Better than man bites dog? Player kicks ballboy
Your grandchildren will one day ask you: where were you when Chelsea’s Eden Hazard kicked Charlie Morgan?
Queen of Versailles: laughing at ‘the 1%’
A film about a super-rich couple who madly plan to build an American Versailles is a raucous exercise in schadenfreude.
Taste in opera: a
window to the soul
So, do you prefer the ‘absolute shit’ Wagner or the therapeutic Verdi? Your answer is likely to be very revealing.
Django vs Lincoln: clash of the slave films
Tarantino stands accused of blaxploitation, but does his movie tell a greater truth than Spielberg’s?
Are one-in-five Britons really living in poverty?
A new book casts a sceptical eye at today’s poverty claims, and offers some thoughts on how people might be made wealthier.
|Monday 4 February 2013|
Kids need good teachers, not role models
Schools have taken to sacking staff for quite minor errors of judgement. That's bad news for education.
How to judge art: a beginner’s guide
Never mind the relativistic idea that all art has value - here's how to distinguish the great from the good.
Cameron - the heir to Blairite barbarism
It is fitting that Tony Blair should cheer Cameron's meddling in Africa, considering it's driven by shallow, reckless, Blair-style posturing.
|Tuesday 5 February 2013|
Giving free speech a hammering
It’s time to lift the wig on all the libertarian posturing: judge-sanctioned free speech is not free at all.
How’s your beef burger? Champion.
Bad jokes aside, the scandal about horse meat in burgers should not be used to smear the entire food industry.
Need to be rebranded? Support gay marriage!
As the debate in the UK Conservative Party shows, backing gay marriage is now an entirely self-serving, hide-saving pose.
|Wednesday 6 February 2013|
Climate change: apocalypse postponed
Even scientists at the forefront of climate-change alarmism accept the world isn’t warming as quickly as once thought.
The state agencies undermining agency
New UK safeguarding legislation is set to make it easier still for the authorities to enter people’s homes.
Hacking into the Huhne family’s hurt
In these voyeuristic times, it seems that even the painful breakdown of a family can become an excruciatingly public affair.
|Thursday 7 February 2013|
Is Israel sterilising Ethiopians? Err, no
The wild claims being made about Israel's birth-control policies show that facts never get in the way of Israel-bashing.
or muzzling men?
A new EU gender quota system for big business is less about raising up women than assaulting ambition.
An unfree press – by appointment to the Crown?
The Tories’ ‘alternative’ to statutory press regulation is to get the monarch and Privy Council policing freedom of expression once again.
|Friday 8 February 2013|
America vs OBL: the weirdest war
Ignore the luvvies who say she supports torture - Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty is cleverly ambiguous about the 'war on terror'.
They call him Cashley, but he don't care
Ashley Cole is accused of being a greedy, Cheryl-cheating swine. But, to his credit, he has never courted popularity.
Oh Netflix, why not
do something new?
The novelty of this video-rental service making its own shows is undermined by the fact that it has opted to do a remake.
‘The world itself is a bad dream’
On the fiftieth anniversary of its publication, the cool cynicism and snobbery of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar has gone mainstream.
|Monday 11 February 2013|
Saving Sun readers from themselves
Feminist campaigners against Page 3 are driven by the same misanthropy as every other censor in history.
Fearful Fantasies over Mr Fox
So-called urban foxes are not the frightening menace they’re made out to be – but neither are they fantastic
Israel-bashers: masters of the double standard
Radicals who protest against the censorship of anti-Israel academics cheer with hypocritical glee when Israeli academics are banned.
|Tuesday 12 February 2013|
Don’t let a tragedy jeopardise justice
Yes, cross-examination can be tough and stressful for witnesses in trials - but it must not be watered down.
Holding up a mirror to EU institutions
The workplace policy-bile pumped out of by the EU is at odds with how the EU top brass run their own ship.
Is the pope Catholic?
The praise heaped on Benedict XVI for effectively destroying the idea of papal infallibility speaks to the flighty, narcissistic nature of our times.
|Wednesday 13 February 2013|
All hail the arrival of the robots
The raising of economic productivity through automation will free humans to do more interesting things instead.
The young are too entitled not enslaved
Following Cait Reilly’s legal triumph, it seems some believe the young should be protected from work.
The ‘test’ for press freedom should not be set by lords or victims
The idea that the Tories’ proposals for press regulation are ‘too soft’ turns truth on its head.
|Thursday 14 February 2013|
Challenging the cult
Cheerleaders of compensation schemes fail to appreciate how much they dent individuals’ sense of self and independence.
where’s the beef?
No one has died, or been harmed, and the risks of harm are very low. So why freak out about horsemeat?
15 February 2003: the myth of a mass uprising
The aim of that million-strong demo 10 years ago was not to stop the invasion of Iraq but merely to advertise decent people’s distaste for it.
|Friday 15 February 2013|
Wrecking the magic of kids’ movies
Wreck-It Ralph is so busy providing nostalgia for greying gamers, it forgets to enthrall children.
