November 2012

Luke Gittos Thursday 1 November 2012 comments

The rise of the middle‑class squatter

In the latest of our new series of video comments, Luke Gittos takes a look at the wrongs of the squatters’ rights brigade

Tom Bailey Thursday 1 November 2012 comments

It's no surprise that bankers ♥ Occupy

Having won praise from the church and media, now conformist Occupy is fawned over by the Bank of England.

Dennis Hayes Thursday 1 November 2012 comments

Stop policing the university

With every police-led intervention into campus life, the freedom to debate and argue is diminished.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 1 November 2012 comments

We need a Full Stop
to this scaremongering

The NSPCC and others have leapt upon the Savile scandal to promote their claims that child abuse is rife in modern Britain. But it isn’t.

Tom Slater Friday 2 November 2012 comments

Judi Dench: the ultimate Bond girl

Skyfall successfully drags Bond into the twenty-first century by putting a decent female character centre stage.

Patrick West Friday 2 November 2012 comments

A Band Aid for the failure of politics

It is a reflection of the decline of reasoned debate and the rise of celebrity that society pays attention to popstar politics.

David Bowden Friday 2 November 2012 comments

Our obsession with celebrity secrets

The Savile affair shouldn't be a shock to the BBC: it churns out dramas about the hidden lives of its comic stars.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 2 November 2012 comments

Kick this snitching out of football

When even a ref can be grassed up by easily offended players, football’s essential solidarity is clearly in jeopardy.

Patrick Hayes Friday 2 November 2012 comments

Lonely leftists vs fantasy fascists

Why, when the far right is falling apart, do leftists keep on scaremongering about these ‘bloody nasty people’?

Victoria Scott Monday 5 November 2012 comments

No, I am not scarred for life

I was abused as a child, but I won’t define myself as ‘damaged’. I have chosen to do something more life-affirming – move on.

Frank Furedi Monday 5 November 2012 comments

Are we all condemned to live in ‘cycles of abuse’?

It is now heresy to question the idea that child abuse damages a person for life. But such a deeply fatalistic idea must be questioned.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 6 November 2012 comments

End of double jeopardy: nothing to be proud of

It is surreal to give Doreen Lawrence a Pride of Britain award for her alleged assault on ‘arcane’ legal principles.

Wendy Kaminer Tuesday 6 November 2012 comments

The political storm over climate change

The fallout from Hurricane Sandy confirms how hard it is to have a rational debate about climatic issues.

Tim Black Tuesday 6 November 2012 comments

There’s more to life than making ends meet

The Living Wage campaign, backed by all parties, shows how much the wage question has turned from a political fight into an experts’ debate.

Kevin Rooney Wednesday 7 November 2012 comments

Football fans need free speech, too

A man has been jailed for singing a song that mocks a religious leader, yet liberty campaigners have said nothing.

Emmet Livingstone Wednesday 7 November 2012 comments

How to teach children: subjects or skills?

Emmet Livingstone reports on a lively SCETT debate about the best way forward for the school curriculum.

Sean Collins Wednesday 7 November 2012 comments

A small victory in a small campaign

Barack Obama has returned to the White House following one of the most acrimonious, negative and ideas-free campaigns in living memory.

Tim Black Thursday 8 November 2012 comments

I’m an MP… Get Me Out of Westminster

Nadine Dorries’ descent into the heart of reality-TV darkness shows that even politicians are disengaged from politics.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 8 November 2012 comments

The greens showing their true colours

The far-right-sounding ideas of Swiss greens EcoPop display the misanthropy of Malthusian thought.

Mick Hume Thursday 8 November 2012 comments

Defending the press as an unruly mess

In the debate about statutory-backed regulation, many on all sides appear to have accepted the myth that the UK press is too free.

Tom Slater Friday 9 November 2012 comments

Heroes and zeroes in the fight for gay rights

Call Me Kuchu captures the bravery of Uganda’s gay-rights campaigners and the cynicism of ‘gay-friendly’ Western politicians.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 9 November 2012 comments

After the Messiah: the resurrection of Palace?

With the departure of Selhurst Park legend Dougie Freedman, the metaphors - Biblical or otherwise - have been flying.

David Bowden Friday 9 November 2012 comments

Secret State: a conspiracy out of time

Channel 4’s new thriller serial is hard to swallow when our real-life politicians are too clueless to organise a decent plot.

Rob Lyons Friday 9 November 2012 comments

The poverty of environmentalism

In a manifesto too ridiculous to spoof, Mark Boyle argues that we should all live without money to help save the planet. No thanks.

Luke Gittos Monday 12 November 2012 comments

Laws should be made by The People, not judges

US Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia is unpopular with liberals, but he has a point about democracy.

