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Tuesday 2 April 2013 April 2013
Tom Slater
Compliance: Abu Ghraib in a fast-food joint
Craig Zobel’s low-budget movie is a disturbing tale of what people are willing to do in the apparent presence of authority.

Neil Davenport
Ignoring the real lessons of the riots
It wasn’t poverty that kicked off the 2011 riots; it was the years of intervention from a therapeutic state.

Brendan O’Neill
Saving footie fans from their inner fascist
The increasingly unhinged moral crusade against racism in football is anti-prole loathing dressed up as high liberal principle.

Wednesday 3 April 2013
Rob Lyons
Lies, damned lies and hockey sticks
The exposure of yet another dodgy piece of climate-change alarmism shows the need for serious scepticism.

Jon Holbrook
Abu Qatada: the tyranny of human rights
The latest developments in the UK vs Qatada saga shows why the public is right to reject human rights.

Frank Furedi
The philistines have
taken over the classroom

ESSAY: How did we get to a situation where teachers are even more cavalier about knowledge and serious schooling than politicians are?

Thursday 4 April 2013
Patrick Hayes
Still smoking? You must be mad
By linking cigarettes to mental illness, anti-smokers are reviving an old authoritarian tactic: pathologising deviants.

Tim Black
North Korea: a tale of two superpowers
The latest round of instability on the Korean peninsula reveals a great deal about American and Chinese influence today.

Mick Hume
Philpott fire: Shamelessly exploiting dead children
The conviction of Mick Philpott for killing six of his kids has sparked a shroud-waving contest between enemies of welfare and a free press.

Friday 5 April 2013
Tom Slater
In the House: the author, revisited
François Ozon once again puts a writer at the centre of his latest witty and dark exploration of fact and fiction.

David Bowden
The Great British Primetime Stitch-Up
Turning baking into light entertainment was a surprise hit for the Beeb... but competitive needlework?

Nancy McDermott
‘Breast is Best’: the worst kind of hectoring
Two new books explode the pseudoscientific idea that bottle-feeding is evil, and reveal what a poisonous impact the pro-breast lobby has had.

Monday 8 April 2013
Luke Gittos
The dangerous absurdity of hate-crime laws
Giving harsher penalties to those who think a certain way is nothing short of punishing thought crime.

Tim Black
Asking a teenager to do an adult’s job
The outrage over sweary teen-twitterer Paris Jones tells us far more about the crisis of adulthood than uncouth yoof.

Jennie Bristow
‘Pro-family’ politicians: a threat to the family
Social conservatives, take note: it is oxymoronic to try to strengthen the family by bombarding parents with patronising advice.

Tuesday 9 April 2013
Baris Tufekci
Defending democracy from the demos
The political classes’ fear of right-wing populism is really a fear of volatile voters.

Rob Lyons
One cheer for Labour’s new welfare policy
Basing welfare entitlements on an individual's work history is a good idea. Let's explore it.

Tim Black
How iron was the Iron Lady?
Both right-wing eulogisers and left-wing partiers are wrong: Thatcher was neither ideological firebrand nor destroyer of modern Britain.

Brendan O’Neill
The myth of Thatcherism
The idea that Britain’s problems are all the fault of the evil ‘Mrs T’ distorts history, and lets the left and Labour off the hook.

Wednesday 10 April 2013
Patrick Hayes
The NUS’s prissy war on ‘lad culture’
Not content with trying to control what students say, the NUS wants to police how they play, too.

Tiffany Jenkins
A perverted
view of art

It was daft of the Tate to remove Graham Ovenden’s paintings after his indecent assault conviction.

Mick Hume
That’s enough on Hacked Off, Eds
We need to focus less on the private machinations of the anti-tabloid lobby, and more on making the public case for press freedom.

Thursday 11 April 2013
Ann Furedi
Why shouldn’t human beings play God?
Read Living Marxism’s 1989 interview with test-tube baby pioneer Robert Edwards, who died this week.

Karl Sharro
Syria: how to make a bad situation worse
The West’s strategy-free tinkering has opened the door to the very Islamist groups it has been fighting elsewhere.

