August 2013

Russell McCarthy Thursday 1 August 2013 comments

There’s nothing to cheer in the ‘racist van’ backlash

Criticism of the ‘go home’ billboards is fuelled by elite contempt towards the allegedly racist masses.

Graham Barnfield Friday 2 August 2013 comments

Only God Forgives?
I won’t

The latest Nicolas Winding Refn / Ryan Gosling outing is unforgivably bad.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 2 August 2013 comments

Kick the speech cops out of football

Football, from the chants to the banter, is a carnival of vulgarity – and that's why we love it.

Christopher Bray Friday 2 August 2013 comments

Why we’re all in debt to Cezanne

A nobody in his own time, a knockout in ours, he changed how we see the world.

Saira Khan Friday 2 August 2013 comments

The human spirit doesn’t mind the gap

Commuters in Japan show the way when rescuing a woman trapped underneath a train.

Luke Gittos video Friday 2 August 2013 comments

‘You cannot be free from being insulted’

spiked's law editor debates trolling and Twitter abuse on Channel 4 News.

Patrick Hayes Friday 2 August 2013 comments

Since when has a bad tattoo been a crime?

A bombed-mosque tattoo is moronic, but it's not a matter for the police.

Basham and Luik Monday 5 August 2013 comments

Turning fat into
a four-letter word

The attempt by health authorities to denormalise obesity is a recipe for failure - and could undermine democracy, too.

Kevin Yuill Monday 5 August 2013 comments

Who wants the ‘right to die’?

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are deep moral problems that should be debated by elected politicians, not appointed judges.

Stuart Derbyshire Latest Monday 5 August 2013 comments

Never mind the neuro-bollocks

Ignore the neuro-determinists: man is more than a machine.

Tara McCormack Monday 5 August 2013 comments

The EU: no friend of democracy

The EU pretends to be a force for altruism in the world, but as its reaction to the Egyptian coup shows, it has a take-it-or-leave-it approach to democracy.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 6 August 2013 comments

Class loathing in feminist clothing

'Chavvy' women were being trolled long before Stella Creasy, and no one minded.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 6 August 2013 comments

The hysteria over trolls is a classic moral panic

Black muggers, hooligans, trolls - why society loves panicking about deviants.

Frank Furedi Video Tuesday 6 August 2013 comments

What is humanism?

In part one of his alternative lecture, Frank Furedi reveals the history of humanist ideas and the rise of their anti-human opposite: determinism.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 7 August 2013 comments

Frankenburger?
Tuck in

Lab-grown burgers are a smart idea, whatever eco-minded food snobs might say.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 7 August 2013 comments

From Timelord to Timelady? No thanks

Why are feminists obsessed with the idea of Doctor Who regenerating with breasts?

Tim Black Wednesday 7 August 2013 comments

Mugabe: no longer the Hitler of Africa?

In 2008, Mugabe was the West's No1 bogeyman. In 2013, no one cares.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 8 August 2013 comments

Dangerous dogs: not that dangerous

Further proposed state restrictions on pets always mean yet more state restrictions on humans.

Russell McCarthy Thursday 8 August 2013 comments

Balcombe: colonised by fracktivists

Anti-fracking activists who have descended on West Sussex claim to be speaking for the locals. The locals beg to differ.

Mick Hume Thursday 8 August 2013 comments

‘I forget a riot, I forget a riot’

Two years on, it is almost as if the London riots never really happened.

Ben Lazarus Thursday 8 August 2013 comments

Hannah Smith: legislation is no solution to bullying

Restricting social-media websites will not stop the sad and thankfully rare deaths of bullied teenagers.

Saira Khan Thursday 8 August 2013 comments

No More Page Three? No thanks

Whatever you think about topless pictures in daily newspapers, the feminist campaigns against them send a woeful message.

David Bowden Friday 9 August 2013 comments

Looking down on suburbia

Rupa Huq’s latest book does a fine job of distilling the snobbery of the elites towards the masses.

Luke Gittos Friday 9 August 2013 comments

The end of redemption

An English football club’s refusal to sign a promising Belgian player once convicted of rape shows a society unwilling to forgive and forget.

Emmet Livingstone Friday 9 August 2013 comments

Die Antwoord: South Africa’s answer to conformity

This strangely successful Afrikaner rap-rave troupe are a joyous middle-finger to the politically correct and the musically boring.

India Ross Friday 9 August 2013 comments

The World’s End: losing the home advantage

The final part of Edgar Wright’s ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ forgets the essence of British comedy – laughing at oneself.

Joanna Williams Monday 12 August 2013 comments

Taking the ‘he’ out of higher education

The feminist challenge to Enlightenment ideas of knowledge and rationality has undermined the project of HE.

Tim Black Monday 12 August 2013 comments

‘The new feminism is just snobbery’

A glamour model for lads’ mags on why she can't abide censorious feminists.

WORLDbytes Monday 12 August 2013 comments

Syria: the view on the streets

The citizen-TV channel WORLDbytes asked Londoners about their views on the conflict.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 13 August 2013 comments

Exploding the myth of the obesity timebomb

Children are healthier and happier than ever before, whatever well-paid scaremongers might claim.

Craig Fairnington Tuesday 13 August 2013 comments

How natural is homosexuality?

The anti-human undertones of searching for gayness in nature.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 13 August 2013 comments

You’re right-wing? You must be stupid

Frank Furedi on how conservatism came to be treated as a mental deficiency.

Para Mullan Wednesday 14 August 2013 comments

Why the fuss about ‘zero hour’ contracts?

The real problem is not onerous terms of service, but the weakness of the UK economy in general.

Sean Collins Wednesday 14 August 2013 comments

Big, bad America, slayed by a communique

Why's no one talking about the fact-lite, frenzied shutting of US embassies?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 15 August 2013 comments

The army pulled the trigger, but the West loaded the gun

How Western liberals provided the moral ammo for the massacres in Egypt.

