July 2014

Frank Furedi Tuesday 1 July 2014 comments

‘Jihad cool’: an Islamist version of Occupy

The Brits who become jihadists have some very familiar-sounding prejudices.

Niall Crowley Tuesday 1 July 2014 comments

Bobby Womack: the last soul man

The tributes to Womack have breezed over the many achievements of his unique career.

Laurence W Maher Wednesday 2 July 2014 comments

Aussie hate-speech laws: no dissent allowed

Ten ways in which those advocating hate-speech laws are stifling debate.

Christopher Beckett Wednesday 2 July 2014 comments

University should never be a ‘safe space’

The obsession with safety has undermined academic freedom.

Nick Cater Wednesday 2 July 2014 comments

Plastic bags: harbingers of
eco-doom?

There is zero evidence that plastic bags kill fish, birds or the planet.

Jon Holbrook Thursday 3 July 2014 comments

The state should not be the god of death

Legalising assisted suicide would allow officialdom to override poorly individuals' moral autonomy.

Barbara Hewson Thursday 3 July 2014 comments

Savile: trawling for scandal?

A series of NHS reports lists claims of abuse by Savile – but how many could be proven?

Mick Hume Thursday 3 July 2014 comments

In defence of hacks who break the law

The phone-hacking scandal is being used to criminalise investigative journalism.

Josie Appleton Friday 4 July 2014 comments

Burqa ban: when legalism trumps liberty

The real battle over the burqa won’t be won in the courts.

WORLDbytes Friday 4 July 2014 comments

John Wilkes: a forgotten hero

A film shows why the scoundrel and pornographer ought to be a hero for anyone who values liberty today.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 4 July 2014 comments

World Cup balls

It’s been a bad World Cup for England – even worse for punditry.

spiked podcast Friday 4 July 2014 comments

ISIS, intervention and the unravelling of the Middle East

Podcast: Karl Sharro, Brendan O'Neill and Bill Durodié debate the crisis in Iraq.

Christian Butler Friday 4 July 2014 comments

A Hard Day’s Night: over the heads of Generation Z

The re-release of Richard Lester's classic Beatles film reminds us of everything that was great about the Fab Four.

The EU’s war on immigration

When it comes to its own borders, the EU is as anti-immigration as Front National.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 7 July 2014 comments

Our need for paedos: why society obsesses over child abuse

After Rolf, the Westminster ‘child sex ring’: why the paedo-scare won’t die.

Tim Black Monday 7 July 2014 comments

The myth of Islamophobia

Nine years on from 7/7, the much-hyped anti-Muslim backlash is yet to appear.

Kenny Hodgart Wednesday 9 July 2014 comments

The debt England owes to Scotland

Don’t dismantle the union – Scots helped to make modern England and Britain.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 9 July 2014 comments

Defending the freedom to choose an education

All schools promote certain values – parents must be free to choose the school which best reflects theirs.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 9 July 2014 comments

NSPCC: not in the best interests of the child

Making reporting of child abuse mandatory will not help children.

spiked podcast Thursday 10 July 2014 comments

New on spiked... our monthly review of books podcast

Podcast: spiked reviewers talk snobby liberals, psychiatric tyranny and Rod Liddle.

Mick Hume Thursday 10 July 2014 comments

The biggest load of ‘general strike’ hype since the last lot

Thursday’s public-sector walkout looks more like a therapeutic gesture.

Tom Slater Thursday 10 July 2014 comments

Who’s really exploiting ‘Magaluf girl’?

Both tabloids and feminists are using this gross video to score moral points.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 11 July 2014 comments

Neymargeddon: Brazil’s Messiah forsakes them

It wasn't Neymar wot lost it; it was Brazil's spiritual reliance on him.

James Woudhuysen Friday 11 July 2014 comments

IT's not the future

The Second Machine Age sacrifices sense at the altar of technology.

Alexander Adams Friday 11 July 2014 comments

Blueprints
of Babel

A new dictionary of untranslatable ideas and words is heavygoing, but absorbing.

Helene Guldberg Friday 11 July 2014 comments

Saving normal in a world gone mad

One psychiatrist’s rebellion against the pathologisation of everyday life.

Kathryn Ecclestone Monday 14 July 2014 comments

Stop this educational madness

It’s time to resist calls for more mental-health interventions in education.

Kevin Yuill Monday 14 July 2014 comments

Assisted dying – execution by doctor?

The similarities between assisted dying and the death penalty are striking.

Mick Hume Monday 14 July 2014 comments

The greatest-ever World Cup guff?

Was Brazil 2014 the ‘best ever’, the most unpredictable or what?

Christian Butler Monday 14 July 2014 comments

Morrissey: the pope of mope loses his mojo

On World Peace is None of Your Business, Mozzer looks beyond his own navel – and the result is disastrous.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 15 July 2014 comments

The Lib Dems’ drippy defence of privacy

The DRIP Bill is an even greater assault on privacy than its legal predecessor.

