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Thursday 1 September 2011 September 2011
Patrick Hayes
How to Prevent academic freedom
Asking university staff to report on students who are ‘vulnerable’ to extremist ideas will only deter debate.

Nigel Scott
The courts should keep out of our sex lives
The Herpes Viruses Association says it is outrageous that a man has been jailed in the UK for passing on herpes.

Tim Black
This is a freedom issue, not a ‘humanitarian crisis’
We should support the Dale Farm Travellers’ right to live where they choose, not invite the UN to help preserve their cultural Otherness.

Friday 2 September 2011
Neil Davenport
Sarah’s Key: unlocking French self-loathing
Yet another film about France’s role in the Holocaust suggests the French have ditched self-reflection in favour of self-hatred.

Duleep Allirajah
The waning of Arsene’s Arsenal
It was when Fergie started being nice about Wenger that you knew Arsenal was no longer seen as a threat.

Tom Slater
A spy thriller, without the self-importance
David Hare’s Page Eight tried to Say Something Important, and it was all the better for having failed to do so.

Nathalie Rothschild
Boycotts are an affront to academic freedom
Is Israeli historian Ilan Pappé hated because he’s a brave dissident - or because he’s a pompous ass who wants Israel academia shunned?

Monday 5 September 2011
Stuart Derbyshire
The pseudoscience of
the parent-bashers

The increasingly popular idea that a person's fate is decided in the first five years of life is completely baseless.

Tim Black
The NSPCC doesn’t help kids - it harms them
With its ceaseless promotion of fear and suspicion of adults, the NSPCC undermines organic bonds between generations.

Frank Furedi
After 9/11: ten years of a war against… who?
In the first of his series of ‘On Reflection’ essays, Frank Furedi reflects on our leaders' inability to give a name to their post-9/11 wars.

Tuesday 6 September 2011
Yoni Eshpar
Shooting down the
‘good life’ myth in Israel

The Israeli Summer explodes the idea that Israelis are too busy lounging on beaches to care about politics.

Tim Black
The birth of the
non-political party

The plan to disband the Conservative Party in Scotland is only the latest sign of the disintegration of UK politics.

Mick Hume
Our war on the politics of fear
How the reactions to 9/11 proved that the world had already changed – and helped to shape the political targets of a new magazine called spiked.

Wednesday 7 September 2011
Patrick Hayes
The Battle of Cable Street it wasn’t
Dancing around to music while 3,000 policemen prevent right-wingers from marching does not echo the events of 1936.

Philip Hammond
Where did all the goodies and baddies go?
Hollywood’s post-9/11 films have ditched old-style patriotic chest-beating in favour of moral self-flagellation.

Rob Lyons
The onward march of the Obesity Orwellians
When kids are snatched from their parents simply for being too fat, it’s clearly the expansion of the state, not our waistlines, that is out of control.

Thursday 8 September 2011
Bill Durodié
Message to the West: ‘know thyself’
Since 9/11, terrorists have lived like parasites off the already-existing disorientation of Western elites.

Wendy Kaminer
Ten years on, America is at war with itself
It was said that 9/11 would bring Americans together. Instead it sowed fear, paranoia and political rifts.

Tim Black
Are you shy? Then you
have a mental disorder

The mad claim that 165million Europeans suffer from ‘mental illness’ confirms that normal emotional states are now seen as diseases.

Friday 9 September 2011
David Bowden
Why we’re intrigued by suburban psychos
For some, Fred and Rose West are merely extreme expressions of the brutalism of ‘behind closed doors’.

Duleep Allirajah
‘Watching football is not a crime’
spiked talks to Amanda Jacks, the woman who helps football fans fight back against overzealous cops and stewards.

Sean Collins
After 11 September: their ‘resilience’, and ours
New Yorkers demonstrated true bravery and heroism in response to 9/11. The same cannot be said for America’s political leaders.

Monday 12 September 2011
Colin McInnes
The long road to green serfdom
Germany’s decision to ditch nuclear power should be a wake-up call to all those who favour development.

Ben Pile
Wishing Greenpeace an unhappy birthday
For 40 years, big green NGOs have helped to denigrate democracy and stand in the way of progress.

Frank Furedi
It’s time to expel the ‘experts’ from family life
In repackaging parenting as a superbly complex, almost scientific task, a gaggle of experts hopes to colonise our personal lives.

Tuesday 13 September 2011
Nathalie Rothschild
New York remembers
Photo essay: spiked reports from Ground Zero, where thousands gathered to mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

James Heartfield
Who’s afraid of the Dale Farm Travellers?
The only crime committed by this community is that it dared to resolve the housing shortage for itself.

