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Wednesday 1 February 2012 February 2012
Tom Finn-Kelcey
One cheer for Ofsted’s new standards
The education watchdog has finally recognised the importance of knowledge. But it’s still too target-obsessed.

Luke Gittos
Don’t replace the drug laws with therapy laws
Campaigners who claim they want to liberalise the drug laws are in fact demanding more state control over drug-users.

Frank Furedi
How atheism became a religion in all but name
It was only a matter of time before someone proposed an ‘atheist temple’, given the religious-
like zealotry and dogma of the New Atheists.


Thursday 2 February 2012
Para Mullan
Turning workplace worries into maladies
New guidelines suggesting bosses watch out for mental-health problems end up medicalising normal emotions.

James Woudhuysen
All this carbon-cutting is a waste of energy
Neither Boris Johnson nor Ken Livingstone is willing to deliver the uninterrupted, cheap energy London needs.

Brendan O’Neill
Banker-bashers: a lynch mob with PhDs
The mad political pursuit of ‘evil’ Fred Goodwin confirms that bankers are to posh commentators what paedos are to tabloid hacks.

Friday 3 February 2012
Tom Slater
If a film is this pretty, who cares if it’s true?
In Bombay Beach, Alma Har’el uses artistic licence to tell the melancholy tale of an abandoned wannabe boomtown.

David Bowden
Adapting Birdsong and finding gay footballers
This week, the long-awaited TV version of Faulks’ war epic was trumped by a surprisingly sweet invective against footie fans.

Duleep Allirajah
Football’s thin-skinned culture of complaint
The willingness of fans to take offence risks destroying the freedom to engage in no-holds-barred terrace banter.

Sean Collins
The corruption of American politics
From Occupy to the Tea Party, the obsession with corruption is far more damaging to democracy than politicians' alleged shady dealings.

Monday 6 February 2012
John Conroy
The New Brazil vs
anti-modern celebs

James Cameron and other wealthy Hollywooders are wrong if they think they can carry on bossing Brazil about.

Nathalie Rothschild
Turning public places into mourning spaces
If New York’s prospective AIDS memorial park is anything to go by, it seems 9/11 now infuses everything in this city.

Mick Hume
No Jubilee for republicans
– or royalists

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee throws the spotlight on royalty that is not very regal, and critics who are not really republican.

Tuesday 7 February 2012
Gabrielle Shiner
Circumnavigating the authorities
Why were the parents of the Dutch teen who sailed the world deemed incapable of deciding what's best for their child?

Tim Black
A politician resigns and no one cares
The fall of Chris Huhne may have thrilled the Westminster village, but for the rest of us it barely registered.

Brendan O’Neill
Let’s veto the West’s moral posturing on Syria
There is more logic to Russia’s and China’s veto of the UN resolution condemning Assad than there is to William Hague’s sixth-former antics.

Wednesday 8 February 2012
Timandra Harkness
A sober reflection on ‘dangerous drinking’
You’d have to be completely hammered to take seriously the government’s latest bizarre claims about booze.

Patrick Hayes
‘Stop! You’re entering a restricted space!’
spiked talks to the Londoner who campaigned to switch off a Robocop-style talking CCTV camera in Camden.

Bruno Waterfield
The Eurocratic assault on democracy
In the eyes of the EU elite, the greatest impediment to ‘the European project’ is the continued existence of the pesky electorate.

Thursday 9 February 2012
Luke Gittos
A perverted ruling that degrades us all
A bizarre court order banning an autistic woman from having sex dehumanises people with learning difficulties.

Ceri Dingle
‘You can be a European and be against the EU’
A young camera crew took to the streets and found opposition to the EU is not just for ‘little Englanders’.

Nathalie Rothschild
Freedom of religion is not a right-wing thing
The debate about Obama’s ruling on birth control in healthcare packages shows that many liberals are now worryingly sniffy about religious liberty.

Friday 10 February 2012
Tom Slater
Cartoonish characters can’t create true carnage
The paper-thin characters in Roman Polanski’s new film means this satire of middle-class mores quickly loses its bite.

David Bowden
The boycottistas didn’t end Apartheid
At long last, a TV documentary on how South Africans, not PC Western shoppers, ended Apartheid.

Duleep Allirajah
Kick moralism out of football
Racism isn’t a big problem in British football anymore. But the thought-policing of players and fans is.

