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Tuesday 1 May 2012 May 2012
Tom Finn-Kelcey
Can state schools emulate Eton?
There’s more to ‘old school tie’ networking than posh people helping other posh people to get jobs.

Patrick Hayes
Why Occupy and the church cling together
The ongoing love-in between Occupiers and men of the cloth is fitting: both have a pious disdain for the masses.

Rob Lyons
The rationing of medical treatment is really sick
Withholding healthcare from smokers and fat people is a pretty grotesque attempt to strongarm everyone into the so-called Good Life.

Wednesday 2 May 2012
Nathalie Rothschild
Airbrushed ads don’t make you sick
It takes a very dim view of the public to believe that touched-up images of super-skinny models cause anorexia.

Tim Black
And the gold for defiance goes to…
The potential return of sprinter Dwain Chambers is a brilliant blow against sport’s petty authoritarians.

Brendan O’Neill
A battle to save France from her non-existent foes
Far from representing a return of left and right, the French presidential campaign confirms the ascendancy of the politics of fear.

Thursday 3 May 2012
Tim Black
Sticking up for scientific research
The green plonkers intent on destroying research into aphid-resistant wheat crops view mankind as a blight on nature.

Rob Lyons
There’s no such thing as a natural drought
Never mind the lack of rain in recent UK winters - it is our willingness to invest and build big that has really dried up.

Mick Hume
London election: we’re ’aving a ’mare!
Lacking passion and capital-P politics, the charmless race to be London mayor reveals much about the wider state of Britain.

Friday 4 May 2012
David Bowden
Getting by without a
little help from Friends

E4’s latest import, 2 Broke Girls, isn’t a patch on sadly-departed Friends. But its humour fits our times.

Duleep Allirajah
Roy Hodgson: the
right man for England

Ignore Harry Redknapp’s Fleet Street fan club. For once the Football Association has made a good decision.

Tim Black
Masses duped by greenwash? Get real!
Eliane Glaser’s sceptical take on the world is frequently insightful. But it still takes too many fashionable ideas at face value.

Tuesday 8 May 2012
Tim Black
The catfight over the capital
Observers got excited about ‘Red Ken’ vs ‘Blue Boris’, but the electorate could see that both were grey.

Brendan O’Neill
A Boris in every city? No thanks
Voters’ rejection of elected city mayors was a rebellion against the ‘reformitis’ of the modern oligarchy.

Mick Hume
The Incredible Shrinking Mandate
The miserable turnout in last week’s British elections confirmed to the isolated political elite that voters are not to be trusted.

Wednesday 9 May 2012
Yoni Eshpar
It’s time to bury Peace Studies
Johan Galtung’s anti-Semitic comments were despicable, but the paternalism of his academic brainchild is worse.

Patrick Hayes
Beware the celebrity
troll-hunters

Thin-skinned celebs whining about being bullied by internet ‘trolls’ pave the way for online censorship.

Brendan O’Neill
Posturing against austerity:
an infantile disorder

The left-wing groups making electoral gains in Europe are driven by a desire to avoid reality rather than a determination to create a new one.

Thursday 10 May 2012
Luke Gittos
This defamation bill is no friend of freedom
Bizarrely, free-speech activists are cheering a new bill that will entrench the state’s right to decide what we can say.

Nathalie Rothschild
A bad tan doesn't
equal a bad parent

It should be no business of anti-bronzing health freaks whether ‘tan mum’ chooses to have a burnt-to-the-crisp complexion.

Tim Black
It’s not just sex gangs who abuse ‘white trash’
It seems Pakistani sex pests and British politicians share a similar disdain for the allegedly decadent white working class.

Friday 11 May 2012
Duleep Allirajah
It’s time to knock out the Europa League
Watching Athletic Bilbao and their bonkers coach may make Thursdays fun, but the Europa League is still pointless.

Patrick Hayes
Homeland: fear and
self-loathing in America

One of Homeland’s greatest strengths is that it shows how much modern terrorists now ape liberal Westerners.

Nancy McDermott
Thank you, Maurice Sendak
In picture and word, Where the Wild Things Are remains a sublime testament to the untamed emotions of childhood.

Daniel Ben-Ami
The petty politics of the
anti-inequality brigade

ESSAY: Don’t be fooled by their egalitarian rhetoric - today’s equality campaigners simply dislike both the super-rich and ‘trailer trash’.

