March 2013

Patrick Hayes Friday 1 March 2013 comments

‘You need some obsession in life, or you’re dead’

Neil Young is considered the archetypal hippy, but his new autobiography reveals him to be an off-message car-loving fan of capitalism.

Luke Gittos Friday 1 March 2013 comments

The greatest legal philosopher of our time

Ronald Dworkin, who died last week, brilliantly argued for the injection of moral beliefs into the black-and-white world of The Law.

Rob Lyons Friday 1 March 2013 comments

Are one-in-five Britons really living in poverty?

A new book casts a sceptical eye at today’s poverty claims, and offers some thoughts on how people might be made wealthier.

Wendy Earle Friday 1 March 2013 comments

Museums are not playgrounds for pet political projects

The movement to make museums the focus for work around social justice and human rights can only undermine their main purpose: the curation and display of objects.

Alexander Adams Friday 1 March 2013 comments

The cult that wants to be a religion

From its sacred text to its absurd creation myth, Scientology is far closer to recognised religions than its critics allow. Just with a therapeutic twist.

Tim Black Friday 1 March 2013 comments

'The world itself is a bad dream'

On the fiftieth anniversary of its publication, the cool cynicism and snobbery of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar has gone mainstream.

Zac Alstin Friday 1 March 2013 comments

‘Anything is magnificent
compared with nothing’

We could learn a lot from Chesterton’s thoughtful war on the eugenic elitism and lazy atheism that reduced everything, even humans, to mere matter.

Sean Collins Friday 1 March 2013 comments

Scourge of the elites

Christopher Lasch was a fearless iconoclast who defied left and right labels. Love him or loathe him, you need to grapple with his ideas if you want to understand today’s big political and moral debates.

Andrew Calcutt Monday 4 March 2013 comments

Berlusconi and Beppe: separated at birth?

Politician-comedian and so-called man of the people Beppe Grillo is really just the anti-political son of Silvio.

Dominic Standish Monday 4 March 2013 comments

Italy: why the EU is panicked by populism

EU officials’ fear of ‘populism’, such as that expressed in the Italian election, is really a fear of the populace.

Frank Furedi Monday 4 March 2013 comments

So, when is sex appropriate?

ESSAY: The current moral crusade against ‘inappropriate behaviour’ speaks to today's stultifying and prurient political culture.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 5 March 2013 comments

There is no right to be a postgraduate

Turning postgrad studies into a 'human right' empties them of the testing and rigour that make them special.

Barbara Hewson Tuesday 5 March 2013 comments

Why shouldn’t EDF protect its gas plants?

That greens think they have a right to protest anywhere shows how megalomaniacal they have become.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 5 March 2013 comments

Why we should chill out about ‘illegals’

Nathalie Rothschild reports from Sweden on how politicians, the police and the EU have ganged up against the non-problem of illegal immigrants.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 6 March 2013 comments

The immorality
of ‘sin taxes’

In a speech in Westminster, Rob Lyons called on the state to butt out of the public’s eating, boozing and smoking habits.

Stuart Derbyshire Wednesday 6 March 2013 comments

The miracle of
the HIV-free baby

The apparent curing of a baby with HIV is a brilliant reminder of man’s capacity to defeat nature’s many menaces.

Mick Hume Wednesday 6 March 2013 comments

Nobody wins election
that never was!

After the Eastleigh by-election, the question is not just who might win the next British General Election, but what is politics for anymore?

Denis Joe Thursday 7 March 2013 comments

Don’t let abuse fears ruin music

A Savile-style inquiry into one of the UK’s top music schools could wreck the informality essential to music tuition.

Rob Lyons Thursday 7 March 2013 comments

Another day, another
overblown food scare

The claim that eating processed meat will kill you is built on shoddy evidence and more than a dash of snobbery.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 7 March 2013 comments

Chavez’s cheerleaders: parasites on US impotence

Far from doing battle with US imperial hegemony, Hugo Chavez and his Western fans merely danced on the grave of America’s withered global clout.

Tom Slater Friday 8 March 2013 comments

A nostalgic trip to the road movie era

So Yong Kim’s For Ellen pays homage to 1970s American cinema but fails to capture its terse emotionality.

David Bowden Friday 8 March 2013 comments

Scandi-noir: the saviour of British TV?

That both the BBC and ITV now risk slow-moving detective dramas confirms the massive impact of The Killing.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 March 2013 comments

Football fans, let’s burst this authoritarian ‘bubble’

Why is there so little liberal outrage over the ‘bubbling’ of fans by police, when it assaults both justice and freedom of movement?

Luke Gittos Monday 11 March 2013 comments

It's time to be open about ‘open justice’

The Justice and Security Bill has caused a furore, but there are already too many legal rulings made behind closed doors.

Barbara Hewson Monday 11 March 2013 comments

Let’s rip up the Human Rights Act

This act that treats humans as fragile creatures who lack autonomy should be dumped in the dustbin of bad ideas.

