May 2014

Theresa Clifford Thursday 1 May 2014 comments

Time to lose the libel laws

Former All Black Joe Karam’s serial suing for defamation is an affront to public debate.

Peter LLoyd Thursday 1 May 2014 comments

HS2: giving politicians the feelgood factor

We need better transport infrastructure, but is HS2 really the answer?

Mick Hume Thursday 1 May 2014 comments

Clifford is a creep, but what’s that got to do with Savile?

The first celebrity to be hanged from Yewtree is unlikely to be the last.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 2 May 2014 comments

Five reasons why Liverpool shouldn’t win the league

The neutral fan's favourites? Pass the sick bag.

Kevin Rooney Friday 2 May 2014 comments

Gerry Adams: arrested by Northern Ireland’s past

Northern Irish politicians have allowed the ghosts of war to rule the present.

Barbara Hewson Friday 2 May 2014 comments

Clifford’s sentence has little to do with justice

Max Clifford’s jail term can’t disguise the fact that historic sex cases are not tried fairly.

Tom Slater Friday 2 May 2014 comments

Damon Albarn’s life is still rubbish

The ex-Blur frontman’s first solo LP is a wearing groan about soulless modernity.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 6 May 2014 comments

UKIP haters: desperately seeking fascism

Following the demise of Britain’s far-right, UKIP has become the great white hope of anti-fascist groups.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 6 May 2014 comments

How the Adams arrest threatens academic freedom

The former IRA man whose research led to Gerry Adams' arrest talks to spiked.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 6 May 2014 comments

Why the propaganda war on UKIP has failed

Farage’s popularity exposes the aloofness of the political class.

Mick Hume Wednesday 7 May 2014 comments

Clarkson: the c‑word that counts is ‘context’

The hysteria over his 'n-word' mumble marks a new stage in the war on words.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 7 May 2014 comments

‘Objectification’: a feeble excuse for campus censorship

Banning unsuitable images or music is far worse than seeing the odd photo of a topless model.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 7 May 2014 comments

Ukraine: Western double standards hit a new low

Media coverage of the Ukraine crisis isn’t journalism – it’s script-writing.

Barbara Hewson Thursday 8 May 2014 comments

Operation Yewtree: defaming the dead?

Is it right that unproven, sometimes hysterical accusations can be made against the deceased?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 8 May 2014 comments

Don’t let football become a tearjerker

Footballers should keep their emotions in check - and expect pelters when they turn on the waterworks.

Jon Holbrook Thursday 8 May 2014 comments

How diversity damages justice

The idea that we need more black, female or gay judges calls into question the objectivity of law.

Tim Black Thursday 8 May 2014 comments

Trying to shame UKIP supporters into silence

Tim Black reports from a rowdy UKIP public meeting in central London.

Zoe Apostolides Friday 9 May 2014 comments

Stoner: who wants to ‘escape into reality’?

John Williams’ revived Sixties novel evokes the tedium of your average life all too well.

Alexander Adams Friday 9 May 2014 comments

Notes of a dirty old modernist

Incest? Rape? Child murder? Alain Robbe-Grillet's final novel has it all.

Tom Slater Friday 9 May 2014 comments

1965: the year everything (almost) changed

The Sixties offered more questions than answers, but the optimism of that decade is worth celebrating.

Sean Collins Friday 9 May 2014 comments

Pricking the Piketty bubble

Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a thoroughly uninspiring, data-heavy dirge.

Luke Gittos Monday 12 May 2014 comments

Copper cams: the end of objective investigation?

Plans to attach cameras to police officers reflect the police's lack of trust in themselves.

Tim Black Monday 12 May 2014 comments

Russia-baiting reveals its Wurst side

Anti-Russian Westerners have turned Conchita Wurst's Eurovision winner into a weapon in the culture wars.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 12 May 2014 comments

Quit your crying, Cameron – you boosted Boko Haram

How the West’s war on Libya aided these Islamists.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 13 May 2014 comments

Ukraine: the Culture Wars turn bloody

The instability in Ukraine is a product of a West-v-East battle over values.

Neil Ross Wednesday 14 May 2014 comments

Duke Uni students need to man up

A student-led campaign to censure the use of rude words is spectacularly infantile.

Ann Furedi Wednesday 14 May 2014 comments

The pro-choice lobby should celebrate, not censor debate

Ann Furedi on the moral cowardice of No Platforming anti-choice activists.

Tom Slater Wednesday 14 May 2014 comments

Student censors, your time is up

Campus censorship makes a mockery of student politics. Time to shake it off.

Asha R Shah Thursday 15 May 2014 comments

A dangerous obsession with rape convictions

Despite what two of the UK's leading prosecutors think, in rape trials defendants have rights, too.

Paul Tanner Thursday 15 May 2014 comments

Condoms in porn: a threat to freedom of expression

Forcing condoms on porn performers undermines artistic freedom.

Mick Hume Thursday 15 May 2014 comments

What’s so great about going back to 2008?

Delusional economics risks redefining progress and normalising no/low growth.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 May 2014 comments

Why B teams deserve another kicking

The FA's plans to introduce B teams will destroy the Football League.