Monday 14 May 2012
Tim Black
Why the Hollygarchy *hearts* gay marriage
Hollywood has become a closed set to anyone who is less than effusive about same-sex marriage.

Sean Collins
Why I’m coming out... against gay marriage
A New York progressive braves the opprobrium of his peers by questioning same-sex marriage.

Frank Furedi
Gay marriage: redrawing the American political map
In officially endorsing same-sex marriage, Obama is signalling that the Democratic Party now has little interest in its old blue-collar supporters.

Tuesday 15 May 2012
Rob Lyons
Give food labelling the red light
The state’s attempt to colonise our kitchens by crudely labelling food ‘good’ and ‘bad’ is deeply unhealthy.

Matthias Heitmann
Pirate Party: giving politics a jolly roger
The cyber-rights obsessives are not a ‘fresh wind’ - they just show how much politics is screwed.

Mick Hume
A respectable riot against tabloid readers
The interrogation of Rebekah Brooks over the NotW exposing paedophiles only exposed the prejudices behind the Leveson inquisition.

Wednesday 16 May 2012
Claire Fox
‘I am happy to call
myself a Bolshevik’

Claire Fox of the Institute of Ideas answers spiked readers’ questions on the left, liberty, Mad Men and more.

Frank Furedi
Revisiting ‘Midnight
in the Century’

Frank Furedi looks back at his 1990 groundbreaking Living Marxism article on the crisis facing Marxists.

Brendan O’Neill
Sorry, but SYRIZA won’t save Europe
The radical Greek leftists, along with Hollande in France, pose as anti-austerity yet promote ideas which will condemn Europe to long-term penury.

Thursday 17 May 2012
Wendy Kaminer
‘I've never seen people smiling so broadly’
US civil libertarian Wendy Kaminer says progressives should welcome the rise of gay marriage.

Ben Pile
‘The real enemy is humanity itself’
At Rio+20 next month, the world’s elites will meet in Brazil with the aim of holding back human progress.

Josie Appleton
These petty laws are an insult to the public
Yes, let’s get rid of Britain’s mad ban on using ‘insulting’ words. But don’t ignore the rest of the state’s criminalisation of everyday behaviour.

Friday 18 May 2012
Patrick West
Does it matter if you’re black or white?
The deaths of culture-defying musicians Adam Yauch and Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn are a reminder of music's skin-tone sensitivities.

Duleep Allirajah
The end of the
United Empire?

Don’t blame the ‘noisy neighbours’ at City, the real problem for United is they’ve lost their all-conquering aura.

David Bowden
It’s not too late
to cross The Bridge

An autistic investigator, a grisly murder, sleek furniture: The Bridge has all you’d expect from Scandi thrillers.

Dolan Cummings
UK cultural policy: using art to divide us
By promoting diversity through culture, UK policymakers have ignored precisely what makes art so valuable: its universality.

Monday 21 May 2012
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
Parenting: you learn it on the job
The government wants to take anxiety out of parenting, but suffering anxiety is crucial to becoming a good parent.

Ken McLaughlin
When red tape is a good thing
Ignore social workers’ claims about red tape costing lives – it shouldn’t be easy for the state to intervene in family life.

Nancy McDermott
Time magazine did not invent the mommy wars
A cover image of a mother breastfeeding her four-year-old has aroused ire, but debates about parenting aren’t new.

Frank Furedi
Parental determinism: a most harmful prejudice
David Cameron’s proposed parenting classes are built on the bizarre and destructive idea that parenting determines society’s fortunes.

Tuesday 22 May 2012
Colin McInnes
Bringing new life to dead matter
Human beings have the potential to transform the universe, so let’s not lose sleep about turning it into ‘grey goo’.

Nathalie Rothschild
The Dictator: satirising America
Sacha Baron Cohen’s rollicking comedy about a tinpot tyrant is more a send-up of Americans than Arabs.

Tim Black
Don’t let these killjoys kill the Olympic spirit
From talk of terrorism and crime to claims that London will become a ‘hotbed of diseases’, why is officialdom so down on the Olympics?

Wednesday 23 May 2012
Jason Walsh
How smokers’ rights are being vapourised
The anti-smoking lobby has now targeted electronic cigarettes in order to crack down even on the ‘notion’ of smoking.

Rob Lyons
An energy policy for dimwits
The UK government’s new energy strategy is about muddling through, not powering society forward.

