Incompetent imperialists reign in Ukraine
The meddling of the US and the EU has produced nothing but chaos.
Who’s to blame for the unravelling of Ukraine?
Thoughtless Western interference is pushing Ukraine to the brink.
It is the West, not Russia, that has behaved recklessly in Ukraine
Western observers ditch their critical faculties whenever Russia is involved.
|Tuesday 4 March 2014|
Campus censorship is not above debate
No More Page 3 are at the forefront of calling for censorship at the University of Nottingham, but they still refuse to debate.
Boris v Islamist parents: it’s PC gone mainstream!
The mayor’s war on Islamist families exposes his right-on authoritarianism.
|Wednesday 5 March 2014|
There’s no sugar-coating this tax
A proposed tax on the sweet stuff would be another small blow against personal choice.
Chinese education: few lessons for the West
Students in East Asia may be great at passing exams, but that doesn't mean their schooling is better.
Campus censorship: the fightback starts here
It’s time for students to throw off the censors’ shackles.
|Thursday 6 March 2014|
Museums: give us artefacts, not yarns
Using museum exhibitions to ‘tell a story’ patronises the public.
Turning students into nervous wrecks
Why do we assume students are vulnerable? The vast majority aren’t.
We should kick all politics out of football
Anelka’s quenelle was part of a much bigger problem.
Non-Stop: badass Neeson, boring film
G I R L: Pharrell-does-feminism
|Friday 7 March 2014|
The racial delusions of Sol Campbell
Campbell wasn't overlooked for the England captaincy because he was black, but his claim reflects an unhealthy modern outlook.
Vikings: life and legend – savaging the myths
A new exhibition shows there’s more to the Vikings than raping and pillaging.
eco-foodies starved of good ideas
Philip Lymbery's arguments against industrialised food are hard to swallow.
Discrimination is wrong, but so is state interference
UKIP small-state reputation contradicts its desire to restrict immigration.
|Monday 10 March 2014|
In defence of ‘uninhibited, robust’ public debate
Why we should all celebrate the 50th birthday of New York Times v Sullivan.
What PIE and the NSPCC have in common
Both believe in saving children from their parents.
In defence of the dark Seventies
It wasn't all paedos and power cuts says Mick Hume (above, in white jumper).
Free speech on campus – beyond ‘Jesus & Mo’
The West’s double standards on Ukraine
Our leaders claim to be defending Ukrainian sovereignty. In fact, they’re overriding it.
|Tuesday 11 March 2014|
Jägerbombs aren't lethal – stupidity can be
‘Most of what we’ve been told about Ukraine is wrong’
Podcast: Brendan O’Neill on the Western myths about the events in Ukraine.
|Wednesday 12 March 2014|
Obama: the king of celebrity politicians
In place of ideas, modern politicians attempt to offer 'personality'.
What Bob Crow meant to me
A former Tube trade unionist recalls Crow’s strengths and weaknesses.
The paradox of ‘non-violent’ domestic abuse
|Thursday 13 March 2014|
Stephen Lawrence: why politicians can’t let go
It’s easier for politicians and senior police officers to focus on the sins of the past than confront the present.
Challenging children to read better
There’s a reason why kids are choosing to read easy books – adults are encouraging them to.
UKIP: crackpots riding roughshod over reason?
The political class's pathologisation of UKIP is driven by fear, not facts.
Busking: keep the streets free for music
It’s time to make a racket over Camden Council’s closing down of public space.
Slavery reparations: chaining the Caribbean to its past
Rise of an Empire: a gross misadventure
The Grand Budapest Hotel: another pastel-clad cameo fest
|Friday 14 March 2014|
Football’s moralists should butt out over Pardew
A feeble headbutt earned the Newcastle boss a seven-game ban and a deluge of sanctimony. The rest of us just laughed.
The bores declaring war on Aussie boozing
A land where men chunder? Not if anti-drink officials have their way.
Putting the past on trial
In the latest taster video from the Battle of Ideas festival, Jennie Bristow discusses the increasing tendency to demonise our recent past.
Nymphomaniac: sex stripped of meaning
Lars von Trier's unwitting insights into the mechanicalisation of sex.
Slashing space budgets – why we can't let the miserabilists win
|Monday 17 March 2014|
Who are the real bigots in the St Pat’s spat?
