July 2013

Patrick Hayes Monday 1 July 2013 comments

The Observer cosies up to conspiracy theorists

The broadsheet’s publication and then withdrawal of a weirdo’s claims about the NSA shows what a parlous state journalism is in.

Rob Lyons Monday 1 July 2013 comments

Britain’s energy policy: no light or heat

Claims that the UK might soon be plunged into blackout are bonkers – but we really do need a future-orientated energy policy.

Tom Slater Monday 1 July 2013 comments

Yeezus: the Second Coming of Kanye West

Forget all his baby-mama drama and celebrity shenanigans – on his new album Mr West is back to doing what he does best.

Sean Collins Monday 1 July 2013 comments

Gay marriage’s echoes of the Cultural Revolution

Politicians publicly renouncing their former beliefs, the youth raging against the elderly... the SSM campaign has eerie echoes of history.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 1 July 2013 comments

Why we should feel heartened by human ingenuity

Brendan O’Neill on mankind’s brilliant victories over nature’s whims.

Kevin Yuill Tuesday 2 July 2013 comments

It isn't only Vice doing suicide chic

Vice caused outrage with its suicide-themed fashion shoot. Yet society itself is now ambivalent about condemning suicide.

Tim Black Tuesday 2 July 2013 comments

Jimmy Savile: the Satanic panic resurrected

Jean La Fontaine on the Savile case's eerie echoes of past hysteria.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Wednesday 3 July 2013 comments

Who cares? The crisis of kindness in the NHS

Politicians who think an ethos of caring can be enforced by rules and checklists are in for a rude awakening.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 3 July 2013 comments

The law’s insane treatment of the mentally ill

Public trials ensure that court judgements are held to account by the people. So why are those deemed mentally ill being tried in secret?

Frank Furedi Wednesday 3 July 2013 comments

I don’t want to have my awareness raised, thanks

Hands up if you're fed up of experts thinking they're more 'aware' than us plebs.

Josie Appleton Thursday 4 July 2013 comments

Making Marine Le Pen into a martyr of free speech

The threatened prosecution of Le Pen for stating an opinion is deeply undemocratic.

Matt Ridley Thursday 4 July 2013 comments

You can never have too much choice

It’s trendy to say choice overload is making us ill. It’s also cobblers.

Viv Regan Thursday 4 July 2013 comments

Listen to Brendan O’Neill on ABC radio

spiked's editor guest-hosts the provocative Australian radio show Counterpoint.

David Bowden Friday 5 July 2013 comments

After Tiller: on the frontline of the abortion war

A new documentary explores the moral and physical bravery of the late-term abortionist.

Niall Crowley Friday 5 July 2013 comments

Were the 1970s really that bad?

A new exhibition at London’s V&A, David Bowie Is, does not do justice to the decade in which Bowie flourished: the Seventies.

Mick Hume Friday 5 July 2013 comments

‘If this happened in China, there’d be a shitstorm here’

Arrested Sun and News of the World journalists tell spiked about their ordeal.

Saleha Ali Friday 5 July 2013 comments

The NSPCC encourages racist curtain-twitching

By launching a new helpline for those worried about FGM victims, the NSPCC is okaying suspicion of dark-skinned families.

Joanna Williams Saturday 6 July 2013 comments

Turning adult students into cotton-wool kids

Mollycoddling universities seem more interested in helping students make friends than in educating them.

Patrick Hayes Monday 8 July 2013 comments

Khat: in defence of the right to chew

It isn't Theresa May's defiance of experts we should be worried about: it's her illiberal urges.

Tim Black Monday 8 July 2013 comments

Andy Murray: a product of high expectations

He won by going against the grain of contemporary British culture – and with the help of an unfashionably pushy parent.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 8 July 2013 comments

Standing up to the white-coated gods of fortune

Science has replaced Fortuna in fancying itself as the revealer of men's fates.

India Ross Monday 8 July 2013 comments

A zombie film made by zombies

World War Z is high on CGI, painfully low on imagination.

