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Tuesday 1 November 2011 November 2011
Paul Seaman
OWS: not a preoccupation of social-media users
Despite its claims to be 'the 99%', the Occupy movement has generated little interest on Facebook or Twitter.

Dave Clements
Why feel charitable towards charities?
Charities in the UK have become far too dependent on state funding, at the cost of their independence.

Frank Furedi
Why church officials worship these protesters
No attempt to depict Occupy London as a Second Coming of angry Jesuses can disguise the fact that it remains a shallow moral gesture.

Wednesday 2 November 2011
Nathalie Rothschild
No more room for ‘the huddled masses’
While New York celebrates the anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, America shows little desire to welcome immigrants.

Bill Durodié
How CSR became big business
Corporate social responsibility allows governments to avoid accountability and gives companies a sense of purpose.

Tim Black
We need elected members, not the Wingnut of Windsor
The revelation that Prince Charles has the power to veto legislation is shocking, but UK democracy in general has fallen into disrepute.

Thursday 3 November 2011
Michael Baum
Does breast screening do more harm than good?
A new UK review of the benefits and harms of screening is welcome, but what we really need is better evidence.

Rob Lyons
An earthquake under Britain’s energy supply
Climate-obsessed greens are desperate to exploit two tiny tremors to scare the UK away from exploiting shale gas.

Patrick Hayes
Who needs demands when you can Occupy?
Patrick Hayes reports from a debate last night in London where Occupy supporters dismissed the need for politics.

Mick Hume
Beware of Greeks bearing votes!
The Euro-elites’ horror at the proposal to hold a Greek referendum on the bailout shows that Europe is at risk of democratic bankruptcy.

Friday 4 November 2011
Tom Slater
Hollywood and politics don’t mix
With his new thriller, The Ides of March, George Clooney shows Democrats can be personally flawed, too - just like his film.

Duleep Allirajah
What’s said on the pitch should stay on the pitch
To all those footballers crying to the authorities over offensive remarks made in the heat of battle: man up.

Patrick Hayes
Prohibition makes an evidence-based comeback
The Prohibitionists of 1920s America could only look in envy at the way that ban-happy moralists have stormed the corridors of power today.

Monday 7 November 2011
Nick Thorne
Let’s hear it for South America’s new highway
Why has a road that fulfils the dream of joining the Pacific and Atlantic coasts attracted scorn in the West?

David Perks
There’s more to science than ridiculing fools
The science-led campaign against TV psychic Sally Morgan has the whiff of a modern-day witch hunt.

Brendan O’Neill
Welcome to the era of the post-moral panic
In our morally unanchored society, elite fearmongers prefer to use so-called science rather than moralism to reshape our behaviour.

Tuesday 8 November 2011
Patrick West
Questo corso è molto prevenuto
Language courses always come with baggage, like the BBC one that teaches you to talk about climate change in Italian.

Rob Lyons
Taking a knife to liberty and tolerance
A Dutch proposal to ban kosher and halal slaughter represents another assault on religious freedom in Europe.

Tim Black
The ugly blame game over the M5 pile-up
There is something almost medieval, certainly opportunistic, in the shameless rush to find someone to blame for Friday's tragic car crash.

Wednesday 9 November 2011
Patrick Hayes
Colonialism in weapons inspectors’ clothing
Far from being politically neutral, nuke-hunting weapons inspectors are thoroughly in hock to Western interests.

Nathalie Rothschild
Jacko’s death: who’s really bad?
In the rush to nail Jackson’s ‘killer’, everyone’s overlooking the fact that no one forced the singer to down all those pills.

Mick Hume
Berlusconi: don’t turn a scoundrel into a scapegoat
Whatever else he might have done, Italy’s prime minister is hardly to blame for Europe’s crisis of capitalism and political leadership.

Thursday 10 November 2011
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Our society is hooked on harm reduction
We should approach the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs as a moral question, not as a clinical or legal matter.

Bruno Waterfield
Eurocrisis: the politics of no-longer-great powers
ESSAY: The EU’s problems stem from a destructive attempt by its leaders to save out-of-date institutions.

Brendan O’Neill
Greece's austerity junta: Regime of the Technocrats
Brendan O’Neill reports from Athens on how the EU is using financial blackmail to force cash-
strapped Greece to suspend democratic politics.


