Mosquitoes: a liberal-elite indulgence
Lucy Kirkwood’s new play is a tribute to the virtuousness of experts.
Venezuela and the global turn against democracy
The left-right point-scoring over Venezuela obscures the real tragedy.
North Korea: how did it come to this?
US-North Korea relations have never been more volatile and uncertain.
Emancipation Day should be about freedom, not victimhood
The Mooch: a bit part in the Trump soap opera
The past week proved Trump is more than capable of humiliating himself.
|Wednesday 2 August 2017|
Standing up for the heterodox academy
College campuses have become ‘progressive’ echo chambers.
Stop policing women’s bodies
Breastfeeding is a personal choice, not an obligation.
China isn’t the only country censoring the web
Venezuela: down with this Bonapartist regime
The people suffering under Maduro need our solidarity, not sermons.
|Thursday 3 August 2017|
Tyler, The Creator: the wrong kind of queer
Apparently, using the word ‘faggot’ disqualifies you from being gay.
Australian universities are not hotbeds of harassment
The panic over sexual harassment is undermining women’s freedom.
How ‘bigotry’ became an excuse for violence
‘We respect the referendum result, but...’
Cross-party plots to betray Brexit show the big divide is no longer left vs right.
|Friday 4 August 2017|
The EU’s crisis is a political opportunity
There is now a chance to repose the fundamental questions of politics.
Palmed off with dubious scare stories
The scaremongering about palm oil reveals the dangers of blending science and politics.
Nietzsche for our times
He would have some choice words for our tame, narcissistic culture.
The rise of the therapeutic royals
Prince Philip’s stepping down marks the end of an era.
‘We must show solidarity with Venezuelans’
Brendan O’Neill on the global crisis of democracy.
|Monday 7 August 2017|
Rising energy bills: the price of green obsessions
It’s government policy, not big business, that’s hiking up energy prices.
The damnation of Justin Gatlin
The anti-doping crusade has turned sport into a moral spectacle.
Why the ‘citizens of nowhere’ hurt the fight for open migration
Dan Antopolski: older and wiser
My Friday night with Mo Farah and Bolt
The World Athletics Championships show that elite sport can still rise above it all.
Kaitlyn Rogers: laboured randomness
|Tuesday 8 August 2017|
Adam Riches: master of audience interaction
Thrones! The Musical: a tribute to fandom
England Is Mine: Mozzer in a coma
This sedate biopic captures nothing of Morrissey’s bullshit and brilliance.
Barcelona and the scapegoating of tourists
#TouristsGoHome is not radical – it’s nasty, conservative and divisive.
Lena Dunham: the PC snitch
Her latest Twitter tirade says more about her than the targets of her ire.
How Ofsted helped create the cotton-wool kids
|Wednesday 9 August 2017|
Angelina Jolie: a saint no longer?
Her use and abuse of the developing world is nothing new.
Why the French don’t want Queen Brigitte
Leaving the EU means leaving the ECJ
And Lord Neuberger should leave politics to the politicians.
Mary Go Nowhere: a bleak Californian satire
Mouthpiece: life-affirming theatre
The Google memo and the new blacklisting
When did it become acceptable to sack someone for expressing an opinion?
|Thursday 10 August 2017|
Sexual paranoia on campus
Laura Kipnis on the perversity of protecting students from adult relationships.
Abortion-clinic buffer zones are not a free-speech issue
No, a second referendum would not be more democratic
We can’t let the enemies of democracy pose as its guardians.
Sara Schaefer: self‑aware liberal
Start Swimming: patronising the yoof
Mrs Orwell: married to two men
The relationship between Eric Blair and George Orwell is the real heart of this play.
|Friday 11 August 2017|
After Brexit, who’s really sowing division?
Hating the elderly is today’s most acceptable prejudice.
Operation Sanctuary: no easy answers
We need to do more than ‘call a spade a spade’.
Colin Cloud: mind-boggling mentalism
Tom Skelton: powerful story, bad gags
‘Gay people fought for their own liberation’
Peter Tatchell on why 1967 was just the beginning of the fight for gay rights.
Universities should be about learning, not satisfaction
|Monday 14 August 2017|
Is freedom of movement anti-working class?
Eurosceptic trade unionists believe only capitalists benefit from the Single Market.
North Korea: fire and fury and hypocrisy
Critics of Trump's buffoonish barbarism should look in the mirror.
Whiteness: a nonsense category
‘Whiteness’ is as irrational an idea as white superiority itself.
