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Tuesday 3 January 2012 January 2012
Brendan O’Neill
Using tabloid tactics to slay the tabloids
The Guardian's retraction of the Charlotte Church story brings to 40 the number of anti-Murdoch articles it has had to correct.

Rob Lyons
Welcome to the Nagging Health Service
Some health fanatics want everyone from GPs to hospital porters to lecture to us about our lifestyles.

Tim Black
The Syrian uprising: it isn’t all about us
The vanity of those calling for the West to intervene is matched only by the navel-gazing of those who claim to be opposed to intervention.

Wednesday 4 January 2012
Patrick West
When instrumental music strikes a false chord
When music is used as a weapon, a shopping aid or an educational tool, we lose sight of its ability to move us.

Nathalie Rothschild
The Iowa caucuses: politics as spectacle
The Republican showdown at Iowa confirms how much spin and personality now dominate US politics.

Brendan O’Neill
Lawrence verdict: this isn’t justice – it’s politics
The cultural elite has exploited and politicised the murder of Stephen Lawrence to a degree that would have made Machiavelli blush.

Thursday 5 January 2012
Patrick Hayes
Down with feminist fearmongering!
Feminists are exploiting the ‘exploding breasts’ panic in the name of having a pop at cosmetic surgery.

Brendan O’Neill
Lawrence case: the elephant in the room
The double-jeopardy rule survived the Dark Ages, but it could not survive the New Labour years.

Mick Hume
Official anti-racism: the new nationalism?
Once the establishment preached the doctrine of race and nation - now the elites have redefined racism as ‘a secular sin’.

Friday 6 January 2012
David Bowden
Hard times ahead: a whole year of Dickens
Over Christmas, TV got off to a flying start in celebrating the bicentenary of the author’s birth - with mixed results.

Tom Slater
The girl who was hard to take seriously
David Fincher’s slick adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestseller fails to do justice to its central character.

Tim Black
Bozza: a conformist in eccentric clothing
A new biography is too obsessed with skewering Boris’s personality to expose his real failing: his embrace of Livingstone-like miserabilism.

Monday 9 January 2012
Theresa Clifford
It’s time to mine New Zealand’s potential
Theresa Clifford reports from New Zealand, where environmentalists prefer to save snails than dig for minerals

Kevin Yuill
Put this campaign out of its misery
A report by the Commission for Assisted Dying exposes just how confused the euthanasia camp is.

Frank Furedi
Declaring war against bluster and rhetoric
Frank Furedi kicks off his new monthly column on Hollow Thoughts by reclaiming the word ‘conversation’ from our illiberal rulers.

Tuesday 10 January 2012
Tim Black
Executive pay and the assault on aspiration
The consensus that top bosses get paid too much is really a way of selling the idea that all society is too greedy.

Jennie Bristow
Divorcing marriage from morality
By promoting it as a least worst lifestyle option, modern defenders of marriage are undermining its best aspects.

Brendan O’Neill
This isn’t anti-racism – it’s the policing of passion
The campaign to excise offensive language from football games is a class war masquerading as an anti-racist initiative.

Wednesday 11 January 2012
Rob Lyons
High-speed rail,
snail's-pace building

The HS2 link between London and Birmingham will do wonders for Britain, but why will it take til 2026 to build the thing?

Nathalie Rothschild
Taking risks in pursuit of the truth
The jailing of two Swedish journalists in Ethiopia is a powerful reminder of the need for investigative reporting.

Wendy Kaminer
Wanted: a president who believes in liberty
Aside from kooky Ron Paul, all the Republican candidates, as well as President Obama himself, have a very un-American attitude to freedom.

Thursday 12 January 2012
Patrick Hayes
Treating Libya like a troublesome child
Who gave Amnesty International and other human rights groups the authority to boss about the new Libyan government?

Tim Black
SNP: world-beaters in authoritarianism
The SNP claims to be concerned about Scottish people’s freedom. So why is it always legislating against it?

Mick Hume
Cameron and Salmond: like kids playing with matches
The row over a Scottish referendum looks less a struggle between Unionism and Nationalism than a dangerous game of all-party opportunism.

