|Friday 24 May 2013|
It’s effective but dull’
British leftists hail Sweden as a happy, welfarist utopia. In a week of riots in Stockholm, author Karin Svanborg-Sjövall says reality is different.
a glorious comeback?
Yes, Arrested Development is daring and clever, but it has more traditional sitcom tropes than people realise.
Palace, get over
Some Palace fans are quaking at the thought of promotion to the Premier League. They should grow a pair.
Mud: as sweet, and sickly, as barbecue chicken
Jeff Nichols’ highly lauded tale of adolescence in the Deep South is simple and effective, if saccharine fare.
|Thursday 23 May 2013|
Woolwich: a knife crime, not an act of war
In overreacting to the frenzied stabbing in Woolwich yesterday, politicians and the police risk doing the killers’ dirty work for them.
Liberty comes out
against press liberty
The UK’s top civil liberties lobby has finally played its hand on the press – it favours statutory backed regulation.
Keep the police out of our private lives
Maria Stubbings’ death was terrible, but a public inquiry would lead to even more hamfisted official intervention.
|Wednesday 22 May 2013|
Oklahoma: a swirling storm of anti-human prejudice
As people in Oklahoma heroically dealt with their tornado disaster, observers were busy pinning the blame for it on greedy mankind.
A bug-eyed view of culinary pleasure
Being corralled into eating beetles and wasps to save the planet is enough to put you right off your food.
Bozza, bonking and the public interest
Why should three men in wigs get to decide whether or not us plebs can read about Boris's sexual shenanigans?
|Tuesday 21 May 2013|
No sex talk, please,
The latest diktat from the Obama administration bizarrely treats students' sexual come-ons and flirting as sexual harassment.
What is the point of teaching the arts?
ESSAY: Too many in the UK cultural sector seek to defend arts education in terms that have nothing to do with art.
One flew over the students’ nest
Why is the NUS so hellbent on depicting its members as mentally fragile creatures who can't cope with life?
|Monday 20 May 2013|
Gay marriage and the tyranny of sameness
Barrister Jon Holbrook says equality is no longer a progressive demand but rather is used to demolish differences between people.
Does tax avoidance really ‘do evil’?
The political class’s war on alleged ‘tax dodgers’ like Google and Starbucks is a big fat displacement activity.
Is the EU now just a satire on itself?
The EU’s latest mad ban is revealing, suggesting it doesn’t even trust ordinary people to pour their own olive oil.
|Friday 17 May 2013|
A nightmare vision of the welfarist trap
A reissue of Zoe Fairbairns’ dystopian novel Benefits is a timely reminder that left-wingers weren't always such big fans of welfarism.
Don Draper: it’s time to buck your ideas up
In the battle of the quality American shows this spring, it’s Game of Thrones wearing the crown over Mad Men.
The Star Trek hype? It’s illogical, captain.
The second instalment of JJ Abrams’ franchise reboot is more pointless popcorn than pop philosophy.
|Thursday 16 May 2013|
The non-parochial case against the European Union
It isn’t only Little Englanders who should rage against the undemocratic EU – so should those who care about the continent and its peoples.