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Monday 1 February 2016 February 2016
Ella Whelan
The Barbie for grown-ups
‘Body-positive’ dolls burden children with adult anxieties.

Luke Gittos
What a bunch of political point-scorers
Moaning about Cameron’s use of language won’t tackle the migrant crisis.

Sean Collins
Treating Trump supporters like an exotic tribe
The bigotry of elites who sneer at those who back The Donald.

Alex Kasnetz
The danger of equating speech with violence


Tuesday 2 February 2016
Tim Black
Is Google running the country? Don’t be daft
The fuss over the tech giant’s taxes is a conspiracy over nothing.

Rob Lyons
The dangers of ‘pay scales’ for doctors


Jacob Furedi
The WHO: giving the Chinese government a run for its money


Charlie Peters
Don’t ban Roosh V – criticise and ridicule him


Tom Slater
Zika is not ‘the new ebola’
The scaremongering over the virus is deeply damaging.

Wednesday 3 February 2016
Ella Whelan
The sexism of
Safe Spaces

Students' unions that want to ‘protect women’ are turning the clock back.

Joanna Williams
BDS: censorship disguised as justice
Anti-Israel intolerance has made a sham of academic freedom.

Brendan O’Neill
We must have the freedom to hate
Hatred isn’t big or clever, but it should never be a crime.

Tom Slater
No words: student calls for LSE free-speech society to be banned


Thursday 4 February 2016
Barbara Hewson
It was right to acquit Doug Richard
The case of the ex-Dragons’ Den star exposes the necessary complexity of the law.

Mick Hume
End this phoney
war over Europe

If nobody likes Cameron’s EU deal, why are they all backing it?

Friday 5 February 2016
Jim Butcher
Students don’t need no datafication
Monitoring student activity destroys the educational experience.

James Heartfield
Party Animals: the truth about the CPGB?
David Aaronovitch’s Commie memoir is funny, but it isn’t the whole truth.

James Woudhuysen
Child migrants: Britain is far from full


Christopher Beckett
Don’t STEM the development of the humanities


Wendy Kaminer
Fear, loathing and victimhood
People across the political spectrum now embrace the vulnerable self.

Monday 8 February 2016
Tara McCormack
A new Cold War?
Tensions may be rising, but Russia is not to blame.

Ann Furedi
Zika: why all women must have abortion rights
Every woman, not just those threatened by Zika, should have choice.

Luke Gittos
Assange: the absurdity of international law
Yes, this ruling was mad. But UK officials only have themselves to blame.

Guy Birchall
Why, why, why
ban Delilah?



Charlotte Gill
Spotlight: a dull, drama-less wallow in misery


Tuesday 9 February 2016
Irene Ogrizek
Learning the art of a good con
Maria Konnikova’s latest is enough to make sceptics of us all.

Ella Whelan
Why we must
trust women

Support bpas’s campaign to decriminalise abortion.

George Lawlor
The campus court of Versailles
Fashionable ideas are killing university life.

Tim Black
Operation Midland: why the paedo panic won’t die
As one hysteria is exposed, another replaces it.

Ken McLaughlin
Being a teenager is not a mental illness
The rise in teenage mental-health problems is not all it seems.

Wednesday 10 February 2016
Catherine Johnson
How I became a feminist victim
An Oxford student explains why feminism fails women.

Tom Slater
From Black Power to black pain
Beyoncé’s performance was more about recognition than empowerment.

Charlotte Gill
We can’t all be models, love


Sean Collins
New Hampshire: rage against the political machine
The rise of Sanders and Trump reflects the decay of the establishment.

Thursday 11 February 2016
Luke Gittos
‘Believe the victim’: this is bigger than Bernard
Hogan-Howe's climbdown was welcome, but not enough.

Ella Whelan
Hillary’s feminist fall from grace
Why old-school gender politics is turning off young women.

Jacob Furedi
So what if Islam is a religion of peace?


Friday 12 February 2016
Joe Arthur
Bernie Sanders: the best choice for freedom-lovers?
A big-state socialist? Actually, Sanders is pretty libertarian.

Alexander Adams
Manos: rediscovering the world’s worst film
The re-release of Manos: The Hands of Fate allows us to appreciate better its unique awfulness.

Patrick West
In defence of The Selfish Gene
Richard Dawkins’ book is more than a Thatcherite manifesto.

Charles Taylor
The ideal of authenticity
Charles Taylor explores the making and conflicts of the modern self.

Monday 15 February 2016
Joanna Williams
The gender pay gap is dead
The truth about men and women's pay.

Frank Furedi
In praise of cultural appropriation
The mixing and meshing of different cultures is something to celebrate.

