July 2012

Tom Bailey Monday 2 July 2012 comments

Free speech for dodgy dons, too

Cambridge students calling for a supervisor to resign over his political views need a lecture on academic freedom.

James Woudhuysen Monday 2 July 2012 comments

Design alone can’t save UK plc

Making products attractive and user-friendly is a smart idea, but it is no substitute for R&D and investment.

Frank Furedi Monday 2 July 2012 comments

The bigotry of the
anti-circumcision zealots

ESSAY: Today’s campaigning against circumcision is so dogmatic and intolerant it makes the old religions look enlightened in comparison.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 3 July 2012 comments

A crime against
the Olympic spirit

The creation of fast-track courts to deal with ‘Olympic offences’ sums up British officials’ miserabilism.

Ben Pile Tuesday 3 July 2012 comments

Rio+20: a tyranny
of green do-gooders

The latest ‘save the planet’ shindig provided yet another chance for political poseurs to dictate our future.

Tim Black Tuesday 3 July 2012 comments

Why treat sports coaches as potential paedophiles?

Professor Heather Piper tells spiked that ‘no touch’ guidelines in sport are helping to poison adult-child relations.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 4 July 2012 comments

A Libyan election on NATO’s terms

The first election in 47 years should have been momentous, but Western meddling warped Libya’s democratic struggle.

Tim Black Wednesday 4 July 2012 comments

A tale of two
Twitter trials

To be consistently liberal, the Twitterati should defend drunken racists as well as airport jokers.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 4 July 2012 comments

They’re all Barclays
bankers now...

Depicting Barclays’ Libor-fiddling staff as uniquely corrupt overlooks what they share in common with the rest of the reckless ruling class.

Rania Hafez Thursday 5 July 2012 comments

Don’t protect us from ‘forced’ marriages

The government says it wants to liberate ethnic-minority women. Actually it’s infantalising us.

Rob Lyons Thursday 5 July 2012 comments

The Shard: why London is looking up

Never mind the naysaying of its critics: the EU’s tallest building is an inspiring addition to the skyline.

Mick Hume Thursday 5 July 2012 comments

Pistorius: a hero, yes, but not an Olympian

Allowing the remarkable ‘blade runner’ to compete against able-bodied athletes goes against the true spirit of competitive sport.

Tom Slater Friday 6 July 2012 comments

Abe Lincoln and his war with the Undead

A new movie portraying the US civil-war president as a battler of blood-sucking ghouls is a pleasingly naff mash-up of genres.

David Bowden Friday 6 July 2012 comments

Back to Graceland
after all these years

BBC1’s Paul Simon doc offered absorbing insights into the row about Graceland and the anti-Apartheid campaign.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 6 July 2012 comments

Spain: not boring, just inflexible

If the Euro 2012 winners want to be the best of all time, they had better come up with an alternative to pass, pass, pass.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 6 July 2012 comments

What if Anne Frank were still alive...?

Comic novel Hope: A Tragedy, featuring an old, foul-mouthed Anne Frank living in upstate New York, makes serious points about the Holocaust.

Patrick Hayes Monday 9 July 2012 comments

A pile-up of panic and fear on the M6

Last week, a bizarre collision of two of British officialdom’s biggest anxieties, smoking and terrorism, caused chaos.

Rob Lyons Monday 9 July 2012 comments

Just shut up about school meals

Another government initiative to improve school dinners? Don’t officials have better things to do with their time?

Tim Black Monday 9 July 2012 comments

We don’t need to be lorded over by experts

Nick Clegg’s proposed reform of the Lords will achieve the feat of making these ‘remains of aristocratical tyranny’ even more tyrannical.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 9 July 2012 comments

The Guardian calls for the licensing of the press

If you want to know how far today’s climate of censoriousness has gone, look no further than this morning’s liberal Guardian newspaper.

Tim Black Tuesday 10 July 2012 comments

Blaming Big Pharma for society’s ills

GlaxoSmithKline may have deserved its $3 billion fine, but it doesn’t deserve the blame for therapy culture.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 10 July 2012 comments

Why victim culture
is running riot

Last year's English riots weren't down to government cuts but to a vast culture of self-pity and entitlement among the young.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 10 July 2012 comments

The real Balls-up in the British economy

So what if Ed Balls didn’t directly okay Libor-fiddling at Barclays. He, with others, definitely helped screw up both the economy and society.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 11 July 2012 comments

‘Freedom is not
delivered, but won’

Josie Appleton answers your questions on the challenges facing the liberty movement in modern Britain.

Tim Black Wednesday 11 July 2012 comments

The leaky weirdo was never a hero

Julian Assange’s fall from grace confirms what spiked already knew: he is a preening conspiracy theorist.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 11 July 2012 comments

We’re worse off without
the News of the World

Whatever you thought of the irreverent tabloid, you should be concerned about how it was airbrushed from public life a year ago this week.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 11 July 2012 comments

Picking over the panic on a plate

When it comes to food, journalists and reporters are far too keen to fill themselves up on a diet of fear and hype.

