September 2011

Patrick Hayes Thursday 1 September 2011 comments

How to Prevent academic freedom

Asking university staff to report on students who are ‘vulnerable’ to extremist ideas will only deter debate.

Nigel Scott Thursday 1 September 2011 comments

The courts should keep out of our sex lives

The Herpes Viruses Association says it is outrageous that a man has been jailed in the UK for passing on herpes.

Tim Black Thursday 1 September 2011 comments

This is a freedom issue, not a ‘humanitarian crisis’

We should support the Dale Farm Travellers’ right to live where they choose, not invite the UN to help preserve their cultural Otherness.

Neil Davenport Friday 2 September 2011 comments

Sarah’s Key: unlocking French self-loathing

Yet another film about France’s role in the Holocaust suggests the French have ditched self-reflection in favour of self-hatred.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 2 September 2011 comments

The waning of Arsene’s Arsenal

It was when Fergie started being nice about Wenger that you knew Arsenal was no longer seen as a threat.

Tom Slater Friday 2 September 2011 comments

A spy thriller, without the self-importance

David Hare’s Page Eight tried to Say Something Important, and it was all the better for having failed to do so.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 2 September 2011 comments

Boycotts are an affront to academic freedom

Is Israeli historian Ilan Pappé hated because he’s a brave dissident - or because he’s a pompous ass who wants Israel academia shunned?

Stuart Derbyshire Monday 5 September 2011 comments

The pseudoscience of
the parent-bashers

The increasingly popular idea that a person's fate is decided in the first five years of life is completely baseless.

Tim Black Monday 5 September 2011 comments

The NSPCC doesn’t help kids - it harms them

With its ceaseless promotion of fear and suspicion of adults, the NSPCC undermines organic bonds between generations.

Frank Furedi Monday 5 September 2011 comments

After 9/11: ten years of a war against… who?

In the first of his series of ‘On Reflection’ essays, Frank Furedi reflects on our leaders' inability to give a name to their post-9/11 wars.

Yoni Eshpar Tuesday 6 September 2011 comments

Shooting down the
‘good life’ myth in Israel

The Israeli Summer explodes the idea that Israelis are too busy lounging on beaches to care about politics.

Tim Black Tuesday 6 September 2011 comments

The birth of the
non-political party

The plan to disband the Conservative Party in Scotland is only the latest sign of the disintegration of UK politics.

Mick Hume Tuesday 6 September 2011 comments

Our war on the politics of fear

How the reactions to 9/11 proved that the world had already changed – and helped to shape the political targets of a new magazine called spiked.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 7 September 2011 comments

The Battle of Cable Street it wasn’t

Dancing around to music while 3,000 policemen prevent right-wingers from marching does not echo the events of 1936.

Philip Hammond Wednesday 7 September 2011 comments

Where did all the goodies and baddies go?

Hollywood’s post-9/11 films have ditched old-style patriotic chest-beating in favour of moral self-flagellation.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 7 September 2011 comments

The onward march of the Obesity Orwellians

When kids are snatched from their parents simply for being too fat, it’s clearly the expansion of the state, not our waistlines, that is out of control.

Bill Durodié Thursday 8 September 2011 comments

Message to the West: ‘know thyself’

Since 9/11, terrorists have lived like parasites off the already-existing disorientation of Western elites.

Wendy Kaminer Thursday 8 September 2011 comments

Ten years on, America is at war with itself

It was said that 9/11 would bring Americans together. Instead it sowed fear, paranoia and political rifts.

Tim Black Thursday 8 September 2011 comments

Are you shy? Then you
have a mental disorder

The mad claim that 165million Europeans suffer from ‘mental illness’ confirms that normal emotional states are now seen as diseases.

David Bowden Friday 9 September 2011 comments

Why we’re intrigued by suburban psychos

For some, Fred and Rose West are merely extreme expressions of the brutalism of ‘behind closed doors’.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 9 September 2011 comments

‘Watching football is not a crime’

spiked talks to Amanda Jacks, the woman who helps football fans fight back against overzealous cops and stewards.

Sean Collins Friday 9 September 2011 comments

After 11 September: their ‘resilience’, and ours

New Yorkers demonstrated true bravery and heroism in response to 9/11. The same cannot be said for America’s political leaders.

Colin McInnes Monday 12 September 2011 comments

The long road to green serfdom

Germany’s decision to ditch nuclear power should be a wake-up call to all those who favour development.

Ben Pile Monday 12 September 2011 comments

Wishing Greenpeace an unhappy birthday

For 40 years, big green NGOs have helped to denigrate democracy and stand in the way of progress.

Frank Furedi Monday 12 September 2011 comments

It’s time to expel the ‘experts’ from family life

In repackaging parenting as a superbly complex, almost scientific task, a gaggle of experts hopes to colonise our personal lives.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 13 September 2011 comments

New York remembers

Photo essay: spiked reports from Ground Zero, where thousands gathered to mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

James Heartfield Tuesday 13 September 2011 comments

Who’s afraid of the Dale Farm Travellers?

