March 2011

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 1 March 2011 comments

‘What would Olof Palme do?’

Twenty-five years after the influential politician’s death, the Swedish left is gripped by crisis and nostalgia.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 1 March 2011 comments

The horrors of an ethical foreign policy

The radical activists calling on David Cameron to ‘be more ethical’ in the Arab world have learnt nothing from history.

Sean Collins Tuesday 1 March 2011 comments

A faux war in Wisconsin

This is not a return of class war to America. It’s a clash between nervous-nellie Republicans and trade unions that can only play the victim card.

James Heartfield Wednesday 2 March 2011 comments

Where they teach you how to be thick

ESSAY: State education has consistently encouraged working-class children to accept their lot in life.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 2 March 2011 comments

We need a ‘No to ASA’ campaign

Calling on the Advertising Standards Authority to regulate political debate is both bizarre and illiberal.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 2 March 2011 comments

The real reason you should say no to AV

Never mind the pro- and anti-AV lobbies and their less-than-inspiring debates – here is why all democrats should reject the alternative vote.

Clive Forthwright Thursday 3 March 2011 comments

The day Gaddafi met me

A foreign correspondent recalls the whiff of falafel and evil that surrounded the Burberry-adorned brute in 1980s Libya.

Basham and Luik Thursday 3 March 2011 comments

Healthcare for all! Unless you’re fat

It is not the role of the state to prevent people from having operations on the basis of their lifestyles.

Jason Walsh Thursday 3 March 2011 comments

Swapping one shade of austerity for another

Yes, Ireland’s party of government was booted out, but the election was far from ‘truly historic’.

Ann Furedi Thursday 3 March 2011 comments

Late abortion: the new clash in the Choice Wars

Ann Furedi says Philadelphia’s ‘Baby Butcher’ scandal shows exactly why we need a principled defence of abortion – as late as necessary.

Patrick West Friday 4 March 2011 comments

Viva Verdi?

As Italy approaches its 150th birthday, Verdi’s ability to stir nationalist sentiment has apparently become problematic.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 4 March 2011 comments

The beautiful game needs its ugly winners

Footie snobs bleating on about Barcelona’s stylishness should remember there are no points for artistic merit.

David Bowden Friday 4 March 2011 comments

Keep Oliver’s army out of the classroom

Schools don’t need ex-soldiers or St Jamie Oliver – they just need teachers confident in their own authority.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 4 March 2011 comments

Meet the new breed of anti‑vaccine agitator

Meaner, cruder, more strident and possessed of celebrity clout – the modern anti-vaccine lobby has learnt how to make a splash

Tim Black Monday 7 March 2011 comments

Turning drinkers into social lepers

A Coalition of the Concerned is determined that those who enjoy a drink should join smokers as modern outcasts.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 7 March 2011 comments

Libya and the birth of modern warfare

A key military centenary should explode the myth that Libya is a mess simply because Gaddafi is mad.

Mick Hume Monday 7 March 2011 comments

Who still believes the West can bomb Libya to freedom?

Not the Libyan rebels, and not really the rattled Western leaders either. Liberal interventionists remain the last cheerleaders for imperialism.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 8 March 2011 comments

The 10-year history of spiked in 10 minutes

Pressed for time? Then click here to see what spiked said about all the big issues of the past decade.

Tim Black Tuesday 8 March 2011 comments

The Top 10 most-read spiked articles ever

From Lisa Simpson porn to ‘denialism’ and overpopulation, here’s what our readers have been clicking on and enjoying.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 8 March 2011 comments

spiked: still pointed after all these years

On spiked’s 10th birthday, editor Brendan O’Neill explains why we plan to keep on fighting our war of words against illiberalism and misanthropy.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 9 March 2011 comments

St Julian and his dodgy disciples 

It is not that surprising that Wikileaks should attract anti-Semites: both share a conspiratorial world view.

Colin McInnes Wednesday 9 March 2011 comments

Dimming the light on human ingenuity

The candle-lit world of Earth Hour is a decadent celebration of an era that we ought to be glad we’ve left behind.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 9 March 2011 comments

Recasting betrayal as a democratic virtue

Kicking off a new series of essays, Frank Furedi says the deification of leakers and whistleblowers is bad for democracy, debate and private life.

Kevin Rooney Thursday 10 March 2011 comments

Demonising Celtic and Rangers fans

As the reaction to the recent Old Firm game shows, bashing fans is easier for politicians than solving Scotland’s real problems.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 10 March 2011 comments

From Tahrir Square to Parliament Square?

As Arabs confront the problem of state authority, British protesters see the state as the only agent of change.

Rob Lyons Thursday 10 March 2011 comments

Ban these evil coloured boxes!

The Lib-Cons’ restrictions on cigarette displays in shops shows how little they think of us — and of freedom.

