January 2013

Rob Lyons Wednesday 2 January 2013 comments

Dramuary: celebrating the demon drink

Ignore the sirens of sobriety imploring you to have a 'Dry January', and have a wee drink every day.

James Heartfield Wednesday 2 January 2013 comments

When Lincoln and Marx were on the same side

150 years ago, Lancashire cotton workers fought alongside Abraham Lincoln to abolish slavery in the US.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 2 January 2013 comments

How ‘child protection’ policies harm children

We all want kids to be safe, but the plan to create a new database of children who visit A&E units will have the opposite effect.

Tim Black Thursday 3 January 2013 comments

Underestimating the resilience of youth

Officials obsessively focus on helping young people cope with unemployment, rather than overcome it.

Jason Walsh Thursday 3 January 2013 comments

Why Ireland’s new abortion law is mad

It is not a step forward for women's liberation to provide abortions for women who claim to be suicidal.

Sean Collins Thursday 3 January 2013 comments

A bad cliffhanger

The US 'fiscal cliff' talks were depicted as a tense dash to save America, but in truth all the big questions were left out.

Tom Slater Friday 4 January 2013 comments

The Hobbit: an unexpected pleasure

For all the fears that Peter Jackson had unduly stretched Tolkien’s slim novel, in fact he’s given us a rollicking watch.

Rob Lyons Friday 4 January 2013 comments

Here come the chequebook Charlies

It’s transfer-window time again, with all the fun of wondering who’s going to spend silly money on the wrong player.

David Bowden Friday 4 January 2013 comments

Happy sanitised, overcautious New Year

Recent complaints about Big Fat Quiz of the Year and Miranda show the culture of offence is alive and well.

Neil Davenport Friday 4 January 2013 comments

Anomie in the UK

Zadie Smith’s enthralling NW gives us a profound portrait of a society in which the ties that bind have loosened to a disturbing degree.

Tim Black Monday 7 January 2013 comments

Why the prince *hearts* environmentalists

In eco-activism, Charles has found a cause every bit as reactionary and anti-modern as the monarchy itself.

Patrick Hayes Monday 7 January 2013 comments

Hopefully the end for No Platform

A leading anti-fascist group has moved away from censorious No Platform policies. It’s time for others to follow suit.

Sadhvi Sharma Monday 7 January 2013 comments

After the Delhi rape, a deluge of authoritarianism

An Indian writer asks: if the protests about that awful gang rape really are progressive, why are they leading to less freedom?

Timandra Harkness Tuesday 8 January 2013 comments

Who’s afraid
of being fat?

A new study suggesting that being a bit chubby is harmless has left anti-obesity activists spitting out their salad.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 8 January 2013 comments

Stanley Cohen: a hero of sociology

The death of Cohen, who coined the term ‘moral panic’, deprives us of a great intellectual voice.

Ashley Frawley Tuesday 8 January 2013 comments

Happiness is... learning to live with TINA

The politics of happiness encourages us to accept our lot, breathing life back into the patronising idea that you can be ‘poor but happy’.

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 9 January 2013 comments

Why the Second Amendment still matters

Despite critics labelling it a relic of a bygone age of muskets, the right to bear arms is no anachronism.

Sean Collins Wednesday 9 January 2013 comments

Newtown: ‘a 9/11
for gun control’?

Both liberals and the right responded to the dreadful Sandy Hook massacre by denigrating liberty.

Wendy Kaminer Wednesday 9 January 2013 comments

Gun laws shouldn’t be written by ghosts

Second Amendment rights are important, but the idea that they should never change, even in the light of new facts, is just irrational.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 10 January 2013 comments

The cult of welfarism has become suffocating

Far from there being a war over welfare, everyone now accepts that people can't survive without the state.

Tim Black Thursday 10 January 2013 comments

What keeps Cam and Clegg clinging on

The Tories and Lib Dems are Ronsealed together by their fear and loathing of an estranged public.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 10 January 2013 comments

Does watching TV give you cancer? Of course not

News reports claiming that TV-addicted kids risk getting cancer confirm that the scaremongers mean business in 2013. It’s time to fight back.

Tom Slater Friday 11 January 2013 comments

The Impossible: a giant wave of sentimentality

Juan Antonio Bayona’s disaster movie about the Boxing Day tsunami starts well, but ends up as a cynical tearjerker.

David Bowden Friday 11 January 2013 comments

Tom Daley: nice body, shame about the format

Splash! may be the naffest celeb show yet, but it’s given the nation the green light to perv over an Olympic starlet.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 11 January 2013 comments

The ‘magic of the cup’ is just an illusion

Even Championship teams - and their supporters - are more interested in joining the big boys, not just beating them.