Patrick Hayes
Never mind the little people, lobby a lord!
By appealing to those unelected chaps in the House of Lords, the TUC has shown just what it thinks of democracy.

Brendan O’Neill
The bizarre battle over fifty pence
Neither the rich folk campaigning against the 50p tax rate, nor the radicals desperately defending it, have very much to recommend them.

Wednesday 14 September 2011
Klaus Wivel
In defence of the rights of sportsmen
The anti-doping crusade has led to an appalling denigration of athletes’ rights. Why is there no uproar about it?

Rob Lyons
Chefs of the world: get over yourselves
Some of the world’s top chefs have made a high-profile plea for local, sustainable, ‘authentic’ food. Yuk.

Mick Hume
Fewer MPs? We need more Politicians
Plans to cut the quantity of UK members of parliament will do nothing to improve the execrable quality of British political life today.

Thursday 15 September 2011
Nathalie Rothschild
An election where everyone’s a loser
The victory of a little-known businessman over a New York Democrat reveals much about the state of US politics.

Kabat and Adair
The feeble consensus on climate change
Why has it become taboo simply to point out that scientists disagree quite a lot about global warming?

Brendan O’Neill
How a few burqa-clad militants terrified the West
The so-called ‘Kabul offensive’ by the Taliban was nothing like the Tet Offensive in Vietnam – but it’s telling that the two are being compared.

Friday 16 September 2011
Patrick West
All together: ‘We’re the best country in the world’
The Last Night of the Proms is about more than Little Englanders having a sing-song. It’s a celebration of nationalism itself.

David Bowden
Voyeurism disguised as ‘public health’
With its saggy boobs and shrivelled willies, Embarrassing Bodies sends the message that it's wrong to keep secrets.

Duleep Allirajah
In Wembley, no one can hear you scream
The big problem at last week’s England international was not unruly fans but a total lack of atmosphere.

Tim Black
The Last Days of New Labour
Ex-chancellor Alistair Darling’s account of his 1,000 days in office reveals much about the rot at the heart of Brown’s Labour government.

Monday 19 September 2011
Rob Lyons
Allotments: a plot against modern society?
The fad for growing your own food is not radical – it’s a retreat from the attempt to change the world.

Jason Walsh
EU integration is the last thing we need
No matter how crisis-ridden and corrupt the EU becomes, the elites’ solution is always: ‘More EU!’

Jennie Bristow
Parents should rise up against this neurotrash
ESSAY: Dodgy neuroscience is being used to justify unprecedented levels of state intrusion into family life.

Tuesday 20 September 2011
James Heartfield
Shire Tories and greens are denying Brits homes
The claim that the Lib-Cons are planning to concrete over large parts of Britain’s green land is wrong - unfortunately.

Tim Black
Trying to nudge us towards decency
The Lib-Con government’s obsession with nudging suggests it sees us as mere putty to be remoulded at will.

Brendan O’Neill
Message to protesters: Basildon is not Bosnia
The invasion of Dale Farm by everyone from the UN to Amnesty to Fergal bloody Keane shows how desperate activists are for a Bosnia replay.

Wednesday 21 September 2011
Nathalie Rothschild
Is this Monty Python’s Occupy Wall Street?
The surreal protests in New York’s financial district will certainly leave the system shaking. With laughter.

Patrick Hayes
Taking the liberal out of the Lib Dems
Telling families how to raise their kids, imprisoning journalists and banning Page 3 – welcome to the Illiberal Party.

Mick Hume
Problems in political life? Blame the Lib Dems!
Tories and Labour are bashing Nick Clegg’s pathetic party to try to hide the fact that they are all like the politics-lite Liberal Democrats now.

Thursday 22 September 2011
Nancy McDermott
Leave SpongeBob SquarePants alone!
Now we’re warned that the popular cartoon turns kids into dimwits. Yet another pointless guilt-trip for parents.

Rob Lyons
The return of the Mockney Missionary
When a billion people remain malnourished, it’s perverse for Jamie Oliver to bang on about a ‘global epidemic’ of obesity.

Tim Black
Why climate alarmism isn’t toppled by cock-ups
It will take more than exposés of scientific errors to dent green miserabilism, because its roots are moralistic rather than scientific.

Friday 23 September 2011
Tom Slater
Did the world need another Jane Eyre?
Cary Fukunaga’s new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic is beautifully shot and acted, but a bit pointless.

