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why liberals bash trump but ignore dictators | politics
although the first episode of sacha baron cohen’s latest outing, who is america?, was enjoyable, especially the absurd liberal dr nira cain-n’degeocello, the programme is based on that most feeble and lazy of premises: that americans are crass and stupid. ha ha! let’s all laugh at a country that has seven entries in the world’s top ten university rankings.anti-americanism was in full voice at the weekend with the visit to britain of president donald trump, as thousands took to the streets around the country to protest against – so the consensus goes – this unbelievably evil, crass and thick man. the slogans on the placards vomited with rage – ‘world’s #1 racist’, ‘trump is a fascist’, ‘stupid, callous, fragile, racist, narcissistic potus’ – while one protester in london, an anglican vicar, summed up both the mood of the protesters and the anti-trump narrative. ‘the way that he’s spoken about islamic people, the way he’s spoken about mexicans crossing the border, his attitudes towards women and gay people – it’s all so totally offensive. he’s broadcasting poisonous attitudes towards the community, so i think we all have felt we needed to organise to keep idealism alive and to make sure that message of hate isn’t embraced by people’, he said.you might argue that the protests were directed at the man, not the american people. but it is more than a coincidence that trump conforms to a negative american stereotype beloved of the infant...
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we need to talk about the q | gay rights
decoding this baffling situation requires a quick inspection of the queer ideology. rising from the fringes of obscure seventies academia, the label refers to those who seek a deliberately more ambiguous alternative to the lgbt umbrella. its central tenet is that gender is, in fact, entirely artificial, and that concepts such as male and female are just harmful illusions (a belief which renders labels like gay and lesbian, or even transgender, entirely meaningless).to any right-minded person, this is, of course, completely ludicrous. for censorious leftists with outdated politics and boring sex lives, however, it’s their ticket to freedom.for if gender ceases to exist, it suddenly becomes pointless to worry about silly things like which sex you prefer. instead, we can all be ‘queer’, happily seducing whichever gender-ambiguous being happens to take our fancy (even if they all look suspiciously ladylike and only ditched their ‘cis’ name when they enrolled at goldsmiths university). to make things worse, the proponents of this loopy thinking have a nasty habit of bullying anyone who doesn’t see the world the same way. hence why lesbians are castigated for ‘upholding the oppressive gender binary’ when they selfishly refuse to sleep with newly rebranded non-binary folks with chest hair and male genitalia (albeit combined with purple hair and edgy tattoos).  this is why the queer phenomenon is so dangerous: unlike previous extensions to the lgbt rainbow, this isn?...
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let’s celebrate the ingenuity of ivf
ivf is no longer seen as a controversial medical procedure. but back in the 1970s, the idea of a child being conceived in a cold laboratory, rather than between the sheets, shocked many. some argued that it was an interference in the natural order of things, and that the ethics of creating life outside of the womb was questionable. james watson, one of the scientists who discovered dna structure, infamously said ivf would cause ‘all hell [to] break loose, politically and morally, all over the world’.more recently, the use of ivf in relation to so-called ‘saviour siblings’ has prompted a renewed discussion about ethics. in 2002, spiked reported on the case of the whitakers, a family who wanted to have a second child using ivf in the hope that he or she would be able to donate cells to their three-year-old son charlie who suffered from a rare blood disorder. they were denied treatment in the uk and were forced to have the procedure in the us. since then, the human fertilisation and embryology authority has approved such ‘sibling’ procedures on a case-by-case basis. there was even a saviour sibling story on emmerdale earlier this year.science should be about improving on nature to help make our lives better. the ability of doctors to help individuals sidestep their fertility problems is a wondrous thing. unfortunately, it remains a costly process. in the uk, under official guidelines, women under the age of 40 should be allowed three cycles of ivf treatment if they h...
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cliff richard’s win is our loss | child abuse panic | press freedom
having elevated the importance of privacy, cliff’s law requires a procedure for protecting it. by criticising the bbc for not giving sir cliff sufficient time to consider applying for an injunction to stop the intended disclosure, the judge provided it. from now on, those media outlets rich enough and bold enough to want to publish details of a police investigation will have to notify the suspect and then deal with any injunctions sought against them. faced with such obstacles, the likelihood is that the mere threat of legal action will ensure that many issues of public concern will in future be withheld from the public. as roy greenslade notes, ‘privacy has replaced libel as the go-to legal tool to frustrate legitimate media inquiries’. cliff’s law will have a considerable chilling effect on press freedom.when individual rights are elevated, collective interests are diminished. in cases involving the taint of criminal suspicion, the collective interest will often be the right of the police to seek further evidence with media assistance. in other cases the collective interest will be the public’s right to know what the police and other public agencies are doing. for example, had cliff’s law existed several years ago, the public may never have known of the spurious investigations into public figures such as paul gambaccini, harvey proctor, leon brittan and lord bramall. this would have been good for their privacy, but bad for the public’s right to know just how u...
