April 2012

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 2 April 2012 comments

Trayvon Martin and the
myth of racist America

In the US, everyone with a cause to champion and an emotion to release is latching on to the teenager's murder.

Neil Davenport Monday 2 April 2012 comments

You can’t blame the riots on trainer adverts

To discover the real cause of the August riots, the intrusive state could do with looking closer to home.

Frank Furedi Monday 2 April 2012 comments

What is really fuelling Britain's petrol panic?

This panic shows we're now governed by scared mongers rather than scaremongers, by people whose own fears drive the culture of fear.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 3 April 2012 comments

Turning the internet into a police state

A government that said it’d be ‘strong in defence of freedom’ now wants to spy on everything we do online.

Tim Black Tuesday 3 April 2012 comments

‘Too posh for a pasty’ is not a political critique

The excitable attacks on senior Tories for their privileged backgrounds shows up the poverty of political debate.

Mick Hume Tuesday 3 April 2012 comments

The real lessons for Britain from Bradford West

Calm down: Galloway’s by-election victory was neither a ‘Bradford Spring’ nor a triumph for Islamism. But it was more than a one-off.

Martin Cullip Wednesday 4 April 2012 comments

Banning broccoli? You protest too much

The censorious clicktivists desperately searching for new causes to ‘like’ and products to ban are doing more harm than good.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Wednesday 4 April 2012 comments

Children need education, not qualifications

Schooling has a crucial, humanist task: to introduce pupils to the accumulated learning of humanity.

Jonathan Hartford Wednesday 4 April 2012 comments

We don’t need no grade inflation

Following Gove’s A-level blast, a sixth-form teacher lifts the lid on the cynical, ‘teach to the test’ reality of UK schools.

Tim Black Wednesday 4 April 2012 comments

The birth of democracy in Burma? Sadly not

Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral victory is less the product of people power than of deal-making between the US and the military junta.

Tom Slater Thursday 5 April 2012 comments

A life-affirming rhapsody on the death penalty

Werner Herzog’s poignant death-penalty documentary avoids didacticism in favour of unalloyed human experience.

Rob Lyons Thursday 5 April 2012 comments

Football's three priorities: goals, goals, goals

Having a player who knows how to stick chances away can be a panacea for even the most hopeless team. Ask Arsenal.

David Bowden Thursday 5 April 2012 comments

Farewell then, Heather Trott and Harry Hill

Soap-opera characters are dropping like flies, but the departure of TV Burp’s host is a much bigger loss.

Tim Black Thursday 5 April 2012 comments

Why the hate for Samantha Brick?

She may have written a deluded article about being drop-dead gorgeous, but does that really deserve the twittered spleen?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 5 April 2012 comments

The Passion of the New Atheists?

This Easter, some atheists would have us believe that, like the early Christians, they are hated and persecuted by the mob. Don’t buy it.

Judith Ayers Tuesday 10 April 2012 comments

The rappers giving the finger to fatalism

From the 1970s onwards, hip-hop artists have been penning anthems about refusing to accept their lot.

Peter Lloyd Tuesday 10 April 2012 comments

It is time we burst
this ‘bubbling’

A new report describes how the police and football clubs are conspiring to restrict the free movement of fans.

Tim Black Tuesday 10 April 2012 comments

This isn’t politics, it’s accountancy

The obsession with how much tax politicians pay confirms that the cult of transparency is destroying political debate.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 11 April 2012 comments

Why Syrians should
say no to Annan

The UN ‘peace plan’ is about enforcing stability, even if that means keeping Assad in power, not liberating Syrians.

Wendy Kaminer Wednesday 11 April 2012 comments

In America, atheists are still in the closet

No, non-believers don’t face legal discrimination, but their rhetoric about ‘coming out’ is not mere melodrama.

Nick Cater Wednesday 11 April 2012 comments

Panorama and the toxic BBC culture

The editor of the Weekend Australian says the BBC’s claim that News Corp encouraged piracy against competitors is pure conspiracy theory.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 12 April 2012 comments

Mike Daisey and the great Foxconn con

A new report from inside the giant Chinese factory gives the lie, again, to claims about life on the Apple assembly line.

Neil Davenport Thursday 12 April 2012 comments

Who benefits from housing handouts?

The only people whose welfare is boosted by the housing-benefit racket is middle-class landlords.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 12 April 2012 comments

Let’s liberate youth from the grip of welfare

Cutting housing benefit to under-25s is actually not a bad idea – but let’s do it for the right reasons rather than to save the state cash.

