July 2011

David Bowden Friday 1 July 2011 comments

Knob gags and heart massages

Boozed up, bloodied and helpless: Sirens offered a comic view of Britain as seen from the medical frontline.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 1 July 2011 comments

Why it’s all kicking off over Team GB

Olympics bosses want a British soccer team for 2012, but the UK’s football authorities just don't want to play ball.

Tim Black Friday 1 July 2011 comments

Mike Sacks’ one-man war against the zeitgeist

The American humourist doesn’t bother with predictable targets like Palin or hicks. He prefers gerbils, the Holocaust, girls’ lockerrooms...

Rob Lyons Monday 4 July 2011 comments

Who’s really fibbing about Fukushima?

The way greens tried to play up the accident was far more shocking than ministers’ attempts to ‘play it down’.

Tim Black Monday 4 July 2011 comments

Miss Fancy Pants vs uncouth youth

That snooty mother-in-law’s email about manners has been a viral hit because it exercises something rare: adult authority.

Mick Hume Monday 4 July 2011 comments

Did that ‘historic’ public-
sector strike really happen?

The one-day strike over public-sector pension reform looked more like a fancy-dress fantasy re-enactment of battles of the past.

Tiffany Jenkins Tuesday 5 July 2011 comments

Culture: it’s not the economy, stupid!

Plans to get UK cultural institutions to measure the economic value of art are both philistine and futile.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 5 July 2011 comments

The fag end of the argument

Attempts by anti-smoking zealots to smear a report on civil liberties reveal just how bankrupt their arguments are.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 5 July 2011 comments

It’s health-and-safety gone mainstream!

British officials love to laugh at mad bans on conkers and snowfights, yet they continue to institutionalise a cult of caution.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 6 July 2011 comments

The tasteless aim of the war on salt

Why are health campaigners so down on the white stuff when all the evidence suggests it isn't bad for us?

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 6 July 2011 comments

Let’s just all SQUASH together

Squatters once fancied themselves as radical. Now they have embraced the low horizons of the political elite.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 6 July 2011 comments

Celebrate your identity! That is, know your place

A new report says fewer workers now define themselves as ‘working class’. Maybe they’re rebelling against the stifling politics of identity.

Max Klinger Thursday 7 July 2011 comments

The BMA: modern-day prohibitionists

The British Medical Association is dressing up moralistic attacks on smoking and drinking as health policy.

Tim Black Thursday 7 July 2011 comments

Why ‘victim’s rights’ are bad for justice

Why is the state keen to stand up for victims in the justice system? Because it wants to boost prosecution rates.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 7 July 2011 comments

What’s really motoring this anti-Murdoch crusade?

What the News of the World is alleged to have done is terrible and indefensible. But the fury about it is being driven by something else.

David Bowden Friday 8 July 2011 comments

The Perfect Suit: a luxury production

Chanel and Louis Vuitton are just too good for the masses – as are BBC4’s documentaries, apparently.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 July 2011 comments

Murray’s defeat was no choking matter

Andy Murray’s Wimbledon loss had more to do with Rafa Nadal’s brilliance than with Murray’s inner demons.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 8 July 2011 comments

After the News of the World, who’s safe?

The unprecedented harrying to extinction of a tabloid newspaper is likely to have a chilling effect across the British media.

Tim Black Monday 11 July 2011 comments

The myth of the feral tabloid reader

Why the political class loves to peddle stories about the tabloids’ evil grip on the masses’ minds.

Wendy Kaminer Monday 11 July 2011 comments

Press culture is none of Cameron’s business

An American free-speech campaigner dissects the ‘delusional elitism’ of those wanting to muzzle the tabloids.

Frank Furedi Monday 11 July 2011 comments

‘We name and shame the evil tabloid hacks!’

The cultural elite’s crusade against News International is only a more erudite version of the News of the World’s war on perverts.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 12 July 2011 comments

After Atlantis, America comes down to Earth

The final space-shuttle flight shows that Obama lacks the vision to inspire the world the way JFK did 50 years ago.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Tuesday 12 July 2011 comments

Letting down the next generation

Headline-grabbing plans to name and shame the UK’s failing schools won’t address why education isn’t educating.

Mick Hume Tuesday 12 July 2011 comments

‘You cannot pluck the rose without the thorn’

The death of a free press, the hacking off of investigative journalism - the scandals nobody is talking about.

Dave O’Brien Wednesday 13 July 2011 comments

It isn’t philistine to judge art economically

The author of a report on arts evaluation responds to Tiffany Jenkins’ accusations of philistinism.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 13 July 2011 comments

Spraying for peace in the Middle East

Nathalie Rothschild reports from Hebron on the Western spraycan activists who are graffiting the West Bank.

