March 2014

Sean Collins Monday 3 March 2014 comments

Incompetent imperialists reign in Ukraine

The meddling of the US and the EU has produced nothing but chaos.

Frank Furedi Monday 3 March 2014 comments

Who’s to blame for the unravelling of Ukraine?

Thoughtless Western interference is pushing Ukraine to the brink.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 3 March 2014 comments

It is the West, not Russia, that has behaved recklessly in Ukraine

Western observers ditch their critical faculties whenever Russia is involved.

Robert Smith Tuesday 4 March 2014 comments

Campus censorship is not above debate

No More Page 3 are at the forefront of calling for censorship at the University of Nottingham, but they still refuse to debate.

Tim Black Tuesday 4 March 2014 comments

Boris v Islamist parents: it’s PC gone mainstream!

The mayor’s war on Islamist families exposes his right-on authoritarianism.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 5 March 2014 comments

There’s no sugar-coating this tax

A proposed tax on the sweet stuff would be another small blow against personal choice.

Kenny Hodgart Wednesday 5 March 2014 comments

Chinese education: few lessons for the West

Students in East Asia may be great at passing exams, but that doesn't mean their schooling is better.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 5 March 2014 comments

Campus censorship: the fightback starts here

It’s time for students to throw off the censors’ shackles.

Wendy Earle Thursday 6 March 2014 comments

Museums: give us artefacts, not yarns

Using museum exhibitions to ‘tell a story’ patronises the public.

Kathryn Ecclestone Thursday 6 March 2014 comments

Turning students into nervous wrecks

Why do we assume students are vulnerable? The vast majority aren’t.

Tim Black Thursday 6 March 2014 comments

We should kick all politics out of football

Anelka’s quenelle was part of a much bigger problem.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 7 March 2014 comments

The racial delusions of Sol Campbell

Campbell wasn't overlooked for the England captaincy because he was black, but his claim reflects an unhealthy modern outlook.

Russell McCarthy Friday 7 March 2014 comments

Vikings: life and legend – savaging the myths

A new exhibition shows there’s more to the Vikings than raping and pillaging.

Jason Smith Friday 7 March 2014 comments

Farmageddon:
eco-foodies starved of good ideas

Philip Lymbery's arguments against industrialised food are hard to swallow.

Rob Lyons Friday 7 March 2014 comments

Discrimination is wrong, but so is state interference

UKIP small-state reputation contradicts its desire to restrict immigration.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 10 March 2014 comments

In defence of ‘uninhibited, robust’ public debate

Why we should all celebrate the 50th birthday of New York Times v Sullivan.

Frank Furedi Monday 10 March 2014 comments

What PIE and the NSPCC have in common

Both believe in saving children from their parents.

Mick Hume Monday 10 March 2014 comments

In defence of the dark Seventies

It wasn't all paedos and power cuts says Mick Hume (above, in white jumper).

Sean Collins Monday 10 March 2014 comments

The West’s double standards on Ukraine

Our leaders claim to be defending Ukrainian sovereignty. In fact, they’re overriding it.

spiked podcast Tuesday 11 March 2014 comments

‘Most of what we’ve been told about Ukraine is wrong’

Podcast: Brendan O’Neill on the Western myths about the events in Ukraine.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 12 March 2014 comments

Obama: the king of celebrity politicians

In place of ideas, modern politicians attempt to offer 'personality'.

Denis Russell Wednesday 12 March 2014 comments

What Bob Crow meant to me

A former Tube trade unionist recalls Crow’s strengths and weaknesses.

Luke Gittos Thursday 13 March 2014 comments

Stephen Lawrence: why politicians can’t let go

It’s easier for politicians and senior police officers to focus on the sins of the past than confront the present.

Joanna Williams Thursday 13 March 2014 comments

Challenging children to read better

There’s a reason why kids are choosing to read easy books – adults are encouraging them to.

Tim Black Thursday 13 March 2014 comments

UKIP: crackpots riding roughshod over reason?

The political class's pathologisation of UKIP is driven by fear, not facts.

Josie Appleton Thursday 13 March 2014 comments

Busking: keep the streets free for music

It’s time to make a racket over Camden Council’s closing down of public space.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 14 March 2014 comments

Football’s moralists should butt out over Pardew

A feeble headbutt earned the Newcastle boss a seven-game ban and a deluge of sanctimony. The rest of us just laughed.

Charlie Pearson Friday 14 March 2014 comments

The bores declaring war on Aussie boozing

A land where men chunder? Not if anti-drink officials have their way.

WORLDbytes Friday 14 March 2014 comments

Putting the past on trial

In the latest taster video from the Battle of Ideas festival, Jennie Bristow discusses the increasing tendency to demonise our recent past.

Tom Slater Friday 14 March 2014 comments

Nymphomaniac: sex stripped of meaning

Lars von Trier's unwitting insights into the mechanicalisation of sex.

Sean Collins Monday 17 March 2014 comments

Who are the real bigots in the St Pat’s spat?

Gay-rights groups are becoming the enforcers of social conformism.

Mick Hume Monday 17 March 2014 comments

How ‘red’ Tony Benn became a ‘national treasure’

Benn may have fought on, but Bennite politics died when the Berlin Wall fell.

