Henry Cooper: more than a one-punch wonder
The popular British boxer, who died on Sunday, was an icon for an era in sport — and society — that’s long since gone.
Royal wedding: why hate Will’n’Kate?
Friday’s shindig revealed the extent to which the isolated monarchy has thrown its lot in with celebrity culture.
The democratic case against alternative voting
There’s way too much opportunism in the debate on AV, says Frank Furedi: here are the real reasons you should say ‘No’ on Thursday.
|Wednesday 4 May 2011|
Three reasons why the Yes camp is wrong
The elitist and managerial pro-AV campaign gives a glimpse of what all of politics would be like under AV.
Three reasons why the No camp is wrong
The anti-AV lobby has done itself no favours by depicting the electorate as dumb and easily befuddled.
The killing of OBL: therapy for the West
Why the shooting of a sickly has-been jihadist was turned into a momentous and historic occasion on a par with VJ Day.
|Thursday 5 May 2011|
Shale gas: a welcome energy shock
As science writer Matt Ridley describes in a new report, we have a new, abundant source of cheap energy. What’s not to like?
The West’s very own celeb terrorist
Whether he was droning on about climate change or consumption, OBL’s ‘ideas’ were born and bred in the West.
Neither an open-air prison nor a terrorist haven
An Israeli advocate of freedom of movement says the Gaza debate is distorted by flotilla crews and Israeli officials.
It is right that society offers ‘Ground E’ abortions
The anti-choice lobby’s obsession with abortions for fetal abnormality reveals its vindictive use and abuse of statistics.
|Friday 6 May 2011|
Pride and self-pity, set to music
National anthems are generally tedious, jingoistic dirges - but they come alive when we watch sporting events we actually care about.
‘More than a club’? No, just a football team
Barcelona’s handbaggery, theatrics and glorious goals in El Clásico showed that football has FA to do with morality.
A new era of decent British drama?
BBC1’s Exile showed that British dramatists, if they put their minds to it, can create world-class telly like The Wire.
The rise and rise of
a pity-for-Osama lobby
The chattering classes’ ‘uncomfortable feeling’ with the killing of bin Laden is underpinned more by moral cowardice than political principle.
|Monday 9 May 2011|
Cleggphobia is as stupid as Cleggmania
The transformation of St Nick into Nasty Nick reveals some rather nasty traits amongst the cultural elite.
Were the masses duped by ‘No’ nonsense?
The pro-AV lobby’s excuses for why people said No in the referendum expose its snobbish intolerance.
Have we ended up with AV‑style politics anyway?
Despite the crushing of the Alternative Vote in the referendum, the UK elections confirmed the strength of the anti-political trends AV embodies.
|Tuesday 10 May 2011|
The mirage of Scottish liberation
The author of The Illusion of Freedom: Scotland Under Nationalism traces the rise and rise of the SNP.
Why Alex Salmond is not Braveheart
The SNP’s historic win reveals disillusionment with the other parties, not a desire for Scottish independence.
The superinjunction only intensifies the gossip game
Yes, society’s obsession with people’s private peccadilloes and antics is a problem – but it won’t be fixed through illiberal injunctions.
|Wednesday 11 May 2011|
The right to protest is not exclusive to the left
A new left-wing group defending the right to protest needs to defend the right of those they disagree with, too.
Post-Mosley, free speech is still the loser
Who needs the ECHR to censor what we talk about when we’ve got our own injunction-happy High Court doing it anyway?
Hating Tesco: a passion of both the PC and the BNP
Trendy leftists and far-right activists disagree on many things, but they have one conviction in common: supermarkets are evil.
|Thursday 12 May 2011|
The Cube: welcome to your eco-prison cell
Apparently our unwillingness to live in cramped, low-energy homes reveals our psychological flaws.
Israel at 63: tears, patriotism and tension
Beneath the apparent unity during a week of remembrance there lie deep divisions in Israeli society.
This pity for bin Laden is just pacifist-nihilism
The chattering-class consensus that it was illegal for America to bump off bin Laden is not as radical as some people think.
|Friday 13 May 2011|
Made in Chelsea should be made to go away
Inspired by The Only Way Is Essex, but with none of its charm, E4’s new posho docusoap fails to entertain.
The PR-free glory of the footballers’ twitterverse
Thanks to Twitter, footballers and fans are finally getting up close and occasionally personal. But how long will it last?
The tyranny of science
More and more scientists fancy themselves as gods, with a duty to enlighten those who are ‘deluded to the point of perversity’.
|Monday 16 May 2011|
Close encounters of the chav kind
In the comedy alien invasion movie Attack the Block the real aliens are the hooded human yoof.
Is it arrivederci to nuclear power in Italy?
The Italian government has prioritised risk-avoidance and short-term political survival over acute energy needs.
