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Monday 3 December 2012 December 2012
Barbara Hewson
Fetal rights: a fatal obsession?
The death of a miscarrying woman in an Irish hospital suggests the authorities there have lost the plot.

Luke Gittos
Passing judgement on the dead
Prosecutors and police had no business in pronouncing that the late Liberal Democrat MP Cyril Smith had abused children.

Mick Hume
Leveson: a licence to police press freedom
The dangers inherent in Lord Justice Leveson’s report do not end with the controversy over statutory underpinning for a new press regulator.

Tuesday 4 December 2012
Brid Hehir
Time to scrap the Care Quality Commission
The only thing the social-care monitoring quango has done is nourish tick-box culture at the expense of patient care.

Rob Lyons
The mandatory stupidity of politicians
Ministers announcing minimum sentences for high-profile crimes looks tough, but is bound to lead to injustice.

Tim Black
Taxation: dodging the real issues
While UK politicians obsess about Starbucks' tax arrangements, the problem of a stagnant economy is being studiously avoided.

Wednesday 5 December 2012
Kevin Yuill
Hounding out
blue-collar hunters

A proposal in California to ban hunting with dogs has turned into a celeb-led bashing of the type of people who hunt.

Eero Iloniemi
Why Finnish school lessons are useless
Finland may be at the top of the world’s education rankings, but that tells us more about Finnish society than its schools.

Rob Lyons
Doha: It's the end of the world as we know it
As the latest round of climate-change talks show, the Kyoto Protocol is over and seems unlikely to be replaced. Good.

Thursday 6 December 2012
Emma Webster
Flyering: the importance
of hand-to-hand inviting

Many local authorities regard flyers as a nuisance, but they are a vital part of creating cultural scenes in our cities.

Tara McCormack
A common enterprise against the Serbs
The international court trying cases from the former Yugoslavia is there to heap blame on just one side.

Tim Black
Syria: the dangers of global posturing
The announcement that NATO is to station missiles on Turkey’s border confirms the internationalisation of the conflict.

Friday 7 December 2012
Patrick West
Look at me and my old band t-shirt!
Declaring your love for some barely remembered group on your chest is a strange mix of narcissism, nostalgia and irony.

Emmet Livingstone
Is television upside down Down Under?
Benighted colonials they are not: New Zealand brings a refreshing quirkiness to its programming.

Duleep Allirajah
In defence of the fine art of defending
This season’s Premier League goal-glut sounds good on paper, but stopping the other team is a vital football skill.

Tom Slater
A damning indictment of the War on Drugs
Eugene Jarecki’s documentary, The House I Live In shows the damage done by prohibition to inner-city communities.

David Bowden
Drugs: moralising is better than medicalising
The latest skirmish in Peter Hitchens’ one-man war on modern life at least argues for society, not experts, deciding what is right and wrong.

Monday 10 December 2012
Tim Black
Practical jokes do not cause death
The blame game around two radio DJs effectively accused of prompting a nurse’s death only compounds the tragedy.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
Could you be an unwitting abuser?
A campaign about rape, aimed at teens, suggests we can't cope with intimate relationships without expert help.

Rob Lyons
How we’re all being seduced by the state
Neither George Osborne nor his left-wing critics are willing to face up to the fact that the state is strangling both individual and capitalist initiative.

Tuesday 11 December 2012
Jason Walsh
How the ‘peace process’ provokes violence
Recent riots in Belfast confirm that the politics of cultural identity does little more than reinforce sectarian divisions.

Tim Black
The snobbery of the pregnancy refuseniks
Why the commentariat loves declaring its ostentatious indifference to the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy.

Wendy Kaminer
Why we must tolerate hate
To punish racist vandals more harshly than run-of-the-mill vandals is to veer dangerously close towards instituting thoughtcrime.

Wednesday 12 December 2012
Rob Lyons
Gorging on anti-
corporate baloney

A Canadian medic claims on YouTube that Big Food is killing us. Such claims need to be taken with a huge pinch of salt.

Michael Fitzpatrick
The charge of the anti-
enlightenment brigade

Far from heralding a new dawn of reason, today’s New Atheists are at the vanguard of the counter-Enlightenment.

Brendan O’Neill
The iron fist in the velvet glove of gay marriage
Under the radical cover of being pro-gay, the state is expanding its sovereignty over all of our private lives and most intimate relationships.

Thursday 13 December 2012
Angus Kennedy
Why it’s wrong to censor Holocaust deniers
History, including the history of the Holocaust, should be determined in open, public debate, not in the courts.

Luke Gittos
We’re no longer citizens, we’re suspects
The new Communications Data Bill continues the trend away from privacy to giving the state full access to our private lives.

Brendan O’Neill
Pat Finucane wasn't the only victim of state terror
All those observers ‘shocked’ to discover that Britain colluded with loyalist death squads: where have you been for the past 30 years?

Mick Hume
Ditch Leveson - let’s get back to first principles
Amid the elites’ detailed discussion of competing forms of regulation, there's a danger of losing sight of the far bigger issue of press freedom.

