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Monday 2 April 2012 April 2012
Nathalie Rothschild
Trayvon Martin and the
myth of racist America

In the US, everyone with a cause to champion and an emotion to release is latching on to the teenager's murder.

Neil Davenport
You can’t blame the riots on trainer adverts
To discover the real cause of the August riots, the intrusive state could do with looking closer to home.

Frank Furedi
What is really fuelling Britain's petrol panic?
This panic shows we're now governed by scared mongers rather than scaremongers, by people whose own fears drive the culture of fear.

Tuesday 3 April 2012
Patrick Hayes
Turning the internet into a police state
A government that said it’d be ‘strong in defence of freedom’ now wants to spy on everything we do online.

Tim Black
‘Too posh for a pasty’ is not a political critique
The excitable attacks on senior Tories for their privileged backgrounds shows up the poverty of political debate.

Mick Hume
The real lessons for Britain from Bradford West
Calm down: Galloway’s by-election victory was neither a ‘Bradford Spring’ nor a triumph for Islamism. But it was more than a one-off.

Wednesday 4 April 2012
Martin Cullip
Banning broccoli? You protest too much
The censorious clicktivists desperately searching for new causes to ‘like’ and products to ban are doing more harm than good.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
Children need education, not qualifications
Schooling has a crucial, humanist task: to introduce pupils to the accumulated learning of humanity.

Jonathan Hartford
We don’t need no grade inflation
Following Gove’s A-level blast, a sixth-form teacher lifts the lid on the cynical, ‘teach to the test’ reality of UK schools.

Tim Black
The birth of democracy in Burma? Sadly not
Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral victory is less the product of people power than of deal-making between the US and the military junta.

Thursday 5 April 2012
Tom Slater
A life-affirming rhapsody on the death penalty
Werner Herzog’s poignant death-penalty documentary avoids didacticism in favour of unalloyed human experience.

Rob Lyons
Football's three priorities: goals, goals, goals
Having a player who knows how to stick chances away can be a panacea for even the most hopeless team. Ask Arsenal.

David Bowden
Farewell then, Heather Trott and Harry Hill
Soap-opera characters are dropping like flies, but the departure of TV Burp’s host is a much bigger loss.

Tim Black
Why the hate for Samantha Brick?
She may have written a deluded article about being drop-dead gorgeous, but does that really deserve the twittered spleen?

Brendan O’Neill
The Passion of the New Atheists?
This Easter, some atheists would have us believe that, like the early Christians, they are hated and persecuted by the mob. Don’t buy it.

Tuesday 10 April 2012
Judith Ayers
The rappers giving the finger to fatalism
From the 1970s onwards, hip-hop artists have been penning anthems about refusing to accept their lot.

Peter Lloyd
It is time we burst
this ‘bubbling’

A new report describes how the police and football clubs are conspiring to restrict the free movement of fans.

Tim Black
This isn’t politics, it’s accountancy
The obsession with how much tax politicians pay confirms that the cult of transparency is destroying political debate.

Wednesday 11 April 2012
Patrick Hayes
Why Syrians should
say no to Annan

The UN ‘peace plan’ is about enforcing stability, even if that means keeping Assad in power, not liberating Syrians.

Wendy Kaminer
In America, atheists are still in the closet
No, non-believers don’t face legal discrimination, but their rhetoric about ‘coming out’ is not mere melodrama.

Nick Cater
Panorama and the toxic BBC culture
The editor of the Weekend Australian says the BBC’s claim that News Corp encouraged piracy against competitors is pure conspiracy theory.

Thursday 12 April 2012
Nathalie Rothschild
Mike Daisey and the great Foxconn con
A new report from inside the giant Chinese factory gives the lie, again, to claims about life on the Apple assembly line.

Neil Davenport
Who benefits from housing handouts?
The only people whose welfare is boosted by the housing-benefit racket is middle-class landlords.

Brendan O’Neill
Let’s liberate youth from the grip of welfare
Cutting housing benefit to under-25s is actually not a bad idea – but let’s do it for the right reasons rather than to save the state cash.

