Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Recent Readings

Former minister Chris Bryant: French is a useless language
A former Foreign Office minister described the French language as "useless" as he called for more young people to learn Mandarin and Arabic.
Matthew Moore, Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2010

Why I will always stand up for permissiveness
The affirmation of free speech and civil liberties, at least in any consistent fashion, is far weaker today than at any time since the 1950s. We live in a world where seven- to eight-year-old children are condemned for ‘inappropriate sexual behaviour’ and where there’s barely a murmur of protest when serious criminal cases are tried without juries.
Frank Furedi, spiked, 15 June 2010

Enough with pavement justice from badged busybodies
On-the-spot fines, alcohol confiscations ... how public order offences are escaping checks of legal accountability
Josie Appleton, Guardian, 15 June 2010

Enough with pavement justice from badged busybodies
On-the-spot fines, alcohol confiscations ... how public order offences are escaping checks of legal accountability
Josie Appleton, Guardian, 15 June 2010

Lock up fewer criminals to save money, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke suggests
Fewer criminals could be locked after a review of judges’ sentencing rules, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has suggested.
Christopher Hope, Daily Telegraph, 14 June 2010

Welcome to Amnesty’s black-and-white world
The human rights group has a naive faith in ‘international justice’ and a simplistic view of high-profile conflicts.
Tara McCormack, spiked, 14 June 2010

Wigan transplant patient given lungs of 30-year smoker
The father of a woman who died after a double lung transplant said she would have been "horrified" to discover the organs were from a smoker of 30 years.
BBC News, 14 June 2010

Observer Ethical Awards: From Somewhere, Ethical Fashion Award
Orsola de Castro, of From Somewhere, created a dress using 'liability' fabric that was destined to be used as car-seating material – instead the Viper went on to become Tesco online's bestselling dress. Meet the queen of upcycling...
Lucy Siegle, Observer, 13 June 2010

What I bought this week: ethical fashion
'Ethical' and 'fashion' are no longer mutually exclusive…
Polly Vernon, Guardian, 13 June 2010

D’oh, we may never decode the universe
Some of the greatest mysteries of the universe may never be resolved because they are beyond human comprehension, according to Lord Rees, president of the Royal Society.
Jonathan Leake, The Times, 13 June 2010


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