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Monday 1 October 2012 October 2012
Tom Bailey
Students can handle Gorgeous George
The ‘no platforming’ of Galloway is just the latest instance of the NUS treating students with contempt.

Patrick Hayes
Anti-fascists are killing free speech
Activists who call on the state to arrest and imprison 'fascists' for their speech crimes should look up irony in the dictionary.

Wendy Kaminer
Sacrificing free speech to the heckler’s veto
The defacement of anti-Muslim ads on the New York subway was not an act of free speech - it was an act of censorship of offensive views.

Tuesday 2 October 2012
Luke Gittos
The wrongs of the squatters’ rights brigade
Too many of today’s new breed of spoilt squatters are driven less by desperation than by a sense of entitlement.

Sean Collins
Obama and the end of great expectations
In 2008, Obama won by exciting and raising people’s expectations. In 2012, he hopes to win by lowering them.

James Heartfield
Eric Hobsbawm and the tragedy of the left
Where Hobsbawm’s histories of the 19th century were enlivened by his Marxism, his histories of the 20th century were corrupted by his Stalinism.

Wednesday 3 October 2012
Rob Lyons
Ed Balls is not our economic saviour
The shadow chancellor’s conference speech was big on populism and small on practicalities.

Tim Black
The savaging of Jimmy Savile
The only beneficiary of the accusations against Savile is the suspicion-spreading child-protection industry.

Christopher Snowdon
A black market in booze fearmongering
Panorama has been caught out peddling dodgy alcohol stats, only the latest instance of junk-science moralising by the neo-temperance lobby.

Thursday 4 October 2012
Ed Barrett
A splendid time is still guaranteed for all…
ESSAY: As the Beatles’ back catalogue is reissued, Ed Barrett salutes the world’s most brilliant, inventive and humorous pop group.

Woudhuysen, Kaplinsky & Seaman
How to make blackouts a thing of the past
The key to providing for our energy needs is technological development, not sterile rows about energy sources.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
Michael Gove goes Bacc to the future
The education secretary’s plan to restore rigorous teaching and end-of-course exams is a blast from the past worth welcoming.

Tim Black
The ASA: still insulting our intelligence
The Advertising Standards Authority is back, and this time it is bigger, fatter and even more condescending.

Brendan O’Neill
Plebs versus poshos? Pull the other one
The chattering classes’ declaration of war against the toffs in the Cameron cabinet is the least convincing class war in human history.

Friday 5 October 2012
Tom Slater
Time travel
for dummies

If you go to watch Looper expecting a twenty-first century version of The Matrix, you’re going to be disappointed.

Emmet Livingstone
Breaking Bad: the best thing on the box
Incredibly, the moral descent of a drug-dealing chemistry teacher with cancer has been turned into sublime TV.

Rob Lyons
Eurocrisis: from despair to where?
To launch our new series of video interviews, spiked shorts, Rob Lyons explores the Eurozone crisis.

Duleep Allirajah
There was no Miracle of Medinah
Europe’s Ryder Cup win cannot be the greatest sporting comeback ever – because golf is not a sport.

Kate Prengel
Rushdie’s life was surely more interesting than this?
In his new fatwa memoir, literature’s one-time enfant terrible somehow manages to make a life lived in fear of death sound terribly dull.

Monday 8 October 2012
Luke Gittos
Another fine mess NATO has got us into
As the mayhem in Syria shows, NATO does little but destabilise the countries that it threatens to intervene in.

Patrick Hayes
The dangers of sabre-
rattling in Syria

The spread of the Syrian war to Turkey shows how lethal the internationalisation of conflicts can be.

Frank Furedi
‘Tolerance is the basis of all our freedoms’
In a free society, everyone, even those we consider repugnant, must have the liberty to express themselves and their ideas.

Tuesday 9 October 2012
Brendan O’Neill
It shouldn’t be a crime to hate the Old Bill
Convicting a man for wearing an anti-cop t-shirt shows how skewed the balance between state and citizen has become.

Rob Lyons
Get the state off our dinner plates
The powers-that-be are so disdainful of the public they even feel the need to tell us what to eat and how to eat it.

Tim Black
Why the booze panic is still staggering on
Officialdom is determined to ‘denormalise’ what the majority of us deem to be perfectly normal: enjoying a few drinks at the end of the day.

Wednesday 10 October 2012
Dennis Hayes
Be a ‘know all’, not a lifelong learner
The redefinition of students as ‘learners’ speaks to the hollowing-out of the knowledge base of education.

Tim Black
The Tory Party: a conference of cliques
The Conservative conference is less about politics than petty, self-promoting infighting and factionalism.

Mick Hume
No ‘victims’ veto’ on press freedom
Celebrity demands for David Cameron to back state regulation of the press have revealed the true mission of the Leveson inquisition.