The only crime committed by this community is that it dared to resolve the housing shortage for itself.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 13 September 2011 comments

Never mind the little people, lobby a lord!

By appealing to those unelected chaps in the House of Lords, the TUC has shown just what it thinks of democracy.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 13 September 2011 comments

The bizarre battle over fifty pence

Neither the rich folk campaigning against the 50p tax rate, nor the radicals desperately defending it, have very much to recommend them.

Klaus Wivel Wednesday 14 September 2011 comments

In defence of the rights of sportsmen

The anti-doping crusade has led to an appalling denigration of athletes’ rights. Why is there no uproar about it?

Rob Lyons Wednesday 14 September 2011 comments

Chefs of the world: get over yourselves

Some of the world’s top chefs have made a high-profile plea for local, sustainable, ‘authentic’ food. Yuk.

Mick Hume Wednesday 14 September 2011 comments

Fewer MPs? We need more Politicians

Plans to cut the quantity of UK members of parliament will do nothing to improve the execrable quality of British political life today.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 15 September 2011 comments

An election where everyone’s a loser

The victory of a little-known businessman over a New York Democrat reveals much about the state of US politics.

Kabat and Adair Thursday 15 September 2011 comments

The feeble consensus on climate change

Why has it become taboo simply to point out that scientists disagree quite a lot about global warming?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 15 September 2011 comments

How a few burqa-clad militants terrified the West

The so-called ‘Kabul offensive’ by the Taliban was nothing like the Tet Offensive in Vietnam – but it’s telling that the two are being compared.

Patrick West Friday 16 September 2011 comments

All together: ‘We’re the best country in the world’

The Last Night of the Proms is about more than Little Englanders having a sing-song. It’s a celebration of nationalism itself.

David Bowden Friday 16 September 2011 comments

Voyeurism disguised as ‘public health’

With its saggy boobs and shrivelled willies, Embarrassing Bodies sends the message that it's wrong to keep secrets.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 September 2011 comments

In Wembley, no one can hear you scream

The big problem at last week’s England international was not unruly fans but a total lack of atmosphere.

Tim Black Friday 16 September 2011 comments

The Last Days of New Labour

Ex-chancellor Alistair Darling’s account of his 1,000 days in office reveals much about the rot at the heart of Brown’s Labour government.

Rob Lyons Monday 19 September 2011 comments

Allotments: a plot against modern society?

The fad for growing your own food is not radical – it’s a retreat from the attempt to change the world.

Jason Walsh Monday 19 September 2011 comments

EU integration is the last thing we need

No matter how crisis-ridden and corrupt the EU becomes, the elites’ solution is always: ‘More EU!’

Jennie Bristow Monday 19 September 2011 comments

Parents should rise up against this neurotrash

ESSAY: Dodgy neuroscience is being used to justify unprecedented levels of state intrusion into family life.

James Heartfield Tuesday 20 September 2011 comments

Shire Tories and greens are denying Brits homes

The claim that the Lib-Cons are planning to concrete over large parts of Britain’s green land is wrong - unfortunately.

Tim Black Tuesday 20 September 2011 comments

Trying to nudge us towards decency

The Lib-Con government’s obsession with nudging suggests it sees us as mere putty to be remoulded at will.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 20 September 2011 comments

Message to protesters: Basildon is not Bosnia

The invasion of Dale Farm by everyone from the UN to Amnesty to Fergal bloody Keane shows how desperate activists are for a Bosnia replay.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 21 September 2011 comments

Is this Monty Python’s Occupy Wall Street?

The surreal protests in New York’s financial district will certainly leave the system shaking. With laughter.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 21 September 2011 comments

Taking the liberal out of the Lib Dems

Telling families how to raise their kids, imprisoning journalists and banning Page 3 – welcome to the Illiberal Party.

Mick Hume Wednesday 21 September 2011 comments

Problems in political life? Blame the Lib Dems!

Tories and Labour are bashing Nick Clegg’s pathetic party to try to hide the fact that they are all like the politics-lite Liberal Democrats now.

Nancy McDermott Thursday 22 September 2011 comments

Leave SpongeBob SquarePants alone!

Now we’re warned that the popular cartoon turns kids into dimwits. Yet another pointless guilt-trip for parents.

Rob Lyons Thursday 22 September 2011 comments

The return of the Mockney Missionary

When a billion people remain malnourished, it’s perverse for Jamie Oliver to bang on about a ‘global epidemic’ of obesity.

Tim Black Thursday 22 September 2011 comments

Why climate alarmism isn’t toppled by cock-ups

It will take more than exposés of scientific errors to dent green miserabilism, because its roots are moralistic rather than scientific.

Tom Slater Friday 23 September 2011 comments

Did the world need another Jane Eyre?

