October 2012

Tom Bailey Monday 1 October 2012 comments

Students can handle Gorgeous George

The ‘no platforming’ of Galloway is just the latest instance of the NUS treating students with contempt.

Patrick Hayes Monday 1 October 2012 comments

Anti-fascists are killing free speech

Activists who call on the state to arrest and imprison 'fascists' for their speech crimes should look up irony in the dictionary.

Wendy Kaminer Monday 1 October 2012 comments

Sacrificing free speech to the heckler’s veto

The defacement of anti-Muslim ads on the New York subway was not an act of free speech - it was an act of censorship of offensive views.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 2 October 2012 comments

The wrongs of the squatters’ rights brigade

Too many of today’s new breed of spoilt squatters are driven less by desperation than by a sense of entitlement.

Sean Collins Tuesday 2 October 2012 comments

Obama and the end of great expectations

In 2008, Obama won by exciting and raising people’s expectations. In 2012, he hopes to win by lowering them.

James Heartfield Tuesday 2 October 2012 comments

Eric Hobsbawm and the tragedy of the left

Where Hobsbawm’s histories of the 19th century were enlivened by his Marxism, his histories of the 20th century were corrupted by his Stalinism.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 3 October 2012 comments

Ed Balls is not our economic saviour

The shadow chancellor’s conference speech was big on populism and small on practicalities.

Tim Black Wednesday 3 October 2012 comments

The savaging of Jimmy Savile

The only beneficiary of the accusations against Savile is the suspicion-spreading child-protection industry.

Christopher Snowdon Wednesday 3 October 2012 comments

A black market in booze fearmongering

Panorama has been caught out peddling dodgy alcohol stats, only the latest instance of junk-science moralising by the neo-temperance lobby.

Ed Barrett Thursday 4 October 2012 comments

A splendid time is still guaranteed for all…

ESSAY: As the Beatles’ back catalogue is reissued, Ed Barrett salutes the world’s most brilliant, inventive and humorous pop group.

Woudhuysen, Kaplinsky & Seaman Thursday 4 October 2012 comments

How to make blackouts a thing of the past

The key to providing for our energy needs is technological development, not sterile rows about energy sources.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Thursday 4 October 2012 comments

Michael Gove goes Bacc to the future

The education secretary’s plan to restore rigorous teaching and end-of-course exams is a blast from the past worth welcoming.

Tim Black Thursday 4 October 2012 comments

The ASA: still insulting our intelligence

The Advertising Standards Authority is back, and this time it is bigger, fatter and even more condescending.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 4 October 2012 comments

Plebs versus poshos? Pull the other one

The chattering classes’ declaration of war against the toffs in the Cameron cabinet is the least convincing class war in human history.

Tom Slater Friday 5 October 2012 comments

Time travel
for dummies

If you go to watch Looper expecting a twenty-first century version of The Matrix, you’re going to be disappointed.

Emmet Livingstone Friday 5 October 2012 comments

Breaking Bad: the best thing on the box

Incredibly, the moral descent of a drug-dealing chemistry teacher with cancer has been turned into sublime TV.

Rob Lyons Friday 5 October 2012 comments

Eurocrisis: from despair to where?

To launch our new series of video interviews, spiked shorts, Rob Lyons explores the Eurozone crisis.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 5 October 2012 comments

There was no Miracle of Medinah

Europe’s Ryder Cup win cannot be the greatest sporting comeback ever – because golf is not a sport.

Kate Prengel Friday 5 October 2012 comments

Rushdie’s life was surely more interesting than this?

In his new fatwa memoir, literature’s one-time enfant terrible somehow manages to make a life lived in fear of death sound terribly dull.

Luke Gittos Monday 8 October 2012 comments

Another fine mess NATO has got us into

As the mayhem in Syria shows, NATO does little but destabilise the countries that it threatens to intervene in.

Patrick Hayes Monday 8 October 2012 comments

The dangers of sabre-
rattling in Syria

The spread of the Syrian war to Turkey shows how lethal the internationalisation of conflicts can be.