Friday 11 November 2011
Tom Slater
The Future: toying with the indie formula
In her latest feature, Miranda July barely strays from the staples of indie flicks: quirky sets, handheld cameras and off-beat music.

Duleep Allirajah
Don’t let big clubs poach the game-hunters
The top Premier League clubs rarely develop young homegrown talent, they just stockpile it and waste it.

David Bowden
How long before it’s The Ex Factor?
Despite an entertaining ‘transitional’ series, ITV’s talent show is losing credibility faster than Silvio Berlusconi.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Things can only get better with economic growth
As a new book shows, human welfare has not improved over the past 200 years in spite of economic growth but because of it.

Monday 14 November 2011
Michael Fitzpatrick
Social democracy is dead. Now let’s move on
Across Europe, labour parties are reinventing themselves to stay relevant, but they’ve been redundant for decades.

Tim Black
These charmless
commentators

Their hissyfit over the use of a Smiths song in a John Lewis ad shows how much middle-aged Moz-heads loathe other people.

Wendy Kaminer
We can’t be free without the right to be offensive
In Washington DC, anti-bullying campaigners want to restrict ‘offensive speech’ in public. That would be a disaster for liberty and progress.

Tuesday 15 November 2011
Nathalie Rothschild
Occupy: the Tea Party, with better press?
The media has covered these often-eccentric reactions to America’s economic and political crises very differently.

Brendan O’Neill
Occupy London in cahoots with coppers
Far from being enemies of the state, the St Paul’s occupiers are helping the police arrest political undesirables.

Frank Furedi
Occupy movement: all process and no principle
ESSAY: If the occupiers are so opposed to ‘the one per cent’, why do they keep ripping off its soul-destroying managerial style of politics?

Wednesday 16 November 2011
Patrick Hayes
Putting the Syrian Spring on ice
From EU sanctions to Arab League posturing, external meddling in Syria is weakening the democratic uprising.

Stuart Waiton
Singing freely across the Old Firm divide
Both Celtic and Rangers fans need to come together to oppose the Scottish government’s sectarianism bill.

Mick Hume
The UK press is on trial for its freedom...
… and the tabloids have already been found guilty by Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry/inquisition.

Thursday 17 November 2011
Tiffany Jenkins
Close the doors on The Public
A Midlands arts centre offers a cautionary tale of what happens when social policy trumps artistic content.

Angus Kennedy
Leonardo da Vinci: a curious humanist
The National’s blockbuster show of the Renaissance master’s paintings is a great tribute to human genius and creativity.

Rob Lyons
Smoking in cars: the BMA’s dodgy dossier
The campaign against lighting up in vehicles is as underpinned by misinformation as Blair's bluster on Iraq was. Why isn't there more scepticism?

Friday 18 November 2011
Tom Slater
There’s nothing Gonzo about this slapstick romcom
Despite the best efforts of both star and director, The Rum Diary does little justice to Hunter S Thompson’s prose.

Duleep Allirajah
Beating the best by parking the bus
England’s ultra-defensive victory over Spain merely papered over many on-going problems.

David Bowden
Pan Am: an airline drama that never takes off
The sad thing about the BBC’s glossy new import is that we need a nostalgia-trip to make air travel seem exciting.

Tim Black
These occupiers are so 1990s
A novel about the anti-roads protesters of the early 1990s reveals the roots of the radical snobbery behind today’s Occupy movement.

Monday 21 November 2011
Ken McLaughlin
The use and abuse of vulnerable babies
In these austere times, the race for funds leads groups like the NSPCC to issue shocking stats that don't add up.

Ben Pile
Not the BEST way to debate climate
A study prompted by ‘Climategate’ has been held up as proof that sceptics are wrong. The truth is far murkier.

Mick Hume
That’s enough anti-racist blather about Blatter
The obnoxious FIFA president had a point for once – and the real targets of the moral backlash are the masses who watch and play football.

Tuesday 22 November 2011
Patrick Hayes
Occupy London really are Blair's babes
Judging by their Safer Space policy, the occupiers are big fans of Blair-style, PC petty authoritarianism.

Kevin Rooney
Celtic fans: you’re not singing anymore
In what country was a 17-year-old recently arrested for singing an outlawed song? Iran? China? No, it was the UK.

Tim Black
Olympics: forget the legacy and enjoy the spectacle
The transformation of 2012 into a vehicle for regenerating east London and re-engineering the populace is bad for sport, and bad for politics.

