December 2013

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 2 December 2013 comments

Boris Johnson is not Gordon Gekko

Boris Johnson's speech was far less radical than his critics thought it was.

Nancy McDermott Monday 2 December 2013 comments

The triumph of the maternalists

How paternalism has been feminised.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 3 December 2013 comments

Pisa: top of the class for dumbing down

The OECD’s international league table of education teaches us nothing.

Craig Fairnington Tuesday 3 December 2013 comments

Blessed be Tom, patron saint of the gays

What a bizarre overreaction there was to Tom Daley's revelation.

Martyn Perks Wednesday 4 December 2013 comments

Behavioural design: a public dis-service

Using design to make people behave in UK A&E departments leaves the source of people's frustrations untouched.

Jon Holbrook Wednesday 4 December 2013 comments

The lawyers riding roughshod over democracy

Lord Sumption is right: legal activism devalues the demos.

Tim Black Thursday 5 December 2013 comments

Nigella: a private life on trial

Nigella Lawson’s private life has provided a feast for hypocritical broadsheet commentary.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 5 December 2013 comments

Britain’s elites prefer migrants to the masses

Being ‘pro-immigrant’ is now PC code for being anti-public.

Mick Hume Thursday 5 December 2013 comments

Who wants to be an ‘ethical journalist’?

Role models vs rogues: journalism’s phony divide.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 6 December 2013 comments

Mess with my club? Easy, tiger!

Hull City’s Assem Allam, who wants to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers, is just the latest owner to trample on the view of fans.

Barbara Hewson Friday 6 December 2013 comments

The inhumanity of a forced Caesarean

The Italian woman forced to have a C-section was effectively treated as a fetal container.

Charles Longford Friday 6 December 2013 comments

The reluctant
revolutionary

On Nelson Mandela’s inspiring achievements and tragic failures.

David Bowden Monday 9 December 2013 comments

Lifestyle meddling: the ‘crack cocaine’ of politics

Fixed-odds betting terminals are a minor problem compared with the authoritarianism of modern politicians.

Frank Furedi Monday 9 December 2013 comments

Slaves in Britain? It’s an urban legend

Why is no one asking questions about the south London slave story?

Patrick West Monday 9 December 2013 comments

Pope Francis: the new King of Italy

In a country with little faith in politics, the 'people's pontiff' has become Italy's de facto head of state.

Joanna Williams Monday 9 December 2013 comments

Teaching students to fear free speech

Speech codes on UK campuses are killing free thought.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 11 December 2013 comments

MPs’ pay: an expensive mistake

The outsourcing of decision-making by MPs during the expenses scandal is now coming back to haunt them.

Mick Hume Wednesday 11 December 2013 comments

A new free-speech outfit – for less press freedom?

Even World Press Freedom Hero Sir Harold Evans backs a tough new regulator.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 12 December 2013 comments

Dementia: how health nudging works

The claim that dementia can be prevented by lifestyle changes was convenient PR - but remains unproven.

Eleanor Stammeijer Thursday 12 December 2013 comments

Robin Thicke is misogynistic?

Why teenagers are nonplussed by all the 'Blurred Lines' hysteria.

Barbara Hewson Thursday 12 December 2013 comments

The judges playing doctors and nurses

Why are family courts making medical decisions on behalf of clinicians and patients?

Derbyshire & Gittos Thursday 12 December 2013 comments

Monkeying around with the specialness of humans

Attempts to grant monkeys legal rights are an insult to our humanity.

Freddie Sehgal Cuthbert Friday 13 December 2013 comments

Here’s to the greatest games on PS3

As PlayStation 4 hits the UK, we say a fond farewell to the best of the Generation 3 games.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 13 December 2013 comments

How Mandela’s worshippers are rewriting history

They’ve airbrushed out the true destroyers of Apartheid: the black masses.

Tom Slater Friday 13 December 2013 comments

Mojo: all sass and no substance

The revival of Jez Butterworth’s debut play is cool but shallow.

Luke Gittos Monday 16 December 2013 comments

Passing sentence on victim-centred justice

The drive to make the rights of victims more influential in the justice system is undermining the rule of law.

Wendy Earle Tuesday 17 December 2013 comments

Technology in museums – less is more!

The drive to 'engage' patrons with gadgets strips museums of their innate wonder.