Friday 13 January 2012
Tom Slater
The Artist: giving film fans the silent treatment
Michel Hazanavicius’ black-and-white movie manages to be both a homage to Hollywood’s past and wittily original.

David Bowden
The vices of post-holiday telly
Sex, smoking and drinking: the past week’s TV schedule was filled with investigations into simple pleasures.

Robin McMichael
Thierry Henry: once a Gooner, always a Gooner
The French striker’s spectacular return was a reminder of just how much Arsenal have missed him.

Patrick Hayes
Running scared of the English Defence League
‘We talk about apathy, then these guys get into politics and we shit ourselves.’ The author of a new report on the EDL talks to spiked.

Monday 16 January 2012
Manick Govinda
Licensed to censor performance art
By treating adults like children, the 2003 Licensing Act is being used to undermine the freedom of both artists and audiences.

Patrick Hayes
Putting tribespeople in a human zoo
In demanding the utter isolation of Third World tribes, Survival International turns communities into freakshows.

Helene Guldberg
Ignore these pedlars of panic – the kids are all right
Report after report tells us that children are sad, lost and in need of expert intervention. Real-world evidence suggests otherwise.

Tuesday 17 January 2012
James Woudhuysen
Making a molehill out of a mountain
Clint Eastwood’s biopic of J Edgar Hoover is more about the man’s personal identity than his historical significance.

Niall Crowley
Let’s all be more like The Greatest
We should celebrate Ali’s 70th birthday by ditching trendy self-pity and aiming to be as brash as he was.

Tim Black
Costa Concordia: a vessel for anti-consumerist angst
Some observers are tastelessly leaping on board the sunken ship to pontificate about the decadence and folly of big, brassy cruise-liners.

Wednesday 18 January 2012
Nathalie Rothschild
The future of internet freedom left in the dark
Opponents of the US web regulations that inspired the Wikipedia blackout have some pretty illiberal tendencies, too.

Rob Lyons
First they came for the smokers...
The remorseless illiberal logic of the ‘we don’t like it, so ban it’ lobby is now leeching its way into the lives of meat-eaters.

Brendan O’Neill
Let’s have a proper debate about the welfare state
Hooked on poverty porn, getting the unelected Lords to do their dirty work... there’s little progressive about today’s welfare-defenders.

Thursday 19 January 2012
Sadhvi Sharma
India’s inspiring war on polio
The massive human effort that helped make India polio-free shows that greater wealth brings greater health.

Luke Gittos
Trial by jury: the case for the defence
We should fight hard to defend the right to a jury trial, which remains the ‘lamp that shows that freedom lives’.

Mick Hume
The shared delusions of Labour and the unions
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband versus the British trade union bosses? A plague on both their empty houses.

Friday 20 January 2012
Tom Slater
What a Shame: taking sex addiction at face value
Steve McQueen’s latest film offers an unconvincing portrayal of a promiscuous yuppie at the mercy of his sexual urges.

Duleep Allirajah
Football’s longstanding tradition of change
From Leeds United’s all-white strip to terrace chanting, many of the traditions fans take for granted are not so very old.

Patrick Hayes
Don’t give way to the Top Gear-bashers
What Clarkson’s audience understands that his shrill critics do not is that he is not to be taken seriously.

Nathalie Rothschild
The Obamas: from ‘Yes we can!’ to ‘No we can’t!’
Jodi Kantor’s gossipy account of America’s first couple reveals their struggle to adjust to the anti-climatic reality of government.

Monday 23 January 2012
Nick Thorne
Putting plankton before people
Eco-warriors who campaign against the building of dams are damning the poor to live at nature’s mercy.

Dominic Standish
Riding the waves of a cruise crash
Dominic Standish reports from Italy on how anti-ship agitators are milking the Concordia tragedy.

Frank Furedi
Message to EU meddlers: Hands off Hungary!
Brussels’ culture war against the ‘white savages’ of Hungary is destroying democracy and helping to boost reactionary right-wingers.

Tuesday 24 January 2012
Brendan O’Neill
‘This is becoming an
anti-tabloid witch-hunt’

Read the transcript of CBC’s interview with Brendan O’Neill about Leveson, lies and press freedom.

