November 2013

Joanna Williams Friday 1 November 2013 comments

Fear and mistrust on campus

By encouraging lecturers and students to report instances of discrimination, universities are undermining the very concept of academic freedom.

Saleha Ali Friday 1 November 2013 comments

The truth about India’s ‘gendercide’

The ‘missing millions’ of Indian women are as much a product of the Western obsession with overpopulation as misogyny.

Luke Gittos Friday 1 November 2013 comments

Giving vengeance a voice in court

A criminal trial should be a cool-headed assessment of evidence, not a chance for victims to vent their distress.

Tom Slater Friday 1 November 2013 comments

Just say ‘no’ to the mo!

Movember underlines how narcissistic health campaigns have become.

Duleep Allirajah Sunday 3 November 2013 comments

We learn nothing from friendlies

England’s defeats to Chile and Germany told us nothing we didn’t already know.

Patrick West Monday 4 November 2013 comments

Horoscopes: smarter than you might think

The often practical wisdom of horoscopes is preferable to woe-is-me narcissism.

Tim Black Monday 4 November 2013 comments

The free-school fightback

A head defends his free school from the naysayers and right-on critics.

Helene Guldberg Monday 4 November 2013 comments

Giving sibling rivalry a bad name

The anti-bullying industry has now turned its attentions to brothers and sisters.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 5 November 2013 comments

School dinners: serving up a food sermon

British school meals have become a tool for social engineering.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 6 November 2013 comments

The madness of Keir Starmer

Throughout the outgoing DPP's tenure, he was obsessed with sexual-abuse prosecutions.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 6 November 2013 comments

The fight for freedom of speech starts here

Many pay lip service to the idea of free speech, but spiked takes it seriously.

Joanna Williams Thursday 7 November 2013 comments

Why kids should study literature

Underlying the debate about the proposed English GCSE curriculum is a failure to make the case for studying classic texts.

Jon Holbrook Thursday 7 November 2013 comments

Why can’t the government get things done?

Through rules, regulations and judicial review, British government has seriously emasculated itself.

Frank Furedi Thursday 7 November 2013 comments

Making suspicious minds mandatory

Criminalising people who fail to report suspicions of child abuse will poison social relations.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 November 2013 comments

A rocket under English football

The ACPO's ban on flares at matches shows how killjoy the football police have become.

Sean Collins Friday 8 November 2013 comments

Let’s debunk the de Blasio myths

Far from being a socialist, New York City’s new mayor is Bloomberg Take 2.

Tom Slater Sunday 10 November 2013 comments

In defence of criticism

Mark Kermode tells spiked there's nothing snobby about judgement.

Barbara Hewson Monday 11 November 2013 comments

Believe the victim: a recipe for injustice

The innocent suffer when we’re encouraged to believe all claimants.

Saleha Ali Monday 11 November 2013 comments

Time to end the FGM panic

Claims that female genital mutilation is endemic in the UK rest on dodgy stats and barely concealed racial prejudice.

Phil Mullan Monday 11 November 2013 comments

The economic
enemy is
at home

China is neither destroyer nor saviour of the West’s economies.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 12 November 2013 comments

Kristallnacht:
anti-Semitism
then and now

75 years on, are Jews once again being treated as ‘different’?

WORLDbytes Tuesday 12 November 2013 comments

Rethinking role models

Why should we look to popstars or footballers to be inspiring for any other reason than that they are good at what they do?

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 13 November 2013 comments

IPNAs: a nuisance to public life and freedom

The Tories said they would scrap ASBOs. They didn't say they'd replace them with something even worse.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 13 November 2013 comments

‘Why I defied a novelist to publish his book in Israel’

An Israeli activist tells spiked why he broke a literary boycott of his country.

Luke Gittos Thursday 14 November 2013 comments

Britain’s crazy prostitution laws

The UK’s array of prostitution laws only make things worse for sex workers.

spiked podcast Thursday 14 November 2013 comments

Academic freedom in illiberal times

Listen to the spiked debate on university life and freedom of speech that took place at parliament this week.

Tim Black Thursday 14 November 2013 comments

A Major problem with state schools

John Major wasn't posh-bashing - he was rightly critiquing state schools.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 15 November 2013 comments

Who cares about the Champions League?

A stale competition between mega-rich clubs, the loss of the Champions League from terrestrial screens is no great tragedy.

