January 2014

James Woudhuysen Thursday 2 January 2014 comments

US firms and the ‘dash for cash’

American companies are grimly hanging on to cash, or returning it to shareholders, rather than investing in innovation.

Tim Black Thursday 2 January 2014 comments

Much ado about the ‘quenelle’

The fuss sparked by Nicolas Anelka’s goal celebration has sweet FA to do with anti-Semitism.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 2 January 2014 comments

Immigrant scare: it was Labour wot done it!

Don't blame the tabloid press for criminalising Romanians and Bulgarians.

Rob Lyons Friday 3 January 2014 comments

The Secret Life of Walter Meh

The dream of a successful, twenty-first-century remake of the classic Forties comedy proves to be a fantasy.

Neil Davenport Friday 3 January 2014 comments

A mad discussion of youth unemployment

Presenting youth unemployment as a mental-health issue is not radical.

Tom Slater Friday 3 January 2014 comments

Want us to vote? Give us something to vote for

Politicians should try to inspire youth, not flatter us.

Dennis Hayes Monday 6 January 2014 comments

Israel boycotts: an assault on the university

In order to puff up their own sense of self-importance, anti-Israel academics are undermining their own institutions.

Joanna Williams Monday 6 January 2014 comments

Teaching students not to think

Conformist and cowardly, contemporary academic culture actively inhibits critical thinking.

Rob Lyons Monday 6 January 2014 comments

Poor people are getting plump? Good

It’s perverse to expect us to panic about obesity in the Third World.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 7 January 2014 comments

This row isn’t really about the First World War

Frank Furedi on how right and left have politicised the Great War’s centenary.

WORLDwrite Tuesday 7 January 2014 comments

Immigration: the more the merrier

The political case for unfettered freedom of movement.

Alex Standish Wednesday 8 January 2014 comments

The NGOs corrupting the curriculum

Annoyed, suspicious and made to feel guilty... school kids don't much like NGOs in the classroom.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 8 January 2014 comments

The Great War: a battle for meaning

It is historical idiocy to write off this war as 'incomprehensible slaughter'.

Josie Appleton Thursday 9 January 2014 comments

A blank cheque to police public space

A new bill aimed at tackling ‘annoying’ behaviour represents an assault on public liberty.

Mick Hume Thursday 9 January 2014 comments

United we fall, Fergie...?

spiked's resident 'Cockney Red' takes a sanguine look at Manchester United's crisis.

Tim Black Thursday 9 January 2014 comments

The unlearnt lessons of Iraq

The real beneficiary of Western intervention is al-Qaeda.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 10 January 2014 comments

Football highs and lows of 2013

The bad news is that football is increasingly ban-happy. The good news is that fans are fighting back.

Tom Slater Friday 10 January 2014 comments

12 Years A Slave: what real slavery looks like

Steve McQueen’s startling film evokes a time that is, thankfully, so unlike our own.

Luke Gittos Friday 10 January 2014 comments

The killing of Mark Duggan: not a rerun of the Eighties

Why it's wrong to compare Duggan’s death to racist police brutality of the past.

Rosamund Cuckston Monday 13 January 2014 comments

We need to talk about Benefits Street

The furore over the Channel 4 series shows just how poverty-stricken the debate about welfare has become.

David Bowden Monday 13 January 2014 comments

The phoney war over Cameron’s porn filter

Some anti-filter campaigners have just as low a view of personal freedom as the anti-smut brigade.

Rob Lyons Latest Monday 13 January 2014 comments

Obesity’s worse than we thought? Bullshit

The claim that more than half of Britons will be obese by 2050 flies in the face of the data.

Daniel Ben-Ami Tuesday 14 January 2014 comments

Ariel Sharon and the death of the Israeli dream

Sharon's shift from ‘hawk’ to negotiator told a bigger story about Israel.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 15 January 2014 comments

IPNAs: don’t thank the Lords, win the debate

How can you take Liberty’s belief in democratic rights seriously when it sings the praises of the unelected House of Lords?

Sean Collins Wednesday 15 January 2014 comments

Marijuana and the myth of libertarian America

The new pro-dope consensus is more authoritarian than liberal.

Tim Black Wednesday 15 January 2014 comments

A war the Yid Army must win

Why all football fans should back the right of Spurs supporters to be Yiddos.

Rob Lyons Thursday 16 January 2014 comments

The sweet truth: 10 myths about sugar

Sugar is delicious. We should not allow anti-sugar zealots to take away our right to enjoy it.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 16 January 2014 comments

Care about democracy? Then smash the EU

How the EU both feeds off and further inflames the crisis of democracy.

Andrew Hirst Thursday 16 January 2014 comments

The art of Sylvia Pankhurst

An exhibition of the work of the forgotten Suffragette proves that politics, not art, was where she truly led the way.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 17 January 2014 comments

Hitzlsperger: hero of the football snobs

The fawning over Thomas Hitzlsperger shows that homophobia has become the latest weapon of choice in the football culture wars.

Neil Davenport Friday 17 January 2014 comments

The death of pop: don’t blame it on the download

It's the conservatism of today’s youth that fuelled pop’s decline.

