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14 August 2011

The NewStatesman.com Top 10

Most read blogs and articles of the week.

By New Statesman

Here are the ten most read pieces between Monday 8 August and Sunday 14 August:

1. Our streets are aflame. Now black Britain will be allowed its say (Dan Hodges)

The politics of race has, at best, retreated to a narrow debate around the issue of Islamophobia.

2. Reporting on a riot that didn’t happen (David Allen Green)

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When does a lack of a riot need an explanation?

3. It was like Enoch Powell meets Alan Partridge (Owen Jones)

I did my best to challenge David Starkey in the Newsnight studio last night.

4. Who needs S&M when you can write for the Telegraph? (Robert Webb)

On doing battle with the online green Biro brigade.

5. “Why did the Tottenham riots happen?” Let’s all guess (Steven Baxter)

Discussion of the riots is dominated by guesswork, and coloured by the same old agendas.

6. Keeping the riots in proportion (David Allen Green)

What these exceptional events mean, and do not mean.

7. These riots show the cost of consumption (Sean Carey)

If affluence is our marker of social power, it is no surprise that the high street is at the heart of the riots.

8. Why “fun feminism” should be consigned to the rubbish bin (Julie Bindel)

If men like a particular brand of feminism, it means it is not working.

9. Want to support the police? Don’t join this Facebook group (Tom Calvocoressi)

“Supporting the Met police against the London rioters” group founder appears to have very questionable views on race.

10. This could be worse than what followed the fall of Lehman Brothers (David Blanchflower)

The UK is far from being a “safe harbour from the storm”, as Osborne ludicrously claimed.