Tom Bailey Thursday 12 July 2012 comments

How neo-Malthusians demonise dissent

In branding those who disagree with them ‘deniers’, the overpopulation lobby reveals its allergy to debate.

Jason Walsh Thursday 12 July 2012 comments

A chilling threat
to historical research

PSNI demands that academics hand over paramilitary testimony are jeopardising the search for truth.

Mick Hume Thursday 12 July 2012 comments

Lords reform: politics
peers into the abyss

The row over plans to replace peers with senators reveals the crisis, not only of the coalition, but of the entire democratic system.

Tom Slater Friday 13 July 2012 comments

Killer Joe won’t knock you dead

William Friedkin’s latest horror flick isn’t a patch on The Exorcist. But the lead actors are unexpected delights.

David Bowden Friday 13 July 2012 comments

He’s fat, he’s thick,
but he'll be missed

Blokey banter from DJ Chris Moyles wasn’t what everyone wanted for breakfast, but for millions it hit the spot.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 13 July 2012 comments

Why do Brits prefer weepers to winners?

Andy Murray’s tearful interview at Wimbledon endeared him more to the nation than being Britain’s best tennis player.

Rob Lyons Friday 13 July 2012 comments

When it comes to food, think global, act global

Rob Lyons talks to one of the authors of a new book that cuts through the manure of the local-food lobby.

Joanna Williams Monday 16 July 2012 comments

Learning cannot
be bought

New student charters in UK universities turn lecturers into service providers and students into consumers.

Tom Bailey Monday 16 July 2012 comments

Don’t buy into this supermarket spying

Lib-Con plans to ‘nudge’ us into making healthier shopping decisions exposes how anti-democratic nudge theory is.

Mick Hume Monday 16 July 2012 comments

John Terry – and football – found guilty anyway

The outraged reaction to Terry’s acquittal is a bigger problem for football and society than anything the obnoxious-but-innocent ‘JT’ said.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 17 July 2012 comments

Time to Do Something for themselves

A trendy attempt to promote ‘positive images’ of young people after last year’s riots is the last thing they need.

Tim Black Tuesday 17 July 2012 comments

Playing host to the security Olympics

The real scandal is not the incompetence of G4S, it’s the belief that London 2012 needs an army to protect it.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 17 July 2012 comments

How the nationalisation of parenting stoked the riots

ESSAY: The state’s relentless undermining of parental authority has created a world in which no one knows how to control children or teens.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 18 July 2012 comments

The ministers stopping Britain from taking off

Why should anyone take the coalition’s growth rhetoric seriously when plans for airport expansion have been shelved?

Rob Lyons Wednesday 18 July 2012 comments

Enough with the Malthusian miserablism

An expanding UK population is not a problem, but the scepticism towards economic growth most definitely is.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 18 July 2012 comments

Why teachers should aspire to be scholars

Too many educationalists today believe an intellectually informed curriculum is only suitable for the elites and not the masses.

Tom Bailey Thursday 19 July 2012 comments

Drinking alcohol? That’s not normal!

Attempts by anti-drinking killjoys to ‘denormalise’ an everyday activity are getting ever more patronising.

Richard Reynolds Thursday 19 July 2012 comments

Inquiries, inquiries, everywhere

We need fewer inquiries and more politics, argues a paralegal currently working on public inquries.

Tim Black Thursday 19 July 2012 comments

The tyrannical reign of the public inquiry

The clamour for a public inquiry into virtually every significant public issue has its roots in the disarray of the state.

Tom Slater Friday 20 July 2012 comments

The magical transformation of Channing Tatum

Enjoyable summer flick Magic Mike proves the Hollywood hunk is more than a piece of pumped-up eye candy.

David Bowden Friday 20 July 2012 comments

Channel 4 cashes in with Bank of Dave

Wannabe banker Dave Fishwick makes for entertaining TV, but starting local banks won't solve the economy's problems.

James Howell Friday 20 July 2012 comments

It’s a football match, not a finishing school

Instead of kowtowing to politicians, footballers should tell the language police where to stick their swear boxes.

Christopher Bray Friday 20 July 2012 comments

A critic with her finger on America’s pulse

The late New Yorker film writer Pauline Kael may have got some judgements badly wrong, but she grasped how movies reflected wider society.

Patrick Marmion Monday 23 July 2012 comments

Can Shakespeare illuminate the crisis?

The National Theatre is scouring Ancient Greece, via Timon of Athens, for moral thoughts on the recession.

Patrick West Monday 23 July 2012 comments

Are Roswell believers
really that barmy?

It’s easy to mock the geeks who think aliens crash-landed in New Mexico, but their paranoia is part of a big trend today.

Alexander Cockburn Monday 23 July 2012 comments

‘I have committed intellectual blasphemy’

Following the death of Alexander Cockburn, we republish his spiked piece on what happens to leftists who challenge climate-change alarmism.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 24 July 2012 comments

And the gold medal for miserabilism goes to...

