February 2015

Tim Black Monday 2 February 2015 comments

Oxford, abortion and the closing of the Western mind

What the Oxford debate scandal reveals about modern censorship.

spiked podcast Monday 2 February 2015 comments

‘Students are now demanding freedom from speech’

Podcast: Greg Lukianoff on why we should shock students out of lazy thinking.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 3 February 2015 comments

Clare’s Law and the end of human intimacy

The flurry of domestic-violence disclosures is nothing to celebrate.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 3 February 2015 comments

Ebola: showing up the fearmongers

After their shocking response to ebola, it’s time WHO broke up.

Tom Slater Tuesday 3 February 2015 comments

Exposed: the staggering scale of censorship on campus

spiked launches the first UK-wide analysis of illiberalism in our universities.

Ella Whelan Tuesday 3 February 2015 comments

#Smurthgate: feminist censorship eats itself

A feminist comedian has been ‘banned’ by a students’ union. How ironic.

Jogchum Vrielink Thursday 5 February 2015 comments

Football fans need free speech, too

Standard Liège fans’ ‘red or dead’ banner sparks a no show from the Je Suis Charlies.

Bill Durodié Thursday 5 February 2015 comments

Bitter Lake: searching for meaning in the Afghan abyss

Adam Curtis’s latest is a Heart of Darkness for the post-9/11 era.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 5 February 2015 comments

The Western press is now the PR wing of the Islamic State

In poring over its murder-stunt videos, we give IS exactly what it wants.

Tim Black Thursday 5 February 2015 comments

Turning Ukraine into a stage for Western preening

The laptop bombardiers need a new mission, and their eyes are set on Ukraine.

Patrick Marmion Thursday 5 February 2015 comments

The Hard Problem: dodging the big questions

Tom Stoppard’s latest play is an insubstantial pageant of artful materialism.

Brid Hehir Thursday 5 February 2015 comments

The FGM showtrial: this case should never have come to court

The trial that exposed how unhinged anti-FGM crusading has become.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 6 February 2015 comments

It’s time to kick the Old Firm haters into Row Z

The rivalry between Celtic and Rangers represents everything that’s great about football.

Tim Black Friday 6 February 2015 comments

Julie Bindel vs ‘the stupid little bellends’

The radical feminist on the pampered students who No Platform her.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 6 February 2015 comments

Meet the student who turned his dorm room into an unsafe space

Columbia student Adam Shapiro on why uni should be dangerous.

Joanna Williams Friday 6 February 2015 comments

How the academy green-lit student censorship

Those little authoritarians didn’t come from nowhere.

Frank Furedi Monday 9 February 2015 comments

Six lessons from the Charlie Hebdo massacre

One month on, the post-massacre love for free speech is withering.

Nancy McDermott Monday 9 February 2015 comments

‘The government should butt out of parenting’

Lenore Skenazy, ‘World’s Worst Mom’, on her new TV show.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 10 February 2015 comments

‘Hey, who are we to judge the Islamic State?’

Why many in the West are so cagey about condemning IS.

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 11 February 2015 comments

Awareness-raising makes you sick

It’s time to raise awareness about the dangers of awareness-raising.

Tim Black Wednesday 11 February 2015 comments

Germany-bashing: a fatal distraction

Blaming Merkel et al for everything won't solve Europe's problems.

Sean Collins Thursday 12 February 2015 comments

Jon Stewart, the king of snark, abdicates

How the once funny comedian became a viral snark-generator for lazy liberals.

Jon Holbrook Thursday 12 February 2015 comments

New rape laws: turning sex into a crime

Rape laws in England and Wales have become terrifyingly Kafkaesque.

Jim Butcher Friday 13 February 2015 comments

Kids need the freedom to play

Children lose out when their every pastime is supervised.

Tom Slater Friday 13 February 2015 comments

The Victorianism of the Fifty Shades boycotters

Those railing against the BDSM romp have a low view of womanhood.

Alexander Adams Friday 13 February 2015 comments

Hermann Nitsch: Blood on the museum floor

A Mexican art gallery has turned the pretentious Austrian into a free-speech martyr.

Brendan O’Neill Saturday 14 February 2015 comments

Copenhagen: the bloody, murderous No Platforming of blasphemers

After this shooting, let’s fight even harder for the right to offend.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 16 February 2015 comments

Censorship on campus: a tale of two comedians

Why liberals defend Kate Smurthwaite but denounce Dapper Laughs.