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that’s redecorating, not activism | education | free speech
they said the poem – which, remember, wasn’t actually the one in the mural – was ‘not in line with our values’. and in an effort to ensure ‘black and brown voices’ weren’t being ‘written out of history’, they scrubbed it to a blur, and painted over it with the words of maya angelou’s ‘still i rise’. this isn’t censorship per se. it belongs to a category of campus activism that is far more pointless than that: the raging against dead blokes, inanimate objects, history; something like the rhodes must fall campaign at oxford, where some minority students claimed that the mere presence of a statue of the long-dead colonialist cecil rhodes was akin to ‘violence’.imagine feeling, or at least insisting that you are, that fragile. imagine thinking that the words of a dead poet somehow ‘erased’ your identity. imagine thinking that walking past a statue was the equivalent of being punched in the face. imagine thinking any of this was worth your time.students used to think they could make history, now they think they’re being beaten up by it. they used to want to change the world, now all they want to do is redecorate. it would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic.tom slater is deputy editor at spiked. follow him on twitter: @tom_slater_picture by: gettyfor permission to republish spiked articles, please contact viv regan.
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labour’s problem with jews is getting worse | anti-semitism | british politics
the left treats jews by a double standard. and this week we’ve seen that made crystal clear. compare and contrast what happens to people who criticise islam and people who criticise the jewish state. a couple of days ago, grouchy new atheist richard dawkins expressed dislike of the islamic call to prayer. it sounds ‘aggressive’, he said. he said that, despite being godless, he prefers the sound of church bells. he was instantly denounced as bigoted. even racist. prominent corbyn supporters branded him far right. he was a fascist simply for criticising an aspect of islam. at the same time, precisely as these denunciations of dawkins were taking place, labourites were arguing that public life must find a way to accommodate stinging, even ugly criticism of the jewish state. as part of the debate about labour’s new code against anti-semitism, some insisted that ridicule of the jewish state must be tolerated because it is illiberal to ‘curb’ legitimate discussion in relation to political and ideological matters.  why is open and free discussion important on jewish matters but not islamic ones? why is it always islamophobic to criticise the call to prayer or ridicule the koran or question the wisdom of women wearing the veil, but it is not anti-semitic to obsess over the jewish state and write it off as evil, racist and nasty? or consider how leading labourites, including emily thornberry, responded last week to donald trump’s mild criticisms of london mayor sadiq kh...
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no, ‘designer babies’ are not around the corner | genetics | science and technology
overall the nuffield report does not pose any serious barrier to further research and development of genome editing, which is positive. the report does, however, exaggerate the potential impact of genome editing and cautions the field to be medically and socially responsible. in so doing, the report unreasonably raises both hopes and fears about genome editing. there is currently no clinical application for genome editing that permanently affects the germ line. moreover, it is difficult to imagine how such genome editing might be more useful than currently available therapies, such as the selection of healthy embryos for ivf. the nuffield report suggests that genome editing could be required if two people carrying the huntington’s gene wanted to have children. however, the chances of that happening are incredibly small, and it is unlikely a new therapy will be developed purely for that circumstance.while genome editing for enhancement may have greater potential application, it is vastly more fanciful than genome editing for disease. it would require the modification of hundreds, possibly thousands, of genes, many of which we are yet to identify. what’s more, the relationship between genes and performance is much more ambiguous than the relationship between genes and disease. what this all points to is that the ongoing fears about ‘designer babies’ have little basis in reality. there is little evidence to suggest that people would be willing to use uncertain and risky ...