How EU officials simply forgot about Christmas
The European oligarchy’s failure to include Christmas in a diary for schoolkids sums up their separation from the demos.
|Tuesday 17 May 2011|
Ireland needs freedom — but not from Britain
The British queen’s visit has attracted little opposition because Ireland’s new oppressors reside in Brussels, not London.
What about a Rally For Economic Growth?
The UK economy is in big trouble, but Saturday's pro-cuts demo in London largely missed the point.
The electoral reform that no one wanted
As the post-defeat outpourings from Yes campaigners reveal, the 2011 referendum was an entirely elite concoction.
Dave, Maddie and the politics of grief
Cameron has been slated for his foray into the Madeleine McCann case, but he's not the only politician who sees opportunity in bereavement.
|Wednesday 18 May 2011|
SlutWalk: a step in the wrong direction
The protests against an apparent culture of violence towards women end up celebrating victimhood.
Ivan Demjanjuk: is this not a man, too?
Legal principles have been ditched in a bid to sustain the Holocaust as an ever-present moral imperative for today.
How feminists helped students to ‘unlearn’ liberty
Campus bans on misogynist speech don't advance equality; they assume that women are just too weak to speak back.
|Thursday 19 May 2011|
How the burqa became a symbol of freedom
France’s attempts to defend the idea of the Republic through an illiberal ban on Islamic headscarves has backfired.
This rape debate is demeaning to women
The current debate over the law on rape rehabilitates the Victorian view of women as helpless victims.
L’affaire DSK: French right to private lives on trial
That one French statesman has been charged with sexual assault is no reason to attack the civilised distinction between public and private affairs.
|Friday 20 May 2011|
The Wonderland of the human heart
BBC2’s subtle documentary strand on human relationships was a welcome relief from this week’s sleazy headlines.
The glory of the gloating game
The only thing more enjoyable for a football fan than the failure of rivals is the chance to rub their noses in it.
The role reversal at the heart of the ‘Arab spring’
Palestinians, once the inspiration for Arabs and the pawns of dictatorial regimes, now look to democracy protestors elsewhere.
The Malthusians who masquerade as Marxists
The alternatives to the mythical creed of ‘neo-liberalism’ offered by David Harvey and other radical authors sound far, far worse.
|Monday 23 May 2011|
WHO’s learned nothing from the swine-flu panic?
The over-reaction to H1N1 influenza in 2009 was built on years of waiting for ‘the Big One’.
A demeaning epidemic of injunctionitis
Lord Neuberger’s report on the superinjunctions affair is a reminder that the state doesn't trust us to judge what we read.
The new buzzword in Brussels: ‘Crisis’
The EU is beset with problems, but it is so cut off from the electorate that it lacks the popular legitimacy to solve them.
|Tuesday 24 May 2011|
Rape law: did Ken Clarke have a point?
The expanded definition of rape in recent years is causing discomfort for politicians, lawyers and jurors.
‘Down with the regime! Long live the people!’
Gareth King reports from the colourful, often eccentric protests that have taken over Madrid’s main square.
Spanish protests: Viva, err... what, exactly?
The sit-in protests in Madrid and elsewhere are more a symbol of the problems of European radicalism than an offshoot of the Arab spring.
|Wednesday 25 May 2011|
Australia: the world leader in illiberalism
From bans on video games to drinks advertising, Australia has become the world’s number one nanny state.
America and Britain: a
Like two men clinging together in a storm, the US and UK’s ‘essential relationship’ is born of powerlessness.
The sky’s the limit
It’s not the volcanic eruption in Iceland that has grounded flights in northern Europe, but an obsession with worst-case scenarios.
|Thursday 26 May 2011|
How hyper-mobility can change the world
By investing in faster and cheaper transportation, we can truly realise the dream of a global village.
Putting humanity in a kangaroo court
When Nobel laureates staged a mock eco-trial in Stockholm last week, they were really demanding to rule the world.
The apartheid logic of settlement boycotts
The row over a West Bank university reveals that it is not only settlers who believe in separating Palestinians from Jews.
The new parenting catfight: Tiger Moms vs Fun Slobs
The nature/nurture debate is as unhelpful as ever in solving the problem of raising children.
|Friday 27 May 2011|
Bill Clinton and Ayn Rand: an unlikely affair
Adam Curtis’s new series is as visually engaging as ever, yet his arguments for once seem to fall short.
Anyone but United... or Barcelona
With smug United playing the equally smug Barca, it’s just a shame there can’t be two losers in the Champions League final.
A cheap excuse for opposing open borders
Gary Becker’s argument that immigrants should pay £30,000 to enter Britain puts the free market ahead of free movement.
|Tuesday 31 May 2011|
Dodging the burgers won’t save the planet
New film Planeat claims that a vegan lifestyle can save the world and our health. But where’s the beef?
Beware Malthusians in reasonable clothing
The green critics of population control are just as misanthropic as their prophylactic-promoting opponents.
Mladic, war crimes and the West: unasked questions
The response to the arrest of the former Bosnian Serb commander shows how some pine for the good v evil parable of their Balkan crusade.