Festival news
2 December 2007
Battle of Ideas 2007 media report

The Battle of Ideas 2007 generated extensive press coverage.

Martyn Perks, comment on defending design for its own sake
Blueprint November 2007

Karl Sharro, comment on film and the city
Blueprint November 2007

Austin Williams, ‘Transport in India’
Blueprint November 2007

Nigel Hawks: Painkillers and a walk are best for back pain
The Times 9 November 2007

Raymond Snoddy: British television isn’t in terminal decline - get recording and see
The Independent 5 November 2007

James Delingpole: I am facing up to the fact that I may be a Marxist
The Spectator 3 November 2007

Nathalie Rothschild: The yogi and the techie
Hindustan Times 2 November 2007

Melanie Newman, ‘Right to speak is threatened’
THES, 2 November 2007

Richard Reynolds, ‘Academe is guilty of institutional cowardice’
THES, 2 November 2007

Piers Hellawell, ‘Manifest Inadequacies’
Incorporated Society of Musicians Music Journal October 2007

Cecilia Wee, ‘Would you prefer silence?’
New Notes October 2007

Battle of Ideas
BBC Focus October 2007

Adrian McNeil, Chief Executive, Human Tissue Authority, Good regulation - Research shows no gulf between science and public confidence
Letter to The Times, 31 October 2007

Leah Hardy, ‘Homework for parents’
Body&Soul, The Times, 27 October 2007

Naming the enemy
Leader, The Australian, 27 October 2007

Motoring news: The London to Brighton Run
Daily Telegraph 27 October 2007

Zo‘ Corbyn, ‘Focus on deliverables concerns scientists’
THES, 26 October 2007

Melanie Newman, ‘Free speech wins the day’
THES, 26 October 2007

Cara Bleiman, ‘Rock ‘n’ Revolt’
Cherwell 24, 26 October 2007

Claire Fox: Debate is being stifled by a new form of inquisition
The Independent 25 October 2007

Mark Henderson, ‘Constant policing of our research makes us look sinister, say scientists’
The Times 25 October 2007

Claire Fox: Let’s just have more homes
The MJ 25 October 2007

Independent education diary
Independent 25 October 2007

Austin Williams, ‘Architects cannot save the planet’
Construction News 25 October 2007

Raymond Tallis, ‘Why blame me? It was all my brain’s fault’
The Times 24 October 2007

Naresh Fernandes, ‘Growing Pains’
Time Out 24-30 October 2007

Preview, Around Town
Time Out 24-30 October 2007

Professor Patrick Basham: Who are you calling fat?
The Independent 23 October 2007

David Aaronovitch, ‘A weapons expert, a rose grower and a fantasist’
The Times 23 October 2007

Jennie Bristow, ‘Mums of the world unite’
Sunday Herald 21 October 2007

David Willetts MP, ‘We must value education for itself, not just to get a job’
The Sunday Times 21 October 2007

Andrew Price, ‘Students’ tickets to culture’
Paddington and Westminster Times 21 September 2007

Vivienne Parry, ‘Obesity: the big fat lie?’
The Times, Body&Soul 20 October 2007

Book now: the Battle of Ideas
The Week 20 October 2007

Sonya Dyer: Why are the arts so white?
Time Out London 17 October 2007

Nathalie Rothschild: Thunderer - ‘Spare us the Hollywood luvvies with a conscience’
The Times 17 October 2007

Madeleine Brindley, ‘Child obesity back lash’
Western Mail 16 October 2007

Events: Battle of Ideas festival
New Statesman 15 October 2007

Robert Bivins, Old cures for new ills + Battle of Ideas reader offer
Body&Soul, The Times 13 October 2007

Camilla Cavendish, ‘The madness of feeding this ravenous NHS’
The Times 11 October 2007

Norman Lewis explodes the myth of the digital child
Telecom Markets, 9 October 2007

Newsround: Battle of Ideas 2007
Music Journal September 2007

Autumn preview: Battle for Music
New Notes September 2007

Don’t miss the blarney barney
Daily Telegraph 8 September 2007

Coverage in The Smoke

Coverage in Lexus Magazine


Geoff Kidder: Top ten British sporting losses
Times Online 24 October 2007

Raymond Tallis: My brain made me do it
Times Online 24 October 2007

Simon Myerson: The courts are not keeping pace with science
Times Online 23 October 2007

Patrick Kidd: Top 50 great British losers
Times Online 23 October 2007

Rob Lyons: Recycling is a waste of time
Times Online 23 October 2007

David Aaronovitch: Sorting waste is a pain, but I’ll do my bit
Times Online 23 October 2007

Dolan Cummings: Count me out of atheism’s creed
Times Online 22 October 2007

Ruth Gledhill: Religion’s death has been widely exaggerated
Times Online 22 October 2007