Brendan O’Neill
Gay marriage: a case study in conformism
Anyone who values diversity of thought and tolerance of dissent should find the sweeping consensus on gay marriage terrifying.

Friday 12 April 2013
David Bowden
Thatcher’s death: how did it make you feel?
This week’s televisual outpourings on the Iron Lady were less about Maggie and more about me, me, me.

Duleep Allirajah
Di Canio: let’s salute freedom of conscience
So what if the new Sunderland manager has a weird attitude to fascism? It’s his ability to do his job that counts.

Rob Lyons
A junk outlook on processed food
In his new book about mass-produced foodstuffs, Michael Moss dresses up a rancid view of firms and consumers as investigative journalism.

Monday 15 April 2013
Rob Lyons
We need a bit more hunger to end poverty
Claims that climate change will cause mass starvation could actually make it harder to feed the world.

Brendan O’Neill
Freedom can never be ‘granted’ to us
Brendan O’Neill’s recent speech imploring young libertarians to keep their eyes peeled for ‘phony freedoms’.

Tim Black
So it’s okay for the Beeb to be ‘unethical’?
If a tabloid used students as a human shield to get a story, there’d be outrage. But by saying ‘public interest!’ the BBC can get away with it.

Tuesday 16 April 2013
Ken McLaughlin
Time to abolish the psychiatric ASBO
Placing state-backed constraints on ex-mental patients is a flagrant violation of their autonomy.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Modern Zionists: gatekeepers of what?
A new Israeli documentary shows that Zionism has lost its nationalist vigor and now plays the victim card.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Andrew Wakefield: return of the wicked witch
Wakefield’s MMR-autism nonsense had a baleful influence on public health, but he doesn’t bear sole responsibility for recent measles outbreaks.

Wednesday 17 April 2013
Patrick Hayes
Sticking it to Thatcher’s corpse
The political necrophiliacs dancing at ‘death parties’ disrespect the British people as much as Thatcher.

Mick Hume
Didn’t she die when the wall came down?
The ‘divisive’ or ’decisive’ Thatcher made history, but not in circumstances of her own choosing.

Brendan O’Neill
Five things liberals love that Thatcher invented
From safe sex to incapacity benefit, today’s shrill Thatcher-bashers are actually continuing Mrs T’s worst work.

Frank Furedi
The Boston bombings: refusing to be terrorised
The spirit and solidarity shown by Bostonians confirm that while terrorism can kill people, it cannot kill community.

Thursday 18 April 2013
Tim Black
An inspiring scientist and a nutty professor
Cheers for a test-tube pioneer who improved our lives, but jeers for the druggy professor who would rule our lives.

Bill Durodié
Boston: killers without a cause
Unlike in the 1970s and 80s, terrorism today has become an end in itself for alienated misanthropes.

Kevin Yuill
‘Death is not a tonic for society’s ills’
The author of a new book putting the liberal case against assisted suicide answers spiked readers’ questions on life, death and liberty.

Friday 19 April 2013
WORLDbytes
Chewing the fat over food fears
In the first of a new series, TV Dinners, Rob Lyons discusses why we shouldn’t swallow myths about our eating habits.

Tom Slater
Sex-crazed, drug-fuelled, gun-toting babes in bikinis
Spring Breakers is a perfect, knowingly trashy film for a generation that thinks ridiculous is a compliment.

Duleep Allirajah
Is this the return of hooliganism? No.
The fighting involving Millwall and Newcastle fans last weekend was notable because it's now so unusual.

David Bowden
TV docs: intensive care for ailing institutions
BBC2’s Keeping Britain Alive is a fascinating but uncritical look at day-to-day life in the National Health Service.

Tim Black
Biblical miserabilism disguised as science
No wonder Andrew Simms and other greens are always fantasising about Earth's end: they can't stand Earth's inhabitants.

Monday 22 April 2013
Tim Black
Beware the broadband bobbies
The police may have dropped an investigation into Paris Brown, but the clampdown on free speech online continues.

James Heartfield
How to solve the housing crisis
Britain's housing stock is too old and too expensive. The only answer is to build millions of new homes.

Nick Cater
Welcome to Oz, where no one rules
With no aristocracy or ruling class, Australia is a nation of lucky bastards who make their own luck, says Nick Cater in his new book.

