June 2012

Brendan O’Neill Friday 1 June 2012 comments

Abolish the monarchy, but enjoy the party!

It is entirely possible to be both a republican and an indulger in this long, lazy weekend with cake.

Tim Black Friday 1 June 2012 comments

A Paine in the arse of monarchism

We republicans should emulate Tom Paine by fighting for freedom rather than sneering at flag-wavers.

Mick Hume Friday 1 June 2012 comments

It’s not 1977
all over again

Behind the Diamond Jubilee hoopla, both the British monarchy and ‘punk’ anti-monarchism are shadows of their former selves.

Tom Slater Wednesday 6 June 2012 comments

A near triumph of style over substance

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is achingly kitsch, but the stellar cast saves it from self-indulgence.

Chris Snowdon Wednesday 6 June 2012 comments

Great news! Governments agree to abolish death!

A deal signed at a world health forum provides a charter for public-health nuts to declare war on our lifestyles.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 6 June 2012 comments

EU: neither the destroyer nor saviour of Europe

As the Euro crisis intensifies, it’s becoming clear that both Europhiles and Eurosceptics are driven by the same responsibility-shirking instinct.

David Bowden Thursday 7 June 2012 comments

A shallow, hackneyed enemy of progress

If Surviving Progress is any indication of the state of radical politics today, no wonder the future appears scary.

Sarah Boyes Thursday 7 June 2012 comments

Don’t turn London into a ghost town

Ahead of the Olympics, killjoy officials are on a mission to purge London of spontaneous street life.

Luke Gittos Thursday 7 June 2012 comments

Judges v politicians: courting disaster

Ken Clarke’s plan to extend closed court hearings shows the dangers of relying on the law to achieve change.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 7 June 2012 comments

The revolutionary potential of the Queen’s English

It isn’t only old farts who should stand up for standard English. So should those of us who want to understand the world, and change it.

Matthias Heitmann Friday 8 June 2012 comments

Nobody’s writing off the Germans this time

For all the doom and gloom engulfing German football, the team itself has the look of champions.

Patrick Hayes Friday 8 June 2012 comments

Sit back and enjoy the football

Ignore the hype and nonsense about Ukrainian fascists and Polish crazies – there’s a footie tournament on.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 June 2012 comments

At long last, England doesn’t expect...

But it wasn’t high expectations that stymied England before. It was a lack of self belief, raw talent and modern tactics.

Tim Black Friday 8 June 2012 comments

Official ‘anti-racism’ is ruining the beautiful game

Ignore the Roy Hodgson-bashers – it would be barmy to select footballers according to their
PC-ness rather than their prowess.

Theresa Clifford Monday 11 June 2012 comments

Zuckerberg didn’t
kill privacy

It’s easy to blame Facebook for our reveal-all culture. The harder question is: why do we willingly reveal so much?

Patrick Marmion Monday 11 June 2012 comments

Antigone versus the Eurozone

A bang-up-to-date version of Sophocles’ classic, complete with a god-angry photocopier, proves illuminating.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 11 June 2012 comments

Euro 2012: are Ukrainians still Untermenschen?

Once, it was the ideology of racism that depicted the Slavs as an inferior people. Now the ideology of ‘anti-racism’ does the same thing.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 12 June 2012 comments

Who’s really exploiting the Jubilee ‘slaves’?

Getting young people to do voluntary work is far preferable to having them cosseted by
the state.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 12 June 2012 comments

Keep abortion out of adoption policy

ESSAY: Encouraging women seeking abortion to give birth and do adoption instead ignores the birth mother’s feelings.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 12 June 2012 comments

McOlympics? That’s fine with me

Who cares if it’s sponsored by Coca-Cola and Cadbury? The critics of London 2012’s fast-food funders can go take a running jump.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 13 June 2012 comments

Cutting the experts’ apron strings

Jennie Bristow answers your questions on how to be a subversive parent and stand up to ‘supernanny’.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 June 2012 comments

Plan B versus
the ‘chaotic’ poor

With its pornographic portrayal of the screwed-up poor, Plan B’s movie is indistinguishable from Tory propaganda.

