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

Is the National Student Survey fit for purpose?
As the NSS celebrates its 10th anniversary, three writers take a long hard look at its usefulness from their different perspective
Arti Agrawal, Nona Buckley-Irvine and Ellie Clewlow , Guardian, 12 August 2014

Met police launches team targeting West End night-time economy
City of Westminster police and London Mayor Boris Johnson have launched a new team of officers to tackle violence and crime in the West End’s night-time economy.
Ellie Bothwell, Morning Advertiser, 7 August 2014

Nasa approves 'impossible' space engine design that apparently violates the laws of physics and could revolutionise space travel
Engineers from the space agency managed to produce tiny amounts of thrust using a microwave engine design that could turn space travel on its head
James Vincent, Independent, 4 August 2014

The strange death of individualism
Individualism is dead: we have succumbed to the lure of the crowd
Ross Clark, Spectator, 2 August 2014

Security vs Privacy
Topic Guide for the Debating Matters International Final 2014.
Dolan Cummings, Debating Matters, 1 August 2014

The end of the party: how we could be heading for a post-democratic era
From Nigel Farage to Russell Brand, Marine Le Pen to Beppe Grillo, a new breed of charismatic figures speak to the desire of electorates for leaders who understand their concerns and satiate their anxieties.
Michael Kenny and Nick Pearce, New Statesman, 1 August 2014

Ukip: David Cameron’s immigration policy is vacuous and cynical posturing
'It is time to take back control of our borders. It is time to leave the European Union to become a competitive, engaged, patriotic nation once more,' says Steven Woolfe, Ukip Migration Spokesman.
Steven Woolfe, Spectator, 29 July 2014

Big data needs big judgement
There is an experimental platform imagined in the classic 80s film Tron where all forms of research can be carried out at unparalleled speeds. It was called The Grid, and 30 years on, this futuristic machine has become a reality.
Nesta, 27 July 2014

Suzanne Moore, please don't ruin feminism by starting a feminist party
If you’re serious about structural feminism in Parliament, don’t waste your time trying to build a feminist party. Ban official outings for political wives instead.
Kate Maltby , Telegraph, 11 July 2014

The EU’s war on immigration
When it comes to its own borders, the EU is as anti-immigration as Front National.
Rossa Minogue, spiked, 7 July 2014


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