Josie Appleton Monday 11 March 2013 comments

An unspoken war on the Common Law

ESSAY England’s rights-respecting Common Law is being shunted aside by new forms of arbitrary, inquisitorial power. It’s time for a fightback.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 12 March 2013 comments

3D printing: neither gimmick nor revolution

ESSAY: While additive manufacturing will be a very useful technology, it cannot transform the fortunes of capitalism.

Vidhi Doshi Tuesday 12 March 2013 comments

Kenya’s mighty snub to the West

By electing Uhuru Kenyatta as president, Kenyans showed they are not willing to have their future decided by outsiders.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 12 March 2013 comments

Keeping tribes in cultural formaldehyde

India’s Supreme Court is right to reject a Western-led bid to keep the Jarawa people isolated from everybody else.

Tim Black Tuesday 12 March 2013 comments

Huhne v Pryce: the politics of dirty linen

This sordid affair exposes how insular, self-important and allergic to the ideal of privacy the modern political class is.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 13 March 2013 comments

‘Yes, some food is better than other food’

Rob Lyons answers readers’ questions on Jamie Oliver, food snobbery, and his very own tuna pasta surprise.

Christopher Snowdon Wednesday 13 March 2013 comments

How Eurocrats created their own fan club

In an extract from his new book, Christopher Snowdon exposes the EU leaders who pay NGOs to support them.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 March 2013 comments

The SWP: slain by cynical scandal-milkers

The socialists have joined the Catholic Church and the BBC as victims of a corrosive zeitgeist that views all institutions as nests of perverts.

Tom Bailey Thursday 14 March 2013 comments

‘Zionist’: the worst
insult in the world

Among the Western chattering classes, ‘the Zionist’ has replaced 'the Jew' as the cause of the world's ills.

Robin Walsh Thursday 14 March 2013 comments

It's the antibiotics
apocalypse! Again...

Ignore the Chief Medical Officer’s fearmongering: antibiotic resistance can be tackled with new antibiotics.

Mick Hume Thursday 14 March 2013 comments

Stitching up press freedom behind closed doors

Labour and Hacked Off are now prepared to hold the political system to ransom and rewrite the UK constitution in order to tame the press.

Tom Slater Friday 15 March 2013 comments

Stoker: an almost accidental work of genius

Oldboy director Chan-wook Park’s English-language debut turns a derivative script into a striking movie.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 15 March 2013 comments

It’s official: Aussie sport has gone soft

The once all-conquering Aussie cricket team has dropped four players for not handing in their homework. WTF?

David Bowden Friday 15 March 2013 comments

TV, try telling me something I don’t know

Dan Snow’s flawed A History of Syria was still a rare bright spot in a week of superficial factual television.

Tim Black Friday 15 March 2013 comments

From class politics to classy products

Once, people defined themselves by what they did and believed; now, as Harry Wallop’s entertaining Consumed reveals, we are what we buy.

Patrick West Monday 18 March 2013 comments

Does all pop sound the same to you?

If you’re over 30 and think pop music is bland or overly sexual, then face it: you have finally become your dad.

Patrick Marmion Monday 18 March 2013 comments

The Audience: QEII as global brand

Peter Morgan’s new play continues his genuflection to the monarch at the expense of the leaders we have elected.

Frank Furedi Monday 18 March 2013 comments

Porn: no longer a dirty little secret

The normalisation of porn-use in the 21st-century West speaks to a serious crisis of values – one that censorship won't solve.

Dennis Hayes Tuesday 19 March 2013 comments

Teaching students
to think racially

Race theory is dividing university students, with whites depicted as racist, and blacks as permanently oppressed.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Tuesday 19 March 2013 comments

Stop screwing around with the curriculum

Instead of yet more sex education, young people need the freedom to explore and develop among themselves.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 19 March 2013 comments

Don’t blame Hacked Off for this crisis of liberty

Screeching at Hugh Grant is a displacement activity for intellectuals who can’t explain or reverse the historic corrosion of press freedom.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 20 March 2013 comments

Adopt a polar bear? Have you seen what they do?

How did the polar bear, a vicious killing machine that is thriving, become the poster boy of climate-change alarmism?

Para Mullan Wednesday 20 March 2013 comments

Treating workers like unthinking primitives

The idea that workplaces should root out employees’ ‘unconsious biases’ is patronising and illiberal.

Mick Hume Wednesday 20 March 2013 comments

10 random lies about the press freedom stitch-up

The shabby deal to impose a new press regulator by royal charter has sparked an outpouring of myths, misrepresentation and mendacity.

Kevin Rooney Thursday 21 March 2013 comments

Three cheers for the fans fighting back

How Scottish football fans are resisting the state's violent clampdown on their speech and behaviour.

Kevin Yuill Thursday 21 March 2013 comments

In defence of old people’s right to live

Those of us who see great worth in old people’s lives should oppose the demands for a ‘right to die’ for over-70s.