Read Brendan O'Neill's Big Issue column in which he hands out gold medals to the curmudgeons whingeing about the Olympics.

Ollie M Picks Tuesday 24 July 2012 comments

Proud to be an Olympic volunteer

A London ‘Games Maker’ explains why it is wonderful to help out at the Greatest Show on Earth.

Tim Black Tuesday 24 July 2012 comments

An Olympics
takeover of Britain?

Despite the claims of the anti-Games brigade, London 2012 is not to blame for censorship and the culture of fear.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 24 July 2012 comments

Don’t let fearmongers
kill the Olympic spirit

Killjoy campaigners are spreading scare stories about the London Games. Ignore them and recall instead the spirit of the Ancient Greeks.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 25 July 2012 comments

Harwood is innocent.
The jury said so

The case of the cop charged over the death of Ian Tomlinson is symbolic of the confusion at the heart of the British state.

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 25 July 2012 comments

Gun-control laws don’t stop massacres

Blaming tragedies like the ‘Batman’ cinema shootings on the availability of guns is plain wrong.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 25 July 2012 comments

Why only some hackers
get thrown to the wolves

The chattering classes hate tabloid phone-hackers but love computer hackers like Gary McKinnon. Have double standards ever been so brazen?

Tom Slater Thursday 26 July 2012 comments

A fitting farewell to the Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan is that rarest of things - a blockbuster director who makes movies aimed at adults, not teens.

Tom Bailey Thursday 26 July 2012 comments

Reformation: so much more than Henry vs Pope

A BBC documentary illuminates how the Reformation turned the world upside down and ushered in the modern era.

James Howell Thursday 26 July 2012 comments

Is Phillips Idowu messing with our heads?

Who knows if the Team GB triple-jumper really is injured or is just winding people up. At least he's a bit eccentric.

Mick Hume Thursday 26 July 2012 comments

The Games
are the thing

Both critics and supporters of London 2012 have missed the point. The ‘legacy’ of an Olympics is about human struggle and sporting excellence.

Christopher Bray Friday 27 July 2012 comments

Pauline Kael: a critic with her finger on America’s pulse

The late New Yorker film writer Pauline Kael may have got some judgements badly wrong, but she grasped how movies reflected wider society.

Rob Lyons Friday 27 July 2012 comments

When it comes to food, think global, act global

Rob Lyons talks to one of the authors of a new book that cuts through the manure of the local-food lobby.

David Clements Friday 27 July 2012 comments

The real social glue is politics, not civility

Sociologist Richard Sennett’s obsession with inequality and therapeutic outlook prevent him from understanding social problems today.

Sarah Boyes Friday 27 July 2012 comments

Rescuing literature from literary theory

Terry Eagleton’s attempt to define literature is impressive, but he fails to recognise that this definition is not merely descriptive – it’s also evaluative.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 27 July 2012 comments

What if Anne Frank were still alive...?

Comic novel Hope: A Tragedy, featuring an old, foul-mouthed Anne Frank living in upstate New York, makes serious points about the Holocaust.

Tom Bailey Friday 27 July 2012 comments

Deepak Lal vs
the meddling state

Not everything said by free-market economist Lal in this new collection of essays adds up. But his suspicion of state intervention into our lives is refreshing.

Nancy McDermott Friday 27 July 2012 comments

Park Slope parents
behaving badly

Amy Sohn’s sequel to Prospect Park West turns an excited but acute eye on parents who, racked with midlife crises, seem intent on acting like children.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 27 July 2012 comments

How liberals fall into
the fairness trap

Political philospher John Tomasi’s insightful critique of the thought of John Rawls and the failings of modern liberalism fails to recognise that ‘fairness’ is antithetical to equality proper.

Ollie M Picks Monday 30 July 2012 comments

A mad, brave, leftfield portrayal of the nation

An Olympics volunteer marvels at how the opening ceremony managed to be both jawdropping and moving.

Mick Hume Monday 30 July 2012 comments

‘Isles of wonder’ left me wondering: what?

The cultural melange was an authentic display of what ‘Britishness’ means today: nothing much at all.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 30 July 2012 comments

Celebrate or be
forever cast out!

The hatred heaped on a Tory MP who criticised the ceremony suggests this New Britain isn’t as diverse as we’re told.

Frank Furedi Monday 30 July 2012 comments

Mythical past,
elusive future

The Olympics opening ceremony was a spectacular piece of living theatre. But it also revealed our discomfort with our past and fear of the future.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Tuesday 31 July 2012 comments

End the female circumcision panic

The real outcome of the debate on female genital mutilation is ever-greater state regulation of relationships.

Tom Bailey Tuesday 31 July 2012 comments

Is David Gauke a member of UK Uncut?

So-called radical tax campaigns have legitimised attacks on everyone’s desire to sidestep the taxman.

Tim Black Tuesday 31 July 2012 comments

Mitt Romney’s anti-
nuclear imperialism

Ignore Romney’s gaffes – when it comes to using anti-nuclear sentiment to shore up American power over ‘Them’, he is totally on-message.