June 2013

Tim Black Monday 3 June 2013 comments

The real scandal of the House of Lords

The latest lobbying and lords scandal shows that the upper chamber doesn't need reform – it needs abolition.

Jerker Jansson Monday 3 June 2013 comments

Sweden’s ‘foreign’ youth: imprisoned by culture

In supposedly 'model' Sweden, multicultural policies have led to the kids of immigrants being excluded from the mainstream.

Karin Svanborg-Sjövall Monday 3 June 2013 comments

Swedish riots: how welfarism creates outsiders

Blaming marketisation for the riots is way too simplistic. It was welfarism that copperfastened poor people’s exclusion from society.

Kevin Rooney Tuesday 4 June 2013 comments

Victimhood in control at Stormont

A new law banning Northern Irish politicians from employing certain advisers exposes the tyranny of victim politics.

Rania Hafez Tuesday 4 June 2013 comments

Anti-Primark posing
helps nobody

Blaming Western shoppers for the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building will make life worse for Bangladeshis.

Phil Mullan Tuesday 4 June 2013 comments

There’s nothing puzzling about Britain’s stagnation

Economists are perplexed to find that today, in a first in any postwar recession, productivity is not recovering. Phil Mullan tells them why.

Patrick West Wednesday 5 June 2013 comments

In praise of
American English

Stop being sniffy about this language that uses words like diaper and can’t pronounce aluminium; it's the new Latin.

Tim Black Wednesday 5 June 2013 comments

Invasion of the
tank-chasing lawyers

Lawyers leading the prosecution of British soldiers for abusing Afghans are unwittingly legitimising the war on terror.

Phil Mullan Wednesday 5 June 2013 comments

Let's get real about
reversing the recession

Britain has profound economic problems that can only be addressed through the wholesale renewal of production and infrastructure.

Tom Bailey Thursday 6 June 2013 comments

Can we ‘save Muslims’
by banning the EDL?

Activists want to squish the EDL because they think its propaganda turns Muslims into Islamists. How patronising.

Mick Hume Thursday 6 June 2013 comments

The art of defending
press freedom

In this video, Mick Hume takes us on a trip through the ‘After Leveson’ exhibition in London that he helped to curate.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 6 June 2013 comments

Occupy: the marauding Starbucks of radical protest

Events in Turkey confirm that imposing the conformist Occupy brand on every global protest only helps to confuse and contain them.

David Bowden Friday 7 June 2013 comments

We don’t want a Time Lord for our times

Doctor Who fans are right to be anxious about the prospect of an oh-so-relevant gender- or race-swapping Doctor.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 7 June 2013 comments

No thank you for the matchday music

The fashion for blaring out pop songs is killing the real source of stadium atmosphere: the noise of the fans.

Tom Slater Friday 7 June 2013 comments

The beauty and
pathos of anime

The re-release of two classic Japanese cartoons reminds us of a time when kids’ intellect was taken seriously.

Ceri Dingle Friday 7 June 2013 comments

Emily Davison: an early ‘suicide terrorist’?

One hundred years after she leapt in front of the king’s horse at Epsom, Davison death still divides opinion.

Helene Guldberg Friday 7 June 2013 comments

‘This manual is, frankly,
a disaster for children’

Christopher Lane talks to spiked about the new edition of the bible of psychiatry – ‘a legal document facilitating the medication of millions’.

Neil Davenport Monday 10 June 2013 comments

Losing faith in state schools

A new campaign for the abolition of UK faith schools ignores the real crisis in the state education sector.

Ellie Lee Monday 10 June 2013 comments

Stop messing with
mothers-to-be

The mountain of scary ‘advice’ facing pregnant women is built on risk inflation and utterly junk science.

Frank Furedi Monday 10 June 2013 comments

Govephobia: the malady sweeping right-on Britain

Saying ‘I hate Michael Gove’ now works as a kind of password that grants one entry into the inner circle of polite society. Why has this happened?

