Shame of artistic censorship

By Naomi Firsht, October 14, 2014

Cultural boycott campaigners hammered another nail into the coffin of freedom of expression last week by again showing their willingness to embrace censorship and silence fellow artists.

A group calling themselves "Artists Right 2 Say No" organised a panel discussion in response to the Tricycle Theatre rumpus over Israeli funding for the UK Jewish Film festival.


Miliband's foolish flirtation

By Robert Philpot, October 14, 2014

Ed Miliband's speech to the Labour party conference last month famously saw him forget to talk about two of the issues which most concern the voters who will decide his fate next May – immigration and tackling Britain's debts.

Amnesia, however, doesn't explain that the man who may be running the nation's foreign policy in just over six months devoted just seconds of his 65-minute address to m


My snap decision to ban 'selfies'

By Simon Round, October 14, 2014

There have been some amazing technological advances in telephonic communication in the past few years. I remember being fascinated as a child by the telephone my grandparents had in their house. It was so heavy that no one under the age of 14 could lift the receiver unaided. And, under the dial, there was a little drawer in which they stored a small packet of tissues and a pencil sharpener.


The lure of a 'safe' job is no more

By Nick Freeman, October 14, 2014

I never really wanted to be a lawyer. My boyhood ambition centred on becoming a professional golfer. But my late father made it clear that I needed a 'proper qualification' as surety for earning a living. Perfecting my handicap wasn't a 'solid Jewish profession'.

And so I opted for the law.


Sorry, Mr Galliano, but I can't forgive or forget your abuse

By Tamara Corin, October 14, 2014

The fashion world is indeed vastly different from the one that the rest of us tend to inhabit. Having worked in and around the industry for more than 15 years, I can confidently say that this has never been more true than it is today.


It is harder to support Israel, even for friends

By Alistair Burt, October 14, 2014

The debate over recognising an independent Palestine illustrates at least two things.

Firstly, the events of the summer, notably the tragedy and horrors of Gaza, have reminded MPs of the centrality of the Middle East Peace process after recent years when attention has been directed elsewhere.


An etrog: My week

By an etrog, October 7, 2014

It's funny how your self-image changes as you grow up. When I was little, I thought I was some kind of lime, then as I grew and ripened I realised with dismay that I was just going to be a lemon with bad skin.

No need to be sour, I thought. I might not look particularly beautiful but I might make great salad dressing, or perhaps lemonade, or even lemon drizzle cake.


Why I had to draw the line

By Peter Rosengard, October 7, 2014

'Dad, I really like your drawings and paintings; when you're dead I'm going to hold an exhibition of them." My daughter said to me one evening last summer.

"Thank you darling," I said.


Wilson, true friend of Israel

By Robert Philpot, October 7, 2014

Harold Wilson was a mid-table prime minister, the Stoke or Southampton of the political world. Nonetheless, Wilson is the only occupant of Downing Street to have won four general elections – albeit three by the skin of his teeth. Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the first of those victories.

Although of the television age, Wilson was the last monochrome prime minister.


It's not only conflict between faiths that must be faced

By Jonathan Romain, October 7, 2014

David Baddiel's musical - The Infidel - is based on his film of the same name and tells of a Muslim who discovers he is a Jew. That initial shock about his own identity is then compounded by confusion when realising that Jews are transformed from being "the enemy" to being machetonim.