February 2016

Ella Whelan Monday 1 February 2016 comments

The Barbie for grown-ups

‘Body-positive’ dolls burden children with adult anxieties.

Luke Gittos Monday 1 February 2016 comments

What a bunch of political point-scorers

Moaning about Cameron’s use of language won’t tackle the migrant crisis.

Sean Collins Monday 1 February 2016 comments

Treating Trump supporters like an exotic tribe

The bigotry of elites who sneer at those who back The Donald.

Tim Black Tuesday 2 February 2016 comments

Is Google running the country? Don’t be daft

The fuss over the tech giant’s taxes is a conspiracy over nothing.

Tom Slater Tuesday 2 February 2016 comments

Zika is not ‘the new ebola’

The scaremongering over the virus is deeply damaging.

Ella Whelan Wednesday 3 February 2016 comments

The sexism of
Safe Spaces

Students' unions that want to ‘protect women’ are turning the clock back.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 3 February 2016 comments

BDS: censorship disguised as justice

Anti-Israel intolerance has made a sham of academic freedom.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 3 February 2016 comments

We must have the freedom to hate

Hatred isn’t big or clever, but it should never be a crime.

Barbara Hewson Thursday 4 February 2016 comments

It was right to acquit Doug Richard

The case of the ex-Dragons’ Den star exposes the necessary complexity of the law.

Mick Hume Thursday 4 February 2016 comments

End this phoney
war over Europe

If nobody likes Cameron’s EU deal, why are they all backing it?

Jim Butcher Friday 5 February 2016 comments

Students don’t need no datafication

Monitoring student activity destroys the educational experience.

James Heartfield Friday 5 February 2016 comments

Party Animals: the truth about the CPGB?

David Aaronovitch’s Commie memoir is funny, but it isn’t the whole truth.

Wendy Kaminer Friday 5 February 2016 comments

Fear, loathing and victimhood

People across the political spectrum now embrace the vulnerable self.

Tara McCormack Monday 8 February 2016 comments

A new Cold War?

Tensions may be rising, but Russia is not to blame.

Ann Furedi Monday 8 February 2016 comments

Zika: why all women must have abortion rights

Every woman, not just those threatened by Zika, should have choice.

Luke Gittos Monday 8 February 2016 comments

Assange: the absurdity of international law

Yes, this ruling was mad. But UK officials only have themselves to blame.

Irene Ogrizek Tuesday 9 February 2016 comments

Learning the art of a good con

Maria Konnikova’s latest is enough to make sceptics of us all.

Ella Whelan Tuesday 9 February 2016 comments

Why we must
trust women

Support bpas’s campaign to decriminalise abortion.

George Lawlor Tuesday 9 February 2016 comments

The campus court of Versailles

Fashionable ideas are killing university life.

Tim Black Tuesday 9 February 2016 comments

Operation Midland: why the paedo panic won’t die

As one hysteria is exposed, another replaces it.

Ken McLaughlin Tuesday 9 February 2016 comments

Being a teenager is not a mental illness

The rise in teenage mental-health problems is not all it seems.

Catherine Johnson Wednesday 10 February 2016 comments

How I became a feminist victim

An Oxford student explains why feminism fails women.

Tom Slater Wednesday 10 February 2016 comments

From Black Power to black pain

Beyoncé’s performance was more about recognition than empowerment.

Sean Collins Wednesday 10 February 2016 comments

New Hampshire: rage against the political machine

The rise of Sanders and Trump reflects the decay of the establishment.

Luke Gittos Thursday 11 February 2016 comments

‘Believe the victim’: this is bigger than Bernard

Hogan-Howe's climbdown was welcome, but not enough.

Ella Whelan Thursday 11 February 2016 comments

Hillary’s feminist fall from grace

Why old-school gender politics is turning off young women.

Joe Arthur Friday 12 February 2016 comments

Bernie Sanders: the best choice for freedom-lovers?

A big-state socialist? Actually, Sanders is pretty libertarian.

Alexander Adams Friday 12 February 2016 comments

Manos: rediscovering the world’s worst film

The re-release of Manos: The Hands of Fate allows us to appreciate better its unique awfulness.

Patrick West Friday 12 February 2016 comments

In defence of The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins’ book is more than a Thatcherite manifesto.

Charles Taylor Friday 12 February 2016 comments

The ideal of authenticity

Charles Taylor explores the making and conflicts of the modern self.

Joanna Williams Monday 15 February 2016 comments

The gender pay gap is dead

The truth about men and women's pay.

Frank Furedi Monday 15 February 2016 comments

In praise of cultural appropriation

The mixing and meshing of different cultures is something to celebrate.

Norman Lewis Monday 15 February 2016 comments

Discovering gravitational waves: behold the greatness of man

The spirit of curiosity remains the noblest of human attributes.

