October 2013

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 1 October 2013 comments

R&D: why failure is necessary

The US government’s reclassification of R&D as a sexy investment, not an iffy expense, is foolish.

Tim Black Tuesday 1 October 2013 comments

Why slaughter shoppers?

Modern terrorism is increasingly a pointless, bloody rage against the masses.

Emmet Livingstone Tuesday 1 October 2013 comments

Orange is the New Black: too hot for TV

This online series set in a women’s prison has more bite than any comedy on the box.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 2 October 2013 comments

Exploding the myth of youth gangs

The epidemic of gang violence in the UK only exists in the minds of politicians and pundits.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 2 October 2013 comments

The war on Golden Dawn: a dark day for democracy?

However much you hate GD, you should worry about the Greek state’s war on it.

Craig Fairnington Wednesday 2 October 2013 comments

16-year-olds aren't adults, so why give them the vote?

The SNP’s extension of the franchise to 16-year-olds is a cynical move.

Dennis Hayes Thursday 3 October 2013 comments

McDonaldising the student soul

In today’s McUniversities, ‘graduate attributes’ are being used to create McStudents with no individuality.

Sean Collins Thursday 3 October 2013 comments

US shutdown: the abdication of the political class

The shutdown shows how lost and immature US rulers have become.

Ed Noel Thursday 3 October 2013 comments

Australia: sorting the wheat from the chaff

In trying to give a representative sweep of Australia's artistic evolution, some of the nation's true masterpieces are lost in the shuffle.

David Bowden Friday 4 October 2013 comments

Breaking Bad: even better than you’ve heard

As BB obsessives mourn the loss of the Best Show on TV, David Bowden urges the nay-sayers to give it a try.

Alexander Adams Friday 4 October 2013 comments

Stephen King: no longer scary

King’s sequel to his Seventies classic, The Shining, is plodding and pedestrian.

Tom Slater Friday 4 October 2013 comments

Diana: the patron saint of airheads

A rubbish new biopic confirms we no longer care about the ‘People’s Princess’.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 4 October 2013 comments

Football’s Etiquette Inquisition

Both fans and players should rip up football speech codes.

Neil Davenport Monday 7 October 2013 comments

Hannah Arendt: battling the banality of evil

A new biopic explores the power of ideas and the courage required to challenge orthodoxy.

Joanna Williams Monday 7 October 2013 comments

Universities: bastions of conformism

Students once embraced the freedom to be adults. Now they have become ban-happy self-regulators afraid of growing up.

Tim Black Monday 7 October 2013 comments

‘The message is that all our problems are in our brains’

Joanna Moncrieff talks to spiked about the myth that we’re all mentally ill.

Craig Arnall Monday 7 October 2013 comments

The EU's Tobacco Promotion Directive

E-cigarettes could wean millions off regular ciggies. So why is the EU trying to restrict them?

Martin Cullip Monday 7 October 2013 comments

A puffed-up scare over menthol cigarettes

The EU’s proposed ban exposes the myth of ‘evidence-based’ policy.

Saleha Ali Tuesday 8 October 2013 comments

Two hours hate for the Daily Mail

An anti-Daily Mail demo that turned out to be more therapy session than political protest.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 8 October 2013 comments

The intolerant crusade against circumcision

In the name of child protection, anti-faith zealots are attacking a way of life.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 8 October 2013 comments

What the Mail and its maulers have in common

Both the tabloid and its critics have decamped to a mythical past.

James Heartfield Tuesday 8 October 2013 comments

Both Labour and Tories have failed to mind the energy gap

While party leaders bleat about rising energy bills, their policies have undermined the UK’s capacity to generate power.

David Bowden Wednesday 9 October 2013 comments

The World of Extreme Happiness: the real jilted generation

A new play eschews Western prejudice to tell a revealing story about China’s thwarted, but fiercely ambitious, youth.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Thursday 10 October 2013 comments

‘Too much too soon’: playing at educating

A new UK education campaign is an attack on the substance of education in general.

Rob Lyons Thursday 10 October 2013 comments

We should all stand with the Yid Army

Some proud Yiddos tell spiked why they'll continue using the Y-word.

Mick Hume Thursday 10 October 2013 comments

We don’t need no regulation

Hey, politicans, leave the press alone!

James Woudhuysen Thursday 10 October 2013 comments

Six high-tech industries for 2020 and beyond

To tackle unemployment, unleash human talent and end global poverty, industry needs to embrace big ideas - here are six.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 11 October 2013 comments

Fags, football and role models

Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere has been caught smoking a ciggie. So what?

Rob Harris Friday 11 October 2013 comments

Celebrating The Black Jacobins

Seventy-five years on, CLR James’s opus is as vital as ever.

Tom Slater Saturday 12 October 2013 comments

Keeping da boy in his corner

Why white middle-class journos want rap stars to stay in the ghetto.

Colin McInnes Monday 14 October 2013 comments

Let’s take control of Planet Earth

Geoengineering could ameliorate the impacts of climate change, and transform tundra and desert alike. So why are greens so afraid of it?

Sean Collins Monday 14 October 2013 comments

Loathed and leaderless in Washington DC

As the shutdown rumbles on, the depth of America's political crisis becomes clear.

Frank Furedi Monday 14 October 2013 comments

Schoolkids: prisoners of their genes?

Let’s bash the idea that some kids aren’t genetically cut out for learning.

Mick Hume Tuesday 15 October 2013 comments

Why so many are still missing ‘Our Maddie’

Six years on, what’s driving the obsession with Madeleine McCann?