Gay-rights groups are becoming the enforcers of social conformism.
How ‘red’ Tony Benn became a ‘national treasure’
Benn may have fought on, but Bennite politics died when the Berlin Wall fell.
One Direction vs tax avoidance: the problem with pop-star politicos
Cheers to you, Clarissa Dickson Wright
|Tuesday 18 March 2014|
What’s so radical about the rage against inequality?
Inequality campaigners want to curb prosperity and lower horizons.
This Lent, give up austerity
If Europe is so free, why won’t it allow free debate on Ukraine?
The same Euro-politicians who claim to have delivered Ukraine into freedom now want to clamp down on free discussion about Ukraine.
|Wednesday 19 March 2014|
Flying has never been safer
More people are flying than ever before, and there are fewer accidents.
MH370: conspiracy theorists adore a vacuum
The endless speculation about that Malaysian plane is doing no one any favours.
March in March: why Australia's left aren't newsworthy
|Thursday 20 March 2014|
How trigger warnings shoot down free debate
To warn students that they’re about to encounter potentially offensive ideas is to treat them like children.
It should be no business of coppers what football fans chant at games.
Let’s end all monarchical meddling in politics
You think the UK monarchy is a non-political tourist attraction? Think again.
Go for a full house, George: trust us on everything
The chancellor declared he trusted pensioners to handle their savings sensibly. So how about trusting us in other areas of life?
|Friday 21 March 2014|
Manchester United: the emperor has no clothes
Old Trafford no longer has teams trembling with fear – and that decline started under Fergie.
Bans won’t help girls become tomorrow’s bosses
A new feminist campaign wants to ban the use of the word bossy to describe confident girls. How ironically bossy.
Student laddishness is a kind of rebellion against the new authoritarianism.
|Monday 24 March 2014|
Baby Bonds: patronising parents
Parents don’t need policymakers’ help to love their children.
Early childhood maketh not the man
John Bruer talks to spiked about the myth of the first three years being pivotal.
The infantile diplomacy behind demonising Russia
The self-righteousness of the West’s new Russia-bashers is astonishing.
Liberal UK signs its own death warrant
The 200 ‘leading UK cultural figures’ demanding that the press bend the knee to regulation by Royal Charter should hang their heads in shame.
|Tuesday 25 March 2014|
A radical redefinition of what radicalism means
The Labourites calling for a ‘bold and radical’ agenda need a dictionary.
Using NASA to scare the masses into action
An apocalyptic report touted by doom-monger Nafeez Ahmed says more about its promoters than it does about civilisation's future.
Sound as a pound!
The launch of PoundPub is attracting the ire of snobs and prohibitionists.
|Wednesday 26 March 2014|
How UK judges forgot the meaning of ‘liberty’
A recent ruling of the UK Supreme Court treats disabled people in good care as if they were prisoners.
Ukraine: another fine mess EU’ve gotten us into
How the EU’s technocratic foreign policy causes chaos.
Little Girl Lost: why do we ‘walk on by’?
|Thursday 27 March 2014|
How academia traded freedom for justice
Academics have frittered away their right to free thought. It's time they took it back.
Why Libya should haunt Cameron’s nightmares
David Cameron thinks of Libya as his ‘happy place’, but it is far from happy today.
a gaming revolution
Virtual reality is the Next Big Thing - it really will transform games playing.
Martin Amis’ England: cosy, trite viewing
The once-great novelist is really only comfortable when talking about himself.
Forget ‘security’ and ‘resilience’ - we need a positive case for new energy.
|Friday 28 March 2014|
Andre Marriner: we all make mistakes
Calm down, everybody. Refereeing cock-ups are part of the fun of football.
The pathology of genius
Was Gilbert Stuart’s erratic work and behaviour due to bipolar disorder?
Gwyneth and Chris: why celeb-lovers just don’t care
The media’s mocking of the power couple’s spiritual separation is hypocritical.
|Monday 31 March 2014|
CSR: the dangers of ‘doing the right thing’
ESSAY: The rise of corporate social responsibility is bad for democracy.
IPCC: why the end is always nigh
The fifth assessment report is a product of politics, not science.
Gay marriage: the fastest-formed orthodoxy ever?
It is scary how quickly gay marriage became dogma.
Why CSR is socially irresponsible
ESSAY: The rise of corporate social responsibility is bad for society.