John Kampfner

John Kampfner is Adviser to Google on freedom of expression and culture. He is an author, broadcaster and commentator, Chair of the board of Turner Contemporary, and former Chief Executive of Index on Censorship and Editor the New Statesman

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John Kampfner: Walk on by– but don't ban the chuggers

I fall into the classic grump category - professional men of a certain age

John Kampfner: The price of our safety shouldn't be our freedom

The spivs and spooks play on our fears to ratchet up control at the expense of our liberties

John Kampfner: This is no way to hold the powerful to account

Chairs of committees need to be far more assertive at the start of sessions

John Kampfner: Greece may be the epicentre – but this is a European crisis

Which politician will be brave enough to tell voters the days of abundance are over?

John Kampfner: Euro 2012: How can we
lecture other people about racism?

What sticks in the craw is the patronising tone which permeates far beyond sport

John Kampfner: We need a head of state. And the Queen can't be bettered

Deference isn't my thing. But when I met the Queen I was smitten because, against my better nature, I wanted to be

John Kampfner: We shouldn't let the spooks get away with this

If the Justice and Security Bill passes, the security services will have greater jurisdiction to withhold information from court

John Kampfner: A victory for style over substance

Summits can be important. But there is nothing magical about them

John Kampfner: In our politics you're either up or down

Suddenly, Cameron's charm is toxic and Miliband has discovered his Mojo

John Kampfner: If Blair wants to play elder statesman, let him

I have a confession to make that will destroy what cred I ever had. I loved the Spice Girls. When my daughters were small, they would sit glued to the box watching the glammy, glitzy airheads. I was gutted when I couldn't come with them to a concert, but I did make it to Destiny's Child.

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