May 2012

Tom Finn-Kelcey Tuesday 1 May 2012 comments

Can state schools emulate Eton?

There’s more to ‘old school tie’ networking than posh people helping other posh people to get jobs.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 1 May 2012 comments

Why Occupy and the church cling together

The ongoing love-in between Occupiers and men of the cloth is fitting: both have a pious disdain for the masses.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 1 May 2012 comments

The rationing of medical treatment is really sick

Withholding healthcare from smokers and fat people is a pretty grotesque attempt to strongarm everyone into the so-called Good Life.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 2 May 2012 comments

Airbrushed ads don’t make you sick

It takes a very dim view of the public to believe that touched-up images of super-skinny models cause anorexia.

Tim Black Wednesday 2 May 2012 comments

And the gold for defiance goes to…

The potential return of sprinter Dwain Chambers is a brilliant blow against sport’s petty authoritarians.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 2 May 2012 comments

A battle to save France from her non-existent foes

Far from representing a return of left and right, the French presidential campaign confirms the ascendancy of the politics of fear.

Tim Black Thursday 3 May 2012 comments

Sticking up for scientific research

The green plonkers intent on destroying research into aphid-resistant wheat crops view mankind as a blight on nature.

Rob Lyons Thursday 3 May 2012 comments

There’s no such thing as a natural drought

Never mind the lack of rain in recent UK winters - it is our willingness to invest and build big that has really dried up.

Mick Hume Thursday 3 May 2012 comments

London election: we’re ’aving a ’mare!

Lacking passion and capital-P politics, the charmless race to be London mayor reveals much about the wider state of Britain.

David Bowden Friday 4 May 2012 comments

Getting by without a
little help from Friends

E4’s latest import, 2 Broke Girls, isn’t a patch on sadly-departed Friends. But its humour fits our times.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 4 May 2012 comments

Roy Hodgson: the
right man for England

Ignore Harry Redknapp’s Fleet Street fan club. For once the Football Association has made a good decision.

Tim Black Friday 4 May 2012 comments

Masses duped by greenwash? Get real!

Eliane Glaser’s sceptical take on the world is frequently insightful. But it still takes too many fashionable ideas at face value.

Tim Black Tuesday 8 May 2012 comments

The catfight over the capital

Observers got excited about ‘Red Ken’ vs ‘Blue Boris’, but the electorate could see that both were grey.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 8 May 2012 comments

A Boris in every city? No thanks

Voters’ rejection of elected city mayors was a rebellion against the ‘reformitis’ of the modern oligarchy.

Mick Hume Tuesday 8 May 2012 comments

The Incredible Shrinking Mandate

The miserable turnout in last week’s British elections confirmed to the isolated political elite that voters are not to be trusted.

Yoni Eshpar Wednesday 9 May 2012 comments

It’s time to bury Peace Studies

Johan Galtung’s anti-Semitic comments were despicable, but the paternalism of his academic brainchild is worse.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 9 May 2012 comments

Beware the celebrity
troll-hunters

Thin-skinned celebs whining about being bullied by internet ‘trolls’ pave the way for online censorship.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 9 May 2012 comments

Posturing against austerity:
an infantile disorder

The left-wing groups making electoral gains in Europe are driven by a desire to avoid reality rather than a determination to create a new one.

Luke Gittos Thursday 10 May 2012 comments

This defamation bill is no friend of freedom

Bizarrely, free-speech activists are cheering a new bill that will entrench the state’s right to decide what we can say.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 10 May 2012 comments

A bad tan doesn't
equal a bad parent

It should be no business of anti-bronzing health freaks whether ‘tan mum’ chooses to have a burnt-to-the-crisp complexion.

Tim Black Thursday 10 May 2012 comments

It’s not just sex gangs who abuse ‘white trash’

It seems Pakistani sex pests and British politicians share a similar disdain for the allegedly decadent white working class.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 11 May 2012 comments

It’s time to knock out the Europa League

Watching Athletic Bilbao and their bonkers coach may make Thursdays fun, but the Europa League is still pointless.

Patrick Hayes Friday 11 May 2012 comments

Homeland: fear and
self-loathing in America

One of Homeland’s greatest strengths is that it shows how much modern terrorists now ape liberal Westerners.

Nancy McDermott Friday 11 May 2012 comments

Thank you, Maurice Sendak

In picture and word, Where the Wild Things Are remains a sublime testament to the untamed emotions of childhood.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 11 May 2012 comments

The petty politics of the
anti-inequality brigade

ESSAY: Don’t be fooled by their egalitarian rhetoric - today’s equality campaigners simply dislike both the super-rich and ‘trailer trash’.

Tim Black Monday 14 May 2012 comments

Why the Hollygarchy *hearts* gay marriage

Hollywood has become a closed set to anyone who is less than effusive about same-sex marriage.

