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Thursday 1 March 2012 March 2012
Dennis Hayes
Turning professors into social engineers
Obsessed with furnishing student-consumers with skills, universities now merely train where once they enlightened.

Patrick Hayes
How the West wrecked Libya
Far from being a model for future interventions, Libya shows that meddling strangles the democratic impulse.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
Why there’s a crisis of compassion
When society doesn’t respect wisdom and experience, is it any wonder carers don't respect the elderly?

Rob Lyons
Smoker or non-smoker, your freedom is at stake
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never lit up in your life - you should still be agitated by the paternalism of the plan to put fags in plain packets.

Friday 2 March 2012
Tom Slater
A cult film that won’t be a cult film
Slow thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene – lauded at Sundance, ignored by the Oscars – isn’t challenging, just vague.

David Bowden
Politics and TV: the odd couple
No modern political chat show, including ITV’s new one The Agenda, has a patch on The Wright Stuff.

Duleep Allirajah
Why the FA loves gay footballers
A new campaign against homophobia is more about lecturing footie fans than tackling discrimination.

Tim Black
In defence of the Luddites
200 years after Lord Byron’s tub-thumping speech about the Luddites, let us distinguish those radicals from today’s eco-miserabilists.

Monday 5 March 2012
Ashley Frawley
The myth of the workshy Greek
Ashley Frawley reports from Greece on the reality of the economic crisis: millions of people working hard for low pay or no pay.

Bruno Waterfield
Making the fiskalpakt Ireland-proof
The EU is doing everything it can to ensure that the Irish referendum is stitched up before a vote is cast.

Luke Gittos
A ‘human-rights sceptic’ and proud of it
Anyone who values liberty should be a card-carrying ‘sceptic’ of the European Court of Human Rights.

Brendan O’Neill
Why the EU is treating Greece as a moral punchbag
In a speech in Athens, Brendan O'Neill argued that it is the EU's crisis of moral authority that has made it so hysterically anti-Greek.

Tuesday 6 March 2012
Nathalie Rothschild
God save us from atheist whining
A US campaign encouraging atheists ‘out of the closet’ is fuelled more by victim culture than secularist principles.

Nancy McDermott
Why I don’t ‘Like’ this nipple campaign
Facebook’s ban on photos of women’s exposed breasts is silly, but lactivists’ campaign against it is even sillier.

Tim Black
The myth of crazy-eyed African witch-hunters
The horrific murder of Kristy Bamu by unstable individuals has been used to paint all African Pentecostals in Britain as potential nutters.

Wednesday 7 March 2012
Patrick Hayes
This state cop-out is a menace to society
The outsourcing of police services to private companies is a far bigger deal than most people realise.

Mark Blackham
The chattering classes get their Rocks off
Sydney once violently cleared its working-class district of The Rocks – now it has turned it into a tourist hotspot.

Mick Hume
Who wants police chiefs to edit a free press?
In the atmosphere of press unfreedom created around Leveson, it seems ‘the public interest’ is now to be defined by… the Metropolitan Police.

Thursday 8 March 2012
Luke Gittos
Who hasn't done a
little bit of 'stalking'?

In criminalising stalking, the government is outlawing all sorts of normal, if lovelorn behaviour.

Gabrielle Shiner
We're not all abusers until proven innocent
In casting us all as domestic abusers until the cops say otherwise, ‘Clare’s Law’ gives relationships a battering.

Frank Furedi
The elites are making
a virtue of intolerance

ESSAY: France’s criminalisation of Armenian genocide denial is only the latest outburst of twenty-first-century state intolerance.

Friday 9 March 2012
Tom Slater
The best inoffensive film to watch with your parents
Yes, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is unchallenging and cliché-ridden. But this bittersweet retiree romp remains a delight.

Tomas Duckling
Why football needs dictators in the dugout
The best way to lead a footie team to victory? Abolish any idea of democracy in the dressing room.

David Bowden
Feeling too much at home with Homeland
If the new US drama induces a sense of déjà vu, that’s because it’s drawn from the same old post-9/11 script.

Rob Lyons
One year on: the lessons of Fukushima
On the first anniversary of the Japanese tsunami, Rob Lyons asks why some fairly minor damage to one nuclear plant became the story.

Monday 12 March 2012
Tim Black
The Syrian opposition: handpicked by Hillary
Just because Clinton and others have beatified the Syrian National Council, that doesn’t make it legit.

Patrick Hayes
The West is already meddling in Syria
From economic sanctions to weapons inspections, international forces are already there, making things worse.

