March 2012

Dennis Hayes Thursday 1 March 2012 comments

Turning professors into social engineers

Obsessed with furnishing student-consumers with skills, universities now merely train where once they enlightened.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 1 March 2012 comments

How the West wrecked Libya

Far from being a model for future interventions, Libya shows that meddling strangles the democratic impulse.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Thursday 1 March 2012 comments

Why there’s a crisis of compassion

When society doesn’t respect wisdom and experience, is it any wonder carers don't respect the elderly?

Rob Lyons Thursday 1 March 2012 comments

Smoker or non-smoker, your freedom is at stake

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never lit up in your life - you should still be agitated by the paternalism of the plan to put fags in plain packets.

Tom Slater Friday 2 March 2012 comments

A cult film that won’t be a cult film

Slow thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene – lauded at Sundance, ignored by the Oscars – isn’t challenging, just vague.

David Bowden Friday 2 March 2012 comments

Politics and TV: the odd couple

No modern political chat show, including ITV’s new one The Agenda, has a patch on The Wright Stuff.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 2 March 2012 comments

Why the FA loves gay footballers

A new campaign against homophobia is more about lecturing footie fans than tackling discrimination.

Tim Black Friday 2 March 2012 comments

In defence of the Luddites

200 years after Lord Byron’s tub-thumping speech about the Luddites, let us distinguish those radicals from today’s eco-miserabilists.

Ashley Frawley Monday 5 March 2012 comments

The myth of the workshy Greek

Ashley Frawley reports from Greece on the reality of the economic crisis: millions of people working hard for low pay or no pay.

Bruno Waterfield Monday 5 March 2012 comments

Making the fiskalpakt Ireland-proof

The EU is doing everything it can to ensure that the Irish referendum is stitched up before a vote is cast.

Luke Gittos Monday 5 March 2012 comments

A ‘human-rights sceptic’ and proud of it

Anyone who values liberty should be a card-carrying ‘sceptic’ of the European Court of Human Rights.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 5 March 2012 comments

Why the EU is treating Greece as a moral punchbag

In a speech in Athens, Brendan O'Neill argued that it is the EU's crisis of moral authority that has made it so hysterically anti-Greek.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 6 March 2012 comments

God save us from atheist whining

A US campaign encouraging atheists ‘out of the closet’ is fuelled more by victim culture than secularist principles.

Nancy McDermott Tuesday 6 March 2012 comments

Why I don’t ‘Like’ this nipple campaign

Facebook’s ban on photos of women’s exposed breasts is silly, but lactivists’ campaign against it is even sillier.

Tim Black Tuesday 6 March 2012 comments

The myth of crazy-eyed African witch-hunters

The horrific murder of Kristy Bamu by unstable individuals has been used to paint all African Pentecostals in Britain as potential nutters.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 7 March 2012 comments

This state cop-out is a menace to society

The outsourcing of police services to private companies is a far bigger deal than most people realise.

Mark Blackham Wednesday 7 March 2012 comments

The chattering classes get their Rocks off

Sydney once violently cleared its working-class district of The Rocks – now it has turned it into a tourist hotspot.

Mick Hume Wednesday 7 March 2012 comments

Who wants police chiefs to edit a free press?

In the atmosphere of press unfreedom created around Leveson, it seems ‘the public interest’ is now to be defined by… the Metropolitan Police.

Luke Gittos Thursday 8 March 2012 comments

Who hasn't done a
little bit of 'stalking'?

In criminalising stalking, the government is outlawing all sorts of normal, if lovelorn behaviour.

Gabrielle Shiner Thursday 8 March 2012 comments

We're not all abusers until proven innocent

In casting us all as domestic abusers until the cops say otherwise, ‘Clare’s Law’ gives relationships a battering.

Frank Furedi Thursday 8 March 2012 comments

The elites are making
a virtue of intolerance

ESSAY: France’s criminalisation of Armenian genocide denial is only the latest outburst of twenty-first-century state intolerance.

Tom Slater Friday 9 March 2012 comments

The best inoffensive film to watch with your parents

Yes, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is unchallenging and cliché-ridden. But this bittersweet retiree romp remains a delight.

Tomas Duckling Friday 9 March 2012 comments

Why football needs dictators in the dugout

The best way to lead a footie team to victory? Abolish any idea of democracy in the dressing room.

David Bowden Friday 9 March 2012 comments

Feeling too much at home with Homeland

If the new US drama induces a sense of déjà vu, that’s because it’s drawn from the same old post-9/11 script.

Rob Lyons Friday 9 March 2012 comments

One year on: the lessons of Fukushima

On the first anniversary of the Japanese tsunami, Rob Lyons asks why some fairly minor damage to one nuclear plant became the story.

Tim Black Monday 12 March 2012 comments

The Syrian opposition: handpicked by Hillary

Just because Clinton and others have beatified the Syrian National Council, that doesn’t make it legit.

