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Friday 1 July 2011 July 2011
David Bowden
Knob gags and heart massages
Boozed up, bloodied and helpless: Sirens offered a comic view of Britain as seen from the medical frontline.

Duleep Allirajah
Why it’s all kicking off over Team GB
Olympics bosses want a British soccer team for 2012, but the UK’s football authorities just don't want to play ball.

Tim Black
Mike Sacks’ one-man war against the zeitgeist
The American humourist doesn’t bother with predictable targets like Palin or hicks. He prefers gerbils, the Holocaust, girls’ lockerrooms...

Monday 4 July 2011
Rob Lyons
Who’s really fibbing about Fukushima?
The way greens tried to play up the accident was far more shocking than ministers’ attempts to ‘play it down’.

Tim Black
Miss Fancy Pants vs uncouth youth
That snooty mother-in-law’s email about manners has been a viral hit because it exercises something rare: adult authority.

Mick Hume
Did that ‘historic’ public-
sector strike really happen?

The one-day strike over public-sector pension reform looked more like a fancy-dress fantasy re-enactment of battles of the past.

Tuesday 5 July 2011
Tiffany Jenkins
Culture: it’s not the economy, stupid!
Plans to get UK cultural institutions to measure the economic value of art are both philistine and futile.

Rob Lyons
The fag end of the argument
Attempts by anti-smoking zealots to smear a report on civil liberties reveal just how bankrupt their arguments are.

Frank Furedi
It’s health-and-safety gone mainstream!
British officials love to laugh at mad bans on conkers and snowfights, yet they continue to institutionalise a cult of caution.

Wednesday 6 July 2011
Rob Lyons
The tasteless aim of the war on salt
Why are health campaigners so down on the white stuff when all the evidence suggests it isn't bad for us?

Patrick Hayes
Let’s just all SQUASH together
Squatters once fancied themselves as radical. Now they have embraced the low horizons of the political elite.

Brendan O’Neill
Celebrate your identity! That is, know your place
A new report says fewer workers now define themselves as ‘working class’. Maybe they’re rebelling against the stifling politics of identity.

Thursday 7 July 2011
Max Klinger
The BMA: modern-day prohibitionists
The British Medical Association is dressing up moralistic attacks on smoking and drinking as health policy.

Tim Black
Why ‘victim’s rights’ are bad for justice
Why is the state keen to stand up for victims in the justice system? Because it wants to boost prosecution rates.

Brendan O’Neill
What’s really motoring this anti-Murdoch crusade?
What the News of the World is alleged to have done is terrible and indefensible. But the fury about it is being driven by something else.

Friday 8 July 2011
David Bowden
The Perfect Suit: a luxury production
Chanel and Louis Vuitton are just too good for the masses – as are BBC4’s documentaries, apparently.

Duleep Allirajah
Murray’s defeat was no choking matter
Andy Murray’s Wimbledon loss had more to do with Rafa Nadal’s brilliance than with Murray’s inner demons.

Brendan O’Neill
After the News of the World, who’s safe?
The unprecedented harrying to extinction of a tabloid newspaper is likely to have a chilling effect across the British media.

Monday 11 July 2011
Tim Black
The myth of the feral tabloid reader
Why the political class loves to peddle stories about the tabloids’ evil grip on the masses’ minds.

Wendy Kaminer
Press culture is none of Cameron’s business
An American free-speech campaigner dissects the ‘delusional elitism’ of those wanting to muzzle the tabloids.

Frank Furedi
‘We name and shame the evil tabloid hacks!’
The cultural elite’s crusade against News International is only a more erudite version of the News of the World’s war on perverts.

Tuesday 12 July 2011
Patrick Hayes
After Atlantis, America comes down to Earth
The final space-shuttle flight shows that Obama lacks the vision to inspire the world the way JFK did 50 years ago.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
Letting down the next generation
Headline-grabbing plans to name and shame the UK’s failing schools won’t address why education isn’t educating.

Mick Hume
‘You cannot pluck the rose without the thorn’
The death of a free press, the hacking off of investigative journalism - the scandals nobody is talking about.

Wednesday 13 July 2011
Dave O’Brien
It isn’t philistine to judge art economically
The author of a report on arts evaluation responds to Tiffany Jenkins’ accusations of philistinism.