Tim Black Thursday 10 March 2011 comments

For God’s sake, stop censoring ads

The effective banning of UK humanist adverts that dared to mention the G-word confirms that protecting hurt feelings now trumps free speech.

Viral Shah Friday 11 March 2011 comments

Mastering the dark arts of winning

With Messi, Iniesta and Xavi in their ranks, Barcelona may play heavenly football but they’re no angels

David Bowden Friday 11 March 2011 comments

The decline of the West... again

A few years ago Niall Ferguson thought Islam would bring about the end of the West. Now he’s scared of China.

Rob Lyons Friday 11 March 2011 comments

People have too much wealth? Get stuffed!

Yet another anti-consumerist tract slams people’s obsession with stuff – overlooking the fact that this so-called stuff has improved our lives hugely.

Patrick Hayes Monday 14 March 2011 comments

First they came for the faux fascists

Left-wing groups now cheering on the state as it restricts the freedom of an EDL member could well be next.

Ben Pile Monday 14 March 2011 comments

Making mountains out of meltdowns

Despite the scaremongering of the media and green groups, the real lesson of Fukushima is that nuclear power is safe.

Frank Furedi Monday 14 March 2011 comments

Japan: a catastrophe, not a disaster movie

Forget the Hollywood-style finger-pointing about human ‘arrogance’ and ‘powerlessness’ – we can overcome and learn from the worst disasters.

Tim Black Tuesday 15 March 2011 comments

The court where the West judges the Rest

The ICC metes out ‘justice’ to poor countries while denying them any say in their own affairs.

Basham and Luik Tuesday 15 March 2011 comments

How the war on obesity went pear-shaped

With increasing evidence that a big belly probably won’t lead to an early death, it’s time to call a ceasefire.

Mick Hume Tuesday 15 March 2011 comments

Why a no-fly zone means no freedom for Libyans

Those looking to the West to intervene against Gaddafi degrade the name of internationalism and deny Libyans the right to control their fate.

Eero Iloniemi Wednesday 16 March 2011 comments

Under PR, whoever wins, voters lose out

A Finnish journalist warns Brits against demanding an electoral system that has performed so miserably in Finland.

Tim Black Wednesday 16 March 2011 comments

The gulf between rhetoric and reality

The hypocrisy of the demands for intervention in Libya is exposed by the near-silence over the crackdown in Bahrain.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 16 March 2011 comments

Five lessons from Fukushima

Alarmist talk of a nuclear crisis in Japan reveals just how fearful modern society has become.

Nick Thorne Thursday 17 March 2011 comments

Textbooks don’t make terrorists

UK anti-terror laws threaten anyone who possesses the works of the IRA or al-Qaeda – even for the purposes of study.

Tim Black Thursday 17 March 2011 comments

Two cheers for libel law reform

The draft Defamation Bill still leaves too much power in the hands of judges to decide what can be published.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 17 March 2011 comments

Are Swedish six-year-olds learning pole dancing?

A Stockholm gym owner said to be offering kids ‘strip aerobics’ classes tells spiked that it’s her accusers who have dodgy ideas.

Wendy Kaminer Thursday 17 March 2011 comments

Free speech for Fred Phelps

No matter how hard it is on the heart, we need to defend freedom of expression for ‘emotional terrorists’ too.

David Bowden Friday 18 March 2011 comments

Midsomer Murders: it’s escapist, not racist

Why on earth should a fictional detective drama set in a made-up English village have to reflect multicultural Britain?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 March 2011 comments

It’s not injuries or refs, the problem’s you, Arsene

As the wheels come off again at Arsenal, it’s time Wenger stopped blaming everything else for his team’s shortcomings.

Sean Collins Friday 18 March 2011 comments

Libya: how the West just made things worse

Sean Collins reports from New York on how the UN’s green light for military action may wreck any hope of freedom for the people of Libya.

Tim Black Monday 21 March 2011 comments

Ken Loach’s Route Irish is a dead end

This Iraq War thriller is really a simplistic revenge fantasy for a frustrated and impotent anti-war movement.

Patrick Hayes Monday 21 March 2011 comments

Students should learn the value of leadership

The popular opposition to rising tuition fees and education cuts is hamstrung by a lack of clear purpose.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 21 March 2011 comments

Attack on Libya: the barbarism of buffoons

The bombings confirm that there is now an utter disconnect between the West’s geopolitical interests and its geopolitical behaviour.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 22 March 2011 comments

Life expectancy: and now for the good news...

We’re living longer. So why do campaigners and public-health workers keep trying to scare us to death?

Adrian Hart Tuesday 22 March 2011 comments

It’s mostly anti-racists keeping racism alive

While race-relations experts fret about managing people, young people are embracing ‘superdiversity’.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 22 March 2011 comments

The most shortlived alliance in human history

Normally when governments launch a war they ask: ‘What's Plan B?’ In relation to Libya they're asking, ‘What’s Plan A?’