Kate Prengel Friday 11 January 2013 comments

The world according to Jacques Chirac

In his autobiography, the former French president spins a romantic but hole-ridden tale designed to depict himself as Super Statesman.

Mick Hume Monday 14 January 2013 comments

Operation Yewtree: putting the past on trial

The Savile scandal has become a trawl for celebrity sexual abuse in the 1960s and 1970s that reads history backwards.

Luke Gittos Monday 14 January 2013 comments

Jimmy Savile and the end of objectivity

Prosecutors and police have ditched the disinterested search for truth in favour of affirming victims’ experiences.

Frank Furedi Monday 14 January 2013 comments

Using children as a moral shield

Officials and charities that use children to front their moralistic campaigns are trying to shut down criticism and opposition.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 15 January 2013 comments

How politicians are cashing in on poverty

Campaigns against gambling machines and payday loans are the latest paternalistic signs of the new politics of pity.

Dennis Hayes Tuesday 15 January 2013 comments

Maybe teachers’ morale is not low enough

A gloomy survey of teachers missed the most depressing thing of all: the loss of any sense of what education is for.

Julie Burchill Tuesday 15 January 2013 comments

Hey trannies,
cut it out

Where do dicks in terrible wigs get off lecturing us natural-born women about not being quite feministic enough?

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 16 January 2013 comments

What future
for the family?

ESSAY: When it comes to parents, the Lib-Cons are as manipulative and distrustful as their predecessors.

Paul Campos Wednesday 16 January 2013 comments

‘Obesity rates have been flat for over a decade’

Obesity expert Paul Campos answers your questions on everything from soda taxes to anti-fat academic charlatans.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 16 January 2013 comments

Loyalists: the pariahs of the peace process

The rioting over the Union flag illuminates the tragedy of modern loyalism: these people are loyal to a world that no longer exists.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 17 January 2013 comments

Banged up for
banging on?

The arrest of an EDL leader for ranting against Islam on Facebook should worry anyone interested in freedom.

Christopher Beckett Thursday 17 January 2013 comments

University: this is an invitation to explore

For too long, ever-prim student unions have treated university social life as something to be terrified of.

Rob Lyons Thursday 17 January 2013 comments

We need a people’s veto of these archaic powers

It’s been revealed that the queen is often given the chance to veto new laws. It's time to make her and monarchism redundant.

Tom Slater Friday 18 January 2013 comments

Les Misérables: a revolutionary musical

After years of Hollywood giving us pale Broadway retreads,
Tom Hooper has made a musical that is worth seeing.

David Bowden Friday 18 January 2013 comments

My Mad Fat Diary: actually quite good

E4’s new comedy-drama manages to avoid worthiness and give us interesting teenage characters.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 January 2013 comments

£62 ticket? Welcome to football’s free market

Top Premier League clubs may be ripping off fans on ticket prices, but there’ll always be punters willing to pay.

Tim Black Friday 18 January 2013 comments

Lance: the witch-hunt finally has its witch

The corrosive obsession with doping is a greater threat to the sporting spectacle than any doped-up sportsman could ever be.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 21 January 2013 comments

Israel: more resigned than right-wing

Nathalie Rothschild reports from Israel on the nonsense idea that this week’s election will signal a shift to the rabid right

Ellie Lee Monday 21 January 2013 comments

Whatever happened to free will?

The rise of determinism and the denial of choice reflect today’s very bleak view of human beings.

Jon Holbrook Monday 21 January 2013 comments

The tyranny of equality laws

If you have old-fashioned views or use archaic language at work, expect to be reprogrammed by the new overseers of equality.

Tim Black Tuesday 22 January 2013 comments

Lance Armstrong: too cool for victimhood

For many, the biggest problem with ‘cold-hearted’ Armstrong’s Oprah interview was his failure to let it all hang out.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 22 January 2013 comments

The ‘generation war’ over abortion rights

ESSAY: Among abortion activists, there’s a worrying shift from supporting choice to demanding ‘justice’.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 22 January 2013 comments

How Cameron created the chaos in north Africa

It takes great shamelessness for the PM to wring his hands over the crises in Mali and Algeria, seeing as his attack on Libya nurtured them.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 23 January 2013 comments

Tesco haters: wake up and smell the coffee

The anger at Tesco’s shareholding in a trendy coffee chain is snobbish, small-minded and ignorant.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 23 January 2013 comments

The rise of the
non-working class

That even welfare-dependent people are now considered part of the proletariat shows how screwed-up class has become.

Sean Collins Wednesday 23 January 2013 comments

The inauguration of illiberal liberalism

President Obama’s inaugural speech confirmed that he plans to keep waging an elite Culture War against ‘backward’ values.