Frank Furedi Monday 8 October 2012 comments

‘Tolerance is the basis of all our freedoms’

In a free society, everyone, even those we consider repugnant, must have the liberty to express themselves and their ideas.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 9 October 2012 comments

It shouldn’t be a crime to hate the Old Bill

Convicting a man for wearing an anti-cop t-shirt shows how skewed the balance between state and citizen has become.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 9 October 2012 comments

Get the state off our dinner plates

The powers-that-be are so disdainful of the public they even feel the need to tell us what to eat and how to eat it.

Tim Black Tuesday 9 October 2012 comments

Why the booze panic is still staggering on

Officialdom is determined to ‘denormalise’ what the majority of us deem to be perfectly normal: enjoying a few drinks at the end of the day.

Dennis Hayes Wednesday 10 October 2012 comments

Be a ‘know all’, not a lifelong learner

The redefinition of students as ‘learners’ speaks to the hollowing-out of the knowledge base of education.

Tim Black Wednesday 10 October 2012 comments

The Tory Party: a conference of cliques

The Conservative conference is less about politics than petty, self-promoting infighting and factionalism.

Mick Hume Wednesday 10 October 2012 comments

No ‘victims’ veto’ on press freedom

Celebrity demands for David Cameron to back state regulation of the press have revealed the true mission of the Leveson inquisition.

Tom Bailey Thursday 11 October 2012 comments

The banker-bashing battle of Brick Lane

A graffitied mural on a London street certainly looks anti-Semitic, but the calls to ban it are backward too.

Wendy Kaminer Thursday 11 October 2012 comments

What about our right to be offensive?

Claims by an American newscaster that she had been ‘bullied’ about her weight take hypersensitivity to new heights.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 11 October 2012 comments

Venezuela: the left’s heart in a heartless world

The Western left’s bizarre love affair with the Bonapartist Hugo Chavez speaks volumes about its intellectual disarray and desperation.

Promi Ferdousi Friday 12 October 2012 comments

There is more to K-pop than ‘Gangnam Style’

Psy’s YouTube sensation is fun, but it's not a patch on the joys awaiting Western fans who want to explore Korean pop.

Tom Slater Friday 12 October 2012 comments

Holy Motors: who needs films to make sense?

Leos Carax’s movie is visually and emotionally engaging while seemingly devoid of a coherent narrative.

Emmet Livingstone Friday 12 October 2012 comments

The actress who came in from the cold

Amid the naff plot and spy cliches, the reason to watch Homeland still shines through: Claire Danes.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 12 October 2012 comments

Diving: let’s get real about simulation

Maybe players do ‘go to ground too easily’, but football would be much duller without such pantomime villains.

Fifi Adelsmythe Friday 12 October 2012 comments

A countercultural cuckoo in
a nest of super-squares

Can we please all be upstanding for Caitlin Moran and her one-chick war against conformist society and its daft, sexist inhabitants.

Rob Lyons Monday 15 October 2012 comments

Scotland: the world’s most childish nation

The SNP thinks children should be trusted with votes in a referendum, but adults shouldn't be trusted with booze and fags.

Patrick Hayes Monday 15 October 2012 comments

The TUC: getting Blue Peter with politics

The TUC’s sponsorship of an X Factor-style banner competition shows just how pointless its annual march has become.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 15 October 2012 comments

Savile: the mad hunt for a conspiracy of witches

With its contagion of accusation and counter-accusation, the Savile scandal has exposed the Salem-style irrationalism of the modern elite.

Tessa Mayes Tuesday 16 October 2012 comments

The cult of the political celebrity

At the Tory Party conference, Tessa Mayes found herself caught up in the Bozza-focused eye of a celebrity storm.

Ben Pile Tuesday 16 October 2012 comments

Welcome to the politics of pastiche

Our political leaders are so bereft of ideas that they have taken to plundering the slogans of yesteryear.

Sean Collins Tuesday 16 October 2012 comments

Never mind Big Bird.
Where are the Big Ideas?

