Let kids eat cake
Public-health quangos seem oblivious to life’s sweet pleasures.
Why white working-class kids lag behind
Their class has been pushed to the fringes of British public life.
Why fearmongering about child abuse helps no one
No, Brexit was not a cry for help
Now elite Remainers are trying to drown Leavers in crocodile tears.
In praise of Iran’s brave rebels
Why aren’t more Westerners cheering this epic fight for democracy?
|Thursday 4 January 2018|
How can the TUC back the anti-worker EU?
Its Brexit stance shows how distant it is from the working class.
Trump’s war on terror
The Pakistan tweet shows he is as clueless as his predecessors.
Toby Young is not the problem
Hysterical academics are letting the Office for Students off the hook.
‘Tony Bliar’ is the honest face of the Remainer elite
Blair’s attack on Brexit spells out what other democracy-loathers won’t.
There’s no Dennis without the menace
|Friday 5 January 2018|
Logan Paul: the sharp end of a detached culture
We live in an age when we’re more likely to film tragedies than intervene.
There is no epidemic of knife crime
But we can’t ignore the nihilism brewing among some young men.
Meet the new pearl‑clutchers
Today it’s the liberal-left who punish moral transgressors.
Time’s Up for the #MeToo movement
The celebrity fund for poor women reveals how patronising #MeToo is.
|Monday 8 January 2018|
In defence of Apu
Don’t let offence-takers kill off The Simpsons’ shopkeeper.
Why is Britain funding jihadis?
Western foreign policy has deepened the conflict in the Middle East.
The case against the killjoy state
Christopher Snowdon’s new book slays the new paternalists.
On the self-destructive left
Illiberal liberals are closing minds, not opening them.
The Golden Globes: a wake for feminism
The #MeToo movement is just a vehicle for celeb virtue-signalling.
John Worboys has served his time
If we want justice we must improve investigations, not undermine due process.
|Tuesday 9 January 2018|
We’ve forgotten how to debate
Division is no bad thing – it can drive progress.
Time for a truce in the ‘generation wars’
The old and the young need to come together. But how?
What is the point of the NHS?
Yes, there is a crisis in the NHS – a crisis of purpose.
Toby Young and the purification of public life
The squares and bores and censors are taking over politics.
You can’t reshuffle a knackered party
May’s ‘night of the plastic knives’ showed how fragile party politics has become.
No, that H&M ad isn’t racist
This wilful offence-taking is warping the anti-racist cause.
|Wednesday 10 January 2018|
Why women need liberating from feminism
Hands off our Irn‑Bru
Bring on the backlash against the miserly sugar tax.
How the EU is holding Africa back
Green EU projects are hampering progress.
Oprah 2020? Liberals are losing it
Democrats are so bereft of vision they’re indulging desperate fantasies.
Virgin’s elitist Mail‑bashing
Yes this is censorship – and it’s time to stand up to it.
The real scandal should be Trump’s attempt to ban that book
But the president’s opponents fear free speech as much as he does.
|Thursday 11 January 2018|
The myth of toxic masculinity
Stop pathologising men – they’re doing just fine.
Switch off your kids’ phones and let them play outside
The problem isn't ‘smartphone addiction’ – it’s that kids are coddled.
Lorde and the breathtaking hypocrisy of BDS
Anti-Israel activists pose as freedom-lovers but agitate for censorship.
Je suis Catherine!
The great Catherine Deneuve is right: #MeToo is ruining sex.
How feminism became a rich woman’s racket
High-paid stars are using the pay-gap myth as a negotiating tactic.
The misogyny of #MeToo
The rage against Katie Roiphe exposes feminism’s hatred of women.
|Friday 12 January 2018|
‘The left has betrayed Iran’
Maryam Namazie on why we should support the Iranian rebels.
Justine Greening was nothing special
Why has her resignation made teachers so weepy?
Don’t mourn the demise of Germany’s SPD
The real problem is that there’s nothing progressive to take its place.
Why the left loathes the Daily Mail
Bashing the Mail has become the ultimate virtue-signal.
After Brexit, the Lords is next
We shook off the elitist EU; now let’s do the same with the second chamber.
Fire and Fury: a Trumpist soap opera
Michael Wolff’s book gives us a lot of gossip but little insight.
|Monday 15 January 2018|
The real problem is plastic politicians
It is MPs’ nonsense war on plastic that should be thrown away.
A backdoor assault on democracy
Keir Starmer would make the UK even more beholden to EU law.
Have a drink – it won’t kill you
Researchers want the alcohol guidelines lowered. Ignore them.
Turning the army into a Safe Space
The British army’s latest ads spell the end of the warrior ethos.
No one should be shamed over private texts
Having the freedom to express yourself privately is crucial to a free society.
Aziz Ansari: bad sex is not a crime
#MeToo is about policing sex, not tackling sexual violence.
|Tuesday 16 January 2018|
What is the point of poetry?
To be a laboratory of language that opens us to the world.
The Joke: still no laughing matter
Milan Kundera’s darkly comic tale still strikes an ominous chord.
