Patrick Hayes
Patrick Hayes is a London-based political journalist and commentator. He works for the online current affairs magazine spiked and for think-tank the Institute of Ideas, where he is a producer of the Battle of Ideas, an annual international festival of debate and discussion. He regularly comments on political issues for range of local, national and international media outlets including BBC Radio, Sky News, Russia Today and Press TV; and is a columnist for the Free Society.

Entries by Patrick Hayes

After the Dodgy Smoking in Cars Stat, How Can the BMA be Trusted?

(2) Comments | Posted 20 November 2011 | (17:49)

I'm sure many UK readers, like me, woke up to the Today programme last Wednesday morning and heard Dr Vivienne Nathanson from the British Medical Association (BMA) speaking about the association's latest report, which called for a blanket ban on smoking in cars. Meaning that adults would no longer be...

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Protesters Willing Thatcher to Die Reveal How Wrongheaded They Are

(0) Comments | Posted 13 November 2011 | (20:36)

While reporting on the 9 November student protest in London last Wednesday, I heard the all-too-familiar "Maggie! Maggie! Maggie! Die! Die! Die!" chant being belted out through megaphones and echoed by protesters.

This bizarre refrain is one that's become a regular fixture in the 2011 Protesters' Songbook. I also...

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In a Democracy, Protesters Should be Free to Burn Poppies

(7) Comments | Posted 11 November 2011 | (12:48)

Do I support the Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) planned 'surprise' intended to disrupt the two minute silence on Armistice Day? No. Do I support their burning of poppies while chanting "British soldiers burn in hell"? No.

I have no sympathy for this small group of attention-seeking agitators,...

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If EDL Supporters Don't Have Free Speech, None of us do

(0) Comments | Posted 7 November 2011 | (22:52)

I find it really striking that the joint attempt by police and the Crown Prosecution Service to slap an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) on English Defence League leader Stephen Lennon, which would effectively have prevented him from protesting with the group he founded, seems not to have...

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Why I Took to the Streets with the Anti-Riot 'Vigilante' Group in Enfield

(9) Comments | Posted 11 August 2011 | (02:50)

If I hadn't been there to report on it, I would have gone along to the Enfield anti-riot 'vigilante' patrol regardless. Like many of the hundred-or-so people who patrolled the streets of the North London town on Tuesday night, I'd spent the previous night indoors watching nihilistic thugs rampage outside,...

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Why Do 'Radical' Protesters Like Jonnie Marbles Have Such Contempt For Debate?

(12) Comments | Posted 5 August 2011 | (00:00)

Poor old Jonnie Marbles. Not only did the aspiring twenty-something comedian have to miss his family holiday in order to be sentenced for lobbying a foam pie at Murdoch. But he's now going to serve six weeks in prison for his actions, meaning he misses the...

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IstyOsty: The Website That Allows the Twitterati to Have a Guilt-Free Two Minute Hate

(14) Comments | Posted 20 July 2011 | (00:00)

Up until recently, the liberal Twitterati have been faced with a dilemma. By tweeting links of Daily Mail and Sun articles to their followers in order to engage in a collective two minute hate against the idiocy of the tabloid press (and their millions of gullible, easily manipulated readers), they...

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There Was Nothing Political About Charlie Gilmour's Student Protest Vandalism

(7) Comments | Posted 14 July 2011 | (12:28)

The flamboyant son of Pink Floyd star David Gilmour, notorious for being photographed swinging from the Cenotaph during last year's student protests, is due to be sentenced today for violent disorder on the demos, which could see him doing a stint in prison. Some of Gilmour's defenders say...

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As the EDL Marches in Towns This Summer, the Last Thing we Should be Debating is how Much it Costs

(8) Comments | Posted 11 July 2011 | (17:01)

Members of the English Defence League (EDL) marched in Cambridge, Plymouth and Halifax over the weekend in protests intended to 'defend [English] culture'. Counter-demonstrations took place in each of the towns, attacking the EDL as being 'racist', 'fascist' and divisive. More demonstrations are being planned in towns across the country...

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Smokers and Non-Smokers Alike Should Unite Against the Petty Authoritarianism of Stony Stratford Councillors

(66) Comments | Posted 7 July 2011 | (20:26)

It's been four years since the sight of smokers huddling together outside pubs in order to enjoy a cigarette became the norm as a result of the illiberal ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces being introduced in England. Far from being satisfied with this infringement on peoples' freedom to...

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