The BBC’s fear of outsiders drives away talent and makes its news programmes timid and forgettable

Against all the odds Standpoint has survived and flourished. This month, thanks to our readers, writers and supporters, we celebrate our fifth birthday

‘A friend asked her editor for a pay rise. Surely, he replied, her husband was earning enough to support them both’

The censorious among us can seize on vast amounts of online evidence and use it to ruin the lives of citizens at random

Lionel Shriver’s new novel brilliantly describes the problems of on-the-spot reportage, a journalistic difficulty negotiated deftly in two recent books about The Troubles

Book Review: The Wit and Wisdom of G. K. Chesterton selected by Bevis Hillier

The Guardian has revealed the true cost of the allegedly advertiser-subsidised local propaganda sheets which flop through the letterbox along with endless flyers for pizzas and takeaway meals.

Britain’s arcane and illogical libel laws, litigious oligarchs and oil sheikhs have made it almost impossible to report the truth

Stryker MacGuire is a name that sounds like a comic book Marine. He’s a UK based US journalist. Mr MacGuire modestly claims that although he did not coin the term ‘Cool Britannia’, he identified the charming ambience associated with it, such as Tracey Emin’s soiled sheets or gormless pop stars traipsing through Tony and Cherie’s low grade Camelot.

Now MacGuire has seen the light – or perhaps dark – and tells Newsweek to ‘Forget the Great in Britain’. Its the usual Reyjavik on Thames line, with a few tacked on ruminations about our foreign policy. The gist of his piece originally appeared in the Observer in March before the G20 summit, but never mind that diversion.