Liberalism

The most half-baked thing about the anti-transgender Christian couple isn’t their approach to gender

12 September 2017 15:34

We live in a society with a tendency towards liberal intolerance, in which the fury of the mob turns on…

Donald Trump’s victory shows why liberals must go back to basics

16 November 2016 10:08

It is time to bother thinking about the tricky terms ‘liberal values’ and ‘liberalism’. ‘Liberal values’ is what unites us…

Can the liberal worldview survive?

15 November 2016 16:19

There is a latent consensus among political scientists and highbrow columnists that the liberal era is over and that, following…

The revolt against ‘liberalism’ is shortsighted

17 September 2016 10:28

There are two articles in yesterday’s Guardian that are critical of something called ‘liberalism’. Giles Fraser vents his irritation at an…

How can we defend our liberal heritage by abandoning its values?

24 November 2015 16:04

Yusuf, when I last saw him, was still smiling, a middle-aged man with the greying pony-tail of a rock roadie.…

How to defend the arts using liberal values

1 October 2015 11:32

This is a version of a speech I made to the No Boundaries conference at the Bristol Watershed Theatre on…

Tim Farron is a reminder of what it actually means to be liberal

20 July 2015 13:30

The media complain about ‘career politicians’. Yet when politicians come along who aren’t Oxford PPEists, who have progressed via think…

Wow, just wow – liberalism is dead

10 December 2014 12:50

I tend to avoid Camden these days as it makes me feel even more like Mark Corrigan than usual, so…

‘Hang ’em high!’ – leftists for the death penalty, re Pistorius et al

23 October 2014 13:32

O, the fury of my Sisters over the risible punishment (I’ve seen longer sentences in Ulysses) handed out to Oscar…

The Left’s blind spot with Islam: opposing bigotry does not mean liking a religion

25 June 2014 15:05

I agree with something Owen Jones has written, a confluence of beliefs that will next occur on September 15, 2319.…

Why does the Tory party have a problem with ethnic minority voters? Because it deserves to.

6 May 2014 19:17

Why do the Tories have a problem with black and ethnic minority voters, daddy? It is, with all due respect…

Modern England: a triumph of immigration and integration.

6 May 2014 13:30

In a better, more sensible, world David Cameron would make a virtue of the opportunity UKIP has given him. He…

Alas poor Jeremy Browne, the man who loved this government not wisely but all too well

8 April 2014 11:20

Poor Jeremy Browne. Sacked for believing in the government in which he served*. Then again, no-one claims politics, or life,…

Vladimir Putin is a reactionary autocrat, not a conservative

27 February 2014 14:33

Apparently the new Muppets film features Russians as the baddies, a sign of the times as we increasingly draw into…

Liberals must rally round Maajid Nawaz

22 January 2014 9:34

Interesting, isn’t it, this rather worrying statement from the Muslim body, MQI UK on the Mohammed cartoon affair. That, you recall,…

Alex Salmond Drives into a Muirfield Bunker

2 July 2013 11:20

Unlike some politicians who profess an interest in sporting matters, Alex Salmond’s enthusiasm for golf, tennis and horse racing is…

Margaret Thatcher: An Accidental Libertarian Heroine

10 April 2013 12:37

It is 34 years since Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister. Coincidentally, she entered Downing Street 34 years after Clement Attlee…

A storm of nonsense: gay marriage opponents lose their wits - Spectator Blogs

10 December 2012 13:01

My word, the latest kerfuffle over gay marriage runs the gamut from dumb to dumber. Here, for instance, is Cristina…

Failing the Rushdie Test: Shirley Williams Edition

13 March 2012 22:23

I was in Washington at the time so did not see the Question Time episode Nick Cohen mentions in his…

Abu Qatada Should Stay in Britain

14 February 2012 13:03

I am sure Dan Hodges is correct: Abu Qatada is not a great poster boy for civil liberties. He is…

Cameron: I’m a common sense Conservative

2 September 2011 9:35

David Cameron weathered an awkward interview on the Today programme earlier this morning, in which the Strategic Defence Review was savaged…

Blue Labour’s Blood-Red Rivers

18 July 2011 23:46

Guido – or Harry Cole, actually – asks Where’s the Outrage? about Maurice Glasman’s declaration that all immigration to these…

Blue Labour? Red Tory? Reactionaries One and All?

8 June 2011 13:22

It might seem axiomatic to observe that Red Tories and Blue Labourites must have as much in common as anything…

The Tory right are the true liberals of this parliament 

12 May 2011 15:32

In yesterday’s speech to commemorate 12 months of the coalition, Nick Clegg promised a stronger liberal identity in the future.…

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…