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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Lifestyle & Society

Ireland to 'decriminalise' small amounts of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use
Minister also announced intention to implement 'injection rooms' in Dublin for addicts.
Rose Troup Buchanan, Independent, 3 November 2015

Tick-box policy won’t raise free-range kids
Helene Guldberg, spiked, 16 October 2015

Forward into the Night
The changing landscape of Britain's cultural and economic life
Frank Furedi, Night Time Industries Association, 2015

Don't Blame It on the Baby Boomers
It is all too tempting to blame the young for not having enough 'go' in them, for their self-pity and endless moaning about the housing ladder and tuition fees. As if they really are the most put upon generation there ever was.
Dave Clements, Huffington Post, 28 September 2015

Living longer is a cause for celebration
The ageing population is a challenge, not a threat.
Ella Whelan, spiked, 23 September 2015

‘Rape by deception’ should not be a crime
We are blurring the line between sex and rape.
Luke Gittos, spiked, 17 September 2015

Campus rape panic: scaring women away from uni
Why is the government collaborating in this dangerous myth?
Tom Slater, spiked, 9 September 2015

We need more friends and fewer shrinks
The medicalisation of social problems is straining mental-health services
Ken McLaughlin, spiked, 3 September 2015

Rape culture and the crisis of intimacy
A new book warns of the threats posed by the obsession with rape.
Ann Furedi, spiked, 28 August 2015

Gentrification is good for neighbourhoods
Debating Matters' acclaimed Topic Guides place debates in a social context
Anwar Oduro-Kwarteng, Debating Matters, 28 August 2015


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