Why Charlie Gard should be allowed to die
Even in heartbreaking cases like this, reason must triumph over emotion.
Ink: the Sun story for Guardianistas
James Graham’s play lacks the tabloid’s priapic vigour.
The power of the pro-choice movement
The Tories’ Northern Ireland concession shows how much things have changed.
Macron is carrying on like a king
There was nothing brave about Laura Pidcock’s speech
|Tuesday 4 July 2017|
The fees debate is degrading education
Forget what university costs. What is it for?
The fall of ISIS won’t fix the Middle East
ISIS is a horrific symptom, not the cause, of the region’s decay.
Judges shouldn’t Trump democracy
The travel-ban debacle reveals the dangers of judicial activism.
|Wednesday 5 July 2017|
The internet isn’t dangerous for kids
Every new technology becomes an object of moral panic.
The Europe-wide assault on internet freedom
With clampdowns on Islamists and xenophobes, free speech online is under threat.
Stephen Hawking and the misanthropy of environmentalists
There’s more to politics than trending
From ‘the absolute boy’ to Rees-Mogg-mania, online politics is naff.
Germany’s gay-marriage vote: a childish spectacle
CNN has officially lost the plot
Its treatment of a meme-making Reddit user has been shocking.
|Thursday 6 July 2017|
The culture war over the Civil War
What Confederate apologists and antifa activists have in common.
The obsession with protesting Trump
The Betrayed Girls: victims of PC culture
Macron: king of the technocrats
His monarchical turn reveals the authoritarianism of the Third Way.
Corbynistas don’t want to liberate the poor – they want to control them
Corbyn’s nanny-state instincts make Blair look liberal in comparison.
|Friday 7 July 2017|
‘Labour has never really trusted the working class’
Brendan O’Neill on what Corbyn and Blair have in common.
The compassion paradox
‘Kinder, gentler’ political activism is so often the opposite.
Let’s take back control of the Bank of England
Outsourcing monetary policy to bureaucrats is bad for democracy.
No, Jay-Z is not anti‑Semitic
If rap was PC, no one would listen to it.
Why the left should be cheering Brexit
Brexit paves the way for a radical rethink of society.
|Monday 10 July 2017|
The cultural revolution on Western campuses
The alarming parallels between today’s student censors and Mao’s Red Guards.
The curious case of the Nazi pug
A man is being put on trial for teaching a dog to Sieg Heil.
Hamburg: a right‑on riot
The Grenfell Inquiry is being asked to do too much
It should establish the facts of the fire and that’s all.
The view on the streets: politics after the election
This is the scariest Twitch-hunt yet
The hounding of Anne Marie Morris is positively unhinged.
|Tuesday 11 July 2017|
The bravery of the ex-Muslim
It takes guts to renounce Islam, even in 21st-century Britain.
Hey, policeman, leave those kids alone
The EU: pitting migrants against citizens
The migrant crisis reveals the inhumane reality of the EU.
Abortion is a part of family planning
|Wednesday 12 July 2017|
Who’s really anti‑science?
Green NGOs are peddling dangerous junk science.
Chicago doesn’t need more gun control
Both sides in the gun-crime debate are missing the point.
Is Silicon Valley really rife with sexism?
A few creeps don’t amount to an anti-women industry.
Jane Chu: sacked for being a snob
Exam stress is not a mental illness
Pride comes after the fall
The capitalist spectacle of Pride is the death cry of radical politics.
|Thursday 13 July 2017|
The tyranny of mental health
The concept of mental illness turns problems into conditions.
The online ‘abuse’ panic is a threat to free speech
Total eclipse of the charts
In the age of streaming, the Top 10 is dead.
Don Jr: more idiot than mastermind
No, Trump Jr’s Russian meeting is not proof of a conspiracy.
Unlike Henry VIII, May must execute the people’s will
The debate over the Repeal Bill reveals the parlous state of Brexit.
|Friday 14 July 2017|
Islamism is a far bigger problem than Islamophobia
Why the commentariat is weirdly obsessed with anti-Muslim prejudice.
Love Island: more than live-action Tinder
There’s something very human in this salacious show.
Three cheers for Thom Yorke
Rejecting BDS is the most rock’n’roll thing he’s ever done.
‘For democracy, it’s Brexit or bust’
Mick Hume on the plotting against the Repeal Bill.
Liu Xiaobo: champion of change
His passion for democracy put many in the West to shame.
|Monday 17 July 2017|
Doctor Who: invasion of the identitarians
The fuss over the female Doctor shows identity trumps quality.
The undying legacy of George Romero
Few gave the idea of the zombie as much life as he did.
