October 2014

Tara McCormack Wednesday 1 October 2014 comments

Yugoslavia, Scotland and the end of nation

After the Scottish independence referendum, Britain should learn the lessons of Yugoslavia.

Tim Black Wednesday 1 October 2014 comments

Brooks Newmark: another chance to bash the tabloids

Post-Leveson, even Tory sex scandals are deemed unacceptable.

Russell McCarthy Thursday 2 October 2014 comments

Being a crank is not a crime

Now you don't even have to break the law to be banged up for what you say.

Tom Slater Thursday 2 October 2014 comments

We’re all
pervs now

The explosion of sexting reveals the crisis of intimacy today.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 October 2014 comments

The lost art of the tactical foul

Rooney's botched professional foul shows that players today aren't properly schooled in the dark arts of gamesmanship.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 3 October 2014 comments

Owen Jones: mouthpiece of middle-class moralism

With the bourgeoisie and workers in retreat, a bland new politics is emerging.

Jon Holbrook Monday 6 October 2014 comments

Two cheers for the Tory war on human rights

UK human-rights law doesn't need to be reformed – it needs to be abolished.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 6 October 2014 comments

Online trolls: who’s hounding who?

Brenda Leyland's death suggests trollhunters are far worse than trolls.

Mick Hume Monday 6 October 2014 comments

How UK liberals helped police hack the press

Tabloid-bashing crusaders enabled the state to treat journalists like jihadists.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 7 October 2014 comments

University: lads, blokes and jocks not welcome

Universities now treat male students as deviants in need of re-education.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 8 October 2014 comments

Cameron is doing the Islamic State’s work for it

Our government would rather crack down on its citizens' liberty than enter into a battle of ideas with IS.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 8 October 2014 comments

The moral McCarthyism of the war on lads

The cultural cleansing of lad culture on campus reeks of intolerance.

Tim Black Wednesday 8 October 2014 comments

Intervention is making things worse – again

The airstrikes in Iraq will help nobody – except maybe IS.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 8 October 2014 comments

In praise of Arin Mirkan

The Kurdish ‘suicide bomber’ dealt a psychological blow to IS – and the West.

Rob Lyons Thursday 9 October 2014 comments

We need to generate an energy revolution

To transform society, we need cheap, abundant power. Let's get on with it.

Wendy Kaminer Thursday 9 October 2014 comments

Affirmative consent: a crime against liberty

Fearmongering about rape on campus has echoes of the red scare.

Tom Slater Thursday 9 October 2014 comments

Banksy: the artist-in-residence of the new snobby elite

Far from challenging officialdom's prejudices, Banksy caters to them.

Philip Hammond Friday 10 October 2014 comments

We need to rethink resilience

Once, it meant being strong and resourceful – not anymore.

Anthony McCarthy Friday 10 October 2014 comments

The shallow nihilism of John Gray

The Silence of Animals is anti-humanist posing dressed up as profundity.

Alexander Adams Friday 10 October 2014 comments

Larkin wasn’t as prickly as you think

Philip Larkin’s private prejudices shouldn’t matter a jot to admirers of his poetry.

Rob Harris Friday 10 October 2014 comments

CLR James on cricket and humanity

Beyond a Boundary is now available on Kindle, and you don’t have to be a cricket buff to love it.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 10 October 2014 comments

Keano, don’t tame the fury

Roy Keane's temper may have cost him, but it's what made him a legend.

Jennie Bristow Friday 10 October 2014 comments

Edge of Eternity: before freedom was feared

Ken Follett's final entry in his twentieth-century trilogy is a rollicking reminder of yesterday’s optimism.

Sean Collins Friday 10 October 2014 comments

The tyranny of the new secular priesthood

Joel Kotkin nails the anti-masses Clerisy that now dominates the US.

Barbara Hewson Monday 13 October 2014 comments

LSE SU: the tyranny of the minority

The banning of LSE rugby club was puritanical – and quite possibly illegal.

Nigel Scott Monday 13 October 2014 comments

The online petitioners trolling Ched Evans

Evans, a convicted rapist, has served his sentence - it’s time to move on.

Frank Furedi Monday 13 October 2014 comments

It will take more than an oath to improve our schools

Making teachers swear loyalty to their profession won’t repair their authority.

Alex Dean Tuesday 14 October 2014 comments

London: let’s build better

The capital is headed in the right direction – up. But can we please ditch the ‘quirky’ buildings?

Christopher Snowdon Tuesday 14 October 2014 comments

America, we need to talk about the word ‘progressive’

Berkeley's proposed soda tax shows the city is no 'bastion of liberty'.

Tim Black Tuesday 14 October 2014 comments

Is a vote for UKIP really just a screech of rage?

There’s something anthropological in the political class’s view of UKIP voters.

Jan MacVarish Wednesday 15 October 2014 comments

Why parents are beating themselves up

The anxiety around smacking has undermined parental authority.