Tim Black Wednesday 13 July 2011 comments

The Human Rights Watch plan to save US imperialism

HRW is demanding that Bush be tried for war crimes only because it wants to resuscitate US authority over the uncivilised hordes.

Brid Hehir Thursday 14 July 2011 comments

Building a wall between adults and children

The vital interactions between one generation and the next are being hampered by overblown fears of ‘stranger danger’.

Rob Lyons Thursday 14 July 2011 comments

How green politicking will deepen fuel poverty

British consumers will pay a high price for Chris Huhne’s desire for moral grandstanding on climate change.

Phil Mullan Thursday 14 July 2011 comments

Making a crisis out of a Greek drama

ESSAY: To overcome the Eurozone crisis, we should declare war on the fatalist notion that sluggish growth is the ‘New Normal’.

Patrick West Friday 15 July 2011 comments

Mash-ups: a Derridean delight

Pomo thinkers said ours is an era of endless cultural cannibalism. The rise of the internet mash-up has proved them right.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 15 July 2011 comments

Would you pay to watch women’s football?

The World Cup showed that the women’s game has definitely improved, but interest in it is still more token than real.

David Bowden Friday 15 July 2011 comments

Lesbians: not as much fun as you’d think

Despite the in-your-face advertising, Five’s Candy Bar Girls had little to offer in the way of Sapphic frolicking.

Fifi Adelsmythe Friday 15 July 2011 comments

How to avoid being one of those women

All hail Caitlin Moran, the edgy and real Times columnist who has declared a one-chick war against cultural yobbery.

Martyn Perks Monday 18 July 2011 comments

Britain’s uncreative approach to design

A preoccupation with social engineering hampers the innovative and wealth-generating potential of design.

Tim Black Monday 18 July 2011 comments

Why is the government wrecking homes?

The new effort to clamp down on ‘sham marriages’ is, in fact, a mean-spirited attack on free movement.

Jennie Bristow Monday 18 July 2011 comments

Lib-Con family policy: Maggie meets Mary Poppins

The coalition’s family policy is an unholy marriage of Thatcher-style traditional moralism and New Labour-style therapeutic interventionism.

Paul Adenson Tuesday 19 July 2011 comments

My PAIN at being hacked by the tabloids

A politician-cum-celeb says only a sharp-fanged regulator can stop the scuzzy press from invading voicemails.

Mick Hume Tuesday 19 July 2011 comments

‘Of course I support a free press, but…’

All-party support for regulating the media threatens to reverse the historic gains of the struggle for press freedom.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 19 July 2011 comments

Murdochphobia is not as radical as you think

Whatever you think of Rupert Murdoch, you should be concerned that bashing him has become the only political game in town.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 20 July 2011 comments

Good healthcare for all? Not on the NHS

Under new local NHS plans, smokers and obese people - the undeserving sick - will be made to wait months for operations.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 20 July 2011 comments

Why not celebrate the birth of Harper Seven?

Ignore the miserable misanthropists who think the Beckhams set a bad example by having too many children.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 20 July 2011 comments

Why the EU is so clueless about the Euro crisis

Insulated from the demos and unpractised in the art of political leadership, it is little wonder EU officials can do little to address Euro woes.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 21 July 2011 comments

Save the Jews: don’t have an abortion

By imploring women to help boost the number of Jews, Israeli anti-abortion activists politicise personal choices.

Neil Davenport Thursday 21 July 2011 comments

Hackgate: the revenge of the middle classes?

After the NoTW, who will be the next victim of broadsheet bullishness? The Daily Mail? Tesco? McDonald's? Primark?

Rob Lyons Thursday 21 July 2011 comments

Why the state should butt out of our personal lives

It is a sign of the times that the only debate we seem to have about nudging is ‘does it work?’ rather than ‘what gives them the right?’.

Viral Shah Friday 22 July 2011 comments

Senna: more than just a racing movie

Asif Kapadia’s moving biopic of the Brazilian motorsport legend shows us fierce rivalry, courage and tragedy.

David Bowden Friday 22 July 2011 comments

The geek shall inherit the boardroom

Inventor Tom Pellereau’s victory in The Apprentice is the latest triumph for nerdiness over old-school masculinity.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 July 2011 comments

Grubby, grubby money united?

A TV exposé of Bryan Robson’s attempt to flog football to foreigners assumed that all overseas investment is Bad.

