academic freedom and free speech
What’s behind the fashion for banning?
30 March 2015
Barely a day passes without someone demanding a ban on something.
Shots to the heart of freedom of speech
23 February 2015
The attacks in Paris and Copenhagen underline the need to challenge the 'I am offended' lobby.
Six lessons from the Charlie Hebdo massacre
8 February 2015
One month on, the post-massacre love for free speech is withering.
Paris and beyond: Europe is at war with itself
8 January 2015
What lies behind the so-called Islamisation of Europe.
The three faces of censorship
27 November 2014
From the academy to politics, intolerance is back in fashion.
Academic freedom is a big deal
23 September 2014
The pursuit of truth is more important than lecturers’ or students’ feelings.
Debateophobia: a fear of free and frank discussion
3 September 2013
Branding one's political opponents as 'phobic' is a sly and illiberal tactic.
University students - are they toddlers or young adults?
7 March 2013
Walking with mum and dad on campus used to be seen as a marker for social death. Today parents are everywhere. Why must we infantilise academic life?
‘We are the yid army’ and we don’t need sanctimonious moral crusaders in football
9 November 2012
The Society of Black Lawyers hit out at Tottenham and the FA after repeating its threat to go to the police over what it regards as anti-Semitic chanting at White Hart Lane.
Hate campaigns against freedom of speech go all the way back to Socrates
4 August 2012
The subordination of the freedom of expression to the objective of protecting people from frank speech speaks to an ethos that has a uniquely low opinion of the capacity of people to think for themselves.