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Tuesday 1 May 2018 May 2018
Sabine Beppler-Spahl
A dead party walking
Germany’s Social Democrats have a new leader, but no new ideas.

Rob Lyons
10 reasons minimum pricing sucks
Let’s stand up to this regressive sin tax.

Fraser Myers
After Toronto: a moral panic about men
‘Toxic masculinity’ does not explain recent brutal killings.

Andrew Doyle
Michelle Wolf and the rise of right-wing snowflakes
It was a roast. What did these whinging conservatives expect?

Wednesday 2 May 2018
Bill Wirtz
The senseless war on snus
Why does the EU want to snuff out smokeless tobacco?

Patrick Marmion
The #MeToo era needs some hippy spirit
Two new plays reflect how prudish and harsh the gender debate has become.

Steve Bremner
Rewilding: a rotten idea
How a rewilding experiment created a barren wasteland of starving animals.

Brendan O’Neill
Why the left has turned its back on freedom of speech
The left’s embrace of censorship is the great political tragedy of our time.

Thursday 3 May 2018
Patrick West
Yes, there are some nice Tories
The politics of ‘all Tories are evil’ is infantile nonsense.

Ella Whelan
Stop treating sex workers like children
Feminists who want to criminalise prostitution are attacking women’s autonomy.

Luke Gittos
Cosby’s conviction is a hollow victory
The politicisation of this trial will forever taint its verdict.

Mick Hume
The Lords and the left unite to fight democracy
Corbyn’s Labour – cheerleader for unelected, Brexit-throttling peers.

Friday 4 May 2018
Jonathan Israel
Radicalising the Enlightenment
Jonathan Israel on the vital importance of those who dared to know.

Stuart Kelly
Acts of faith and commemoration
Stuart Kelly on the land of Walter Scott, and the murderer who became a minister.

Steven Pinker
The critical
optimist

Steven Pinker on why the Enlightenment still matters.

Alexander Adams
Amrita Sher-Gil: unseen brilliance
The Hungarian-Indian painter is rightly hailed, yet few outside India have seen her work.

Ella Whelan
A revolution
of feeling

Rachel Hewitt’s history of emotion explores the late-Enlightenment mind

Brendan O’Neill
Forget Corbynism – the real ‘momentum’ is with Brexit
It’s clear now: Labour is the party of the establishment and status quo.

Jodie Ginsberg
Against hate-speech laws
Nadine Strossen’s new book makes an important case for the importance of free speech without limits.

Tim Black
JJ Rousseau: autonomy lost
His work laid the ground both for a radical conception of autonomy, and its critique.

Saturday 5 May 2018
Frank Furedi
The truth about Karl Marx
200 years after his birth, let’s remember how committed he was to freedom.

Monday 7 May 2018
Ian O’Doherty
Ireland’s nanny-state evangelists
There’s nothing these moral crusaders won’t do to save us from ourselves.

spiked podcast
‘Trump isn’t un‑PC. He’s just an asshole’
Bret Stephens talks to Tom Slater about the twin threats to free speech.

Mick Hume
Forget left v right, it’s Leave v Remain
Why Labour didn’t win and Twitter lost the local elections.

Tuesday 8 May 2018
Neil Davenport
Shaming service staff goes viral
Some millennials think little of hectoring low-paid workers.

Joanna Williams
Education can set kids free
Genes and background do not determine children’s future.

Tom Slater
Press freedom hangs by a thread
We have 24 hours to halt a historic betrayal of liberty.

Wednesday 9 May 2018
Jim Butcher
May Must Fall: an affront to intellectual diversity
Academics at Oxford seem to think students will be traumatised by a portrait of the PM.

Andrew Doyle
The Day for Freedom was not a far-right rally
But it did show what happens when the left abandons free speech.

Tim Black
Trump’s dangerous Iran obsession
America’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal will stoke tension in the Middle East.

Thursday 10 May 2018
Dennis Hayes
The EU won’t save academic freedom
Academics need to learn to stand up for themselves.

Michael P Fitzpatrick
The Met Gala and the cultural-appropriation hypocrites
Crucifixes? On non-Catholics? Why isn’t Twitter up in arms about this?

Brendan O’Neill
A manifesto for heresy
Say the unsayable: read the speech Brendan O’Neill gave at Oxford this week.