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no, ‘designer babies’ are not around the corner | genetics | science and technology
overall the nuffield report does not pose any serious barrier to further research and development of genome editing, which is positive. the report does, however, exaggerate the potential impact of genome editing and cautions the field to be medically and socially responsible. in so doing, the report unreasonably raises both hopes and fears about genome editing. there is currently no clinical application for genome editing that permanently affects the germ line. moreover, it is difficult to imagine how such genome editing might be more useful than currently available therapies, such as the selection of healthy embryos for ivf. the nuffield report suggests that genome editing could be required if two people carrying the huntington’s gene wanted to have children. however, the chances of that happening are incredibly small, and it is unlikely a new therapy will be developed purely for that circumstance.while genome editing for enhancement may have greater potential application, it is vastly more fanciful than genome editing for disease. it would require the modification of hundreds, possibly thousands, of genes, many of which we are yet to identify. what’s more, the relationship between genes and performance is much more ambiguous than the relationship between genes and disease. what this all points to is that the ongoing fears about ‘designer babies’ have little basis in reality. there is little evidence to suggest that people would be willing to use uncertain and risky ...
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consent classes for four-year-olds? what a terrible idea | education
it’s hard not to get swept along on a tide of horror and outrage when discussing children and sexual abuse. but these numbers hardly warrant it. the police figure for children sexually assaulting other youngsters counts anyone under the age of 18 as a child. the overwhelming majority of the almost 30,000 cases reported involved 17-year-olds – that is people legally over the age of consent. a sexual relationship between a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old, not that difficult to imagine in a school setting, would be a criminal offence even if neither party pressed charges. of the incidents of child peer abuse reported to police between 2013 and 2017, a massive 74 per cent resulted in no further action. this means that in three quarters of all cases there was either insufficient evidence or no one wanted to proceed with the investigation. in the past, adults saw kiss-chase as simply schoolyard fun. they looked the other way when children played games exploring each other’s bodies. they turned a blind eye when older teenagers started having sex. today, adults don’t view such activities as innocent, but as abusive. as a result, they are far more likely to intervene. certainly, a 71 per cent increase in cases of reported peer-on-peer abuse, at a time when survey after survey tells us youngsters are having less sex than ever before, suggests more monitoring of what young people are getting up to and greater enthusiasm for reporting potential offences. claims of 30,000 reported i...
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gender is more than a social construct | feminism
in truth, gender is a product of a complex relationship between biological and cultural factors. few would argue, for instance, that the dressing of boys in blue and girls in pink is anything other than convention, but this does not mean that such practices are inherently harmful, or that differences between the sexes can be entirely explained away by social conditioning. the trend towards gender-neutral uniforms in schools represents a fashionable but ultimately hollow form of identity politics, underpinned by this resurgence of constructionist dogma.  there is no utopian end point at which gender will be considered irrelevant. notions of femininity and masculinity have been celebrated and subverted throughout human history. the blurring of gender boundaries is evident in great works of literature and popular culture alike. a society which successfully neutralised the concept of gender could not possibly have produced the comedies of shakespeare, or the gender-bending performances of madonna and david bowie.  there’s a fascinating moment in the bbc documentary transgender kids: who knows best? in which a father discusses his experience of raising a transgender child. ‘i saw her run off to camp after she transitioned’, he says. ‘and ah! that’s just like a girl running, instead of looking at my son who runs like a girl.’ he finishes the anecdote by rolling his eyes theatrically, as though the very prospect of a boy running in a feminine manner represents the heig...
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they are not communists, you idiots | british politics | politics
it’s the living, breathing definition of a spat in which you want both sides to lose. although given it’s a twitterspat, arguably both sides already have lost, by very dint of the fact that they’re engaged in a twitterspat, despite not even being children. on one side, a tweeter by the name of ash sarkar and her fellow well-to-do corbynistas who have made a stir by convincing teen vogue – i’m dying here – that ms sarkar is a communist. and on the other side, grouchy right-wingers, who really miss the cold war and all its evil commies that they could define themselves against, who spy in teen vogue’s cheering of a communist – still dying here – the imminent return of the red menace. i wish i was making this up. but really i am not. i miss the cold war now too, or at least its promise of mutually assured destruction.this all kicked off – in the infinitesimally small world of online commentary, you understand, not in the real world – when ms sarkar appeared on good morning britain last week to talk about the protests against donald trump. she got into a camp shouting match with piers morgan – as all guests must; it’s in the contract – during which morgan asked her why she didn’t march against barack obama despite his trump-like mistreatment of migrants and foreign wars etc. morgan was on to something, but he’s such a slothful thinker, having had his grey matter dulled over the years by the desperate need to trend online, that he messed it up and s...
