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

A Times critic crosses the line of malice
Early this summer, a slew of middle-aged, male London critics lay into an Irish mezzo-soprano at Glyndebourne for being too fat. - See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2014/09/a-critic-crosses-the-line-of-malice/#sthash.GEMhPZnZ.dpuf
Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disk, 17 September 2014

The world is saying No to Scottish separation
The Yes campaign has elected to play a cynical, bewildering and finite game of identity politics
Philip Stephens, Financial Times, 11 September 2014

Boris could make motorists pay for every mile they drive on London's roads to cut deaths from pollution Read more: http://www.d
Mayor's plan would see fuel duty and road tax replaced with charge to use roads
Daily Mail, 11 September 2014

How anti-tobacco researchers cook the evidence
It’s called ‘research’, but investigations into Big Tobacco are increasingly a moral activity.
Neil McKeganey, spiked, 10 September 2014

What counts as ‘bad’ architecture? The problem with the Carbuncle Cup
From the Carbuncle Cup to the Dead Prize and Zaha in Qatar, architectural journalists resort to moral outrage to shore-up dwindling readerships
Austin Williams, Architectural Review, 6 September 2014

Quantitative easing would sow the seeds of crisis not recovery
The policy could push the eurozone in the wrong direction
Michael Heise, Allianz, 3 September 2014

Go on, Carswell, tell ’em what you really think
The Tory defector believes our changing politics makes radical change easier. He should ask his voters if they agree
Daniel Finkelstein, The Times, 3 September 2014

Confidentiality costs
Care.data has met a hail of criticism. Technical solutions which both protect patient-confidentiality and enable linkages in the public interest had been eschewed.
Sheila Bird, Royal Statistical Society, 27 August 2014

Confidentiality costs
Care.data has met a hail of criticism. Technical solutions which both protect patient-confidentiality and enable linkages in the public interest had been eschewed.
Sheila Bird, Royal Statistical Society, 27 August 2014

Seeds of Doubt
An activist’s controversial crusade against genetically modified crops.
Michael Specter, , 25 August 2014


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