Patrick Hayes Monday 12 March 2012 comments

The West is already meddling in Syria

From economic sanctions to weapons inspections, international forces are already there, making things worse.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 12 March 2012 comments

Bomb Syria so that I can sleep at night

The most shocking thing about the intervene-in-Syria lobby is not its historical amnesia over Iraq and Afghanistan, but its naked narcissism.

Sally Millard Tuesday 13 March 2012 comments

The media showtrial of Smokin’ Stacey

The hounding of Stacey Solomon for having a fag confirms that pregnant women now have little autonomy.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 13 March 2012 comments

The Kony viral campaign? Dislike

With its inaccuracies and childish arguments, Kony2012 is no help whatsoever to the people of Uganda.

Phil Mullan Tuesday 13 March 2012 comments

The debt crisis is only the canary in the mine

ESSAY: Demonising debt distracts us from what caused the public-debt crisis in the first place – the sluggishness of the productive economy.

Matthias Heitman Wednesday 14 March 2012 comments

Joachim Gauck: the making of a technocrat

Germany’s next president might believe in personal freedom, but his parliamentary colleagues seem less keen.

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 14 March 2012 comments

The devaluation of disabled people’s lives

Why is it assumed that the only way to help Tony Nicklinson, a man paralysed by a stroke, is to help him die?

Rob Lyons Wednesday 14 March 2012 comments

Red meat is bad for you? Burger off!

Medical researchers now churn out scary-sounding studies about steak and bacon faster than McDonald's produces Big Macs.

Luke Gittos Thursday 15 March 2012 comments

Stand up if you hate this law

Chanting ‘vile abuse’ at other footie supporters shouldn’t be a criminal offence – it is a vital part of being a fan.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 15 March 2012 comments

Free speech on Facebook? Think again

The prosecution of a teenager for sounding off about British soldiers on Facebook should be of concern to us all.

Frank Furedi Thursday 15 March 2012 comments

The moral crusaders who confuse sex with rape

Today’s relentless awareness-raising about an alleged epidemic of rape speaks to officialdom’s suspicion of interpersonal relationships.

Tom Slater Friday 16 March 2012 comments

Doing Hardy proud in modern India

Thanks to its Indian twist, Michael Winterbottom’s new take on Tess of the d'Urbervilles is no tired costume drama.

David Bowden Friday 16 March 2012 comments

Even dopey teens can be good parents

Pramface, a comedy about young people dealing with unwanted pregnancy, is one child of BBC3 worth keeping.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 March 2012 comments

Time to pick Premier League pockets?

Focusing on dodgy foreign owners or crooked British ones ignores the real problem facing British football.

Rob Lyons Friday 16 March 2012 comments

Why eco-activists love His Royal Hystericalness

What does Prince Charles share with his middle-class fanboys? A small-minded, typically aristocratic fear of change and the future.

Eero Iloniemi Monday 19 March 2012 comments

In memoriam: the
cold-cut warrior

The strange tale of TV butcher Väinö Purje and how his Finnish sausages helped to finish the Cold War.

Frank Furedi Monday 19 March 2012 comments

Bob Dylan and the birth of The Sixties

On the 50th anniversary of the release of Dylan's first album, Frank Furedi looks back at that decade of tumult.

Jennie Bristow Monday 19 March 2012 comments

How anti-abortionists are upping the ante

ESSAY: Heated debate about abortion is good - but pro-lifers' new tactic of harassing individual women and doctors is cowardly and wrong.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 20 March 2012 comments

Meet the students taking on the state

If you think student groups are all PC, censorious bores, you clearly haven't heard of Liberty League.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 20 March 2012 comments

Plan B's prole porn for the music press

The lauding of his new single 'Ill Manors' shows even youth culture has been colonised by the chattering classes.

Tim Black Tuesday 20 March 2012 comments

The West is helping to crush the Bahrain Spring

US and UK officials are offering Bahrain’s authoritarians everything from PR tips to policing advice for their war against the masses.

Dennis Hayes Wednesday 21 March 2012 comments

‘Billy No Mates’: the new role model

Some UK schools are banning ‘best friends’ to spare children the heartbreak of falling out. Bad move.

Sean Collins Wednesday 21 March 2012 comments

Goading Goldman Sachs: a new sport

Half self-promotion, half banker-bashing, there was nothing brave about Greg Smith's resignation letter.

Mick Hume Wednesday 21 March 2012 comments

Did they expect fans to boo Muamba for diving?

Behind the united sympathy for Fabrice Muamba, reactions to his ordeal reveal that bigotry about football fans did not end with Hillsborough.

Rania Hafez Thursday 22 March 2012 comments

Shisha scaremongering: a load of hubble-bubble

Perhaps those panicking about the British trend for this Middle Eastern pastime should chill out with the pipe themselves.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 22 March 2012 comments

Why clicktivism now makes us switch off

President Obama is better than most politicians at exploiting social media, but even he can fall victim to mocking memes.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 22 March 2012 comments

Why gay marriage is a very bad idea

The gay-marriage juggernaut has nothing to do with liberty, and everything to do with providing the elite with a new moral mission.