Thursday 11 October 2012
Tom Bailey
The banker-bashing battle of Brick Lane
A graffitied mural on a London street certainly looks anti-Semitic, but the calls to ban it are backward too.

Wendy Kaminer
What about our right to be offensive?
Claims by an American newscaster that she had been ‘bullied’ about her weight take hypersensitivity to new heights.

Brendan O’Neill
Venezuela: the left’s heart in a heartless world
The Western left’s bizarre love affair with the Bonapartist Hugo Chavez speaks volumes about its intellectual disarray and desperation.

Friday 12 October 2012
Promi Ferdousi
There is more to K-pop than ‘Gangnam Style’
Psy’s YouTube sensation is fun, but it's not a patch on the joys awaiting Western fans who want to explore Korean pop.

Tom Slater
Holy Motors: who needs films to make sense?
Leos Carax’s movie is visually and emotionally engaging while seemingly devoid of a coherent narrative.

Emmet Livingstone
The actress who came in from the cold
Amid the naff plot and spy cliches, the reason to watch Homeland still shines through: Claire Danes.

Duleep Allirajah
Diving: let’s get real about simulation
Maybe players do ‘go to ground too easily’, but football would be much duller without such pantomime villains.

Fifi Adelsmythe
A countercultural cuckoo in
a nest of super-squares

Can we please all be upstanding for Caitlin Moran and her one-chick war against conformist society and its daft, sexist inhabitants.

Monday 15 October 2012
Rob Lyons
Scotland: the world’s most childish nation
The SNP thinks children should be trusted with votes in a referendum, but adults shouldn't be trusted with booze and fags.

Patrick Hayes
The TUC: getting Blue Peter with politics
The TUC’s sponsorship of an X Factor-style banner competition shows just how pointless its annual march has become.

Brendan O’Neill
Savile: the mad hunt for a conspiracy of witches
With its contagion of accusation and counter-accusation, the Savile scandal has exposed the Salem-style irrationalism of the modern elite.

Tuesday 16 October 2012
Tessa Mayes
The cult of the political celebrity
At the Tory Party conference, Tessa Mayes found herself caught up in the Bozza-focused eye of a celebrity storm.

Ben Pile
Welcome to the politics of pastiche
Our political leaders are so bereft of ideas that they have taken to plundering the slogans of yesteryear.

Sean Collins
Never mind Big Bird.
Where are the Big Ideas?

After expending all his energies demonising his opponent, Obama lost the TV debate because the truth emerged: Romney is not actually evil.

Wednesday 17 October 2012
Saleha Ali
‘Abortion is a
very civilised thing’

In a new WORLDbytes film, Ellie Lee puts the case for making abortion a personal choice, not a legal matter.

Helene Guldberg
Switch off the junk science, not the TV
The recent claim that too much television is bad for children is just another policy agenda dressed up as science.

Tim Black
Why Lance Armstrong was put in the stocks
The very public humiliation of the former cycling hero reveals how the anti-doping obsession has spread suspicion through the sports world.

Thursday 18 October 2012
Ann Furedi
‘You can’t be a little bit pro-choice’
Ann Furedi, chief executive of bpas, answers your questions on abortion, free speech and the right to protest.

Bruno Waterfield
The EU: keeping the people out of politics
The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Brussels is based on the myth that the EU brought peace to Europe.

Brendan O’Neill
Israel vs Iran: clash of the pariah states
With Iran demonised by Western leaders and Israel demonised by Western liberals, both countries have become unpredictable beasts.

Friday 19 October 2012
Tom Slater
On the wrong road
The long-awaited film version of Jack Kerouac’s seminal Beat generation novel does the book’s reputation no favours.

Stuart Waiton
The perversion of being an adolescent
The Perks of Being a Wallflower perfectly illustrates the dangers of the modern, unhealthy obsession with child abuse.

Emmet Livingstone
Andrew Marr’s History of the World, not ours
Given the Wikipedia-lite nature of its content, Marr would have been better advised keeping his history to himself.

Nathalie Rothschild
Black Box: great story, bad twitterature
Jennifer Egan’s sci-fi thriller may have first been serialised on Twitter, but it triumphs in spite of the medium, not because of it.

Monday 22 October 2012
Neil Davenport
EMA was an enemy of youthful autonomy
Don’t bring back the education maintenance allowance – it was a patronising slap in the face of poor students.

James Woudhuysen
The idiocy of the New Catastrophists
The disparity between commentators’ warnings of doom and their proposed social solutions is hilarious.

Tim Black
Plebgate: the truth about their aloofness
It isn’t their poshness that puts the Tories out of kilter with the public – it is their political and organisational deracination.

Tuesday 23 October 2012
Rob Lyons
Down with the Diet Police!
Tesco’s introduction of traffic-light food warnings shows how normal the nudging of the masses has become.

