political correctness

The Spectator Podcast: is Boris the man?

17 May 2019 15:12

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Is that man Boris? And if it is, what still stands in his way?…

The Spectator Podcast: the Diversity Trap

21 June 2018 12:50

In recent days, Lionel Shriver has been in trouble. Her criticism of the publishing industry’s diversity drive has led to…

The Spectator Podcast: Tech vs Trump

12 October 2017 13:03

On this week’s episode, we discuss Trump versus technology, the ‘new normal’ with Calamity May, and whether jargon is polluting…

It’s dangerous and wrong to tell all children they’re ‘gender fluid’

23 July 2017 9:54

Once upon a time, ‘binary’ was a mathematical term. Now it is an insult on a par with ‘racist’, ‘sexist’…

You can be against the ‘elite’ and still be rich and privileged

16 November 2016 14:46

Many people have remarked that the image of Donald Trump and Nigel Farage posing by the former’s golden elevator doors…

Zero tolerance for anti-Zionists? The right is now as PC as the left

3 May 2016 12:47

So now we know: the right and the respectable left are just as good at PC purges as potty, radical…

The Spectator Podcast: Why political correctness is a good thing, George Osborne’s Budget, and the end of the rave

17 March 2016 8:06

Is political correctness a good thing or a bad thing? As Simon Barnes writes in this week’s magazine, he used…

Godfrey Bloom puts his foot in it over Emma Thompson row

17 February 2016 13:36

Yesterday saw a turn in fortune for the Out campaign after Emma Thompson declared her intention to vote to remain…

Why are students now cheering about the massacre at Charlie Hebdo?

2 October 2015 17:35

I witnessed something genuinely disturbing at Trinity College Dublin last night: trendy, middle-class, liberal students cheering and whooping a man…

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…

Eric Pickles interview: multiculturalism is to blame for Tower Hamlets electoral fraud

13 August 2015 9:30

Sir Eric Pickles looks every bit the diamond Tory geezer. As we sit down in a room overlooking Big Ben…

David Cameron and Barack Obama bond over a barbecue in the Downing Street garden. Picture: Getty

Is your barbecue racist? The Guardian would like to know

6 July 2015 17:47

Earlier this year the Guardian vetoed HP sauce for its readers on the grounds that it is the sauce of the establishment.…

If comedians can’t take a politically incorrect joke, who can?

10 June 2015 10:22

Jerry Seinfeld’s takedown of the political correctness of today’s youth should give us all pause for thought. In an interview…

A course in Dangerous Ideas would be the perfect tonic for our dull universities

8 June 2015 13:13

There have been a number of articles recently by American liberals warning about the intolerance of academia, in particular pointing…

Podcast: The new political correctness and how Labour lost Scotland

5 February 2015 9:45

Is there something menacing about the march of the new political correctness? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Brendan…

‘Community leader’, ‘call out’, ‘dreamer: The worst words and phrases in the English language

31 October 2014 12:54

In this week’s magazine Rod Liddle has a piece on the worst ‘clichés, lies, evasions, obfuscations, PC euphemisms and disingenuous…

Gilbert and George have lost their bottom over the burka

17 July 2014 12:52

Let’s brood, shall we, on the following report in the Evening Standard about an exciting new departure by the winsome…

Spastics, cretins and the political correctness of the right

23 June 2014 16:25

Ruth Richards, head of communications at Mind, has written a response to my criticism of the pointlessness of politically correct…

A small town in Yorkshire turns racist

16 June 2014 13:39

A small Yorkshire town has been hugely enriched this year by the arrival of 500 Roma people. The village of…

Don’t apologise for holding The Sun, Ed

13 June 2014 13:14

I’d like to say that when I’m low and feel I can’t go on anymore that it’s the thought of…