June 2014

Patrick West Monday 2 June 2014 comments

Mark Steel: the
music-hall socialist

There’s something refreshingly old-fashioned about this left-wing funnyman.

James Heartfield Monday 2 June 2014 comments

A comically incomplete exhibition

The Beano was more rebellious than today’s gothic graphic novels, but the British Library’s Comics Unmasked ignores it.

Frank Furedi Monday 2 June 2014 comments

It’s just not true that racism is on the rise

Racist ideology has been crushed, yet our society sees racism everywhere.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 3 June 2014 comments

Poor kids at uni: second-class students

The focus on making university easier for state-school pupils is deeply patronising.

Mick Hume Tuesday 3 June 2014 comments

Do FIFA execs crap in free 5-star suites?

Why did another football bribery scandal become huge news? Soccerism.

Tim Black Tuesday 3 June 2014 comments

We don’t need a judge to tell us Iraq was wrong

It’s moral cowardice to beg Chilcot to condemn Bush and Blair.

WORLDbytes Tuesday 3 June 2014 comments

‘Don’t seal off students from “dangerous” ideas’

Tom Slater debates free speech on campus with a group of young WORLDbytes volunteers.

Tara McCormack Wednesday 4 June 2014 comments

The EU is no friend of Ukraine

The EU poses as saviour of Ukraine, but in reality it never wanted this eastern state as a member.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 4 June 2014 comments

London will never be ‘full up’

Ignore the miserabilism about London's population hitting 10million - this great city can handle it.

Sean Collins Wednesday 4 June 2014 comments

Pikettymania: thou shalt not doubt St Thomas

Why does any criticism of Thomas Piketty really rattle liberal observers?

Rob Lyons Thursday 5 June 2014 comments

Recycling: eco‑penance for wasteful humans

Recycling isn’t about saving the planet - it’s about inducing guilt.

Tom Slater Thursday 5 June 2014 comments

Scout Willis: is the nipple political?

#FreeTheNipple exposes how vain online activism has become.

Luke Gittos Friday 6 June 2014 comments

The World Cup causes domestic violence? It's a myth

The notion that the World Cup will cause a surge in domestic violence is a product of officialdom's disdain for football fans.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 6 June 2014 comments

Joey Barton’s got a brain: why the surprise?

The QPR man's turn on Question Time gave the lie to the prejudice that all footballers are stupid.

David Bowden Friday 6 June 2014 comments

In defence of difficult, pointless poetry

Jeremy Paxman's suggestion that poetry should be more engaging misses the point about the power of the artform.

Nikos Sotirakopoulos Monday 9 June 2014 comments

Why Western radicals loved Sup Marcos

Wilfully incoherent and politically uncertain, the Zapatistas leader was the perfect embodiment of anti-globalisation activism.

James Woudhuysen Monday 9 June 2014 comments

Seven reasons we should celebrate manufacturing

Commentators bemoaning the rise of ‘stuffocation’ miss the benefits manufacturing provides.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 9 June 2014 comments

The Tuam tank: another myth about evil Ireland

The obsession with Ireland’s dark past has officially become unhinged.

Patrick West Tuesday 10 June 2014 comments

Rik Mayall: the people’s poet is dead

In the role of The Young Ones' Rick, Mayall was responsible for one of the great creations of postwar British comedy.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 10 June 2014 comments

‘Trojan horse’ schools – built in Westminster

The DfE has long urged parental involvement in schools - here's the result.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 10 June 2014 comments

General Sisi and the death of democracy

Everyone’s democratic rights are threatened by the tyranny in Egypt.

Naomi Firsht Wednesday 11 June 2014 comments

Plastic bag charges: saving the world, 5p at a time

Making shoppers pay for carrier bags is just the latest petty punishment for doing Something Bad.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 11 June 2014 comments

Turning rape trials into kangaroo courts

Defendants in rape cases should not bear the burden of proof.

