September 2013

Mark Birbeck Monday 2 September 2013 comments

The pro-bicycle brigade: riding over the facts

Cycling in cities ought to be fun, so why are the pro-bike lobby making it sound like a certain-death ride.

Bernie Whelan Monday 2 September 2013 comments

Heaney was bad at politics, but great at poetry

Heaney's politics may invite questioning, but his command of language will continue to inspire.

David Bowden Monday 2 September 2013 comments

In praise of Famous Seamus, master of language

Few contemporary poets 'did English' with such clarity and simplicity as Heaney.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 2 September 2013 comments

Stop gloating, Britain – you helped to destroy Syria

The idea that there will be ‘no British intervention in Syria’ is surreal. There already is, and it has proved lethal.

Freddie Sehgal Cuthbert Monday 2 September 2013 comments

I’m 12 years old and even I can see PSHE is a waste of time

A 12-year-old school pupil on the monumental borefest that is personal, social and health education.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 3 September 2013 comments

Last orders for the British boozer

Going to a pub was a way for young people, pints in hand, to learn to behave like adults. No more.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 3 September 2013 comments

A tax obsession with diminishing returns

Politicians fetishise tax avoidance because they have little clue how to generate wealth.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 3 September 2013 comments

Debateophobia: a fear of free and frank discussion

Branding one's political opponents as 'phobic' is a sly and illiberal tactic.

Patrick West Wednesday 4 September 2013 comments

It's true, Brits now love ze Germans

Forget Fawlty Towers, it seems the old enemy has become our best friend.

Dennis Hayes Wednesday 4 September 2013 comments

Three cheers for the Mickey MOOCs University?

Massive open online courses, like too many modern universities, can only offer qualifications, not education.

Mick Hume Wednesday 4 September 2013 comments

A pox on your ‘public interest’!

The ethics of journalism shouldn’t be dictated by the police, judges - or the Guardian.

Ed Noel Wednesday 4 September 2013 comments

Kings of Summer: stealing the throne from the summer blockbusters

This heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age movie is the perfect remedy to a disappointing summer at the cinema.

Russell McCarthy Wednesday 4 September 2013 comments

School: the point is to learn, not earn

The proposal to value school subjects according to their contribution to people’s future incomes is breathtakingly philistine.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 5 September 2013 comments

The feminists trolling the trolls

The claim of a link between trolling and domestic violence is itself a massive and fact-lite act of 'trolling'.

Damian Byrne Thursday 5 September 2013 comments

The fag-end of Irish politics

The idea of a 'tobacco-free Ireland' has little to do with health - it’s a desperate attempt to prop up the country's ailing political class.

Nick Cater Thursday 5 September 2013 comments

Time’s up for this Ruddy technocracy

The Oz electorate should give the Labor Party the kicking it deserves.

Rob Lyons Friday 6 September 2013 comments

Gareth Bale: it's neoliberalism gone mad!

Spending £86million on one footballer may be bonkers, but it only testifies to the global popularity of football.

Tom Slater Friday 6 September 2013 comments

A portrait of the artist? Not so much…

Jumping for Joyce fails to get to grips with the great modernist author.

Christopher Bray Friday 6 September 2013 comments

The film bores who can’t see Woody for the trees

A new ‘companion’ to Allen's movies confirms the sterility of film studies.

David Bowden Friday 6 September 2013 comments

Rebuilding our faith in human ingenuity

Rebuilding the World Trade Center is stirring stuff, but it shouldn’t take tragedy for us to celebrate our mighty skyscrapers.

Joanna Williams Monday 9 September 2013 comments

‘We must take students beyond their everyday lives’

Professor Michael Young on why knowledge must be put centre-stage in schools.

Frank Furedi Monday 9 September 2013 comments

Keep the scourge of scientism out of schools


Why evidence-based teaching methods are a bad idea.

Emmet Livingstone Monday 9 September 2013 comments

Classical music: where sex sells

Once the preserve of the unfortunate-looking, classical music is suddenly full of stunners.

Ben Lazarus Monday 9 September 2013 comments

Face Value: portraits of a dogged America

Bob Dylan revisits past muses in his exhibition of pastel portraits.

Ellie Lee Tuesday 10 September 2013 comments

Sex selection: what Britain’s abortion law really says

Abortion for reason of fetal sex is not actually illegal.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 10 September 2013 comments

Cutting a pound of flesh from Shakespeare

Rewriting The Merchant of Venice to ‘tackle its anti-Semitism’ is a very foolish endeavour.

Tim Black Tuesday 10 September 2013 comments

Lobbying for me, but not for thee

The hypocrisy of the liberal critics of the Lobbying Bill.