WORLDbytes Tuesday 17 December 2013 comments

New Atheism: worshipping nothing

spiked editor Brendan O'Neill on how New Atheists have replaced God with a diminished image of humanity.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 17 December 2013 comments

Gender segregation: Islamist crusaders on campus?

It isn't 'Islamofascists' who are destroying reason and Enlightenment.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 17 December 2013 comments

Modern slavery:
an invented crime

The myth of modern slavery is built on dodgy stats and political opportunism.

Kevin Rooney Wednesday 18 December 2013 comments

Standing up for fans’ free speech

A new book helps to explode the myth of sectarianism in Scottish football.

Russell McCarthy Wednesday 18 December 2013 comments

Twitter trolls are not ‘normal guys’

The fact that just two loners are being done for the trolling of Caroline Criado-Perez explodes the myth of endemic misogyny online.

Tim Black Wednesday 18 December 2013 comments

Pouring fuel on Ukranian fires

Ukraine is being turned into a plaything of Western powers.

Kristian Niemietz Thursday 19 December 2013 comments

In praise of cheap flights

Environmentalist critics of airport expansion are really disgusted by those set to benefit: the flying masses.

Patrick West Thursday 19 December 2013 comments

Mandela v Thatcher: the mourning wars

Leftists celebrated the death of Thatcher, yet right-wingers were respectful following Mandela's death. Why the difference?

Moses Dube Thursday 19 December 2013 comments

‘We never called for revolutionary change’

Mandela said that. It's time we discussed his privilege-preserving legacy.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 20 December 2013 comments

The Ashes of English cricket

England’s disintegration Down Under underlines their failure to develop the winning mentality of a great team.

Sandy Starr Friday 20 December 2013 comments

Questioning psychiatry

Gary Greenberg’s The Book of Woe is an insightful critique of how we understand mental illness.

Tim Black Friday 20 December 2013 comments

How authority became a dirty word

Frank Furedi on why there’s little positive about today’s crisis of authority.

spiked team Support Monday 23 December 2013 comments

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Freddie Sehgal Cuthbert Monday 23 December 2013 comments

The year video games went massive

Our games reviewer picks the biggest breakthroughs of 2013.

Rob Lyons Monday 23 December 2013 comments

Christmas joy for 99p? It’s possible

Eco-snobs hate them, but poundshops are a wonderful source of wacky gifts.

Tom Slater Monday 23 December 2013 comments

In 2014, we could do with some real rebel youths

2013 confirmed the emergence of the most conservative, conformist generation of young people in living memory.

Patrick Hayes Monday 23 December 2013 comments

2013: the space race goes East

While the West dismisses space exploration, India and China are making giant leaps for mankind.

Tim Black Monday 23 December 2013 comments

2013: the year the Arab Spring died

In the Egyptian coup, democratic hopes were snuffed out.

Frank Furedi Monday 23 December 2013 comments

The year of intellectually challenged diplomacy

In 2013, Western foreign policy finally lost the plot.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 23 December 2013 comments

‘Eat, drink and get very, very merry’

In this seasonal podcast, Brendan O'Neill says 'bah!' to Christmas killjoys.

Mick Hume Monday 23 December 2013 comments

Free speech: a year of living undangerously

In 2013, freedom has too often been given up without a fight.

Tom Slater Monday 30 December 2013 comments

Why Alan Turing should not have been pardoned

The genius mathematician should be celebrated for his achievements, not his legal victimisation.

Rob Lyons Monday 30 December 2013 comments

Climate change: our ‘greatest challenge’?

Events in 2013 showed just how cut off from reality climate-change alarmists have become.

Tim Black Monday 30 December 2013 comments

Stop conflating smacking with violent assault

The latest calls for a ban on smacking in the UK rest on some very dubious logic.

Sean Collins Monday 30 December 2013 comments

Free speech after Duck Dynasty

A reality-TV controversy in the US shows that social intolerance can be just as bad as government censorship.

spiked writers Monday 30 December 2013 comments

Our cultural highs and lows of 2013

Find out what enraged, engaged, enthralled and appalled spiked’s culture vultures this year.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 30 December 2013 comments

The dangers of demonising Russia

The bombings in Volgograd show how foolish it is to politicise the Sochi Games.