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Wednesday 2 January 2013 January 2013
Rob Lyons
Dramuary: celebrating the demon drink
Ignore the sirens of sobriety imploring you to have a 'Dry January', and have a wee drink every day.

James Heartfield
When Lincoln and Marx were on the same side
150 years ago, Lancashire cotton workers fought alongside Abraham Lincoln to abolish slavery in the US.

Frank Furedi
How ‘child protection’ policies harm children
We all want kids to be safe, but the plan to create a new database of children who visit A&E units will have the opposite effect.

Thursday 3 January 2013
Tim Black
Underestimating the resilience of youth
Officials obsessively focus on helping young people cope with unemployment, rather than overcome it.

Jason Walsh
Why Ireland’s new abortion law is mad
It is not a step forward for women's liberation to provide abortions for women who claim to be suicidal.

Sean Collins
A bad cliffhanger
The US 'fiscal cliff' talks were depicted as a tense dash to save America, but in truth all the big questions were left out.

Friday 4 January 2013
Tom Slater
The Hobbit: an unexpected pleasure
For all the fears that Peter Jackson had unduly stretched Tolkien’s slim novel, in fact he’s given us a rollicking watch.

Rob Lyons
Here come the chequebook Charlies
It’s transfer-window time again, with all the fun of wondering who’s going to spend silly money on the wrong player.

David Bowden
Happy sanitised, overcautious New Year
Recent complaints about Big Fat Quiz of the Year and Miranda show the culture of offence is alive and well.

Neil Davenport
Anomie in the UK
Zadie Smith’s enthralling NW gives us a profound portrait of a society in which the ties that bind have loosened to a disturbing degree.

Monday 7 January 2013
Tim Black
Why the prince *hearts* environmentalists
In eco-activism, Charles has found a cause every bit as reactionary and anti-modern as the monarchy itself.

Patrick Hayes
Hopefully the end for No Platform
A leading anti-fascist group has moved away from censorious No Platform policies. It’s time for others to follow suit.

Sadhvi Sharma
After the Delhi rape, a deluge of authoritarianism
An Indian writer asks: if the protests about that awful gang rape really are progressive, why are they leading to less freedom?

Tuesday 8 January 2013
Timandra Harkness
Who’s afraid
of being fat?

A new study suggesting that being a bit chubby is harmless has left anti-obesity activists spitting out their salad.

Frank Furedi
Stanley Cohen: a hero of sociology
The death of Cohen, who coined the term ‘moral panic’, deprives us of a great intellectual voice.

Ashley Frawley
Happiness is... learning to live with TINA
The politics of happiness encourages us to accept our lot, breathing life back into the patronising idea that you can be ‘poor but happy’.

Wednesday 9 January 2013
Kevin Yuill
Why the Second Amendment still matters
Despite critics labelling it a relic of a bygone age of muskets, the right to bear arms is no anachronism.

Sean Collins
Newtown: ‘a 9/11
for gun control’?

Both liberals and the right responded to the dreadful Sandy Hook massacre by denigrating liberty.

Wendy Kaminer
Gun laws shouldn’t be written by ghosts
Second Amendment rights are important, but the idea that they should never change, even in the light of new facts, is just irrational.

Thursday 10 January 2013
Brendan O’Neill
The cult of welfarism has become suffocating
Far from there being a war over welfare, everyone now accepts that people can't survive without the state.

Tim Black
What keeps Cam and Clegg clinging on
The Tories and Lib Dems are Ronsealed together by their fear and loathing of an estranged public.

Helene Guldberg
Does watching TV give you cancer? Of course not
News reports claiming that TV-addicted kids risk getting cancer confirm that the scaremongers mean business in 2013. It’s time to fight back.

Friday 11 January 2013
Tom Slater
The Impossible: a giant wave of sentimentality
Juan Antonio Bayona’s disaster movie about the Boxing Day tsunami starts well, but ends up as a cynical tearjerker.

David Bowden
Tom Daley: nice body, shame about the format
Splash! may be the naffest celeb show yet, but it’s given the nation the green light to perv over an Olympic starlet.

Duleep Allirajah
The ‘magic of the cup’ is just an illusion
Even Championship teams - and their supporters - are more interested in joining the big boys, not just beating them.

