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A culture war on whaling

5 April 2014

It’s official: no one is safe from the killjoyism of Australia’s green-leaning chattering classes. If you thought the only people who had to put up with having their lifestyles mocked… Read more

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Please stop trying to raise my awareness

29 March 2014

I wish people would stop trying to raise my awareness. I can’t so much as surf the web or stroll a high street these days without being accosted by one… Read more

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Israelis don’t care that we hate them. But they’d like to know why

15 March 2014

 Jerusalem   Talking to Israelis feels a bit like talking to fans of Millwall FC. ‘No one likes us, we don’t care,’ sing Millwall fans. Israel is the undoubted Millwall… Read more

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Trollhunters are a menace to the internet

1 March 2014

Within seconds of the announcement of Charlotte Dawson’s death, her body barely cold, lowlifes on the internet were swarming together to make dumb comments about her. No, I’m not referring… Read more

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The latest anti-Semitic cry: ban circumcision

19 October 2013

There are lots of weird campaign groups around today, but none so weird as a band of unmerry men called ‘the intactivists’. If you’ve never heard of the intactivists and… Read more

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Why interns don’t deserve pay

17 August 2013

In the modern political firmament, is there any creature more ridiculous than the agitating intern? Interns are rising up. These one-time coffee-makers have reimagined themselves as history-makers, fancying that they… Read more

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In defence of individualism

22 June 2013

It’s the funniest scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian. A parable-seeking mob gathers outside Brian’s home. They think he’s the messiah and will dispense some wisdom they might live… Read more

Shot down

25 May 2013

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together will agree that the Australian Vaccination Network is a mad movement. From its evidence-free claim that vaccines are toxic concoctions that can… Read more

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Can animals really be gay?

16 March 2013

Last week, at the select committee on the same-sex marriage bill, a lawyer for the Christian Institute revealed that a teacher had been disciplined for refusing to read to her… Read more

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Colonial rules

9 February 2013

Having spent much of the 19th century shipping their snaggle-toothed criminals and deviants Down Under, the great and good of Great Britain have always looked upon Oz as a land… Read more

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The making of a myth

19 January 2013

When John Kelly was transported from Tipperary to Tasmania in 1841, for stealing pigs, he couldn’t have imagined that 170 years later there’d be an exhibition of paintings of one… Read more

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Vegas Notebook

8 December 2012

There are many weird things about Las Vegas, from the truck that drives around offering ‘Hot Babes Direct To You’ to the entrepreneurial hard-up young man on the Boulevard who… Read more

Stop this secular Inquisition in reverse

24 November 2012

Not content with having poked its hooter into our pubs, fridges and bedrooms, now the insatiably interventionist state wants to colonise the Catholic confessional too. Yes, that’s right, some of… Read more

Creature comfort

27 October 2012

At a time when much of the West is rocked by recession, and some of the East is ravaged by war, why are Australians taking to the streets over the… Read more

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Malthus’s children

25 August 2012

Two hundred years ago, the creepy Revd Thomas Malthus would take to his pulpit to rail against the copulating lower orders. Author of An Essay on the Principle of Population… Read more

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Rating movies

7 July 2012

If, like me, you thought the British Board of Film Classification was staffed by red pen-wielding fuddy-duddies, think again. At the entrance to its office in Soho Square, I’m greeted… Read more

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Chavs and toffs together

30 June 2012

We live in thoroughly PC times, when tweeting rotten things about a black footballer can land you in jail and opposing gay marriage can see you branded a bigot. But… Read more

Wedding night jitters

23 June 2012

If you stop to think about it, you will notice that nothing in the gay marriage debate makes sense. The struggle for ‘marriage equality’ is presented to us as a… Read more

An acceptable hatred

4 February 2012

The last politically correct form of prejudice is against football’s working-class supporters There is a brilliant irony to the campaign to ‘kick racism out of football’: its backers — the… Read more

Brendan O'Neill

19 November 2011

Athens The manner in which George Papandreou was ousted has shocked Greeks. ‘It’s a foreign invasion, a takeover, only without tanks’, says Calchas, an angry young man whom I find… Read more

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Metal head

24 September 2011

CNN recently referred to Birmingham as ‘the unlikely birthplace of heavy metal’. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition entitled Home of Metal (until 25 September). All… Read more

Amy was right

10 September 2011

Something queer has happened to Amy Winehouse in the six weeks since her death: she has been turned from an anti-rehab rebel into the poster girl for rehab. The tragic… Read more

If only phone hacking were the real scandal

20 August 2011

The state’s abuse of power makes News of the World hacks look tame   For all the tankers of ink that have been spilt analysing Rupert Murdoch’s recent travails, nobody… Read more

Confessional culture

2 July 2011

If you were sexually abused by a Catholic priest nearly 50 years ago, and that priest was now dying or dead, would it not be wise to keep it to… Read more

Damned either way

2 July 2011
Chavs Owen Jones

Verso, pp.304, 14.99

The Bogan Delusion David Nichols

Affirm Press, pp.224, Aus $22.95

As someone who was born ‘the other side of the tracks’, I really wanted to like Owen Jones’s book, which sets out to expose how in recent years the working… Read more