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Review of the week ending 19 July

Monday July 21, 2014

Alarming or cheering reporting from blogs, websites and newspapers that aims to keep you up-to-date and entertained – stories in no particular order…

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Why nanny should become the new 'N' word

Brendan O’Neill’s speech at The Freedom Dinner is published here for those who couldn’t make it …

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An over-provision of health quangocrats

Stuart Winton shows how state quangocrats will challenge new businesses selling alcohol within the law – with no evidence base or democratic mandate.

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Masturbation won’t cause you to go blind – and smoking probably won’t either

Chris Oakley retells the health scares about masturbation and their relationship to the state’s misleading tobacco packaging of today

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Review of the week ending 14 July

Robust, unusual or obscure reporting from blogs, websites and newspapers that aims to keep you up-to-date and entertained – stories in no particular order…

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Grammar schools are about freedom for parents

Class based Grammar schools are a contradiction in terms, argues Simon Hills

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Our government is drunk on power

Another week another mind-numbingly stupid idea. This time Theresa May teams up with Jeremy Hunt to parade their spineless connivance with our public health commissars, argues Brian Monteith

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Covert sensitization by government decree?

What are the intellectual origins of the latest state intervention in our lives? John Burton argues it is not only unethical but is dangerously open-ended.

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Do you let people define what you can hear and think?

In an edited version of his speech at the Zurich Salon discussion ‘Free speech with or without “buts”?’ Dennis Hayes challenges bans on speech

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Bullies’ Briefing #30

More examples of our daft world as we report on yet more absurd bans and regulations…

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More evidence the bully state has done away with nanny

Double dealing and doublethink are the qualifications required for today’s bullying politicians, argues Brian Monteith