Freedom of speech

Let the English Defence League March

26 August 2011 13:41

Speaking of the Black Shorts, there are two ways of dealing with the English Defence [sic] League: ruthless suppression or…

Save Gobby

20 July 2011 18:01

Yesterday’s appalling breach of House of Commons security has made the authorities furious – at the person who helped to bring…

Kinnock’s Return!

19 July 2011 14:03

Given how roughly he was treated by the press it’s not a surprise that Neil Kinnock still thirsts for revenge…

A Bill That Shames Scotland

21 June 2011 21:51

Here’s a clue for politicians: when you’re asked if you’ve just criminalised the national anthem and all you can do…

Department of Law Enforcement

3 June 2011 14:44

Via Johnson, a remarkable statute in Victoria which criminalises: Any person who in or near a public place or within…

Thought Crime in the Brave New Scotland

26 May 2011 13:55

It cannot be said that Alex Salmond’s ministry is off to a good legislative start. Not when its immediate aim…

Clegg: No MP is above the law

24 May 2011 15:09

The sun shone on the deputy prime minister at DPMQs earlier today. Nick Clegg usually wears a grimace at the…

What the attorney general needs to do

23 May 2011 14:28

I’m sure that all CoffeeHousers know who the footballer is with the super injunction preventing newspapers from publishing anything about…

Hugh Grant and Low Life

20 May 2011 18:01

I’ve always rather admired Hugh Grant, so it was almost a pleasure to be beaten up by him on Newsnight…

The press becomes the story

10 May 2011 13:13

The power of the press has, almost from nowhere, become one of the defining leitmotifs of this Parliament. Only two…

Eyes turn to Syria

23 April 2011 11:03

The situation in Syria seems to be on a knife’s edge. Perhaps 80 protesters were killed by security forces during…

Burning the Koran Again

15 April 2011 23:17

Dan Hodges disagrees with me (and with Dan Hannan) and argues that, yes, we should definitely imprison people for burning…

Even Goons Should Be Allowed to Burn Books

10 April 2011 4:39

As a general rule if you’re minded to burn books you’re probably trotting along the road towards losing whatever argument…

Dylan urged to stop blowing with the wind

8 April 2011 10:42

As one famous artist vanished in Beijing, another appeared. Bob Dylan has begun a tour of China in the same…

There’s No Right Not to be Offended

23 March 2011 17:35

There’s nothing wrong with being offended by an argument but everything wrong with asserting a “right” not to be so…

The threat to a British liberty

18 March 2011 21:54

It’s a funny old world. I have now been contacted by two journalists informing me that Bedfordshire Police are investigating…

Even Goons Have the Right to Freedom of Speech. Especially Goons, in Fact.

8 March 2011 15:02

If only Britain had something comparable to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution then we’d enjoy greater freedoms…

Egypt becomes freer

10 February 2011 15:58

The world does really end with a whimper, not a bang, as T.S. Eliot said. After 31 years in power,…

Democracy is now Halal

7 February 2011 11:29

The popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia have exposed as nonsense the notion, held in many quarters, that Middle Easterners…

Labour’s gravest military blunder

4 February 2011 9:05

Labour is often seen as having presided over the erosion of the British military, squandering money on Cold War equipment…