September 2012

James Woudhuysen Monday 3 September 2012 comments

Big trouble in the East China Sea

A row between Japan, China and Taiwan over a few small islands reveals the arbitrariness of international relations.

Tiffany Jenkins Monday 3 September 2012 comments

Let’s welcome Israeli dancers to Scotland

The childish Westerners calling for boycotts of Israeli artists are having a corrosive impact on creativity.

Sean Collins Monday 3 September 2012 comments

Romney’s empty suit vs Obama’s empty chair

With the hope hoopla of the 2008 campaign a distant memory, now we have a contest between a letdown president and a vacuous challenger.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 4 September 2012 comments

‘Fuck your
free speech’

A tiny EDL march in London would have been insignificant were it not for the OTT response of left-wing groups.

Tim Black Tuesday 4 September 2012 comments

Stop trying to lance the Boyle

Frankie Boyle’s comedy of offence is a byproduct of our censorious ‘You Can't Say That!’ culture.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 4 September 2012 comments

Turning the Paralympics
into a political tool

These Games are an inspiring showcase of human resilience, but that doesn’t mean we should feel a moral duty to get excited about them.

Theresa Clifford Wednesday 5 September 2012 comments

In defence of the freedom to troll

Just because an Oz celeb received a few nasty comments on Twitter, that is no reason to regulate free speech online.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 5 September 2012 comments

The Hague will always be a tool of the West

Desmond Tutu is wrong to believe that dragging Blair before the ICC will make that institution more democratic.

Tim Black Wednesday 5 September 2012 comments

Reshuffling politics off this mortal coil

The ministerial merry-go-round has always left those outside the Westminster bubble cold, but now even politicians seem disillusioned.

Jason Walsh Thursday 6 September 2012 comments

Rioting for more cultural recognition

In Northern Ireland, where respect for cultural identity is King, communities that feel disrespected start riots.

Tom Bailey Thursday 6 September 2012 comments

Fizzing with authoritarian intent

Having long been battling drugs, it now seems the British state is about to launch the sequel: the War on Dr Pepper.

Mick Hume Thursday 6 September 2012 comments

Leveson: drawing up the battlelines

Mick Hume, author of a new book on press freedom, says questioning of the Leveson Inquiry is in danger of being too little, too late.

Ed Noel Friday 7 September 2012 comments

Bad Education fails to make the grade

Comedian Jack Whitehall’s new but wearily predictable school comedy fails to live up to his previous efforts.

Tom Slater Friday 7 September 2012 comments

The magic of the movie soundtrack

Despite the fanboyishness of Berberian Sound Studio, the way it shows how sound can change our lives is enthralling.

Patrick West Friday 7 September 2012 comments

Delusions of a
desert-island castaway

Desert Island Discs is the perfect opportunity for posturing, preening and pretending to have read Proust.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 7 September 2012 comments

Let’s be honest about the Paralympics

It’s not the Olympics, but the Paralympics has some amazing sport – if only people could stop patronising the athletes.

Tim Black Friday 7 September 2012 comments

The staggeringly pretentious footballer

The Secret Footballer reveals more about today’s elite loathing of football players and fans than it does the dark reality of the beautiful game.

Tom Bailey Monday 10 September 2012 comments

Young people drink
booze – get over it

The idea that sexy adverts for Martini or posh vodka are what encourage teens to drink is completely bonkers.

Barbara Hewson Monday 10 September 2012 comments

Fancy having a judge in your living room?

Courts are treating competent adults as vulnerable beings who need state protection. That’s bad for liberty.

Wendy Kaminer Monday 10 September 2012 comments

US politics: a punch-up between mythmakers

Partisanship is the lifeblood of politics, but in America we now have hyperpartisanship, where blind groupthink is trumping tough debate.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 11 September 2012 comments

These control freaks should just tuck off

The Tuckshop Taliban is peeved that its healthy-eating mania isn’t very influential in new academy schools. Good.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 11 September 2012 comments

The unfree streets of London

A shocking new Google Map shows the bits of London where you can become a criminal without even realising it.

Tim Black Tuesday 11 September 2012 comments

The immorality of compensation culture

Frank Furedi talks to spiked about his new report on how the compo frenzy is fuelling a climate of suspicion across the public sector.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 12 September 2012 comments

The silence of the London 2012 killjoys

Protesters who planned to ruin London 2012 with jeering stunts and anti-Games rallies are now feeling very stupid indeed.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 12 September 2012 comments

New Olympic sport: sneering at squaddies

The hostility shown towards some soldiers during the Games is a product of the elite’s disavowal of military values.

Mick Hume Wednesday 12 September 2012 comments

An Olympic-shaped hole in our society?

Everybody now agrees that the London 2012 Games showed Britain can ‘do big things’. So why did nobody believe that two months ago?

