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Get the police off our tweets!

A senior British police officer has threatened to punish offensive speech online - where's the outrage over such Orwellianism?

Brendan O’Neill 19 September 2014

Scotland: once again the demos save the day

The masses are far more rational than the unhinged political class.

Duleep Allirajah 19 September 2014

Kick wifi out of football?

Fans live-tweeting matches from the stands isn't to blame for the sanitisation of the game.

Rob Lyons 19 September 2014

Swiss girls just wanna have guns

Rob Lyons reports from Zurich's annual shooting competition – for schoolchildren.

Brendan O’Neill 18 September 2014

Say No

Democracy itself is on the line in today’s referendum.

Mattias Svensson 18 September 2014

Sweden’s overcrowded middle ground

Forget far-right surges and left revivals - Swedish politics is gravitating to the centre.

Martyn Perks 18 September 2014

Apple: the U2 of the tech world

Apple used to lead the market; now it desperately follows it.

Tim Black 17 September 2014

Youth today – boring, polite and very fearful

Young people need to stop worrying about their careers and get out more.

Pierre Desrochers 17 September 2014

The latest culinary fad: famine food

Middle-class foodies are paying a fortune to eat what peasants once lived on.

Mark Beachill 17 September 2014

After the Sewol disaster: the future of South Korea

The sinking of a ship packed with schoolchildren is unravelling political life in Korea.

Dolan Cummings 16 September 2014

The flimsy, fantasy politics of the Yes campaign

Scottish independence is not an opportunity; it’s a political dead-end.

Neil Davenport 16 September 2014

Coppers: the armed wing of therapy culture

Chasing tweeters, raiding ageing celebs' homes... the police are fuelling the culture of victimhood.

Patrick West 16 September 2014

Gingers, nerds and fat people – the ‘new prejudice’?

Picking on people for their appearance may be unpleasant, but it's hardly akin to racism.

Brendan O’Neill 15 September 2014

The West’s sad semi-war against ISIS is worse than useless

Our leaders say the Islamic State threatens civilisation – why won’t they fight it?

Tim Black 15 September 2014

NATO’s reckless Russia‑baiting

The Cold War organisation’s crisis of purpose is playing itself out in Ukraine.

Nikos Sotirakopoulos 15 September 2014

Greek anti-racist bill: say the right things, or else...

Only a free, unregulated forum can help defeat the likes of Golden Dawn.

Mick Hume 12 September 2014

Hack Attack: how Nick Davies saved the world

…by helping to close the News of the World.

Brendan O’Neill 12 September 2014

Owen Jones' middle-class moralism

The Establishment is possibly the least convincing portrait of power ever painted.

Tim Black 12 September 2014

Ian McEwan: a lapsed rationalist

The Children Act lays bare the limits of the scientistic worldview.

Bruno Waterfield 12 September 2014

Self, Orwell and the English language

Will Self’s anti-Orwell tirade combines ignorance with a snobbish disdain for the public.

Stuart Derbyshire 12 September 2014

Setting the record straight on AIDS

Chris Jennings’ new book exposes the reality of the epidemic that never was.

Rob Lyons 12 September 2014

The war on fat – a big, fat waste of time

Rob Lyons talks to the author of a new book that calls into question the demonisation of fatty foods.

Alexander Adams 12 September 2014

Boswell’s postcards from a hanging

A new collection of James Boswell’s writings reveals the enduring humanity of a man obsessed with public executions.

spiked podcast 12 September 2014

The importance of being cultured

Angus Kennedy talks to spiked about the cultural retreat of the elites and the need for discrimination.

Joanna Williams 12 September 2014

Tackling the reading gap

Overworked teachers and dumbed-down libraries are behind Britain's shocking literacy levels.

Tom Slater 11 September 2014

Miners, gays and the death of the left

Pride unwittingly lays bare the post-Eighties crisis of leftism.

Rob Lyons 11 September 2014

Independent Scotland will be a skint Scotland

Ignore the fantasists – oil and gas will not provide the basis for a New Jerusalem.

Duleep Allirajah 11 September 2014

Where have all the Ingurland fans gone?

Support for England has always been fairweather, and right now it's drizzling in Wembley.

We must stop bowing to this censorious army of offence-takers

The Economist’s withdrawal of an ‘offensive’ review sets a dangerous precedent.

Tim Black 10 September 2014

Kate’s critics: pregnant with loathing

The biggest barrier to a republic is not popular interest in the royal baby.

Neil McKeganey 10 September 2014

How anti-tobacco researchers cook the evidence

It’s called ‘research’, but investigations into Big Tobacco are increasingly a moral activity.

Patrick West 10 September 2014

E-cigs: one of the greatest inventions ever

I smoked for more than 20 years - e-cigarettes helped me stop.

Saving the Union by killing it

In promising devo max, Better Together is doing the 'Yes' campaign's work for it.

Luke Gittos 9 September 2014

ISIS defectors should be allowed to return

Standing by its principles is Britain's best weapon against ISIS.

Rossa Minogue 8 September 2014

The EU needs to get off people’s vacs

EU plans to limit the power of hoovers are the latest in a long line of absurd regulations.

Frank Furedi 8 September 2014

Where are the defenders of the Union?

Scottish referendum: our leaders have gone AWOL from the battle of ideas.

Nancy McDermott 5 September 2014

After Joan, who’ll slaughter the sacred cows now?

Peculiarly in this PC era, Rivers treated her audience as grown-ups.

Free Speech Now! events 5 September 2014

Free Speech Now! is coming to America

Debating liberty in NYC and Washington.

Joanna Williams 5 September 2014

Academics against knowledge

Meet the academics who think academic freedom is a neoliberal conspiracy.

Tom Slater 5 September 2014

Finding Fela: rhythm and revolution

Fela Kuti was that rarest of things: a bona fide, fists-in-the-air pop rebel.

Duleep Allirajah 5 September 2014

English footballers, get on yer bikes

Too many homegrown Premier League players are stuck in a bench-warming comfort zone.

Mick Hume 4 September 2014

It’s official: phone-hacking is not a crime or a scandal

When it’s Britain’s secret police hacking the tabloid Sun, that is.

Alasdair Riggs 4 September 2014

Scottish independence: the defeatist’s choice

A 'Yes' to independence would mean a missed opportunity to reform the UK as a whole.

Patrick West 4 September 2014

The SNP and UKIP – separated at birth?

Salmond and Farage have more in common than they’ll ever admit.

Frank Furedi 3 September 2014

Marital bickering is none of the state’s business

Politicians should butt out of the emotional lives of husbands and wives.

Gawping at nude celeb pics is not a crime

Privacy cannot be protected from a voyeuristic culture by more laws.

Luke Gittos 3 September 2014

Ashya King: parents are more trustworthy than the state

Officialdom’s war on parental authority created this travesty of justice.

Rob Lyons 2 September 2014

The obesity panic on life support

Public-health crusaders are becoming ever more desperate.

Tiffany Jenkins 2 September 2014

Exhibit B: a guilty pleasure

Brett Bailey’s new show isn't racist; it just makes you feel bad.