Christian Butler Monday 8 July 2013 comments

Why Viva Forever didn’t last long

The songs weren’t responsible for the Spice Girls musical’s collapse - the terrible libretto was.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 9 July 2013 comments

We’re running out of water? Get a grip, greens

The eco-worriers excitably claiming the world is running dry should take a cold shower.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 9 July 2013 comments

Punish criminals for their actions, not their thoughts

Hate crime laws have made the punishment of thoughtcrime a reality.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 9 July 2013 comments

Competition time! Who said it: Julian Assange or David Icke?

See if you can allocate each nutty quote to the right nutty dude.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 10 July 2013 comments

Katie Hopkins: the wrong sort of snob

If Hopkins had attacked the food working-class parents give their kids, rather than the names, liberals would be cheering her on.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 10 July 2013 comments

Children have never had it so good

At a time when youngsters are healthier and wealthier than ever, why are some hellbent on depicting them as mentally ill?

Mick Hume Wednesday 10 July 2013 comments

Who cares how zombie parties pick their candidates?

Labour's strife in Falkirk symbolises the political bankruptcy of the party system.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 10 July 2013 comments

Making poor
people poorer

Why do those concerned about low incomes never criticise sin taxes?

Sadhvi Sharma Thursday 11 July 2013 comments

Is sexual assault really endemic in Egypt?

Claims that Egypt is infected by the 'disease' of misogyny are helping to boost the state's authority there.

Dominic Standish Thursday 11 July 2013 comments

‘I don’t believe in role models’

Footballing icon Rodney Marsh on Beckham, bad-taste jokes and OBEs.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 12 July 2013 comments

Finally warming to Andy Murray

Who cares if the Wimbledon champion ‘lacks personality’? He’s one of our best-ever sportsmen.

Luke Gittos Friday 12 July 2013 comments

What did Abu Qatada actually do wrong?

The Islamist's decade of detention without charge suggests the real threat to liberty is at home, not from Over There.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 12 July 2013 comments

Egypt: the end of the Arab Spring

The coup is a disaster. The Arab peoples must now go back to square one.

Emmet Livingstone Friday 12 July 2013 comments

Breaking news: it’s okay to like The Newsroom

Despite the achingly left-liberal preachiness, Aaron Sorkin’s much-mocked show is better-than-average entertainment.

Patrick Marmion Monday 15 July 2013 comments

So what if the LRB publishes more men than women

It is patronising and tokenistic quota politics to insist that magazines should be written by 50% men and 50% women.

James Woudhuysen Monday 15 July 2013 comments

The robots are coming - but not fast enough

The claim that mechanisation is sweeping away jobs in a wave of innovation bears little relation to reality.

Tim Black Monday 15 July 2013 comments

Enjoy the sun while it lasts

The belated arrival of summer sunshine in the UK is a cause for joy, not panic.

Ken McLaughlin Tuesday 16 July 2013 comments

These child-abuse stats are PANTS

The NSPCC’s new campaign is built on the dubious claim that five per cent of people were sexually assaulted as children.

Sean Collins Tuesday 16 July 2013 comments

Who’s really promoting
prejudice?

The pro-Trayvon campaign shows how illiberal ‘anti-racism’ has become.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 16 July 2013 comments

The state’s ‘uncivilised’ treatment of volunteers

It is the government’s policy of suspicion towards carers that it is undermining help for older people.

James Heartfield Wednesday 17 July 2013 comments

Time to face the housing crisis head on

The UK housing shortage has reached crisis proportions. Building a few thousand ‘affordable’ homes is no solution.

Dennis Hayes Wednesday 17 July 2013 comments

You want a first with that fee?

With university degrees now organised like training schemes, no wonder the marks are going up.

Barbara Hewson Wednesday 17 July 2013 comments

Is rape really a fate worse than death?

Barbara Hewson on the PC revival of the idea of raped women as ‘damaged goods’.