Tom Slater Friday 13 April 2012 comments

Taking Titanic seriously will end in disaster

Critics should forget the historical inaccuracies - James Cameron’s rereleased blockbuster is a naff weepy and nothing more.

David Bowden Friday 13 April 2012 comments

Getting off on TV dating shows

Take Me Out might be good fun on a Saturday night but The Undateables is the one you’d want to take home with you.

Rob Lyons Friday 13 April 2012 comments

For once, Alan Davies is right

He’s a twit, yes, but the comedian is right to question the compulsory mourning over Hillsborough.

Sean Collins Friday 13 April 2012 comments

Is America committing ‘superpower suicide’?

Yes, claims that America is rotting like the Roman Empire are over the top, but two new books swing too far in the other direction.

Barrie Collins Monday 16 April 2012 comments

Shooting down the ‘truth’ about Rwanda

ESSAY: Barrie Collins exposes the fictions of those claiming to know who killed the Rwandan president in 1994.

Michael Baum Monday 16 April 2012 comments

Where have all the pink dollars gone?

A new breast cancer-awareness doc is too focused on conspiracies to grasp the real travesty of ‘pink think’.

Frank Furedi Monday 16 April 2012 comments

This linguistic engineering invades our lives and loves

Officialdom’s frenetic replacement of words like son and wife with words like ‘carer’ and ‘partner’ diminishes our identities.

Jason Walsh Tuesday 17 April 2012 comments

The snobbery of the anti-Titanic crew

The only thing more absurd than the recent outbreak of Titanic mania is the anti-Titanic tut-tutting.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 17 April 2012 comments

Don’t ban it.
Get over it!

The banning of silly Christian bus adverts reveals the contempt in which the mayor holds ordinary Londoners.

Norman Lewis Tuesday 17 April 2012 comments

Instagram, Kodak and the end of innovation

ESSAY: The contrasting fates of two photo companies shows there’s more money in navel-gazing than transformative tech.

Mick Hume Tuesday 17 April 2012 comments

Hands off the Grand National

The row over the death of two racehorses blends contempt for the masses, risk-aversion and the irrationalism of animal rights.

Wendy Kaminer Wednesday 18 April 2012 comments

The right to be
wildly unpopular

US civil libertarian Wendy Kaminer answers your questions on Obama, the Tea Party, Leveson and loads more.

Daniel Ben-Ami Wednesday 18 April 2012 comments

Inequality: a middle-class obsession

ESSAY: Unlike past warriors for equality, today’s campaigners simply dislike both the super-rich and ‘trailer trash’.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 18 April 2012 comments

Ken vs Boris? What a letdown for London

When even a mayoral contest in a city as great as this lacks zeal and ideas, you know traditional politics is in a bad way.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 19 April 2012 comments

The National Trust’s imagination deficit

The conservation charity is right to celebrate outdoor play, but the idea of ‘nature-deficit disorder’ is nonsense.

Tim Black Thursday 19 April 2012 comments

The imperial narcissism of the F1 boycotters

The activists who say the race shouldn't be staged in Bahrain are only interested in displaying their decency.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 19 April 2012 comments

It isn’t only Breivik
who’s on trial in Oslo

The killer seems to have acted alone. So why the clamour to blame his actions on everything from divorce to football hooliganism to Sweden?

Tom Slater Friday 20 April 2012 comments

The oddball charm of a Nazi-hunting goth

Packed full of intriguing characters, offbeat drama-comedy This Must Be The Place even manages to make Sean Penn likeable.

David Bowden Friday 20 April 2012 comments

So long Ceefax, I shall miss you

Despite the clunky graphics and slow-to-change pages, Ceefax and Teletext always offered unexpected pleasures.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 20 April 2012 comments

Controversy makes the football go round

Football doesn’t need technological gizmos to prevent its demise - heated debate is its lifeblood.

Patrick Hayes Friday 20 April 2012 comments

The hunger for a simpler,
black-and-white world

The Hunger Games trilogy is the fictional equivalent of Occupy’s adolescent worldview. No wonder it’s a hit.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Monday 23 April 2012 comments

It’s not just the truants bunking off education

Charlie Taylor’s proposals to crack down on truancy miss the point about how schools really fail children.

Sandy Starr Monday 23 April 2012 comments

Is autism just another identity?

ESSAY: With so many people being added to the ‘autism spectrum’, a disorder is being transformed into a lifestyle.