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gender is more than a social construct | feminism
in truth, gender is a product of a complex relationship between biological and cultural factors. few would argue, for instance, that the dressing of boys in blue and girls in pink is anything other than convention, but this does not mean that such practices are inherently harmful, or that differences between the sexes can be entirely explained away by social conditioning. the trend towards gender-neutral uniforms in schools represents a fashionable but ultimately hollow form of identity politics, underpinned by this resurgence of constructionist dogma.  there is no utopian end point at which gender will be considered irrelevant. notions of femininity and masculinity have been celebrated and subverted throughout human history. the blurring of gender boundaries is evident in great works of literature and popular culture alike. a society which successively neutralised the concept of gender could not possibly have produced the comedies of shakespeare, or the gender-bending performances of madonna and david bowie.  there’s a fascinating moment in the bbc documentary transgender kids: who knows best? in which a father discusses his experience of raising a transgender child. ‘i saw her run off to camp after she transitioned’, he says. ‘and ah! that’s just like a girl running, instead of looking at my son who runs like a girl.’ he finishes the anecdote by rolling his eyes theatrically, as though the very prospect of a boy running in a feminine manner represents the heig...
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fascists, fascists everywhere | politics | usa
those worried that these broadcasters were uncritically ‘platforming’ fascist views clearly didn’t bother to listen to the interviews. and this plays into bannon’s hands. right-wing populists make great hay out of the fact that the liberal establishment and the left prefer to dismiss them as fascistic rather than engage with them. bannon once infamously told an audience of front national supporters to take pride in being labelled racist. when challenged on this by nigel farage, he replied that ‘when they can’t get you on the facts, they’ll throw racism up… and then you know you’re winning’. for bannon, the left’s ‘race-baiting’ allows him to concentrate on voters’ concerns about ‘economics and jobs’.the reaction to bannon’s uk trip speaks not only to an unwillingness to engage with – and where necessary, confront – ideas like his; it also speaks to a need within the modern left, a desperation almost, for a resurgent fascism to rail against. fear of fascism now seems to be one of the few things unifying both the liberal establishment and the broader left – as we saw at the anti-trump protest last weekend. the march’s organisers attempted to inject a sense of historical significance into an otherwise weird, apolitical event by raising the spectre of fascism. organisers imagined future children and grandchildren asking ‘what did you do when the likes of donald trump were on the rise?’. but the carnival atmosphere, irony-laden signs a...
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russia 2018: the greatest ever world cup? | sport | world cup
meanwhile, croatia broke the cartel to reach their first-ever final, and belgium came close to doing the same. so is it all change and all bets off in international football?yes and no. the compelling upsets in russia do suggest that the winds of change are blowing through football, partly driven by the huge sums of money now sloshing around the game. ultimately, however, the story of russia 2018 was not all unpredictable anarchy, but the consolidation of a new power in international football – the deserving winners, france.having won their first world cup in paris in 1998, france have now reached three of the past six finals, as well as the final of the 2016 european championship. the french squad contained three of the five most expensive footballers ever (or will do, once kylian mbappé’s transfer to paris saint-germain is completed). this could be just the beginning of the french football empire. with an average age of 25 years and 10 months (among squad members who played a game), these french champions are younger than every world cup winner except the famous brazil of 1970 (25 years and nine months). the brilliant 19-year-old mbappé could potentially play in another four tournaments. then again, youthful brazil did not win another world cup for 24 years after 1970. that’s football, thank goodness.having tipped and backed them, i was happy to see france beat the fighting croats. but stop the predictable nonsense, please, about this being a triumph for the europea...
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‘trump is a russian plant’: birtherism for liberals | politics | russia | usa
the cultural and political set has lost its mind. that’s the most striking thing to come out of donald trump’s press conference with vladimir putin in helsinki yesterday. not trump’s refusal to believe the us intelligence agencies that russia tried to interfere with the 2016 election, by hacking into the emails of the democratic national committee and the clinton presidential campaign. this we already knew. trump said as much after he met putin on the sidelines of the asia-pacific summit in november. no, what was far more surprising, and worrying, was the readiness of not just cold warrior republicans but also supposedly level-headed liberals to say that trump’s performance proves he is ‘treasonous’, a ‘traitor’, a russian plant, an unabashed colluder with vlad in the downfall of american democracy. it was nothing short of hysterical.there’s no doubting that helsinki was remarkable, and further proof of trump’s vanity. at the afternoon press conference, following two hours of private talks between the two leaders, trump effectively sided with putin over his own intelligence agencies and justice department, which had indicted 12 russian intelligence officers for hacking into democrats’ emails just days before the summit. putin also admitted that he had wanted trump to win the election, because of his pledge to reset relations with russia. it is hard to think of a recent precedent. but did trump’s performance constitute ‘treason’, as former former ci...