Tom Slater Wednesday 11 June 2014 comments

Banning Nietzsche: why it’s time to end No Platform

Instead of complaining about individual bans, students need to attack campus censorship at its root.

Phil Mullan Wednesday 11 June 2014 comments

Easy money is no solution for hard times

ESSAY: Monetary policies do nothing to address the West’s productive stupor.

James Heartfield Thursday 12 June 2014 comments

Homeless spikes: a symptom of the housing crisis

Instead of whining about this petty measure against rough sleepers, we should be building more houses for all.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 12 June 2014 comments

England no longer expects

Only the most deranged optimists believe England have much chance of coming home with the World Cup.

Mick Hume Thursday 12 June 2014 comments

A grumpy old fan’s guide to World Cup clichés

Why everything ‘They’ say about Brazil 2014 is wrong. Probably.

Rosamund Cuckston Friday 13 June 2014 comments

Time to drop this non-judgmentalism

The classroom ought to be a place for developing the capacity to judge, not for stifling it.

David Muncaster Friday 13 June 2014 comments

History makers: Edward FitzGerald

June marks the anniversary of the 1798 rebellion in Ireland – we remember one of its forgotten heroes.

Alexander Adams Friday 13 June 2014 comments

The vanished and the defaced

In Stalin’s Russia, the camera was frequently made to lie.

Rob Lyons Friday 13 June 2014 comments

Liverpool FC, 1983-84: fighting their way to glory

Tony Evans provides an invigorating blast from football’s non-PC past.

Joanna Williams Friday 13 June 2014 comments

A vital defence of disciplines

Disciplines aren't fusty academic relics, they're essential to the pursuit of knowledge.

Tim Black Friday 13 June 2014 comments

Exploding seven myths about education

Daisy Christodoulou talks to spiked about taking on the educational establishment.

Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 13 June 2014 comments

God is dead, long live God

Terry Eagleton casts a critical eye over efforts to fill that God-shaped hole.

Kevin Yuill Monday 16 June 2014 comments

It’s anti-gun hysteria that’s off the charts

Obama’s call for action on US gun control is grounded on half-truths and misinformation.

Rob Lyons Monday 16 June 2014 comments

The poverty of the inequality debate

A new report claims the poor pay a higher rate of tax than the rich. It’s not that simple.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 16 June 2014 comments

Iraq: there is no Western solution, and never was one

Western intervention has destroyed Iraq, as spiked predicted it would.

Neil Ross Tuesday 17 June 2014 comments

Freedom of the press is never ‘case by case’

If the US is to remain committed to press freedom, ‘reporter's privilege’ must be extended to all.

Kevin Rooney Tuesday 17 June 2014 comments

Loyalists must be free to fly the Union Jack

If Irish republicans call on the state to censor political expression, it will soon come back to bite them.

Tim Black Tuesday 17 June 2014 comments

Free speech is more than just a value

This lived liberty is no business of UK politicians.

Rob Lyons Bunch of five Tuesday 17 June 2014 comments

The five worst things about consumerism

Consumer society is being blamed for all sorts of ills. Who knew shopping could be so bad?

WALDEMAR INGDAHL Wednesday 18 June 2014 comments

Botnets: a serious threat to the web

Transparency and cooperation are the key to tackling the hackers using infected computers to commit cybercrime.

WORLDbytes Wednesday 18 June 2014 comments

View from the streets: Euro elections

WORLDbytes volunteers asked Londoners about who was getting their vote in the Euro and local elections.

Mick Hume Wednesday 18 June 2014 comments

Orgreave: the last battle of a lost class war

Ed Miliband’s call for an inquiry on the 30th anniversary is a useless stunt.

James Heartfield Thursday 19 June 2014 comments

Operation Lollipop: a useful parody

How were Twitter’s hashtag activists so easily hoaxed by #EndFathersDay?

Tom Slater Thursday 19 June 2014 comments

Lana Del Rey: pretender to the pop throne?

The main problem with Lana Del Rey is that her music’s just a bit crap.

