September 2014

Luke Gittos Monday 1 September 2014 comments

Who hasn’t lied to get someone into bed?

Undercover policemen sleeping with their targets should not be prosecuted as rape.

Alex Dale Monday 1 September 2014 comments

Kate is great, but she isn’t a god

A Kate Bush fan marvels at Before the Dawn but is irritated by Kate's canonisation.

Tim Black Monday 1 September 2014 comments

How the West drove Russia into Ukraine

Too many are blaming Putin for a mess of the West’s making.

Tiffany Jenkins Tuesday 2 September 2014 comments

Exhibit B: a guilty pleasure

Brett Bailey’s new show isn't racist; it just makes you feel bad.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 2 September 2014 comments

The obesity panic on life support

Public-health crusaders are becoming ever more desperate.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 3 September 2014 comments

Ashya King: parents are more trustworthy than the state

Officialdom’s war on parental authority created this travesty of justice.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 3 September 2014 comments

Gawping at nude celeb pics is not a crime

Privacy cannot be protected from a voyeuristic culture by more laws.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 3 September 2014 comments

Marital bickering is none of the state’s business

Politicians should butt out of the emotional lives of husbands and wives.

Patrick West Thursday 4 September 2014 comments

The SNP and UKIP – separated at birth?

Salmond and Farage have more in common than they’ll ever admit.

Alasdair Riggs Thursday 4 September 2014 comments

Scottish independence: the defeatist’s choice

A 'Yes' to independence would mean a missed opportunity to reform the UK as a whole.

Mick Hume Thursday 4 September 2014 comments

It’s official: phone-hacking is not a crime or a scandal

When it’s Britain’s secret police hacking the tabloid Sun, that is.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 5 September 2014 comments

English footballers, get on yer bikes

Too many homegrown Premier League players are stuck in a bench-warming comfort zone.

Tom Slater Friday 5 September 2014 comments

Finding Fela: rhythm and revolution

Fela Kuti was that rarest of things: a bona fide, fists-in-the-air pop rebel.

Joanna Williams Friday 5 September 2014 comments

Academics against knowledge

Meet the academics who think academic freedom is a neoliberal conspiracy.

Nancy McDermott Friday 5 September 2014 comments

After Joan, who’ll slaughter the sacred cows now?

Peculiarly in this PC era, Rivers treated her audience as grown-ups.

Frank Furedi Monday 8 September 2014 comments

Where are the defenders of the Union?

Scottish referendum: our leaders have gone AWOL from the battle of ideas.

Russell McCarthy Monday 8 September 2014 comments

The EU needs to get off people’s vacs

EU plans to limit the power of hoovers are the latest in a long line of absurd regulations.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 9 September 2014 comments

ISIS defectors should be allowed to return

Standing by its principles is Britain's best weapon against ISIS.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 9 September 2014 comments

Saving the Union by killing it

In promising devo max, Better Together is doing the 'Yes' campaign's work for it.

Patrick West Wednesday 10 September 2014 comments

E-cigs: one of the greatest inventions ever

I smoked for more than 20 years - e-cigarettes helped me stop.

Neil McKeganey Wednesday 10 September 2014 comments

How anti-tobacco researchers cook the evidence

It’s called ‘research’, but investigations into Big Tobacco are increasingly a moral activity.

Tim Black Wednesday 10 September 2014 comments

Kate’s critics: pregnant with loathing

The biggest barrier to a republic is not popular interest in the royal baby.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 10 September 2014 comments

We must stop bowing to this censorious army of offence-takers

The Economist’s withdrawal of an ‘offensive’ review sets a dangerous precedent.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 11 September 2014 comments

Where have all the Ingurland fans gone?

Support for England has always been fairweather, and right now it's drizzling in Wembley.

Rob Lyons Thursday 11 September 2014 comments

Independent Scotland will be a skint Scotland

Ignore the fantasists – oil and gas will not provide the basis for a New Jerusalem.

Tom Slater Thursday 11 September 2014 comments

Miners, gays and the death of the left

Pride unwittingly lays bare the post-Eighties crisis of leftism.

Joanna Williams Friday 12 September 2014 comments

Tackling the reading gap

Overworked teachers and dumbed-down libraries are behind Britain's shocking literacy levels.

spiked podcast Books Friday 12 September 2014 comments

The importance of being cultured

Angus Kennedy talks to spiked about the cultural retreat of the elites and the need for discrimination.

Alexander Adams Books Friday 12 September 2014 comments

Boswell’s postcards from a hanging

A new collection of James Boswell’s writings reveals the enduring humanity of a man obsessed with public executions.

Rob Lyons Books Friday 12 September 2014 comments

The war on fat – a big, fat waste of time

Rob Lyons talks to the author of a new book that calls into question the demonisation of fatty foods.

Stuart Derbyshire Books Friday 12 September 2014 comments

Setting the record straight on AIDS

Chris Jennings’ new book exposes the reality of the epidemic that never was.

Tim Black Books Friday 12 September 2014 comments

Ian McEwan: a lapsed rationalist

The Children Act lays bare the limits of the scientistic worldview.

Mick Hume Friday 12 September 2014 comments

Hack Attack: how Nick Davies saved the world

…by helping to close the News of the World.

Nikos Sotirakopoulos Monday 15 September 2014 comments

Greek anti-racist bill: say the right things, or else...

Only a free, unregulated forum can help defeat the likes of Golden Dawn.

Tim Black Monday 15 September 2014 comments

NATO’s reckless Russia‑baiting

The Cold War organisation’s crisis of purpose is playing itself out in Ukraine.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 15 September 2014 comments

The West’s sad semi-war against ISIS is worse than useless

Our leaders say the Islamic State threatens civilisation – why won’t they fight it?