After Charlottesville: stand up to racial thinking
The far right must be challenged, but not with identity politics.
It’s cowardly to call for racists to be sacked
Why Nazis must have freedom of speech
Seven reasons why the far right should never be censored.
If the (sexist) shoe fits
|Tuesday 15 August 2017|
‘Really all you want is a laugh, and you’ll do anything to get that’
Improv king Colin Mochrie on his fans, TV censors and why Brits are more fun.
Indian independence: still a cause for celebration
Why are observers focusing on Partition rather than liberation?
Jacob Zuma: a political diversion
Getting rid of Zuma and his corrupt cabal won't solve South Africa's problems.
|Wednesday 16 August 2017|
The hysteria over Russia is hurting democracy
When it comes to Russia, Trump is often more rational than his critics.
Fake news: who checks the fact‑checkers?
The ‘fake news’ panic is a phoney excuse for sanitising debate.
Long live the King
Forty years after his death, Elvis lives on.
Hands off the Sun!
Corbynistas calling for journalists to be sacked are like jumped-up Joe Stalins.
The Tories need nuance not memes
|Thursday 17 August 2017|
‘Total agreement is the end of thought’
The Majority at the National Theatre probes modern political activism.
Australians must have the final say on same‑sex marriage
Eric Bellquist and the presumption of innocence
The mauling of an innocent banker points to a worrying trend.
What a real democratic party should look like
Some advice for the doublespeaking Remoaners behind ‘The Democrats’.
Period poverty? Pull the other one
|Friday 18 August 2017|
‘I’m never going to have an audience who looks like me’
Shazia Mirza on butt plugs, Brexit and breaking the rules.
Sarah Champion and the silencing of debate
Chilling discussion about Muslim grooming gangs is an insult to victims.
From Charlottesville to Barcelona
It’s clear now: the left only hates certain kinds of neo-fascism.
‘To fight racism, we must defeat identity politics’
Brendan O'Neill on the ugly racialisation of American politics.
|Monday 21 August 2017|
The liquidation of history
Why we should oppose the destruction of Confederate statues.
More inspections won’t solve the care crisis
Managerial bureaucracy has no place in elderly care.
An Orwellian war on the past
The control of public space is an attempt to control thinking itself.
This is what ‘American Nazism’ looks like
…and it’s no relation to the far-right ragbag in Charlottesville.
Keep the gender agenda out of schools
|Tuesday 22 August 2017|
Gene editing: an expression of our humanity
Advances in genetics allow us to play God – and that's a good thing.
The ACLU is retreating from the fight for freedom
Its undermining of free speech for the far right should worry us all.
Why I wrote a radical democratic defence of populism
Frank Furedi on his new book and defending national sovereignty.
We don’t need the state to police hate
Let’s trust citizens, not officials, to challenge prejudice online.
Science isn’t a political trump card
|Wednesday 23 August 2017|
Neither William nor Charles
Who should be the next monarch? Nobody. Abolish the whole thing.
Affirmative action: still the ‘right thing’?
Positive discrimination is in fact borne of pessimism.
The disabled man banned from having sex
The case of a Down's syndrome man court-ordered to be celibate is horrifying.
It isn’t only the Chinese who chill academic debate
British academics criticising foreign censorship should look in the mirror.
|Thursday 24 August 2017|
The Baby Boomer booze panic
Women-only carriages are sexist
Council cronies are attacking press freedom
Should Nelson’s column come down?
Toppling this monument would be philistinism disguised as radicalism.
No, prostitution is not the same as slavery
Criminalising sex work undermines women's freedom.
The fascism delusion
The left’s fear of neo-Nazism has become a McCarthyite moral panic.
The Twitter meltdown over the gay cat story is crazy
Black emojis are not ‘digital blackface’
|Friday 25 August 2017|
The alt-left: toy-smashing tosspots
Both the alt- right and left are engaging in moronic behaviour.
State rewards for exercise? Jog on
NHS 'Healthy New Towns' won't change anyone's lifestyle.
Who cares if Joss Whedon is a cheater?
Calls to boycott the Buffy creator have become hysterical.
McGregor v Mayweather: why we loved it
Irish upstart v boxing veteran: who wouldn’t tune it for that?
‘Why we must defend free speech for the far right’
Podcast: Wendy Kaminer on the new threats to the First Amendment.
|Tuesday 29 August 2017|
Ten wasted years: the crash one decade on
Since 2007, nothing has been done to address economic decay.