Nathalie Rothschild
Spraying for peace in the Middle East
Nathalie Rothschild reports from Hebron on the Western spraycan activists who are graffiting the West Bank.

Tim Black
The Human Rights Watch plan to save US imperialism
HRW is demanding that Bush be tried for war crimes only because it wants to resuscitate US authority over the uncivilised hordes.

Thursday 14 July 2011
Brid Hehir
Building a wall between adults and children
The vital interactions between one generation and the next are being hampered by overblown fears of ‘stranger danger’.

Rob Lyons
How green politicking will deepen fuel poverty
British consumers will pay a high price for Chris Huhne’s desire for moral grandstanding on climate change.

Phil Mullan
Making a crisis out of a Greek drama
ESSAY: To overcome the Eurozone crisis, we should declare war on the fatalist notion that sluggish growth is the ‘New Normal’.

Friday 15 July 2011
Patrick West
Mash-ups: a Derridean delight
Pomo thinkers said ours is an era of endless cultural cannibalism. The rise of the internet mash-up has proved them right.

Duleep Allirajah
Would you pay to watch women’s football?
The World Cup showed that the women’s game has definitely improved, but interest in it is still more token than real.

David Bowden
Lesbians: not as much fun as you’d think
Despite the in-your-face advertising, Five’s Candy Bar Girls had little to offer in the way of Sapphic frolicking.

Fifi Adelsmythe
How to avoid being one of those women
All hail Caitlin Moran, the edgy and real Times columnist who has declared a one-chick war against cultural yobbery.

Monday 18 July 2011
Martyn Perks
Britain’s uncreative approach to design
A preoccupation with social engineering hampers the innovative and wealth-generating potential of design.

Tim Black
Why is the government wrecking homes?
The new effort to clamp down on ‘sham marriages’ is, in fact, a mean-spirited attack on free movement.

Jennie Bristow
Lib-Con family policy: Maggie meets Mary Poppins
The coalition’s family policy is an unholy marriage of Thatcher-style traditional moralism and New Labour-style therapeutic interventionism.

Tuesday 19 July 2011
Paul Adenson
My PAIN at being hacked by the tabloids
A politician-cum-celeb says only a sharp-fanged regulator can stop the scuzzy press from invading voicemails.

Mick Hume
‘Of course I support a free press, but…’
All-party support for regulating the media threatens to reverse the historic gains of the struggle for press freedom.

Brendan O’Neill
Murdochphobia is not as radical as you think
Whatever you think of Rupert Murdoch, you should be concerned that bashing him has become the only political game in town.

Wednesday 20 July 2011
Rob Lyons
Good healthcare for all? Not on the NHS
Under new local NHS plans, smokers and obese people - the undeserving sick - will be made to wait months for operations.

Patrick Hayes
Why not celebrate the birth of Harper Seven?
Ignore the miserable misanthropists who think the Beckhams set a bad example by having too many children.

Frank Furedi
Why the EU is so clueless about the Euro crisis
Insulated from the demos and unpractised in the art of political leadership, it is little wonder EU officials can do little to address Euro woes.

Thursday 21 July 2011
Nathalie Rothschild
Save the Jews: don’t have an abortion
By imploring women to help boost the number of Jews, Israeli anti-abortion activists politicise personal choices.

Neil Davenport
Hackgate: the revenge of the middle classes?
After the NoTW, who will be the next victim of broadsheet bullishness? The Daily Mail? Tesco? McDonald's? Primark?

Rob Lyons
Why the state should butt out of our personal lives
It is a sign of the times that the only debate we seem to have about nudging is ‘does it work?’ rather than ‘what gives them the right?’.

Friday 22 July 2011
Viral Shah
Senna: more than just a racing movie
Asif Kapadia’s moving biopic of the Brazilian motorsport legend shows us fierce rivalry, courage and tragedy.

David Bowden
The geek shall inherit the boardroom
Inventor Tom Pellereau’s victory in The Apprentice is the latest triumph for nerdiness over old-school masculinity.

Duleep Allirajah
Grubby, grubby money united?
A TV exposé of Bryan Robson’s attempt to flog football to foreigners assumed that all overseas investment is Bad.

Ben Pile
Admit it: environmentalism was an ugly experiment
Mark Lynas has converted from eco-alarmist to pro-growth rationalist. But he still doesn’t get the problem with green thinking.

