Free Speech’s Fair Weather Friends

BY SAM HOOPER A society which looks to the state to deliver retribution for non-harmful offensive speech is a society which no longer values a core tenet of liberal democracy. The battle for free speech is won or lost at the margins, which means that those who call themselves advocates of free speech without being able to point to a history of defending deeply offensive … Continue reading Free Speech’s Fair Weather Friends

I Want My ITV

BY BEN PENSANT Despite appearances to the contrary, television drama is the last place you’d look to find turbo-wokeness. Sure, the BBC tries, but even their best efforts are hamstrung by the same deference to the alt-right that sours their news coverage, with its refusal to report that the Leave campaign still aren’t being investigated by the police, and its habit of airbrushing photos of … Continue reading I Want My ITV

Non Player No Character

BY TARQUIN SUTHERLAND Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts after users on pro-Trump Reddit forum r/The_Donald coordinated efforts to set up ‘non-player character’ profiles mocking liberals on the social networking site. The trolling campaign was born out of the characterisation of liberals as automatons incapable of independent thought on areas of Reddit and 4chan. In 24 hours there were more than 30,000 uses of the … Continue reading Non Player No Character

An Open Letter to Glinner

BY BEN PENSANT Dear Graham, Oh dear, Graham. What the hell happened? As Samuel L. Fishbone said to Al Pacino in Jackie Burns before shooting him in the chest: “You used to be beautiful…”. And I don’t just mean beautiful, like Noam Chomsky in a tutu kicking a Zionist’s shin. I mean really beautiful, like an ethically sourced whale-spunk omelette washed down with a shot … Continue reading An Open Letter to Glinner

White Whine

BY JAMIE FOSTER Piers Morgan and a peace campaigner, Symon Hill, crossed metaphorical swords on Good Morning Britain when the campaigner went on to discuss Remembrance Day. Morgan asked him if he would like to remember Nazi soldiers and ISIS fighters and whether World War Two was justified. The segment was aired following a St Johns Ambulance decision to allow its volunteers to wear white … Continue reading White Whine

Reluctantly Supporting Rowling

BY FRANK HAVILAND Revenge is a dish best-served cold, so they say, and in these days of unorthodox diets there is something particularly piquant about watching from the wings as your enemies self-cannibalise. J K Rowling is the latest lefty loon ensnared in a trap of her own design, frantically virtue-signalling as the progressive sharks feast upon her. Whatever her undoubted gifts as a writer … Continue reading Reluctantly Supporting Rowling

Bringing Back Patriotism

BY SAM HOOPER Open Borders zealots and anti-immigration hawks could yet come to a pragmatic compromise that works for all, if only they stopped viewing the immigration debate as a zero-sum, existential war. This Texas town shows the potential fruits of such compromise. One of the nicest things about having moved from Britain to the United States is the fact that I now live in … Continue reading Bringing Back Patriotism