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Wednesday 1 May 2013 May 2013
Rosamund Cuckston
Sacked for having the wrong beliefs
The dismissal of a bus driver who supports the BNP has exposed how fragile freedom of association is today.

Rob Lyons
Eurocrats with a bee in their bonnets
It seems the bee has replaced the whale and the polar bear as the friendly face of green authoritarianism.

Tim Black
The weird obsession with chemical weapons
If Assad really has killed 15 people with sarin, why is that worse than his slaughter of thousands of others with bullets and bombs?

Thursday 2 May 2013
Patrick Hayes
Muslims vs EDL: a car crash of civilisations
Neither the English Defence League nor Islamist extremists could organise a fry-up in a chippie. So why the hysteria?

Para Mullan
The political malaise in Malaysia
There is no doubting the desire for a change of government in Kuala Lumpur, but the choices on offer are uninspiring.

Mick Hume
My outrage over ‘racist’ Reginald D Hunter
In the ridiculous storm over the comedian’s act at the PFA awards dinner, the real joke is on football’s Zero Tolerance zealots.

Friday 3 May 2013
Duleep Allirajah
Football is no place
for the thin-skinned

Britain's football terraces are an ironic and offensive foul-mouthed carnival. If you don't like it, well, tough.

David Bowden
Drudgery vs Downton: which is more gripping?
Historical drama The Village is the Anti-Downton Abbey. But really, how interesting are the lives of the rural poor?

Mick Hume
Homage to Orwell
Revisiting George Orwell’s classic account of the Spanish Civil War, 75 years on.

Tuesday 7 May 2013
James Heartfield
UKIP’s rise: a
shortlived rebellion

The success of anti-EU parties speaks to the decline of the old political order rather than to the rise of a new one.

Stuart Waiton
The collapse of
liberty in Scotland

From hiding away cigarettes to hiking up the price of booze – Scotland is a world-beater in state nannying.

Tim Black
Why the political class is so scared of Farage
In the electoral successes of UKIP, Britain’s political elite glimpses its own creeping irrelevance and out-of-touchness.

Wednesday 8 May 2013
Luke Gittos
Is this justice, or naming and shaming?
Every Yewtree arrest generates anti-celeb sneering. But an arrest does not equal guilt, at least not in civilised societies.

Barbara Hewson
Yewtree is destroying the rule of law
With its emphasis on outcomes over process, the post-Savile witch-hunting of ageing celebs echoes the Soviet Union.

Mick Hume
They’re all Mr Less-
Than-Ten-Per-Cent

The remarkable fact that no UK party won even 30 per cent of the votes cast last week marks a new low in the disintegration of the old order.

Thursday 9 May 2013
Rob Lyons
The new EU directive: quit smoking or die
New rules from Brussels effectively banning low-risk alternatives to cigarettes, like e-cigs, will cost lives.

Tim Black
Defending the right to mock JM Keynes
Why on earth is historian Niall Ferguson being dragged over the coals for having a pop at a dead economist?

Brendan O’Neill
The phoney border
war over immigration

The fallout from the Queen’s Speech confirms that today neither right nor left views immigrants as real, breathing human beings.

Friday 10 May 2013
David Bowden
Naff is fine... so
long as it’s funny

The Wright Way and Vicious: two old-fashioned sitcoms featuring big names but very small laughs.

Duleep Allirajah
Palace v Brighton: it’s more than a game
With the teams’ ferocious rivalry, the Championship playoff semi-final will be tastier than a family bucket of KFC.

Helene Guldberg
What’s worse than bullying? Anti-bullying intervention
Emily Bazelon’s new book makes a powerful, eloquent case against too much adult meddling in children’s spats and scraps.

Monday 13 May 2013
Michael Cook
The baby-boomer
death cult

The euthanasing of a Belgian Nobel laureate raises disturbing questions about attitudes to the elderly and the future.

Josie Appleton
The Queen’s Speech and the blanket bans
The Lib-Con government has tidied up the law on our use of public spaces... by making it even more illiberal than before.