Brid Hehir Wednesday 17 July 2013 comments

Stub this hospital smoking ban out

A London NHS trust wants to ban smoking, even outdoors. Those interested in personal freedom should speak out.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 17 July 2013 comments

Spotify: out of tune on royalties

For once, Thom Yorke has a point: musicians should be paid properly.

Joanna Williams Thursday 18 July 2013 comments

Knowing stuff makes a comeback

Michael Gove’s new national curriculum elevates knowledge over skills. About time.

Rob Lyons Thursday 18 July 2013 comments

Overdosing on post-traumatic stress disorder

What’s really striking about British soldiers in Afghanistan is not their vulnerability, but their resilience.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 18 July 2013 comments

In defence of the herd

The masses, even the unintelligent ones, are perfectly capable of doing democracy.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 18 July 2013 comments

Dustin Hoffman: enough to make a grown man cry

The Hollywood star admits he was once a shallow person who was obsessed with looks, but he shouldn’t tar all men with that brush.

Patrick Marmion Thursday 18 July 2013 comments

Foot-tapping joy in a devilish lock-in

The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart blends poetry, folk music and supernatural skulduggery to great effect.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 19 July 2013 comments

That’s enough about the spirit of cricket

A great Ashes test match was overshadowed by a furious debate about out-of-date gentleman’s ethics.

Patrick Hayes Friday 19 July 2013 comments

Greenpeace: new heights of vacuity

The attempt by Greenpeace members to climb London’s tallest building as a ‘protest’ was about as radical as a sponsored fun run.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 19 July 2013 comments

Banker-bashing makes you go blind

Five reasons why it's wrong, and dangerous, to blame bankers for the crisis.

Tom Slater Friday 19 July 2013 comments

Nineties nostalgia we could do without

Waxahatchee’s Cerulean Salt is the kind of whining indieness that should be confined to the dustbin of pop history.

Rob Lyons Friday 19 July 2013 comments

Confectionery: the new contraband

A little girl from Watford has been sent home from a school trip - for eating chocolate.

Patrick Marmion Friday 19 July 2013 comments

Drowning in a lack of narrative

In its efforts to reject traditional story, The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable tells us less than it could about human experience.

Tara McCormack Monday 22 July 2013 comments

How the West exploits brave Malala

Malala Yousafzai, a brave young Pakistani woman, is being used to give a positive sheen to external intervention.

Patrick West Monday 22 July 2013 comments

Scotland and Catalonia: the weird alliance

Catalans who made common cause with Scottish nationalists are getting cold feet now that it seems Scottish independence won’t happen.

Tim Black Monday 22 July 2013 comments

‘Anti-doping puritanism is killing sport’

A professor of ethics says we should chill out about performance-enhancing drugs.

Joel Cohen Monday 22 July 2013 comments

The Act of Killing: in praise of difficult documentaries

Joshua Oppenheimer’s film about Indonesia’s ageing torturers finds a novel way to leave moral judgements in the hands of the audience.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 23 July 2013 comments

David Cameron: getting off on porn scares

It’s not online porn that gets in the way of young people developing a healthy attitude to sex, it’s official scare stories about intimacy.

Rosamund Cuckston Tuesday 23 July 2013 comments

No justice system for old men

Recent prosecutions involving decades-old sexual abuse are not delivering justice, they are undermining it - for everyone.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 23 July 2013 comments

Kate’s baby and the myth of the monarchist masses

Republicans once trusted the public. Now they despair of it.

Barbara Hewson Video Tuesday 23 July 2013 comments

‘Operation Yewtree is a displacement activity’

Barbara Hewson discusses her controversial article about the Jimmy Savile affair and the age of consent on Channel 4 News.

Tom Slater Tuesday 23 July 2013 comments

Run: it’s grim down south London

A recent Channel 4 drama titillates the audience with cliché-riddled tales of life on the streets of Brixton.

Saira Khan Tuesday 23 July 2013 comments

Compulsory volunteering: an (oxy)moronic proposal

Press-ganging students into community work won’t overcome the divide between town and gown.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 24 July 2013 comments

How do you solve a problem like Maria Miller?

