August 2012

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 1 August 2012 comments

The meaning of
‘Gotham’s reckoning’

The left-leaning reviewers complaining that The Dark Knight Rises is pro-capitalist have kind of missed the point.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 1 August 2012 comments

‘Well done,
Twitter police’

The twitch-hunt of a teen who sent nasty tweets to Tom Daley shows Twitter has become enforcer of conformism.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 1 August 2012 comments

Forgive me IPCC, for I have sinned...

The rapturous welcome given to a high-profile ‘climate sceptic’ who has now recanted exposes the backwardness of green thinking.

Jason Smith Thursday 2 August 2012 comments

Farms shouldn’t
be sacred cows

Supermarkets aren’t to blame for UK dairy farmers failing to turn a profit; government special treatment is.

Tom Bailey Thursday 2 August 2012 comments

Why plastic bags
should be free

The latest war on these incredibly useful bags is fuelled by greens’ loathing of modern consumption habits.

Tim Black Thursday 2 August 2012 comments

Who really made a mess of Rwanda?

It is a bit rich for Western governments and NGOs to condemn Paul Kagame, seeing as they helped give birth to his anti-genocidal autocracy.

Tom Slater Friday 3 August 2012 comments

The last of the mythical rock stars

Searching for Sugar Man’s tale of a forgotten folk-rock legend harks back to a time when mystery in pop music was still possible.

David Bowden Friday 3 August 2012 comments

An otherworldly,
alternative Games

Game of Thrones finds HBO back on top form, providing an elegant piece of escapist fantasy for grim times.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 August 2012 comments

Twitter trolls: a gold medal for overreaction

The Tom Daley case should teach us that there are better ways to deal with online abuse than arresting idiotic teens.

Kevin Rooney Friday 3 August 2012 comments

Snobs’ Law: censoring Scottish football fans

A brilliant new book says the criminalisation of football songs in Scotland is a vivid illustration of how tolerance is morphing into intolerance.

Patrick West Monday 6 August 2012 comments

Beethoven’s
shock-and-awe riffs

Even cranked up to 11, Deep Purple aren’t a patch on Beethoven. But their music can be equally stirring.

Mick Hume Monday 6 August 2012 comments

Five things the Games have showed us so far

It's the greatest show on Earth, featuring GB gold fever, ‘cheats’ who prosper, drug-free drug panics and parochialism v perfection.

Tom Bailey Tuesday 7 August 2012 comments

Presumed consent: nationalising our organs

There is a desperate need for organs for transplant, but taking them from the dead without consent is no solution.

Timandra Harkness Tuesday 7 August 2012 comments

A bold step towards
putting man on Mars

NASA’s technological triumph of landing the Curiosity rover on the Red Planet is a testament to human ingenuity.

Sean Collins Tuesday 7 August 2012 comments

Enlightened liberals vs chicken-chewing morons

The Chick-fil-A controversy in America reveals just how illiberal and intolerant supporters of same-sex marriage are becoming.

Viv Regan Wednesday 8 August 2012 comments

Let drugs enhance
Olympic performances

The Games are all about ‘performance enhancement’, so why not let athletes dope up to achieve greatness?

Gavin Poynter Wednesday 8 August 2012 comments

An Olympic-sized bubble in east London

The 2012 ‘makeover’ of east London is just a rehash of the finance-driven economic mistakes of the past.

Tim Black Wednesday 8 August 2012 comments

Stuff the ‘legacy’, enjoy the sport!

The sports philistines who govern modern Britain want to use London 2012 as a tool of mass social engineering. They must be stopped.

Tim Abrahams Thursday 9 August 2012 comments

Forget the hangover,
celebrate the stadium

The 2012 stadium has hosted some of our most treasured sporting memories; let’s relax about what comes next.

Ollie M Picks Thursday 9 August 2012 comments

You can’t bottle
the volunteer spirit

A 2012 Games Maker says it’s a massive folly for officials to try to ‘capture and recreate’ the volunteering instinct.

