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Thursday 1 August 2013 August 2013
Russell McCarthy
There’s nothing to cheer in the ‘racist van’ backlash
Criticism of the ‘go home’ billboards is fuelled by elite contempt towards the allegedly racist masses.

Friday 2 August 2013
Graham Barnfield
Only God Forgives?
I won’t

The latest Nicolas Winding Refn / Ryan Gosling outing is unforgivably bad.

Duleep Allirajah
Kick the speech cops out of football
Football, from the chants to the banter, is a carnival of vulgarity – and that's why we love it.

Christopher Bray
Why we’re all in debt to Cezanne
A nobody in his own time, a knockout in ours, he changed how we see the world.

Saira Khan
The human spirit doesn’t mind the gap
Commuters in Japan show the way when rescuing a woman trapped underneath a train.

Luke Gittos
‘You cannot be free from being insulted’
spiked's law editor debates trolling and Twitter abuse on Channel 4 News.

Patrick Hayes
Since when has a bad tattoo been a crime?
A bombed-mosque tattoo is moronic, but it's not a matter for the police.

Monday 5 August 2013
Basham and Luik
Turning fat into
a four-letter word

The attempt by health authorities to denormalise obesity is a recipe for failure - and could undermine democracy, too.

Kevin Yuill
Who wants the ‘right to die’?
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are deep moral problems that should be debated by elected politicians, not appointed judges.

Stuart Derbyshire
Never mind the neuro-bollocks
Ignore the neuro-determinists: man is more than a machine.

Tara McCormack
The EU: no friend of democracy
The EU pretends to be a force for altruism in the world, but as its reaction to the Egyptian coup shows, it has a take-it-or-leave-it approach to democracy.

Tuesday 6 August 2013
Neil Davenport
Class loathing in feminist clothing
'Chavvy' women were being trolled long before Stella Creasy, and no one minded.

Brendan O’Neill
The hysteria over trolls is a classic moral panic
Black muggers, hooligans, trolls - why society loves panicking about deviants.

Frank Furedi
What is humanism?
In part one of his alternative lecture, Frank Furedi reveals the history of humanist ideas and the rise of their anti-human opposite: determinism.

Wednesday 7 August 2013
Rob Lyons
Frankenburger?
Tuck in

Lab-grown burgers are a smart idea, whatever eco-minded food snobs might say.

Patrick Hayes
From Timelord to Timelady? No thanks
Why are feminists obsessed with the idea of Doctor Who regenerating with breasts?

Tom Slater
If UKIP didn't exist, the right-on would have to invent it


Tim Black
Mugabe: no longer the Hitler of Africa?
In 2008, Mugabe was the West's No1 bogeyman. In 2013, no one cares.

Brendan O’Neill
Troll-hunters – please stop exploiting the death of Hannah Smith


Thursday 8 August 2013
David Bowden
Jane Austen: praised for being seen rather than read


James Woudhuysen
Dangerous dogs: not that dangerous
Further proposed state restrictions on pets always mean yet more state restrictions on humans.

Russell McCarthy
Balcombe: colonised by fracktivists
Anti-fracking activists who have descended on West Sussex claim to be speaking for the locals. The locals beg to differ.

Mick Hume
‘I forget a riot, I forget a riot’
Two years on, it is almost as if the London riots never really happened.

Ben Lazarus
Hannah Smith: legislation is no solution to bullying
Restricting social-media websites will not stop the sad and thankfully rare deaths of bullied teenagers.

Saira Khan
No More Page Three? No thanks
Whatever you think about topless pictures in daily newspapers, the feminist campaigns against them send a woeful message.

Friday 9 August 2013
David Bowden
Looking down on suburbia
Rupa Huq’s latest book does a fine job of distilling the snobbery of the elites towards the masses.

Luke Gittos
The end of redemption
An English football club’s refusal to sign a promising Belgian player once convicted of rape shows a society unwilling to forgive and forget.

Dennis Hayes
Gove’s right - Marxists should support free schools


Emmet Livingstone
Die Antwoord: South Africa’s answer to conformity
This strangely successful Afrikaner rap-rave troupe are a joyous middle-finger to the politically correct and the musically boring.

India Ross
The World’s End: losing the home advantage
The final part of Edgar Wright’s ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ forgets the essence of British comedy – laughing at oneself.

Monday 12 August 2013
Joanna Williams
Taking the ‘he’ out of higher education
The feminist challenge to Enlightenment ideas of knowledge and rationality has undermined the project of HE.

Tim Black
‘The new feminism is just snobbery’
A glamour model for lads’ mags on why she can't abide censorious feminists.

Patrick Hayes
Time for the ASA to Go Home


WORLDbytes
Syria: the view on the streets
The citizen-TV channel WORLDbytes asked Londoners about their views on the conflict.

Tuesday 13 August 2013
Rob Lyons
Exploding the myth of the obesity timebomb
Children are healthier and happier than ever before, whatever well-paid scaremongers might claim.

Craig Fairnington
How natural is homosexuality?
The anti-human undertones of searching for gayness in nature.

Frank Furedi
You’re right-wing? You must be stupid
Frank Furedi on how conservatism came to be treated as a mental deficiency.

Wednesday 14 August 2013
Para Mullan
Why the fuss about ‘zero hour’ contracts?
The real problem is not onerous terms of service, but the weakness of the UK economy in general.

Sean Collins
Big, bad America, slayed by a communique
Why's no one talking about the fact-lite, frenzied shutting of US embassies?