Brendan O’Neill
Bomb Syria so that I can sleep at night
The most shocking thing about the intervene-in-Syria lobby is not its historical amnesia over Iraq and Afghanistan, but its naked narcissism.

Tuesday 13 March 2012
Sally Millard
The media showtrial of Smokin’ Stacey
The hounding of Stacey Solomon for having a fag confirms that pregnant women now have little autonomy.

Luke Gittos
The Kony viral campaign? Dislike
With its inaccuracies and childish arguments, Kony2012 is no help whatsoever to the people of Uganda.

Phil Mullan
The debt crisis is only the canary in the mine
ESSAY: Demonising debt distracts us from what caused the public-debt crisis in the first place – the sluggishness of the productive economy.

Wednesday 14 March 2012
Matthias Heitman
Joachim Gauck: the making of a technocrat
Germany’s next president might believe in personal freedom, but his parliamentary colleagues seem less keen.

Kevin Yuill
The devaluation of disabled people’s lives
Why is it assumed that the only way to help Tony Nicklinson, a man paralysed by a stroke, is to help him die?

Rob Lyons
Red meat is bad for you? Burger off!
Medical researchers now churn out scary-sounding studies about steak and bacon faster than McDonald's produces Big Macs.

Thursday 15 March 2012
Luke Gittos
Stand up if you hate this law
Chanting ‘vile abuse’ at other footie supporters shouldn’t be a criminal offence – it is a vital part of being a fan.

Patrick Hayes
Free speech on Facebook? Think again
The prosecution of a teenager for sounding off about British soldiers on Facebook should be of concern to us all.

Frank Furedi
The moral crusaders who confuse sex with rape
Today’s relentless awareness-raising about an alleged epidemic of rape speaks to officialdom’s suspicion of interpersonal relationships.

Friday 16 March 2012
Tom Slater
Doing Hardy proud in modern India
Thanks to its Indian twist, Michael Winterbottom’s new take on Tess of the d'Urbervilles is no tired costume drama.

David Bowden
Even dopey teens can be good parents
Pramface, a comedy about young people dealing with unwanted pregnancy, is one child of BBC3 worth keeping.

Duleep Allirajah
Time to pick Premier League pockets?
Focusing on dodgy foreign owners or crooked British ones ignores the real problem facing British football.

Rob Lyons
Why eco-activists love His Royal Hystericalness
What does Prince Charles share with his middle-class fanboys? A small-minded, typically aristocratic fear of change and the future.

Monday 19 March 2012
Eero Iloniemi
In memoriam: the
cold-cut warrior

The strange tale of TV butcher Väinö Purje and how his Finnish sausages helped to finish the Cold War.

Frank Furedi
Bob Dylan and the birth of The Sixties
On the 50th anniversary of the release of Dylan's first album, Frank Furedi looks back at that decade of tumult.

Jennie Bristow
How anti-abortionists are upping the ante
ESSAY: Heated debate about abortion is good - but pro-lifers' new tactic of harassing individual women and doctors is cowardly and wrong.

Tuesday 20 March 2012
Patrick Hayes
Meet the students taking on the state
If you think student groups are all PC, censorious bores, you clearly haven't heard of Liberty League.

Brendan O’Neill
Plan B's prole porn for the music press
The lauding of his new single 'Ill Manors' shows even youth culture has been colonised by the chattering classes.

Tim Black
The West is helping to crush the Bahrain Spring
US and UK officials are offering Bahrain’s authoritarians everything from PR tips to policing advice for their war against the masses.

Wednesday 21 March 2012
Dennis Hayes
‘Billy No Mates’: the new role model
Some UK schools are banning ‘best friends’ to spare children the heartbreak of falling out. Bad move.

Sean Collins
Goading Goldman Sachs: a new sport
Half self-promotion, half banker-bashing, there was nothing brave about Greg Smith's resignation letter.

Mick Hume
Did they expect fans to boo Muamba for diving?
Behind the united sympathy for Fabrice Muamba, reactions to his ordeal reveal that bigotry about football fans did not end with Hillsborough.

Thursday 22 March 2012
Rania Hafez
Shisha scaremongering: a load of hubble-bubble
Perhaps those panicking about the British trend for this Middle Eastern pastime should chill out with the pipe themselves.

Nathalie Rothschild
Why clicktivism now makes us switch off
President Obama is better than most politicians at exploiting social media, but even he can fall victim to mocking memes.

Brendan O’Neill
Why gay marriage is a very bad idea
The gay-marriage juggernaut has nothing to do with liberty, and everything to do with providing the elite with a new moral mission.