Sean Collins Monday 14 May 2012 comments

Why I’m coming out... against gay marriage

A New York progressive braves the opprobrium of his peers by questioning same-sex marriage.

Frank Furedi Monday 14 May 2012 comments

Gay marriage: redrawing the American political map

In officially endorsing same-sex marriage, Obama is signalling that the Democratic Party now has little interest in its old blue-collar supporters.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 15 May 2012 comments

Give food labelling the red light

The state’s attempt to colonise our kitchens by crudely labelling food ‘good’ and ‘bad’ is deeply unhealthy.

Matthias Heitmann Tuesday 15 May 2012 comments

Pirate Party: giving politics a jolly roger

The cyber-rights obsessives are not a ‘fresh wind’ - they just show how much politics is screwed.

Mick Hume Tuesday 15 May 2012 comments

A respectable riot against tabloid readers

The interrogation of Rebekah Brooks over the NotW exposing paedophiles only exposed the prejudices behind the Leveson inquisition.

Claire Fox Wednesday 16 May 2012 comments

‘I am happy to call
myself a Bolshevik’

Claire Fox of the Institute of Ideas answers spiked readers’ questions on the left, liberty, Mad Men and more.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 16 May 2012 comments

Revisiting ‘Midnight
in the Century’

Frank Furedi looks back at his 1990 groundbreaking Living Marxism article on the crisis facing Marxists.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 16 May 2012 comments

SYRIZA: a mirage in the Euro-desert for a desperate left

You think these Greek radicals will seriously challenge austerity? Think again.

Wendy Kaminer Thursday 17 May 2012 comments

‘I've never seen people smiling so broadly’

US civil libertarian Wendy Kaminer says progressives should welcome the rise of gay marriage.

Ben Pile Thursday 17 May 2012 comments

‘The real enemy is humanity itself’

At Rio+20 next month, the world’s elites will meet in Brazil with the aim of holding back human progress.

Josie Appleton Thursday 17 May 2012 comments

These petty laws are an insult to the public

Yes, let’s get rid of Britain’s mad ban on using ‘insulting’ words. But don’t ignore the rest of the state’s criminalisation of everyday behaviour.

Patrick West Friday 18 May 2012 comments

Does it matter if you’re black or white?

The deaths of culture-defying musicians Adam Yauch and Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn are a reminder of music's skin-tone sensitivities.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 May 2012 comments

The end of the
United Empire?

Don’t blame the ‘noisy neighbours’ at City, the real problem for United is they’ve lost their all-conquering aura.

David Bowden Friday 18 May 2012 comments

It’s not too late
to cross The Bridge

An autistic investigator, a grisly murder, sleek furniture: The Bridge has all you’d expect from Scandi thrillers.

Dolan Cummings Friday 18 May 2012 comments

UK cultural policy: using art to divide us

By promoting diversity through culture, UK policymakers have ignored precisely what makes art so valuable: its universality.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Monday 21 May 2012 comments

Parenting: you learn it on the job

The government wants to take anxiety out of parenting, but suffering anxiety is crucial to becoming a good parent.

Ken McLaughlin Monday 21 May 2012 comments

When red tape is a good thing

Ignore social workers’ claims about red tape costing lives – it shouldn’t be easy for the state to intervene in family life.

Nancy McDermott Monday 21 May 2012 comments

Time magazine did not invent the mommy wars

A cover image of a mother breastfeeding her four-year-old has aroused ire, but debates about parenting aren’t new.

Frank Furedi Monday 21 May 2012 comments

Parental determinism: a most harmful prejudice

David Cameron’s proposed parenting classes are built on the bizarre and destructive idea that parenting determines society’s fortunes.

Colin McInnes Tuesday 22 May 2012 comments

Bringing new life to dead matter

Human beings have the potential to transform the universe, so let’s not lose sleep about turning it into ‘grey goo’.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 22 May 2012 comments

The Dictator: satirising America

Sacha Baron Cohen’s rollicking comedy about a tinpot tyrant is more a send-up of Americans than Arabs.

Tim Black Tuesday 22 May 2012 comments

Don’t let these killjoys kill the Olympic spirit

From talk of terrorism and crime to claims that London will become a ‘hotbed of diseases’, why is officialdom so down on the Olympics?

Jason Walsh Wednesday 23 May 2012 comments

How smokers’ rights are being vapourised

The anti-smoking lobby has now targeted electronic cigarettes in order to crack down even on the ‘notion’ of smoking.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 23 May 2012 comments

An energy policy for dimwits

The UK government’s new energy strategy is about muddling through, not powering society forward.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 23 May 2012 comments

It’s time to get serious about opposing the EU

Anyone who really wants to tackle the anti-democratic EU must first distance himself from the new clique of infantile Brussels-bashers.