Theresa Clifford
A mega attack on internet freedom
You don’t have to be a fan of the juvenile people behind Megaupload to be worried by the crackdown against it.

Sean Collins
A political fiasco of historic proportions
Obama is ailing, yet the bunch of political misfits posing as Republican presidential candidates can’t make any mileage from that.

Wednesday 25 January 2012
Sally Millard
How about butting out of family life?
With its latest guilt-tripping wheeze, the anti-smoking lobby seems intent on turning our children against us.

Ben Pile
Greens to sceptics: show us the money!
The campaign to get a tiny charity to reveal its backers is driven by a desire to stamp out any eco-criticism.

Rob Lyons
What’s up with the bees?
Two researchers tell spiked that green activists have been a little too keen to blame pesticides for the not-so-great bee die-off.

Mick Hume
The Leveson Inquiry is the enemy of a free press
Now it's out: Lord Justice Leveson wants quasi-state regulation - in the name of 'press freedom'.

Thursday 26 January 2012
Tom Slater
The timeless power of the Bard
Coriolanus won’t tell us much about contemporary politics but it does reveal Shakespeare’s take on the human condition.

David Bowden
The roots of the riots: found in translation
Forget British TV’s feeble attempts to explain urban disarray - look to Scandinavian drama instead.

Tim Black
Don't lobby the Lords. Demolish it instead
It is unseemly for so-called progressives to bow and scrape before the second chamber, pleading with it to punish the Lib-Cons.

Friday 27 January 2012
Jason Walsh
There’s more to progress than biology
Steven Pinker’s new book certainly does much to suggest that humanity is progressing rather than regressing. It’s puzzling then that he gives people so little credit.

Dominic Standish
Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition
In this extract from his new book, Dominic Standish explores how Venice has gone from symbolising brash human vision to being viewed as a victim of eco-degradation.

Nathalie Rothschild
From 'Yes we can!' to 'No we can't!'
Jodi Kantor’s gossipy account of America’s first couple reveals their struggle to adjust to the anti-climatic reality of government.

Tim Black
Bozza: a conformist in eccentric clothing
A new biography is too obsessed with skewering Boris’s personality to expose his real failing: his embrace of Livingstone-like miserabilism.

Patrick Hayes
Running scared of the English Defence League
‘We talk about apathy, then these guys get into politics and we shit ourselves.’ The author of a new report on the EDL talks to spiked.

Lexy Barber
The latest draft of The Jeanette Winterson Story
In her new autobiography, the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit revisits old ground, mixing misery porn, madness and self-deprecation in an attempt to explain herself.

James Heartfield
With ‘enemies’ like these, who needs friends?
Again and again, the official Italian Communist party helped to prop up Italy’s ruling class, saving it from its potential gravediggers.

Rob Lyons
Calories and Corsets: why dieting never went out style
From vomiting and food abstention to mastication and ‘reducing salons’, a new book shows that weight-loss regimes have a long, weird and unhealthy history.

Monday 30 January 2012
Gabrielle Shiner
The misogyny of the
anti-Page 3 brigade

The prudes trying to strip the tabloids of topless pics belittle women far more than any male reader could.

Nathalie Rothschild
Hey, why shouldn’t we go to the moon?
Yes, Gingrich’s idea of turning the moon into the 51st state is wacky, but why is everyone so down on space exploration?

Brendan O’Neill
The moral hijacking of Bloody Sunday
On the 40th anniversary of the paratroopers’ massacre in Derry, it is remarkable how much Britain has exploited this event to its advantage.

Tuesday 31 January 2012
Patrick Hayes
Liberated from the ‘idiocy of rural life’
Over half of China’s population – 691million people – now live in cities. It’s a mind-boggling achievement for mankind.

Tim Black
Still getting off on
banker-bashing

Given that it lets the state off the hook for the current economic mess, what's radical about baiting the rich?

Mick Hume
What about a rescue deal for Euro-democracy?
A ‘secret’ German proposal for a commissioner to veto Greek budgets sparked outrage. But the EU has already usurped Greece’s sovereignty.


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