Luke Gittos Tuesday 11 June 2013 comments

The victims are taking over the law courts

Reorientating criminal justice around the rights of alleged victims is destroying the rights of the defendant.

Wendy Earle Tuesday 11 June 2013 comments

Turning art into advertising

The Art Everywhere plan to plaster art on UK billboards is more about public relations than public art.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 11 June 2013 comments

Let’s call a halt to the worship of whistleblowers

The increasingly irrational cult of the whistle-
blower is bad for politics and bad for journalism. We need some heretics to blow it apart.

Tim Black Wednesday 12 June 2013 comments

A carnival
against... er... er...

Anti-capitalist protesters in London yesterday had only one real objective: to get punched by a cop.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Wednesday 12 June 2013 comments

Who’s afraid of internet porn?

The current panic about internet porn is born of adult anxieties rather than children’s degeneracy.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 12 June 2013 comments

MMR/autism: one step forward, two steps back

Unorthodox autism campaign groups are finally distancing themselves from the MMR theory. Sadly, they’ve embraced other cranky theories.

Tom Bailey Thursday 13 June 2013 comments

Compo culture comes to Kenya

Compensating Kenyans for their treatment during the Mau Mau uprising makes a mockery of anti-colonial struggles.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 13 June 2013 comments

‘We don’t want EDL with our Cornflakes’

Those calling for the EDL leader to be ‘no platformed’ from BBC radio hold the listening public in contempt.

Mick Hume Thursday 13 June 2013 comments

Twitter: #FreeSpeech or #EthicalCleansing?

Where is the outcry over the rising number of blatant cases of non-secret state interference online and in social media?

Tom Slater Friday 14 June 2013 comments

Why should we care about The Stone Roses?

More wide-eyed fan letter than serious documentary, a new movie fails to convince us the Roses were a great band.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 14 June 2013 comments

There’s something about Jose

Hated in Spain, loathed in Italy, but adored in Britain – what is it about Mourinho that makes him our special one?

Michael Cook Friday 14 June 2013 comments

Inferno: the lovechild of Wikipedia and Malthus

With its clotted prose, list of historical facts, and sub-plot about humans breeding like rabbits, Dan Brown’s latest is a depressing read.

Patrick Hayes Monday 17 June 2013 comments

Post on Facebook and be damned

The police are banging up people for drunkenly posting comments on Facebook. Could you be next?

Neil Davenport Monday 17 June 2013 comments

Why UK politicians now ♥ single mums

Lone parents, once the easy target of the New Right, are now being championed by the family-fearing state.

Ann Furedi Monday 17 June 2013 comments

Putting choice back into the pro-choice movement

Ann Furedi’s spiked essay on the importance of a woman’s right to choose ignited much heated debate. Here, she reiterates her stance.

Ben Pile Tuesday 18 June 2013 comments

The pathologising of climate scepticism

ESSAY: The shoddy science of sceptic-bashing LOG12 attempts to turn criticism into a psychological illness.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 18 June 2013 comments

From red peril to green panic

America’s military industrial complex once chased communists. Now it obsesses over CO2 emissions.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 18 June 2013 comments

Roll up, roll up – watch Nigella being strangled!

The Nigella Lawson ‘choking’ incident confirms that respectable observers are as good at being voyeuristic and moralistic as any tabloid hack.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 19 June 2013 comments

Stuart Hall: the thirst for punishment

The calls for the TV presenter’s sentence to be harsher are not based on the principles of justice, but on a desire for revenge.

Tim Black Wednesday 19 June 2013 comments

Journalism through the Prism, darkly

The Guardian and Washington Post got a lot wrong in their NSA spying reports, because their urge to tell a scary story overrode fact-checking.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Thursday 20 June 2013 comments

In defence of the public’s judgement

A public debate on the point of the arts showed a worrying disdain for art's potential audience.

Luke Gittos Thursday 20 June 2013 comments

The Lawson case: a word of caution

The zeal with which the police pursued a case against Charles Saatchi shows domestic violence trumps legal principles.

