Status anxiety

The proof that free speech in universities is in peril

8 August 2020 9:00 am

About 18 months ago, I attended a debate at Policy Exchange, the think tank founded by Nick Boles, Francis Maude…

How to get into a club and on to a plane

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Disaster struck the Young family last Friday. My 12-year-old son Charlie woke up with a temperature. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t matter,…

My plans for a Covid inquiry

25 July 2020 9:00 am

The public inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has already started. Not the official one, which won’t…

How did I end up in Epstein’s little black book?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Every time Jeffrey Epstein is in the news, I start getting calls from strangers wanting to scream abuse at me.…

Does the curriculum really need ‘decolonising’?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Layla Moran, the Lib Dems’ education spokesman, has written to Gavin Williamson urging him to do something about ‘systemic racism’…

We’re facing a tsunami of censorship

4 July 2020 9:00 am

It’s open season on mavericks and dissenters at the moment. If you publicly challenge any of the sacred nostrums of…

Who watches the broadcast watchdog?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

At the beginning of April, I became so frustrated by the supine coverage of the government’s response to the coronavirus…

The antibody test that proved my wife wrong

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Back in April, The Spectator ran a feature in which the partners of regular contributors wrote about what it was…

The protestors have brought down the lockdown

13 June 2020 9:00 am

I wasn’t surprised to see that a woman whose father died at a care home in Bicester in April has…

Why is YouTube so afraid of free speech?

6 June 2020 9:00 am

On Sunday, the hosts of Trigger–nometry, a YouTube show, posted an interview they’d done with Peter Hitchens. They labelled it…

Unfortunately our new puppy is not just for lockdown

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Will the huge surge in demand for puppies and kittens during lockdown lead to a lot of abandoned pets when…

Liberal fears are contagious

23 May 2020 9:00 am

It has become a commonplace among social psychologists that one of the characteristics that unites conservatives is our sensitivity to…

This lockdown may kill me

16 May 2020 9:00 am

I have a new job, which is maintaining a website called Lockdown Sceptics (lockdownsceptics.org). It’s a compendium of evidence that…

Professor Lockdown’s spell has been broken

9 May 2020 9:00 am

I originally had Neil Ferguson down as a kind of Henry Kissinger figure. The professor of mathematical biology at Imperial…

Did anyone really believe what my wife wrote about me?

2 May 2020 9:00 am

One of the nice things about having a column in The Spectator is that I get a chance to reply…

If you really want to lose friends, start a magazine

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

I’m more impressed than most that The Spectator has racked up 10,000 issues, because I used to be a magazine…

Our puppy has no respect for the two-metre rule

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Since the beginning of the lockdown, Caroline has been congratulating herself for having bought a puppy ‘just in time’. She…

I’m recovering – but I glimpsed the coronavirus cliff edge

11 April 2020 9:00 am

So I’ve had the virus. Or rather, I think I have. Ordinary mortals can no longer get tested by the…

Dissent over coronavirus research isn’t dangerous – but stifling debate is

4 April 2020 9:00 am

One of the paradoxes of the coronavirus crisis is that the need for public scrutiny of government policy has never…

How Oxford taught the no-platformers a lesson

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Three weeks ago Amber Rudd travelled to Christ Church, Oxford, to speak to students about her experiences of being a…

Quarantine with our new puppy will send me barking

21 March 2020 9:00 am

When the news leaked at the weekend that the government was considering telling those aged 70 and over to self-quarantine…

Cartoonists have a right to free speech

14 March 2020 9:00 am

I’m no fan of Steve Bell, the Guardiancartoonist. I can’t say I’ve ever laughed at one of his squibs, which…

My night in A&E left me worried about the NHS’s coronavirus response

7 March 2020 9:00 am

I wish I shared the Prime Minister’s confidence about the ability of the NHS to cope with coronavirus. ‘I have…

How far should we go to defend free speech?

29 February 2020 9:00 am

This week sees the official launch of the Free Speech Union — an organisation that stands up for the speech…

Why on earth did I volunteer to do stand-up?

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

It was on my ‘bucket list’, but that doesn’t mean it was a sensible thing to do. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro…