December 2014

spiked podcast Monday 1 December 2014 comments

Paul Morley: ‘Pop music needs a cull’

The music critic talks to spiked about the hyper nostalgia that is killing pop.

Neil Ross Monday 1 December 2014 comments

Elonis v US: freedom and the Facebook generation

The US Supreme Court must not erode free speech online.

Frank Furedi Monday 1 December 2014 comments

The question no one can answer: What does it mean to be British?

How can we teach British values to kids if we don’t know what British values are?

Patrick West Tuesday 2 December 2014 comments

Litter fines: what a load of rubbish

It is primitivism to make a spectacle of litterers.

Tim Black Tuesday 2 December 2014 comments

Andrew Mitchell: the wrong sort of snob

Plebgate revealed the shallowness of anti-Tory posing.

Tom Slater Tuesday 2 December 2014 comments

It was a shopping spree, not a zombie apocalypse

The snobs freaking out about Black Friday need to calm down.

Andrea Seaman Wednesday 3 December 2014 comments

Ecopop lost, but its miserabilism lives on

Switzerland rejected green immigration proposals - now it needs to reject green principles.

Jon Holbrook Wednesday 3 December 2014 comments

It shouldn’t be a crime to be a bad parent

The Cinderella Law will make everyday family life a criminal matter.

Ella Whelan Thursday 4 December 2014 comments

Don’t blame LaBeouf for demeaning rape

It was feminists who blurred the lines between rape and sex.

Josie Appleton Thursday 4 December 2014 comments

Turning all adults into panto villains

Lionel Blair’s retirement from panto is a sad sign of the times.

James Woudhuysen Friday 5 December 2014 comments

The robots are not taking over

Stephen Hawking may be scared, but AI promises to help, not hinder us.

Joanna Williams Friday 5 December 2014 comments

The boycott-Israel brigade undermines the university

BDS-supporting academics make a mockery of academic freedom.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 5 December 2014 comments

Phillip Hughes: mourning sickness Down Under

Why the global grieving leaves me cold.

Sean Collins Monday 8 December 2014 comments

Rolling Stone and the myth of a rape epidemic

Rolling Stone’s rape hoax speaks to a new hysteria on US campuses.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 8 December 2014 comments

#Gamergate: we must fight for the right to fantasise

The war on violent videogames is a war on the freedom of thought itself.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 9 December 2014 comments

We should cross-examine this watering down of justice

Protecting witnesses from tough questioning deals a body blow to justice.

Tim Black Tuesday 9 December 2014 comments

Lady Jenkin: the unacceptable face of prole-bashing

It isn’t only Tory peers who sneer at the diets of the poor.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 10 December 2014 comments

Drones: time to reach for the skies

Unmanned aircraft systems could radically enhance people’s lives.

Stuart Derbyshire Wednesday 10 December 2014 comments

Ignore the ‘plague’ panic – mankind is beating AIDS

We have pretty much tamed the AIDS virus. So why won’t we celebrate?

Tom Slater Wednesday 10 December 2014 comments

The war on banter is killing comedy

Comedians’ crusade against Dapper Laughs is coming back to haunt them.

Dave Clements Thursday 11 December 2014 comments

Turning food banks into a moral weapon

The government’s food-bank strategy will increase state intervention in poor people’s lives.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 11 December 2014 comments

After Ferguson: who’s really racialising America?

Progressives are now the most fervent promoters of racialised thinking.

Tim Black Thursday 11 December 2014 comments

Hong Kong: how the Occupy brand is killing politics

The Occupy model has been a complete disaster for repressed peoples.

Shingi Mararike Friday 12 December 2014 comments

Abusing the manager – a fan’s right

Those frothing over fans’ treatment of Arsene Wenger need to get a grip.

Tim Black Friday 12 December 2014 comments

Meet the state‑loving libertarian

Shami Chakrabarti’s On Liberty is a libel on John Stuart Mill.

Tiffany Jenkins Friday 12 December 2014 comments

The British Museum has lost its marbles

Why loaning the Elgin Marbles to Russia is a mistake.

Patrick West Friday 12 December 2014 comments

Farage and Brand: cut from the same cynical cloth

Their big spat on QT actually showed how much they have in common.