Kate Prengel
The world according to Jacques Chirac
In his autobiography, the former French president spins a romantic but hole-ridden tale designed to depict himself as Super Statesman.

Monday 14 January 2013
Mick Hume
Operation Yewtree: putting the past on trial
The Savile scandal has become a trawl for celebrity sexual abuse in the 1960s and 1970s that reads history backwards.

Luke Gittos
Jimmy Savile and the end of objectivity
Prosecutors and police have ditched the disinterested search for truth in favour of affirming victims’ experiences.

Frank Furedi
Using children as a moral shield
Officials and charities that use children to front their moralistic campaigns are trying to shut down criticism and opposition.

Tuesday 15 January 2013
Neil Davenport
How politicians are cashing in on poverty
Campaigns against gambling machines and payday loans are the latest paternalistic signs of the new politics of pity.

Dennis Hayes
Maybe teachers’ morale is not low enough
A gloomy survey of teachers missed the most depressing thing of all: the loss of any sense of what education is for.

Julie Burchill
Hey trannies,
cut it out

Where do dicks in terrible wigs get off lecturing us natural-born women about not being quite feministic enough?

Wednesday 16 January 2013
Jennie Bristow
What future
for the family?

ESSAY: When it comes to parents, the Lib-Cons are as manipulative and distrustful as their predecessors.

Paul Campos
‘Obesity rates have been flat for over a decade’
Obesity expert Paul Campos answers your questions on everything from soda taxes to anti-fat academic charlatans.

Brendan O’Neill
Loyalists: the pariahs of the peace process
The rioting over the Union flag illuminates the tragedy of modern loyalism: these people are loyal to a world that no longer exists.

Thursday 17 January 2013
Patrick Hayes
Banged up for
banging on?

The arrest of an EDL leader for ranting against Islam on Facebook should worry anyone interested in freedom.

Christopher Beckett
University: this is an invitation to explore
For too long, ever-prim student unions have treated university social life as something to be terrified of.

Rob Lyons
We need a people’s veto of these archaic powers
It’s been revealed that the queen is often given the chance to veto new laws. It's time to make her and monarchism redundant.

Friday 18 January 2013
Tom Slater
Les Misérables: a revolutionary musical
After years of Hollywood giving us pale Broadway retreads,
Tom Hooper has made a musical that is worth seeing.


David Bowden
My Mad Fat Diary: actually quite good
E4’s new comedy-drama manages to avoid worthiness and give us interesting teenage characters.

Duleep Allirajah
£62 ticket? Welcome to football’s free market
Top Premier League clubs may be ripping off fans on ticket prices, but there’ll always be punters willing to pay.

Tim Black
Lance: the witch-hunt finally has its witch
The corrosive obsession with doping is a greater threat to the sporting spectacle than any doped-up sportsman could ever be.

Monday 21 January 2013
Nathalie Rothschild
Israel: more resigned than right-wing
Nathalie Rothschild reports from Israel on the nonsense idea that this week’s election will signal a shift to the rabid right

Ellie Lee
Whatever happened to free will?
The rise of determinism and the denial of choice reflect today’s very bleak view of human beings.

Jon Holbrook
The tyranny of equality laws
If you have old-fashioned views or use archaic language at work, expect to be reprogrammed by the new overseers of equality.

Tuesday 22 January 2013
Tim Black
Lance Armstrong: too cool for victimhood
For many, the biggest problem with ‘cold-hearted’ Armstrong’s Oprah interview was his failure to let it all hang out.

Jennie Bristow
The ‘generation war’ over abortion rights
ESSAY: Among abortion activists, there’s a worrying shift from supporting choice to demanding ‘justice’.

Brendan O’Neill
How Cameron created the chaos in north Africa
It takes great shamelessness for the PM to wring his hands over the crises in Mali and Algeria, seeing as his attack on Libya nurtured them.

Wednesday 23 January 2013
Rob Lyons
Tesco haters: wake up and smell the coffee
The anger at Tesco’s shareholding in a trendy coffee chain is snobbish, small-minded and ignorant.

Neil Davenport
The rise of the
non-working class

That even welfare-dependent people are now considered part of the proletariat shows how screwed-up class has become.

Sean Collins
The inauguration of illiberal liberalism
President Obama’s inaugural speech confirmed that he plans to keep waging an elite Culture War against ‘backward’ values.