Attempts to influence the media by the head of what was known as the ‘ministry of fun’ are no laughing matter.

Julian Lagnado Wednesday 24 July 2013 comments

François Hollande: political magician

France may be in the economic merde right now, but the French president has a cunning trick up his sleeve: doing nothing.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 24 July 2013 comments

‘Big History’: the annihilation of human agency

Meet the historians who treat mankind as the passive voyeur of the passing of time.

Christian Butler Wednesday 24 July 2013 comments

The Hothouse: Pinter made popular

Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Pinter’s black sheep play is accessible for luvvie and layman alike

Jane Sandeman Thursday 25 July 2013 comments

Burn, baby, burn

We have become so fearful about any risk to children that even some welcome sunshine is viewed as a threat.

Rob Lyons Thursday 25 July 2013 comments

Ubuntu: living life on the Edge

The company that brought you a usable flavour of Linux now wants to sell you a smartphone. But is it a smart idea?

Tim Black Thursday 25 July 2013 comments

Who’s afraid of lobbying?

Lynton Crosby the lobbyist is not the problem - it’s Lynton Crosby the adviser.

Saira Khan Thursday 25 July 2013 comments

Yo, Flipper, how’s it going?

New research suggests dolphin use unique ‘names’ for each other, but the real moral of the story is to belittle humanity.

Russell McCarthy Friday 26 July 2013 comments

A nasty piece of gesture politics

The new 'Go home or face arrest' campaign highlights the state’s intolerance of all immigrants, illegal or not.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 26 July 2013 comments

A nation of winners? Not yet

Great Britain has suddenly got a fine roster of sporting champions, but the pool of great talent is still pretty shallow.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 26 July 2013 comments

No, ants are nothing like human beings

EO Wilson says ant colonies use agriculture and air-conditioning. They don’t.

Rob Lyons Europe Monday 29 July 2013 comments

Who should set the price of booze?

Yes, the SNP’s minimum-pricing law is illiberal, but the EU’s challenge to it is undemocratic.

Theresa Clifford Monday 29 July 2013 comments

The man who’s too fat for New Zealand

Theresa Clifford reports from NZ, where a South African chef faces deportation for being overweight.

Tim Black Monday 29 July 2013 comments

The man is for turning

David Cameron’s incredible, and revealing, list of policy u-turns.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 29 July 2013 comments

Pope goes the Vatican’s authority

When even the pope says he can’t judge people, you know moral authority is in trouble.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 30 July 2013 comments

Egypt: the hypocrisy of the human-rights industry

Westerners who love to be outraged by foreign tyranny are blasé about Egypt's.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 30 July 2013 comments

No to ‘modesty bags’ for lads’ mags!

A miserable feminist campaign to force supermarkets to remove lads’ magazines is gaining traction – at the expense of free speech.

Jon Holbrook Wednesday 31 July 2013 comments

A judicial coup d'etat in Britain

In a democracy, parliament, not the judiciary, must have the last word on policy.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 31 July 2013 comments

The new heart of darkness: Faversham

Great – my hometown is the latest focus of TV’s search for human depravity.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 31 July 2013 comments

Lewisham A&E: democracy in intensive care

Using the judiciary to overturn the decision to close a London A&E department was not a triumph for people power.

Mick hume Wednesday 31 July 2013 comments

‘Liverpool PC’: You’ll Never Talk Alone

Liverpool’s list of banned words is only the latest attempt to police fans’ speech.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 31 July 2013 comments

Illiberalism’s spitting image

UK councils can ban spitting, but no law in the land will ever make people more polite or respectful.

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 31 July 2013 comments

The deterministic myth of the ‘early years’

Whether based on attachment theory or neurobabble, the claim that human beings are set in stone by the age of three is groundless.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 31 July 2013 comments

Measuring smiles?
How sad

Time to stop this political obesession with the public’s happiness.