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join the fight against pspos | liberties
we have responded to dozens of pspo consultations, and worked with local groups opposing pspos in their area, including skateboarders, young people, rough sleepers, punt touts, charity collectors, dog walkers, sheep commoners and bird feeders. many of these campaigns were successful, and councils were forced to make concessions or scrap the order entirely.shockingly, the home office doesn’t require councils to report on the way they are using these powers, and so it is only through our foi surveys that a national picture has been gained, and warnings have been issued about the way pspos erode public liberties.we have also helped dozens of people issued with community protection notices (cpns) – which are close cousins of pspos. (they involve the same dubious standard, of behaviour having a ‘detrimental effect’, but are used to impose restrictions on individuals rather than public spaces.) again, these orders can be issued by a single council officer, who does not have to justify the grounds for issuing the notice. recently, we have helped a couple who were banned from looking at their neighbours, and a woman issued with a notice after she was the victim of domestic violence.we have fought hard, but the battle is not won. councils are still bringing in deeply unjust pspos, which violate the statutory guidance and bypass local democracy. councils are still issuing thousands of cpns to people who have done nothing wrong and who cannot afford to defend themselves.our camp...
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russia 2018: the greatest ever world cup? | sport | world cup
meanwhile, croatia broke the cartel to reach their first-ever final, and belgium came close to doing the same. so is it all change and all bets off in international football?yes and no. the compelling upsets in russia do suggest that the winds of change are blowing through football, partly driven by the huge sums of money now sloshing around the game. ultimately, however, the story of russia 2018 was not all unpredictable anarchy but the consolidation of a new power in international football – the deserving winners, france.having won their first world cup in paris in 1998, france have now reached three of the past six finals as well as the final of the 2016 european championship. the french squad contained three of the five most expensive footballers ever (or will do, once kylian mbappé’s transfer to paris saint-germain is completed). this could be just the beginning of the french football empire. with an average age of 25 years and 10 months (among squad members who played a game), these french champions are younger than every world cup winner except the famous brazil of 1970 (25 years and nine months). the brilliant 19-year-old mbappé could potentially play in another four tournaments. then again, youthful brazil did not win another world cup for 24 years after 1970. that’s football, thank goodness.having tipped and backed them, i was happy to see france beat the fighting croats. but stop the predictable nonsense, please, about this being a triumph for the european ...
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scarlett johansson and the new cultural police | film
this superficial victory is, supposedly, even more profound as it ends johansson’s ‘problematic’ streak of roles. this follows, after all, from her alleged ‘whitewashed’ role in ghost in the shell, the live-action remake of the famous anime of the same name, which, like rub and tug is due to be, was directed by rupert sanders. but can we finally lay to rest the idea that johansson played a japanese character in that movie? to quote mamoru oshii, the director of the original ghost in the shell: ‘the major [johansson’s character] is a cyborg and her physical form is an entirely assumed one… there is no basis for saying that an asian actress must portray her.’ besides, the film was awful. more ‘accurate’ casting would hardly have saved it.going back to rub and tug, those who state that ‘of course’ a trans actor should always play a trans character are simplifying a complex debate that is still raging among trans actors. trace lysette, a trans actress who has a recurring role in the amazon show, transparent, has said that johansson’s casting would be acceptable if trans actors could also audition for cis characters. laverne cox, the trans star of orange is the new black, has said, ‘i would never want to tell another actor that they should or shouldn’t play a part’.in the end, what the rage against rub and tug really reflects is a strange, hair-trigger intolerance among some identity-politics types with regard to art and culture – which is now, ...
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no justine, we don’t need a second referendum | british politics | for europe, against the eu
besides, the stalemate in parliament is not a product of brexit itself, but of remainer recalcitrance. while 52 per cent of the public voted to leave the eu, remainers now occupy every great office of state, which they are using to push through may’s soft brexit strategy. there is a clear majority of remainers in parliament: 56 per cent of sitting conservative mps backed remain, while all but seven labour mps voted remain. there have been numerous attempts since the 2016 referendum to water down and reverse brexit from unelected lords and uppity mps, often under the guise of asserting a ‘parliamentary sovereignty’ that remainers had previously been happy to cede to the eu. remainers now make the perverse argument that the delays and dithering caused by their own unwillingness to accept the result is a reason to rethink brexit. because of their failure to listen to the public the first time, apparently we must now vote again.of course, second referendums are familiar to people across europe. whenever european voters have the temerity to reject an eu treaty, they are invariably asked to give the correct answer in a second vote. when the danish rejected the maastricht treaty in 1992, they were forced to vote again a year later. in 2001, the irish rejected the nice treaty. pro-eu campaigners threatened a ‘return to poverty’ if they didn’t make the right choice the next time around. other referendums are simply ignored. the french and dutch publics roundly rejected pla...