Tim Black Tuesday 16 February 2016 comments

The NHS is
not sacred

We should support the junior doctors, but criticise the NHS.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 16 February 2016 comments

Scalia: a radical in a court of liberals

Denounced as a conservative, Scalia was actually pretty edgy.

Sean Collins Tuesday 16 February 2016 comments

Antonin Scalia: defending democracy against judicial agitation

Scalia was right: judges have become too powerful and political.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 17 February 2016 comments

No, Facebook isn’t the British Raj

The row about India's access to the internet is a storm in a chai cup.

Mick Hume Wednesday 17 February 2016 comments

The truth about Trident

Nukes have long been Britain’s ticket to the top table of global power.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 18 February 2016 comments

We’re all mental patients now

The government wants you to think you’re mentally ill. You aren’t.

Ella Whelan Thursday 18 February 2016 comments

The mothers fighting the breast-is-best brigade

A campaign in France has struck a blow for women’s freedom.

Tom Slater Thursday 18 February 2016 comments

The war on humour is no laughing matter

When Stephen Fry is holding the line for comic freedom, we’re in real trouble.

Naomi Firsht Friday 19 February 2016 comments

When anti-Zionism slips into anti-Semitism

On British campuses, pro-Israel students are having a rough time.

Patrick West Friday 19 February 2016 comments

The closure of the Independent mind

The death of print newspapers is bad news for our intellects.

spiked Friday 19 February 2016 comments

Tackling the new intolerance

Watch the videos from our explosive campus-censorship conference.

Connor MacGregor Friday 19 February 2016 comments

Deadpool: the rise of an un-PC hero

Ryan Reynolds’ turn as the wisecracking Marvel mutant is a long-awaited treat.

Joe Arthur Monday 22 February 2016 comments

The racialism of Rhodes Must Fall

Students at the University of Cape Town are demonising an entire race – white people.

Luke Gittos Monday 22 February 2016 comments

Joint enterprise: a product of the gang panic

The Supreme Court’s verdict highlighted how irrational our approach to youth violence has become.

Wendy Kaminer Monday 22 February 2016 comments

Antonin Scalia’s complicated legacy

He was a man of his principles. But he didn’t always stick to them.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 22 February 2016 comments

Love democracy?
Then leave the EU

Why optimists, radicals and progressives should vote out of the EU.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 23 February 2016 comments

The moral bankruptcy of refugee law

The distinction between migrant and refugee is a dangerous illusion.

Tim Black Tuesday 23 February 2016 comments

Syria truce: Western intervention eats itself

The West stoked this war, so why trust it now to deliver peace?

Tom Slater Tuesday 23 February 2016 comments

You want freedom of movement? Then fight for it

Liberalising migration without first convincing the public is a mistake.

Elisabetta Gasparoni Tuesday 23 February 2016 comments

Turning libraries into community centres

Libraries are for reading, not knitting.

Lauren Southern Wednesday 24 February 2016 comments

#FreeKesha: why Twitter trials are bad for justice

The rush to ‘believe’ rape complainants is a dangerous trend.

Ella Whelan Wednesday 24 February 2016 comments

Let’s trust the public to look out for disabled people

People with learning disabilities should be integrated into society.

Shahid Buttar Wednesday 24 February 2016 comments

Hands off
our iPhones!

The FBI is trying to strongarm Apple into compromising user privacy.

Nancy McDermott Wednesday 24 February 2016 comments

Revisiting Harper Lee’s moral universe

To Kill a Mockingbird is a paean to universalism.

Sean Collins Wednesday 24 February 2016 comments

Trump, Sanders and the new American populism

These two candidates are shaking up a staid political life. Good.

Alan Powers Thursday 25 February 2016 comments

‘And the word was made concrete’

On the humanist ethic behind Brutalism.

Alexander Adams Thursday 25 February 2016 comments

TS Eliot: public poet, private agony

A new volume of Eliot’s letters charts his inner turmoil.

Frank Furedi Thursday 25 February 2016 comments

The crisis of attention

It’s not smartphones and Facebook that are making us permanently distracted.

Roger Scruton Thursday 25 February 2016 comments

Academic freedom in conformist times

Joanna Williams’ new book is a welcome broadside against the barbarians in the academy.

Ella Whelan Friday 26 February 2016 comments

Trainspotting: crude, rude and brilliant

The stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s classic does not disappoint.

Patrick West Friday 26 February 2016 comments

The EU is well past its sell-by date

We don’t need Brussels to stave off another World War.

John Banville Friday 26 February 2016 comments

Writing after modernism

John Banville talks to Ella Whelan about Beckett, making it new, and the beauty of dishwasher instruction manuals.

Luke Gittos Monday 29 February 2016 comments

The Heathrow 13 are far from heroic

They aren't political activists, they're climate snobs.

Mick Hume Monday 29 February 2016 comments

After the busted witch-hunt, the botched cover-up

Ignore the Met’s spin and remember the lessons of Operation Elveden.