Tim Black Monday 12 November 2012 comments

Standing side by side with the Yid Army

The call to ban Spurs fans from chanting ‘Yiddo’ represents another nu-fan assault on allegedly uncouth fans.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 12 November 2012 comments

‘Serious journalists’ are the most tabloidesque of all

The Newsnight/paedophile fiasco has utterly exploded the idea that modern British journalism can be divided into Good and Bad camps.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 13 November 2012 comments

Public inquiries in the dock

The last thing that Britain’s battered, publicly distrusted institutions need is another public inquiry.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 13 November 2012 comments

When in doubt, do what the Danes do

Good news: just a year after introducing it, Denmark has dumped its nannying tax on fatty foods.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 13 November 2012 comments

The vigilantism of the Little Bullingdons

The current ‘paedo hysteria’ is being fanned, not by low-rent tabloid papers, but by politicians, serious journalists and the Twitterati.

Woudhuysen & Seaman Wednesday 14 November 2012 comments

Energy independence: a misguided pipedream

When will presidential candidates and their backers give up on the crazy idea of American going solo on energy?

Wendy Kaminer Wednesday 14 November 2012 comments

No country for old white Republicans

As the presidential election showed, the Republican Party is at odds with the permissive mainstream of America.

Sean Collins Wednesday 14 November 2012 comments

America: the decline of politics, the rise of tribes

Bush was booed for chasing after the votes of certain racial and cultural groups. Obama is cheered for doing the exact same thing.

Rooney and Waiton Thursday 15 November 2012 comments

'Namecalling should not be confused with racism'

Two fans’ rights campaigners explain why they’re fighting for the right to be offensive in football grounds

Rob Lyons Thursday 15 November 2012 comments

If you want an end to austerity, fight for growth

Europe-wide opposition to austerity measures will be hamstrung if it fails to address anti-growth ideology.

Frank Furedi Thursday 15 November 2012 comments

Does man make history, or does history make man?

ESSAY: Marx’s understanding of the relationship between man and history has been completely warped by increasingly deterministic Marxists.

Tom Slater Friday 16 November 2012 comments

Paul Thomas Anderson: no longer the Master?

The arthouse director has made a sequence of high-quality films, but his latest - about a religious cult - is a boring mess.

David Bowden Friday 16 November 2012 comments

I'm a Celebrity: still the kangaroo’s bollocks

While Big Brother survives on life support, ITV’s ratings winner thrives by deftly mixing meanness and niceness.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 November 2012 comments

Too good for Crystal Palace

I feel the same about Wilfried Zaha as I did about The Smiths in 1983: fretting that everyone else will soon discover him.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 16 November 2012 comments

After ‘New Atheism’,
let’s re-humanise humanism

In his latest selection of essays, Raymond Tallis puts the case for wonder against the deterministic pseudoscience of modern atheists.

Tom Bailey Monday 19 November 2012 comments

Taking a match to freedom of speech

Filming yourself burning a poppy might not be the most sophisticated political critique, but it shouldn’t be a crime.

Dominic Standish Monday 19 November 2012 comments

The storm that blew away rationalism

The belief that recent storms were caused by climate change echoes Medieval Europe's superstitions about weather.

Mick Hume Monday 19 November 2012 comments

An elitist inquisition, not a liberal conspiracy

The row over the Daily Mail’s investigation into a key Leveson adviser masks some broader truths about this inquiry into press ethics.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 20 November 2012 comments

Food is too cheap and too expensive?

Greens say cheap food encourages waste. Poverty campaigners rail against rising prices. Both miss the point.

Tim Black Tuesday 20 November 2012 comments

Why mum is better than Big Mother

It is better for children to be with their parents, even those deemed ‘bad’ by the state, than to languish in care.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 20 November 2012 comments

Why should we take part in these political charades?

Everyone says the low turnout in the PCC elections points to a crisis of democracy. But these elections weren’t democratic to begin with.

Eero Iloniemi Wednesday 21 November 2012 comments

Standing up for the school bully

Cross-Europe anti-bullying campaigns underestimate children’s resilience and overestimate their fragility.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 21 November 2012 comments

Time the ‘Bliar’ stalkers got a life

The weird clique of radical protesters following the former PM around are not only sad, but hypocrites to boot.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 21 November 2012 comments

The burdens that Israel should not have to bear

ESSAY: Between being treated as a conduit for Western colonial guilt and as a beacon of Western Enlightenment, Israel is being slowly strangled.

Rob Lyons Thursday 22 November 2012 comments

Time to stop bashing the bishops

It is no business of anyone but the members of the Church of England how it chooses its leaders.

Fiona Alderton Thursday 22 November 2012 comments

In defence of the Liverpool Care Pathway

The panic spread by hacks and politicians about end-of-life care in UK hospitals needs to be tackled head-on.

Phil Mullan Thursday 22 November 2012 comments

How the Eurozone is holding Europe back

Before we can kickstart growth and inject democracy into modern Europe, one big thing has to happen: the abolition of the Eurozone.

