19 March 2008

Beijing 2008: choking on China-bashing

Claims that the great Beijing smog will possibly kill Western athletes are based more on hot air than hard facts.

13 March 2008

Swearing an oath of allegiance to me

The attacks on the proposal that schoolkids should swear an oath to Queen Elizabeth II were driven more by narcissism than republicanism.

11 March 2008

Shannon: overshadowed by Our Maddie

Why hasn’t the missing working-class girl Shannon Matthews received the same attention as Madeleine McCann?

27 February 2008

You cannot teach people to be happy

Forget force-feeding kids ‘positive psychology’: teachers have more chance of producing happy pupils if they inspire them with knowledge.

25 February 2008

From sensationalism to sensitivity

Bridgend: The BBC’s decision to pull a drama about the suicide of a teenage girl shows how little faith the authorities have in young people.

22 February 2008

The rise and tragic demise of Gazza

Frontpage splashes about Paul Gascoigne’s sectioning suggest he has completed his journey from professional footballer to professional failure.

21 February 2008

Replacing the Fatropolis with Fit Towns

New ‘healthy towns’ that encourage people to walk more, eat the right kind of food and stay forever fit take repression to a new level.

19 February 2008

The return of the paedophile panic

By granting people access to info about sex offenders, the Home Office is institutionalising fear of adults and paranoia about ‘the mob’.

14 February 2008

Why Dwain Chambers is treated like a leper

Cocky, tattooed and not very apologetic: Chambers' real offence was not to take banned substances, but to refuse to be contrite about it.

12 February 2008

Al-Qaeda: heirs of Mahatma Gandhi?

As six men are charged with murdering 3,000 on 9/11, Faisal Devji tells an audience in London that bin Laden has a lot in common with Gandhi.