Friday 13 April 2012
Tom Slater
Taking Titanic seriously will end in disaster
Critics should forget the historical inaccuracies - James Cameron’s rereleased blockbuster is a naff weepy and nothing more.

David Bowden
Getting off on TV dating shows
Take Me Out might be good fun on a Saturday night but The Undateables is the one you’d want to take home with you.

Rob Lyons
For once, Alan Davies is right
He’s a twit, yes, but the comedian is right to question the compulsory mourning over Hillsborough.

Sean Collins
Is America committing ‘superpower suicide’?
Yes, claims that America is rotting like the Roman Empire are over the top, but two new books swing too far in the other direction.

Monday 16 April 2012
Barrie Collins
Shooting down the ‘truth’ about Rwanda
ESSAY: Barrie Collins exposes the fictions of those claiming to know who killed the Rwandan president in 1994.

Michael Baum
Where have all the pink dollars gone?
A new breast cancer-awareness doc is too focused on conspiracies to grasp the real travesty of ‘pink think’.

Frank Furedi
This linguistic engineering invades our lives and loves
Officialdom’s frenetic replacement of words like son and wife with words like ‘carer’ and ‘partner’ diminishes our identities.

Tuesday 17 April 2012
Jason Walsh
The snobbery of the anti-Titanic crew
The only thing more absurd than the recent outbreak of Titanic mania is the anti-Titanic tut-tutting.

Luke Gittos
Don’t ban it.
Get over it!

The banning of silly Christian bus adverts reveals the contempt in which the mayor holds ordinary Londoners.

Norman Lewis
Instagram, Kodak and the end of innovation
ESSAY: The contrasting fates of two photo companies shows there’s more money in navel-gazing than transformative tech.

Mick Hume
Hands off the Grand National
The row over the death of two racehorses blends contempt for the masses, risk-aversion and the irrationalism of animal rights.

Wednesday 18 April 2012
Wendy Kaminer
The right to be
wildly unpopular

US civil libertarian Wendy Kaminer answers your questions on Obama, the Tea Party, Leveson and loads more.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Inequality: a middle-class obsession
ESSAY: Unlike past warriors for equality, today’s campaigners simply dislike both the super-rich and ‘trailer trash’.

Brendan O’Neill
Ken vs Boris? What a letdown for London
When even a mayoral contest in a city as great as this lacks zeal and ideas, you know traditional politics is in a bad way.

Thursday 19 April 2012
Helene Guldberg
The National Trust’s imagination deficit
The conservation charity is right to celebrate outdoor play, but the idea of ‘nature-deficit disorder’ is nonsense.

Tim Black
The imperial narcissism of the F1 boycotters
The activists who say the race shouldn't be staged in Bahrain are only interested in displaying their decency.

Nathalie Rothschild
It isn’t only Breivik
who’s on trial in Oslo

The killer seems to have acted alone. So why the clamour to blame his actions on everything from divorce to football hooliganism to Sweden?

Friday 20 April 2012
Tom Slater
The oddball charm of a Nazi-hunting goth
Packed full of intriguing characters, offbeat drama-comedy This Must Be The Place even manages to make Sean Penn likeable.

David Bowden
So long Ceefax, I shall miss you
Despite the clunky graphics and slow-to-change pages, Ceefax and Teletext always offered unexpected pleasures.

Duleep Allirajah
Controversy makes the football go round
Football doesn’t need technological gizmos to prevent its demise - heated debate is its lifeblood.

Patrick Hayes
The hunger for a simpler,
black-and-white world

The Hunger Games trilogy is the fictional equivalent of Occupy’s adolescent worldview. No wonder it’s a hit.

Monday 23 April 2012
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
It’s not just the truants bunking off education
Charlie Taylor’s proposals to crack down on truancy miss the point about how schools really fail children.

Sandy Starr
Is autism just another identity?
ESSAY: With so many people being added to the ‘autism spectrum’, a disorder is being transformed into a lifestyle.