WORLDbytes Tuesday 10 September 2013 comments

Understanding the Egyptian coup

Middle East commentator Karl Sharro talks to a group of young filmmakers about what happened to the Arab Spring.

Tim Black Wednesday 11 September 2013 comments

Mourning Chile’s coup, ignoring Egypt’s

The fortieth anniversary of the slaying of Allende has exposed some double standards among human-rights groups.

Bill Durodié Wednesday 11 September 2013 comments

Terrorism: a homegrown fear

The enemy in the ‘war on terror’ was created by a lack of meaning or purpose in the West.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 11 September 2013 comments

The trial of Michael Le Vell: Salem comes to Britain

This showtrial exposed how irrationally obsessed with ‘evil’ Britain has become.

Freddie Sehgal Cuthbert Wednesday 11 September 2013 comments

I wish my teachers would stop micromanaging me

Help! My teachers have become zombies who feel the need to edit or reprimand every playground joke.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 11 September 2013 comments

Macklemore - the white missionary come to clean up black music

Anti-stuff, pro-gay, old skool - the Seattle rapper clearly sees himself as the antidote to greedy, sexist hip hop.

Russell McCarthy Thursday 12 September 2013 comments

Putting lads’ mags back on the shelves

This week, the Co-op removed lads’ mags from its shops. Russell McCarthy decided to put them back.

Mick Hume Thursday 12 September 2013 comments

From Huhne to Rudd, they’re all mad about Murdoch

Every loser wants to blame the Murdoch press for their failings.

Rob Lyons Thursday 12 September 2013 comments

NHS: time to disestablish our ‘national religion’?

If England’s hospitals are as bad as Channel 4 News suggests, why is discussion of NHS reform still political kryptonite?

David Bowden Friday 13 September 2013 comments

A bad play built on bad politics

Dennis Kelly’s new play The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas is as shallow as the anti-capitalism which inspires it.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 13 September 2013 comments

Wanna win the World Cup? Get on yer bike

England won’t win the Big One till its young players get first-team action regularly - and are hungry enough to go abroad to get it.

Tom Slater Friday 13 September 2013 comments

Why all the whining over Blurred Lines?

The hysteria over Robin Thicke’s hit shows PC has colonised every area of life.

James Woudhuysen Monday 16 September 2013 comments

High Speed 2: an impoverished debate

The one thing worse than the UK government’s case for HS2 is the case being made against it.

Barbara Hewson Monday 16 September 2013 comments

The dubious gift of human rights

The European Convention on Human Rights is 60 years old this month - but this is no cause for celebration.

Tim Black Monday 16 September 2013 comments

The forgotten side to Hillsborough

The focus on what happened after Hillsborough obscures what made it possible in the first place.

Ann Furedi Monday 16 September 2013 comments

You can’t be pro-choice only when you like the choice

Ann Furedi on the dangers of clamping down on ‘sex-selection abortions’.

Craig Fairnington Tuesday 17 September 2013 comments

Boldly going where no manmade thing has gone before

Voyager 1 speaks to humanity’s unquenchable curiosity.

Rosamund Cuckston Tuesday 17 September 2013 comments

Birmingham: the big kids’ library

Modern public libraries are places to hang out and be distracted, not to explore the world of words.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 17 September 2013 comments

Taking the ‘free’ out of free school meals

What could be a big help to parents is really about taking choices away from them.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 18 September 2013 comments

Let’s shine a light on these shady family courts

We urgently need to reform these Kafkaesque proceedings.

Mick Hume Wednesday 18 September 2013 comments

Leonard Cohen: age cannot wither him

As he enters his 80th year, seeing Cohen live is life-affirming.

Tim Black Thursday 19 September 2013 comments

The boy who starved to death in public

Daniel Pelka’s death raises troubling questions about the state of social solidarity.

Tara McCormack Thursday 19 September 2013 comments

R2P: how the West failed to justify intervention

The ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine is a symbol of the West’s inability to define its post-Cold War role.

Kevin Yuill Thursday 19 September 2013 comments

Ban the evil of horse riding now!

When will our legislators act to end this senseless equine-related carnage?

Norman Lewis Thursday 19 September 2013 comments

Apple: master of the ‘youniverse’

The new iPhones show that Apple still has its eye on the future - and its finger on the pulse of a self-absorbed society.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 19 September 2013 comments

There’s nothing enlightened about burka-bashing

How sad that the West can only define itself in opposition to a piece of cloth.

David Bowden Thursday 19 September 2013 comments

Sounds Like London: from Windrush to Wiley

Lloyd Bradley’s new book offers a passionate history of black music in the capital.

