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Monday 3 October 2011 October 2011
Tim Black
The culture war over ‘Foxy Knoxy’
The pro-Amanda Knox campaign is far from saintly, what with its Italy-bashing and whispers about backward European men.

Nigel Scott
Knox: victim of an Italian soap opera
A supporter of the Injustice in Perugia campaign reports on the absolute dearth of evidence against Amanda Knox.

Brendan O’Neill
The Melancholia of the middle classes
Lars von Trier’s new film brilliantly teases out the link between the rot of the bourgeois mind and the rise of apocalyptic fantasies.

Tuesday 4 October 2011
Richard de Lacy
Face it, the FSB is just not that into you
Why do Western journalists working in Russia always end up convinced that the state is out to get them?

Rob Lyons
This obsession with fat is really taxing
Denmark has introduced a ‘fat tax’ - but what business is it of governments to tell us what we should eat?

Mick Hume
Euro-crisis: dictatorship of the bean-counters
The bankrupting of democracy is too high a price to pay for the Euro-elites’ scheme to save their system through more austerity and integration.

Wednesday 5 October 2011
Niall Crowley
Message to MOBOs:
ditch the victim act

Ahead of tonight’s awards, isn’t it time we stopped making a concrete distinction between ‘black’ and ‘white’ music?

Patrick Hayes
A licence to kill freedom of expression
Licensing journalists was a bad idea in John Milton’s day - so why are politicians and editors keen to revive it now?

Frank Furedi
Let’s stop kowtowing to the cult of transparency
The demand that every corner of officialdom be thrown open to public view has only made politics a more deceptive, less principled sphere.

Thursday 6 October 2011
Nathalie Rothschild
The wannabe tyrants of Wall Street
Disdainful and conspiracy-minded, the protesters claiming to speak for all Americans are acting like teenage despots.

Rob Lyons
A game of economic Pass the Parcel
Three years after the collapse of Lehmann Brothers, the debt crisis hasn’t been resolved, just reformulated.

Brendan O’Neill
Meet the PC oligarchy that now rules Britain
The Tory conference confirmed that politics has been colonised by experts, hacks and snobs who are utterly insulated from the madding crowd.

Friday 7 October 2011
David Bowden
Why are C4 punishing teenagers with Hollyoaks?
This soap would just be laughably kitsch if it wasn’t so keen on getting teens to phone helplines afterwards.

Duleep Allirajah
The limitations of the Barroom Bosman
The European court ruling that pubs can show cheap Greek coverage of English football wasn’t so significant after all.

Nathalie Rothschild
The iMourning for Steve Jobs
The reaction to the death of the Apple boss shows how thoroughly mainstream Princess Di-style public weeping has become.

Brendan O’Neill
In defence of Steve Jobs
The idea that Jobs and his brilliant Apple gadgets were responsible for alienation in the West and for ‘slavery’ in the East is i-nonsense on stilts.

Monday 10 October 2011
James Woudhuysen
Is Britain drowning in too much packaging?
The wrapping that our food, mod-cons and medications come in is not ‘evil’ - it is a product of civilisation.

Tom Slater
Warrior: a daft movie with a kick in the tale
It may be a hackneyed promo for mixed martial arts, but Gavin O’Connor’s film still moves you in the end.

Tim Black
The global culture war over Amanda Knox
How did one woman become such a talking point? Because she got bound up in a clash between ‘louche America’ and ‘medieval Italy’.

Tuesday 11 October 2011
Rob Lyons
Dying to scare the life out of us
Life expectancy has shot up in recent years. Why are public-health miserabilists insisting it will soon start falling?

Basham and Luik
David Cameron’s unpalatable nannying
A proposed ‘fat tax’ is not only illiberal but also daft - there’s ample evidence such taxes don’t improve health.

Mick Hume
For Fox sake, call this politics? That's scandalous
Neither the idiot-abroad UK defence secretary nor scandal-mongering critics seem able to separate important public issues from personal sleaze.

Wednesday 12 October 2011
Nathalie Rothschild
The rage of hip consumers
When Ben & Jerry’s, owned by Unilever, offers support to Occupy Wall Street, you know this ain’t no revolution.

Patrick Hayes
The Fukushima effect
The nuclear accident in Japan brought to the surface the Western world’s irrational fear of this most modern technology.

