January 2016

Alex Standish Monday 4 January 2016 comments

Storm Frank:
what’s in a name?

The decision to name the storms causing the floods reveals our newfound fear of weather.

Luke Gittos Monday 4 January 2016 comments

Cosby showtrial: is the accuser holy now?

The whispers about Cosby have chilling echoes of Salem.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 5 January 2016 comments

Who wants a sugar‑free life?

A government app warning of the dangers of sugar leaves a sour taste.

Ella Whelan Tuesday 5 January 2016 comments

The real Danczuk scandal? Infantilising women

The MP's 17-year-old flirter has been treated like a child.

Tim Black Tuesday 5 January 2016 comments

What Corbynistas and Blairites have in common

Lacking vision, all sides of Labour now rely on skulduggery and bitching.

Tom Slater Tuesday 5 January 2016 comments

Chris Gayle and the rise of the Flirt Tax

Fining a man for asking someone on a date is mad and illiberal.

Sabine Beppler-Spahl Wednesday 6 January 2016 comments

Germans must be free to read Mein Kampf

The ban on Hitler's tome was dankly elitist

Alexander Thompson Wednesday 6 January 2016 comments

Even idiots like Dieudonné must have free speech

The legal punishments dished out to the French comedian undermine our freedoms.

Mick Hume Wednesday 6 January 2016 comments

We know they are not Charlie now

A year after the massacre, the threat to free speech comes from within.

Stuart Derbyshire Wednesday 6 January 2016 comments

The college where thinking is still allowed

Shimer College confounds its critics, but impresses Stuart Derbyshire.

Candice Holdsworth Thursday 7 January 2016 comments

Mansplaining: an affront to universalism

The feminists hating on Sherlock need to get a grip and read some history.

Kevin Yuill Thursday 7 January 2016 comments

From his warm, tear‑stained hands…

Obama’s plan to Do Something about guns threatens ordinary Americans.

spiked Thursday 7 January 2016 comments

Après Charlie: a year of fighting for the right to offend

Why spiked thinks free speech is the most important cause of our times.

Patrick West Friday 8 January 2016 comments

Lemmy: the nice man of rock’n’roll

The harder the sound, the softer the performers.

Tom Slater Friday 8 January 2016 comments

The Danish Girl: neither stunning nor brave

The uneasy response to Tom Hooper’s botched biopic speaks volumes.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 8 January 2016 comments

Saudi Arabia vs Iran: much more than a religious war

The Saudi-Iran tensions speak to the exhaustion of politics.

Dave Clements Monday 11 January 2016 comments

We need real public health

Public health was once about saving us from illness, not from ourselves.

Jennie Bristow Monday 11 January 2016 comments

Policing pregnancy is bad for babies

The public-health lobby’s hectoring of pregnant women is a menace.

Frank Furedi Monday 11 January 2016 comments

Why are angry ranchers being called terrorists?

The indiscriminate use of the T-word is trivialising genuine terrorist acts.

Christian Butler Tuesday 12 January 2016 comments

Bowie:
his life, times and transformations

He kept us guessing to the very end.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 12 January 2016 comments

Bowie and the shrinking sense of possibility

Bowie’s rise and demise speak to a crisis of cultural freedom.

Mick Hume Tuesday 12 January 2016 comments

When Bowie was not a ‘national treasure’

The Seventies starman was the spirit of that turbulent age in dayglow jumpsuit.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 13 January 2016 comments

Making a Murderer: an uncertain truth

The latest Netflix series shows the crucial importance of doubt.

Tim Black Wednesday 13 January 2016 comments

Zac Goldsmith:
the worst possible mayor of London

The posh environmentalist is exactly what London doesn't need.

Ellie Lee Thursday 14 January 2016 comments

Sorry, Cameron, but parents don’t want parenting classes

We reject your pseudoscience and your meddling in family life.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 14 January 2016 comments

After Cologne: let’s ‘dare to say how things really are’

The furore about those sexual assaults says more about ‘our’ culture than ‘theirs’.

Patrick West Friday 15 January 2016 comments

Bowie’s death: a Diana moment for Generation X

Social media has been gripped by the worst case of mourning sickness for 20 years.