Young feminists, listen to your elders
Margaret Atwood is right: we must defend due process.
Trump and his haters: battle of the vanities
Both sides in the spat over his UK visit are more into preening than politics.
After Carillion: we need to end zombie capitalism
The state is propping up business and making life more precarious for workers.
|Wednesday 17 January 2018|
What’s the point of university?
Dear OfS: knowledge for its own sake should override market concerns.
Three Billboards and the new philistinism
Only a fool would think Martin McDonagh’s movie endorses racism.
Yes, Trump is a bigoted clown
...but don’t write off his supporters.
Cyrille Regis: an anti-racist icon
In the face of bigotry, he blazed a trail for black players.
Now we know who really fears and loathes Poles – Remainers
The EU lobby's disgust with Poland exposes its deep prejudices.
|Thursday 18 January 2018|
Why the Third Way still rules
The elitist backlash to Brexit reminds us New Labour never really died.
The myth of Trumponomics
The Donald is more Davos than some might think.
Australia, it’s time to shake off the monarchy
Monarchists’ opposition to a referendum reveals their contempt for democracy.
Thou shalt not joke about the gender pay gap
The backlash against John Humphrys shows how flimsy the BBC pay crusade is.
Momentum: the phoney civil war over Labour’s future
The leftists taking control of Labour are as Remainer as the Blairites.
|Friday 19 January 2018|
Trump: bad, not mad
Diagnosing him from afar is dangerous and anti-democratic.
We don’t need a minister for loneliness
Therapeutic policies fuel the problems they set out to solve.
Blue Monday: why unhappiness is good for you
Nietzsche knew the score: joy is impossible without pain.
The one where millennials don’t have a sense of humour
Applying PC standards to sitcoms is a surefire way to kill comedy.
|Saturday 20 January 2018|
‘When we instantly believe women, we invite them to lie’
Brendan O'Neill on #MeToo and the dire threat to due process.
|Monday 22 January 2018|
Why the modern left loves shutting down debate
Critical thinking is out, censorship by subterfuge is in.
The Carillion crisis: PFI isn’t the problem
Obsessing over corporate handouts obscures the bigger debate we need.
UKIP: the party’s over
UKIP’s demise proves Remainers were wrong about the Brexit era.
One year on: the real problem with Trump
No, he isn’t a tyrant. But he is seriously degrading political life.
|Tuesday 23 January 2018|
The Tories’ yoof problem
The party has too many gimmicks and not enough substance.
#MeToo is a menace to private life
This moralistic movement is erasing the line between public and private.
Why men are being wrongly accused of rape
The redefinition of rape as ‘bad sex’ is devastating to justice.
How long must they lord it over democracy and press freedom?
Their latest assault on the press should sound the death knell for the Lords.
|Wednesday 24 January 2018|
The dangers of cracking down on booze
Anti-alcohol policies can make people’s lives worse.
Return of the Malthusians
Once again, Westerners are foisting population control on Africa.
Stop this war on the homeless
Homeless people should enjoy the same civil rights as the rest of us.
The use and abuse of the Kurds
Why we must oppose Turkey’s outrageous assault on Afrin.
That Presidents Club dinner: calm down, everyone
Chattering-class moral outrage is spinning out of control.
|Thursday 25 January 2018|
Macron: the truth beneath the veneer
Why British journalists are wrong to swoon over the French president.
Mark E Smith: the last of the non-conformists
There was no one quite like the Fall’s post-punk poet.
One year on: the lethal folly of calling Trump Hitler
We mustn’t forget, or forgive, the anti-Trump lobby’s Nazi comparisons.
|Friday 26 January 2018|
From fake news to fake truths
Lies aren’t the only problem. The facts can also be made to tell false stories.
‘We have to stand up for Afrin and the Kurds’
Macer Gifford on why we must oppose Turkish militarism in the Middle East.
|Monday 29 January 2018|
In defence of Woody Allen
The attacks on him show how rash and dangerous #MeToo has become.
British women, enjoy your equality
As an Indian I can assure you: harassment is not rife in the UK.
The dangers of vigilante feminism
#MeToo revives the 19th-century view of women as moral guardians.
|Tuesday 30 January 2018|
ISIS in Sylvania: confronting Islamism
A new art book satirises our infantile approach to terrorism.
Don’t panic: the end is not nigh
Why we shouldn’t take the Doomsday Clock seriously.
Anti-Trumpism: the ultimate virtue signal
The planned protests against Trump's UK visit are acts of self-promotion.
Kick these video refs out of football
Video Assisted Refereeing will be the death of the beautiful game.
Brexit betrayed by the confederacy of demophobes
But let’s not despair – the democratic genie is out of the bottle.
|Wednesday 31 January 2018|
Cutting men’s wages is a scandal
Feminists demanding pay cuts for men are doing bosses’ dirty work.
Jordan Peterson: political saviour or false god?
Two spiked columnists clash over Peterson.
Three cheers for China’s cloned monkeys
The cloning of primates is a great scientific breakthrough.
Votes for 16-year-olds? Grow up
Votes for teens is a cynical, prejudiced and anti-democratic demand.