Mick Hume Thursday 20 June 2013 comments

Syria: semi-impotent West can still make it worse

One special power that Western leaders like Barack Obama and David Cameron retain is the ability further to mess up the Middle East.

Tom Slater Friday 21 June 2013 comments

Man of Steel, leaden film

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's yet another bloody superhero movie winging its way to an Odeon near you.

David Bowden Friday 21 June 2013 comments

A Glastonbury for documentaries

spiked’s TV columnist checks out the great, the good and the quirky at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Michael Savage Friday 21 June 2013 comments

Lord make me good, but not yet

A new book making the case for coercive paternalism fails to reckon with our freedom to make ‘bad’ choices.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 21 June 2013 comments

A bleak future for English football?

To turn the base metal of English footballing mediocrity into gold, it’s not a new manager England needs, it’s an alchemist.

Tim Black Monday 24 June 2013 comments

Modern tennis’s
bland new world

As Serena Williams has just discovered, tennis loves characters only for as long as they say the right thing.

Joanna Williams Monday 24 June 2013 comments

A degree of instrumentalism

Despite some fine rhetoric, a new think-tank report rehashes the failed ideas behind UK higher-education policy.

Tim Black Tuesday 25 June 2013 comments

Childhood is not a
health-and-safety risk

Child Safety Week won't prevent accidents, but it will prevent kids from being allowed to enjoy themselves.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 25 June 2013 comments

Who’s afraid of a couple of cranky bloggers?

Message to UK liberals: if you’re campaigning to bar two right-wing US bloggers from Britain, you’re no liberal.

Loudon and Woudhuysen Wednesday 26 June 2013 comments

Time for some
high-street innovation

ESSAY: Britain’s retail sector needs to stop worrying about the greens and learn to love new technology.

Jenny Jarvie Wednesday 26 June 2013 comments

Free speech and loathing in Tennessee

A US government lecture to locals on tolerance proved to be an official exercise in resentment building.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 26 June 2013 comments

We’re not sick, we’re just a bit fat

Classifying obesity as a disease will open up a vast swathe of the population to state-approved bullying.

Mick Hume Wednesday 26 June 2013 comments

Hacking is a crime - but only if you’re a press hack

A report, ignored by Leveson, reveals that police sat on evidence of widespread phone-hacking by top firms while rounding up journalists.

Christopher Snowdon Thursday 27 June 2013 comments

Taking the pleasure out of e-cigarettes

The authorities’ attempt to classify e-ciggies as medicinal effaces the real reason people smoke - they enjoy it.

Patrick West Thursday 27 June 2013 comments

Why art-school toffs never got Black Sabbath

Sabbath 'trod water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry’, and they were all the better for it.

Christian Butler Friday 28 June 2013 comments

The best new musical in years

The Book of Mormon works brilliantly because it does something unusual: it respects both its subject matter and its form.

David Bowden Friday 28 June 2013 comments

Dispatches’ dirty little secret

The Channel 4 show spoiled an agenda-setting story, on police infiltration of political groups, with dodgy presentation.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 28 June 2013 comments

Time to give football hipsters a kicking

Beneath the hipster’s arcane knowledge of world football, there lurks a sneering contempt for the replica-shirted masses.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 28 June 2013 comments

Dan Brown: scriptwriter of the Julian Assange set

The Edward Snowden affair will invoke déjà vu in Brown fans: his 1998 conspiracy thriller Digital Fortress foretold this childish morality tale.

Jon Holbrook Saturday 29 June 2013 comments

MoD litigation: making judges into gods of war

The UK Supreme Court ruling that servicemen can sue the Ministry of Defence for negligence is a disaster for troop morale and the public good.

Frank Furedi Saturday 29 June 2013 comments

Rudd v Gillard: the face of things to come

The bloodless coup against Gillard isn't a peculiarly Oz phenomenon – across the West politics is becoming more oligarchical and bitchy.