Joanna Williams Friday 15 January 2016 comments

Universities must challenge, not conform

The tyranny of consensus on campus is undermining academic freedom.

Tom Slater Friday 15 January 2016 comments

The tyranny of Safe Spaces

Illiberal students are taking their cue from an increasingly illiberal society.

Tom Slater Sunday 17 January 2016 comments

Campus censorship: it’s worse than you think, but there is hope

Introducing the 2016 Free Speech University Rankings.

James Heartfield Tuesday 19 January 2016 comments

Council estates need more development, not less

The government's Housing Bill punishes the worst off.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 19 January 2016 comments

Transgenderism: a top-down politics of identity

Far from being about liberty, transgenderism is backed by undemocratic power.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 19 January 2016 comments

Why is Europe giving Muslim migrants sex-ed lessons?

These creepy leaflets are testament to a much deeper malaise.

Joe Arthur Wednesday 20 January 2016 comments

Reason Trumps intolerance – for now

Joe Arthur reports from the parliamentary debate on banning The Donald.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 20 January 2016 comments

Why rape defendants shouldn’t be anonymous

Granting anonymity to men charged with rape will damage the justice system.

Mick Hume Wednesday 20 January 2016 comments

Trump debate: treating free speech like a disease

The UK ‘Ban Trump’ lobby is on a moral par with The Donald.

Tim Black Thursday 21 January 2016 comments

Why the thirst for sporting scandal?

The endless suspicion-mongering around sport is born of a deeper distrust.

Ella Whelan Thursday 21 January 2016 comments

Vagina voting is bad for women

Neither Clinton nor Foster are interested in women's liberation.

Patrick West Friday 22 January 2016 comments

After Cologne: where are the feminists?

Why are 'progressives' so reluctant to question what happened?

Tom Slater Friday 22 January 2016 comments

Oscars boycott: down with the art of identity

A racialised new climate is robbing art of its transcendent impulse.

John Mason Monday 25 January 2016 comments

Why I’m celebrating Australia Day

Celebrating your national heritage does not make you racist.

Luke Gittos Monday 25 January 2016 comments

The Litvinenko inquiry: more harm than good

Was there any merit to holding this public inquiry?

In dystopian Britain, the police now hunt down ‘pre-rapists’

Sexual Risk Orders are ripping apart liberty and due process.

Rob Harries Tuesday 26 January 2016 comments

Jerry Sadowitz: an anti-establishment hero

In this era of offence-taking, Sadowitz’s vicious comedy is more vital than ever.

Phil Mullan Tuesday 26 January 2016 comments

Economic crisis begins at home

Worry less about China and more about Britain's own economic stagnation.

Mick Hume Tuesday 26 January 2016 comments

Should anything be ‘beyond a joke’?

The new comedy code of intolerant conformism is no laughing matter.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 26 January 2016 comments

We need to talk about terrorism

The Prevent agenda is chilling classroom discussion.

Tom Slater Wednesday 27 January 2016 comments

Meet the students fighting campus censorship

Students across the country have had enough of censorious SUs.

Richard Sennett Thursday 28 January 2016 comments

The intimate lives of others

Richard Sennett talks narcissism, identity and the unbearable lightness of selfhood.

Christopher Bray Thursday 28 January 2016 comments

Review: Dietrich vs Riefenstahl

A parallel biography of Lene and Leni illuminates the lives of neither.

Ella Whelan Thursday 28 January 2016 comments

Review: Leibovitz’s women trouble

Annie Liebovitz’s Women: New Portraits is stifled by gender politics.

Alexander Adams Thursday 28 January 2016 comments

Review: Iris Murdoch’s letters

A new edition of private correspondence hides as much as it reveals.

Anil Seth Thursday 28 January 2016 comments

The material soul

Anil Seth explores what neuroscience can – and can’t – tell us about consciousness.

Tarjinder Gill Friday 29 January 2016 comments

How ‘progressive’ education patronises the poor

The only responsibility schools have to working-class kids is to give them a good education.

Barbara Hewson Friday 29 January 2016 comments

The ECHR is not working

The European Court of Human Rights should not be ruling on workplace matters.

Patrick West Friday 29 January 2016 comments

Washed-up misanthropy

The declaration of man as pestilence on the planet is adolescent and tedious.