Tim Black Monday 16 February 2015 comments

The real dodgers are those obsessed with tax avoiders

Scapegoating the rich has become a way of dodging economic debate.

Ellie Lee Tuesday 17 February 2015 comments

Stop Gendercide: a dangerous campaign

Changes to the UK criminal law could put abortion doctors on trial.

Carrie Levi Tuesday 17 February 2015 comments

The 10 worst US states for abortion rights

Land of the free? Think again.

Gilbert Ross Tuesday 17 February 2015 comments

The madness of the war on e-cigs

Corruption and distorted facts are driving the clampdown on vaping.

Elsa Makouezi Wednesday 18 February 2015 comments

Why Operation Black Vote doesn’t get my vote

Politicians have to earn our vote by giving us something worth supporting.

Ella Whelan Wednesday 18 February 2015 comments

Harman’s Barbie bus: The new face of feminism

It isn't only Labour that views women as a distinctive political species.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 18 February 2015 comments

Ukiphobia: the prejudices that dare not speak their name

Channel 4’s docudrama on UKIP revealed the bigotry of the elite.

Kevin Yuill Thursday 19 February 2015 comments

Assisted suicide: death is not ‘a part of life’

Using the language of freedom to justify on-demand death is Orwellian and dangerous.

Tim Gregg Thursday 19 February 2015 comments

The tyranny of health Down Under

Australia is leading the way in public-health authoritarianism.

Frank Furedi Thursday 19 February 2015 comments

After Copenhagen: resist the empire of offence

The biggest threat to free and open debate is the fear of giving offence.

Patrick West Friday 20 February 2015 comments

A trip down Chelsea’s hooligan lane

There was a time when racist abuse really was a Chelsea-fan staple – it’s not now.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 20 February 2015 comments

Where is the Je Suis Chelsea march?

The Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro have spurred on football’s censors.

Neil Ross Friday 20 February 2015 comments

US satirists have been ‘de-fanged’

Neil Ross reports on an NYC debate on satire apres Charlie.

Tom Slater Friday 20 February 2015 comments

Modafinil: the drug of choice of Generation Worry

The rise of smart drugs on campus shows how boring my generation is.

Patrick West Monday 23 February 2015 comments

Spiral: the cure to Scandimania

So long to another sweary series of this balls-to-the-wall French drama.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 23 February 2015 comments

This dodgy tax crusade is undermining freedom

The war on tax avoidance boosts arbitrary state power.

Frank Furedi Monday 23 February 2015 comments

An ominous pilgrimage to Syria: what made them go?

Blaming jihadist ‘groomers’ for warping young Brits’ minds is a moral copout.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 23 February 2015 comments

Hating football fans: the opium of the elites

The furore over those racist Chelsea fans has been unhinged and ugly.

Wendy Earle Tuesday 24 February 2015 comments

Give us good art, not ‘socially inclusive’ art

The new policy of cultural democracy is bad for culture and bad for democracy.

Dan Bell Tuesday 24 February 2015 comments

Kangaroo courts on campus: ‘martial law against men’

The campus rape panic is destroying due process.

Tom Slater Wednesday 25 February 2015 comments

Students, join our fight against campus censorship!

Say no to No Platform and Safe Spaces and yes to some real debate.

Mick Hume Wednesday 25 February 2015 comments

Hugh Grant: hero of the fight for press freedom?

His boasts confirm freedom is being redefined as liberty-on-licence.

Nikos Sotirakopoulos Thursday 26 February 2015 comments

Syriza’s compromise: a revolution betrayed?

Begging its creditors for more money won’t liberate Greece.

Henry Williams Thursday 26 February 2015 comments

Is ISIS going to invade Europe from Libya?

In a nutshell, no. So stop the scaremongering.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 26 February 2015 comments

The best reason to kick Cameron out? Libya

Why the hell of Libya isn't on the election agenda. Why it should be.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 27 February 2015 comments

Football’s fantasy racism

Ignore the well-paid ‘anti-racists’ — racism in the game has been on the wane for years.

Tom Slater Friday 27 February 2015 comments

Twentysomethings, call off the generational jihad

Tom Slater, 23, calls for an end to pity-me yoof politics.