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why trump doesn’t hate russia | russia | usa
us president donald trump is in helsinki for a one-on-one (plus translators), no-advisers-allowed meeting with russian premier vladimir putin. and seemingly everyone is convinced that russia is undermining liberal democracy, indulging in nefarious interventions around the world, and even dead-set on reviving some larger russia, for which the annexation of crimea was only the start. everyone, that is, except trump.so, on the eve of this most black-boxed of presidential tête-à-têtes, his own justice department issued an indictment of 12 russian intelligence agents for hacking the democratic national committee and the hillary clinton presidential campaign. senators and 18 democratic members of the house committee on foreign affairs have called on trump to abort the meeting. and, perhaps most remarkable of all, trump’s own team constantly expressed a fear of russian aggression.just this past week, trump’s director of national intelligence, dan coats, compared the danger of russian cyberattacks to the terrorist threat posed to the us in the run-up to 9/11. in his trepidation, coats was merely following trump’s former national security adviser, general hr mcmaster, who warned last year: ‘russia and china are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.’ likewise, defence secretary jim mattis, secretary of state mike pompeo and current national s...
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those anti-trump protests were really, really weird | british politics | politics | us election 2016
get some structure, people. get some focus. is the world ending, or not? what was your key complaint? what do you want politicians to do? because if you can’t answer these questions then your demo just looks like a rowdy middle-class picnic at which a hundred thousand people are in essence letting off personal emotional steam. this was less a coherent mass statement, as protests have traditionally been, than it was a few thousand declarations of personal angst, or moral superiority. witness the placards saying things like, ‘we care’ and ‘i care, do you?’. it was strangely atomised. it wasn’t a political force, it was a lonely crowd: disparate individuals joining together as much to say something about themselves as about the world.and there was the identity politics, too. i’m sorry, but to refer to the collective of drag queens who were spreading their legs for the cameras and instructing trump to keep his hands off their (non-existent) pussies as ‘the resistance’ is an insult to actual resistance movements that stood up to actual fascism. the self-aggrandising title of ‘resistance’ felt utterly out of place on a demo where people weren’t saying anything politically serious, weren’t saying what they were for, and looked absolutely knackered by the time they got to trafalgar square – i’m not sure these folks would have lasted long in the spanish civil war or running messages to rebels in vichy france.what all of this points to is a new kind of pro...
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in defence of tony the tiger | food | health
public-health advocates are moving in on the one danger we’ve all been missing: cereal-box cartoon characters. that’s right, tony the tiger, cap’n crunch, count chocula, and snap, crackle and pop are all after our children. but, luckily, the european union, the world health organisation (who) and jamie oliver are here to protect us.no, i’m not making this up. in may, oliver claimed that cereal-box cartoon characters, and characters from tv shows and films, shouldn’t be used to ‘peddle rubbish’. he was giving evidence to the health and social care committee of the house of commons, which is looking into ways to tackle childhood obesity. oliver wants a complete ban. which is odd. because, as daniel pryor from the adam smith institute swiftly pointed out on twitter, oliver himself once used a cartoon character to promote a particularly sugary muffin in a video – a video which was promptly, and inexplicably, removed.sadly, it isn’t just oliver who thinks cereal-box cartoons should be banned. the who laid out its case for a ban in a 2010 report. and in 2012, it even suggested that nations should ‘eliminate all forms of marketing of any products to which a broad range of children are exposed’. eu council proposals, meanwhile, frame this as a consumer-protection issue.
