“European progressives’ obsession with Israel has led them to explain away physical and verbal abuse, or even murder, of their own Jewish citiziens.”

Reflections on the passing of beloved music critic Michael Kennedy

Orwell criticised writing on politics, but he could not have imagined the solipsism of today’s self-regarding pundits and politicians

“Wasn’t the death of Lee Rigby—carried out by barbaric extremists who singled him out purely for what he objectively was, a soldier—the very definition of a hate crime?”

The impresario has a bracing honesty and has added to the gaiety of the nation

Press officers and PRs are corrupting public life. Journalists must lead a revolt against this pestilential trade

The web has ushered in a new era of journalism-but left a gaping hole in the coverage of vital local news

Is it ever worth the trouble reading journalism whose politics you fundamentally disagree with?

Sarah Johnson introduces an account by her late father of his earliest days in journalism

The corporation and right-wing newspapers must stick together for the sake of media freedom