May 2013

Rosamund Cuckston Wednesday 1 May 2013 comments

Sacked for having the wrong beliefs

The dismissal of a bus driver who supports the BNP has exposed how fragile freedom of association is today.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 1 May 2013 comments

Eurocrats with a bee in their bonnets

It seems the bee has replaced the whale and the polar bear as the friendly face of green authoritarianism.

Tim Black Wednesday 1 May 2013 comments

The weird obsession with chemical weapons

If Assad really has killed 15 people with sarin, why is that worse than his slaughter of thousands of others with bullets and bombs?

Patrick Hayes Thursday 2 May 2013 comments

Muslims vs EDL: a car crash of civilisations

Neither the English Defence League nor Islamist extremists could organise a fry-up in a chippie. So why the hysteria?

Para Mullan Thursday 2 May 2013 comments

The political malaise in Malaysia

There is no doubting the desire for a change of government in Kuala Lumpur, but the choices on offer are uninspiring.

Mick Hume Thursday 2 May 2013 comments

My outrage over ‘racist’ Reginald D Hunter

In the ridiculous storm over the comedian’s act at the PFA awards dinner, the real joke is on football’s Zero Tolerance zealots.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 May 2013 comments

Football is no place
for the thin-skinned

Britain's football terraces are an ironic and offensive foul-mouthed carnival. If you don't like it, well, tough.

David Bowden Friday 3 May 2013 comments

Drudgery vs Downton: which is more gripping?

Historical drama The Village is the Anti-Downton Abbey. But really, how interesting are the lives of the rural poor?

Mick Hume Friday 3 May 2013 comments

Homage to Orwell

Revisiting George Orwell’s classic account of the Spanish Civil War, 75 years on.

James Heartfield Tuesday 7 May 2013 comments

UKIP’s rise: a
shortlived rebellion

The success of anti-EU parties speaks to the decline of the old political order rather than to the rise of a new one.

Stuart Waiton Tuesday 7 May 2013 comments

The collapse of
liberty in Scotland

From hiding away cigarettes to hiking up the price of booze – Scotland is a world-beater in state nannying.

Tim Black Tuesday 7 May 2013 comments

Why the political class is so scared of Farage

In the electoral successes of UKIP, Britain’s political elite glimpses its own creeping irrelevance and out-of-touchness.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 8 May 2013 comments

Is this justice, or naming and shaming?

Every Yewtree arrest generates anti-celeb sneering. But an arrest does not equal guilt, at least not in civilised societies.

Barbara Hewson Wednesday 8 May 2013 comments

Yewtree is destroying the rule of law

With its emphasis on outcomes over process, the post-Savile witch-hunting of ageing celebs echoes the Soviet Union.

Mick Hume Wednesday 8 May 2013 comments

They’re all Mr Less-
Than-Ten-Per-Cent

The remarkable fact that no UK party won even 30 per cent of the votes cast last week marks a new low in the disintegration of the old order.

Rob Lyons Thursday 9 May 2013 comments

The new EU directive: quit smoking or die

New rules from Brussels effectively banning low-risk alternatives to cigarettes, like e-cigs, will cost lives.

Tim Black Thursday 9 May 2013 comments

Defending the right to mock JM Keynes

Why on earth is historian Niall Ferguson being dragged over the coals for having a pop at a dead economist?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 9 May 2013 comments

The phoney border
war over immigration

The fallout from the Queen’s Speech confirms that today neither right nor left views immigrants as real, breathing human beings.

David Bowden Friday 10 May 2013 comments

Naff is fine... so
long as it’s funny

The Wright Way and Vicious: two old-fashioned sitcoms featuring big names but very small laughs.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 10 May 2013 comments

Palace v Brighton: it’s more than a game

With the teams’ ferocious rivalry, the Championship playoff semi-final will be tastier than a family bucket of KFC.

Helene Guldberg Friday 10 May 2013 comments

What’s worse than bullying? Anti-bullying intervention

Emily Bazelon’s new book makes a powerful, eloquent case against too much adult meddling in children’s spats and scraps.

Michael Cook Monday 13 May 2013 comments

The baby-boomer
death cult

The euthanasing of a Belgian Nobel laureate raises disturbing questions about attitudes to the elderly and the future.

Josie Appleton Monday 13 May 2013 comments

The Queen’s Speech and the blanket bans

The Lib-Con government has tidied up the law on our use of public spaces... by making it even more illiberal than before.