Thursday 24 January 2013
David Bowden
Utopia: ‘dark’ is the new black
Channel 4’s much-hyped new series fits well with the recent fashion for grim films, TV and music.

Duleep Allirajah
Colin Murray and the sad decline of MOTD
The trouble with the BBC's football flagship is not the presenters, but the insight-lite pundits it has on.

Christopher Snowdon
This junk science just takes your breath away
The claim that the smoking ban has reduced asthma rates is a case study in using ‘research’ to justify coercive policy.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
The rise of a pseudo-scientific links lobby
Every day there seems to be a new study making a link between food, chemicals or lifestyle and ill-health. None of them has any link with reality.

Friday 25 January 2013
Neil Davenport
Anomie in the UK
Zadie Smith’s enthralling NW gives us a profound portrait of a society in which the ties that bind have loosened to a disturbing degree.

Kate Prengel
The world according to Jacques Chirac
In his autobiography, the former French president spins a romantic but hole-ridden tale designed to depict himself as Super Statesman.

Tim Black
Lance: the witch-hunt finally has its witch
The corrosive obsession with doping is a greater threat to the sporting spectacle than any doped-up sportsman - even one as famous as Armstrong - could ever be.

James Heartfield
How to overcome racism: a hopeful subject
A new book explains how both racism and multiculturalism have been state-led projects. The way out, the authors argue, is to revive a sense of common, purposeful humanity.

Jason Walsh
‘The answer to speech you don't like is more speech’
Journalism academic Brian Winston talks to Jason Walsh about the parlous state of free speech in the UK, how ‘crap’ the News of the World was, and why it should still be in existence.

Para Mullan
Saving the planet by condemning people
Chandran Nair argues that Asians should be kept in backward drudgery, at the expense of civil liberties if necessary, in the name of protecting the environment.

Brendan O’Neill
Israeli settlers: the new ‘niggers’ of global affairs
Settlers are the one group of foreigners it’s fashionable to loathe.

Frank Furedi
The struggle to moralise capitalism
A fascinating exploration of the role of liberal intellectuals such as Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek in the rehabilitation of free-market ideology also exposes the crisis of liberalism in the modern era.

Monday 28 January 2013
Patrick Hayes
David Attenborough’s demographic determinism
The TV naturalist is still banging on about there being ‘too many people’, just when others fret about declining population.

Theresa Clifford
The tragedy of the creative commons
Portraying Aaron Swartz as a victim of government bullying will not help the cause of internet freedom.

Jennie Bristow
‘I’ve been likened to a Holocaust denier’
American academic Joan Wolf tells spiked why the militant lactivists of the breastfeeding lobby found her book Is Breast Best? so hard to swallow.

Tuesday 29 January 2013
Tom Slater
Amour: an unflinching look at decline and death
Michael Haneke’s story of an elderly couple coping with infirmity is both tragic and powerfully life-affirming.

Luke Gittos
Let the demos do battle with the death penalty
Global finger-wagging over Indonesia's death sentence against a British gran is not the way to challenge injustice.

Mick Hume
Don’t bother cutting off the zombie Tory Party’s head
A challenge to David Cameron’s leadership won’t revive the Conservatives – the party has lost its reason for being and is at war with its old allies.

Wednesday 30 January 2013
Daniel Ben-Ami
Inequality did not cause the crisis
ESSAY: Widening inequality in the US should be seen as a symptom rather than cause of today’s economic malaise.

Tim Black
Paternalism
goes fizzy pop

A proposed soft-drinks tax assumes we are incapable of making even a snack-time decision for ourselves.

Wendy Kaminer
Obama: selling out civil liberties
Obama’s inaugural address confirmed that the left and right agree on one thing: freedom can be curbed in the name of some greater good.

Thursday 31 January 2013
Alex Standish
Schools have become snazzier but shallower
After 10 years away, an educationalist returns to Britain to find better-looking schools but some very weird lessons.

Rob Lyons
HS2: heading in the right direction
The problem with Britain’s high-speed rail plan is not that it’s too big and costly, but that it isn’t ambitious enough.

Brendan O’Neill
Do we live in a ‘pornified’ world?
Yes, there’s an increasingly ugly culture of sexualisation, but the government campaign against it will get us nowhere.


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