Tim Black
‘Comedians have a right to be offensive. But they should also be funny’
The father of a girl with Down syndrome talks to spiked about prejudice, liberty and Frankie Boyle.

Monday 13 February 2012
Tom Slater
There's more to hip-hop
than the n-word

Offence-seeking critics should get over the swearing, and see hip-hop as one of the most vibrant musical genres.

Tim Black
Man of the people versus The Man
That the state thought a jury would favour the taxman against Harry Redknapp shows just how deluded it is.

Mick Hume
‘Anti-racist’ censorship that should make us all see Red
When Manchester police can confiscate the Red Issue fanzine over a ‘potentially offensive’ joke, it is time to stand up for free speech in football.

Tuesday 14 February 2012
Luke Gittos
The biggest problem with Qatada? He’s innocent
Abu Qatada has been incarcerated for nine years, and not once has he been found guilty of anything illegal.

Ben Pile
Climate-change alarmism: fuelled by fantasy
As a study of the state of the world’s glaciers indicates, climate catastrophists are still making it up as they go along.

Brendan O’Neill
The real reason we should cut aid to India
When Britain begs India to keep taking handouts, you know aid is more about nourishing soulless Westerners than feeding hungry Southerners.

Wednesday 15 February 2012
Neil Davenport
Maybe the jobless should get on their bikes
No self-respecting working-class youth should choose the dole, live with mum and dad and while away his free time.

Norman Lewis
Facebook valuation: $100 billion for what?
Yes, if FB were a country it would be the third largest. It would also be the most unproductive country ever.

Tim Black
The pursuit of Lansley is a masterclass in cliquishness
Anyone who thinks the Tory infighting over Andrew Lansley’s NHS bill is a clash of principles should think again. It is class-A bitchiness.

Thursday 16 February 2012
Wendy Kaminer
No, Barack Obama is not Torquemada
Religious people’s rights to follow their conscience must not impinge on women’s rights to access contraceptives.

Sean Collins
Why the contraception controversy matters
American liberals are wrong: Obama’s contraception rule is a violation of important religious liberties.

Bruno Waterfield
The destruction of the demos in Greece
The crisis in Greece is born of the Euro elite’s blatant attempt to replace democracy and politics with bureaucratic rules and procedures.

Friday 17 February 2012
David Bowden
The BBC and its misanthropic mates
A gushing documentary about the Earth Liberation Front was blind to the group’s many, massive problems.

Duleep Allirajah
Fabio Capello’s Mission Impossible
Even a manager as decorated as Capello was going to struggle to turn England’s chokers into world-beaters.

Nathalie Rothschild
New York, New York, still capital of the world
Spanning 400 years, Teresa Carpenter’s selection of snippets from New Yorkers’ diaries reveals both the magic and tragedy of this great city.

Monday 20 February 2012
Tom Slater
If they gave out Oscars for mediocrity...
Clooney is okay in The Descendants, but the rest of the movie is a shallow and schmaltzy affair.

Patrick Hayes
The new tyranny of temperance
Some government officials will only be happy when Britain resembles a giant Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

Josie Appleton
Are tree surgeons really a threat to children?
For all the Lib-Cons’ attempts to rein in Britain’s crazy vetting regime, still millions of adults are being treated as potential paedophiles.

Tuesday 21 February 2012
Rob Lyons
When it comes to grub, think global
Becoming a ‘locavore’ won’t save the planet, make you healthier, revive communities or improve food security.

Brendan O’Neill
The Penn is mightier than the sword
Argentina's use of Sean Penn to goad Britain over the Falklands confirms the terrifying power of celebrity today.

Mick Hume
Who’s afraid of the Sun rising on a Sunday?
Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid has already been branded a ‘creature from the swamp’ – let’s hope it is the News of the World with knobs on.

Wednesday 22 February 2012
Patrick Hayes
Terrence Malick is no Tarkovsky
The Oscar-nominated epic The Tree of Life is ambitious, but it takes more than ambition to make a masterpiece.

Brid Hehir
Time to be charitable towards ‘chuggers’
Better a street in which face-to-face fundraisers are free to annoy us than one in which they have been banned.

Patrick West
That’s for the American Revolution!
Cor blimey, guv, Adele’s only gone and shown them flash buggers across the pond what talent really sounds like.