Frank Furedi Monday 13 May 2013 comments

The moral lynching
of Barbara Hewson

The crusade against the ‘whore’ Hewson after she criticised Operation Yewtree confirms that the paedophile panic rips apart rational debate.

Nancy McDermott Tuesday 14 May 2013 comments

Cleveland kidnappings: putting the poor on trial

Some observers are verging on blaming a whole rundown neighbourhood for Ariel Castro’s horrific crimes.

Jodi Magee Tuesday 14 May 2013 comments

We absolutely support the right to choose

The president of Physicians for Reproductive Health responds to Ann Furedi’s spiked essay on abortion and choice.

Mick Hume Tuesday 14 May 2013 comments

Remember, Fergie is for football, not for life

The tributes to Sir Alex Ferguson from United fans were fitting. The outburst of Fergie-mania in the media and politics was fatuous.

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 15 May 2013 comments

Our brains aren’t
moulded by abuse

So, is mental distress caused by faulty genes or by past experiences of childhood abuse? Maybe it’s neither.

Tim Black Wednesday 15 May 2013 comments

Syria and the
myths of WMD

The West’s conventional firepower, used against regimes with WMD, is far more destructive than any WMD.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 15 May 2013 comments

St Angelina, save
us from ourselves!

The beatification of Angelina Jolie for writing about her mastectomy confirms that celebrity culture has reached new and hysterical heights.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 16 May 2013 comments

The right to bear
3D-printed arms

The US authorities are armed to the teeth, and we're panicking about citizens printing out rubbish guns?

Luke Gittos Thursday 16 May 2013 comments

What’s so liberal about rehabilitation?

Chris Grayling’s proposal to supervise offenders after they've been released from jail is authoritarian and unjust.

Rob Lyons Thursday 16 May 2013 comments

The non-parochial case against the European Union

It isn’t only Little Englanders who should rage against the undemocratic EU – so should those who care about the continent and its peoples.

Tom Slater Friday 17 May 2013 comments

The Star Trek hype? It’s illogical, captain.

The second instalment of JJ Abrams’ franchise reboot is more pointless popcorn than pop philosophy.

David Bowden Friday 17 May 2013 comments

Don Draper: it’s time to buck your ideas up

In the battle of the quality American shows this spring, it’s Game of Thrones wearing the crown over Mad Men.

Neil Davenport Friday 17 May 2013 comments

A nightmare vision of the welfarist trap

A reissue of Zoe Fairbairns’ dystopian novel Benefits is a timely reminder that left-wingers weren't always such big fans of welfarism.

Rob Lyons Monday 20 May 2013 comments

Is the EU now just a satire on itself?

The EU’s latest mad ban is revealing, suggesting it doesn’t even trust ordinary people to pour their own olive oil.

Tim Black Monday 20 May 2013 comments

Does tax avoidance really ‘do evil’?

The political class’s war on alleged ‘tax dodgers’ like Google and Starbucks is a big fat displacement activity.

Jon Holbrook Monday 20 May 2013 comments

Gay marriage and the tyranny of sameness

Barrister Jon Holbrook says equality is no longer a progressive demand but rather is used to demolish differences between people.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 21 May 2013 comments

One flew over the students’ nest

Why is the NUS so hellbent on depicting its members as mentally fragile creatures who can't cope with life?

Wendy Earle Tuesday 21 May 2013 comments

What is the point of teaching the arts?

ESSAY: Too many in the UK cultural sector seek to defend arts education in terms that have nothing to do with art.

Wendy Kaminer Tuesday 21 May 2013 comments

No sex talk, please,
we’re students

The latest diktat from the Obama administration bizarrely treats students' sexual come-ons and flirting as sexual harassment.

Tim Black Wednesday 22 May 2013 comments

Bozza, bonking and the public interest

Why should three men in wigs get to decide whether or not us plebs can read about Boris's sexual shenanigans?

Rob Lyons Wednesday 22 May 2013 comments

A bug-eyed view of culinary pleasure

Being corralled into eating beetles and wasps to save the planet is enough to put you right off your food.

Sean Collins Wednesday 22 May 2013 comments

Oklahoma: a swirling storm of anti-human prejudice

As people in Oklahoma heroically dealt with their tornado disaster, observers were busy pinning the blame for it on greedy mankind.

Luke Gittos Thursday 23 May 2013 comments

Keep the police out of our private lives

Maria Stubbings’ death was terrible, but a public inquiry would lead to even more hamfisted official intervention.

