 2012 18:13

What does the Jimmy Savile case tell us about received wisdom? Over the last few weeks it has become clear…

A protest beyond parody

15 October 2012 15:15

Yesterday 10,000 Muslims travelled from across Britain to the London offices of Google to demonstrate that they do not understand…

‘Arab Spring’ is a misnomer

12 October 2012 16:58

What do you do when confronted with a prejudice so strong it takes your breath away? In my case, I…

Britain’s illiberal state

12 October 2012 13:58

It can seem surreal, almost otherworldly, to read about our judiciary these days. Just a few days ago my colleague…

The politics of the Nobel Prize for literature

11 October 2012 14:34

The Nobel committee have delivered their verdict on the literature prize: Mo Yan is new laureate. Over at the books…

Chorley teenager imprisoned for Facebook jokes

9 October 2012 17:05

I suppose we should not be surprised that the Tweet-police (formerly the British police) have now extended their remit to…

We need a free press more than ever

7 October 2012 11:46

I’m a bit late with this, as the book has been out a few days or so. But it’s worth…

Richard Millet and the nihilism of multiculturalism

5 October 2012 14:10

It’s the last day of banned book week but perhaps we should spare a thought for banned editors. An editor…