Sadhvi Sharma Friday 17 January 2014 comments

Three cheers for India’s triumph over polio

India is to be declared polio-free - a testament to economic growth’s benefits.

WORLDbytes Friday 17 January 2014 comments

Gun control and a changing America

In this first Battle of Ideas taster, a panel discusses the phenomenon of seemingly random acts of violence in the US.

Kevin Yuill Monday 20 January 2014 comments

Hayley Cropper and the fiction of assisted suicide

The reality of assisted suicide bears little relation to the image promoted by its supporters.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 20 January 2014 comments

Saving the girl child or destroying women’s rights?

An Indian pro-choice activist on the damage done by the ‘gendercide’ panic.

Tim Black Tuesday 21 January 2014 comments

L’affaire Hollande: privacy on trial

We must support press freedom and defend privacy.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 21 January 2014 comments

Lord Rennard and the cannibalisation of the Lib Dems

The focus on Rennard’s behaviour shows how unhinged politics has become.

Sadhvi Sharma Wednesday 22 January 2014 comments

Well-off NGOs celebrating tribal poverty

Survival International's 'proud not primitive' campaign celebrates hardship and backwardness.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 22 January 2014 comments

What private schools teach state schools

Private schools succeed because of their focus on subject knowledge – it's time the state sector took note.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 22 January 2014 comments

No, sugar is not the new tobacco

It’s time we exposed the BS of the hysterical anti-sugar lobby.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 23 January 2014 comments

The Wolf of Wall Street: a film fit for Ed Miliband

Scorsese’s snobbish portrayal of self-made traders bears all the anti-prosperity hang-ups of politicians today.

Luke Gittos Thursday 23 January 2014 comments

War crimes in Syria: a new dodgy dossier?

A report claiming Assad executed 11,000 prisoners is not all that it seems.

Tim Black Thursday 23 January 2014 comments

Egypt: the coup the world forgot

The shallowness of Western politicians’ commitment to democracy lies exposed.

Frank Furedi Thursday 23 January 2014 comments

Don’t give Jobbik the victim status it craves

Excluding it from Britain would only play into its conspiratorial narrative.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 24 January 2014 comments

Give offence-seeking the red card

Despite appearances, football isn't suffering from an epidemic of anti-Semitism - just an exaggerated mood of touchiness.

Tom Slater Friday 24 January 2014 comments

The truth behind the stay-at-home generation

It’s not the economy keeping young-ish people in the family home.

Mick Hume Friday 24 January 2014 comments

Mike Tyson: role model?

His autobiography shows why, despite his demonisation, so many love Iron Mike.

WORLDbytes Friday 24 January 2014 comments

Is nothing private anymore?

In this second taster video from the Battle of Ideas festival, a panel discusses society's declining interest in privacy.

Ann Furedi Monday 27 January 2014 comments

The myth of sex‑selective abortions

In our weekly podcast from spiked plus, the head of BPAS says you're either pro-choice or you're not.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 27 January 2014 comments

Upping the ante in the fight for free speech

Why spiked wants to make freedom of speech the great cause of 2014.

Wendy Kaminer Tuesday 28 January 2014 comments

People must be free to protest against abortion

Why I support the right of anti-choice activists to rally outside abortion clinics.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 28 January 2014 comments

Stop taxing our patience with this petty politics

The obsession with tax rates reveals all the parties' lack of economic ambition.

Patrick Marmion Wednesday 29 January 2014 comments

King Lear: time to leave the Bard alone?

Sam Mendes' predictably glib production of Lear proves to be another pointless Shakespeare revival.

NANCY MCDERMOTT Wednesday 29 January 2014 comments

The war on poverty – did poverty win?

50 years ago, America was optimistic about ending poverty. What went wrong?

Jon Holbrook Wednesday 29 January 2014 comments

You can’t legislate against anti-social behaviour

The law disempowers the only people who can tackle anti-social behaviour: us.

Mick Hume Thursday 30 January 2014 comments

Scotland the scaredy‑cat?

Stop trying to frighten Scots off independence.

spiked team Thursday 30 January 2014 comments

‘They can arrest us, but we won’t stop saying it’

Exclusive video report: Spurs fans speak up for their right to use the word Yid.

Tim Black Thursday 30 January 2014 comments

The real gentrification of EastEnders

The working-class soap has long been colonised by middle-class concerns.

Cass Wilkinson Friday 31 January 2014 comments

Down Under: dancing for liberty

Cass Wilkinson on why she and other Sydneyites are rebelling against a new government clampdown on late-night drinking.

Ben Pile Friday 31 January 2014 comments

Scientific adviser or court jester?

Sir Mark Walport’s demand that climate-change sceptics ‘grow up’ only reveals his ignorance about the climate debate.

Sabine Reul Friday 31 January 2014 comments

How Ukraine was brutalised by Brussels

Blundering EU officials ignited the violence in Kiev and beyond.

Craig Fairnington Friday 31 January 2014 comments

American Football: not just rugby for wusses

After years of sneering, Brits are watching the NFL in their millions - and it's easy to see why.

Jacob Diamond Friday 31 January 2014 comments

ULU and the rot of student politics

The sneaky tactics of ULU officials who are fighting to save the union from closure shows how little student politicos care about democracy.