David Bowden Thursday 24 January 2013 comments

Utopia: ‘dark’ is the new black

Channel 4’s much-hyped new series fits well with the recent fashion for grim films, TV and music.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 24 January 2013 comments

Colin Murray and the sad decline of MOTD

The trouble with the BBC's football flagship is not the presenters, but the insight-lite pundits it has on.

Christopher Snowdon Thursday 24 January 2013 comments

This junk science just takes your breath away

The claim that the smoking ban has reduced asthma rates is a case study in using ‘research’ to justify coercive policy.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 24 January 2013 comments

The rise of a pseudo-scientific links lobby

Every day there seems to be a new study making a link between food, chemicals or lifestyle and ill-health. None of them has any link with reality.

Neil Davenport Friday 25 January 2013 comments

Anomie in the UK

Zadie Smith’s enthralling NW gives us a profound portrait of a society in which the ties that bind have loosened to a disturbing degree.

Kate Prengel Friday 25 January 2013 comments

The world according to Jacques Chirac

In his autobiography, the former French president spins a romantic but hole-ridden tale designed to depict himself as Super Statesman.

Tim Black Friday 25 January 2013 comments

Lance: the witch-hunt finally has its witch

The corrosive obsession with doping is a greater threat to the sporting spectacle than any doped-up sportsman - even one as famous as Armstrong - could ever be.

James Heartfield Friday 25 January 2013 comments

How to overcome racism: a hopeful subject

A new book explains how both racism and multiculturalism have been state-led projects. The way out, the authors argue, is to revive a sense of common, purposeful humanity.

Jason Walsh Friday 25 January 2013 comments

‘The answer to speech you don't like is more speech’

Journalism academic Brian Winston talks to Jason Walsh about the parlous state of free speech in the UK, how ‘crap’ the News of the World was, and why it should still be in existence.

Para Mullan Friday 25 January 2013 comments

Saving the planet by condemning people

Chandran Nair argues that Asians should be kept in backward drudgery, at the expense of civil liberties if necessary, in the name of protecting the environment.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 25 January 2013 comments

Israeli settlers: the new ‘niggers’ of global affairs

Settlers are the one group of foreigners it’s fashionable to loathe.

Frank Furedi Friday 25 January 2013 comments

The struggle to moralise capitalism

A fascinating exploration of the role of liberal intellectuals such as Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek in the rehabilitation of free-market ideology also exposes the crisis of liberalism in the modern era.

Patrick Hayes Monday 28 January 2013 comments

David Attenborough’s demographic determinism

The TV naturalist is still banging on about there being ‘too many people’, just when others fret about declining population.

Theresa Clifford Monday 28 January 2013 comments

The tragedy of the creative commons

Portraying Aaron Swartz as a victim of government bullying will not help the cause of internet freedom.

Jennie Bristow Monday 28 January 2013 comments

‘I’ve been likened to a Holocaust denier’

American academic Joan Wolf tells spiked why the militant lactivists of the breastfeeding lobby found her book Is Breast Best? so hard to swallow.

Tom Slater Tuesday 29 January 2013 comments

Amour: an unflinching look at decline and death

Michael Haneke’s story of an elderly couple coping with infirmity is both tragic and powerfully life-affirming.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 29 January 2013 comments

Let the demos do battle with the death penalty

Global finger-wagging over Indonesia's death sentence against a British gran is not the way to challenge injustice.

Mick Hume Tuesday 29 January 2013 comments

Don’t bother cutting off the zombie Tory Party’s head

A challenge to David Cameron’s leadership won’t revive the Conservatives – the party has lost its reason for being and is at war with its old allies.

Daniel Ben-Ami Wednesday 30 January 2013 comments

Inequality did not cause the crisis

ESSAY: Widening inequality in the US should be seen as a symptom rather than cause of today’s economic malaise.

Tim Black Wednesday 30 January 2013 comments

Paternalism
goes fizzy pop

A proposed soft-drinks tax assumes we are incapable of making even a snack-time decision for ourselves.

Wendy Kaminer Wednesday 30 January 2013 comments

Obama: selling out civil liberties

Obama’s inaugural address confirmed that the left and right agree on one thing: freedom can be curbed in the name of some greater good.

Alex Standish Thursday 31 January 2013 comments

Schools have become snazzier but shallower

After 10 years away, an educationalist returns to Britain to find better-looking schools but some very weird lessons.

Rob Lyons Thursday 31 January 2013 comments

HS2: heading in the right direction

The problem with Britain’s high-speed rail plan is not that it’s too big and costly, but that it isn’t ambitious enough.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 31 January 2013 comments

Do we live in a ‘pornified’ world?

Yes, there’s an increasingly ugly culture of sexualisation, but the government campaign against it will get us nowhere.