Frank Furedi
The moral lynching
of Barbara Hewson

The crusade against the ‘whore’ Hewson after she criticised Operation Yewtree confirms that the paedophile panic rips apart rational debate.

Tuesday 14 May 2013
Nancy McDermott
Cleveland kidnappings: putting the poor on trial
Some observers are verging on blaming a whole rundown neighbourhood for Ariel Castro’s horrific crimes.

Jodi Magee
We absolutely support the right to choose
The president of Physicians for Reproductive Health responds to Ann Furedi’s spiked essay on abortion and choice.

Mick Hume
Remember, Fergie is for football, not for life
The tributes to Sir Alex Ferguson from United fans were fitting. The outburst of Fergie-mania in the media and politics was fatuous.

Wednesday 15 May 2013
Ken McLaughlin
Our brains aren’t
moulded by abuse

So, is mental distress caused by faulty genes or by past experiences of childhood abuse? Maybe it’s neither.

Tim Black
Syria and the
myths of WMD

The West’s conventional firepower, used against regimes with WMD, is far more destructive than any WMD.

Brendan O’Neill
St Angelina, save
us from ourselves!

The beatification of Angelina Jolie for writing about her mastectomy confirms that celebrity culture has reached new and hysterical heights.

Thursday 16 May 2013
James Woudhuysen
The right to bear
3D-printed arms

The US authorities are armed to the teeth, and we're panicking about citizens printing out rubbish guns?

Luke Gittos
What’s so liberal about rehabilitation?
Chris Grayling’s proposal to supervise offenders after they've been released from jail is authoritarian and unjust.

Rob Lyons
The non-parochial case against the European Union
It isn’t only Little Englanders who should rage against the undemocratic EU – so should those who care about the continent and its peoples.

Friday 17 May 2013
Tom Slater
The Star Trek hype? It’s illogical, captain.
The second instalment of JJ Abrams’ franchise reboot is more pointless popcorn than pop philosophy.

David Bowden
Don Draper: it’s time to buck your ideas up
In the battle of the quality American shows this spring, it’s Game of Thrones wearing the crown over Mad Men.

Neil Davenport
A nightmare vision of the welfarist trap
A reissue of Zoe Fairbairns’ dystopian novel Benefits is a timely reminder that left-wingers weren't always such big fans of welfarism.

Monday 20 May 2013
Rob Lyons
Is the EU now just a satire on itself?
The EU’s latest mad ban is revealing, suggesting it doesn’t even trust ordinary people to pour their own olive oil.

Tim Black
Does tax avoidance really ‘do evil’?
The political class’s war on alleged ‘tax dodgers’ like Google and Starbucks is a big fat displacement activity.

Jon Holbrook
Gay marriage and the tyranny of sameness
Barrister Jon Holbrook says equality is no longer a progressive demand but rather is used to demolish differences between people.

Tuesday 21 May 2013
Patrick Hayes
One flew over the students’ nest
Why is the NUS so hellbent on depicting its members as mentally fragile creatures who can't cope with life?

Wendy Earle
What is the point of teaching the arts?
ESSAY: Too many in the UK cultural sector seek to defend arts education in terms that have nothing to do with art.

Wendy Kaminer
No sex talk, please,
we’re students

The latest diktat from the Obama administration bizarrely treats students' sexual come-ons and flirting as sexual harassment.

Wednesday 22 May 2013
Tim Black
Bozza, bonking and the public interest
Why should three men in wigs get to decide whether or not us plebs can read about Boris's sexual shenanigans?

Rob Lyons
A bug-eyed view of culinary pleasure
Being corralled into eating beetles and wasps to save the planet is enough to put you right off your food.

Sean Collins
Oklahoma: a swirling storm of anti-human prejudice
As people in Oklahoma heroically dealt with their tornado disaster, observers were busy pinning the blame for it on greedy mankind.

Thursday 23 May 2013
Luke Gittos
Keep the police out of our private lives
Maria Stubbings’ death was terrible, but a public inquiry would lead to even more hamfisted official intervention.