Mick Hume Tuesday 22 March 2011 comments

War without ends, yet without opposition, either

Cynics and half-hearted critics are no match for the half-cocked war on Libya. Time to invoke the principle of anti-intervention.

Vivienne Raper Wednesday 23 March 2011 comments

The hole where doughnuts used to be

Innocent snacks in the workplace could fall victim to the Lib-Cons’ outsourcing of moral busybodiness.

Tim Black Wednesday 23 March 2011 comments

Why the ‘kill team’ put themselves in the frame

Recently released photos from Afghanistan show soldiers trying to give perverted purpose to a purposeless war.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 23 March 2011 comments

We don’t need to be saved from the ‘demon drink’

The old temperance movement was made up of working men who promoted self-control. Today booze-bashing is the preserve of a killjoy elite.

Sophie Knight Thursday 24 March 2011 comments

Tokyo: a long way from Chernobyl

Sophie Knight reports from Tokyo on how the foreign press seems more interested in scare stories than reporting reality.

Bill Durodié Thursday 24 March 2011 comments

The mad post-
tsunami food panic

You could eat Japan's so-called ‘radioactive spinach’ for a whole year and it still wouldn’t cause you much harm.

Matthias Heitmann Thursday 24 March 2011 comments

The globalisation of German angst

Never mind the people in Japan — for fearful Germans, every natural disaster is now ‘all about us’.

Tim Black Thursday 24 March 2011 comments

My catastrophe is bigger than yours

Anti-nuclear activists’ exploitation of the instability at Fukshima is a historic low point - even for them.

Frank Furedi Thursday 24 March 2011 comments

Japan needs our solidarity, not a blame game

The earthquake confirms that a pre‑Enlightenment urge to blame human greed for natural disasters is making a comeback.

Patrick Hayes Friday 25 March 2011 comments

Another episode of Midsomer madness

Even fictional, homicide-plagued English rural counties cannot escape multicultural social engineering.

Rob Lyons Friday 25 March 2011 comments

John Terry for England captain: who cares?

This week's Big Debate only demonstrates how the run-up to an England match is the most tedious period in sport.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 25 March 2011 comments

‘There's never been a better time to be autistic’

In the run-up to a speech in London, author Roy Richard Grinker challenges the idea that there's an autism ‘epidemic’ spread by ‘malign forces’.

Dominic Lintner Monday 28 March 2011 comments

Cheese-eating surrender monkeys? That’s bananas

Its assault on Libya confirms that France is a belligerent nation that loves meddling in other states’ affairs.

Kenny Hodgart Monday 28 March 2011 comments

Maybe Britain needs a First Amendment, too

How did we reach a situation where newspaper columnists can be investigated by the cops for being offensive?

Tim Black Monday 28 March 2011 comments

Why there’s no consensus on the 2011 census

The opposition to the census confirms what ‘liberty’ has been reduced to: a narcissistic desire to separate oneself from society.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 29 March 2011 comments

Rebecca Black’s real crime? Childishness

The mad rage against the throwaway ditty ‘Friday’ speaks to a society that can’t just let kids be kids.

Bill Durodié Tuesday 29 March 2011 comments

Fukushima: sounding worse, getting better

Obsessed with the idea of a nuclear meltdown, the doom mongerers are blind to the reality at Fukushima.

Mick Hume Tuesday 29 March 2011 comments

The phoney war of Oxford Street

The clashes at Saturday’s protests against public spending cuts were neither an orgy of political violence nor a riot of police brutality.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 30 March 2011 comments

Budgeting for a dismal no‑‏growth future

For all their talk of innovation, the Lib-Cons are more concerned with pinching pennies than investing.

Sean Collins Wednesday 30 March 2011 comments

Libya: moral blackmail trumps political debate

In his address to the nation, Obama cynically elevated the moral imperative over 'nasty' political criticisms.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 30 March 2011 comments

Forward to a glorious new era of ‘lukewarm politics’!

The pro-alternative vote lobby is right that AV would help to kill off political extremism - and that is precisely why we should oppose it.

Rob Lyons Thursday 31 March 2011 comments

The unbearable monotony of S*** My Dad Says

A new Twitter-based sitcom will need more than an aged William Shatner spouting s*** to sustain a whole series.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 31 March 2011 comments

Don’t put depressed sportsmen on a pedastal

A cricketer fessing up to depression is not an ‘heroic achievement’; it’s an indication that he’s ill.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 31 March 2011 comments

There’s nothing comic about this ‘Manga verdict’

Criminalising a Swede for collecting images of childlike cartoon figures confuses a victimless hobby with an act of child abuse.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 31 March 2011 comments

Yes, this is a humanitarian war — that is what makes it so deadly

No more terrible fate can befall nations like Libya than to become objects of Western liberal pity.