Tim Black Thursday 14 June 2012 comments

Officialdom’s pervy fantasy world

Recent reports of rampant child abuse in the UK owe more to the sordid mindset of officialdom than fact.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 14 June 2012 comments

An Olympic-sized retirement home?

How will London 2012 follow Beijing’s stunning opening ceremony? With sheep, rain, nurses and mosh pits.

Mick Hume Thursday 14 June 2012 comments

Leveson: a menace to democracy, too

So why do so many liberal-minded observers praise the Lord Justice and his QC sidekick as a two-man ‘British spring’?

Tom Slater Friday 15 June 2012 comments

Prometheus: in space, old habits die hard

Despite promising something new, Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel falls too easily into the familiar formula of a tired franchise.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 15 June 2012 comments

Our ‘Great Escape’
from drab music

No expression should be outlawed in football stadiums. Except the music of the England’s Supporters’ Band.

David Bowden Friday 15 June 2012 comments

Grayson Perry:
a class act

The cross-dressing potter’s TV road trip on class, taste and consumerism has been an
eye-opener.

Patrick West Friday 15 June 2012 comments

Ray Bradbury: prophet of nostalgia

Where most sci-fi writers create an alternative present or imaginary future, the great Bradbury longed for a future that would recapture the past.

Luke Gittos Monday 18 June 2012 comments

This war on trolls is no fairytale

Why can’t we be more like Billy Goats Gruff and butt online trolls into oblivion, instead of involving the police?

Patrick Hayes Monday 18 June 2012 comments

Privacy for me, but not for thee

Why do we complain about Lib-Con plans to police emails but not their plans to interfere in ‘chaotic families’?

Tim Black Monday 18 June 2012 comments

Euro 2012: where are these stadiums of hate?

A Jewish community leader in Poland tells spiked that the BBC was out of order depicting Poland and Ukraine as ‘bastions of intolerance’.

Tim Abrahams Tuesday 19 June 2012 comments

Basking in
urban decay

From Will Self to Iain Sinclair, psychogeographers’ criticism of the Olympics is riddled with anti-development prejudice.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 19 June 2012 comments

What is
education for?

A SCETT debate on the future for London’s schools showed that addressing this question is fundamental.

Mick Hume Tuesday 19 June 2012 comments

Now Leveson wants heretics ‘gagged’

So why has almost the only public figure to question the inquiry into the press been a leading Tory member of the government that launched it?

Tim Black Wednesday 20 June 2012 comments

Did Jimmy Carr cause the crisis?

The Times/Twittermob hounding of Carr is based on a dodgy belief that bad behaviour caused the recession.

Barbara Hewson Wednesday 20 June 2012 comments

Treating adults like children

A judge’s ruling that an anorexic should be force-fed shows how paternalistic British courts are becoming.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 20 June 2012 comments

The moralistic, Malthusian war against fat people

Activists, professors, theologians – everyone is now promoting the depraved idea that human gluttony is plunging the planet into catastrophe.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 21 June 2012 comments

Punished for
supporting the EDL?

A mum in northern England believes her kids were taken because of her political views. She talks to spiked.

Rob Lyons Thursday 21 June 2012 comments

Stop hijacking
Martha Payne

Did the food puritans who co-opted a young girl’s school-dinners blog for their cause even bother to read it?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 21 June 2012 comments

How both right and left have infantilised Greece

The Greek election wasn’t a clash of visions but a competition between alternative forms of responsibility avoidance.

Patrick West Friday 22 June 2012 comments

I know a song that will get on your nerves...

They get inside your head and refuse to leave. It’s time to recognise the irritating, human genius of advert jingles.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 June 2012 comments

My one-man crusade against fancy dress

Euro 2012: It’s a crying shame that sartorial elegance on the terraces has been replaced by collective buffoonery.

David Bowden Friday 22 June 2012 comments

Nice games, shame about the faces

The football at Euro 2012 has been a treat, but can we please send Britain’s mediocre TV pundits packing?

Christopher Snowdon Friday 22 June 2012 comments

How the government cynically lobbies itself

In an extract from his new report, Sock Puppets, Christopher Snowdon says British officials have turned charities into insider lobbyists.