Mick Hume
Liberty comes out
against press liberty

The UK’s top civil liberties lobby has finally played its hand on the press – it favours statutory backed regulation.

Brendan O’Neill
Woolwich: a knife crime, not an act of war
In overreacting to the frenzied stabbing in Woolwich yesterday, politicians and the police risk doing the killers’ dirty work for them.

Friday 24 May 2013
Tom Slater
Mud: as sweet, and sickly, as barbecue chicken
Jeff Nichols’ highly lauded tale of adolescence in the Deep South is simple and effective, if saccharine fare.

Duleep Allirajah
Palace, get over
your promophobia

Some Palace fans are quaking at the thought of promotion to the Premier League. They should grow a pair.

David Bowden
Arrested Development:
a glorious comeback?

Yes, Arrested Development is daring and clever, but it has more traditional sitcom tropes than people realise.

Nathalie Rothschild
‘Swedish politics? It’s effective but dull’
British leftists hail Sweden as a happy, welfarist utopia. In a week of riots in Stockholm, author Karin Svanborg-Sjövall says reality is different.

Tuesday 28 May 2013
Tim Black
The myth of the anti-Muslim masses
The left’s expectation of a post-Woolwich racist backlash reveals its own anti-working class prejudices.

Frank Furedi
The real roots of
homegrown terrorism

Blaming shadowy Islamist groomers for ‘radicalising’ young Muslims ignores problems closer to home.

Brendan O’Neill
Woolwich: we have to talk about the bystanders
There’s no more avoiding it: we must discuss the chilling fact that people casually watched and photographed the aftermath of a brutal murder.

Wednesday 29 May 2013
Patrick Hayes
EDL: overdosing on the oxygen of publicity
Left-wing fantasists who think fascism is making a comeback are unwittingly helping to bolster the knackered EDL.

Tom Slater
A persuasive history of powerful ideas
A fascinating new exhibition reveals that propaganda is only as bad or as good as the ideas it propagates.

Barbara Hewson
‘Operation Yewtree is a juggernaut, out of control’
When Barbara Hewson made stinging criticisms on spiked about the post-Savile witch hunt, there was a media storm. Now, she responds.

Thursday 30 May 2013
Duleep Allirajah
The worst insult in football: ‘plastic’
Abusing the other team’s fans for being fake is fun. But the demand for football authenticity is a mug’s game.

Luke Gittos
The revolutionary myth of ‘The Rite of Spring’
Stravinsky’s ballet, which debuted 100 years ago, is a great work, but not as iconoclastic as its fans claim.

Mick Hume
The Daily Mail did not
kill Lucy Meadows

A coroner’s ruling that the press helped drive a transgender teacher to her death marks a new low in the culture of ‘You can’t say that’.

Friday 31 May 2013
Helene Guldberg
What’s worse than bullying?
Anti-bullying intervention

Emily Bazelon’s new book makes a powerful, eloquent case against too much adult meddling in children’s spats and scraps.

Nathalie Rothschild
‘Swedish politics?
It’s effective but dull’

British leftists hail Sweden as a happy, welfarist utopia. In a week of riots in Stockholm, author Karin Svanborg-Sjövall says reality is different.

Neil Davenport
A nightmare vision of the welfarist trap
A reissue of Zoe Fairbairns’ dystopian novel Benefits is a timely reminder that left-wingers weren't always such big fans of welfarism.

Mick Hume
Homage to Orwell
Revisiting George Orwell’s classic account of the Spanish Civil War, 75 years on.

Sally Millard
The anxious modern culture of parenting goes global
A new book shows how the messed-up outlook around raising children that turned 'parent' into a verb is spreading beyond its Anglo-American roots.

Tim Black
Baby boomers to blame for everything bad? Balls
Jocelyn Auer, author of Baby Boomers: Busting the Myths, talks to spiked about the dangerously defeatist tendency to blame all of society's problems on one postwar generation.

Daniel Ben-Ami
The two Gatsbys
Yes, Fitzgerald’s novel was written in an era of cultural pessimism, but it has a powerful sense of possibility – something its contemporary interpreters tend to obscure.


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