Monday 25 July 2011
Nathalie Rothschild
The rise and fall of a chess prodigy
From Cold War-era hero to paranoid enemy of the state: it’s Bobby Fischer Against the World.

Tim Black
The rise of the
eco-imperialists

Why the United Nations is wrong to depict everything from war to famine as a ‘climate change issue’.

Brendan O’Neill
Don’t turn Norway into Europe’s 11 September
Sections of the European liberal elite are trying to make moral mileage out of this rampage just as shamelessly as the right did with 9/11.

Tuesday 26 July 2011
Michael P Fitzpatrick
The woman who could have ruled the world
With the death of Amy Winehouse, British music has lost what should have been its brightest talent.

Julia Stitch
Farewell, Goddess with the beehive
In our cynical times there’s something to be said for living intensively, like Amy Winehouse did.

Nathalie Rothschild
Norway: it’s not ‘naive’ to defend liberty
After Friday’s murderous attacks Norwegians are right to resist increased surveillance that will compromise citizens’ freedoms.

Sean Collins
Debt ceiling debate: bad political theatre
Even more than the Eurozone crisis, the debt discussion in the US shines a harsh light on the dysfunctional nature of the modern political class.

Wednesday 27 July 2011
Patrick Hayes
From working class to incapacitated class
How radical activists shifted from viewing the working classes as powerful to pitying them as pathetic.

Brendan O’Neill
Truth is the first casualty of war movies
A new film about the Russian-Georgian War of August 2008 claims to be ‘based on actual events’. Like hell it is.

Rob Lyons
Forgive me, Bloomberg, for I have binged
The calorie info in NY restaurants may not have trimmed many waistlines, but it has induced Catholic levels of guilt about eating.

Thursday 28 July 2011
Viral Shah
From holiday resort to footballing force
Could Malaga FC, flush with overseas investment, finally break the Real-Barca stranglehold on La Liga?

David Bowden
The Hour: the
Fifties, in colour

Abi Morgan’s much-hyped new drama feels like Britain’s liberals stealing conservatives’ favourite monochrome decade.

Tim Black
Libya: palace intrigue replaces people power
Recent events confirm that NATO’s numpty-led war has led to the colossal disempowerment of the Libyan people.

Friday 29 July 2011
Tim Black
Mike Sacks’ one-man war against the zeitgeist
American humourist Mike Sacks doesn’t bother with predictable targets like Palin or hicks. He prefers gerbils, the Holocaust, girls’ lockerrooms...

Fifi Adelsmythe
How to avoid being one of those women
All hail Caitlin Moran, the edgy and real Times columnist who has declared a one-chick war against cultural yobbery.

James Heartfield
Humanitarian imperialism in the age of Queen Victoria
The author of a new book explains how well-meaning but elitist Brits helped justified the spread of the Empire - and the uncomfortable parallels with present-day campaigners for Western intervention.

Nathalie Rothschild
A Swedish riposte to the politics of paternalism
From the 1940s moral panic around dancehalls to today’s attempts to ‘nudge’ us into good behaviour, Mattias Svensson’s new book shows the shifting faces of killjoys in Sweden and beyond.

Rob Lyons
The strange life and turbulent times of Andy Kershaw
No Off Switch describes the only man in history to be a stagehand to the Stones, Radio 1 DJ, reporter on brutal struggles from Haiti to Rwanda, and boyfriend to, err... Carol Vorderman?

Patrick Hayes
Think the government should manipulate us? Join the club.
Tina Rosenberg seems to want to stop us having fun - like smoking, drinking and having sex - and thinks getting other people to gang up on us is just the way to do it.

Ben Pile
Admit it: environmentalism was an ugly experiment
Mark Lynas has converted from being an eco-alarmist to a pro-growth rationalist. But he still doesn’t get the problem with green thinking.

Brendan O’Neill
What is the point of Ed Miliband?
If you can overlook its bizarre claim that Ed is a ‘political insurgent’, this biography of the Labour leader provides some unwitting insights into the new species of cut-off politician.

Frank Furedi
What’s with the fashion for bashing baby boomers?
There’s something irritatingly infantile about blaming the boomers for everything from recession to eco-apocalypse. But in some ways, the boomers invited such ridicule.


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