Sean Collins Monday 15 December 2014 comments

UVA scandal: fight for the right to fraternise

Frats are taking the rap for the non-crime of rape culture.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 15 December 2014 comments

The war on rape: the logic of the lynch mob returns

Five ways in which today’s feminist war on rape echoes the KKK’s war on rape.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 16 December 2014 comments

After the Sydney siege, the clash of the fearmongers

Some peddle fear of Islamofascism, others promote panic about Islamophobia.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 16 December 2014 comments

The myth of a slavery epidemic

Officialdom’s war on ‘modern slavery’ is built on pure fear and fantasy.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 17 December 2014 comments

Cereal Killer controversy: in defence of hipsters

It’s official: hating hipsters is now more annoying than hipsters.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 17 December 2014 comments

We need to open the academic mind

Getting rid of the the Research Excellence Framework would be a good start.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 17 December 2014 comments

Hands off the human footprint!

We should expand our eco-footprint: read spiked’s climate manifesto.

David Bowden Wednesday 17 December 2014 comments

Serial: the limits to reasonable doubt

This chilling true-crime podcast series makes a timely stand for the presumption of innocence.

Nick Cater Wednesday 17 December 2014 comments

The Sydney siege: an act of evil

Nick Cater takes Brendan O’Neill to task over the Lindt café terrorism.

Tom Slater Thursday 18 December 2014 comments

‘We don’t feel welcome in our own universities’

Pro-Israel students on the censorship and intolerance they face.

spiked podcast Friday 19 December 2014 comments

‘It’s about time someone said abortion is a social good’

Ann Furedi discusses Katha Pollitt's Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.

Kate Prengel Books Friday 19 December 2014 comments

The Dog, Dubai and Eastern fantasies

Joseph O’Neill’s new novel starts off well, but quickly descends into Orientalism.

Alexander Adams Books Friday 19 December 2014 comments

Van Gogh’s deeply human letters

Vincent’s letters to Theo are a document of struggle, failure and beauty.

Various authors Books Friday 19 December 2014 comments

And the Book of the Year Award goes to…

spiked writers pick their best reads of 2014.

Ann Furedi Friday 19 December 2014 comments

A manifesto for the right to abortion

Katha Pollitt cuts through the defensiveness of the pro-choice movement.

Tim Black Friday 19 December 2014 comments

‘We’re living in a tyranny of like-mindedness’

Howard Jacobson on Jews, comedy, dystopia and why ‘agreement is terrifying’.

Luke Gittos Monday 22 December 2014 comments

Beware Theresa May’s relationship police

If ‘controlling behaviour’ is made a criminal offence, no relationship is safe.

Jon Holbrook Monday 22 December 2014 comments

Torture report: war is no place for the law

No one benefits from the invasion of lawyers into the sphere of war.

Sean Collins Monday 22 December 2014 comments

This ban is a fracking outrage

New York’s ban on fracking is an act of pure green elitism.

Freddie Sehgal Cuthbert Tuesday 23 December 2014 comments

Videogames: 2014’s stars and stinkers

How we defied the #GamerGate killjoys and played what we liked (and what we didn’t like).

spiked writers Tuesday 23 December 2014 comments

Our cultural highs and lows of 2014

spiked writers on the culture that enthralled and appalled them.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 23 December 2014 comments

In 2015, have cojones: say no to self-censorship

People gagged themselves too willingly in 2014 – let's make next year different.

Tom Slater Tuesday 23 December 2014 comments

The year of the cultural colonialist

In 2014, forcing artists to be politically obedient was all the rage.

Tim Black Tuesday 23 December 2014 comments

2014’s mantra: ‘I feel hurt, therefore I censor’

The new censorship is even more insidious than the old.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 23 December 2014 comments

The year the Culture Wars went global

Turning geopolitics into a battlefield over values is a really bad idea.

Mick Hume Tuesday 23 December 2014 comments

A year of fear for British political leaders

And it’s set to get worse as the 2015 General Election approaches.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 23 December 2014 comments

The ‘I believers’: a law unto themselves

In 2014, an official willingness to believe complainants damaged legal principles.

Elsa Makouezi Monday 29 December 2014 comments

Stop treating black students as victims

After Ferguson, African-American students don't need special treatment.

Tiffany Jenkins Monday 29 December 2014 comments

Why shouldn’t the Tate take oil money?

Forcing galleries to reveal everything about their funding is bad for art.

Ann Furedi Monday 29 December 2014 comments

Why anti-abortion protesters must Back Off

The CEO of bpas explains why buffer zones are needed outside abortion clinics.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 29 December 2014 comments

10 kickass things humanity did in 2014

Even in this era of low expectations, intellectual daring finds a way.