Joanna Williams Friday 16 May 2014 comments

Boko Haram and the feminisation of education

The West’s weeping over the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls speaks to the way education is used and abused in the Third World.

Timandra Harkness Friday 16 May 2014 comments

Blaspheming against the prophets of scientism

Mary Midgley takes aim at those who view humans as just bundles of molecules.

Gerald Heys Monday 19 May 2014 comments

Booze causes violence? Let’s Czech the facts

The Czech Republic gives the lie to the idea that booze fuels crime.

Tim Black Monday 19 May 2014 comments

Labour: minimum wage, minimum aspiration

Leader Ed Miliband’s latest big idea is not as radical as he thinks.

Thilo Spahl Monday 19 May 2014 comments

‘Environmentalism has become a religion’

Patrick Moore, founder of Greenpeace, on where greens went badly wrong.

James Heartfield Tuesday 20 May 2014 comments

The green and NIMBYist war on housebuilding

Nearly everyone recognises that Britain needs more houses. So why won’t we build them?

Rob Lyons Tuesday 20 May 2014 comments

Using the tobacco fear to police our lives

Sugar, food, sunshine, sitting down – everything fun is now labelled 'the new tobacco'.

Dolan Cummings Tuesday 20 May 2014 comments

India: the end of Congress, not the end of the world

Western wailing about ‘fascistic’ Modi reveals a contempt for Indian democracy.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 20 May 2014 comments

Syria: how Britain’s moral crusade inflames Islamists

British officials describe Assad as evil yet are shocked when Brits go to fight him.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 20 May 2014 comments

RIP Gabriel Kolko, a true free thinker

Why Kolko's work stirred the minds of my Sixties generation.

Daniel Ben-Ami Wednesday 21 May 2014 comments

‘Beyond GDP’ is code for anti-prosperity

A new campaign promises austerity, social dislocation and a surge in unemployment.

Nigel Farage and the fury of the elites

There is a positive kernel to the public support for UKIP, says Brendan O’Neill.

Tiffany Jenkins Thursday 22 May 2014 comments

Trigger warnings: a gun to the head of literature

Once authoritarian regimes deemed students too dumb to read novels, now it is students themselves.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Thursday 22 May 2014 comments

On the freedom to shout fire in a crowded theatre

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes on the use and abuse of that quote.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 22 May 2014 comments

Policing private speech: the new inquisition

The ridiculing of Richard Scudamore shows how Orwellian our society is.

James Heartfield Friday 23 May 2014 comments

The left is over? I hate to say I told you so

A left-wing writer has finally cottoned on to the decline of the labour movement – but his proposals for a revival are deluded.

Tom Slater Friday 23 May 2014 comments

Godzilla: a monster of Mother Nature

Gareth Edwards’ monstrous reboot takes the green-leaning sentiment of Godzilla to new heights.

spiked podcast Friday 23 May 2014 comments

Modi, Conchita and Farage: three men of the people?

In our new podcast, we discuss the clash between the elites and the public.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 27 May 2014 comments

Ben Sullivan: guilty until proven innocent

The treatment of an Oxford Union president accused of rape has been shameful.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 27 May 2014 comments

Stop pathologising people who vote for Eurosceptic parties

They aren’t just ‘protest voters’ or a mob – they’re searching for solidarity.

Brendan O’Neill British politics Tuesday 27 May 2014 comments

It’s official: Britain is now run by an oligarchy

The local elections exposed the chasm between politicians and the people.

Michael Cook Wednesday 28 May 2014 comments

Global warming: the 97% fallacy

Are 97% of scientists really in agreement on climate change? Don’t bet on it.

Tim Black Wednesday 28 May 2014 comments

Michael Gove is not the destroyer of education

No, he’s not banning US novels – but nor is he righting the rot in education.

Jogchum Vrielink Thursday 29 May 2014 comments

No sexist speech, please, we’re Belgian

New anti-sexism laws in Belgium deal a blow to free expression.

Timandra Harkness Thursday 29 May 2014 comments

Così fan tutte: a sex comedy of manners

In this new staging, Mozart’s opera is as truthful and laugh-out-loud funny as it ever was.

Mick Hume Thursday 29 May 2014 comments

What’s worse for the left than UKIP? Labour

Tony Blair brands UKIP as ‘reactionary’ - with a straight face!

Russell McCarthy Friday 30 May 2014 comments

It’s official: Fairtrade screws over labourers

A new study exposes Fairtrade for what it is – a Western vanity project that impoverishes those it’s meant to benefit.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 30 May 2014 comments

A football season to remember

spiked’s resident Palace fan discovered that the Premier League isn’t as tedious as it was cracked up to be.

Frank Furedi Friday 30 May 2014 comments

Keep the emotion police out of family life

The dangers behind the NSPCC’s campaign to criminalise ‘emotional abuse’.

Tim Black Saturday 31 May 2014 comments

UKIP: the revolt of the ‘left behind’

Far-right fearmongering mars a decent attempt to explain the rise of UKIP.