After expending all his energies demonising his opponent, Obama lost the TV debate because the truth emerged: Romney is not actually evil.

Saleha Ali Wednesday 17 October 2012 comments

‘Abortion is a
very civilised thing’

In a new WORLDbytes film, Ellie Lee puts the case for making abortion a personal choice, not a legal matter.

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 17 October 2012 comments

Switch off the junk science, not the TV

The recent claim that too much television is bad for children is just another policy agenda dressed up as science.

Tim Black Wednesday 17 October 2012 comments

Why Lance Armstrong was put in the stocks

The very public humiliation of the former cycling hero reveals how the anti-doping obsession has spread suspicion through the sports world.

Ann Furedi Thursday 18 October 2012 comments

‘You can’t be a little bit pro-choice’

Ann Furedi, chief executive of bpas, answers your questions on abortion, free speech and the right to protest.

Bruno Waterfield Thursday 18 October 2012 comments

The EU: keeping the people out of politics

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Brussels is based on the myth that the EU brought peace to Europe.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 18 October 2012 comments

Israel vs Iran: clash of the pariah states

With Iran demonised by Western leaders and Israel demonised by Western liberals, both countries have become unpredictable beasts.

Tom Slater Friday 19 October 2012 comments

On the wrong road

The long-awaited film version of Jack Kerouac’s seminal Beat generation novel does the book’s reputation no favours.

Stuart Waiton Friday 19 October 2012 comments

The perversion of being an adolescent

The Perks of Being a Wallflower perfectly illustrates the dangers of the modern, unhealthy obsession with child abuse.

Emmet Livingstone Friday 19 October 2012 comments

Andrew Marr’s History of the World, not ours

Given the Wikipedia-lite nature of its content, Marr would have been better advised keeping his history to himself.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 19 October 2012 comments

Black Box: great story, bad twitterature

Jennifer Egan’s sci-fi thriller may have first been serialised on Twitter, but it triumphs in spite of the medium, not because of it.

Neil Davenport Monday 22 October 2012 comments

EMA was an enemy of youthful autonomy

Don’t bring back the education maintenance allowance – it was a patronising slap in the face of poor students.

James Woudhuysen Monday 22 October 2012 comments

The idiocy of the New Catastrophists

The disparity between commentators’ warnings of doom and their proposed social solutions is hilarious.

Tim Black Monday 22 October 2012 comments

Plebgate: the truth about their aloofness

It isn’t their poshness that puts the Tories out of kilter with the public – it is their political and organisational deracination.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 23 October 2012 comments

Down with the Diet Police!

Tesco’s introduction of traffic-light food warnings shows how normal the nudging of the masses has become.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 23 October 2012 comments

The Twittermob is watching you, too

The twitch-hunt of far-right nutjob Nick Griffin over one daft tweet has frightening implications for us all.

Mick Hume Tuesday 23 October 2012 comments

In defence of ‘shameless anti-Leveson propaganda’

As many liberal journalists and ‘hackademics’ desert the cause, it is time to take a stand for the freedom of the press to be an unruly mess.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 24 October 2012 comments

An inhumane presumption of guilt

As the Savile scandal reaches a new pitch, key principles of criminal justice are being sacrificed at the altar of victimhood.

Tim Black Wednesday 24 October 2012 comments

Auntie becomes
a dirty uncle

Even the mighty BBC, so beloved of Britain’s cultural elite, is impotent in the face of the child abuse panic.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 24 October 2012 comments

An educated,
erudite lynch mob

The hysteria over Savile reminds us that it isn’t tabloids that drive paedophile panics - it’s the great and the good.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 24 October 2012 comments

The Savile inquiries:
giving truth a bad name

The excavation of the past to ‘uncover the truth’ about Savile is really about looking at history through today’s abuse-obsessed goggles.

Tom Slater Thursday 25 October 2012 comments

Not poetic, just patronising

Beasts of the Southern Wild has garnered much praise, but its message seems to be that the poor like being poor.