Tom Slater Thursday 19 September 2013 comments

If they gave prizes for snobbery…

Let’s be honest: who really cares about the Mercury Prize?

Patrick Marmion Friday 20 September 2013 comments

Laughing at the lower orders

Much hyped gangster comedy Barking In Essex is a car crash of a show built on snobby satire.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 20 September 2013 comments

Is that good cheating or bad cheating?

British football fans have long had a schizophrenic attitude to gamesmanship.

Matthias Heitmann Friday 20 September 2013 comments

Germans don’t need to vote green to get green

Germany's Green Party is redundant, thanks to Angela Merkel's eco-conservatism.

Frank Furedi Friday 20 September 2013 comments

The real clash is within civilisations

Twenty years on, Samuel Huntington’s seminal essay remains misunderstood.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Friday 20 September 2013 comments

InRealLife: a virtual disappointment

A new film is a missed opportunity to challenge the climate of anxiety about our use of the internet.

Tim Black Monday 23 September 2013 comments

Global warming and the chilling of politics

The aim of the IPCC is to freeze political debate.

Patrick Hayes Monday 23 September 2013 comments

The Western groups putting Libya in the dock

Why are human-rights organisations arguing that Saif Gaddafi can only receive a fair trial in The Hague?

Graham Good Monday 23 September 2013 comments

Identity politics is killing college life

Learning becomes impossible when we split students into racial and gender camps.

Ben Pile Monday 23 September 2013 comments

Greenpeace: talking out of a polar bear’s arse

A recent Greenpeace protest only demonstrated that environmentalism is not a mass movement.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 24 September 2013 comments

Should we silence the Student Voice?

Constantly asking students about what should be taught corrodes the authority of lecturers - and knowledge.

Mick Hume Tuesday 24 September 2013 comments

When Labour planned to turn the army on the people

Why ‘the people's party’ discussed sending in troops during the banking crisis.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 24 September 2013 comments

What is humanism? Part two

In the second part of his alternative lecture, Frank Furedi contrasts the robust humanist view of people with the modern obsession with vulnerability.

David Bowden Tuesday 24 September 2013 comments

The Lightning Child: Euripides with a modern edge

This ‘remix’ of The Baccahe may sound like tripe, but in fact it’s an intellectual riot.

spiked podcast Wednesday 25 September 2013 comments

‘Being a “socialist” now just means being a nice person’

Podcast: Tom Slater talks to Brendan O'Neill about the Labour conference.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 25 September 2013 comments

Rush: two lives spent in the fast lane

The couldn’t-make-it-up rivalry between F1 heroes Niki Lauda and James Hunt makes for one of the most entertaining films of the year.

Ed Noel Wednesday 25 September 2013 comments

Fashion Beast: striking an awkward pose

Alan Moore’s latest graphic novel is an ill-fitting take on the fashion industry.

Patrick West Thursday 26 September 2013 comments

A ‘Little Englander’ and proud

Ignore the jibes of the pro-intervention crew: it's the Little Englanders and ‘isolationists’ who are the true internationalists.

Josie Appleton Thursday 26 September 2013 comments

The councils spitting out bad laws

Why is Waltham Forest fining people for little more than bad manners?

Bruno Waterfield Thursday 26 September 2013 comments

Mummy Merkel, please look after us

The victory of mumsy Merkel speaks to the infantilisation of European politics.

Ken McLaughlin Thursday 26 September 2013 comments

Who’s afraid of a Halloween costume?

The idea that the mentally ill are likely to be violent comes from the government far more than from stores selling fancy dress.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 27 September 2013 comments

The downfall of Di Canio

The ex-Sunderland manager may have been a ball-buster, but it was his refusal to honour the dressing-room code of silence that did for him.

Tara McCormack Friday 27 September 2013 comments

How the West destroyed Iraq

The bloody mess created by the occupation of Iraq was built on the West's own weakness and incoherence.

Tom Slater Friday 27 September 2013 comments

Who are you calling an adolescent?

Tom Slater, 22, slams the extension of adolescence to 25.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 27 September 2013 comments

Trans activists really need to lighten up

Transsexuals’ histrionic response to every slight only confirms how flimsy their identity is.

Patrick Marmion Friday 27 September 2013 comments

Religion and Anarchy: stuck in the past

Steven Berkoff’s new production ignores the modern forms of anti-Semitism.

Freddie Sehgal Cuthbert Monday 30 September 2013 comments

Grand Theft Auto: best game ever?

A satirical, fun, bonkers masterclass of a videogame: a 12-year-old gives his verdict on GTA V (certificate 18).

Frank Furedi Monday 30 September 2013 comments

In defence of privacy

Anyone who values freedom must resist the assault on private and family life.