Tim Black
Abu Qatada and the farcical fearmongers
If there is one thing worse than successive governments’ hyping up of hate preachers, it’s their inability to do much about them.

Tuesday 24 April 2012
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
What’s really behind the crisis in caring?
Last night’s BBC Panorama showed how grim some care homes are. But more bureaucratic monitoring is not the solution.

Patrick Basham
Monkey see, monkey smoke?
Despite anti-smoking activists’ claims, a fancy fag packet does not turn us into 20-a-day nicotine fiends.

Chris Snowdon
Old moralism in new packaging
The current campaign to force cigarettes into plain packets is driven by an ugly Prohibitionist zeal.

Rob Lyons
Who made Jamie Oliver the Emperor of Eating?
The celebrity chef now has such a fattened sense of self-importance that he thinks he has the right to lecture elected politicians.

Wednesday 25 April 2012
Nathalie Rothschild
A nation of cake-
loving racists?

Those keen to brand Sweden racist on the basis of a tasteless gateau need to get some perspective.

Nikos Sotirakopoulos
Greece: a police state
made by the EU

The EU is usually the first to moralise about human rights and democracy, but not when it comes to Greece.

Mick Hume
History and politics are never a ‘High Court’ matter
It is a sad sign when a leading war reporter can declare that big issues are not for ‘media debate’ and threaten critics with libel writs.

Thursday 26 April 2012
Patrick Hayes
Audience charming in the Yemen
Lasse Hallström’s rom-com serves up an appealingly fishy main with a side of political satire, but that only gets it so far.

Martin Cullip
Will it be au revoir
to ’Allo, ’Allo?

Cowardly broadcasters are blacklisting TV classics like It Ain’t Half Hot Mum for fear of causing offence.

Rob Lyons
Barcelona are crying out for Andy Carroll
As Chelsea stood resolute in the face of endless tedious passing, it became clear what Barcelona needed: a big lummox up front.

Brendan O’Neill
Is Murdoch really
a lizard in a suit?

The Murdoch-bashing of the smart set who believes he ‘controls Britain’ has crossed the line from rational inquiry into David Icke territory.

Friday 27 April 2012
David Bowden
Imagining a world where no one can be trusted
Populated by acts of nihilistic terror and domestic surveillance, Ken Macleod's fantastic new novel explores the dystopian possibilities of the present.

Patrick Hayes
The hunger for a simpler, black-and-white world
The Hunger Games trilogy is the fictional equivalent of Occupy’s adolescent worldview. No wonder it’s a hit.

Luke Gittos
Amanda Craig’s not-so-novel take on immigration
From a self-righteous human rights lawyer to a trafficking victim, the characters in Hearts and Minds are like cut-out clichés from the immigration debate.

James Heartfield
We are not all mentally ill now
Kenneth McLaughlin’s Surviving Identity is an important salvo against the mainstreaming of mental health treatment.

Rob Lyons
Lessons from the new food priesthood
There is certainly a cacophony of nutritional and food advice being spewed forth today. But far from cutting through the proverbial, two recent books simply add to the noise.

Sean Collins
Is America committing ‘superpower suicide’?
Yes, claims that America is rotting like the Roman Empire are over the top, but two new books swing too far in the other direction.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Ordinary Americans don’t need the left’s pity
Thomas Frank’s belief that people aren’t revolting against capitalism because they’ve been duped by right-wing ideologues betrays an incredible disdain for the public.

Frank Furedi
The divided state of America
Charles Murray’s new book is a valiant effort to explain why America's upper classes are now so hollow and defensive, and incapable of marshalling the moral resources to lead society.

Monday 30 April 2012
Ken McLaughlin
We don’t want to be ‘empowered’, thanks
The fad for empowerment in social work and politics is really about making people comply with state diktat.

Luke Gittos
‘International justice’
is no justice at all

An international court's trial of ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor dents the democratic rights of West Africans.

Sean Collins
Obama vs Romney: who do you hate least?
Both Obama and Romney are now tossed between public enthusiasm and public disdain, showing just how volatile this campaign has become.


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