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Wednesday 1 June 2011 June 2011
Tim Black
Racist chocolate bar ads? Gimme a break
When offence is in the eye of the beholder, even an advert for a Cadbury's chocolate bar can be deemed hateful.

Nathalie Rothschild
Are orthodox Jews colonising Israeli towns?
Nathalie Rothschild talks to secular liberal campaigners who are stoking up fear about ‘orthodox invasions’.

Ann Furedi
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum
Giving Life a seat on the Sexual Health Forum is a bit like including Jehovah’s Witnesses on a panel to discuss blood-transfusion services.

Thursday 2 June 2011
Abigail Ross-Jackson
What's up with these Bunny boilers?
Feminists saying ‘Eff Off Hef’ to a new Playboy club are belittling women, not empowering them.

Brendan O’Neill
The culture war on toffs and chavs
Today’s liberal smart set hates the posh and the poor, seeing both as blasts from a best-forgotten past.

Frank Furedi
Nuclear vs climate change: the clash of the alarmists
Germany’s hysterical decision to shut down all its nuclear power plants exposes the dangers of competitive fearmongering.

Friday 3 June 2011
David Bowden
Amnesty: it ain’t easy being righteous
The BBC film on Amnesty International’s fiftieth birthday was documentary as corporate hagiography.

Patrick West
Don’t they remember Elvis the Pelvis?
Far from suddenly using ‘faux porn’ to sell records, pop stars have always been sexist and, well, sexy.

Duleep Allirajah
Blatter-battering: a bad case of sour grapes
English football’s administrators cannot compute that it was their own failings, not FIFA corruption, that lost the 2018 World Cup bid.

Tim Black
Your Wildest Dreams


Monday 6 June 2011
Sean Collins
‘Mediscare’: the US politics of fear
The debate over Medicare shows that both Republicans and Democrats now rely on panic over principle.

Mark Piggott
It shouldn’t be treason to criticise the NHS
Until we stop treating the NHS with reverence, we'll never have an honest discussion about improving healthcare.

Tim Black
Trying to rein in the Arab Spring
Saudi Arabia’s physical and financial war on the uprisings reveals the shakiness of the House of Saud and the impotence of American power.

Tuesday 7 June 2011
Kevin Yuill
The sad life of
‘Doctor Death’  

The assisted suicide entrepreneur may be dead, but the misanthropic culture on which he thrived survives him.

Brendan O’Neill
How dare you set up a new university!?
The intolerant response to AC Grayling’s New College is driven by hostility towards educational experimentation.

Rob Lyons
Killer cucumbers and evil bean sprouts? Chill out
Yes, the E. coli outbreak in Germany is serious, but the panic-fuelled overreaction to it has ended up making things even worse.

Wednesday 8 June 2011
Patrick Hayes
Is this just ‘ID cards without the cards’?
The Lib-Cons' proposal for an Identity Assurance Service confirms that privacy counts for little in the corridors of power.

Neil Davenport
I’ve had enough of Katy Perry’s cleavage
David Cameron is right that our society is saturated with sexual imagery – but his proposals won’t solve the problem.

Mick Hume
UK capitalism: ‘Plan B’? A Plan A might be a start
Britain's Tory chancellor basks in worthless IMF approval, yet neither his government nor the opposition has an idea beyond A for Austerity.

Thursday 9 June 2011
Sean Collins
Weiner: what a rubbish sex scandal
The Anthony Weiner incident shows that politicians are now so lame that they don’t even do scandal well.

Rob Lyons
Too many mouths to feed? Get stuffed
Food prices aren’t rising because the Earth is full. But Malthusian commentators are certainly full of BS.

Frank Furedi
‘Western parents need to chill out about their kids’
The author of Paranoid Parenting says that far from needing a stricter ‘Asian’ approach, Western parenting is already way too intensive.

Friday 10 June 2011
David Bowden
Angry Boys: a smart and funny pop at PC
Aussie comic Chris Lilley’s new mockumentary is a crude but well-observed swipe at illiberal modern society.

Duleep Allirajah
Playing for England: glory or chore?
Why more and more Premier League players just aren't that fussed about playing international football.

Brendan O’Neill
Who’s really afraid of the working classes?
Thatcher isn’t to blame for modern-day chav-baiting. It was fashionable anti-Thatcherites who made a mockery of the lower orders.