Brendan O’Neill
It’s time to get serious about opposing the EU
Anyone who really wants to tackle the anti-democratic EU must first distance himself from the new clique of infantile Brussels-bashers.

Thursday 24 May 2012
Rob Lyons
Camping it up
behind the Iron Curtain

Yes, host nation Azerbaijan is authoritarian, but boycotting the Eurovision won't fix that. So go crazy and sing along.

Duleep Allirajah
A proud Chelsea
‘unsupporter’ till I die

Some supported vulgar, nouveau riche Chelsea in the Champions League final out of patriotism. Palace fans didn’t.

Patrick Hayes
Scrap this anti-social meddling in our lives
Theresa May's souped-up successors to ASBOs will further diminish communities' ability to reprimand their local reprobates.

Friday 25 May 2012
Dolan Cummings
UK cultural policy: using art to divide us
By promoting diversity through culture, UK policymakers have ignored precisely what makes art so valuable: its universality.

Jim Butcher
Putting the ‘personal’ into development
Two books reveal the way in which the politics of development is no longer about helping the poor but providing a design for life for middle-class Westerners.

Tim Black
Masses duped by greenwash? Get real!
Eliane Glaser’s sometimes furious, always sceptical take on the world is frequently insightful. But it still takes too many fashionable ideas at face value.

Nancy McDermott
Thank you, Maurice Sendak
In picture and word, Where the Wild Things Are remains a sublime testament to the untamed emotions of childhood.

Angus Kennedy
The university: still dead
Andrew Delbanco’s insightful new book on the history and future of the American college exposes an institution that has no idea what it should be.

Neil Davenport
Tony Judt: the last public intellectual?
In this collection of conversations recorded shortly before his death, Judt reveals a tremendous command of his subject but also an unwillingness to face up to the left’s failings.

Alexander Adams
There was nothing August about Strindberg
As brilliant a playwright as Strindberg was, his life as an alchemist, practitioner of the occult and downer of absinthe remains as compelling as his work.

Brendan O’Neill
‘Rupert Murdoch’s shadow state’ and other bullshit
Tom Watson’s self-aggrandising retelling of the tabloid phone-hacking scandal shows that Murdochphobics are becoming almost as cranky as 9/11 truthers or Obama birthers.

Monday 28 May 2012
Adrian Hart
Exploding the myth of racist kids
Of course primary-school kids trade banter and insult each other. But that doesn’t mean they are racist.

Patrick Hayes
Beware the rise of
EU anti-populists

The EU elites’ fear of an imminent Fourth Reich reveals a great deal about their loathing of the European mob.

Norman Lewis
Why I don’t ‘Like’ this mauling of Zuckerberg
ESSAY: There are two ugly strains to the post-IPO Facebook-bashing: naivety about how the market works and hostility to individual ambition.

Tuesday 29 May 2012
Sharmini Brookes
We must be free to mock Jacob Zuma
Sharmini Brookes reports from South Africa on the storm caused by a painting of the president’s penis.

Rob Lyons
The battle over GM: a noisy distraction
They might disagree about GM crops, but both the haters and many defenders of GM share an eco-miserabilist outlook.

Tim Black
‘Let’s teach these darkies about the rule of law’
Courtenay Griffiths, lead counsel for ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor, tells spiked about the racial bias in international criminal justice.

Wednesday 30 May 2012
Graham Barnfield
The stupid cuts at the BBFC
Film classifiers have told Ken Loach to cut c-words from his new movie, in case the ‘wrong’ people hear them.

Tim Black
Pity the Blairites
turned Blair-bashers

First they fantasised that Blair was a messiah, now they say he’s the devil. When will they wake up?

Nancy McDermott
Etan Patz: the case that changed America
Thirty-three years on, a man has been arrested for the murder of six-year-old Etan. But America is still reeling from that abduction.

Thursday 31 May 2012
Duleep Allirajah
Policing footballers’ thought crimes
The footballers’ union has called for players to be sacked for using racial insults. So much for defending its members.

David Bowden
Why The Voice lacks that X Factor
BBC1’s response to Simon Cowell’s talent-show hegemony is just too damned nice to be much fun.

Rob Lyons
The state-sanctioned bullying of fat people
After 10 years of politicians and medical experts waging a war on obesity, is it surprising our kids have body-image issues?

Nathalie Rothschild
Why all the fuss over Fifty Shades?
Feminists claim that a saucy trilogy of books is debasing female readers – which just goes to show how little they think of other women.


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