Brendan O’Neill
Beware Malthusians posing as progressives
Don’t be fooled by the fashionable new crowd of Malthus-bashing greens: they’re as misanthropic as old-style population scaremongers.

Thursday 13 October 2011
Nick Thorne
From snap happy to ban happy
The farce of a dad who was told not to photograph his daughter shows that we’re not always better safe than sorry.

Tim Black
The imaginary plot against higher education
The Lib-Con government has no ideological axe to grind against Britain’s universities - it’s way too superficial for that.

Frank Furedi
We don’t need experts to teach us how to be civil
A new report calls on officialdom to ‘nudge’ the masses towards civilised behaviour. It isn’t only a patronising idea, but a dangerous one.

Friday 14 October 2011
Tom Slater
Red State: it’s one sermon versus another
Kevin Smith’s darkly humorous horror film is spoiled by tacking on a hamfisted message about American politics.

David Bowden
Craftivism: how pottery became sexy
BBC4’s Story of Clay showed how rewarding it can be to turn a substance that is ‘literally earth’ into an object of beauty.

Duleep Allirajah
Stop giving Wayne Rooney a kicking
So what if he sometimes boots opposing players and says the f-word to the cameras? Football’s a passionate sport.

Kevin Rooney
Let’s stand up for the 90-minute bigots
Far from being a symbol of ‘deep hatreds’ in Scottish society, sectarian abuse at Celtic/ Rangers games is just footballing fun.

Monday 17 October 2011
Jacob Mchangama
Lars von Trier and the dogma of hate speech
Yes, the Danish director’s comments about Hitler were dumb. But no one should be prosecuted for what they say.

Nathalie Rothschild
Ka-pow! The intolerant reaction to a PC comic
The US furore around Islam-inspired The 99 suggests we need superheroes who can do battle against censorship.

Brendan O’Neill
These Fox-hunters can’t see the wood for the trees
The anti-Liam Fox lobby didn’t stop to ask: what does it say about today’s civil service that many ministers now fall back on their friends?

Tuesday 18 October 2011
Matthias Heitmann
How Germany’s Pirates might sink the mainstream
The recent electoral success for the Pirate Party highlights the inability of the major parties to inspire voters.

Tim Black
Booker Prize: trusting the public would be novel
While literary types have arid debates about ‘readability’, the rest of us seem excluded from the conversation.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Note to NHS: stop treating the public with contempt
With nothing to say about the paternalism and authoritarianism of the UK health system, the Save Our NHS protests seem wilfully out of touch.

Wednesday 19 October 2011
Patrick Hayes
We don’t need saving from moronic speech
The decision to uphold the convictions of the Facebook rioters marks a dangerous new stage in the free-speech wars.

Nathalie Rothschild
Gilad Shalit and the ‘war of tears’
It’s great that the Israeli soldier is free after five years. Now maybe Israel can escape the politics of emotionalism.

Mick Hume
The unhidden truth about Hillsborough
The political reasons why 96 Liverpool fans died in the football disaster of 1989 have always been clear enough to those who want to see.

Thursday 20 October 2011
Tim Black
V for Vacuous
From the Occupy protests to the anti-tuition fees protest, you’ll always find someone disguised as Guy Fawkes. What’s going on?

Wendy Kaminer
The disenfranchised majority kicks back
Occupy Wall Street may be incoherent, but it’s a long overdue reaction to an out-of-touch political class.

Sean Collins
Turning protest into a freakfest
Why do the great and good of America want to be best friends with the Occupy Wall Street oddballs?

Brendan O’Neill
Occupy London: a ragbag of political conformists
The occupiers think that by eschewing leaders and ideology they become immune to dogmatic thinking. The precise opposite is the case.

Friday 21 October 2011
Tom Slater
Tyrannosaur: it’s time these class clichés died out
Middle-class charity shop volunteer finds unlikely companion in gruff estate-dweller. How corny can a film get?

Patrick West
Stone Roses reunion would be Fool’s Gold
The doyens of Madchester have announced a comeback, but they should stay where they belong: in our memories.

Duleep Allirajah
Rugby union: a thug’s game watched by snobs
Rugger’s halo may have slipped during the World Cup, but feeling superior to football is still rugby fans’ favourite sport.

Derbyshire and Powell
The Lady Gaga school of gender delusion
Cordelia Fine’s new book skewers the trendy idea that men and women act differently because we are ‘born that way’.