David Bowden
Being a student today is no laughing matter
New campus-comedy Fresh Meat takes an amusing cudgel to the rites of passage of cotton-wool kids.

Viral Shah
Football is not just for ballerinas
Pepe, Real Madrid’s brutal but talented defender, shows that it takes more than sublime skill to win matches.

Brendan O’Neill
‘It is time that we reclaimed liberalism’
Frank Furedi talks to Brendan O’Neill about his new book On Tolerance and why he wants to halt and reverse the warping of the liberal outlook.

Monday 26 September 2011
Nathalie Rothschild
Kick the UN out of the Middle East
The cynical bid for Palestinian statehood shows how ordinary Palestinians have been made spectators of history.

Ken McLaughlin
Struck off for wanting a better life
Social workers are supposed to encourage people to improve their lot. So why has a Nigerian man been banned for doing that?

Tim Black
Dale Farm: good Gypsies versus evil Essex Man?
The luvvies and leftists supporting the Dale Farm Travellers view the rest of us - the mob - as a racist pogrom in the making.

Tuesday 27 September 2011
Patrick Hayes
Who’s responsible for Govegate?
‘Government by Gmail’ is the logical end result of the rise and rise of the weird cult of transparency.

Rob Lyons
Making a Balls-up of economic recovery
Ed Balls’ speech confirmed that Labour hasn’t got the first clue about how to pursue the economic growth we need.

Mick Hume
Defend a free press - don’t just guard the Guardian
Yes, the police threat to the liberal newspaper was outrageous – but who invited the authorities to crack down on the press in the first place?

Wednesday 28 September 2011
Tim Black
Why Fairtrade is an unfair deal
Buying Fairtrade products may make consumers feel good, but in reality they amount to a PC-form of bonded labour.

Ben Pile
Time to put this morality tale on ice
Greens are using misinformation about melting Arctic ice caps to try to scare us into accepting their reactionary policies.

Brendan O’Neill
How can there be a ‘war for Labour’s soul’ when Labour has no soul?
Labour activists’ delusions have reached pathological proportions. They need our help.

Thursday 29 September 2011
Tom Slater
A true triumph of style over substance
Combining a cool, kitsch soundtrack, extreme violence and a tooth pick, Drive is a brilliant, profound play upon the action movie.

Duleep Allirajah
Are some football songs just too offensive?
Songs about the Munich air crash are in bad taste, but we don’t need censorship on the terraces.

David Bowden
How I fell out of love with the Gallagher family
From being a New Labour-mocking, underclass romp, Shameless is now content to make jokes about Nick Clegg.

Nathalie Rothschild
Michael Bloomberg’s new Prohibition Era
New York City’s health-obsessive mayor is tearing up personal freedoms in his war against smoking, fast food and sugary drinks.

Friday 30 September 2011
Jason Walsh
What now for the
cause of Irish freedom?

A new book from a former member of the Provisional IRA provides a valuable history of the struggle for a united Ireland but comes up short in its analysis of how to move Irish politics forward today.

Tim Black
A philistine defence of the university
They’re more than happy to fight a fantasy left-wing crusade against the ‘ConDem’ government, yet defenders of higher education lack a sense of what they're actually defending.

Nathalie Rothschild
Boycotts are an affront to academic freedom
Is Israeli historian Ilan Pappé hated because he’s a brave dissident – or because he’s a pompous ass who wants Israeli academia shunned?

Tim Black
Darling’s memoirs: Adding fuel to Labour’s funeral pyre
Ex-chancellor Alistair Darling’s account of his 1,000 days in office reveals the court politics, cluelessness and lack of direction that were at the heart of Brown’s New Labour government.

Patrick Hayes
The rise and fall of Julian Assange
The ‘unauthorised autobiography’ of the Wikileaks founder reveals little that we didn’t already know: he’s an apolitical computer nerd with a conspiracy theorist’s view of the world.

Nathalie Rothschild
Why are liberal hacks so obsessed with Palin?
Joe McGinniss wants to dig up dirt that will bury Palin’s political career. But his book is so full of salacious gossip that he ends up looking like the real creep.

Rob Lyons
Is society suffering from an eating disorder?
In an extract from his new book, Rob Lyons asks why, despite having solved the problem of hunger, people in Western countries seem more fearful of food than ever.

Brendan O’Neill
‘It is time that we reclaimed liberalism’
Frank Furedi talks to Brendan O’Neill about his new book On Tolerance and why he wants to halt and reverse the warping of the liberal outlook.


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