December 2015

Rob Lyons Tuesday 1 December 2015 comments

We need the right to make the ‘wrong’ choices

The government should not dictate what we – or our children – can eat.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 1 December 2015 comments

The Goddard Inquiry: therapy, not justice

This huge inquiry into child abuse has nothing to do with truth.

Tom Slater Tuesday 1 December 2015 comments

Politics didn’t kill Elliott Johnson

Please stop exploiting his tragic suicide to sanitise political life.

Irene Ogrizek Wednesday 2 December 2015 comments

Canada’s hero complex

Pro-migrant campaigners are shaming their opponents into silence.

Ann Furedi Wednesday 2 December 2015 comments

The best abortion law is no abortion law at all

Northern Ireland's abortion ruling is a small step in the right direction.

Ella Whelan Wednesday 2 December 2015 comments

Who’s afraid of migrants?

Both sides in the refugee debate have lost sight of freedom.

Barbara Hewson Thursday 3 December 2015 comments

A veiled threat to freedom

After Paris, will religious tolerance survive?

Sadhvi Sharma Thursday 3 December 2015 comments

India is right: coal makes the world go round

India's defiance at the Paris climate talks should be celebrated.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 3 December 2015 comments

Bombing Raqqa:
the politics of personality by other means

The shallowness of the Commons debate on Syria was alarming.

Patrick West Friday 4 December 2015 comments

The folly of sticking to your principles

Jeremy Corbyn’s downfall is that he’s incapable of changing his mind.

Elliot McArdle Friday 4 December 2015 comments

The liberal racism faced by ex-Muslims

Why some lefties hate the likes of Maryam Namazie.

Tim Black Friday 4 December 2015 comments

After Oldham, who speaks for the working class?

Labour may have won a by-election, but it’s lost the working class.

Tom Slater Friday 4 December 2015 comments

Labour’s crybaby bombardiers

The bleating about online trolls is stifling political debate.

Neil Ross Monday 7 December 2015 comments

After San Bernardino: stop prayer-shaming Christians

Why shouldn’t people pray for massacre victims?

Kevin Yuill Monday 7 December 2015 comments

No one should need permission to die

The right to refuse treatment is not the same as the right to demand death.

Sean Collins Monday 7 December 2015 comments

Obama’s ‘biggest fear’? The American people

From guns to speech, terrorism has become an excuse to limit liberty.

Irene Ogrizek Tuesday 8 December 2015 comments

There’s more to Lou Reed than assholery

A new biography spreads muck, but sheds little light.

Wendy Kaminer Tuesday 8 December 2015 comments

Planned Parenthood shooting: did words incite it?

No, words don't directly cause violence. But they do have great power.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 8 December 2015 comments

All hail the
Gypsy King

So what if Tyson Fury's opinions are mad. His boxing is world-class.

Tom Slater Tuesday 8 December 2015 comments

‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv’ is not enough

The official response to the Leytonstone attack shows just how divided we are.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 8 December 2015 comments

Tyson Fury: falling victim to PC tyranny

It’s an outrage that the police are investigating Fury’s beliefs.

Christopher Beckett Wednesday 9 December 2015 comments

Who would be a teacher today?

Soul-sapping bureaucracy is putting off new recruits.

Tim Black Wednesday 9 December 2015 comments

The crumbling of the French elite

Le Pen's Front National is building on the ruins of the political establishment.

Mick Hume Wednesday 9 December 2015 comments

The world war on Donald Trump is truly ‘unhinged’

We must defend free speech even for politicians branded ‘fascists’.

Joel Kotkin Thursday 10 December 2015 comments

The new masters of the universe

From Silicon Valley, a new elite is coming.

Camille Paglia Thursday 10 December 2015 comments

Feminist trouble

Camille Paglia assesses the parlous state of today’s feminism.

Mick Hume Thursday 10 December 2015 comments

Roger Scruton: ‘These left thinkers have destroyed the intellectual life’

The philosopher talks to Mick Hume about politics, marriage and Islam.

Tim Black Thursday 10 December 2015 comments

Zombie apocalypse from now on

Why the undead live on.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 10 December 2015 comments

The crisis of character

Identity politics and the death of the individual.

Rob Lyons Friday 11 December 2015 comments

After the floods: we need more development

Greens are using Cumbria's troubles to argue for tough climate action. Bad idea.

Patrick West Friday 11 December 2015 comments

The vote is wasted on the young

We should raise the voting age to 25, not lower it to 16.

Kristian Niemietz Friday 11 December 2015 comments

‘Tis the season to be sneering

Don't let anti-consumerists kill your Christmas spirit.

Ella Whelan Friday 11 December 2015 comments

Grandma: when feminists fought back

This off-beat drama shows how feeble feminism has become.