Tim Black Monday 23 April 2012 comments

Abu Qatada and the farcical fearmongers

If there is one thing worse than successive governments’ hyping up of hate preachers, it’s their inability to do much about them.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Tuesday 24 April 2012 comments

What’s really behind the crisis in caring?

Last night’s BBC Panorama showed how grim some care homes are. But more bureaucratic monitoring is not the solution.

Patrick Basham Tuesday 24 April 2012 comments

Monkey see, monkey smoke?

Despite anti-smoking activists’ claims, a fancy fag packet does not turn us into 20-a-day nicotine fiends.

Chris Snowdon Tuesday 24 April 2012 comments

Old moralism in new packaging

The current campaign to force cigarettes into plain packets is driven by an ugly Prohibitionist zeal.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 24 April 2012 comments

Who made Jamie Oliver the Emperor of Eating?

The celebrity chef now has such a fattened sense of self-importance that he thinks he has the right to lecture elected politicians.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 25 April 2012 comments

A nation of cake-
loving racists?

Those keen to brand Sweden racist on the basis of a tasteless gateau need to get some perspective.

Nikos Sotirakopoulos Wednesday 25 April 2012 comments

Greece: a police state
made by the EU

The EU is usually the first to moralise about human rights and democracy, but not when it comes to Greece.

Mick Hume Wednesday 25 April 2012 comments

History and politics are never a ‘High Court’ matter

It is a sad sign when a leading war reporter can declare that big issues are not for ‘media debate’ and threaten critics with libel writs.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 26 April 2012 comments

Audience charming in the Yemen

Lasse Hallström’s rom-com serves up an appealingly fishy main with a side of political satire, but that only gets it so far.

Martin Cullip Thursday 26 April 2012 comments

Will it be au revoir
to ’Allo, ’Allo?

Cowardly broadcasters are blacklisting TV classics like It Ain’t Half Hot Mum for fear of causing offence.

Rob Lyons Thursday 26 April 2012 comments

Barcelona are crying out for Andy Carroll

As Chelsea stood resolute in the face of endless tedious passing, it became clear what Barcelona needed: a big lummox up front.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 26 April 2012 comments

Is Murdoch really
a lizard in a suit?

The Murdoch-bashing of the smart set who believes he ‘controls Britain’ has crossed the line from rational inquiry into David Icke territory.

David Bowden Friday 27 April 2012 comments

Imagining a world where no one can be trusted

Populated by acts of nihilistic terror and domestic surveillance, Ken Macleod's fantastic new novel explores the dystopian possibilities of the present.

Patrick Hayes Friday 27 April 2012 comments

The hunger for a simpler, black-and-white world

The Hunger Games trilogy is the fictional equivalent of Occupy’s adolescent worldview. No wonder it’s a hit.

Luke Gittos Friday 27 April 2012 comments

Amanda Craig’s not-so-novel take on immigration

From a self-righteous human rights lawyer to a trafficking victim, the characters in Hearts and Minds are like cut-out clichés from the immigration debate.

James Heartfield Friday 27 April 2012 comments

We are not all mentally ill now

Kenneth McLaughlin’s Surviving Identity is an important salvo against the mainstreaming of mental health treatment.

Rob Lyons Friday 27 April 2012 comments

Lessons from the new food priesthood

There is certainly a cacophony of nutritional and food advice being spewed forth today. But far from cutting through the proverbial, two recent books simply add to the noise.

Sean Collins Friday 27 April 2012 comments

Is America committing ‘superpower suicide’?

Yes, claims that America is rotting like the Roman Empire are over the top, but two new books swing too far in the other direction.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 27 April 2012 comments

Ordinary Americans don’t need the left’s pity

Thomas Frank’s belief that people aren’t revolting against capitalism because they’ve been duped by right-wing ideologues betrays an incredible disdain for the public.

Frank Furedi Friday 27 April 2012 comments

The divided state of America

Charles Murray’s new book is a valiant effort to explain why America's upper classes are now so hollow and defensive, and incapable of marshalling the moral resources to lead society.

Ken McLaughlin Monday 30 April 2012 comments

We don’t want to be ‘empowered’, thanks

The fad for empowerment in social work and politics is really about making people comply with state diktat.

Luke Gittos Monday 30 April 2012 comments

‘International justice’
is no justice at all

An international court's trial of ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor dents the democratic rights of West Africans.

Sean Collins Monday 30 April 2012 comments

Obama vs Romney: who do you hate least?

Both Obama and Romney are now tossed between public enthusiasm and public disdain, showing just how volatile this campaign has become.