Monday 13 June 2011
Angus Kennedy
Higher education should be free – of state control
In the row about AC Grayling’s new college, the suffocating effect of state funding has been overlooked.

Ken McLaughlin
The unhelpful myth that we’re all a bit mad
The notion that everyone is in some way mentally ill distracts attention from those who really need help.

Tim Black
Putting Palin on the rack, twenty-first-century style
The liberal media’s gleeful ogling of Sarah Palin’s private emails captures what lies at the heart of today’s leaking culture: low political prurience.

Tuesday 14 June 2011
Abigail Ross-Jackson
The double standards of prudish Slutwalkers
Who’d want to live in a world where women can wear what they want but men are never allowed to woo or whistle?

Rob Lyons
The Pipe: a liberal pantomime in the bogs
A film about local resistance to a Shell gas pipeline off Ireland's west coast invites us to boo at the big, bad corporation.

Mick Hume
Must we watch this political death show on our TVs?
All the highly publicised ‘revelations’ of personal spats confirm that the body formerly known as the Labour Party is fit only for a private burial.

Wednesday 15 June 2011
Nikos Sotirakopoulos
No politics please, we’re trying to protest!
A Greek student reports on how ideology has been expelled from the anti-government protests in Athens and elsewhere.

Kevin Yuill
Terry Pratchett and the new ritual of death
The author’s film about assisted suicide focused on the act of dying to the exclusion of the life that precedes it.

Brendan O’Neill
Why so many hacks fell for the ‘gay girl in Syria’
Fake blogger Tom MacMaster is not the only person who has magicked up an identity by morally leeching off other people’s conflicts.

Thursday 16 June 2011
Ellie Lee
FAS: the gestation of a dubious idea
It is moralism, not evidence, that underpins the advice that pregnant women should abstain from alcohol.

Nathalie Rothschild
The Mossad man who can’t keep a secret
An ex-Mossad chief’s frank public statements have punctured the myth of relentless Zionist expansionism.

Patrick Hayes
Is the Archbishop still having sleepless nights?
Moralists who were outraged by America’s killing of bin Laden have said diddly-squat about subsequent assassinations.

Tim Black
Stop the press: new boss for irrelevant organisation!
Al-Qaeda’s attempt to hype up the appointment of al-Zawahiri as its leader shows how childishly desperate it is for attention.

Friday 17 June 2011
Tessa Mayes
This film review is brought to you by POM Wonderful
Morgan Spurlock’s hilarious new documentary about product placement is not the anti-corporate exposé it thinks it is.

David Bowden
When emotionalism trumps journalism
The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka was concerned more with shedding tears than light on a brutal civil war.

Duleep Allirajah
Britain could win gold in synchronised moaning
Why were so many people outraged at missing out on London 2012 tickets for sports they don’t even care about?

Helene Guldberg
Animals don’t have morality, people do
In his attempt to prove that beasts have morals, Dale Peterson airbrushes away all the things that make humans unique in the animal kingdom.

Monday 20 June 2011
Andrew Calcutt
The ghost of
‘Ghost Town’

Thirty years after The Specials’ iconic single was released, an old friend explains its significance.

Tim Black
The narcissism of the Primark haters
Panorama’s faked footage of Indian child labour shows how ethical consumerism is always about us, not them.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Don’t tinker with the NHS. Completely rethink it
Why do both the right and left champion Britain’s health system when it remains inefficient, bureaucratic and sometimes inhumane?

Tuesday 21 June 2011
Kevin Rooney
No free speech for football fans
Celtic and Rangers supporters should unite in fury against repressive new laws being passed in Scotland.

Jason Smith
Telling porkies about big pig farms
Dubious arguments about large-scale agriculture are threatening a proposed megafarm in Derbyshire.

Brendan O’Neill
Protests in Greece: the politics of ‘waaah’!
The lesson of Athens is that protesters who disavow ideology and embrace spontaneity end up sounding like they’re from another planet.

Wednesday 22 June 2011
Patrick Hayes
In defence of animal experimentation
It’s time that medical researchers were unequivocal in putting human need ahead of animal-welfare concerns.

Tiffany Jenkins
Turning museums into cultural ghettos
The proposed Latino museum in Washington DC looks set to further partition history along racial lines.