Nick Cater Thursday 9 August 2012 comments

Why the Lucky Country isn’t blubbing about losing

An expat Brit in Australia says his countrymen aren’t obsessing over their lack of Olympic gold because they have no ‘culture of complaint’.

Tom Slater Friday 10 August 2012 comments

Ted: a tame comedy that’s hard to bear

Seth Macfarlane’s directorial debut is like Family Guy with a pulse - but it isn’t nearly as original or funny as it is cracked up to be.

David Bowden Friday 10 August 2012 comments

Refusing to be a
digital-age victim

Try as they might, documentary makers couldn’t portray the star of The Girl Who Became Three Boys as damaged.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 10 August 2012 comments

OMG, GB! But we
aren’t winners yet

It’s great that Brits have stopped whingeing and started winning, but we now need a winner’s mindset.

Jason Walsh Friday 10 August 2012 comments

The man who made the case for discrimination

Farewell Robert Hughes, the brilliant and stinging critic of the cultural left and its descent into non-judgemental, multicultural hogwash.

Neil Davenport Monday 13 August 2012 comments

Hey, young people: stop your sobbing

The British left’s championing of the underdog has morphed into promoting that most unpleasant of traits: self-pity.

Ben Pile Monday 13 August 2012 comments

Why facts cut no ice
in the climate debate

Reports of Greenland’s ice melting are overheated because the eco-outlook poisons both science and politics.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 13 August 2012 comments

Syria: how the West is sanctioning sectarianism

In the name of making a PR performance of their moral resolve, Western governments are meddling in Syria in an ever-more lethal way.

Tom Bailey Tuesday 14 August 2012 comments

What happened to the Olympic apocalypse?

The authorities’ excited predictions of terror, disease and riots at London 2012 were informed by angst rather than reality.

Tim Black Tuesday 14 August 2012 comments

spiked’s London
Olympics Top 10

From cycling glory to the brilliant Rudisha, spiked picks the Games' best moments.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 14 August 2012 comments

Turning the Games into a political podium

Britain’s liberal elite politicised the Olympics far more than Beijing did in 2008.

Mick Hume Tuesday 14 August 2012 comments

The Olympics are irrelevant. That’s why they’re so great

All the Olym-politicking over ‘legacy’ risks marring our memories of the glorious Games.

Alex Joffe Wednesday 15 August 2012 comments

Are we willing to die to save the past?

Archaeologist Alex Joffe on how Western empowerment of Islamists threatens precious antiquities.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 15 August 2012 comments

Falling out over nothing at all

It isn’t profound political differences but rather petty personality clashes that are splitting the Lib-Cons.

Tim Black Wednesday 15 August 2012 comments

An ugly rerun of the Satanic panic

British officialdom’s war on ‘faith-linked’ child abuse echoes its earlier hysterical belief that men in black cloaks were eating babies.

Tom Bailey Thursday 16 August 2012 comments

You can't be taught how to ‘have a go’

Yes, we could do with more have-a-go heroes, but we could do without the RSA’s plans for patronising training lessons.

Tim Black Thursday 16 August 2012 comments

Did the free market ruin our railways?

Squeezing the debate about Britain’s railways into the tired free market vs nationalisation script makes no sense.

Rob Lyons Thursday 16 August 2012 comments

Let’s get real about
the Eurozone crisis

After five years of Euro chaos, our leaders are still carrying out firefighting exercises rather than coming up with long-term solutions.

Tom Slater Friday 17 August 2012 comments

The Art of Rap: don’t apologise, don’t explain

Ice-T's paean to the hip-hop emcee is a joy for aficionados, but doesn't explain the antipathy towards this hugely popular genre.

David Bowden Friday 17 August 2012 comments

A very conservative look at Conservative students

In its search for stereotypes, BBC2’s Young, Bright and on the Right seemed oblivious to how much politics has changed.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 17 August 2012 comments

Should football-bashing be an Olympic sport?