Rob Lyons Thursday 24 May 2012 comments

Camping it up
behind the Iron Curtain

Yes, host nation Azerbaijan is authoritarian, but boycotting the Eurovision won't fix that. So go crazy and sing along.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 24 May 2012 comments

A proud Chelsea
‘unsupporter’ till I die

Some supported vulgar, nouveau riche Chelsea in the Champions League final out of patriotism. Palace fans didn’t.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 24 May 2012 comments

Scrap this anti-social meddling in our lives

Theresa May's souped-up successors to ASBOs will further diminish communities' ability to reprimand their local reprobates.

Dolan Cummings Friday 25 May 2012 comments

UK cultural policy: using art to divide us

By promoting diversity through culture, UK policymakers have ignored precisely what makes art so valuable: its universality.

Jim Butcher Friday 25 May 2012 comments

Putting the ‘personal’ into development

Two books reveal the way in which the politics of development is no longer about helping the poor but providing a design for life for middle-class Westerners.

Tim Black Friday 25 May 2012 comments

Masses duped by greenwash? Get real!

Eliane Glaser’s sometimes furious, always sceptical take on the world is frequently insightful. But it still takes too many fashionable ideas at face value.

Nancy McDermott Friday 25 May 2012 comments

Thank you, Maurice Sendak

In picture and word, Where the Wild Things Are remains a sublime testament to the untamed emotions of childhood.

Angus Kennedy Friday 25 May 2012 comments

The university: still dead

Andrew Delbanco’s insightful new book on the history and future of the American college exposes an institution that has no idea what it should be.

Neil Davenport Friday 25 May 2012 comments

Tony Judt: the last public intellectual?

In this collection of conversations recorded shortly before his death, Judt reveals a tremendous command of his subject but also an unwillingness to face up to the left’s failings.

Alexander Adams Friday 25 May 2012 comments

There was nothing August about Strindberg

As brilliant a playwright as Strindberg was, his life as an alchemist, practitioner of the occult and downer of absinthe remains as compelling as his work.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 25 May 2012 comments

‘Rupert Murdoch’s shadow state’ and other bullshit

Tom Watson’s self-aggrandising retelling of the tabloid phone-hacking scandal shows that Murdochphobics are becoming almost as cranky as 9/11 truthers or Obama birthers.

Adrian Hart Monday 28 May 2012 comments

Exploding the myth of racist kids

Of course primary-school kids trade banter and insult each other. But that doesn’t mean they are racist.

Patrick Hayes Monday 28 May 2012 comments

Beware the rise of
EU anti-populists

The EU elites’ fear of an imminent Fourth Reich reveals a great deal about their loathing of the European mob.

Norman Lewis Monday 28 May 2012 comments

Why I don’t ‘Like’ this mauling of Zuckerberg

ESSAY: There are two ugly strains to the post-IPO Facebook-bashing: naivety about how the market works and hostility to individual ambition.

Sharmini Brookes Tuesday 29 May 2012 comments

We must be free to mock Jacob Zuma

Sharmini Brookes reports from South Africa on the storm caused by a painting of the president’s penis.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 29 May 2012 comments

The battle over GM: a noisy distraction

They might disagree about GM crops, but both the haters and many defenders of GM share an eco-miserabilist outlook.

Tim Black Tuesday 29 May 2012 comments

‘Let’s teach these darkies about the rule of law’

Courtenay Griffiths, lead counsel for ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor, tells spiked about the racial bias in international criminal justice.

Graham Barnfield Wednesday 30 May 2012 comments

The stupid cuts at the BBFC

Film classifiers have told Ken Loach to cut c-words from his new movie, in case the ‘wrong’ people hear them.

Tim Black Wednesday 30 May 2012 comments

Pity the Blairites
turned Blair-bashers

First they fantasised that Blair was a messiah, now they say he’s the devil. When will they wake up?

Nancy McDermott Wednesday 30 May 2012 comments

Etan Patz: the case that changed America

Thirty-three years on, a man has been arrested for the murder of six-year-old Etan. But America is still reeling from that abduction.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 31 May 2012 comments

Policing footballers’ thought crimes

The footballers’ union has called for players to be sacked for using racial insults. So much for defending its members.

David Bowden Thursday 31 May 2012 comments

Why The Voice lacks that X Factor

BBC1’s response to Simon Cowell’s talent-show hegemony is just too damned nice to be much fun.

Rob Lyons Thursday 31 May 2012 comments

The state-sanctioned bullying of fat people

After 10 years of politicians and medical experts waging a war on obesity, is it surprising our kids have body-image issues?

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 31 May 2012 comments

Why all the fuss over Fifty Shades?

Feminists claim that a saucy trilogy of books is debasing female readers – which just goes to show how little they think of other women.