Tuesday 23 April 2013
Sean Collins
America declares war on two losers
Why did the most powerful military nation on Earth freak out over a 19-year-old idiot in a backward baseball cap?

Wendy Kaminer
A city shut down, liberty surrendered
Wendy Kaminer reports from locked-down Boston, where Obama’s promise that ‘a bomb can’t beat us’ rang hollow.

Frank Furedi
Boston: what turns
nice guys into nihilists?

It isn't the lure of foreign jihad but rather the confusions and self-loathing of Western society itself that can turn youngsters violent.

Wednesday 24 April 2013
Barbara Hewson
Savita case exposes the cruelty of Irish law
It’s time to face down the Irish Constitution and its bizarre elevation of ‘fetal rights’ over women’s rights.

Jason Walsh
Abortion: make the case in public, not in court
Following the Savita tragedy, Irish pro-choice activists should be engaging with the public, not cosying up to judges.

Ann Furedi
Remaking the case for a woman’s right to choose
ESSAY: In replacing the ideal of reproductive choice with ‘reproductive justice’, feminists underestimate women’s capacity for autonomy.

Thursday 25 April 2013
Tom Slater
Men and motors in American suburbia
Derek Cianfrance’s fathers-and-sons triptych The Place Beyond the Pines feels epic and homespun all at once.

WORLDbytes
A look at the funny side of terrorism
A new discussion show explores the relationship between contemporary satire and one of its chief targets, terrorism.

Duleep Allirajah
What should we do about Suárez? Laugh.
The Liverpool striker’s bonkers bite had football’s moralists foaming at the mouth, yet it was classic entertainment.

Patrick West
When pop wore its art on its sleeve
With the gradual disappearance of album art, we are losing far more than a few memorable images.

Mick Hume
Can you see what they did yet?
Yes, Rolf Harris should be named. But the media should also be asking why he’s been arrested.

Friday 26 April 2013
Nancy McDermott
‘Breast is Best’: the worst kind of hectoring
Two new books explode the pseudoscientific idea that bottle-feeding is evil, and reveal what a poisonous impact the pro-breast lobby has had.

Rob Lyons
A junk outlook on processed food
In his new book about mass-produced foodstuffs, Michael Moss dresses up a rancid view of firms and consumers as investigative journalism.

James Woudhuysen
The next killer app: personalised healthcare
Will our smartphones one day tell us if a heart attack is on its way, and nanosensors in our bodies dispense the medicine to deal with it? Eric Topol thinks so.

Tim Black
Biblical miserabilism disguised as science
No wonder Andrew Simms and other greens are always fantasising about Earth’s end: they can't stand Earth’s inhabitants.

Daniel Ben-Ami
How to get filthy rich in Asia
Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, written as a self-help guide for Asians who want to make a killing in their new economies, casts light on the social impact of Asia’s breakneck growth.

David Clements
It’s the public sector we should reform, not the public
A new book challenges Britain’s bureaucratically endorsed culture of entitlement and dependency, but the author’s behaviour-changing solutions are just as paternalistic.

Jon Holbrook
‘I have a bad dream...’
From the high point of Martin Luther King's March on Washington to lowly modern campaigns to ban 'sexist' ladies' nights in bars and clubs - how far the civil-rights ideal has fallen.

Monday 29 April 2013
Denis Joe
Time to end UK art’s dependency culture
State funding of the arts does not help creativity; it suffocates it with policymaking imperatives.

Luke Gittos
Inviting the police to vet our partners
Clare’s Law will do nothing to stop domestic abuse, but it will poison existing, non-violent relationships.

Frank Furedi
After Savile: policing as entertainment
Operation Yewtree isn’t about solving crime – it’s more like a reality TV format where the police’s aim is to thrill the paedo-fearing public.

Tuesday 30 April 2013
Patrick Hayes
UKIP: monster raving loonies?
The political and media classes' pathologisation of the UK Independence Party exposes their own cowardice.

Kenny Hodgart
How Britannia became cool in HK
Hongkongers are standing up to their new bosses in Beijing by embracing the fashions of their old colonial masters.

Brendan O’Neill
Death of privacy



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