Al Jazeera: Is the UK still racist?

Claire debates writer Afua Hirsch on whether transcending racial identities is possible in the UK. According to journalist Afua Hirsch, “discussing race in contemporary Britain is still a radical act.” In her latest book, Brit(ish), Hirsch argues that the UK has failed to reckon with its colonial past and that conversations about race, ethnicity and diversity have been silenced. … Read more Al Jazeera: Is the UK still racist?

What women want

In Spiked Online, Claire reviews Ella Whelan’s new book on the importance of putting freedom back into feminism. While writing this review, two newspaper pieces catch my eye that sum up today’s destructive sexual-politics zeitgeist. In the New York Times, author Stephen Marche applies pseudo-Freudianism to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, concluding ‘if you let boys be boys, they … Read more What women want

To smack or not to smack is not the question. We owe it to children to set boundaries

Outlawing all physical punishment of children – with no exemptions – will not make children safer, says Claire Fox in the TES. Scotland will become the first region in the UK to introduce a ban on parents smacking their children. Should those who care for children cheer? I have my doubts. You’d think from the … Read more To smack or not to smack is not the question. We owe it to children to set boundaries

In defence of post-truth politics

Why should people who vote with their hearts be dismissed as delusional writes Claire Fox in the Spectator Donald Trump’s shock US election victory has provoked a transatlantic howl of disbelief from a cosmopolitan elite aghast that American voters have had the temerity to reject its one true liberal world-view. Hillary Clinton’s loss is seen … Read more In defence of post-truth politics