Patrick West Tuesday 16 September 2014 comments

Gingers, nerds and fat people – the ‘new prejudice’?

Picking on people for their appearance may be unpleasant, but it's hardly akin to racism.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 16 September 2014 comments

Coppers: the armed wing of therapy culture

Chasing tweeters, raiding ageing celebs' homes... the police are fuelling the culture of victimhood.

Dolan Cummings Tuesday 16 September 2014 comments

The flimsy, fantasy politics of the Yes campaign

Scottish independence is not an opportunity; it’s a political dead-end.

Mark Beachill Wednesday 17 September 2014 comments

After the Sewol disaster: the future of South Korea

The sinking of a ship packed with schoolchildren is unravelling political life in Korea.

Pierre Desrochers Wednesday 17 September 2014 comments

The latest culinary fad: famine food

Middle-class foodies are paying a fortune to eat what peasants once lived on.

Tim Black Wednesday 17 September 2014 comments

Youth today – boring, polite and very fearful

Young people need to stop worrying about their careers and get out more.

Martyn Perks Thursday 18 September 2014 comments

Apple: the U2 of the tech world

Apple used to lead the market; now it desperately follows it.

Mattias Svensson Thursday 18 September 2014 comments

Sweden’s overcrowded middle ground

Forget far-right surges and left revivals - Swedish politics is gravitating to the centre.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 18 September 2014 comments

Say No

Democracy itself is on the line in today’s referendum.

Rob Lyons Friday 19 September 2014 comments

Swiss girls just wanna have guns

Rob Lyons reports from Zurich's annual shooting competition – for schoolchildren.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 19 September 2014 comments

Kick wifi out of football?

Fans live-tweeting matches from the stands isn't to blame for the sanitisation of the game.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 19 September 2014 comments

Scotland: once again the demos save the day

The masses are far more rational than the unhinged political class.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 19 September 2014 comments

Get the police off our tweets!

A senior British police officer has threatened to punish offensive speech online - where's the outrage over such Orwellianism?

Frank Furedi Monday 22 September 2014 comments

The Scottish referendum: don’t believe the hype

Challenging the myth that the referendum renewed UK democracy.

Mick Hume Monday 22 September 2014 comments

We’re all in the Non‑UK now

Welcome to a new era of petty divisions and political chaos across Britain.

Tim Black Tuesday 23 September 2014 comments

The myth of anti-Tory Scotland

Scots' hatred of the Conservative Party has been much exaggerated.

Dennis Hayes Tuesday 23 September 2014 comments

On the freedom to sigh

The disciplining of a professor for 'sighing' will have a corrosive effect on academics' right to speak their minds.

Tom Slater Tuesday 23 September 2014 comments

Freedom for the freshers!

Why spiked is waging a war of words on the campus thought police.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 23 September 2014 comments

Academic freedom is a big deal

The pursuit of truth is more important than lecturers’ or students’ feelings.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 23 September 2014 comments

Nick Cave: grit in the teeth of London's luvvies

20,000 Days on Earth is an engrossing film about an unlikely hero of Britain's middle class.

Yamir Ash Wednesday 24 September 2014 comments

Get pissed, have sex and speak your mind...

The spiked guide to thriving at freshers’ week.

Christopher Beckett Wednesday 24 September 2014 comments

We need to talk about extremism

Universities need to man up and face down extremism, not censor it.

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 24 September 2014 comments

Belgium’s insane right‑to‑die laws

Accepting a mentally ill prisoner's request to be executed shows up the madness of Belgium's euthanasia laws.

Theresa Clifford Thursday 25 September 2014 comments

NZ: the limits of scandal-mongering

New Zealand’s opposition parties need to offer more than Wikileaked conspiracy theories.

Manick Govinda Thursday 25 September 2014 comments

Exhibit B: artists must have the right to shock

It was a sad day for freedom when Brett Bailey’s work was shut down by a mob.

Nancy McDermott Thursday 25 September 2014 comments

The Kafkaesque clampdown on campus hook-ups

Sex at college can be cringey, but that doesn’t make it assault.

Ellamay Russell Thursday 25 September 2014 comments

Female students are not damsels in distress

It's a weird feminism that encourages women to think of themselves as weak.

James Abbott Thursday 25 September 2014 comments

Index on Censorship’s mad response to Exhibit B

Guess who it has criticised? Not the censorious protesters, but the Barbican.

Shingi Mararike Friday 26 September 2014 comments

LVG’s big-spender football blues

Manchester United’s pitiful loss to Leicester proves that smash-and-grab management isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Bruno Waterfield Books Friday 26 September 2014 comments

Self, Orwell and the English language

Will Self’s anti-Orwell tirade combines ignorance with a snobbish disdain for the public.

Tom Slater Friday 26 September 2014 comments

When students believed in liberty

Fifty years on from the Free Speech Movement, its veterans talk to spiked.

Barbara Hewson Monday 29 September 2014 comments

A Travis-ty of justice

The DLT trial shows that when enough mud is thrown, some will eventually stick.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 29 September 2014 comments

The Iraq debate: a fight among fearmongers

Both the pro- and anti-war sides have substituted panic for principle.

Katherine Hughes Tuesday 30 September 2014 comments

The British Feminist Party? No thanks…

Feminists should promote integration, not separatism.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 30 September 2014 comments

The EU’s culture war against the people

Populist movements like UKIP expose the EU’s estrangement from everyday life.

Mick Hume Tuesday 30 September 2014 comments

Vote for the invisible zombie parties!

Could 2015 break records for the most anti-democratic UK election?