Wednesday 23 November 2011
Patrick Hayes
Legal justice: too fine a pursuit for Libyans
The International Criminal Court’s insistence on controlling the trial of Saif Gaddafi reeks of neo-colonialism.

Nathalie Rothschild
It isn’t only Romney who’s lost for words
The coverage of Republican hopefuls’ gaffes hides the fact that the entire US political class has little to say.

Sean Collins
Occupy: the sad reality and the mad fantasies
Far from being clear-eyed, Occupy Wall Street is a blank slate on to which every opportunistic op-ed writer is scribbling his or her pet concerns.

Thursday 24 November 2011
Tom Slater
When reality is horrific enough
A chilling film about the ‘Bodies in the Barrels’ murders in Australia favours realism over sensation.

David Bowden
It takes more than a dwarf to make a show funny
Life’s Too Short, the latest mockumentary from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, goes for easy laughs.

Helene Guldberg
Anti-bullying campaigns: doing more harm than good?
ESSAY: Of course extreme cases of bullying should be tackled, but let’s not pathologise normal childhood relationships.

Brendan O’Neill
Three cheers for the second Egyptian uprising
Those confused by the return of the masses in Cairo have failed to learn a key lesson of history: democratic protesters are not easily placated.

Friday 25 November 2011
Tim Black
These occupiers are so 1990s
A novel about the anti-rat race, anti-roads protesters of the early 1990s reveals the origins of the radical snobbery behind today’s Occupy movement.

Abigail Ross-Jackson
Honey Money: Who says selling sex is degrading?
Apart from the silly sociological categories and sex ed lessons, Catherine Hakim’s book is a cocky retort to today’s patronising strand of feminism.

Patrick Hayes
Prohibition makes an
evidence-based comeback

The Prohibitionists of 1920s America could only look in envy at the way that ban-happy moralists have stormed the corridors of power today.

Tom Bailey
A tourist’s guide to economic disaster
Michael Lewis brings the economic events of the past three years to life in Boomerang, but his analysis is as superficial as a guidebook.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Things can only get better with economic growth
As a new book by Charles Kenny shows, human welfare has not improved over the past 200 years in spite of economic growth but because of it.

Neil Davenport
Shelagh, take a bow
With A Taste of Honey, Shelagh Delaney succeeded where others had merely pitied – she portrayed working-class men and women as they were, not as others wished them to be.

James Heartfield
Don’t get misty-eyed over the British Empire
Two new books on the Empire, by Jeremy Paxman and Richard Gott, may have different takes on its legacy and impact, but both are too easily seduced by its civilising mission.

Tim Black
The liberal betrayal of freedom
Domenico Losurdo, the author of Liberalism: A Counter-History, tells spiked that the principle of liberty continues to be too important to be left in the hands of liberals.

Monday 28 November 2011
Nick Thorne
The whole country needs high speed, too
Rather than debating the need for one fast rail line, the UK government should be steaming ahead with an entire network.

Ann Furedi
Abortion: how late is ‘too late’?
Policymakers should butt out of late abortion and trust women to work out what’s in their best interests.

Brendan O’Neill
Why we’ll need spiked more than ever in 2012
Next year, spiked will pursue an Olympian struggle against political groupthink - but to do that, we need the help of people like you.

Tuesday 29 November 2011
Patrick Hayes
‘Sometimes a police state is a good thing’
The Twitterati’s unhinged hounding of ‘racist tram lady’ confirms how intolerant the tweeting herd can be.

Tim Black
The exploitation of Gary Speed’s death
Details of the Wales manager’s suicide are unknown, yet it’s still being turned into a lesson about mental illness.

Frank Furedi
How the EU oligarchy has downsized democracy
ESSAY: So-called liberals and leftists have become obsessed with constructing a political firewall between the elite and the multitude.

Wednesday 30 November 2011
Patrick West
Classical music ain’t just for snobs
Demanding and ambitious, the BBC’s Symphony series recalls a time when Haydn and Mozart were pop.

Rob Lyons
George Osborne’s autumn of discontent
The chancellor’s autumn statement exposed a dearth of future-oriented thinking in economic circles.

Mick Hume
Evoking the ghost of general strikes past
The day of industrial action over UK public sector pensions is a gesture, not a general strike – and both sides know it.


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