Tim Black Thursday 21 March 2013 comments

The teenage futility of bashing baby boomers

The pseudo-radical vogue for screeching at comfortably off pensioners will not improve the lives of the young. It will only divide society.

Tom Slater Friday 22 March 2013 comments

The reincarnation of Snoop Dogg

In a new documentary, the legendary rapper goes to Jamaica, embraces Rastafarianism and puts away his past. Or does he?

David Bowden Friday 22 March 2013 comments

In the Flesh: the braindead, with brains

The zombie peace process in Northern Ireland seems to be the inspiration for a fine zombie comedy-drama.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 March 2013 comments

England: still waiting for the Chosen One

The travails of would-be messiahs Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney raise awkward questions for English football.

Frank Furedi Friday 22 March 2013 comments

‘If you question the Savile crusade, you're seen as evil’

Frank Furedi on his new book about Jimmy Savile, and why it's so hard, but so important, to challenge the moral crusade on child abuse.

Rob Lyons Monday 25 March 2013 comments

Have politicians had a mental blackout?

There’s a real risk of energy shortages in Britain, yet still the political class is obsessed with cutting fossil fuel use.

Alex Standish Monday 25 March 2013 comments

We don’t need
no eco-propaganda

A geography expert explains why he’s pleased that schoolkids will be taught less about climate change.

Tim Black Monday 25 March 2013 comments

Boris Berezovsky and the Evil Empire nostalgists

In the eyes of Westerners who crave some of those old Cold War certainties, every death of a Russian oligarch is proof of Putin’s malfeasance.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 26 March 2013 comments

One off the wrist for health fanatics

A new fitness app - a data-generating wristband to be worn 24/7 - claims to help you to ‘live better’. Far from it.

Chrissie Daz Tuesday 26 March 2013 comments

Trans: the phoniest community in Britain?

Note to transgender activists: getting together on the web to discuss your vulnerability does not make you a community.

Mick Hume Tuesday 26 March 2013 comments

Accepting Leveson means accepting we have lost

The current nitpicking about the details of the shabby Royal Charter deal is not nearly enough to defend press freedom.

Joel Cohen Wednesday 27 March 2013 comments

How to lose supporters and alienate people

Student radicals slam universities for outsourcing jobs, yet they outsource their protests to the dinosaurial politics of the past.

Joe Jackson Wednesday 27 March 2013 comments

Why should pop music have to be rebellious?

If you think pop and rock are a young man's game that oldies should steer clear off, you're just not a music fan.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 27 March 2013 comments

This barking at politicians is getting boring

Eddie Mair’s humiliation of London mayor Boris Johnson was a triumph for anti-political cynicism, not journalism.

Bruno Waterfield Wednesday 27 March 2013 comments

Treating Cyprus as the Eurozone’s lab rat

The Euro elites have bullied Cyprus into becoming an economic experiment, and to hell with what Cypriots want.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 27 March 2013 comments

Eco-obedience: a lifetime of Lent with no pay-off

At least the gospels promise us the Kingdom of God - green self-denial gives us nothing.

Tim Black Thursday 28 March 2013 comments

From class politics to classy products

Once, people defined themselves by what they did and believed; now, as Harry Wallop’s entertaining Consumed reveals, we are what we buy.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 28 March 2013 comments

Big Pharma’s little critics

One defence of drug manufacturers, and three attacks on modern medicine, offer much. But none quite explains Big Pharma’s crisis of scientific and technological innovation.

Christopher Snowdon Thursday 28 March 2013 comments

How Eurocrats created their own fan club

In this extract from his new report, Euro Puppets, Christopher Snowdon exposes the EU leaders paying NGOs to support them.

Kevin Rooney Thursday 28 March 2013 comments

Lowering the flag on old-
fashioned Ulster loyalism

Working-class loyalists are the only constituency in Northern Ireland to have shunned the therapeutic ideas and language of the peace process - and they're being punished for it.

Para Mullan Thursday 28 March 2013 comments

The psychopathology of office politics

Oliver James' advice for workers on ‘how to thrive in a world of lying, backstabbing and dirty tricks’ merely reinforces the navel-gazing of today's atomised workforce.

Rob Lyons Thursday 28 March 2013 comments

Climate change:
an elite affectation

Rupert Darwall’s history of the idea of global warming shows how the belief in an impending manmade apocalypse emanated from the top of wealthy Western societies.

Frank Furedi Thursday 28 March 2013 comments

‘If you question the Savile crusade, you're seen as evil’

Frank Furedi on his new book about Jimmy Savile, and why it's so hard, but so important, to challenge the moral crusade on child abuse.

Josie Appleton Thursday 28 March 2013 comments

A twenty-first
century folk devil

In Moral Crusades in an Age of Mistrust, Frank Furedi adroitly uses the sociological literature around moral panics to draw out the deeper meaning of the Jimmy Savile scandal.