BBC makes second U-turn in a week over freedom of speech on campus

On 30 September the BBC spectacularly reversed its ruling over whether Naga Munchetty had broken its editorial guidelines in making comments about Donald Trump on BBC Breakfast. The BBC’s Director-General (one might say ‘Directionless-General’) Lord Hall personally stepped in to overturn the previous ruling. The whole episode proved an embarrassment for the BBC. Whatever the

Letter to BBC re: Brandt Jean video ‘cut’

On 3 October the BBC News website shared a remarkable video from the trial of former U.S. policewoman Amber Guyger for the murder of Botham Jean. The video showed Botham Jean’s brother, Brandt, declaring his unconditional forgiveness of his brother’s murderer before embracing her in the middle of the courtroom. Except the BBC’s ‘cut’ of

Tom Holland on the changing meaning of the word ‘saint’

By Graham Harter I was interested recently to see that historian Tom Holland, in his new book Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind, refers to the change in the meaning of the word ‘saint’ down the centuries of Christianity. Anybody who has read the New Testament will be aware that, there, the term ‘saints’

Barrister in Supreme Court calls BoJo ‘the devil’!

I know that Boris Johnson is widely disliked, but surely calling even him ‘the devil’ is a bit harsh! Nevertheless that’s what happened yesterday (18 September) in the UK Supreme Court. According to The Times, Aidan O’Neill QC, arguing the case that the current prorogation of Parliament is unlawful, told the Court, “What we have

The Times: “Rampant secularism is fuelling culture wars”

In a comment piece in today’s Times (10 September), Melanie Phillips says what those of us with eyes to see it have known for some time: that secularism, with its blinding promises of ‘tolerance’ and ‘freedom’, is actually fuelling a culture of anger, hatred and intolerance throughout Western society. Ms. Phillips argues — in my