Frank Furedi
Who’s afraid of the big bad ‘lone wolf’?
ESSAY: Frank Furedi on how Western society’s panic about ‘lone-wolf terrorists’ ends up empowering sad individuals who want to do harm.

Thursday 23 February 2012
David Bowden
D’oh! The rise and
fall of The Simpsons

The 500th episode, starring Julian Assange, proved the cartoon is no longer edgy but still kinda funny.

Duleep Allirajah
Should Arsene and Arsenal split up?
Trophy drought, gutlessness on the pitch, and now Arsenal is no longer even loved by the commentariat.

Tom Slater
Making a fairytale of the First World War
He may have replaced the gore of war with the goo of War Horse, but somehow Spielberg pulls it off.

Nathalie Rothschild
Woody Allen and the perils of nostalgia
Midnight in Paris, about a novelist transported to the 1920s, shows Allen’s romantic imagination at its best.

Tim Black
Exploding the myth
of the Iranian Bomb

How much evidence is there that Iran is developing deadly WMDs, as Western leaders constantly claim? Not much at all. None, in fact.

Friday 24 February 2012
Helen Reece
Giving up too much ground to Supernanny
The Claims of Parenting is a welcome to challenge to pseudo-scientific approaches to child rearing, but the authors also overmoralise adult-child relations.

Kirk Leech
Why moralism spoils the appetite
Adam Gopnik makes a powerful and entertaining case for why we shouldn’t ruin the aesthetic pleasure of food by adding a side order of moralism.

Kevin Rooney
This is a grand old book to read
Richard Wilson has done something very brave in today’s anti-fan atmosphere: provided a joyous account of the fierce rivalry between Glasgow’s football giants, Celtic and Rangers.

Tim Black
‘Comedians have a right to be offensive. But they should also be funny’
The father of a girl with Down syndrome talks to spiked about prejudice, liberty and Frankie Boyle.

Nathalie Rothschild
New York, New York, still capital of the world
Spanning 400 years, Teresa Carpenter’s selection of snippets from New Yorkers’ diaries reveals both the magic and tragedy of this great city.

Sean Collins
The corruption of US politics
From Occupy to the Tea Party, the obsession with corruption is far more damaging to democracy than politicians' alleged shady dealings.

Patrick Hayes
Occupy: the farce of protest without politics
An unintentionally hilarious new book celebrating the rise of the Occupy movement exposes the flaws that have already led to Occupy’s swift demise.

James Heartfield
A surreal commitment to Stalinism
Román Gubern and Paul Hammond’s excellent new biography of the surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel reveals the reactionary impulses behind his anarchical facade.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Delving into the mind of the technocrat
Robert H Frank’s The Darwin Economy tells us little useful about the economy, but it does provide a frightening glimpse into the democracy-averse mindset of our rulers.

Monday 27 February 2012
Gabrielle Shiner
Feminists, leave our tits alone!
Feminist writers like Naomi Wolf are peddling pure panic in their moralistic campaigns against cosmetic surgery.

Tim Black
How Leveson has chilled the Sun
The first Sun on Sunday is proof that elite hysteria about ‘tabloid culture’ is taming and dulling the tabloids.

Mick Hume
The danger of reporters becoming ‘crusaders’
The death of courageous war reporter Marie Colvin in Syria was a tragedy – but not a justification for further Western intervention.

Tuesday 28 February 2012
Ben Pile
Greens, face it: we’re just not that into you
As ‘Fakegate’ inconvenient truth for greens is there is no denialist conspiracy blocking climate-change action.

Kate Prengel
It’s not all about
human-rights abuses

China possesses one of the world’s hottest, most vibrant art scenes – if only Westerners could see it.

Brendan O’Neill
The war on workfare is worse than workfare itself
The pity and tears of the anti-workfare lobby are far more insulting to working-class youth than asking them to stack shelves in Tesco.

Wednesday 29 February 2012
Luke Gittos
Let’s call it quits on the equality law
The Equality Act is less about ending oppression and more about enforcing state-approved behaviour.

Tom Finn-Kelcey
Teach knowledge,
not work-life skills

For too long, vocational qualifications at schools have been used to lower the horizons of working-class kids.

Nathalie Rothschild
Obama is out-Bushing Bush, and no one minds
That Obama has received so little flak over police spying on Muslims suggests Democrats can get away with far more than Republicans.


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