Ben Pile Friday 22 July 2011 comments

Admit it: environmentalism was an ugly experiment

Mark Lynas has converted from eco-alarmist to pro-growth rationalist. But he still doesn’t get the problem with green thinking.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 25 July 2011 comments

The rise and fall of a chess prodigy

From Cold War-era hero to paranoid enemy of the state: it’s Bobby Fischer Against the World.

Tim Black Monday 25 July 2011 comments

The rise of the
eco-imperialists

Why the United Nations is wrong to depict everything from war to famine as a ‘climate change issue’.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 25 July 2011 comments

Don’t turn Norway into Europe’s 11 September

Sections of the European liberal elite are trying to make moral mileage out of this rampage just as shamelessly as the right did with 9/11.

Michael P Fitzpatrick Tuesday 26 July 2011 comments

The woman who could have ruled the world

With the death of Amy Winehouse, British music has lost what should have been its brightest talent.

Julia Stitch Tuesday 26 July 2011 comments

Farewell, Goddess with the beehive

In our cynical times there’s something to be said for living intensively, like Amy Winehouse did.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 26 July 2011 comments

Norway: it’s not ‘naive’ to defend liberty

After Friday’s murderous attacks Norwegians are right to resist increased surveillance that will compromise citizens’ freedoms.

Sean Collins Tuesday 26 July 2011 comments

Debt ceiling debate: bad political theatre

Even more than the Eurozone crisis, the debt discussion in the US shines a harsh light on the dysfunctional nature of the modern political class.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 27 July 2011 comments

From working class to incapacitated class

How radical activists shifted from viewing the working classes as powerful to pitying them as pathetic.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 27 July 2011 comments

Truth is the first casualty of war movies

A new film about the Russian-Georgian War of August 2008 claims to be ‘based on actual events’. Like hell it is.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 27 July 2011 comments

Forgive me, Bloomberg, for I have binged

The calorie info in NY restaurants may not have trimmed many waistlines, but it has induced Catholic levels of guilt about eating.

Viral Shah Thursday 28 July 2011 comments

From holiday resort to footballing force

Could Malaga FC, flush with overseas investment, finally break the Real-Barca stranglehold on La Liga?

David Bowden Thursday 28 July 2011 comments

The Hour: the
Fifties, in colour

Abi Morgan’s much-hyped new drama feels like Britain’s liberals stealing conservatives’ favourite monochrome decade.

Tim Black Thursday 28 July 2011 comments

Libya: palace intrigue replaces people power

Recent events confirm that NATO’s numpty-led war has led to the colossal disempowerment of the Libyan people.

Tim Black Friday 29 July 2011 comments

Mike Sacks’ one-man war against the zeitgeist

American humourist Mike Sacks doesn’t bother with predictable targets like Palin or hicks. He prefers gerbils, the Holocaust, girls’ lockerrooms...

Fifi Adelsmythe Friday 29 July 2011 comments

How to avoid being one of those women

All hail Caitlin Moran, the edgy and real Times columnist who has declared a one-chick war against cultural yobbery.

James Heartfield Friday 29 July 2011 comments

Humanitarian imperialism in the age of Queen Victoria

The author of a new book explains how well-meaning but elitist Brits helped justified the spread of the Empire - and the uncomfortable parallels with present-day campaigners for Western intervention.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 29 July 2011 comments

A Swedish riposte to the politics of paternalism

From the 1940s moral panic around dancehalls to today’s attempts to ‘nudge’ us into good behaviour, Mattias Svensson’s new book shows the shifting faces of killjoys in Sweden and beyond.

Rob Lyons Friday 29 July 2011 comments

The strange life and turbulent times of Andy Kershaw

No Off Switch describes the only man in history to be a stagehand to the Stones, Radio 1 DJ, reporter on brutal struggles from Haiti to Rwanda, and boyfriend to, err... Carol Vorderman?

Patrick Hayes Friday 29 July 2011 comments

Think the government should manipulate us? Join the club.

Tina Rosenberg seems to want to stop us having fun - like smoking, drinking and having sex - and thinks getting other people to gang up on us is just the way to do it.

Ben Pile Friday 29 July 2011 comments

Admit it: environmentalism was an ugly experiment

Mark Lynas has converted from being an eco-alarmist to a pro-growth rationalist. But he still doesn’t get the problem with green thinking.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 29 July 2011 comments

What is the point of Ed Miliband?

If you can overlook its bizarre claim that Ed is a ‘political insurgent’, this biography of the Labour leader provides some unwitting insights into the new species of cut-off politician.

Frank Furedi Friday 29 July 2011 comments

What’s with the fashion for bashing baby boomers?

There’s something irritatingly infantile about blaming the boomers for everything from recession to eco-apocalypse. But in some ways, the boomers invited such ridicule.