February 2013

Duleep Allirajah Friday 1 February 2013 comments

Better than man bites dog? Player kicks ballboy

Your grandchildren will one day ask you: where were you when Chelsea’s Eden Hazard kicked Charlie Morgan?

David Bowden Friday 1 February 2013 comments

Queen of Versailles: laughing at ‘the 1%’

A film about a super-rich couple who madly plan to build an American Versailles is a raucous exercise in schadenfreude.

Patrick West Friday 1 February 2013 comments

Taste in opera: a
window to the soul

So, do you prefer the ‘absolute shit’ Wagner or the therapeutic Verdi? Your answer is likely to be very revealing.

Tom Slater Friday 1 February 2013 comments

Django vs Lincoln: clash of the slave films

Tarantino stands accused of blaxploitation, but does his movie tell a greater truth than Spielberg’s?

Rob Lyons Friday 1 February 2013 comments

Are one-in-five Britons really living in poverty?

A new book casts a sceptical eye at today’s poverty claims, and offers some thoughts on how people might be made wealthier.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Monday 4 February 2013 comments

Kids need good teachers, not role models

Schools have taken to sacking staff for quite minor errors of judgement. That's bad news for education.

Tiffany Jenkins Monday 4 February 2013 comments

How to judge art: a beginner’s guide

Never mind the relativistic idea that all art has value - here's how to distinguish the great from the good.

Tim Black Monday 4 February 2013 comments

Cameron - the heir to Blairite barbarism

It is fitting that Tony Blair should cheer Cameron's meddling in Africa, considering it's driven by shallow, reckless, Blair-style posturing.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 5 February 2013 comments

Giving free speech a hammering

It’s time to lift the wig on all the libertarian posturing: judge-sanctioned free speech is not free at all.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 5 February 2013 comments

How’s your beef burger? Champion.

Bad jokes aside, the scandal about horse meat in burgers should not be used to smear the entire food industry.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 5 February 2013 comments

Need to be rebranded? Support gay marriage!

As the debate in the UK Conservative Party shows, backing gay marriage is now an entirely self-serving, hide-saving pose.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 6 February 2013 comments

Climate change: apocalypse postponed

Even scientists at the forefront of climate-change alarmism accept the world isn’t warming as quickly as once thought.

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 6 February 2013 comments

The state agencies undermining agency

New UK safeguarding legislation is set to make it easier still for the authorities to enter people’s homes.

Tim Black Wednesday 6 February 2013 comments

Hacking into the Huhne family’s hurt

In these voyeuristic times, it seems that even the painful breakdown of a family can become an excruciatingly public affair.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 7 February 2013 comments

Is Israel sterilising Ethiopians? Err, no

The wild claims being made about Israel's birth-control policies show that facts never get in the way of Israel-bashing.

Matthias Heitmann Thursday 7 February 2013 comments

Liberating women
or muzzling men?

A new EU gender quota system for big business is less about raising up women than assaulting ambition.

Mick Hume Thursday 7 February 2013 comments

An unfree press – by appointment to the Crown?

The Tories’ ‘alternative’ to statutory press regulation is to get the monarch and Privy Council policing freedom of expression once again.

Tom Slater Friday 8 February 2013 comments

America vs OBL: the weirdest war

Ignore the luvvies who say she supports torture - Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty is cleverly ambiguous about the 'war on terror'.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 February 2013 comments

They call him Cashley, but he don't care

Ashley Cole is accused of being a greedy, Cheryl-cheating swine. But, to his credit, he has never courted popularity.

David Bowden Friday 8 February 2013 comments

Oh Netflix, why not
do something new?

The novelty of this video-rental service making its own shows is undermined by the fact that it has opted to do a remake.

Tim Black Friday 8 February 2013 comments

‘The world itself is a bad dream’

On the fiftieth anniversary of its publication, the cool cynicism and snobbery of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar has gone mainstream.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 11 February 2013 comments

Saving Sun readers from themselves

Feminist campaigners against Page 3 are driven by the same misanthropy as every other censor in history.