Liam Deacon
Lucky lesbians: the pay gap no one wants to talk about


Norman Lewis
Discovering gravitational waves: behold the greatness of man
The spirit of curiosity remains the noblest of human attributes.

Tuesday 16 February 2016
Tim Black
The NHS is
not sacred

We should support the junior doctors, but criticise the NHS.

Luke Gittos
Scalia: a radical in a court of liberals
Denounced as a conservative, Scalia was actually pretty edgy.

Sean Collins
Antonin Scalia: defending democracy against judicial agitation
Scalia was right: judges have become too powerful and political.

Stefan Rhys-Williams
Tatchell the ‘bigot’: the cowardice of student politics


Sandra Todorov
Lena Dunham, women don’t want your safe space


Wednesday 17 February 2016
James Woudhuysen
No, Facebook isn’t the British Raj
The row about India's access to the internet is a storm in a chai cup.

Mick Hume
The truth about Trident
Nukes have long been Britain’s ticket to the top table of global power.

Charlie Pearson
Booze bans: sucking the fun out of Sydney


Thursday 18 February 2016
Brendan O’Neill
We’re all mental patients now
The government wants you to think you’re mentally ill. You aren’t.

Ella Whelan
The mothers fighting the breast-is-best brigade
A campaign in France has struck a blow for women’s freedom.

Tom Slater
The war on humour is no laughing matter
When Stephen Fry is holding the line for comic freedom, we’re in real trouble.

Tom Slater
Hope Not Hate: devoured by its own censorious logic


Friday 19 February 2016
Naomi Firsht
When anti-Zionism slips into anti-Semitism
On British campuses, pro-Israel students are having a rough time.

Patrick West
The closure of the Independent mind
The death of print newspapers is bad news for our intellects.

spiked
Tackling the new intolerance
Watch the videos from our explosive campus-censorship conference.

Connor MacGregor
Deadpool: the rise of an un-PC hero
Ryan Reynolds’ turn as the wisecracking Marvel mutant is a long-awaited treat.

Monday 22 February 2016
Joe Arthur
The racialism of Rhodes Must Fall
Students at the University of Cape Town are demonising an entire race – white people.

Luke Gittos
Joint enterprise: a product of the gang panic
The Supreme Court’s verdict highlighted how irrational our approach to youth violence has become.

Wendy Kaminer
Antonin Scalia’s complicated legacy
He was a man of his principles. But he didn’t always stick to them.

Brendan O’Neill
Love democracy?
Then leave the EU

Why optimists, radicals and progressives should vote out of the EU.

Tuesday 23 February 2016
Jon Holbrook
The moral bankruptcy of refugee law
The distinction between migrant and refugee is a dangerous illusion.

Tim Black
Syria truce: Western intervention eats itself
The West stoked this war, so why trust it now to deliver peace?

Tom Slater
You want freedom of movement? Then fight for it
Liberalising migration without first convincing the public is a mistake.

Jacob Furedi
Preventing free thought on campus


Elisabetta Gasparoni
Turning libraries into community centres
Libraries are for reading, not knitting.

Wednesday 24 February 2016
Lauren Southern
#FreeKesha: why Twitter trials are bad for justice
The rush to ‘believe’ rape complainants is a dangerous trend.

Ella Whelan
Let’s trust the public to look out for disabled people
People with learning disabilities should be integrated into society.

Shahid Buttar
Hands off
our iPhones!

The FBI is trying to strongarm Apple into compromising user privacy.

Nancy McDermott
Revisiting Harper Lee’s moral universe
To Kill a Mockingbird is a paean to universalism.

Sean Collins
Trump, Sanders and the new American populism
These two candidates are shaking up a staid political life. Good.

Thursday 25 February 2016
Alan Powers
‘And the word was made concrete’
On the humanist ethic behind Brutalism.

Alexander Adams
TS Eliot: public poet, private agony
A new volume of Eliot’s letters charts his inner turmoil.

Frank Furedi
The crisis of attention
It’s not smartphones and Facebook that are making us permanently distracted.

Roger Scruton
Academic freedom in conformist times
Joanna Williams’ new book is a welcome broadside against the barbarians in the academy.

Friday 26 February 2016
Ella Whelan
Trainspotting: crude, rude and brilliant
The stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s classic does not disappoint.

Patrick West
The EU is well past its sell-by date
We don’t need Brussels to stave off another World War.

John Banville
Writing after modernism
John Banville talks to Ella Whelan about Beckett, making it new, and the beauty of dishwasher instruction manuals.

Monday 29 February 2016
Tom Slater
Going Gaga for rape culture


Luke Gittos
The Heathrow 13 are far from heroic
They aren't political activists, they're climate snobs.

Mick Hume
After the busted witch-hunt, the botched cover-up
Ignore the Met’s spin and remember the lessons of Operation Elveden.


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