Christian Butler Monday 14 December 2015 comments

Andrew Lloyd Webber: hitmaker or hack?

The musical-theatre icon is known for pulling in the punters – but he hasn’t had a hit for decades.

Luke Gittos Monday 14 December 2015 comments

James Deen: the injustice of Twitter trials

The rape-culture crusade has ushered in a new era of mob justice.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 14 December 2015 comments

War on Corbyn: the Tyranny of the Moderates

Anti-Corbynism speaks to the anti-democratic drabness of our era.

Ella Whelan Tuesday 15 December 2015 comments

Jess Phillips is not my hero

The Labour MP is nothing to write home about.

FH Buckley Tuesday 15 December 2015 comments

Donald Trump’s conservative revolution

Trump appeals to those fed up with Washington powerbrokers.

Sean Collins Tuesday 15 December 2015 comments

Why The Donald trumps the opposition

The clueless attacks on Trump have fuelled his campaign.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 16 December 2015 comments

Domestic violence is not on the rise

There's a real danger in expanding the definition of abuse.

Tim Black Wednesday 16 December 2015 comments

‘We must cultivate a love of reading’

Frank Furedi on the power of books, selfhood and Werther Fever.

Tom Slater Wednesday 16 December 2015 comments

Peep Show: sitcom for a rootless generation

The final episode will no doubt leave Mark and Jez right where we found them.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 17 December 2015 comments

Don’t believe the eco-hype

For all the optimism about wind and solar, renewables are nowhere near viable.

Ben Pile Thursday 17 December 2015 comments

Paris talks: agreeing to dodge democracy

Climate advocacy has become a refuge for political no-hopers.

Jan Macvarish Friday 18 December 2015 comments

The state is bad for your baby

We’re fast entering an era of state licensing of parenting.

Patrick West Friday 18 December 2015 comments

The secret to Star Wars’ success? Unoriginality

Great ideas are often pillaged from somewhere else.

Faisal Devji Friday 18 December 2015 comments

ISIS: haunted by sovereignty

At the heart of the Islamic State is a fear of political autonomy.

Barbara Hewson Monday 21 December 2015 comments

St Helena is no paedophiles’ paradise

How a charity and two social workers succeeded in witch-hunting an entire island.

Harvey Silverglate Monday 21 December 2015 comments

Students need education, not indoctrination

Harvard’s ‘holiday placemat for social justice’ turns students into missionaries.

Tom Slater Monday 21 December 2015 comments

Star Wars: the franchise awakens

JJ Abrams has restored balance to the Force.

Neil Ross Tuesday 22 December 2015 comments

The greatest human breakthroughs of 2015

The scientific advances that inspired the spiked team this year.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 22 December 2015 comments

In 2016, let’s take the fight to the campus censors

It’s time the silent majority made a stand for free speech.

Ella Whelan Tuesday 22 December 2015 comments

F**ck the F‑word: women’s liberation in 2016

Let’s ditch feminism and talk about what women really need.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 22 December 2015 comments

No justice in a year of moral crusades

But there are signs of a growing public scepticism about the child-abuse panic.

Mick Hume Thursday 24 December 2015 comments

The year we forgot what free speech means

The slogan of 2015 was less ‘Je Suis Charlie’ than ‘Vous Ne Pouvez Pas Dire Ca!’.

spiked Thursday 24 December 2015 comments

Our cultural highs and lows of 2015

spiked writers on the best and the worst of this year's art and culture.

Frank Furedi Sunday 27 December 2015 comments

The year the West terrorised itself

The West needs to beat Islamism on the battlefield of ideas.

Tom Slater Sunday 27 December 2015 comments

The year race made a comeback

In 2015, we saw the rise of a toxic new racialism.

Tim Black Sunday 27 December 2015 comments

The year of the populist

From Trump to Syriza, populist politics surged in 2015.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 28 December 2015 comments

Never mind Rhodes – it’s the cult of the victim that must fall

What the rotten anti-Rhodes movement reveals about 2015.

Patrick West Tuesday 29 December 2015 comments

Snobs don’t take Christmas off

Only rich people have the luxury of moaning about consumerism.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 29 December 2015 comments

Lord Janner: you can’t try a dead man

It would be a perversion of justice to put the deceased on trial.

Tim Black Tuesday 29 December 2015 comments

Why Chelsea sacked their best-ever manager

Even the Special One has succumbed to football's short-termism.

Tom Slater Tuesday 29 December 2015 comments

Why young white men are so lost

Society has decommissioned working-class men, and that's a tragedy.

spiked Tuesday 29 December 2015 comments

‘The greatest threat to free speech is conformism’

Watch Brendan O'Neill discuss freedom and more with Nick Gillespie.