Jon Holbrook Thursday 19 June 2014 comments

Human rights: a straitjacket
on liberty

ESSAY: Natural rights celebrated democracy; human rights emasculate it.

Paddy McKeating Friday 20 June 2014 comments

History makers: the Peasants’ Revolt

The fourteenth-century rebels that rose up against unfair laws and punitive taxes altered England forever.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 20 June 2014 comments

The rise and fall of Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is only the latest victim of England's Messiah complex.

Tim Black Friday 20 June 2014 comments

In praise of shopping

Harry Wallop talks to spiked about Iceland, olive oil and snobbery.

Niall Crowley Friday 20 June 2014 comments

Gentrification: why we need more of it

The Hackney brasserie debacle shows we need more gentrification, not less.

Frank Furedi Friday 20 June 2014 comments

Nudge: a war on moral judgement

Cass Sunstein’s latest combines banal insight with pernicious intent.

Jennie Bristow Monday 23 June 2014 comments

Understanding parenting culture today

The authors of Parenting Culture Studies outline the themes of this important new book.

Patrick West Monday 23 June 2014 comments

Quelque chose pour Le Weekend

Sandwich’s French-themed festival highlighted those who embrace the modern world and those who do not.

Ben Pile Monday 23 June 2014 comments

Don’t blame Russia for the anti-fracking panic

It isn’t Moscow's money that fuels fracking protests – it’s Europe’s own turn against development.

Joanna Williams Monday 23 June 2014 comments

Hey, teachers, leave those parents alone

Working-class kids’ low grades should not be an excuse to bash their parents.

Russell McCarthy Tuesday 24 June 2014 comments

‘Fairtrade has thrown its toys out of its cot’

Christopher Cramer talks to spiked about Fairtrade’s response to criticism.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 24 June 2014 comments

Banning adverts for ‘junk food’ is censorship

Action on Sugar’s plans are bad for the public sphere’s health.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 25 June 2014 comments

Named persons: spies in the family home

The Scottish government’s plan to provide every child with a ‘state guardian’ is downright scary.

Tim Black Wednesday 25 June 2014 comments

Now they think there’s a problem in Egypt

Why has the jailing of the Al-Jazeera three prompted more Western outrage than Sisi’s coup?

Mick Hume Wednesday 25 June 2014 comments

A battle for the soul of UK journalism

The bigger issue behind the phone-hacking trials is the future of a free press.

Russell McCarthy Thursday 26 June 2014 comments

The People’s Assembly is no alternative to austerity

This anti-austerity group has too much faith in the state and too little faith in the public.

David Williams Thursday 26 June 2014 comments

Confessions of an English khat-chewer

Why has a pastime enjoyed by many been transformed into a crime?

Et tu, Dave?

Cameron’s denunciation of Andy Coulson was an ugly act of political disloyalty.

Patrick Marmion Thursday 26 June 2014 comments

Red Forest: a mythologised cry against oppression

Belarus Free Theatre’s latest production treads a fine line between impassioned political resistance and new-age nonsense.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 27 June 2014 comments

England: world champions at the blame game

The inquest into the Three Lions' World Cup exit misses an important point: England have never been world beaters on foreign soil.

Tom Slater Friday 27 June 2014 comments

Terry Richardson: feminism turns on the hipsters

Hipster raunch is the product of the restrictive times we live in.

spiked podcast Friday 27 June 2014 comments

Celebrating consumer choice

Listen to spiked’s parliamentary debate on the pros and cons of shopping in the twenty-first century.

Neil Davenport Friday 27 June 2014 comments

A one-eyed view of the working class

Selina Todd’s new tome is long on research but short on insight.

Frank Furedi Friday 27 June 2014 comments

Franz Ferdinand: the killing that changed everything?

It's too simplistic to say Ferdinand's assassination caused the Great War.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 30 June 2014 comments

Censorship is being outsourced to the mob

Two recent cases Down Under show how dangerous Twittermobs can be.