May 2015

James Woudhuysen Friday 1 May 2015 comments

UK transport: going nowhere

While Japan is building floating trains, British politicians are promising (slightly) lower fares.

Alexander Adams Friday 1 May 2015 comments

Dyatlov Pass: a chilling mystery solved?

Science may hold the key to unlocking a tragedy that has fascinated since 1959.

Milibrand: the myth of ‘the alternative’

What passes for radical politics today is as downbeat as the mainstream.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 1 May 2015 comments

Cameron, Villa and the scourge of soccerism

Why is the PM so keen for us to believe he’s a football fan?

Ella Whelan Tuesday 5 May 2015 comments

A bikini-clad celebration of weakness

Ella Whelan reports from the protest against Protein World's beach-body ad.

Tim Black Tuesday 5 May 2015 comments

The Tories: a party purging itself

How the self-styled ‘nasty party’ has destroyed itself.

Tom Slater Tuesday 5 May 2015 comments

The Lib Dems: an ideas‑lite oligarchy

The Cleggite politics of consensus has eroded British democracy.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 5 May 2015 comments

Labour: the death star of youthful energy

Young people, don’t vote Labour. Do something daring instead.

Phil Mullan Wednesday 6 May 2015 comments

We need to talk about the economy

The state is propping up a zombie economy. Why isn’t this an election issue?

Frank Furedi Wednesday 6 May 2015 comments

We need to inject some humanism into British politics

The election campaign has exposed the paucity of liberal thinking.

Election 2015: Social democracy is dead. Don’t mourn

The results confirm the end of Labour, and the space for something new.

Mick Hume Friday 8 May 2015 comments

Did the Tories really win?

And other unanswered UK election questions.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 May 2015 comments

Precrime policing is ruining football

Breathalysing fans brings Stalinism to the turnstiles.

spiked podcast Friday 8 May 2015 comments

The invisible election

PODCAST: Brendan O'Neill on voting in an era of post-politics.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 11 May 2015 comments

The fury of the elites: when the little people reject Labour

Behold the oligarchical contempt for the demos, and for democracy itself.

Frank Furedi Monday 11 May 2015 comments

Why the opinion polls got it so wrong

In an era of ‘You can’t say that’, people aren’t always honest with pollsters.

Mick Hume Monday 11 May 2015 comments

Labour:
a death is denied

Grafting on a new head won’t bring the zombie party back to political life.

Tim Black Monday 11 May 2015 comments

Labour’s loss has been UKIP’s gain

The election confirmed the UK’s purple-tinted political shift.

Tom Slater Wednesday 13 May 2015 comments

‘Everything that Magna Carta stood for is being buried’

Peter Hitchens talks to Tom Slater about the phoney nostalgia for the great charter.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 13 May 2015 comments

Magna Carta: reignite the spirit of rebellion

Freedom is never given to us – it must be won.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 May 2015 comments

800 years on,
why Magna Carta still matters

The document that built a ‘brazen wall’ to guard the individual from the state.

Bill Durodié Wednesday 13 May 2015 comments

Anti-terror: the perversion of tolerance

Cameron’s crackdown on extremists will destroy freedom, not protect it.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 May 2015 comments

The Guardian exposes Prince Charles as a Guardianista!

What a fantastic irony: his letters to ministers show how very Guardian he is.

Patrick Marmion Thursday 14 May 2015 comments

Why I’m not celebrating Billy Elliot’s 10th birthday

This film/musical is nasty piece of ideology from which no one may dissent.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 14 May 2015 comments

We’ll dress
how we want

The fancy-dress furore at Hartlepool shows that football anti-racism has sunk to a new low.

Ella Whelan Thursday 14 May 2015 comments

#NotGuilty, but a victim forever

Rape victims shouldn't be encouraged to dwell on their experiences.

Naomi Firsht Thursday 14 May 2015 comments

Has feminism really come to this:
fear of adverts?

The fuss over Protein World exposes the wetness of the new feminism.

Robin Walsh Books Friday 15 May 2015 comments

Edzard Ernst: a scientist in wonderland

A new memoir of the great thwarter of alternative medicine is a paean to courage, conviction and reason.