Frank Furedi
Is Ryan Giggs a Lothario or a sick man in need of help?
The notion that people who sleep around are sex addicts, powerless before lust, screws over the Enlightenment idea of human reason.

Thursday 23 June 2011
David Bowden
A grown-up, grossout approach to history
Mixing facts with bodily fluids, kids’ show Horrible Histories shows that teaching history needn’t be patronising.

Duleep Allirajah
It’s possible to go from choker to champ
Rory McIlroy’s bounce-backability confirms that choking is not a congential defect. Andy Murray, take note.

Mick Hume
British trade unions: General Shrug now!
Unions claim that protests over public-sector pension reform will be the biggest since the General Strike. Dream on, brothers.

Friday 24 June 2011
James Howell
A bit of youthful struggle never hurt anyone
Ross Perlin’s exposé of the world of internships has some grim tales of unpaid, often futile work, but there’s still no reason why interns should see themselves as victims.

James Heartfield
The ramshackle British Empire
In two houses on Downing Street, with a staff of just 62, the Colonial Office ran nearly a quarter of the world in the late nineteenth century. How?

Patrick Hayes
The British National Party thrives on hype
With its ceaseless posturing against the alleged rise of neo-fascism, the political class did more to boost the BNP's fortunes than ‘thick’ working-class voters did.

Rob Lyons
Britain makes more things than you think
Evan Davis’s TV tie-in book has some surprising stats on the state of British manufacturing. But our political class lacks the cojones to invest seriously in infrastructure and innovation.

Helene Guldberg
Animals don’t have morality, people do
In his attempt to prove that beasts have morals, Dale Peterson airbrushes away all the things that make humans unique in the animal kingdom.

Nancy McDermott
Why parents can’t cut the apron strings
There’s a reason parents now get intensively involved in their kids’ lives: it’s because society is incapable of socialising young people, heaping more and more responsibility on to families.

Brendan O’Neill
Who’s really afraid of the working classes?
Thatcher isn’t to blame for modern-day chav-baiting and anti-working class sentiment. It was fashionable anti-Thatcherites who made a mockery of the lower orders.

Tim Black
Hollowing out the ivory tower
Alison Wolf tells Tim Black that the now orthodox view of universities as engines of economic growth is making us lose sight of their primary purpose: the pursuit of knowledge.

Monday 27 June 2011
Rob Lyons
A day in the life of the lonely crowd
Life in a Day editor Joe Walker tells spiked about the making and meaning of his innovative crowdsourced movie.

Nathalie Rothschild
What’s wrong with Israelis’ cheesy protest?
A rebellion against cottage cheese prices may seem trivial, but there’s more to life here than the Middle East conflict.

Frank Furedi
An unholy marriage of snobbery and snideyness
The cultural elite’s support for gay marriage is more about distinguishing themselves from homophobic plebs than fighting for equal rights.

Tuesday 28 June 2011
Jan Bowman
The barbarians within the arts establishment
The drive to use art to change people’s behaviour is as contemptuous of us as it is of culture.

Patrick Hayes
An eight-year-old cannot commit rape
The Daily Mail report on the rise of ‘child criminals’ actually reveals that British adults have lost the plot.

Tim Black
Mission accomplished? What mission, exactly?
It’s fitting that the aimless, pointless Afghan War is being wound down according to a timetable drawn up in a White House backroom.

Wednesday 29 June 2011
Tim Black
Free speech vs privacy? There’s only one winner
Recent coverage of celebrities’ sexual antics has been puerile, but it should not be judges who decide what we read.

Rob Lyons
How to prolong a conflict, ICC-style
The ICC warrant for Gaddafi may make Western powers feel good, but it will make things a whole lot worse in Libya.

Mick Hume
The death of the Tory Party is announced at Glasto
Forget the conspiracy theories – the story should be the obituary for Conservatism Cameron’s ally wrote before he died in the Glastonbury toilets.

Thursday 30 June 2011
Matthias Heitmann
The trouble with the Women’s World Cup
The sanitisation of football in the name of feminine values is bad news for women's football. And for society.

Patrick West
Father Kit: neither monster nor saint
It’s a shock to the system when you discover that an old family friend was once a ‘paedophile priest’.

Nathalie Rothschild
Gaza flotilla: riding on a wave of narcissism
Gaza-bound do-gooders claim they only want to send ‘love’ to Palestinians. The evidence suggests they’re more in love with themselves.


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