Monday 24 October 2011
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
Behaviour checklists: a ‘ticking’ timebomb
Giving UK schools yet more guidelines to follow won't improve behaviour, but will undermine teachers’ authority.

Patrick Hayes
Occupy LSX: London’s revolting campers
PHOTO ESSAY: Patrick Hayes reports from the recycling-obsessed, ideas-lite ‘tent city’ by St Paul’s Cathedral.

Brendan O’Neill
The leeches and legalists squabbling over Gaddafi
Neither Western leaders trying to wring moral mileage out of Gaddafi's death, nor UN officials denouncing it as illegal, deserve our backing.

Tuesday 25 October 2011
Adrian Hart
Who’s afraid of Basildon Man?
The Dale Farm clash allowed the commentariat to resuscitate their long-standing loathing for Essex men and women.

Kevin Rooney
We need free speech for all – even bigots
A football fan has been jailed for posting sectarian comments on the internet. Why aren’t civil libertarians alarmed?

Tim Black
So, it wasn’t the gangs wot dunnit
New Home Office figures confirm that the craven attempt to blame England’s August riots on well-organised, evil gangs was pure fantasy.

Wednesday 26 October 2011
Neil Davenport
The decline and fall of British Conservatism
The Conservative Party may still live on, but its pragmatic defence of authority, tradition and autonomy are dead.

Nathalie Rothschild
The horrors of Halloween advice
Why is the US health-and-safety brigade scaring kids about everything from inflammable costumes to poisonous treats?

Mick Hume
EU referendum: democracy is not a ‘distraction’
We cannot suspend democratic debate about Europe’s future while watching the political elites bungle the economic crisis.

Thursday 27 October 2011
Justine Brian
Jamie’s Great Britain: processed food-TV
Jamie Oliver’s latest formulaic cookery show: it’s not that great and it’s not that ‘British’.

Duleep Allirajah
Too soon to gloat over ‘demolition derby’
Manchester City may have put six past local rivals United, but the Premier League race is far from over yet.

Patrick Marmion
Marat/Sade:
‘no holes barred’

The RSC’s revival of Peter Weiss’ gratuitously graphic play is well worth seeing, in all its gory glory.

Frank Furedi
It’s 100% certain that they don’t represent 99%
The occupiers’ claim to speak for ‘the 99%’ exposes how determined they are to avoid hard political debate in favour of cheap moralising.

Friday 28 October 2011
Richard Swan
A giant leap for stargazing
An entertaining and exciting new book conveys well the human longing to discover and know more about planets outside our solar system

Kevin Rooney
Why we should stand up for the 90-minute bigots
Far from being a symbol of ‘deep hatreds’ in Scottish society, sectarian abuse at Celtic/Rangers games is just part of the game - and banning it is an affront to free speech.

Derbyshire and Powell
The Lady Gaga school of gender delusion
Cordelia Fine’s new book skewers the trendy idea that men and women act differently because we are ‘born that way’.

Alex Standish
A shocking portrait of the academy adrift
With US students now expected to spend more time at the bar than at their desks, a new book asks why universities are so palpably failing to educate the young.

Nathalie Rothschild
How one woman’s cells revolutionised science
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a fascinating story of how a black woman’s unwitting sacrifice in racially-torn 1950s America ended up benefiting the whole of humanity.

Rob Lyons
Putting people back at the heart of cities
A new collection of essays challenges both pessimists who see urbanisation as a human disaster and eco-footprint obsessives who want to corral as many people into towns as possible.

Jennie Bristow
We don’t need to talk about hating kids
Lionel Shriver’s Orange Prize-winning novel turned award-winning film about a woman who can’t love her son has been hailed for revealing a hidden truth about motherhood. This mum isn’t empathising.

Tim Black
The ongoing appeal of this ‘libel against the human race’
The reason why such an army of present-day miserabilists are drawn to the gloomy reverend has far more to do with Malthus’s thorough-going social pessimism than his supposed laws of population growth.

Monday 31 October 2011
Tom Slater
We need to talk
about suspense

Lynne Ramsay's film adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin manages to make a school shooting look tedious.

Nathalie Rothschild
Happy birthday, baby seven billion!
Ignore the population doom-mongers and dive into spiked’s archives for a celebration of human life and ingenuity.

Brendan O’Neill
Call off this culture
war against ‘the poor’

In a speech for the Liberty League in London, Brendan O’Neill denounced the dictatorship of
do-gooders colonising poor communities.



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