The Barbie for grown-ups
‘Body-positive’ dolls burden children with adult anxieties.
What a bunch of political point-scorers
Moaning about Cameron’s use of language won’t tackle the migrant crisis.
Treating Trump supporters like an exotic tribe
The bigotry of elites who sneer at those who back The Donald.
The danger of equating speech with violence
|Tuesday 2 February 2016|
Is Google running the country? Don’t be daft
The fuss over the tech giant’s taxes is a conspiracy over nothing.
The dangers of ‘pay scales’ for doctors
The WHO: giving the Chinese government a run for its money
Don’t ban Roosh V – criticise and ridicule him
Zika is not ‘the new ebola’
The scaremongering over the virus is deeply damaging.
|Wednesday 3 February 2016|
The sexism of
Students' unions that want to ‘protect women’ are turning the clock back.
BDS: censorship disguised as justice
Anti-Israel intolerance has made a sham of academic freedom.
We must have the freedom to hate
Hatred isn’t big or clever, but it should never be a crime.
No words: student calls for LSE free-speech society to be banned
|Thursday 4 February 2016|
It was right to acquit Doug Richard
The case of the ex-Dragons’ Den star exposes the necessary complexity of the law.
End this phoney
war over Europe
If nobody likes Cameron’s EU deal, why are they all backing it?
|Friday 5 February 2016|
Students don’t need no datafication
Monitoring student activity destroys the educational experience.
Party Animals: the truth about the CPGB?
David Aaronovitch’s Commie memoir is funny, but it isn’t the whole truth.
Child migrants: Britain is far from full
Don’t STEM the development of the humanities
Fear, loathing and victimhood
People across the political spectrum now embrace the vulnerable self.
|Monday 8 February 2016|
A new Cold War?
Tensions may be rising, but Russia is not to blame.
Zika: why all women must have abortion rights
Every woman, not just those threatened by Zika, should have choice.
Assange: the absurdity of international law
Yes, this ruling was mad. But UK officials only have themselves to blame.
Why, why, why
Spotlight: a dull, drama-less wallow in misery
|Tuesday 9 February 2016|
Learning the art of a good con
Maria Konnikova’s latest is enough to make sceptics of us all.
Why we must
Support bpas’s campaign to decriminalise abortion.
The campus court of Versailles
Fashionable ideas are killing university life.
Operation Midland: why the paedo panic won’t die
As one hysteria is exposed, another replaces it.
Being a teenager is not a mental illness
The rise in teenage mental-health problems is not all it seems.
|Wednesday 10 February 2016|
How I became a feminist victim
An Oxford student explains why feminism fails women.
From Black Power to black pain
Beyoncé’s performance was more about recognition than empowerment.
We can’t all be models, love
New Hampshire: rage against the political machine
The rise of Sanders and Trump reflects the decay of the establishment.
|Thursday 11 February 2016|
‘Believe the victim’: this is bigger than Bernard
Hogan-Howe's climbdown was welcome, but not enough.
Hillary’s feminist fall from grace
Why old-school gender politics is turning off young women.
So what if Islam is a religion of peace?
|Friday 12 February 2016|
Bernie Sanders: the best choice for freedom-lovers?
A big-state socialist? Actually, Sanders is pretty libertarian.
Manos: rediscovering the world’s worst film
The re-release of Manos: The Hands of Fate allows us to appreciate better its unique awfulness.
In defence of The Selfish Gene
Richard Dawkins’ book is more than a Thatcherite manifesto.
The ideal of authenticity
Charles Taylor explores the making and conflicts of the modern self.
|Monday 15 February 2016|
The gender pay gap is dead
The truth about men and women's pay.
In praise of cultural appropriation
The mixing and meshing of different cultures is something to celebrate.
Lucky lesbians: the pay gap no one wants to talk about
Discovering gravitational waves: behold the greatness of man
The spirit of curiosity remains the noblest of human attributes.
|Tuesday 16 February 2016|
The NHS is
We should support the junior doctors, but criticise the NHS.
Scalia: a radical in a court of liberals
Denounced as a conservative, Scalia was actually pretty edgy.
Antonin Scalia: defending democracy against judicial agitation
Scalia was right: judges have become too powerful and political.
Tatchell the ‘bigot’: the cowardice of student politics
Lena Dunham, women don’t want your safe space
|Wednesday 17 February 2016|
No, Facebook isn’t the British Raj
The row about India's access to the internet is a storm in a chai cup.
The truth about Trident
Nukes have long been Britain’s ticket to the top table of global power.
Booze bans: sucking the fun out of Sydney
|Thursday 18 February 2016|
We’re all mental patients now
The government wants you to think you’re mentally ill. You aren’t.
The mothers fighting the breast-is-best brigade
A campaign in France has struck a blow for women’s freedom.
The war on humour is no laughing matter
When Stephen Fry is holding the line for comic freedom, we’re in real trouble.
Hope Not Hate: devoured by its own censorious logic
|Friday 19 February 2016|
When anti-Zionism slips into anti-Semitism
On British campuses, pro-Israel students are having a rough time.
The closure of the Independent mind
The death of print newspapers is bad news for our intellects.
Tackling the new intolerance
Watch the videos from our explosive campus-censorship conference.
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|
The racialism of Rhodes Must Fall
Students at the University of Cape Town are demonising an entire race – white people.
Joint enterprise: a product of the gang panic
The Supreme Court’s verdict highlighted how irrational our approach to youth violence has become.
Antonin Scalia’s complicated legacy
He was a man of his principles. But he didn’t always stick to them.
Then leave the EU
Why optimists, radicals and progressives should vote out of the EU.
|Tuesday 23 February 2016|
The moral bankruptcy of refugee law
The distinction between migrant and refugee is a dangerous illusion.
Syria truce: Western intervention eats itself
The West stoked this war, so why trust it now to deliver peace?
You want freedom of movement? Then fight for it
Liberalising migration without first convincing the public is a mistake.
Preventing free thought on campus
Turning libraries into community centres
Libraries are for reading, not knitting.
|Wednesday 24 February 2016|
#FreeKesha: why Twitter trials are bad for justice
The rush to ‘believe’ rape complainants is a dangerous trend.
Let’s trust the public to look out for disabled people
People with learning disabilities should be integrated into society.
The FBI is trying to strongarm Apple into compromising user privacy.
Revisiting Harper Lee’s moral universe
To Kill a Mockingbird is a paean to universalism.
Trump, Sanders and the new American populism
These two candidates are shaking up a staid political life. Good.
|Thursday 25 February 2016|
‘And the word was made concrete’
On the humanist ethic behind Brutalism.
TS Eliot: public poet, private agony
A new volume of Eliot’s letters charts his inner turmoil.
The crisis of attention
It’s not smartphones and Facebook that are making us permanently distracted.
Academic freedom in conformist times
Joanna Williams’ new book is a welcome broadside against the barbarians in the academy.
|Friday 26 February 2016|
Trainspotting: crude, rude and brilliant
The stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s classic does not disappoint.
The EU is well past its sell-by date
We don’t need Brussels to stave off another World War.
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|
Going Gaga for rape culture
The Heathrow 13 are far from heroic
They aren't political activists, they're climate snobs.
After the busted witch-hunt, the botched cover-up
Ignore the Met’s spin and remember the lessons of Operation Elveden.