We’re hypnotised by the social media giants. We’ve convinced ourselves they’re impossible to deal with. They’re not.

The more frantic we become about the wickedness and power of the platforms, the more we confirm that power. The more action we demand of police and legislators, the more we confirm their exceptional status, their transcendence. The standard position now —in the mainstream anyway?—?is that the social media platforms ‘wield too much power’, that… Continue reading We’re hypnotised by the social media giants. We’ve convinced ourselves they’re impossible to deal with. They’re not.

You may think you want the death penalty but you don’t have the stomach for it

Surveys suggest that a majority of ordinary Britons want a return to the death penalty for the most heinous crimes (this online poll on The Sun’s web site has 80% in favour). And, thanks to the government’s rules for e-petitions, our legislators may soon be obliged to debate the topic again. Some of them may… Continue reading You may think you want the death penalty but you don’t have the stomach for it