Gerard Baker: The US grass is still greener
Times Online 22 October 2007

Cheryl Hudson: Missing: one American dream
Times Online 22 October 2007

Jeffrey Rosen: Privacy is dead. Long live privacy
Times Online 22 October 2007

Holden Frith: We don’t really care about our privacy
Times Online 22 October 2007

Anjana Ahuja: Why particle physics is sexy
Times Online 22 October 2007

Mitesh Patel: The astonishing profits in particle physics
Times Online 22 October 2007

Battle Talk - spiked/18 Doughty Street

Ceri Dingle with Brendan O’Neill

Dominic Lawson with Brendan O’Neill

James Delingpole with Brendan O’Neill

Arts and elitism with Shirley Dent

Student activism with Brendan O’Neill

Barriers to science with Tony Gilland

The new heresies Mick Hume


Revolting students

Demonising Parents

MySpace Generation

Film stars: from icons to role models

London 2012

Immigration: the unheard debate

Diet Nation

Other online

Bites from the Battle of Ideas
Philosophy and life blog

Should Art Change the World?
Battle of Ideas, State of Play Magazine and A&B

Battle of Ideas London Debate
View London

GTC at the Battle of Ideas
General Teaching Council

Battle of Ideas
Moleskine Cities

Battle of Ideas 2007
Intute: Arts and Humanities

Battle of Ideas
ESRC Society Today Issue 67

Battle of Ideas 2007
Your Local Guardian

Toner Quinn: Small Country think big
November/December 2007

Shirley Dent, ‘Stop this political prancing and get to the pointe - the best dance is elite dance’
Ballet.co Magazine November 2007

Rachel Harvey, Review of the Battle of Ideas
Remotegoat.co.uk November 2007

Battle of Ideas
CutivAsian October 2007

Battle for Africa
BBC Africa and Beyond October 2007

Julia Hailes, ‘Battling for recycling’
Telegraph blog 31 October 2007

Times Online web grab - Battle of Ideas special
Times Online 26 October 2007

Martin Earnshaw, ‘Recylcling: reducing waste or waste of time?
Arts & Letters Daily 24 October 2007

Battle of Ideas
Flavorpill London 23 - 29 October 2007

Adam Sampson, ‘Overcrowded and under pressure’
Society Guardian 23 October 2007

Battle of Ideas
Shelter: Adam’s Blog 23 October

Dave Clements, ‘Let’s take the politics out of housing policy’
Society Guardian 22 October 2007

Frank Furedi, ‘Fear of the Unknown’
Guardian Comment is free 22 October 2007

Jennifer Rohn, Preview: Battle of Ideas 2007
Nature Network 17 October 2007

Privacy and new technologies survey
New Media Knowledge newsletter 17 October 2007

‘Is our response to terrorism a bigger problem than the threat itself?
Innovations Report 16 October 2007

Ian Delaney, ‘Privacy 2 Standards’
twopointouch.com 10 October 2007

‘Oliver Shaw is hoping for snow’
Le Cool magazine 10 October 2007

Suzy Dean, Compulsory Voting: the case against
OpenDemocracy 5 October 2007

Battle of Ideas preview
Dazed and Confused blog September and October 2007

Toner Quinn, ‘Music in the 2007 Battle of Ideas festival’
Journal of Music in Ireland blog 30 September 2007

Shirley Dent, ‘We need creative critics and critical creators’
Guardian arts blog 27 September 2007

Martyn Perks, ‘Don’t curb design enthusiasm’
Guardian arts blog 26 September 2007

Battle of Ideas preview
Mansized 25 September 2007

Shirley Dent, ‘The collective work of a single author’
Guardian arts blog 17 September 2007


‘The Truth About Obesity’
The Investigation, BBC Radio 4 22 November 2007

Patrick Basham on ‘Diet Nation’
Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio 2 29 October 2007

Phil Cunliffe on ethical foreign policy
Moral Maze, BBC Radio 4 31 October 2007

Viv Regan on Saving Africa: the West’s new moral mission?
Inspirit, BBC Radio London 28 October 2007

Battle of Ideas feature - post-ideology
The World this Weekend, BBC Radio 4 27 October 2007

Claire Fox: democracy and its limits
World tonight BBC Radio 4 Friday 26 October

Patrick Basham on ‘Diet Nation’
You and Yours, BBC Radio 4 23 October 2007

Interview with Frank Furedi on terrorism
Sky News bulletin 22 October 2007

Patrick Basham on ‘Diet Nation’
Channel 4 News bulletin 17 October 2007

Michael Fitzpatrick on obesity epidemic
BBC Radio Foyle 17 October 2007

Science and politics of climate change
Analysis, BBC Radio 4 forthcoming

Battle for Africa
Analysis, BBC Radio 4 forthcoming

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