Tom Slater

The troubling truth about Keir Starmer

7 July 2024 4:02 pm

‘A politics that treads more lightly on all our lives.’ That’s what Keir Starmer – remarkably, our new Prime Minister –…

Democrats can’t pretend to be shocked by Joe Biden’s decline

29 June 2024 12:00 am

What a difference a week makes. Last week, White House spinners and Democratic pundits were insisting that clips of US president Joe Biden appearing…

Who can blame the Greens’ co-leader for not getting a heat pump?

24 June 2024 10:32 pm

Far be it from me to give advice to the Green Party. From their insistence that ordinary people put up…

The troubling truth about the Greens

8 June 2024 10:00 am

Wind farms. Heat pumps. Hamas apologism. It’s a curious combination, but one that an alarmingly high number of Green party…

Of course it isn’t racist to tell a Japanese colleague you like sushi

17 May 2024 1:57 am

Is it racist to tell a Japanese colleague that you like sushi? No, says an employment-tribunal judge, in another welcome…

What was the point of Just Stop Oil’s Magna Carta stunt?

11 May 2024 5:05 am

The eco-activists of Just Stop Oil have often been caricatured as a group of middle-class students with too much time…

Brexit didn’t ruin Rufus Wainwright’s musical

8 May 2024 12:23 am

Blaming Brexit for everything has become a kind of tic among the great and good. Like the buck-passing politicians who…

Tan Ikram and the corruption of the justice system

16 February 2024 2:45 am

The case of the ‘paraglider girls’ just keeps getting worse, exposing a criminal-justice system that seems to have become riddled…

Why don’t Tories like Gillian Keegan want to talk about asylum?

6 February 2024 12:13 am

Does the Tory party have a death wish? It’s a question we have been prompted to ask again and again…

How will attacking the Mona Lisa save the planet?

30 January 2024 2:46 am

Now the environmentalists are going after the Mona Lisa. Because of course they are. Just when you thought you couldn’t dislike…

The trouble with Armando Iannucci

6 January 2024 12:56 am

Armando Iannucci is a bit of a mystery to me. With shows like The Day Today and The Thick of It, he created…

Why is a Tory MP calling for GB News to be ‘taken off air’?

28 September 2023 9:59 pm

Well, that didn’t take long. We’re not even 48 hours into the latest Twitterstorm about upstart anti-woke news channel GB…

The danger of politicians trying to demonetise Russell Brand

22 September 2023 3:01 am

We must have the most unprincipled, illiberal crop of politicians ever to grace Westminster. Within hours of the House of…

Why eco zealots love to hate Ryanair

8 September 2023 2:44 am

There are many reasons why someone might want to throw a cream pie at Michael O’Leary, the motormouth boss of…

Virginia Woolf doesn’t need a trigger warning

4 July 2023 1:08 am

Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? Americans, apparently. Or at least that’s the conclusion Vintage US seems to have drawn. The…

The climate ‘crisis’ has nothing to do with the Holocaust

1 July 2023 5:16 am

What is it with environmentalists and the Holocaust? Barely a month goes by without some prominent green or another outrageously…

Jonny Bairstow shows how to deal with Just Stop Oil

28 June 2023 11:02 pm

Give Jonny Bairstow a knighthood. Whatever else happens at the Ashes, or indeed throughout the rest of his cricketing career,…

Free speech is for scumbags, too

22 June 2023 10:19 pm

It doesn’t take much to get you censored these days. You don’t even need to be that controversial. Believing in…

Mark Zuckerberg won’t kill Twitter

21 June 2023 12:36 am

Is Mark Zuckerberg losing his touch? Having just thrown tens of billions at his weird virtual-reality ‘metaverse’, only to see…

The sinister side of making ‘misgendering’ a disciplinary offence

3 June 2023 12:50 am

Should ‘misgendering’ someone be a disciplinary offence? One Oxford college seems to think so. Yesterday, Regent’s Park College posted a…

Why is Just Stop Oil targeting the snooker?

18 April 2023 8:48 pm

Just Stop Oil has finally hit the fossil-fuel barons where it hurts: the World Snooker Championship. Last night, play was disrupted…

Why did Guy Pearce apologise for this trans tweet?

31 March 2023 5:20 pm

Hollywood actor Guy Pearce has apologised for posting a pro-trans tweet. That’s where we’re at now with the culture war.…

Frankie Boyle isn’t a victim of cancel culture

26 March 2023 6:16 pm

Has comedian Frankie Boyle become the latest victim of the BBC’s ‘right-wing purge’? Frankie Boyle seems to think so. Following…

Chris Rock’s criticism of Meghan Markle is spot on

7 March 2023 9:41 pm

The story of Harry and Meghan has often been portrayed as a clash of values between Britain and America. Between…

Blasphemy has become a risky business at British universities

17 February 2023 9:14 pm

You might have thought that of all the things that could get you in trouble on a university campus today,…