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…

In praise of politicians who change their minds

George Osborne used to be a political radical, sort of. For a year at Oxford University, the future Chancellor was the editor of Isis, the student magazine. While there, he wrote a piece about surveillance. Viewed through the eyes of 2012, with the knowledge that Mr Osborne would later be a senior figure in a…