Russell McCarthy Thursday 15 August 2013 comments

The real problem with aid for Nigeria

The only thing UK aid to Africa supports is British politicians’ sense of moral worth.

Kate Prengel Friday 16 August 2013 comments

Delivering ante-
natal anxiety

In The Business of Baby, Jennifer Margulis tries to fight institutionalised fearmongering with scare stories of her own.

Slater & Butler Friday 16 August 2013 comments

Edinburgh: fresh from the Fringe

The good, the bad and the awful at Edinburgh 2013.

Mick Hume Friday 16 August 2013 comments

Falklands factor to Gibraltar Falter

For you, Tories, the war is over

Saira Khan Friday 16 August 2013 comments

The curious case of the rodeo clown

Since when did we get so uptight that simply wearing an Obama mask warranted the sack?

Elsa Makouezi Monday 19 August 2013 comments

France's veil ban is an assault on freedom

The idea that it is emancipating to have the state tell women what they can wear is mad.

Luke Gittos Monday 19 August 2013 comments

The Egyptian tragedy won’t be fixed by lawyers

The folly of calling for the ICC to investigate the army’s massacres.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 20 August 2013 comments

Towards a manifesto for higher education

spiked’s education editor outlines a vision for the future of the university.

Tim Black Tuesday 20 August 2013 comments

Bradley Manning is not the messiah

Manning’s leaks didn’t tell us anything we didn't already know.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 20 August 2013 comments

The amazing double standards of the Miranda affair

For the Guardian to complain of a war on journalism is extraordinary;
it helped to start this war that it’s now falling victim to.

Wendy Earle Wednesday 21 August 2013 comments

The importance of teaching the arts

We shouldn't value arts education on the basis that it has social or economic benefits, but because it expands the mind and soul.

Ben Lazarus Wednesday 21 August 2013 comments

The EU: going mental over menthol

The anti-smoking crackdown from Brussels has turned to the menace of mildly minty flavouring.

Andrew Calcutt Wednesday 21 August 2013 comments

Elmore Leonard, king of crime

To mark the death of the genre-transforming writer, read this 1991 piece from Living Marxism.

Mick Hume Wednesday 21 August 2013 comments

Don’t blame useless Ed – Labour’s dead

Chucking political eggs at Labour leader Miliband is missing the point.

Saira Khan Thursday 22 August 2013 comments

Oh feminism, what happened to you?

Once, radical women demanded liberty and change; now they want censorship and social engineering.

Neil Davenport Thursday 22 August 2013 comments

Why shouldn’t faith schools criticise gays?

The campaign to stop certain schools from teaching traditional values is an attack on parental autonomy.

Phelim McAleer Thursday 22 August 2013 comments

Ten big fat lies about fracking

The director of FrackNation explodes the myths put about by fracktivists.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 22 August 2013 comments

No, Bradley Manning, you are not a woman

Just because Mr Manning says he is a female, that doesn’t mean he is.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 23 August 2013 comments

‘Palace are here, let the games begin’

The redeeming features of life back in the Premier League are the same as ever: boozing, singing and shouting with mates.

Tom Slater Friday 23 August 2013 comments

‘Beckett doesn’t have to be boring and slow’

Tom Slater talks to d’Animate Theatre about finding the fun in Beckett’s Roughs.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 23 August 2013 comments

No, autistic children are not the spiritual saviours of mankind

Michael Fitzpatrick isn't convinced by a much raved-about autism memoir.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 27 August 2013 comments

UK economy: a turnaround at last?

Is that light at the end of the tunnel or an on-coming train?

Barbara Hewson Tuesday 27 August 2013 comments

Should the mentally disabled have sex?

Having judges rule on certain people's sex lives has ugly echoes of the past.

Saleha Ali Tuesday 27 August 2013 comments

Anti-lads’ mags – and anti-people

Saleha Ali finds a Lose the Lads' Mags protest wet, unpopular and very snobby.

Chrissie Daz Tuesday 27 August 2013 comments

Miley Cyrus: struggling to be an adult

There’s more to being a grown-up than having sex.

Ellamay Russell Wednesday 28 August 2013 comments

What a bunch of twerks!

Why are feminists reducing so-called black culture to a cheeky dance?

Luke Gittos Wednesday 28 August 2013 comments

Stop this traffic in immigrant bashing

An assault on immigrants is being dressed up in the language of anti-trafficking.

Russell McCarthy Thursday 29 August 2013 comments

Stop the war! Until the UN gives the go-ahead!

Russell McCarthy finds anti-war activists aren’t as opposed to intervention in Syria as you might expect.

Tom Slater Thursday 29 August 2013 comments

Jamie Oliver, patronising? Never!

After years of cheering Oliver's crusade to educate the salad-dodging masses, why is the commentariat now turning on him?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 29 August 2013 comments

Bombing Syria: war as therapy

The narcissism of the bomb-Syria brigade is terrifying.

Christian Butler Thursday 29 August 2013 comments

Reflections on the Fringe

While ticketed productions lose money, the Free Fringe is cleaning up in donations - but it is still theatre worth paying for.

Duleep Allirajah sport Friday 30 August 2013 comments

A limp-wristed defence of free speech

The lack of protest against new guidelines clamping down on homophobic chants shows free speech only applies to the ‘right’ kind of people

Tom Slater Friday 30 August 2013 comments

The theatre: ‘A space for society to dream itself’

Lorne Campbell, curator of The Bloody Great Border Ballad Project, talks about the sorry state of political debate and how theatre can enrich it.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 30 August 2013 comments

The EU: a club for anti-democrats

How Brussels became a hiding place for elites sick of dealing with the demos.