Naming the hostage: how should we cover the Isil murders?

Steven Sotloff, a second American hostage of the sorry fantasists of Isil, has been murdered, we read this morning. And a third man, a Briton, is currently held and will, we are warned, be the next to die. The question of how to report these disgusting acts of propaganda is a difficult one for news…

The day the internet broke

This week a technical hitch caused websites to wobble worldwide. Tom Chivers discovers the net is held together with chewing gum and string On Tuesday, at 8.48am British Summer Time, Verizon, a major US internet service provider (ISP), did something relatively mundane and technical: it took some big groups of IP addresses, which we can…

Bruce Forsyth’s career, the way it should be remembered

Look, I know he’s not dead and he hasn’t retired, but he’s standing down from Strictly and there’s a slight elegiac feel about the place. If you can think of a better way of putting it in the headline let me know. Anyway. If you’ve watched Strictly over the last few years and it was…

Quisling Euro-BBC apparatchiks have given the Channel Islands to France

I bet they thought they could get away with it, too. Look at that, the swine. In last night’s Farage-Clegg Euro-debate, the BBC declared the Channel Islands to be part of France. You can’t see? Here’s a closeup: What’s that poking off to the west at the top of Normandy? Normandy doesn’t do that: There’s…

Hilary Mantel and the art of missing the point

Around this time last year, Hilary Mantel infuriated a certain kind of tabloid newspaper and a certain kind of tabloid-pandering prime minister by saying some things about the Duchess of Cambridge. Her long, subtle speech was clearly a comment on the media coverage of our young queen-to-be – that the real person is imprisoned in…