Daniel Ben-Ami Tuesday 18 March 2014 comments

What’s so radical about the rage against inequality?

Inequality campaigners want to curb prosperity and lower horizons.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 18 March 2014 comments

If Europe is so free, why won’t it allow free debate on Ukraine?

The same Euro-politicians who claim to have delivered Ukraine into freedom now want to clamp down on free discussion about Ukraine.

Waldemar Ingdahl Wednesday 19 March 2014 comments

Flying has never been safer

More people are flying than ever before, and there are fewer accidents.

Tim Black Wednesday 19 March 2014 comments

MH370: conspiracy theorists adore a vacuum

The endless speculation about that Malaysian plane is doing no one any favours.

Dennis Hayes Thursday 20 March 2014 comments

How trigger warnings shoot down free debate

To warn students that they’re about to encounter potentially offensive ideas is to treat them like children.

Rob Lyons Thursday 20 March 2014 comments

Leave the
Yids alone

It should be no business of coppers what football fans chant at games.

Jon Holbrook Thursday 20 March 2014 comments

Let’s end all monarchical meddling in politics

You think the UK monarchy is a non-political tourist attraction? Think again.

Rob Lyons Thursday 20 March 2014 comments

Go for a full house, George: trust us on everything

The chancellor declared he trusted pensioners to handle their savings sensibly. So how about trusting us in other areas of life?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 21 March 2014 comments

Manchester United: the emperor has no clothes

Old Trafford no longer has teams trembling with fear – and that decline started under Fergie.

Neil Ross Friday 21 March 2014 comments

Bans won’t help girls become tomorrow’s bosses

A new feminist campaign wants to ban the use of the word bossy to describe confident girls. How ironically bossy.

Tom Slater Friday 21 March 2014 comments

Lad culture:
a defence

Student laddishness is a kind of rebellion against the new authoritarianism.

Jan Macvarish Monday 24 March 2014 comments

Baby Bonds: patronising parents

Parents don’t need policymakers’ help to love their children.

Helene Guldberg Monday 24 March 2014 comments

Early childhood maketh not the man

John Bruer talks to spiked about the myth of the first three years being pivotal.

Frank Furedi Monday 24 March 2014 comments

The infantile diplomacy behind demonising Russia

The self-righteousness of the West’s new Russia-bashers is astonishing.

Mick Hume Monday 24 March 2014 comments

Liberal UK signs its own death warrant

The 200 ‘leading UK cultural figures’ demanding that the press bend the knee to regulation by Royal Charter should hang their heads in shame.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 25 March 2014 comments

A radical redefinition of what radicalism means

The Labourites calling for a ‘bold and radical’ agenda need a dictionary.

Ben Pile Tuesday 25 March 2014 comments

Using NASA to scare the masses into action

An apocalyptic report touted by doom-monger Nafeez Ahmed says more about its promoters than it does about civilisation's future.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 25 March 2014 comments

Cheap booze?
Sound as a pound!

The launch of PoundPub is attracting the ire of snobs and prohibitionists.

Barbara Hewson Wednesday 26 March 2014 comments

How UK judges forgot the meaning of ‘liberty’

A recent ruling of the UK Supreme Court treats disabled people in good care as if they were prisoners.

Bruno Waterfield Wednesday 26 March 2014 comments

Ukraine: another fine mess EU’ve gotten us into

How the EU’s technocratic foreign policy causes chaos.

Joanna Williams Thursday 27 March 2014 comments

How academia traded freedom for justice

Academics have frittered away their right to free thought. It's time they took it back.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 27 March 2014 comments

Why Libya should haunt Cameron’s nightmares

David Cameron thinks of Libya as his ‘happy place’, but it is far from happy today.

Jamie Abrahams Thursday 27 March 2014 comments

Oculus VR:
a gaming revolution

Virtual reality is the Next Big Thing - it really will transform games playing.

David Bowden Thursday 27 March 2014 comments

Martin Amis’ England: cosy, trite viewing

The once-great novelist is really only comfortable when talking about himself.

Tim Black Thursday 27 March 2014 comments

Frack to
the future

Forget ‘security’ and ‘resilience’ - we need a positive case for new energy.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 28 March 2014 comments

Andre Marriner: we all make mistakes

Calm down, everybody. Refereeing cock-ups are part of the fun of football.

Alexander Adams Friday 28 March 2014 comments

The pathology of genius

Was Gilbert Stuart’s erratic work and behaviour due to bipolar disorder?

Tom Slater Friday 28 March 2014 comments

Gwyneth and Chris: why celeb-lovers just don’t care

The media’s mocking of the power couple’s spiritual separation is hypocritical.

Phil Mullan Monday 31 March 2014 comments

CSR: the dangers of ‘doing the right thing’

ESSAY: The rise of corporate social responsibility is bad for democracy.

Tim Black Monday 31 March 2014 comments

IPCC: why the end is always nigh

The fifth assessment report is a product of politics, not science.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 31 March 2014 comments

Gay marriage: the fastest-formed orthodoxy ever?

It is scary how quickly gay marriage became dogma.

Phil Mullan Monday 31 March 2014 comments

Why CSR is socially irresponsible

ESSAY: The rise of corporate social responsibility is bad for society.