21 April 2010

What’s so great about the welfare state?

ESSAY: The origins of state welfare were far from progressive, and in its new therapeutic form it is actually a barrier to human solidarity.

20 January 2009

Demythologise dyslexia

By medicalising reading problems, we suggest to children that they can’t overcome their difficulties.

11 September 2008

Why I’ve got a beef with going vegetarian

After policing how we shop, holiday and dispose of waste, now environmental bigwigs want to turn us into eco-veggies.

14 July 2008

If you can’t inspire them, bribe them

In offering iPods to people who vote, the New Labour government is taking its cue from the Fidel Castro School of Public Engagement.

27 December 2007

Why I've no appetite for the Fife Diet

A 'small, grassroots movement' has sprung up in Scotland based on eating only food produced nearby. Local boy James Panton is appalled.

20 November 2007

Giving thanks to America this Thanksgiving

Microsoft, fast food, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment (the one on bearing arms): should we be grateful to the US for these things?

16 August 2007

Let us celebrate the freedom of flight

There’s more to manmade flight than the spewing of CO2 molecules: flying is liberating and enlightening, and that’s why millions of us do it.

4 June 2007

The dislexia sceptik is onn to sumthing

Academic and supposed dyslexic James Panton thinks the professor who describes dyslexia as a 'social fig leaf' for the middle classes has a point.

28 November 2006

Time to stop monkeying around

One supporter of vivisection says a BBC documentary revealed the benefits of animal research - and the need for tough arguments to defend it.

5 October 2006

Infantilising students

'Good behaviour contracts' for university students undermine the informal relations that make higher education possible.