Tom Slater Monday 25 June 2012 comments

How to make Mamma Mia look edgy

Rock of Ages could have been an entertainingly kitsch celebration of Eighties soft rock. Sadly, it isn’t.

Tim Black Monday 25 June 2012 comments

Tax is not a window into the soul

The weird belief that tax receipts are a mark of character is fuelling the pursuit of Jimmy Carr.

Wendy Kaminer Monday 25 June 2012 comments

How NYC is colonising
CUNY students’ minds

Recent events at City University of New York show that diversity policies treat students like children and assault academic freedom.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 26 June 2012 comments

Why tattoos make my flesh crawl

The tattoo has always been a mark of powerlessness, not individuality. And now everyone’s got one.

Tom Finn-Kelcey Tuesday 26 June 2012 comments

British education is already a vale of tiers

The responses to Gove’s plan to revive O-levels say more about the dire state of politics than education.

Bruno Waterfield Tuesday 26 June 2012 comments

Angela Merkel is
no Adolf Hitler

ESSAY: Today’s radical anti-Merkel lobby echoes Margaret Thatcher, who also wanted to use Euro structures to neuter wicked Germany.

Israel Kalman Wednesday 27 June 2012 comments

Blowing bullying out of all proportion

US expert Israel Kalman says it is mad that everything from eye-rolling to the Holocaust is now called ‘bullying’.

Nancy McDermott Wednesday 27 June 2012 comments

An invitation for kids to be cruel

The humiliation of New York bus monitor Karen Klein reveals a great deal about the erosion of adult authority.

Mick Hume Wednesday 27 June 2012 comments

The war is over. And nobody won

The ‘symbolic’ handshake between the queen and the former IRA chief is a meeting of the ghosts of British imperialism and Irish republicanism.

Eero Iloniemi Thursday 28 June 2012 comments

Don’t mess with Big Ben

A Finnish visitor to London says MPs are mad to rebrand Big Ben as ‘Elizabeth Tower’.

Amanpreet Kaur Paul Thursday 28 June 2012 comments

The simple life
isn’t a good life

BBC2’s new family-history documentary reminds us that the Downton Abbey era wasn’t a bed of roses.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 28 June 2012 comments

What we can learn
from German football

If England is ever going to improve, we need to stop singing songs about the war and learn to be more Kraut-like.

Frank Furedi Thursday 28 June 2012 comments

Inviting the state into our intimacies

ESSAY: Gay marriage is presented as an issue of equal rights, but it’s better understood as a top-down overhaul of the institution of marriage.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 29 June 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.

Christopher Snowdon Friday 29 June 2012 comments

How the government cynically lobbies itself

In an extract from his new report, Sock Puppets, Christopher Snowdon says British officials have turned charities into insider lobbyists.

Patrick West Friday 29 June 2012 comments

Ray Bradbury: prophet of nostalgia

Where most sci-fi writers create an alternative present or imaginary future, the great Bradbury longed for a future that would recapture the past.

James Heartfield Friday 29 June 2012 comments

Seeking salvation,
behind society’s back

Two recent books on nineteenth-century radical movements illuminate the victories and numerous defeats of mass struggles to transform society.

Nancy McDermott Friday 29 June 2012 comments

Farewell, Nora Ephron

The journalist, screenwriter and director, who died this week aged 71, should be remembered as much for her fine, conversational essays as for When Harry Met Sally.

Rob Lyons Friday 29 June 2012 comments

A beginner’s guide to the Greatest Show on Earth

The Olympic Games in London will feature 29 different sports, from the familiar to the obscure. To appreciate the drama, you need to know what the hell is going on.

Tim Black Friday 29 June 2012 comments

Sartre vs Camus:
an intellectual boxing match

A fascinating and entertaining new book explores the fractious relationship between two of the twentieth century's most compelling intellects.

Sean Collins Friday 29 June 2012 comments

Re-opening the American mind

Twenty-five years on, a re-read of Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind reveals just how wrong liberals were to hate it, and how wrong conservatives were to claim it as their ideological bible.