Team GB success at London 2012 has become the latest platform from which to berate odious, overpaid footballers.

Rob Lyons Friday 17 August 2012 comments

Something good to chew on, for a change

In his new book, Mike Gibney aims to 'challenge food controversies', sprinkling a large pinch of salt over the claims of food fearmongers.

Kevin Yuill Monday 20 August 2012 comments

Assisted dying: simple,
neat - and wrong

The case of Tony Nicklinson is heartbreaking, but we should be very wary of granting his wish for legalised euthanasia.

Patrick Hayes Monday 20 August 2012 comments

The fallen angel of the radical set

Once, activists painted Julian Assange as a secrets-busting messiah - now they just think he’s a very naughty boy.

Tim Black Monday 20 August 2012 comments

It isn’t only Russia that punishes iconoclasm

Western observers have been thrilled by Pussy Riot’s sacrilegious antics in Moscow. So why aren’t they supportive of sacrilege here at home?

Ben Lazarus Tuesday 21 August 2012 comments

The plain lies of
plain-packs advocates

A High Court ruling last week means Australians will be guinea pigs for an illiberal policy based on junk science.

Martin Cullip Tuesday 21 August 2012 comments

Smoking out the Blackpool fag ban

Councillors at the English seaside resort town have no legal or popular basis for banning smoking in parks.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 21 August 2012 comments

Massacre of the miners: the ANC’s Sharpeville

Why is there reluctance to discuss the killing of 34 miners in South Africa? Because it explodes the myth of a post-Apartheid ‘rainbow nation’.

Tom Bailey Wednesday 22 August 2012 comments

An entertaining gallop through horse history

A new exhibition at the British Museum charts how man mastered the horse and transformed society.

Bruno Waterfield Wednesday 22 August 2012 comments

‘Eurocrats live in an estranged bubble’

Bruno Waterfield answers your questions on EU mandarins, SYRIZA’s disgrace, Germany-bashing and more.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 22 August 2012 comments

How about a riot against class determinism?

The fashionable idea that an individual’s class background determines his future and his fortunes is not nearly as radical as it seems.

Luke Gittos Thursday 23 August 2012 comments

On rape, George Galloway has a point

Ignore feminists’ shrill attempts to demonise critics – we need an honest debate about the meaning of rape.

Desrochers and Shimizu Thursday 23 August 2012 comments

Liberated from
gruel and mush

The locavores championing seasonal food fail to see how food innovations have made us happier and healthier.

Rob Lyons Thursday 23 August 2012 comments

Local cappuccino for local people

Backward campaigners trying to prevent Costa coffee from opening a shop in Totnes should wake up and smell their own hypocrisy.

Tom Slater Friday 24 August 2012 comments

The Imposter: just who is fooling who?

Bart Layton’s film about serial liar Frédéric Bourdin thrillingly asks questions about deception and self-deception.

Michael P Fitzpatrick Friday 24 August 2012 comments

Football vs Olympics: a stupid comparison

It’s not the footballers who are overpaid, lazy and arrogant but the hacks passing judgement on them.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 24 August 2012 comments

The gong show where everyone’s a winner

There’s a lot wrong with the UK honours system, but dishing out a title to every gold medallist would demean it further.

David Bowden Friday 24 August 2012 comments

A funny show on BBC3? How revolutionary

Far from being the usual liberal lecturing, a new satirical sketch show actually manages to stir up some laughs.

Angus Kennedy Friday 24 August 2012 comments

Why the elite wants to obliterate borders

Politicians present their sniffiness about national sovereignty as something progressive and liberal. It is anything but.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 28 August 2012 comments

Retweeting: the new 999

The arrest of a man for tweeting at footballer Carlton Cole shows the Twittersphere has become a hive of grasses.