Tom Bailey Thursday 25 October 2012 comments

Making a mockery of the vote

Giving prisoners the vote is neither radical nor progressive, and it will further degrade democracy.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 25 October 2012 comments

The phony war over football racism

The current row has reduced racism and anti-racism to name-calling, handshakes and yellow t-shirts.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 25 October 2012 comments

A disaster that science brought upon itself

The jailing of scientists for failing to predict an earthquake is the sad conclusion to the scientific community’s depiction of itself as soothsayer.

Jason Walsh Friday 26 October 2012 comments

Do we really need the state at all?

Gerard Casey, author of Libertarian Anarchy talks to Jason Walsh about liberty, liberals and the need for civil political debate.

Christopher Snowdon Friday 26 October 2012 comments

A run-of-the-mill superpower

What is most striking about the US is just how unexceptional it is compared to other developed nations.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 26 October 2012 comments

Black Box: great story, bad twitterature

Jennifer Egan’s sci-fi thriller may have first been serialised on Twitter, but it triumphs in spite of the medium, not because of it.

Kate Prengel Friday 26 October 2012 comments

Rushdie’s life was surely more interesting than this?

In his new fatwa memoir, literature’s one-time enfant terrible somehow manages to make a life lived in fear of death sound terribly dull.

Fifi Adelsmythe Friday 26 October 2012 comments

A countercultural cuckoo in
a nest of super-squares

Can we please all be upstanding for Caitlin Moran and her one-chick war against conformist society and its daft, sexist inhabitants.

Emmet Livingstone Friday 26 October 2012 comments

Mantel’s revolution in historical fiction

Hilary Mantel cements her reputation as novelistic innovator with Bring Up the Bodies, a sequel every bit as seditiously potent as Wolf Hall.

Neil Davenport Friday 26 October 2012 comments

Exploding the myth of a 'People's War'

James Heartfield demolishes the dominant anti-fascist narrative to reveal the truth about the Second World War: six years of slaughter, poverty and exploitation.

Josie Appleton Friday 26 October 2012 comments

There ain’t no harm in hate speech

The demand to criminalise hate speech is essentially a demand to criminalise people who haven't actually done anything wrong.

Patrick Hayes Monday 29 October 2012 comments

A police state created by anti-fascists

In their enthusiasm to clamp down on ‘hate speech’, anti-fascists have become an unofficial arm of the state.

José Castro Caldas Monday 29 October 2012 comments

The Eurocrats stage a coup d'etat

Europe’s financial crisis is being used to justify the denial of democracy and a permanent state of emergency.

Tim Black Monday 29 October 2012 comments

Why Miliband wants to mess with our minds

Bereft of political vision and with no ideas for how to remake Britain, the Labour leader wants to boost our mental health instead.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 30 October 2012 comments

GM food: nothing to worry about

Proposed legislation in California to label GM food assumes there is something scary and different about it.

Martin Cullip Tuesday 30 October 2012 comments

The dangers of government gore

Plain cigarette packs will not be plain – they will be plastered in bloody and gross propaganda.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 30 October 2012 comments

Egalité without liberté? Non, non, non!

A new army of equality quangos and experts promises to make us all equal – but at the expense of our freedoms and desire to be rich.

Alan Miller Wednesday 31 October 2012 comments

Keeping calm and carrying on

A Manhattan resident, reporting from the eye of the storm, is glad to find New York’s leaders acting rationally.

Nancy McDermott Wednesday 31 October 2012 comments

Sandy was a bitch, not the apocalypse

This storm reminded us that nature can be tough but that the people of New York are even tougher.

Sean Collins Wednesday 31 October 2012 comments

Hurricane Sandy: a political storm

Pundits’ exploitation of Sandy to big up Barack Obama shows how desperate they have become.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 31 October 2012 comments

New York: standing tall against nature’s wrath

Let’s praise the manmade structures that withstood Sandy’s fury rather than fretting about allegedly manmade Frankenstorms.