Tom Slater Friday 23 November 2012 comments

What’s so noble about Anonymous?

In the latest in our series of spiked shorts, our film reviewer Tom Slater takes an axe to 'hacktivism'.

David Bowden Friday 23 November 2012 comments

Girls: don't believe (all) the hype

Lena Dunham’s show about self-absorbed Manhattan hipsters is funny, but not sparkingly original to UK audiences.

Niall Crowley Friday 23 November 2012 comments

West Bromwich Albion: cheap and cheerful

As Chelsea sack another boss in a desperate bid to buy success, the low-budget Baggies are snapping at their heels.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 23 November 2012 comments

A tiny home for a great author

Israeli writer Etgar Keret tells spiked how he felt when a Polish architect told him he was building the world’s narrowest house in his honour.

Neil Davenport Monday 26 November 2012 comments

Don’t let them rewrite the Cleveland debacle

Some are using the Savile panic to rehabilitate the state’s unhinged child-protection policies. We must stop them.

Tim Black Monday 26 November 2012 comments

Revisiting the
Satanic panic

ESSAY: 20 years after families were ripped apart by hysterical officials, the lessons of that scandal haven’t been learnt.

Frank Furedi Monday 26 November 2012 comments

The invention of yet
another form of abuse

A new report claiming that thousands of British children are being sexually exploited is built on alarmist moralising rather than hard facts.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 27 November 2012 comments

Is there a better way to deal with witch hunts?

Legal action is not the best way of holding to account the kind of modern-day irrationalists who smeared Lord McAlpine.

Tim Black Tuesday 27 November 2012 comments

Roll up, roll up,
behold dead Palestinians

The emotionally manipulative coverage of the Gaza conflict has taken the journalism of attachment to a new low.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 27 November 2012 comments

It’s not just UKIP parents who are under suspicion

The Rotherham fostering controversy isn’t a mad one-off - it’s the logical conclusion to the intensification of state meddling in parents’ lives.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 28 November 2012 comments

There’s no need to take fright at night buses

MPs say they need homes near Westminster because they don’t like to travel around London on night buses. The wimps.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 28 November 2012 comments

Who is treating Palestinians like animals?

Palestinian solidarity campaigns sound increasingly similar to bleeding-heart animal-rights campaigns.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 28 November 2012 comments

Don’t wish Beveridge a happy birthday

On the 70th anniversary of the publication of the Beveridge Report, it’s time radicals addressed the devastating social costs of welfarism.

Tom Slater Thursday 29 November 2012 comments

Making a drama out of a hostage crisis

The weirdest thing about Ben Affleck’s 70s-set thriller about escaping from Iran is that it’s (mostly) true.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 29 November 2012 comments

The myth of racism in football

Far from being a cesspit of ethnic hatred, football is one of the most colour-blind professions there is.

Mick Hume Thursday 29 November 2012 comments

For a free press, with no buts

In the war of words around the Leveson report, too many on all sides have accepted the myth that the UK press is too free and must be tamed.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 30 November 2012 comments

spiked: proud to be unlicensed

Lord Justice Leveson has proposed a kitemark system to distinguish which press and online outlets are 'trustworthy'. spiked doesn't want it.

James Howell Friday 30 November 2012 comments

Making sense of the Mary Whitehouse experience

From the Sixties to the Nineties, one woman’s relentless letter-writing caused fear and irritation among BBC bosses. But what was the legacy of her crusade to clean up TV?

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 30 November 2012 comments

A tiny home for a great author

Israeli writer Etgar Keret tells spiked how he felt when a Polish architect told him he was building the world’s narrowest house in his honour.

Patrick Hayes Friday 30 November 2012 comments

Lonely leftists vs fantasy fascists

Why, when the far right is falling apart, do leftists keep on scaremongering about these ‘bloody nasty people’?

Rob Lyons Friday 30 November 2012 comments

The poverty of environmentalism

In a manifesto too ridiculous to spoof, Mark Boyle argues that we should all live without money to help save the planet. No thanks.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 30 November 2012 comments

After ‘New Atheism’, let’s
re-humanise humanism

In his latest selection of essays, Raymond Tallis puts the case for wonder against the deterministic pseudoscience of modern atheists.

Elisabetta Gasparoni Friday 30 November 2012 comments

Is Venice really sinking?

A brilliant new book puts today’s doom-laden debate about Venice into historical perspective, arguing that it is informed more by a downbeat view of humanity than by hard facts.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 30 November 2012 comments

Why the rich want the
super-rich to be restrained

A new book critiquing the lives and antics of plutocrats reveals just how widespread the discomfort with rapid economic growth has become.

Tim Black Friday 30 November 2012 comments

Unlearning liberty

Leading American free speech advocate Greg Lukianoff tells spiked about the dire state of free speech on US campuses, and how censorship is teaching people to be dumb.