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it isn’t islamophobic to criticise sadiq khan
anyone who doubted that the accusation of islamophobia is used to silence perfectly legitimate political debate will surely change their minds as a result of the trump / sadiq spat. in the rush to brand trump an islamophobe and a racist merely because he criticised sadiq khan’s response to terror attacks, labour and its media cheerleaders have exposed how much of a conceit the phobia accusation is, how cynical it is, and that it really serves no other purpose than to shush unpopular opinions by slurring them as bigoted.in his interview with the sun, trump, as is his way, had a pop at pretty much everyone. theresa may. the eu. ‘soft’ brexiteers. and the london mayor sadiq khan. trump and sadiq have been engaged in the global-politics equivalent of a twitterspat, a camp exchange of insults, for ages now. so it wasn’t surprising that trump seized the sun opportunity to re-air his criticism of sadiq’s response to the two terror attacks in london last year, at westminster bridge and london bridge. ‘i think he has done a very bad job on terrorism. i think he has done a bad job on crime’, said trump. he also said there is too much immigration into europe and britain. no surprise there. everyone knows he thinks this.that was it. he didn’t mention sadiq’s skin colour or his religion. he didn’t mention the mayor’s pakistani origins. he said nothing about brown people. he didn’t suggest sadiq was soft on terrorism, far less that he is soft on it because he’s a ...
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days of middle-class rage | politics | us election 2016
why trump? what is it about him that so riles the liberal-left? this seems obvious, right? he’s anti-immigration, he’s crude, unbothered by climate change, an alleged ‘pussy-grabber’, and at least a bit racist. but as the trump baby blimp flies over westminster today and thousands across the uk gear up to protest his visit, it is worth asking why his arrival has sparked such fury where others’ haven’t. the stop trump coalition, one of the main organisers of today’s ‘carnival of resistance’, highlight trump’s brutal erstwhile border policy, whereby parents were separated from their children in detention centres. protesters interviewed outside the us ambassador’s residence in regent’s park, where they were using pots, drums and vuvuzelas to ‘keep trump awake’ last night, said it was the ‘caging kids’ that got them to turn out. but what, then, about obama? despite his status as secular saint, he deported more migrants than any of his predecessors. and he himself kept kids in cages, albeit with their families rather than separated from them. meanwhile, closer to home, the uk remains the only nation in europe to operate indefinite detention for illegal migrants. the windrush scandal – the harassment and deportation of british citizens – has sparked outrage, but it hasn’t sparked nationwide protests.‘we [will] not allow the clock to be turned back to the darkest moments in history’, a spokesman for the stop trump coalition says of today’s...
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we’re all foucauldian now | books & essays | free speech | life
eighty per cent of people think it is wrong for a man to compliment a woman on her appearance in the street, according to the british social attitudes survey. unsurprisingly, while 50 per cent of all respondents said it was always wrong, 61 per cent of younger people said it was always wrong. perhaps surprisingly, men are more likely to say it is wrong – 61 per cent – compared to 52 per cent of women.maybe these latter statistics shouldn’t surprise us, though. with good reason, men are more aware of the consequences of perceived sexist behaviour. most men would refrain from such conduct, such is the sexually paranoid climate we inhabit today. even for a man to look at a woman the wrong way could be construed as inappropriate and be made subject to censure. it is this very same sexually paranoid mood that has led some people to conclude that even a wolf-whistle should be classified as a ‘hate crime’, rather than a nuisance at worst, and a compliment at best.it is all very well for those of us who have long left university to decry and mock twentysomethings as oversensitive ‘snowflakes’, but the adult world is just as given to hypersensitivity. it manifests itself elsewhere in males having to think twice – or not at all – before opening doors for women. it has also long shown itself in males being terrified of talking to or smiling at children, even if the child is lost and in distress, for fear of being mistaken for a paedophile. it manifests itself in white ...
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has the supreme court become too powerful? | crime and the law | usa
twentieth-century federal courts often played the role madison intended for them, curbing the excesses of majority rule, ensuring first amendment and fourth amendment freedoms, among others. whether or not you include reproductive freedom or the individual right to possess and display firearms in this list depends on whether or not you believe the constitution ensures a right to privacy and how you interpret the oddly drafted second amendment. the supreme court doesn’t simply enforce clearly enunciated constitutional rights. it interprets, defines, and arguably creates them, raising questions about whether it is protecting fundamental minority rights or promoting minority power. gun control or gun-safety measures, for example, are supported by majorities of americans, whose preferences don’t matter much if the court decides they conflict with the constitution. majorities support abortion rights, with some exceptions, and oppose overturning roe v wade, but their views won’t matter either if the court decides to eviscerate, if not formally reverse, the roe decision.minority power is becoming less an exception than a rule in the us today (as i’ve previously explained). the president reigns despite having received a minority of votes. republicans hold the senate (and the power to confirm judicial appointments) despite receiving only a minority of votes cast in senate races. republicans rule the house having won more seats than their share of votes nationwide. the electora...