Tim Black Thursday 13 September 2012 comments

Hillsborough report: a victory for truth?

The focus on ‘who did what’ back in April 1989 obscures the authorities' long-standing war on football fans.

Helen Searls Thursday 13 September 2012 comments

There’s more to politics than values

The Democrat convention was big on moral posturing about gay marriage and abortion, but short on serious strategy.

Sean Collins Thursday 13 September 2012 comments

Shouting 'Liar, liar, pants on fire!' is not serious politics

The rise of a tyranny of fact-checkers in the US election, who constantly call out politicians on their ‘lies’, is a very unhealthy development.

Tom Slater Friday 14 September 2012 comments

Lawless: lots of gore, nothing more

Filmmaking duo Hillcoat and Cave aim for something profound with their gangster flick, but they end up producing macho escapism.

Neil Davenport Friday 14 September 2012 comments

Whatever happened to Teenage Kicks?

As a BBC4 doc revealed, the Undertones had more freedom growing up in 1970s militarised Derry than teens do now.

Dan Travis Friday 14 September 2012 comments

Andy Murray: it’s the technique wot won it

More major victories await the Scot, whose change of style as much as his shift in attitude is putting him on top.

McDermott and Derbyshire Friday 14 September 2012 comments

Using science to freak out parents

A new book on ‘attachment parenting’ peddles the myth that there’s a right way to raise kids. PLUS: Parental determinism is neurobollocks.

Patrick Hayes Monday 17 September 2012 comments

Disagree with Nick? You’re a bigot!

Nick Clegg’s dismissal of gay-marriage opponents as ‘bigots’ reveals much about how the political class operates.

Patrick West Monday 17 September 2012 comments

Latest Archers scandal: death of the author

The Archers poll was shocking not because it concerned abortion but because it asked listeners about narrative.

Mick Hume Monday 17 September 2012 comments

Some truths about the Sun and ‘The Truth’

The belated backlash over the lies about Hillsborough appears to be more about today’s attempt to regulate the press.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 18 September 2012 comments

In the courts, equality trumps tolerance

Four cases before the European Court of Human Rights show how the state puts ‘diversity’ before religious freedom.

Sean Collins Tuesday 18 September 2012 comments

Giving the green light to grievance

The Obama administration seems to see free speech as a bigger problem than attacks on its overseas embassies.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 18 September 2012 comments

What’s motoring this ‘Muslim rage’?

The Islamic world’s fury over a YouTube film speaks to something profound: the hollowing-out of the politics of state and diplomacy.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 19 September 2012 comments

Europe hasn’t yet
‘turned the corner’

As long as Eurozone leaders equivocate over the need for growth, Europe will lurch from one crisis to the next.

Christopher Snowdon Wednesday 19 September 2012 comments

A run-of-the-mill
superpower

What is most striking about the US is just how unexceptional it is compared to other developed nations.

Mick Hume Wednesday 19 September 2012 comments

‘Our liberal media is less keen on a free press than the Puritans were’

Mick Hume, author of new book There Is No Such Thing As a Free Press, answers your questions.

Tim Black Thursday 20 September 2012 comments

Capturing the moment the royals became slebs

Those grainy pics of a naked Kate Middleton tell a striking story about the celebrification of the Windsors.

Jason Walsh Thursday 20 September 2012 comments

The princess and the pornographer

Richard Desmond’s threat to close the Irish Daily Star is the latest blow in today’s war on press freedom.

Wendy Kaminer Thursday 20 September 2012 comments

The president who would divide and rule

Romney’s attack on ‘the 47 per cent who pay no income tax’ conveyed his contempt for ordinary Americans.

Sean Collins Thursday 20 September 2012 comments

The real losers in this election are the voters

Romney’s videotaped dismissal of swathes of the electorate will hurt him, but Obama remains a lame duck, too.

Ann Furedi Thursday 20 September 2012 comments

Right to protest, or just plain wrong?

Anti-abortionists should have absolute freedom of speech. But that doesn’t mean they can do ‘pavement counselling’ outside abortion clinics.

Tom Bailey Friday 21 September 2012 comments

Treating foreign students as second-class people

Instead of fussing over a few thousand non-EU students at a London university, we should open the borders.

Tom Slater Friday 21 September 2012 comments

Doing justice to Anna Karenina

Not even Keira Knightley’s trademark gurning can spoil a fine new film version of Tolstoy’s classic novel.

David Bowden Friday 21 September 2012 comments

The Thick of It: first as tragedy, then as farce

Armando Iannucci’s political sitcom has little profound to say about our bankrupt politics, but it is very funny.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 21 September 2012 comments

The perpetual war against football fans

Today’s assault on offensive chanting shows that fans are still seen as stupid, dangerous hooligans.

