Yugoslavia, Scotland and the end of nation
After the Scottish independence referendum, Britain should learn the lessons of Yugoslavia.
Brooks Newmark: another chance to bash the tabloids
Post-Leveson, even Tory sex scandals are deemed unacceptable.
|Thursday 2 October 2014|
Being a crank is not a crime
Now you don't even have to break the law to be banged up for what you say.
The explosion of sexting reveals the crisis of intimacy today.
The Colgate student protesters should go back to kindergarten
|Friday 3 October 2014|
The lost art of the tactical foul
Rooney's botched professional foul shows that players today aren't properly schooled in the dark arts of gamesmanship.
Owen Jones: mouthpiece of middle-class moralism
With the bourgeoisie and workers in retreat, a bland new politics is emerging.
Pre-loading on prohibitionist policies
|Monday 6 October 2014|
Two cheers for the Tory war on human rights
UK human-rights law doesn't need to be reformed – it needs to be abolished.
Online trolls: who’s hounding who?
Brenda Leyland's death suggests trollhunters are far worse than trolls.
How UK liberals helped police hack the press
Tabloid-bashing crusaders enabled the state to treat journalists like jihadists.
|Tuesday 7 October 2014|
University: lads, blokes and jocks not welcome
Universities now treat male students as deviants in need of re-education.
Sam Pepper: fake hands, fake problem
|Wednesday 8 October 2014|
Cameron is doing the Islamic State’s work for it
Our government would rather crack down on its citizens' liberty than enter into a battle of ideas with IS.
The moral McCarthyism of the war on lads
The cultural cleansing of lad culture on campus reeks of intolerance.
Intervention is making things worse – again
The airstrikes in Iraq will help nobody – except maybe IS.
Why are young Brits joining IS?
In praise of Arin Mirkan
The Kurdish ‘suicide bomber’ dealt a psychological blow to IS – and the West.
|Thursday 9 October 2014|
We need to generate an energy revolution
To transform society, we need cheap, abundant power. Let's get on with it.
Affirmative consent: a crime against liberty
Fearmongering about rape on campus has echoes of the red scare.
Banksy: the artist-in-residence of the new snobby elite
Far from challenging officialdom's prejudices, Banksy caters to them.
|Friday 10 October 2014|
We need to rethink resilience
Once, it meant being strong and resourceful – not anymore.
In praise of supermarkets
The shallow nihilism of John Gray
The Silence of Animals is anti-humanist posing dressed up as profundity.
Larkin wasn’t as prickly as you think
Philip Larkin’s private prejudices shouldn’t matter a jot to admirers of his poetry.
CLR James on cricket and humanity
Beyond a Boundary is now available on Kindle, and you don’t have to be a cricket buff to love it.
Keano, don’t tame the fury
Roy Keane's temper may have cost him, but it's what made him a legend.
Edge of Eternity: before freedom was feared
Ken Follett's final entry in his twentieth-century trilogy is a rollicking reminder of yesterday’s optimism.
The tyranny of the new secular priesthood
Joel Kotkin nails the anti-masses Clerisy that now dominates the US.
|Monday 13 October 2014|
LSE SU: the tyranny of the minority
The banning of LSE rugby club was puritanical – and quite possibly illegal.
The online petitioners trolling Ched Evans
Evans, a convicted rapist, has served his sentence - it’s time to move on.
It will take more than an oath to improve our schools
Making teachers swear loyalty to their profession won’t repair their authority.
Australia’s public-health lobby: it’s time the fat lady sang
|Tuesday 14 October 2014|
London: let’s build better
The capital is headed in the right direction – up. But can we please ditch the ‘quirky’ buildings?
America, we need to talk about the word ‘progressive’
Berkeley's proposed soda tax shows the city is no 'bastion of liberty'.
Is a vote for UKIP really just a screech of rage?
There’s something anthropological in the political class’s view of UKIP voters.
Let’s flush this piss-poor campaign down the toilet
Go sober for October? No thanks…
|Wednesday 15 October 2014|
Why parents are beating themselves up
The anxiety around smacking has undermined parental authority.