Tim Black Monday 11 February 2013 comments

Fearful Fantasies over Mr Fox

So-called urban foxes are not the frightening menace they’re made out to be – but neither are they fantastic

Sean Collins Monday 11 February 2013 comments

Israel-bashers: masters of the double standard

Radicals who protest against the censorship of anti-Israel academics cheer with hypocritical glee when Israeli academics are banned.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 12 February 2013 comments

Don’t let a tragedy jeopardise justice

Yes, cross-examination can be tough and stressful for witnesses in trials - but it must not be watered down.

Emmet Livingstone Tuesday 12 February 2013 comments

Holding up a mirror to EU institutions

The workplace policy-bile pumped out of by the EU is at odds with how the EU top brass run their own ship.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 12 February 2013 comments

Is the pope Catholic?

The praise heaped on Benedict XVI for effectively destroying the idea of papal infallibility speaks to the flighty, narcissistic nature of our times.

Colin McInnes Wednesday 13 February 2013 comments

All hail the arrival of the robots

The raising of economic productivity through automation will free humans to do more interesting things instead.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 13 February 2013 comments

The young are too entitled not enslaved

Following Cait Reilly’s legal triumph, it seems some believe the young should be protected from work.

Mick Hume Wednesday 13 February 2013 comments

The ‘test’ for press freedom should not be set by lords or victims

The idea that the Tories’ proposals for press regulation are ‘too soft’ turns truth on its head.

Rosamund Cuckston Thursday 14 February 2013 comments

Challenging the cult
of compensation

Cheerleaders of compensation schemes fail to appreciate how much they dent individuals’ sense of self and independence.

Rob Lyons Thursday 14 February 2013 comments

Horsemeat scandal:
where’s the beef?

No one has died, or been harmed, and the risks of harm are very low. So why freak out about horsemeat?

Tim Black Thursday 14 February 2013 comments

15 February 2003: the myth of a mass uprising

The aim of that million-strong demo 10 years ago was not to stop the invasion of Iraq but merely to advertise decent people’s distaste for it.

Tom Slater Friday 15 February 2013 comments

Wrecking the magic of kids’ movies

Wreck-It Ralph is so busy providing nostalgia for greying gamers, it forgets to enthrall children.

David Bowden Friday 15 February 2013 comments

Stephen Poliakoff’s
self-indulgent tosh

Nazis! Mean posh people! Nice parties! Bad dialogue! It must be the BBC’s favourite Serious Playwright.

Patrick Hayes Friday 15 February 2013 comments

‘You need some obsession in life, or you’re dead’

Neil Young is considered the archetypal hippy, but his new autobiography reveals him to be an off-message car-loving fan of capitalism.

Rob Lyons Monday 18 February 2013 comments

A 10-point plan to deal with meddling medics

It’s not obesity that requires urgent action, but the rising tide of miserable public-health busybodies.

Helen Reece Monday 18 February 2013 comments

Rape trials must be completely open

No one in rape trials – neither the accuser nor the accused – should be granted anonymity rights.

Phil Mullan Monday 18 February 2013 comments

Industrial renaissance in the US: miracle or mirage?

ESSAY: In the first part of a two-part essay, Phil Mullan picks apart the hype of America's much-touted manufacturing recovery.

Brid Hehir Tuesday 19 February 2013 comments

Why caregivers have stopped caring

A former nurse says that the mistreatment of patients at Mid-Staffs is a symptom of a bigger crisis of compassion.

Nancy McDermott Tuesday 19 February 2013 comments

The decline of the family’s mystique

Fifty years on from Betty Friedan’s seminal The Feminine Mystique, family life could do with more supporters.

Phil Mullan Tuesday 19 February 2013 comments

Shale: the ‘IT bubble’ of the 21st century?

ESSAY: In the second part of his essay on the US economy, Phil Mullan says economic recovery will require more than a fracking bonanza.

Tim Black Wednesday 20 February 2013 comments

Venomous veggies and radical rice

As Western horsemeat-haters lambast modern food production, in Asia it looks set to improve millions of lives.