Rob Lyons
Food security: running away from the world


Thursday 15 August 2013
Brendan O’Neill
The army pulled the trigger, but the West loaded the gun
How Western liberals provided the moral ammo for the massacres in Egypt.

Russell McCarthy
The real problem with aid for Nigeria
The only thing UK aid to Africa supports is British politicians’ sense of moral worth.

Tom Bailey
What shall I study at university? Whatever.


Friday 16 August 2013
Kate Prengel
Delivering ante-
natal anxiety

In The Business of Baby, Jennifer Margulis tries to fight institutionalised fearmongering with scare stories of her own.

Slater & Butler
Edinburgh: fresh from the Fringe
The good, the bad and the awful at Edinburgh 2013.

Mick Hume
Falklands factor to Gibraltar Falter
For you, Tories, the war is over

Saira Khan
The curious case of the rodeo clown
Since when did we get so uptight that simply wearing an Obama mask warranted the sack?

Monday 19 August 2013
Elsa Makouezi
France's veil ban is an assault on freedom
The idea that it is emancipating to have the state tell women what they can wear is mad.

Luke Gittos
The Egyptian tragedy won’t be fixed by lawyers
The folly of calling for the ICC to investigate the army’s massacres.

Tuesday 20 August 2013
Joanna Williams
Towards a manifesto for higher education
spiked’s education editor outlines a vision for the future of the university.

Tim Black
Bradley Manning is not the messiah
Manning’s leaks didn’t tell us anything we didn't already know.

Brendan O’Neill
The amazing double standards of the Miranda affair
For the Guardian to complain of a war on journalism is extraordinary;
it helped to start this war that it’s now falling victim to.


Ben Lazarus
Fracking: tiny protests, major panics


Russell McCarthy
HS2: the need for high speed


Wednesday 21 August 2013
Wendy Earle
The importance of teaching the arts
We shouldn't value arts education on the basis that it has social or economic benefits, but because it expands the mind and soul.

Ben Lazarus
The EU: going mental over menthol
The anti-smoking crackdown from Brussels has turned to the menace of mildly minty flavouring.

Andrew Calcutt
Elmore Leonard, king of crime
To mark the death of the genre-transforming writer, read this 1991 piece from Living Marxism.

Mick Hume
Don’t blame useless Ed – Labour’s dead
Chucking political eggs at Labour leader Miliband is missing the point.

Thursday 22 August 2013
Saira Khan
Oh feminism, what happened to you?
Once, radical women demanded liberty and change; now they want censorship and social engineering.

Neil Davenport
Why shouldn’t faith schools criticise gays?
The campaign to stop certain schools from teaching traditional values is an attack on parental autonomy.

Phelim McAleer
Ten big fat lies about fracking
The director of FrackNation explodes the myths put about by fracktivists.

Rob Lyons
Defusing the ‘heart disease timebomb’


Brendan O’Neill
No, Bradley Manning, you are not a woman
Just because Mr Manning says he is a female, that doesn’t mean he is.

Friday 23 August 2013
Duleep Allirajah
‘Palace are here, let the games begin’
The redeeming features of life back in the Premier League are the same as ever: boozing, singing and shouting with mates.

Tom Slater
‘Beckett doesn’t have to be boring and slow’
Tom Slater talks to d’Animate Theatre about finding the fun in Beckett’s Roughs.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
No, autistic children are not the spiritual saviours of mankind
Michael Fitzpatrick isn't convinced by a much raved-about autism memoir.

Tuesday 27 August 2013
Rob Lyons
UK economy: a turnaround at last?
Is that light at the end of the tunnel or an on-coming train?

Barbara Hewson
Should the mentally disabled have sex?
Having judges rule on certain people's sex lives has ugly echoes of the past.

Saleha Ali
Anti-lads’ mags – and anti-people
Saleha Ali finds a Lose the Lads' Mags protest wet, unpopular and very snobby.

Chrissie Daz
Miley Cyrus: struggling to be an adult
There’s more to being a grown-up than having sex.

Wednesday 28 August 2013
Ellamay Russell
What a bunch of twerks!
Why are feminists reducing so-called black culture to a cheeky dance?

Luke Gittos
Stop this traffic in immigrant bashing
An assault on immigrants is being dressed up in the language of anti-trafficking.

Thursday 29 August 2013
Russell McCarthy
Stop the war! Until the UN gives the go-ahead!
Russell McCarthy finds anti-war activists aren’t as opposed to intervention in Syria as you might expect.

Tom Slater
Jamie Oliver, patronising? Never!
After years of cheering Oliver's crusade to educate the salad-dodging masses, why is the commentariat now turning on him?

Brendan O’Neill
Bombing Syria: war as therapy
The narcissism of the bomb-Syria brigade is terrifying.

Christian Butler
Reflections on the Fringe
While ticketed productions lose money, the Free Fringe is cleaning up in donations - but it is still theatre worth paying for.

Friday 30 August 2013
Duleep Allirajah
A limp-wristed defence of free speech
The lack of protest against new guidelines clamping down on homophobic chants shows free speech only applies to the ‘right’ kind of people

Tom Slater
The theatre: ‘A space for society to dream itself’
Lorne Campbell, curator of The Bloody Great Border Ballad Project, talks about the sorry state of political debate and how theatre can enrich it.

Daniel Ben-Ami
The EU: a club for anti-democrats
How Brussels became a hiding place for elites sick of dealing with the demos.

Rosamund Cuckston
Keeping abreast of liberal hypocrisy



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