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starbucks, your latte levy is pointless | environment
but what, really, is the problem here? we may use 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups per year, but that still represents a tiny fraction of our overall waste. there are no precious resources being wasted, just cheap and common materials. we are not, nationwide, running out of landfill space. it might be just as well to burn such waste to produce electricity as to recycle it. in short, dutifully bringing in a reusable cup to your local coffee shop is not going to save the planet. at worst, disposable coffee cups are an annoying litter problem, but that could be solved by increasing the number of bins to dump them in. there are very good reasons for using disposable coffee cups: they are cheap, they work and they are convenient. if someone can come up with an eco-friendly alternative that is just as good, great. if you feel passionately about the environment, feel free to bring your own cup to the coffee shop, though in reality it will only salve your conscience. we shouldn’t worry about coffee cups as a terrible source of waste, because they’re not. making coffee more expensive will just make us all that bit poorer for little or no benefit.what is a waste is the amount of thought, time and resources devoted to trying to solve this trivial problem. rob lyons is science and technology director at the academy of ideas and a spiked columnist.picture by: gettyfor permission to republish spiked articles, please contact viv regan.
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the two englands | sport | world cup
there is the england that watches the national team and sees merely skill and talent, and there is the england that watches the national team and sees skin colour and origin and the benefits of so-called multiculturalism. witness how members of the new political clerisy constantly talked up the diversity of the team and cited it as a reminder of what a mess we would be in without immigration.the team, to them, was little more than a powerpoint presentation for lecturing what they view as the vulgar, racist hordes. ironically, they see racial beings where the rest of us merely see football players. so there’s the england that obsesses over individual identity and there’s the england that thinks more collectively, more nationally, for whom these players, whatever their background, are english and football players ahead of everything else.there’s the england that pursues of the promise of nationhood, and the england that views the nation as outdated. there is the england that feels national pride and sometimes even waves the english flag, and there is the england repulsed by such ‘jingoistic’ behaviour. even in london itself, you can have a working-class estate adorned in england flags not far from corbynista-inhabited parts of london where the only flag you’re likely to see is the eu one. two londons. the england that sees itself as a nation, and the england that sees itself as a small cog in the pseudo-cosmopolitan machine of brussels whose wise counsel is apparent...
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starbucks, your latte levy is pointless | environment
but what, really, is the problem here? we may use 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups per year, but that still represents a tiny fraction of our overall waste. there are no precious resources being wasted, just cheap and common materials. we are not, nationwide, running out of landfill space. it might be just as well to burn such waste to produce electricity as to recycle it. in short, dutifully bringing in a reusable cup to your local coffee shop is not going to save the planet. at worst, disposable coffee cups are an annoying litter problem, but that could be solved by increasing the number of bins to dump them in. there are very good reasons for using disposable coffee cups: they’re cheap, they work and they are convenient. if someone can come up with an eco-friendly alternative that is just as good, great. if you feel passionately about the environment, feel free to bring your own cup to the coffee shop, though in reality it will only salve your conscience. we shouldn’t worry about coffee cups as a terrible source of waste, because they’re not. making coffee more expensive will just make us all that bit poorer for little or no benefit.what is a waste is the amount of thought, time and resources devoted to trying to solve this trivial problem. rob lyons is science and technology director at the academy of ideas and a spiked columnist.picture by: gettyfor permission to republish spiked articles, please contact viv regan.
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dancing for freedom | feminism | iran | middle east
the courage of these women is inspiring. they face arrest, beatings and social ostracisation simply for refusing to cover their heads and behave in a way the iranian authorities think is appropriate. older iranian women of course remember what life was like before the 1979 islamic revolution which deposed the shah and installed ayatollah khomeini. back then, iran was a relatively prosperous and modernised country, where women enjoyed the freedoms offered by 1970s culture. then, after 1979, came an immediate and extreme oppression of women’s freedom.this is why so many iranian women and men have risked their safety to protest against the regime. in 2014, a group of men and women were put in jail and sentenced to lashes for dancing to the pop song ‘happy’ in a video protest they hoped would show the world that iranians aren’t all doom and gloom. hijab protester shaparak shajarizadeh, who joined the ‘white wednesdays’ movement of women removing their headscarves and posting video footage online, has reportedly been sentenced to 20 years in prison for her act of defiance.never mind being wolf-whistled at or being allegedly talked over in boardroom meetings – these women know what it means to face true patriarchal rule, and they are bravely defying it. their revolts should be an inspiration to women across the world, and we should stand (or dance) in solidarity with them.ella whelan is a spiked columnist. her book, what women want: fun, freedom and an end to feminism...
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