Alexander Adams Tuesday 15 July 2014 comments

The museums turning culture into a commodity

When museums sell off items to raise cash, they cheapen our cultural life.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 15 July 2014 comments

There’s something very ugly in this rage against Israel

The line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism gets thinner every day.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 16 July 2014 comments

Why it’s really bad that Gove is gone

Good riddance to David Willetts, but Gove? His demotion is a loss to education.

Tim Black Wednesday 16 July 2014 comments

The maddest reshuffle in living memory

In Cameron's new Cabinet, biology counts for more than conviction.

Jan MacVarish Thursday 17 July 2014 comments

Growing up with paedophiles

Not so long ago, adults treated paedophiles with caution rather than dread.

James Heartfield Thursday 17 July 2014 comments

How the Tories ignited the paedophile panic

Revealing the right-wing origins of today's child-abuse hysteria.

Barbara Hewson Thursday 17 July 2014 comments

Abuse inquiry: built on conspiracy theories?

The myth of powerful, protected perverts has been around for decades.

Fiyaz Mughal Friday 18 July 2014 comments

spiked is wrong about Islamophobia’

The founder of Tell Mama responds to Tim Black's recent article.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 July 2014 comments

‘Don’t mention the score’

Germany, don’t feel bad about your Goalocaust against Brazil – you’ve done the world a favour.

Rob Killick Friday 18 July 2014 comments

Rod Liddle vs the New Establishment

Selfish Whining Monkeys is a biting critique of the metropolitan elite.

Tom Slater Saturday 19 July 2014 comments

Boyhood: the kids are all right

Richard Linklater's paean to childhood is a breath of fresh air.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 21 July 2014 comments

The West’s cynical milking of the Ukraine air tragedy

The West is grotesquely trying to rebuild its prestige on the debris of MH17.

Gerald Heys Tuesday 22 July 2014 comments

The Third Man: wild about Harry

This summer marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of Carol Reed’s masterful essay on post-war cynicism.

Patrick West Tuesday 22 July 2014 comments

Politics online: all tweet and no light

From Gove to Gaza, politics-by-Twitter is mainly about showing off.

Tim Black Tuesday 22 July 2014 comments

Ed Miliband: desperately seeking authority

In Weird Ed, the Labour Party has the leader it deserves.

Peter D Williams Wednesday 23 July 2014 comments

The anti-Catholic crackdown at UCLU

How students' union zealots are stifling controversial ethical debates.

Tiffany Jenkins Wednesday 23 July 2014 comments

Israel-bashing comes to the Fringe

Those calling for the boycotting of an Israeli show are censors in liberal clothing.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 23 July 2014 comments

MH17: our generation’s Franz Ferdinand moment?

Yes, there are similarities between July 2014 and July 1914 – but differences, too.

Luke Gittos Thursday 24 July 2014 comments

Sexting: another pervy panic

The UK authorities' creepy interest in teens' sex lives is doing real harm.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 24 July 2014 comments

Your pity for Palestinians is making things worse in Gaza

Western thirst for images of the dead could be contributing to the bloodshed.

Alex Dean Friday 25 July 2014 comments

Anti-doping cynics need to take a chill pill

Ex-doper Justin Gatlin deserves our praise for his brilliant comeback.

Tom Slater Friday 25 July 2014 comments

Five reasons why it’s rock’n’roll to avoid tax

It’s official: the Arctic Monkeys are rock legends.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 25 July 2014 comments

Liberals against liberalism

How did liberals become so elitist and contemptuous of the public?

Patrick Hayes Monday 28 July 2014 comments

End of the road for the Andaman Islanders?

Survival International wants to keep an entire island’s inhabitants living in the Stone Age.

Russell McCarthy Monday 28 July 2014 comments

Sisi: groping for Western approval

The real target of the Egyptian dictator’s clampdown on sexual harassment is political dissent.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 29 July 2014 comments

Britain’s timid teens need to go to the pub

Young Brits’ aversion to booze and pubs is stunting their development.

Neil Ross Tuesday 29 July 2014 comments

Campaign finance: even billionaires deserve free speech

Big money isn't the problem in US politics - the lack of big ideas is.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 29 July 2014 comments

Cut the crap about the gender pay gap

For a new generation of women, the pay gap is history.

Marjorie Heins Wednesday 30 July 2014 comments

Free speech on campus: it’s complicated

The university may be the ‘quintessential marketplace of ideas’, but we still need to decide what can and can't be said.

Wendy Kaminer Wednesday 30 July 2014 comments

Free speech doesn’t end at the doors to an abortion clinic

Anti-protester buffer zones around abortion facilities are illiberal.

Tim Black Wednesday 30 July 2014 comments

Yes, freedom of speech should be absolute

This fundamental liberty shouldn’t be killed with qualifications.

Ben Pile Thursday 31 July 2014 comments

There is no ‘dash for gas’

Contrary to green-hued reports, the UK is not about to be turned into a giant shale-gas drilling pad.

Russell McCarthy Thursday 31 July 2014 comments

Unempathetic Ed’s problems are not in the head

The Labour leader’s use of a neuroscientist to help him engage with the public is a mental approach to politics.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 31 July 2014 comments

This anti-Israel hysteria is the opposite of a peace movement

Anti-Israel activists are the attack dogs of a new Western imperialism.