Patrick Hayes
The Twittermob is watching you, too
The twitch-hunt of far-right nutjob Nick Griffin over one daft tweet has frightening implications for us all.

Mick Hume
In defence of ‘shameless anti-Leveson propaganda’
As many liberal journalists and ‘hackademics’ desert the cause, it is time to take a stand for the freedom of the press to be an unruly mess.

Wednesday 24 October 2012
Luke Gittos
An inhumane presumption of guilt
As the Savile scandal reaches a new pitch, key principles of criminal justice are being sacrificed at the altar of victimhood.

Tim Black
Auntie becomes
a dirty uncle

Even the mighty BBC, so beloved of Britain’s cultural elite, is impotent in the face of the child abuse panic.

Brendan O’Neill
An educated,
erudite lynch mob

The hysteria over Savile reminds us that it isn’t tabloids that drive paedophile panics - it’s the great and the good.

Frank Furedi
The Savile inquiries:
giving truth a bad name

The excavation of the past to ‘uncover the truth’ about Savile is really about looking at history through today’s abuse-obsessed goggles.

Thursday 25 October 2012
Tom Slater
Not poetic, just patronising
Beasts of the Southern Wild has garnered much praise, but its message seems to be that the poor like being poor.

Tom Bailey
Making a mockery of the vote
Giving prisoners the vote is neither radical nor progressive, and it will further degrade democracy.

Duleep Allirajah
The phony war over football racism
The current row has reduced racism and anti-racism to name-calling, handshakes and yellow t-shirts.

Brendan O’Neill
A disaster that science brought upon itself
The jailing of scientists for failing to predict an earthquake is the sad conclusion to the scientific community’s depiction of itself as soothsayer.

Friday 26 October 2012
Jason Walsh
Do we really need the state at all?
Gerard Casey, author of Libertarian Anarchy talks to Jason Walsh about liberty, liberals and the need for civil political debate.

Christopher Snowdon
A run-of-the-mill superpower
What is most striking about the US is just how unexceptional it is compared to other developed nations.

Nathalie Rothschild
Black Box: great story, bad twitterature
Jennifer Egan’s sci-fi thriller may have first been serialised on Twitter, but it triumphs in spite of the medium, not because of it.

Kate Prengel
Rushdie’s life was surely more interesting than this?
In his new fatwa memoir, literature’s one-time enfant terrible somehow manages to make a life lived in fear of death sound terribly dull.

Fifi Adelsmythe
A countercultural cuckoo in
a nest of super-squares

Can we please all be upstanding for Caitlin Moran and her one-chick war against conformist society and its daft, sexist inhabitants.

Emmet Livingstone
Mantel’s revolution in historical fiction
Hilary Mantel cements her reputation as novelistic innovator with Bring Up the Bodies, a sequel every bit as seditiously potent as Wolf Hall.

Neil Davenport
Exploding the myth of a 'People's War'
James Heartfield demolishes the dominant anti-fascist narrative to reveal the truth about the Second World War: six years of slaughter, poverty and exploitation.

Josie Appleton
There ain’t no harm in hate speech
The demand to criminalise hate speech is essentially a demand to criminalise people who haven't actually done anything wrong.

Monday 29 October 2012
Patrick Hayes
A police state created by anti-fascists
In their enthusiasm to clamp down on ‘hate speech’, anti-fascists have become an unofficial arm of the state.

José Castro Caldas
The Eurocrats stage a coup d'etat
Europe’s financial crisis is being used to justify the denial of democracy and a permanent state of emergency.

Tim Black
Why Miliband wants to mess with our minds
Bereft of political vision and with no ideas for how to remake Britain, the Labour leader wants to boost our mental health instead.

Tuesday 30 October 2012
Rob Lyons
GM food: nothing to worry about
Proposed legislation in California to label GM food assumes there is something scary and different about it.

Martin Cullip
The dangers of government gore
Plain cigarette packs will not be plain – they will be plastered in bloody and gross propaganda.

Brendan O’Neill
Egalité without liberté? Non, non, non!
A new army of equality quangos and experts promises to make us all equal – but at the expense of our freedoms and desire to be rich.

Wednesday 31 October 2012
Alan Miller
Keeping calm and carrying on
A Manhattan resident, reporting from the eye of the storm, is glad to find New York’s leaders acting rationally.

Nancy McDermott
Sandy was a bitch, not the apocalypse
This storm reminded us that nature can be tough but that the people of New York are even tougher.

Sean Collins
Hurricane Sandy: a political storm
Pundits’ exploitation of Sandy to big up Barack Obama shows how desperate they have become.

Nathalie Rothschild
New York: standing tall against nature’s wrath
Let’s praise the manmade structures that withstood Sandy’s fury rather than fretting about allegedly manmade Frankenstorms.


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