Friday 23 March 2012
Tom Slater
Out of the darkness and into the light
It starts as a simplistic, sanitised take on the Holocaust, but finally In Darkness becomes the humanising film it needed to be.

David Bowden
TV’s struggle to live in the moment
As period dramas from Downton Abbey to White Heat show, it can be easier to tell a story by setting it in the past.

Duleep Allirajah
Football: less than a matter of life and death
Only those with a malign view of fans could be surprised at the universal sympathy for Fabrice Muamba after his heart attack.

Bill Durodié
The spy who came in from the Cold War
The Red Army toilet-raiding realities of spying certainly exhilarated Steve Gibson, but the fall of the Berlin Wall brought doubt, too.

Monday 26 March 2012
Ceri Dingle
‘People don’t just want to watch Jeremy Kyle
A WORLDbytes film crew found Londoners in a supposed far-right stronghold took an intelligent approach to welfare.

Patrick Hayes
Minimum pricing means minimising choice
Ramping up the price of booze won't change drinking habits, but it will squeeze just a little more freedom out of life.

Rob Lyons
Lies, damned lies and ‘pink slime’
It’s not scare stories about ground beef but the anti-industrial prejudices of foodies that should spoil your appetite.

Tuesday 27 March 2012
Luke Gittos
An assault on ‘real’
men - and women

A London poster campaign about male rape is part of a trend to encourage us all to be victims in need of support.

James Woudhuysen
Rare earths and
not-so-rare tensions

The US government’s threat to take China to court for hoarding precious elements is more than just a trade dispute.

Frank Furedi
Call off this Culture War over Toulouse
Even before we knew the identity of the anti-Semitic school-shooter, people were turning him into a symbol of all that’s wrong with France.

Wednesday 28 March 2012
Patrick Hayes
...but tweets will never hurt me
The imprisonment of a UK student for posting ‘aggravating’ tweets about an ill footballer is no LOL matter.

Tim Black
Why fund the politically bankrupt?
State-funded political parties will do greater damage to politics than any number of dodgy donors to the Tory Party.

Brendan O’Neill
These granny-bashers really need to grow up
Recent outbursts of anti-pensioner sentiment show just how Malthusian modern thinking has become.

Thursday 29 March 2012
Tom Slater
Have the Dardennes fallen off their bike?
The remarkable Belgian filmmaking duo have produced a string of gritty modern classics - this fluffier fairytale is their first flop.

David Bowden
Just a Minute,
radio isn't dead yet

If radio was really an outdated medium, desperate TV producers wouldn’t keep trying to rip off its ideas.

Duleep Allirajah
Viewing fans as a riot waiting to happen
Watching football is not a crime, so why are away fans being treated – and manhandled – like criminals?

Tiffany Jenkins
A Scottish license to kill culture
Bureaucrats north of the border seem to be on a mission to bleed all the spontaneity out of Scotland's thriving cultural scene.

Mick Hume
Who wants to live in
Hugh Grant’s ‘ideal world’?

The tabloid-bashing actor-crusader returns to read Lord Justice Leveson’s script on ‘light touch’ state regulation of the press.

Friday 30 March 2012
Bill Durodié
The spy who came in from the Cold War
The Red Army toilet-raiding realities of spying certainly exhilarated Steve Gibson, but the fall of the Berlin Wall brought doubt, too.

Sarah Boyes
How to engage with books
Literary criticism needs a revival, but Michael Mack’s assertion that literature is ‘disruptive’ and his suggestion that it should be analysed for how it can help us cope with life won’t do.

Rob Lyons
Why eco-activists love His Royal Hystericalness
What does Prince Charles share with his middle-class fanboys? A small-minded, typically aristocratic fear of change and the future.

Tim Black
A Byronic defence of the Luddites
200 years after Lord Byron’s tub-thumping speech about the Luddites, let us distinguish those radicals from today’s eco-miserabilists.

Dolan Cummings
Religious belief is more than an evolutionary affliction
A new book attempts to ground a defence of religious freedom in cognitive science, but in doing so it reveals a lack of faith in freedom itself.

Alexander Adams
Letters from a beaten figure
A collection of William Burroughs’s letters reveals the Beat writer’s thoughts on everything from Denmark and drugs to ringworm and movie stars.

Angus Kennedy
In higher education quality, not equality, matters
Stefan Collini's new book asks What Are Universities For?, but his relativist view of Truth and Knowledge prevents him from giving a satisfactory answer.

Nancy McDermott
No bowing down before Bébé
American journalist Pamela Druckerman’s fascinating look at how the French bring up their children shows that putting adults first is better for everyone – the kids included.


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