Peter Sedgwick Friday 21 September 2012 comments

Revealing the truth about psychopolitics

Following the death of Thomas Szasz, we republish an extract from Peter Sedgwick’s critique of anti-psychiatry’s leading light.

Luke Gittos Monday 24 September 2012 comments

Don’t criminalise teen relationships

The sex life of a teenager can be weird, but the plan to treat it as a potential site of domestic violence is bonkers.

Helen Reece Monday 24 September 2012 comments

Domestic autonomy takes another beating

Nick Clegg’s expanded definition of domestic violence conflates vicious assaults with ordinary behaviour.

Frank Furedi Monday 24 September 2012 comments

The intolerant war on ‘parochial pensioners’

In forever fretting about the ‘bigoted attitudes’ of ordinary people, Britain’s political class exposes its own prejudices.

Barbara Hewson Tuesday 25 September 2012 comments

Sarah Catt should never have been convicted

The case of a Leeds woman jailed for eight years for inducing her own labour raises some serious questions.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 25 September 2012 comments

The Dianafication of the police force

From police cuts to Plebgate, where does the Old Bill get off presenting itself as a poor little put-upon victim?

Tim Black Tuesday 25 September 2012 comments

In the eyes of the state, we’re all plebs

The class worriers attacking Andrew Mitchell for using the p-word never raise a peep about other government assaults on us plebeians.

Tom Bailey Wednesday 26 September 2012 comments

What about a decent education, Nick?

The deputy PM should stop blubbing over his tuition-fees U-turn and provide universities that are worth the cash.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 26 September 2012 comments

The Lib Dems: a sorry excuse for a party

In power, the Lib Dems have proved themselves as shallow and opportunist as the rest of the political class.

Charles Longford Wednesday 26 September 2012 comments

South Africa: still an apartheid state

ESSAY: The roots of the Marikana massacre lie in the ANC’s deep antipathy to those it relied upon to rise to power: the black working classes.

David Bowden Thursday 27 September 2012 comments

Science theatre
on telly? No thanks

TV producers could learn from Carl Djerassi’s latest play, but should avoid the didactic nature of ‘science theatre’.

Tom Slater Thursday 27 September 2012 comments

Hollywood: you
can’t touch this

Schmaltzy French-language flick Untouchable beats Hollywood at its own game by injecting soul into proceedings.

Afolake Abu Thursday 27 September 2012 comments

‘Football fans are
not just sheep’

A WORLDbytes report asks why official anti-racism in football in on the rise when actual racism in society is not.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 27 September 2012 comments

The FA’s anti-racist kangaroo court

He may be a thug, but John Terry’s showtrial shows how all white working-class people are now seen to be racist bigots.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 27 September 2012 comments

Troll-hunters are the real menace to the internet

Yes, online trolls often ruin debates and annoy the hell out of people. But it is their censorious critics in the media who truly harm internet culture.

Tara McCormack Friday 28 September 2012 comments

A state-fostered climate of fear and loathing

A new book on criminal law in Britain persuasively argues that the more the state seeks to protect us from each other, the more we believe we have something to fear.

Peter Sedgwick Friday 28 September 2012 comments

Revealing the truth about psychopolitics

Following the death of Thomas Szasz, we republish an extract from Peter Sedgwick’s critique of anti-psychiatry’s leading light.

Using science to freak out parents

A new book on ‘attachment parenting’ peddles the myth that there’s a right way to raise kids. PLUS: Why parental determinism is little more than neurobollocks.

Tim Black Friday 28 September 2012 comments

The staggeringly pretentious footballer

The Secret Footballer reveals more about today’s elite loathing of football players and fans than it does the dark reality of the beautiful game.

Patrick Hayes Friday 28 September 2012 comments

In the shadow of Harry Potter?

The anticipation has been intense, and the keenness to knock it has been widespread. But ignore the naysayers - JK Rowling’s first adult novel isn't bad at all.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 28 September 2012 comments

The state is a bigger threat than the market

Michael Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy has some useful insights, but its anti-market myopia blinds it to the corrosive impact of state intervention in our lives.

David Clements Friday 28 September 2012 comments

What’s so great about the welfare state?

Defenders of the welfare state seem blissfully unaware of how it encourages growing numbers of people to become permanently entangled in a supposed ‘safety net’.

Pierre Desrochers Friday 28 September 2012 comments

The real story of Silent Spring

On the 50th anniversary of its publication, it is clear that the success of Rachel Carson’s unoriginal, pseudoscientific book lies in its appeal to the anti-modern prejudices of our age.

Mick Hume Friday 28 September 2012 comments

Why ‘Free The Press’ should be a battle cry for today

Mick Hume, spiked’s editor-at-large, explains the thinking behind his new book on press freedom.