Cary Fukunaga’s new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic is beautifully shot and acted, but a bit pointless.

David Bowden Friday 23 September 2011 comments

Being a student today is no laughing matter

New campus-comedy Fresh Meat takes an amusing cudgel to the rites of passage of cotton-wool kids.

Viral Shah Friday 23 September 2011 comments

Football is not just for ballerinas

Pepe, Real Madrid’s brutal but talented defender, shows that it takes more than sublime skill to win matches.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 23 September 2011 comments

‘It is time that we reclaimed liberalism’

Frank Furedi talks to Brendan O’Neill about his new book On Tolerance and why he wants to halt and reverse the warping of the liberal outlook.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 26 September 2011 comments

Kick the UN out of the Middle East

The cynical bid for Palestinian statehood shows how ordinary Palestinians have been made spectators of history.

Ken McLaughlin Monday 26 September 2011 comments

Struck off for wanting a better life

Social workers are supposed to encourage people to improve their lot. So why has a Nigerian man been banned for doing that?

Tim Black Monday 26 September 2011 comments

Dale Farm: good Gypsies versus evil Essex Man?

The luvvies and leftists supporting the Dale Farm Travellers view the rest of us - the mob - as a racist pogrom in the making.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 27 September 2011 comments

Who’s responsible for Govegate?

‘Government by Gmail’ is the logical end result of the rise and rise of the weird cult of transparency.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 27 September 2011 comments

Making a Balls-up of economic recovery

Ed Balls’ speech confirmed that Labour hasn’t got the first clue about how to pursue the economic growth we need.

Mick Hume Tuesday 27 September 2011 comments

Defend a free press - don’t just guard the Guardian

Yes, the police threat to the liberal newspaper was outrageous – but who invited the authorities to crack down on the press in the first place?

Tim Black Wednesday 28 September 2011 comments

Why Fairtrade is an unfair deal

Buying Fairtrade products may make consumers feel good, but in reality they amount to a PC-form of bonded labour.

Ben Pile Wednesday 28 September 2011 comments

Time to put this morality tale on ice

Greens are using misinformation about melting Arctic ice caps to try to scare us into accepting their reactionary policies.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 28 September 2011 comments

How can there be a ‘war for Labour’s soul’ when Labour has no soul?

Labour activists’ delusions have reached pathological proportions. They need our help.

Tom Slater Thursday 29 September 2011 comments

A true triumph of style over substance

Combining a cool, kitsch soundtrack, extreme violence and a tooth pick, Drive is a brilliant, profound play upon the action movie.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 29 September 2011 comments

Are some football songs just too offensive?

Songs about the Munich air crash are in bad taste, but we don’t need censorship on the terraces.

David Bowden Thursday 29 September 2011 comments

How I fell out of love with the Gallagher family

From being a New Labour-mocking, underclass romp, Shameless is now content to make jokes about Nick Clegg.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 29 September 2011 comments

Michael Bloomberg’s new Prohibition Era

New York City’s health-obsessive mayor is tearing up personal freedoms in his war against smoking, fast food and sugary drinks.

Jason Walsh Friday 30 September 2011 comments

What now for the
cause of Irish freedom?

A new book from a former member of the Provisional IRA provides a valuable history of the struggle for a united Ireland but comes up short in its analysis of how to move Irish politics forward today.

Tim Black Friday 30 September 2011 comments

A philistine defence of the university

They’re more than happy to fight a fantasy left-wing crusade against the ‘ConDem’ government, yet defenders of higher education lack a sense of what they're actually defending.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 30 September 2011 comments

Boycotts are an affront to academic freedom

Is Israeli historian Ilan Pappé hated because he’s a brave dissident – or because he’s a pompous ass who wants Israeli academia shunned?

Tim Black Friday 30 September 2011 comments

Darling’s memoirs: Adding fuel to Labour’s funeral pyre

Ex-chancellor Alistair Darling’s account of his 1,000 days in office reveals the court politics, cluelessness and lack of direction that were at the heart of Brown’s New Labour government.

Patrick Hayes Friday 30 September 2011 comments

The rise and fall of Julian Assange

The ‘unauthorised autobiography’ of the Wikileaks founder reveals little that we didn’t already know: he’s an apolitical computer nerd with a conspiracy theorist’s view of the world.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 30 September 2011 comments

Why are liberal hacks so obsessed with Palin?

Joe McGinniss wants to dig up dirt that will bury Palin’s political career. But his book is so full of salacious gossip that he ends up looking like the real creep.

Rob Lyons Friday 30 September 2011 comments

Is society suffering from an eating disorder?

In an extract from his new book, Rob Lyons asks why, despite having solved the problem of hunger, people in Western countries seem more fearful of food than ever.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 30 September 2011 comments

‘It is time that we reclaimed liberalism’

Frank Furedi talks to Brendan O’Neill about his new book On Tolerance and why he wants to halt and reverse the warping of the liberal outlook.