Norman Lewis Wednesday 15 October 2014 comments

Is Big Data squishing our humanity?

The use of new technologies is turning us into objects of analysis, examination and manipulation.

Mick Hume Wednesday 15 October 2014 comments

‘The Establishment is trying to choke journalism’

David Dinsmore, editor of the Sun, on the challenges to press freedom.

Allum Bokhari Thursday 16 October 2014 comments

#GamerGate: an un‑PC rebellion

Gamers are not happy with the right-on activists ruining their hobby.

Tom Slater Thursday 16 October 2014 comments

Gone Girl: movies should entertain, not educate

So what if this movie sends the 'wrong' message about rape?

Neil Ross Friday 17 October 2014 comments

Why it’s bad to be protected from offence

Greg Lukianoff's Freedom From Speech skewers the idea that we have the right not to be offended.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 17 October 2014 comments

In praise of terrace banter

It’s time to stick up for football fans’ right to trade insults.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 17 October 2014 comments

Darzi’s doublespeak

When nanny staters say ‘choice’, what they really mean is ‘less choice’.

Tim Black Monday 20 October 2014 comments

Ebola: the culture of fear goes viral

The real threat to the West does not come from ebola.

Helene Guldberg Tuesday 21 October 2014 comments

Tommy the chimp is just an animal, not a prisoner

The campaign to give a chimpanzee ‘legal personhood’ is ludicrous.

Tom Slater Tuesday 21 October 2014 comments

Trolling is a free-speech issue, and always has been

Tougher sentences for trolls are shocking, but not surprising.

Tim Black Tuesday 21 October 2014 comments

‘The best answer to bad speech? More speech’

Nick Gillespie on Fox News, press freedom, and our new media utopia.

Russell McCarthy Wednesday 22 October 2014 comments

Robul Hoque: sentenced for a thought crime

Since when has possessing weird cartoons been a criminal offence?

Joanna Williams Wednesday 22 October 2014 comments

In defence of the ‘white’ curriculum

Student campaigns for 'inclusive' courses are undermining academic freedom.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 22 October 2014 comments

Sartre: Nobel Prize refusenik

Fifty years ago, the French philosopher exposed the Nobel Prize for what it is.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 22 October 2014 comments

And the lame shall walk

Mankind now does what ancient peoples thought only God could do.

Brid Hehir Thursday 23 October 2014 comments

FGM crusade: with feminists like this, who needs misogynists?

Anti-FGM campaigning is doing violence to women's rights.

Luke Gittos Thursday 23 October 2014 comments

Ched Evans and the silencing of debate

Campaigners are snuffing out any dissent from the official rape narrative.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 24 October 2014 comments

They think it’s
all ebola

The football world's response to the disease has been farcical.

spiked podcast Friday 24 October 2014 comments

‘Teachers need to remind pupils who’s boss’

Tom Bennett discusses the crisis of authority in the classroom.

Moses Dube Friday 24 October 2014 comments

Weeping for Reeva, ignoring Marikana

The Western press's obsession with Pistorius has been grotesque.

Mischa Moselle Monday 27 October 2014 comments

Hong Kong can’t dodge democracy forever

Mischa Moselle reports from Hong Kong on the ‘umbrella revolution’.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 27 October 2014 comments

Has Russell Brand really destroyed the lefty weft?

Nope – he’s merely the bastard child of the left's own self-induced decay.

Tim Black Tuesday 28 October 2014 comments

Canada’s terror: sad lone wolves, not dogs of war

Canada’s response to last week’s violence was an invitation to terrorists.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 29 October 2014 comments

HS3: we need more ambition and less spin

The UK needs cheaper, quicker and easier transport – fast.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 29 October 2014 comments

Transport: breaking through the impasse

ESSAY: Six arguments for innovation in transport.

Tom Slater Wednesday 29 October 2014 comments

Student censors – the children of an academy in crisis

Academics’ abandonment of knowledge has green-lit campus censorship.

Tara McCormack Thursday 30 October 2014 comments

The EU: an accidental warmonger

European politicians have a lot to answer for in Ukraine.

Russell McCarthy Thursday 30 October 2014 comments

We need more, not fewer people

The scourge ravaging humanity is not overpopulation; it’s underdevelopment.

Mick Hume Thursday 30 October 2014 comments

The awful truth about free speech

Time to stop paying lip service to the principle and take a stand in practice.

Shingi Mararike Friday 31 October 2014 comments

Balotelli-bashing: why always Mario?

Knocking the Italian striker has become a media obsession.

Gareth Sturdy Friday 31 October 2014 comments

Educating the East End: school as soap opera

The latest fly-on-the-wall education doc shows how British schools have become centres of therapy rather than learning.

Joanna Williams Friday 31 October 2014 comments

Global gender gap: equality is overrated

Ignore the myopic miserablists; British women have never had it so good.