Is Big Data squishing our humanity?
The use of new technologies is turning us into objects of analysis, examination and manipulation.
‘The Establishment is trying to choke journalism’
David Dinsmore, editor of the Sun, on the challenges to press freedom.
Judy Finnigan vs the offencerati
’71: the past is not a foreign country
|Thursday 16 October 2014|
#GamerGate: an un‑PC rebellion
Gamers are not happy with the right-on activists ruining their hobby.
Gone Girl: movies should entertain, not educate
So what if this movie sends the 'wrong' message about rape?
|Friday 17 October 2014|
Why it’s bad to be protected from offence
Greg Lukianoff's Freedom From Speech skewers the idea that we have the right not to be offended.
In praise of terrace banter
It’s time to stick up for football fans’ right to trade insults.
When nanny staters say ‘choice’, what they really mean is ‘less choice’.
The Ban Bindel policy: an affront to students
|Monday 20 October 2014|
Ebola: the culture of fear goes viral
The real threat to the West does not come from ebola.
|Tuesday 21 October 2014|
Tommy the chimp is just an animal, not a prisoner
The campaign to give a chimpanzee ‘legal personhood’ is ludicrous.
Trolling is a free-speech issue, and always has been
Tougher sentences for trolls are shocking, but not surprising.
‘The best answer to bad speech? More speech’
Nick Gillespie on Fox News, press freedom, and our new media utopia.
Hey, teacher, leave those parents alone
|Wednesday 22 October 2014|
Robul Hoque: sentenced for a thought crime
Since when has possessing weird cartoons been a criminal offence?
In defence of the ‘white’ curriculum
Student campaigns for 'inclusive' courses are undermining academic freedom.
Sartre: Nobel Prize refusenik
Fifty years ago, the French philosopher exposed the Nobel Prize for what it is.
And the lame shall walk
Mankind now does what ancient peoples thought only God could do.
|Thursday 23 October 2014|
Bad reasons to read Shakespeare
FGM crusade: with feminists like this, who needs misogynists?
Anti-FGM campaigning is doing violence to women's rights.
Ched Evans and the silencing of debate
Campaigners are snuffing out any dissent from the official rape narrative.
|Friday 24 October 2014|
They think it’s
The football world's response to the disease has been farcical.
‘Teachers need to remind pupils who’s boss’
Tom Bennett discusses the crisis of authority in the classroom.
Weeping for Reeva, ignoring Marikana
The Western press's obsession with Pistorius has been grotesque.
Tattoos: a mark of conformism
|Monday 27 October 2014|
Hong Kong can’t dodge democracy forever
Mischa Moselle reports from Hong Kong on the ‘umbrella revolution’.
Has Russell Brand really destroyed the lefty weft?
Nope – he’s merely the bastard child of the left's own self-induced decay.
The fairytale feminism of FCKH8
|Tuesday 28 October 2014|
‘Bang’ goes childhood innocence
Canada’s terror: sad lone wolves, not dogs of war
Canada’s response to last week’s violence was an invitation to terrorists.
Students must fight for their right to chant
|Wednesday 29 October 2014|
HS3: we need more ambition and less spin
The UK needs cheaper, quicker and easier transport – fast.
Transport: breaking through the impasse
ESSAY: Six arguments for innovation in transport.
Student censors – the children of an academy in crisis
Academics’ abandonment of knowledge has green-lit campus censorship.
|Thursday 30 October 2014|
The EU: an accidental warmonger
European politicians have a lot to answer for in Ukraine.
We need more, not fewer people
The scourge ravaging humanity is not overpopulation; it’s underdevelopment.
The awful truth about free speech
Time to stop paying lip service to the principle and take a stand in practice.
Hollaback: desperately seeking outrage
|Friday 31 October 2014|
Balotelli-bashing: why always Mario?
Knocking the Italian striker has become a media obsession.
Educating the East End: school as soap opera
The latest fly-on-the-wall education doc shows how British schools have become centres of therapy rather than learning.
Global gender gap: equality is overrated
Ignore the myopic miserablists; British women have never had it so good.