Niall Crowley Books Friday 15 May 2015 comments

Motown and the end of the American Dream

Detroit 67 is a gritty portrait of the year Motown unravelled.

Emily Hill Friday 15 May 2015 comments

The murder of Mayakovsky’s poetry

A Soviet crime — the neglect of their greatest poet — must be avenged.

Joanna Williams Friday 15 May 2015 comments

Meet the feminists who don’t like women

Women are weak? With feminists like this, who needs misogyny.

Tim Black Monday 18 May 2015 comments

Morsi death sentence: a judgement on Western liberals

Too many sacrificed support for democracy at the altar of Sisi’s coup.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 19 May 2015 comments

No, Cameron, you can never have ‘too much’ tolerance

The PM, like so many others, doesn't get how important tolerance is.

spiked Wednesday 20 May 2015 comments

The First Amendment vs the Human Rights Act

Two defences of free expression, two very different ideas of freedom.

James Heartfield Wednesday 20 May 2015 comments

Human rights: taking liberties, not protecting them

The Human Rights Act has set back the fight for freedom.

Jon Holbrook Wednesday 20 May 2015 comments

HRA: giving democracy a hammering

Tory plans to replace the HRA will only reinforce judicial tyranny.

Luke Gittos Thursday 21 May 2015 comments

How UK courts are betraying Magna Carta

We must resist the new assaults on due process.

Mick Hume Thursday 21 May 2015 comments

Who needs the Labour Party now?

It lost its ‘voice of organised labour’ long ago, and has found no other.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 21 May 2015 comments

‘Je Suis Charlie’: a caricature of freedom of speech

The pro-Charlie set is now holding back the fight for free expression.

Ella Whelan Thursday 21 May 2015 comments

The left: from solidarity to pity

Lefties no longer struggle with the people – they feel sorry for them.

Kathryn Ecclestone Friday 22 May 2015 comments

Happiness: a modern malaise

Two enlightening new books explore the miserable rise of the happiness industry.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 May 2015 comments

Gerrard should have left Liverpool years ago

He was a local hero, yes. But he fell short of greatness.

Tom Slater Friday 22 May 2015 comments

Taylor Swift: queen of the Peter Pan generation

Twentysomething Swiftdom shows how scared of growing up my generation is.

Alex Kasnetz Saturday 23 May 2015 comments

Young American liberals are losing the ability to argue

Censorship on campus – and elsewhere – is dumbing down political debate.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 26 May 2015 comments

Operation Hydrant: an Inquisition for the 21st century

Police trawling for child-abuse cases is an affront to justice.

Tim Black Tuesday 26 May 2015 comments

Labour and the EU: still dodging democracy

There’s something sinister in Labour’s about-face on a referendum.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 27 May 2015 comments

After the election: beware the politics of generationalism

Why Boomer-blaming is a very bad idea.

Sean Collins Wednesday 27 May 2015 comments

Boycotting the boycotters: the wrong way to oppose BDS

Clamping down on BDS will only fuel its intolerant campaign.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 27 May 2015 comments

The trouble with gay marriage

Yes, Ireland has entered a new era of equality – but not the positive kind.

Rob Lyons Thursday 28 May 2015 comments

The hoax that exposed the addiction to junk science

Dark chocolate causes weight loss? Hacks actually believed it.

Wendy Earle Thursday 28 May 2015 comments

MONA: desperately seeking sincerity

This zany Tasmanian art gallery lays the limits of contemporary irony bare.

Ella Whelan Thursday 28 May 2015 comments

Kick the sex cops off campus

Universities have one responsibility – to educate.

Mick Hume Thursday 28 May 2015 comments

A Queen’s Speech by the Continuity Party

Where was the bill to abolish the Human Rights Act – or the NHS?

Neil Davenport Friday 29 May 2015 comments

Joy Division: transmissions from an edgier era

The nostalgia for Eighties alt culture reflects how pale public life is today.

Tom Slater Friday 29 May 2015 comments

The Dark Net: a mirror of society?

A fascinating new book treks through the hidden internet.