Neil Davenport Wednesday 16 October 2013 comments

Sun, sea and working-class hedonism

It is a fear of adulthood, not the spectre of neoliberalism, that is keeping today's youth bombed out of their minds.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 16 October 2013 comments

Whistleblowers: white saviours of the ignorant mob?

The cult of leaking reflects and reinforces the death of democratic politics.

Patrick Marmion Wednesday 16 October 2013 comments

The Events: doing battle with society’s demons

David Greig’s new play is a tenuous meditation on the modern concept of evil.

Rob Lyons Thursday 17 October 2013 comments

The wicked assault on GM food

Green groups’ opposition to golden rice exposes their irrational, anti-science, misanthropic heart.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 17 October 2013 comments

Desperate leftists vs fantasy fascism

Anti-fascists can't admit that the EDL is crumbling because posturing against this allegedly Nazi grouping is all they have going for them.

Tim Black Thursday 17 October 2013 comments

‘Students are acting like Victorian censors’

Free-speech advocate Greg Lukianoff lays into the prudes at UK student unions.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 October 2013 comments

Are cheats killing sport?

Breaking the rules is not a new phenomenon and it has yet to dampen our appetite for the sports that we love.

Tom Slater Friday 18 October 2013 comments

Sex Box and the crisis of intimacy

If we want to have better sex, let’s keep it behind closed doors.

Tim Black Friday 18 October 2013 comments

In defence of free will

Why spiked has been waging a war of words against modern determinism.

Adrian Hart Friday 18 October 2013 comments

The not-so-strange affair of the Space Monkeys

The furore over some utterly inoffensive remarks by England manager Roy Hodgson shows the power of speech etiquette today.

James Heartfield Monday 21 October 2013 comments

The Newspeak of ‘human-centred’

David Chandler’s Freedom vs Necessity dissects the way governments offer us choice today - as long as we make the ‘right’ choice.

Zoe Apostolides Monday 21 October 2013 comments

Mad About The Boy: Bridget gets back in the saddle

Ignore the pompous critics; the new Bridget Jones romp is a spiky, silly satire about being middle-aged and middle-class.

Sean Collins Tuesday 22 October 2013 comments

Standing up to the new paternalists

Today's nudging elite poses a threat to our everyday freedoms.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 22 October 2013 comments

Two cheers for nuclear

The UK government has sealed a deal for new nuclear power stations. About time, too.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 22 October 2013 comments

Welcome to the ‘trust no one’ society

UK officialdom has successfully fostered an all-embracing climate of mistrust.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 23 October 2013 comments

Sex crime: why the truth matters

New legal reforms will make a mockery of the law’s search for the truth.

Barbara Hewson Wednesday 23 October 2013 comments

Keep the law out of disabled care

People with low mental capacity living in suitable care are not 'in detention', despite what officials believe.

Mick Hume Wednesday 23 October 2013 comments

Why should the DPP define press freedom?

Step forward the liberal media’s new hero: the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Tim Black Thursday 24 October 2013 comments

Who’s afraid of the lonely wolves?

The likes of ‘terrorist’ Pavlo Lapshyn are empowered by officialdom's fears.

Jon Holbrook Thursday 24 October 2013 comments

The politics of blame and claim

Is the US legal system contributing to America’s economic decline?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 25 October 2013 comments

Anti-racism is killing football

Dubious squeals about racism are now so common they should have their own fixture list.

Tom Slater Friday 25 October 2013 comments

Generation jobless: spoiled by the state

Britain’s unemployed youth need to develop greater self-reliance.

Ellie Lee Monday 28 October 2013 comments

The maternal depression obsession

Exaggerating the risk of depression for both mothers and their children can only cause greater anxiety.

Christopher Snowdon Monday 28 October 2013 comments

The disease of ‘public health’

We are in the midst of an epidemic of lifestyle moralism.

Tim Black Tuesday 29 October 2013 comments

The ‘Our Maddie’ effect

Officialdom’s search for ‘Our Maddie’ has revived gypsy child-stealing myths.

David Bowden Tuesday 29 October 2013 comments

Pop Art Design: art in a material world

A riveting new exhibition deftly explores the relationship between Pop Art and progress.

Zoe Apostolides Wednesday 30 October 2013 comments

Gawping at Japan's population perils

A new BBC doc fails to offer any illumination on Japan's shrinking numbers.

Stuart Derbyshire Wednesday 30 October 2013 comments

The fall and fall of Asian fertility

The unwillingness of young Asians to start families echoes a worldwide rejection of the capacity to live independently.

Marco Visscher Wednesday 30 October 2013 comments

The real dirt on Black Pete

The Dutch tradition of Black Pete is not racist; it’s just a bit of fun.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 30 October 2013 comments

A perfect storm of panicmongering

While ‘St Jude’ didn't live up to the hype, the authorities’ overreaction did.

Tom Slater Wednesday 30 October 2013 comments

‘The CPS asked me to stop selling Private Eye. I said “No”’

A newspaper seller tells spiked why he refused to cave in to officialdom's demands.

Saira Khan Thursday 31 October 2013 comments

Social media: history retweets itself

Author Tom Standage tells Saira Khan why we can learn a lot about Facebook and Twitter through their offline ancestors.

Tim Black Thursday 31 October 2013 comments

NSA leaks: spookily familiar

Edward Snowden’s leakage is not as revelatory as his supporters think.

Mick Hume Thursday 31 October 2013 comments

Press found guilty – of being too free

The Royal Charter debate is based on the myth UK journos need taming.