Mick Hume Thursday 23 May 2013 comments

Liberty comes out
against press liberty

The UK’s top civil liberties lobby has finally played its hand on the press – it favours statutory backed regulation.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 23 May 2013 comments

Woolwich: a knife crime, not an act of war

In overreacting to the frenzied stabbing in Woolwich yesterday, politicians and the police risk doing the killers’ dirty work for them.

Tom Slater Friday 24 May 2013 comments

Mud: as sweet, and sickly, as barbecue chicken

Jeff Nichols’ highly lauded tale of adolescence in the Deep South is simple and effective, if saccharine fare.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 24 May 2013 comments

Palace, get over
your promophobia

Some Palace fans are quaking at the thought of promotion to the Premier League. They should grow a pair.

David Bowden Friday 24 May 2013 comments

Arrested Development:
a glorious comeback?

Yes, Arrested Development is daring and clever, but it has more traditional sitcom tropes than people realise.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 24 May 2013 comments

‘Swedish politics? It’s effective but dull’

British leftists hail Sweden as a happy, welfarist utopia. In a week of riots in Stockholm, author Karin Svanborg-Sjövall says reality is different.

Tim Black Tuesday 28 May 2013 comments

The myth of the anti-Muslim masses

The left’s expectation of a post-Woolwich racist backlash reveals its own anti-working class prejudices.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 28 May 2013 comments

The real roots of
homegrown terrorism

Blaming shadowy Islamist groomers for ‘radicalising’ young Muslims ignores problems closer to home.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 28 May 2013 comments

Woolwich: we have to talk about the bystanders

There’s no more avoiding it: we must discuss the chilling fact that people casually watched and photographed the aftermath of a brutal murder.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 29 May 2013 comments

EDL: overdosing on the oxygen of publicity

Left-wing fantasists who think fascism is making a comeback are unwittingly helping to bolster the knackered EDL.

Tom Slater Wednesday 29 May 2013 comments

A persuasive history of powerful ideas

A fascinating new exhibition reveals that propaganda is only as bad or as good as the ideas it propagates.

Barbara Hewson Wednesday 29 May 2013 comments

‘Operation Yewtree is a juggernaut, out of control’

When Barbara Hewson made stinging criticisms on spiked about the post-Savile witch hunt, there was a media storm. Now, she responds.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 30 May 2013 comments

The worst insult in football: ‘plastic’

Abusing the other team’s fans for being fake is fun. But the demand for football authenticity is a mug’s game.

Luke Gittos Thursday 30 May 2013 comments

The revolutionary myth of ‘The Rite of Spring’

Stravinsky’s ballet, which debuted 100 years ago, is a great work, but not as iconoclastic as its fans claim.

Mick Hume Thursday 30 May 2013 comments

The Daily Mail did not
kill Lucy Meadows

A coroner’s ruling that the press helped drive a transgender teacher to her death marks a new low in the culture of ‘You can’t say that’.

Helene Guldberg Friday 31 May 2013 comments

What’s worse than bullying?
Anti-bullying intervention

Emily Bazelon’s new book makes a powerful, eloquent case against too much adult meddling in children’s spats and scraps.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 31 May 2013 comments

‘Swedish politics?
It’s effective but dull’

British leftists hail Sweden as a happy, welfarist utopia. In a week of riots in Stockholm, author Karin Svanborg-Sjövall says reality is different.

Neil Davenport Friday 31 May 2013 comments

A nightmare vision of the welfarist trap

A reissue of Zoe Fairbairns’ dystopian novel Benefits is a timely reminder that left-wingers weren't always such big fans of welfarism.

Mick Hume Friday 31 May 2013 comments

Homage to Orwell

Revisiting George Orwell’s classic account of the Spanish Civil War, 75 years on.

Sally Millard Friday 31 May 2013 comments

The anxious modern culture of parenting goes global

A new book shows how the messed-up outlook around raising children that turned 'parent' into a verb is spreading beyond its Anglo-American roots.

Tim Black Friday 31 May 2013 comments

Baby boomers to blame for everything bad? Balls

Jocelyn Auer, author of Baby Boomers: Busting the Myths, talks to spiked about the dangerously defeatist tendency to blame all of society's problems on one postwar generation.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 31 May 2013 comments

The two Gatsbys

Yes, Fitzgerald’s novel was written in an era of cultural pessimism, but it has a powerful sense of possibility – something its contemporary interpreters tend to obscure.