Friday 14 December 2012
Tom Slater
Life of Pi: not enlightening, but compelling
Ang Lee’s film of Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning novel does spirituality badly but storytelling brilliantly.

Niall Crowley
The sky won't be the same at night
RIP Patrick Moore, who took his audience seriously and believed his subject - astronomy - should be the star of the show.

Duleep Allirajah
Cultural lessons for overseas players?
Forget the FA’s patronising tips - our columnist tells foreign footballers what they really need to know about Britain.

Patrick West
Space is ours for the taking
Today is the fortieth anniversary of the last time a man walked on the moon. It is time we went back, and farther into space.

Monday 17 December 2012
Luke Gittos
Victim’s justice: a pointless charade
The proposed ‘community remedy’ is another desperate attempt by politicians and police to appear accountable.

Tim Black
The UK’s evidence-
based drugs problem

The political class’ addiction to evidence and experts has come back to befuddle it on the terrain of drugs legislation.

Brendan O’Neill
After Connecticut: the myth of America’s ‘gun culture’
The obsession with the guns used in school shootings overlooks the cultural factors behind these modern outbursts of nihilistic violence.

Tuesday 18 December 2012
Kevin Yuill
10 myths about the Connecticut shootings
The horrific Sandy Hook massacre has prompted a wave of ill-informed comment about backward Americans.

Neil Davenport
The use and abuse of immigrants
The response to the UK census shows how the chattering class exhibits its decency through being shallowly pro-immigrant.

Josie Appleton
Why everyday life is tied up in red tape
The proliferation of rules and regulations on everything from leafleting to looking after kids exposes how much the state distrusts us.

Wednesday 19 December 2012
Rob Lyons
Forget the fearmongers - eat, drink and be merry!
The attacks on Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson’s ‘unhealthy’ food suggest health cops have everyone in their sights.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Inequality did not cause the crisis
Widening inequality in the US should be seen as a symptom, rather than a cause, of today's economic malaise.

Brendan O’Neill
‘I am not a contrarian. I find contrarians annoying’
spiked editor Brendan O’Neill answers readers’ questions on everything from liberty and progress to drunken contrarianism and gay marriage.

Thursday 20 December 2012
David Bowden
The timely death of The Killing
The Danish TV noir was groundbreaking in style, but rather conventional in its conspiratorial worldview.

Duleep Allirajah
2012: the summer the moaning stopped
In an astonishing year for British sport, the country has finally put aside its favourite pastime of all: grumbling.

Tim Black
Plebgate: the blindness of the posh bashers
Thanks to anti-posh prejudice, too many were willing to believe that Tory ex-minister Andew Mitchell called police officers plebs.

Barb Jungr
The new insulting
c-word: cabaret

Singer and songwriter Barb Jungr laments how, courtesy of pop competition shows, ‘too cabaret’ has become the putdown du jour.

Friday 21 December 2012
Tom Slater
From a badass Bond to a tedious Ted
Film purists can snort all they like, but 2012 was a great year for the silver screen (with some turkeys, of course).

Patrick Hayes
Apocalypse now for free speech?
Mayan End Times may not have materialised, but if we’re not careful free speech could be consumed by hellfires.

Rob Lyons
Was 2012 the best year to be alive?
It’s fashionable to be doom-laden about mankind, but the progress we’ve made in recent years is astounding.

Tim Black
How the Olympics killed the killjoys
In London 2012, elite cynicism was wrestled and defeated by a mass, democratic thirst for spectacle.

Brendan O’Neill
In 2013, can we call off the Culture Wars?
This year, there was a decisive shift in the Culture Wars in favour of the ‘illiberal liberals’. The wrong side is winning, in the wrong war.

Thursday 27 December 2012
Emmet Livingstone
Body-building for nation states
Cut through Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s lofty pretences and you discover some insightful remedies to society’s ills.

Tom Slater
Ten stories, one promising debut
Sam Thompson’s Communion Town provides a poetic examination, from multiple points of view, of an ever-changing city and its inhabitants.

David Bowden
Drugs: moralising is better than medicalising
The latest skirmish in Peter Hitchens’ one-man war on modern life at least argues for society, not experts, deciding what is right and wrong.

Angus Kennedy
A braindead view of free will
As Wired for Culture demonstrates, the greatest intellectual threats posed to freedom and autonomy today are those put up by evolutionary biologists and psychologists

Tim Black
Why learning can’t be bought
In a fascinating examination of the consumerised state of higher education, Joanna Williams sheds light where other analyses have emitted only heat.

Nancy McDermott
Are we witnessing the decline and fall of men?
Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men shouldn’t be read as a cast-iron prediction of a newly gendered future, but rather as the raiser of important questions about the crisis of masculinity.

Jennie Bristow
From the freewheelin’ Sixties to the fearmongerin’ Noughties
Everyone talks about the impact, whether good or bad, of the tumultuous Sixties - but two in-depth books about that decade say and reveal more than most.

Mick Hume
What’s left of press freedom?
The founder of Hacked Off’s book reveals how radical lobbyists wrote the illiberal script for the Leveson Inquiry.


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