No sacred cows

dog puppy

Quarantine with our new puppy will send me barking

March 19, 2020 5:28 pm

The fact that her brain is the size of a pea makes her hard to train

free speech

How far should we go to defend free speech?

February 27, 2020 10:09 am

The first days of the Free Speech Union

stand-up

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

February 20, 2020 10:54 am

There were two points when I couldn’t remember what came next and just plunged forward

oscars

Even the Oscars after-parties have lost their shine

February 17, 2020 10:58 am

Hollywood celebrities talk a big game in public, but in private they enjoy letting their hair down

climate

Climate doomsayers keep putting sell-by dates on their credibility

January 30, 2020 12:26 pm

I do wish we would take them a smidgen less seriously when they turn out to be wrong — as they always do

george orwell brexiteer

George Orwell would have been a Brexiteer

January 23, 2020 9:28 am

What Orwell would have disapproved of is the Maoist climate of intolerance sweeping through our institutions

family film

I’ve found the perfect family film (eventually)

January 9, 2020 10:59 am

Getting everyone to agree on a film to watch is always tricky in the Young household

brother

Christmas with my brother

December 24, 2019 7:22 am

Chris has been institutionalized since he was a teenager, either in hospitals or care homes

cinema room

How could any woman fail to be won over by my new cinema room?

December 12, 2019 9:29 am

‘No, thanks,’ my wife said, ‘I prefer the television’

wife

Prince Andrew should have married someone like my wife

November 21, 2019 1:42 pm

‘It’s as if alienating 99 percent of the country isn’t enough for you’

intellectual dark web

The Intellectual Dark Web is more liberal than you’d think

October 25, 2019 3:24 pm

Most of us hold opinions that 70 years ago would have placed us to the left of the Overton window

cameron

David Cameron is more authentic than Boris Johnson

September 18, 2019 11:46 pm

The former PM never quite shook off the burden of privilege

mass shootings

Donald Trump isn’t to blame for this spate of mass shootings

August 8, 2019 12:36 am

Despite what the media might tell you

intellectuals

I’m starting a trade union for intellectuals

July 17, 2019 11:33 pm

Someone should go in to bat for academics if they’re targeted by an outrage mob

boris

I love Boris for not firing me when I wrote a play about his sex life

July 11, 2019 4:58 pm

I doubt any other editor would have been so sanguine

oberlin college gibson’s bakery

Oberlin College and the rise of social justice vengeance

June 19, 2019 11:01 am

Could a bakery’s court win over a liberal arts school be the turn of the tide?

budweiser asexual

Whasssssuuuuuuuupppppp with Budweiser’s woke capitalism?

June 5, 2019 11:11 am

Their Pride cups are a mandatory exercise in virtue signaling

paranoid

The paranoid style in British politics

May 23, 2019 11:42 am

No political movement is immune to the conspiratorial world view

harvard

The diversocrats take Harvard

May 13, 2019 5:19 am

Ronald Sullivan, free speech, and the real meaning of ‘hostile environments’

corbyn victory

What would a Corbyn victory mean for me?

April 25, 2019 4:29 pm

Few can doubt that a Labour government would introduce state regulation of the press

joke

Now – as in the Soviet Union – making a joke can be a dangerous, life-changing mistake

April 4, 2019 1:21 pm

A well-wisher sent me a copy of The Joke last year after I’d lost five positions as a result of making some stupid gags on Twitter

jordan peterson cambridge

Jordan Peterson and mob rule at the University of Cambridge

March 28, 2019 1:51 pm

Several Cambridge dons have been in touch to express their dismay at this craven capitulation to the mob

schoolchildren

The media were guilty of their own ‘fake news’ when it came to protesting schoolchildren

January 24, 2019 12:11 pm

It was so disheartening to see the liberal media go out of its way last weekend to confirm Trump’s cynicism

masculinity

The unending war against masculinity and men

January 10, 2019 12:13 pm

If the APA is looking for toxicity, it should start by examining itself

awokening

The great awokening

January 3, 2019 8:36 am

Do social justice warriors believe in magic?