Tim Black Tuesday 28 August 2012 comments

‘Who has a lion in Essex?’

Just about the only people who took the Essex lion story seriously were the prattish police force.

Jonathan Hartford Tuesday 28 August 2012 comments

Getting beyond the ABCs of GCSEs

The real answers to the problems in Britain’s schools are intellectual rigour and a clear sense of purpose, not grade-fiddling.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 28 August 2012 comments

GCSE wars: the case for real and hard exams

However exam grades are manipulated, the result is always to sacrifice children’s education at the altar of political expediency.

Tom Bailey Wednesday 29 August 2012 comments

What’s so special about Sundays?

We should be free to do what we want on Sundays, not have our options limited to please preachy campaigners.

Martyn Perks Wednesday 29 August 2012 comments

Apple v Samsung: innovation’s the loser

Tech giants are devoting more energy to defending patents than they are to coming up with new ideas.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 29 August 2012 comments

The trouble with dope: it rots the soul

Never mind scientific studies into the alleged harms of cannabis - how about making a moral case against dope?

Tim Black Wednesday 29 August 2012 comments

‘We are not forever chained to this planet’

Three cheers for Neil Armstrong, the twentieth-century embodiment of man’s age-old yearning to explore and discover.

Tom Slater Thursday 30 August 2012 comments

Where romcom meets reality

In Hollywood, true love conquers all, right? Refreshingly, Take This Waltz recognises real life is more complex.

Hanna Muhammad Thursday 30 August 2012 comments

Who wants to
be a superhuman?

Extraordinary advances in technology are making the disabled more able, and the rest of us could benefit too.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 30 August 2012 comments

After London 2012, who’s the real GOAT?

Too many people judge the Greatest Olympian of All Time by medal haul, but there’s much more to it than that.

Tim Black Thursday 30 August 2012 comments

Why progress remains stuck on the tarmac

The dithering over building a third runway at Heathrow, never mind new airports, exposes our leaders’ inability to seize control of the future.

Kevin Rooney Friday 31 August 2012 comments

Snobs’ Law: censoring Scottish football fans

A brilliant new book says the criminalisation of football songs in Scotland is a vivid illustration of how tolerance is morphing into intolerance.

Rob Lyons Friday 31 August 2012 comments

Something good to chew on, for a change

In his new book, Mike Gibney aims to ‘challenge food controversies’, sprinkling a large pinch of salt over the claims of food fearmongers.

Jason Walsh Friday 31 August 2012 comments

The man who made the case for discrimination

Farewell Robert Hughes, the brilliant and stinging critic of the cultural left and its descent into non-judgemental, multicultural hogwash.

Angus Kennedy Friday 31 August 2012 comments

Why the elite wants to obliterate borders

Politicians present their sniffiness about national sovereignty as something progressive and liberal. It is anything but.

Mitford Stitch Friday 31 August 2012 comments

How did Martin Amis become so bad?

With Lionel Asbo: State of England, Amis has produced a truly terrible novel, dripping with snobbish contempt and written with a tin ear for detail.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Friday 31 August 2012 comments

How the degradation
of education went global

Alex Standish persuasively argues that ‘global education’, promoted by Western elites as a way of dealing with their own loss of meaning, has undermined the central role of education: intellectual development.

Neil Davenport Friday 31 August 2012 comments

The London Underground: a wonder of the modern world

Andrew Martin does a fine job in celebrating the history and experience of the Tube, a pioneering railway that embodies all the characteristics - good and bad - of our capital city.

Tim Black Friday 31 August 2012 comments

‘The velodrome is beautiful’

Tim Abrahams fascinating essay on the London Olympics stadium shows us that grander, premeditated political narratives will always be eclipsed by sport.

Patrick Hayes Friday 31 August 2012 comments

A Capital offence against literature

John Lanchester has been compared to Dickens for his sweeping novel about late-Noughties London. But he gives us ciphers not characters, and prejudice rather than plot.