Joan Wolf Wednesday 20 February 2013 comments

‘Infant formula has enhanced lives’

Joan Wolf, author of Is Breast Best?, answers your questions on formula, fearmongering and free speech.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 20 February 2013 comments

Piggybacking the Pistorius tragedy

Even before the body of Reeva Steenkamp had been cremated, various moral entrepreneurs were milking her killing for political ends.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 21 February 2013 comments

How press freedom is now a ‘very extreme view’

A UK video journalist tells spiked why he is fighting orders to hand over protest footage to the police.

Stuart Waiton Thursday 21 February 2013 comments

Treating football fans like vermin

A football cop’s admission that he sees his job as ‘pest control’ sheds light on the elite’s attitude to fans.

Mick Hume Thursday 21 February 2013 comments

The Met: the armed wing of the Leveson Inquiry

The escalating police campaign against UK tabloid journalists is a PR stunt that threatens the future of investigative reporting.

Tom Slater Friday 22 February 2013 comments

The Oscars: it’s Abe versus the Argo-nauts

From soppy sentiment to fawning over method actors, the Oscars have become predictable. Sunday’s ceremony could change that.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 February 2013 comments

Let’s order that
taxi for Wenger

Wenger had plenty time to turn Arsenal’s fortunes around and put an end to Gooner whinging. Now, time’s up.

David Bowden Friday 22 February 2013 comments

What’s so real about reality TV?

From poor Manchester boroughs to trendy London suburbs, fly-on-the-wall documentaries always come with a script.

Luke Gittos Friday 22 February 2013 comments

The greatest legal philosopher of our time

Ronald Dworkin, who died last week, brilliantly argued for the injection of moral beliefs into the black-and-white world of The Law.

Luke Gittos Monday 25 February 2013 comments

Abolishing the jury system would be criminal

The Vicky Pryce trial was not an argument for abolishing juries but a good illustration of how important they are.

Tim Black Monday 25 February 2013 comments

Why Gove annoys the chattering classes

Education secretary Michael Gove upsets the liberal set because he is prepared to lead rather than conform.

Frank Furedi Monday 25 February 2013 comments

The use and abuse of history

Those complaining about Michael Gove’s new history curriculum are driven by a philistine obsession with skills over knowledge.

Patrick Marmion Tuesday 26 February 2013 comments

The soul of man under anti-capitalism

Anders Lustgarten’s new play is too committed to fair trade and ethical shopping to realise its agitprop pretensions.

Tiffany Jenkins Tuesday 26 February 2013 comments

Human creativity is not frozen in time

The British Museum’s exhibition of Ice Age art has stunning artefacts but a silly view of art.

Tim Black Tuesday 26 February 2013 comments

The cardinal and the Lib Dem: death by sex scandal

The moral authority of the child abuse panic is now being used against individuals accused of far lesser, even non-criminal misdemeanours.

Sabine Beppler-Spahl Wednesday 27 February 2013 comments

The secret of Merkel’s success

The German chancellor owes her ascendancy to the bland, apolitical environment in which her ‘talents’ have flourished.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 27 February 2013 comments

The real downgrade is in economic expectations

Moody’s decision to withdraw the UK’s AAA rating is not a shock or a disaster, but it is a sign of policy failure.

Nick Cater Wednesday 27 February 2013 comments

Putting the human rights industry on trial

Nick Cater reports from Australia, where an explosive clash over a new bill has exposed how hostile ‘human rights’ are to freedom.

Tom Slater Thursday 28 February 2013 comments

Giving the real Hitchcock a cameo role

A new film about the making of the iconic shower slasher, Psycho, is too shallow to shed light on the master of suspense.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 28 February 2013 comments

Oscar Pistorius: when good metaphors turn bad

It is bad for sport when we turn athletic stars either into role models for society or symbols of evil.

David Bowden Thursday 28 February 2013 comments

Seth MacFarlane: we saw him boob, that’s all

The Oscars host’s jokes may have been crass, but the over-the-top reaction to his performance was far worse.

Mick Hume Thursday 28 February 2013 comments

With Leveson and libel, reforms are not enough

The Lords’ attempt to sneak a ‘Leveson law’ through the back door shows the need for a more principled fight for freedom of expression.