The Black Country flag isn’t racist – it’s a symbol of struggle and pride
The Tories were never the party of Brexit
Petty party divisions have put the democratic will in peril.
|Tuesday 18 July 2017|
Punk rock vs the PC police
A genre that once thrived on offensiveness is being sanitised.
RIP Luke Rutter, a true hero
Why don’t we celebrate the bravery of those who die fighting ISIS?
Mosul: Western hypocrisy laid bare
The horrors in Mosul brutally expose double standards over Aleppo.
KCL’s purge of dead white dudes
|Wednesday 19 July 2017|
Doctor, doctor, I’m upset about Brexit
Macron and Trump have more in common than you think
Both presidents are in love with themselves and authoritarianism.
Let’s put the ‘mattress girl’ case to bed
Paul Nungesser should not have to live with continual accusation.
Why we should oppose the ASA’s gender jihad
The moral crusade against ‘gender stereotypes’ is profoundly illiberal.
|Thursday 20 July 2017|
Abolish the Lords
Until we do, Britain won’t be a real democracy.
Who cares about the BBC gender pay gap?
Well-paid female presenters make unconvincing victims.
Trump, Reebok and the infernal compliments debate
Ed Sheeran, Game of Thrones and uncool appeal
Legalising assisted suicide is dangerous – just look at Canada
No, Engels was not a Corbynite
And a statue of the Marxist in Manchester does not mark a ‘socialist resurgence’.
|Friday 21 July 2017|
It’s not Brexit that’s scaring migrants away
The Remainer moral panic about xenophobia inflames anxiety.
Grenfell: don’t let the state off the hook
It was the aloof state, not neoliberalism, that dehumanised tenants.
‘Censorship is the enemy of women’s liberation'
Brendan O'Neill on how feminist censorship degrades equality.
|Monday 24 July 2017|
Even in Switzerland, the EU erodes democracy
How Swiss leaders use the EU to weaken popular sovereignty.
Dunkirk: a British myth
Christopher Nolan’s visceral retelling probes at some old misconceptions.
We have nothing to fear but the fear of Brexit itself
Anti-Brexit dread could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Scaring school children won’t keep them safe
|Tuesday 25 July 2017|
In defence of the Green Brigade
Celtic’s most passionate supporters are being punished for being offensive.
Betsy DeVos is right about Title IX
Campus sexual-assault investigations are deeply unjust.
Down with this casual-sex tax
Boots' climbdown on the morning-after pill is a good start.
Anti-smoking nags need to butt out of Love Island
The Orwellian nightmare of transgender politics
The Tories’ trans proposals could make it a crime to tell the truth.
Why is a council criminalising a little girl?
The disturbing double standards over Israel
|Wednesday 26 July 2017|
Why the middle classes love Jezza
Radical? Please. Corbyn is the heir to Blair.
Who is the EU to lecture Poland about democracy?
At least the Polish government is accountable to the people.
Student contracts will sign away trust
Why Trump staggers on
He's cheered for what he symbolises, not what he does.
|Thursday 27 July 2017|
How the German press became Merkel’s mouthpiece
During the refugee crisis, the media threw their principles out the window.
Vince Cable: the leader the Lib Dems deserve
The party’s anti-democratic ways are catching up with it.
Dawkins: cheered for hating Christianity, banned for hating Islam
Defend the freedom to lampoon MPs
Political thoughtpolice pose a far bigger threat than Twitter ‘trolls’.
|Friday 28 July 2017|
The revolution in history
Historian Sheila Fitzpatrick on Putin, the Cold War and the changing history of the Russian Revolution.
Ten days that shook the world
On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, journalist John Reed's pulsating first-hand account still packs a punch.
A radical life
Frank Furedi talks to Tom Slater about Stalinist Hungary, Sixties radicalism, revolutionary communism and Brexit.
Darker than the swoon of sin
June Caldwell’s is the most important Irish short-story collection since Joyce’s Dubliners.
India’s dialectic of progress
Two new books show how far post-independence India has come, and how far it has still to go.
Inside Hemingway’s head
A new book explores the effect chronic alcoholism and head trauma had on the writer’s late work.
‘Brexit isn't a threat to the economy, doom-mongering is’
Phil Mullan on how Brexit could spark an economic renaissance.
EH Carr’s sense of history
What is History? still provides a powerful retort to cultural pessimism.
Lenin was nothing but politics
Catherine Merridale on Lenin the man, the revolutionary and why he banned smoking on a train.
|Monday 31 July 2017|
Supreme Court judges: saviours of workers?
The tribunal-fees ruling reminds us of the weakness of the labour movement.