Tom Slater Friday 23 March 2012 comments

Out of the darkness and into the light

It starts as a simplistic, sanitised take on the Holocaust, but finally In Darkness becomes the humanising film it needed to be.

David Bowden Friday 23 March 2012 comments

TV’s struggle to live in the moment

As period dramas from Downton Abbey to White Heat show, it can be easier to tell a story by setting it in the past.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 23 March 2012 comments

Football: less than a matter of life and death

Only those with a malign view of fans could be surprised at the universal sympathy for Fabrice Muamba after his heart attack.

Bill Durodié Friday 23 March 2012 comments

The spy who came in from the Cold War

The Red Army toilet-raiding realities of spying certainly exhilarated Steve Gibson, but the fall of the Berlin Wall brought doubt, too.

Ceri Dingle Monday 26 March 2012 comments

‘People don’t just want to watch Jeremy Kyle

A WORLDbytes film crew found Londoners in a supposed far-right stronghold took an intelligent approach to welfare.

Patrick Hayes Monday 26 March 2012 comments

Minimum pricing means minimising choice

Ramping up the price of booze won't change drinking habits, but it will squeeze just a little more freedom out of life.

Rob Lyons Monday 26 March 2012 comments

Lies, damned lies and ‘pink slime’

It’s not scare stories about ground beef but the anti-industrial prejudices of foodies that should spoil your appetite.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 27 March 2012 comments

An assault on ‘real’
men - and women

A London poster campaign about male rape is part of a trend to encourage us all to be victims in need of support.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 27 March 2012 comments

Rare earths and
not-so-rare tensions

The US government’s threat to take China to court for hoarding precious elements is more than just a trade dispute.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 27 March 2012 comments

Call off this Culture War over Toulouse

Even before we knew the identity of the anti-Semitic school-shooter, people were turning him into a symbol of all that’s wrong with France.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 28 March 2012 comments

...but tweets will never hurt me

The imprisonment of a UK student for posting ‘aggravating’ tweets about an ill footballer is no LOL matter.

Tim Black Wednesday 28 March 2012 comments

Why fund the politically bankrupt?

State-funded political parties will do greater damage to politics than any number of dodgy donors to the Tory Party.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 28 March 2012 comments

These granny-bashers really need to grow up

Recent outbursts of anti-pensioner sentiment show just how Malthusian modern thinking has become.

Tom Slater Thursday 29 March 2012 comments

Have the Dardennes fallen off their bike?

The remarkable Belgian filmmaking duo have produced a string of gritty modern classics - this fluffier fairytale is their first flop.

David Bowden Thursday 29 March 2012 comments

Just a Minute,
radio isn't dead yet

If radio was really an outdated medium, desperate TV producers wouldn’t keep trying to rip off its ideas.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 29 March 2012 comments

Viewing fans as a riot waiting to happen

Watching football is not a crime, so why are away fans being treated – and manhandled – like criminals?

Tiffany Jenkins Thursday 29 March 2012 comments

A Scottish license to kill culture

Bureaucrats north of the border seem to be on a mission to bleed all the spontaneity out of Scotland's thriving cultural scene.

Mick Hume Thursday 29 March 2012 comments

Who wants to live in
Hugh Grant’s ‘ideal world’?

The tabloid-bashing actor-crusader returns to read Lord Justice Leveson’s script on ‘light touch’ state regulation of the press.

Bill Durodié Friday 30 March 2012 comments

The spy who came in from the Cold War

The Red Army toilet-raiding realities of spying certainly exhilarated Steve Gibson, but the fall of the Berlin Wall brought doubt, too.

Sarah Boyes Friday 30 March 2012 comments

How to engage with books

Literary criticism needs a revival, but Michael Mack’s assertion that literature is ‘disruptive’ and his suggestion that it should be analysed for how it can help us cope with life won’t do.

Rob Lyons Friday 30 March 2012 comments

Why eco-activists love His Royal Hystericalness

What does Prince Charles share with his middle-class fanboys? A small-minded, typically aristocratic fear of change and the future.

Tim Black Friday 30 March 2012 comments

A Byronic defence of the Luddites

200 years after Lord Byron’s tub-thumping speech about the Luddites, let us distinguish those radicals from today’s eco-miserabilists.

Dolan Cummings Friday 30 March 2012 comments

Religious belief is more than an evolutionary affliction

A new book attempts to ground a defence of religious freedom in cognitive science, but in doing so it reveals a lack of faith in freedom itself.

Alexander Adams Friday 30 March 2012 comments

Letters from a beaten figure

A collection of William Burroughs’s letters reveals the Beat writer’s thoughts on everything from Denmark and drugs to ringworm and movie stars.

Angus Kennedy Friday 30 March 2012 comments

In higher education quality, not equality, matters

Stefan Collini's new book asks What Are Universities For?, but his relativist view of Truth and Knowledge prevents him from giving a satisfactory answer.

Nancy McDermott Friday 30 March 2012 comments

No bowing down before Bébé

American journalist Pamela Druckerman’s fascinating look at how the French bring up their children shows that putting adults first is better for everyone – the kids included.