Nazis! Mean posh people! Nice parties! Bad dialogue! It must be the BBC’s favourite Serious Playwright.
‘You need some obsession in life, or you’re dead’
Neil Young is considered the archetypal hippy, but his new autobiography reveals him to be an off-message car-loving fan of capitalism.
|Monday 18 February 2013|
A 10-point plan to deal with meddling medics
It’s not obesity that requires urgent action, but the rising tide of miserable public-health busybodies.
Rape trials must be completely open
No one in rape trials – neither the accuser nor the accused – should be granted anonymity rights.
Industrial renaissance in the US: miracle or mirage?
ESSAY: In the first part of a two-part essay, Phil Mullan picks apart the hype of America's much-touted manufacturing recovery.
|Tuesday 19 February 2013|
Why caregivers have stopped caring
A former nurse says that the mistreatment of patients at Mid-Staffs is a symptom of a bigger crisis of compassion.
The decline of the family’s mystique
Fifty years on from Betty Friedan’s seminal The Feminine Mystique, family life could do with more supporters.
Shale: the ‘IT bubble’ of the 21st century?
ESSAY: In the second part of his essay on the US economy, Phil Mullan says economic recovery will require more than a fracking bonanza.
|Wednesday 20 February 2013|
Venomous veggies and radical rice
As Western horsemeat-haters lambast modern food production, in Asia it looks set to improve millions of lives.
‘Infant formula has enhanced lives’
Joan Wolf, author of Is Breast Best?, answers your questions on formula, fearmongering and free speech.
Piggybacking the Pistorius tragedy
Even before the body of Reeva Steenkamp had been cremated, various moral entrepreneurs were milking her killing for political ends.
|Thursday 21 February 2013|
How press freedom is now a ‘very extreme view’
A UK video journalist tells spiked why he is fighting orders to hand over protest footage to the police.
Treating football fans like vermin
A football cop’s admission that he sees his job as ‘pest control’ sheds light on the elite’s attitude to fans.
The Met: the armed wing of the Leveson Inquiry
The escalating police campaign against UK tabloid journalists is a PR stunt that threatens the future of investigative reporting.
|Friday 22 February 2013|
The Oscars: it’s Abe versus the Argo-nauts
From soppy sentiment to fawning over method actors, the Oscars have become predictable. Sunday’s ceremony could change that.
Let’s order that
taxi for Wenger
Wenger had plenty time to turn Arsenal’s fortunes around and put an end to Gooner whinging. Now, time’s up.
What’s so real about reality TV?
From poor Manchester boroughs to trendy London suburbs, fly-on-the-wall documentaries always come with a script.
The greatest legal philosopher of our time
Ronald Dworkin, who died last week, brilliantly argued for the injection of moral beliefs into the black-and-white world of The Law.
|Monday 25 February 2013|
Abolishing the jury system would be criminal
The Vicky Pryce trial was not an argument for abolishing juries but a good illustration of how important they are.
Why Gove annoys the chattering classes
Education secretary Michael Gove upsets the liberal set because he is prepared to lead rather than conform.
The use and abuse of history
Those complaining about Michael Gove’s new history curriculum are driven by a philistine obsession with skills over knowledge.
|Tuesday 26 February 2013|
The soul of man under anti-capitalism
Anders Lustgarten’s new play is too committed to fair trade and ethical shopping to realise its agitprop pretensions.
Human creativity is not frozen in time
The British Museum’s exhibition of Ice Age art has stunning artefacts but a silly view of art.
The cardinal and the Lib Dem: death by sex scandal
The moral authority of the child abuse panic is now being used against individuals accused of far lesser, even non-criminal misdemeanours.
|Wednesday 27 February 2013|
The secret of Merkel’s success
The German chancellor owes her ascendancy to the bland, apolitical environment in which her ‘talents’ have flourished.
The real downgrade is in economic expectations
Moody’s decision to withdraw the UK’s AAA rating is not a shock or a disaster, but it is a sign of policy failure.
Putting the human rights industry on trial
Nick Cater reports from Australia, where an explosive clash over a new bill has exposed how hostile ‘human rights’ are to freedom.
|Thursday 28 February 2013|
Giving the real Hitchcock a cameo role
A new film about the making of the iconic shower slasher, Psycho, is too shallow to shed light on the master of suspense.
Oscar Pistorius: when good metaphors turn bad
It is bad for sport when we turn athletic stars either into role models for society or symbols of evil.
Seth MacFarlane: we saw him boob, that’s all
The Oscars host’s jokes may have been crass, but the over-the-top reaction to his performance was far worse.
With Leveson and libel, reforms are not enough
The Lords’ attempt to sneak a ‘Leveson law’ through the back door shows the need for a more principled fight for freedom of expression.