Free speech

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 best response to hate speech is free speech

20 July 2019 9:00 am

There’s a broad mainstream consensus on both sides of the Atlantic: Trump’s tweet telling four hard-left minority Congresswomen to ‘go…

Free speech is officially dead in British universities

17 November 2018 9:00 am

When I first read about plans for a new academic periodical called The Journal of Controversial Ideas, I got the…

The neo-Marxist takeover of our universities

8 September 2018 9:00 am

According to Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, America’s universities have succumbed to ‘safetyism’, whereby students are protected from anything that…

Millennials aren’t taking offence. They’re hunting for victims

1 September 2018 9:00 am

In a recent column, I vowed to return to a point made in passing. To refresh your memory, the American…

Conservatives are wrong about free speech

7 July 2018 9:00 am

‘There. I said it.’ That phrase, and the attitude it strikes, says something pretty specific. It doesn’t just say: here’s…

Peter Hitchens: Why I climbed on my soapbox after refusing to sign a university’s ‘free speech’ contract

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Where better to be than in Liverpool on a crisp autumn evening, haranguing an open-air meeting of students? I hadn’t…

Letters

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The great divider Sir: Niall Ferguson (‘Tech vs Trump’, 14 October) draws a parallel between the Reformation — powered by the…

The hormone that makes you a liberal halfwit

19 August 2017 9:00 am

People who feel unkindly disposed towards economic migrants are chemically imbalanced, according to a study from the University of Bonn.…

How The Satanic Verses failed to burn

28 May 2016 9:00 am

This is a book which, as one eyes its lavish illustrations and dips into its elegant prose, looks as if…

The internet’s war on free speech

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The dream of internet freedom has died. What a dream it was. Twenty years ago, nerdy libertarians hailed the web…

Send us your entries for our ‘President Erdogan Insulting Poetry Competition’

23 April 2016 9:00 am

At the end of last month, a German comedian appeared on German television and read a poem mocking Recep Tayyip…

A timely reminder of what junior doctors actually do – and it's not pleasant

16 April 2016 9:00 am

All this week Radio Five Live has been giving us an insight into what it is like not just to…

Stepford students’ new target: other Stepford students

12 March 2016 9:00 am

In 1793, on the eve of the Terror in France, the royalist journalist Mallet du Pan coined the adage ‘The…

There’s a right way to lose at the Oxford Union. I did the wrong way

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The way not to win a debate at the Oxford Union, I’ve just discovered, is to start your speech with…

What Scottish professors have to fear from Nicola Sturgeon’s power grab

17 October 2015 8:00 am

In the grounds of Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University stands a one-tonne sculpture. Roughly hewn and about five feet high, it carries…

David Cameron has a very strange idea of freedom

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Last Sunday, David Cameron marched through Paris in solidarity, so it seemed, with those who stand up for free speech.…

Free speech is so last century. Today’s students want the ‘right to be comfortable’

22 November 2014 9:00 am

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So now we know – the BBC is more scared of offending Muslims than gay people

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Are there enough black and minority ethnic people on our television screens? The comedian Lenny Henry thinks not and has…

Sorry, but internet trolling will be with us forever

3 August 2013 9:00 am

This is not to be a column about Twitter. Can’t abide columns about Twitter. I’ve written a few, I know,…