Nadine Strossen Friday 15 November 2013 comments

‘There should be no restrictions on dangerous ideas’

Nadine Strossen talks to Brendan O'Neill about why nothing – not even ‘rape porn’ – should be banned.

Tom Slater Friday 15 November 2013 comments

Lady Gaga: civiliser of the pop masses

Why liberal commentators continue to go gaga for Gaga.

Manick Govinda Monday 18 November 2013 comments

Locking artists out of the UK

The restrictions on foreign artists entering Britain is choking the arts scene.

John Fitzpatrick Monday 18 November 2013 comments

‘You never know when it’s going to explode’

CLR James's last interview now available as a podcast.

Sean Collins Monday 18 November 2013 comments

Why JFK still haunts America

In our cynical, downbeat era, we long for some Kennedy positivity.

Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 19 November 2013 comments

Even quacks must have free speech

Michael Fitzpatrick slams the campaign to ban a wacky health mag from shops.

James Heartfield Tuesday 19 November 2013 comments

The Gettysburg Address: a great work of humanity

150 years on, Lincoln’s words retain their democratic power.

Patrick West Wednesday 20 November 2013 comments

Libraries: a plea from a silence seeker

Once sanctuaries of quiet study, libraries have become glorified community centres.

Sadhvi Sharma Wednesday 20 November 2013 comments

India’s marvellous mission to Mars

India's bid to reach the red planet is a cause for celebration, not cynicism.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 20 November 2013 comments

Did fecund Filipinos bring the typhoon upon themselves?

Meet the miserabilists who think Filipinos bred themselves into disaster.

Joanna Williams Thursday 21 November 2013 comments

Treating students as basket cases

University services aimed at boosting students' wellbeing are eroding personal autonomy.

Luke Gittos Thursday 21 November 2013 comments

We must be free to question rape laws

Feminist academics are using slurs and threats to chill the debate on rape. They must be challenged.

Tim Black Thursday 21 November 2013 comments

The end of the political party

Plans to rebrand the Conservatives reveal the shallowness of party politics.

Alexander Adams Friday 22 November 2013 comments

Camus and Monod: courage and genius

Sean B Carroll tells the story of two men whose lives embodied resistance, humanism and intellectual inspiration.

Tom Slater Friday 22 November 2013 comments

Oxford, we need to have a word about ‘selfie’...

The ‘Word of the Year’ reflects a contemporary crisis of judgement.

Ben Pile Monday 25 November 2013 comments

The ‘green crap’ hits its biggest fan

Sorry, David Cameron - you're now stuck with the green policies you yourself advocated.

James Heartfield Monday 25 November 2013 comments

Why greens love high fuel bills

Ever-rising energy prices are the product of green attacks on our consumption habits.

Frank Furedi Monday 25 November 2013 comments

‘Slavery’ in London: an hysterical morality tale

We denigrate history’s victims of slavery with our misuse of the s-word.

Bill Durodié‎ Tuesday 26 November 2013 comments

Putting the human soul on the slab

Human behaviour cannot be understood through brain scans.

Tim Black Wednesday 27 November 2013 comments

The Tories versus the police

The remarkable thing about Plebgate is that the party of law and order is fighting the police.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 27 November 2013 comments

The half-truths and wild claims of the Brixton slave story

There is only one word to describe this slavery tale: bullshit.

Jon Holbrook Thursday 28 November 2013 comments

Intolerance dolled up as ‘equality’

The Supreme Court judgment in the B&B / gay couple controversy shows how illiberal equality laws can be.

Luke Gittos Thursday 28 November 2013 comments

Clare’s Law: a violation of our private lives

The domestic violence disclosure scheme won’t be effective, but it will be intrusive.

Rob Lyons Thursday 28 November 2013 comments

The SNP’s fight for independence: Braveheart it ain’t

Splitting up the UK would be pointlessly divisive.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 29 November 2013 comments

Viva sledging!

A bit of harmless banter isn't ruining cricket, it's the easily offended moaners who are sucking the fun out of the game.

Kevin Rooney Friday 29 November 2013 comments

Intolerance 1,
Celtic fans 0

In the latest attack on Scottish football fans' freedoms, Celtic fans are being demonised for waving a banner that was allegedly 'disrespectful'.

Mick Hume Friday 29 November 2013 comments

Free speech war II

As critics attack again, why I still stand by LM magazine.