Battle of Ideas
The Daily Mail columnist feels that conservative thinkers are being stifled by a deadening left-wing consensus. I beg to differ…
Joe Bloggs wishes to use a pseudonym on Facebook as he does not want his employer and his tutors to know that he has an account. Or, Jane does not wish to have her Google services merged into one account
The case of Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Oslo and the island of UtØya in July 2011 is unusual, to say the least. Not only were the killings horrific in their calm and calculated brutality, but at the trial the prosecution argued that Breivik was insane and should be detained for psychiatric treatment, whereas the defence argued that he was criminally responsible and should be sent to prison.
The least troubling aspect of the John Terry case for me is the revelation that footballers shout offensive and unpleasant obscenities at rivals in the heat of a football game. Even those of us who cannot lip read surely did not think they were saying ‘please pass me the ball’
“This is not a decision I have taken lightly and I don’t need to be harassed,” wrote one woman recently. “I felt calm coming here and now I can’t breathe and feel panicky and judged. Last thing I needed,” wrote another.
In a disused tin-plate factory in a backstreet of Digbeth in Birmingham, an extraordinary thing is happening – a brand new, full-scale opera is being born. This can only mean one thing – world-renowned opera director Graham Vick is back in town, and his one-production-a-year Birmingham Opera Company (BOC) has once again sprung into life.
The NHS twitter trolls were out in force late last night and got up early this morning.
“@oliver_wright, govt stooge & serial falsifier of fact and smear artist extraordinaire upto his usual tricks on tomorrow’s Indy frontpage,” wrote @Barsacq.
On Thursday, high-profile science journal Nature published a commentary by three academics, which argued that sugar is a toxin and that it should be subject to similar kinds of public-health interventions as alcohol. In other words, sugar should be taxed and restricted just like booze.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recently released its latest report, once again sparking public concern about the impact immigration has had on the UK. Throughout the report, MAC explores the complications of the Home Office practice of condensing the impact of migration policy changes into a single number (the Net Present Value). Complications there very well may be, but this certainly isn’t the end of the story. There remains an aspect to the dialogue over economic and cultural openness that remains silent.
The Stephen Lawrence case was described by the Crown Prosecution Service as the ‘most significant in a generation’ and at its conclusion many were left with the feeling of ‘a job well done’. It marked the end to a decade of campaigning, both in the media and by Lawrence’s parents. Few doubt that British society is better off without Dobson and Norris on its streets. But at what cost? Has justice been well served?
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