The Rise of the Anti-Free Speech Right

Sam Harrison | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

When descriptive terms become derogatory, debate becomes impossible, and for as long this strand of the Right demonises opinions with which they do not agree rather than actively and intelligently engaging with them, it will prevent debate and it will stamp out free speech.

The Labour Right Has Become Everything It Ever Hated

Sam Harrison | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

Not for thirty years has the Labour Party been so deeply and so publicly divided. The war metaphors are out in force, MPs flagrantly denigrate their leader in the newspapers, on the television, and in the kingdom of fluttering fatuousness that is Twitter.

Politics, Not Economics, Is What Keeps Left And Right Apart

Alastair Roderick | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Neither left, nor right, confronts the reality of an economic system built on the assumption that certain inputs, notably energy and minerals such as phosphorus and copper, are limitless and always easy to access...

Too Wrong to Be Right, and Too Right to Be Left

Huw L. Hopkins | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Huw L. Hopkins

He leans too far to the right to be Labour, and annoys his own backbenchers for implementing policy that aren't traditionally held party beliefs. His record abroad is impressive, but at home, much of the country has taken a dislike to Tony Blair... what you thought I was talking about David Cameron?

In Defence of Rape Jokes

John Fleming | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

If rape jokes are to be banned, why not also ban murder jokes, incest jokes, adultery jokes and jokes about travelling salesmen, mothers in law and rabbits? All were certainly offensive to the ears of pre-War BBC Radio. It is a short and slippery slope from banning jokes to burning books.

Islamophobia: Orwellian 'Doublespeak' ?‎

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The struggle against islamophobia is the struggle for a nuanced and ‎contextualised appraisal of events involving Muslims, a refusal to accept ‎that everything can be explained away through a facile reference to 'Islam' ‎and a defence of a European minority group. There is nothing Orwellian ‎about that.‎

Time to Stop Mainstreaming the Far-Right

Humza Yousaf | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK Politics
Humza Yousaf

Where we should take on the issues that drive people to the far right and address the misconceptions about immigration and integration, we have instead created a battleground in which mainstream media and politicians fan the flames of far-right extremism.