Friday 11 May 2018
Christian Butler
‘This is America’: a masterclass in ambiguity
Donald Glover’s viral hit is vague enough to suit everyone’s politics.

Patrick West
What Marx and Nietzsche had in common
Neither should be held responsible for the excesses of their supporters.

Jennie Bristow
Buying off young people
Why giving £10k to all 25-year-olds is a terrible idea.

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Monday 14 May 2018
Spiked
A minute of your time to help defend the press
We must see off the Lords’ plan for Leveson II – contact your MP now.

Christian Butler
Eurovision is about camp, not politics
Political commentators’ glib Eurovision takes are almost always wrong.

Fraser Myers
Dirty jokes in the dock
The policing of smutty humour needs to stop.

Wendy Kaminer
Sex, lies and Stormy Daniels
Could Trump’s tawdriness prove to be his undoing?

Tuesday 15 May 2018
Kevin Yuill
David Goodall: dying for the wrong cause
This tragic case reminds us why assisted suicide is immoral.

Rob Lyons
Sadiq Khan, London’s paternalist-in-chief
London has a lot of problems; burger ads isn't one of them.

Para Mullan
Malaysia: a victory for democracy
The defeat of Malaysia’s corrupt rulers was unexpected, and welcome.

Emily Dinsmore
Why MPs must vote against Leveson II – again
It’s time to shoot down the myths of the pro-regulation lobby.

Brendan O’Neill
The siege of Israel
The demonisation of Israel is nurturing a new kind of conflict.

Wednesday 16 May 2018
James Woudhuysen
Dementia: we need action, not awareness
The response to Barbara Windsor’s diagnosis captured society’s low horizons.

Luke Gittos
The ugliness of the knife-crime debate
Both sides treat black and Asian communities like children.

Joanna Williams
Stop playing politics with student suicides
Suicides on campus are shocking and tragic – and, thankfully, rare.

Brendan O’Neill
Why Ireland must repeal the Eighth Amendment
The right to abortion is one of the most essential liberties.

Thursday 17 May 2018
Fraser Myers
#MuteRKelly: now it’s #MeToo vs music
Throwing alleged sex pests off Spotify playlists is a mockery of justice.

Tim Black
Why demonising Iran is a dangerous game
Trump’s blundersome approach is escalating Israel-Iran tensions.

Christopher Snowdon
FOBTs: a middle-class moral panic
The £2 stake will do nothing to help problem gamblers.

Mick Hume
Time to quell the Lords’ anti-democratic riot
The constitutional crisis that nobody on the left wants to talk about.

Friday 18 May 2018
Gareth Sturdy
Carrot-gate and the sorry state of education
Teaching to the test has rendered students unable to answer tricky questions.

Jason D Hill
The black nihilism of Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates has profited from the very thing he is intent on destroying: the American Dream.

Ella Whelan
It takes more than a makeover to make a woman
Munroe Bergdorf is pushing a pretty sexist view of womanhood.

Tom Slater
Harry, Meghan and the future of the royals
Monarchism is weaker than it looks. Sadly, so is republicanism.

Sunday 20 May 2018
Brendan O’Neill
Oh spare us this Woke Monarchy
The new aristocrats are as irritating as the old ones.

Monday 21 May 2018
Daniel Ben-Ami
Entebbe: hijacked by political messaging
A new dramatisation of the Entebbe hijacking ignores its human dimension.

Christian Butler
Cannes is a celebration of diversity
Blanchett and pals’ sexism protests obscure the brilliant non-Western filmmaking on display.

Brendan O’Neill
The ugly trade in Palestinian pain
Western liberals bear some responsibility for the violence in Gaza.

Tuesday 22 May 2018
Martin Cullip
YouTube’s anti-vaping purge
The war on e-cigarette advertising sets a dangerous precedent for free speech online.

Luke Gittos
Asking too much of the Grenfell Inquiry
An inquiry can’t provide political answers to this terrible tragedy.

Tim Black
The fantasy of Russia’s dirty money
Blaming Russia for everything has become the elite’s go-to conspiracy theory.

James Heartfield
Ken Livingstone: undone by his own brand of anti‑racism
His own equal-opportunities approach has been turned against him.

Wednesday 23 May 2018
Karl Kemp
The alt-right comes to South Africa
The cynical politicisation of attacks on white farmers is helping no one.

