Tom Slater

Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscars speech was beyond a joke

10 February 2020 11:48 pm

The 2020 Oscars will go down in history for two things: Bong Joon-ho’s brilliant film Parasite becoming the first foreign-language…

The trans-sceptic academic who now needs bodyguards for protection

25 January 2020 1:48 am

‘You can’t change sex – biologically, that is impossible.’ That, by most people’s standards, is a simple observable truth. But…

Campus free speech is a thing of the past

13 November 2019 1:56 am

Not that long ago, the sorts of views that were verboten on a university campus were genuinely out-there and nasty:…

The bizarre war on sombreros

2 November 2019 3:31 am

Many Brits still bristle at the importation of Halloween. It’s easy to see why. It is an American holiday that…

What Extinction Rebellion and the People’s Vote campaign have in common

16 October 2019 6:14 pm

Extinction Rebellion (XR) has announced it will finish its ‘Autumn Uprising’ earlier than planned in order to make way for…

Is it illegal to mock this drug dealer’s haircut?

13 August 2019 1:54 am

Is it a crime to mock a criminal’s unfortunate hairstyle? Police in South Wales seem to think so. Last week, Gwent Police…

Selfie-surveillance: Who needs Big Brother when we constantly film ourselves?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Did you see the Welsh Tory MP David Davies and a pro-Brexit protester arguing outside parliament, pointing cameras at one…

‘A Voluptuary under the horrors of Digestion’, 1792, by James Gillray

From ancient Egyptian smut to dissent-by-currency: I object at the British Museum reviewed

8 September 2018 9:00 am

‘If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear,’…