Rudi Abdallah
Gina Haspel: feminist or torturer?
The CIA’s first female director is nothing to celebrate.

Joanna Williams
Monarchy and feminism: a perfect marriage
Meghan Markle epitomises the elitist turn of feminism.

Brendan O’Neill
Just say Yes
Brendan O’Neill reports from Dublin on the abortion referendum.

Thursday 24 May 2018
Fraser Myers
‘Internet safety’ just means internet censorship
Officials want to clean up the web. Bad news for free speech.

Kevin Yuill
Turning monsters into victims
Saying school shooters are the products of a warped society lets them off the hook.

Dominic Standish
The thwarting of Italian democracy
How EU officials are overriding Italy’s popular will.

Mick Hume
The real ‘Tory Brexit lie’...
...is the myth that May’s government is fighting to leave the EU at all.

Friday 25 May 2018
Henry Jacobson
The GDPR is why Brexit must happen
This mad regulation proves the 17.4million were right.

Patrick West
Gammon: the left turns on the less well-off
Among middle-class Momentum types, it’s cool to sneer at working people.

Ella Whelan
Identity politics is ruining Shakespeare
Two new productions at The Globe put ‘diversity’ ahead of art.

Tom Slater
‘How could Germaine Greer make anyone feel unsafe?’
Universities minister Sam Gyimah on the march of campus censorship.

Sunday 27 May 2018
Ann Furedi
The Irish vote will echo through Britain
How the revolt against the Eighth raises questions for the UK.

Brendan O’Neill
Choice – the great cause of our times
The Irish revolt against the Eighth should inspire radicals everywhere.

Monday 28 May 2018
Christopher Beckett
How kids’ lit became misery lit
Adventure stories are out; tales of woe and stress and illness are in.

Hardeep Singh
We have to stop saying ‘Asian grooming gangs’
‘Asian’ has become a way of avoiding mentioning the M-word.

Gareth Sturdy
The silencing of schoolteachers is out of control
How the education ‘blob’ uses intimidation to quash dissent.

Tuesday 29 May 2018
Christian Butler
Who’s afraid of the N-word?
No, singing along to the N-word in a rap song doesn’t make you racist.

Jon Holbrook
No, Oxford University is not racist
The diversity industry patronises black students and harms academia.

Ella Whelan
Abortion in Northern Ireland: let the people decide
Northern Irish women’s rights can’t be won by Westminster.

Brendan O’Neill
The putsch in Italy
The Euro-establishment has declared war on democracy.

Brendan O’Neill
The real reason the cultural elite hates Roseanne
It’s her non-conformism, not her gross tweet, that they can’t abide.

Wednesday 30 May 2018
Rob Lyons
The myth of the obesity timebomb
Childhood obesity is lower than it was a decade ago.

James Woudhuysen
North Vietnam strikes back
In January 1968, Vietnamese communists launched the world-changing Tet Offensive.

Tim Black
Enter the Weatherman
Tim Black talks to Mark Rudd about the 1960s, radicalism and his time in the Weather Undergound.

Luke Gittos
Tommy Robinson is no free-speech martyr
Prejudicing a court case is not a free-speech issue.

Frank Furedi
1968: The birth of the new conformism
As the old order crumbled, an equally depoliticised new one took its place.

Michael Fitzpatrick
The left’s betrayal of Ireland’s ’68
When people in Derry rose up to challenge their sectarian rulers, they were condescended to by a British left fiercely loyal to the British state.

Carlton Brick
Hubert Selby Jr’s war on God
Last Exit to Brooklyn is a testament to a deeply humanist sensibility.

Chris Reynolds
Misremembering May ’68
There is more to les évènements than students, sex and Paris.

Joan Bakewell
‘The world was never the same’
Joan Bakewell on sex, revolution and reporting during 1968.

Thursday 31 May 2018
Fraser Myers
Even Holocaust deniers deserve free speech
Alison Chabloz’s songs are grotesque but she shouldn’t be criminalised.

Rob Killick
The Great American Novelist
Philip Roth’s American Pastoral is one of the finest novels of all time.

Sean Collins
Blue Waves and Impeachment? Dream on, Democrats
The Democrats’ mistake: embracing an elitist politics of identity.


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