October 2016

spiked podcast Saturday 1 October 2016 comments

‘The fight for democracy is more urgent than ever’

Podcast: Brendan O'Neill on Brexit and the unresolved nature of democracy.

Tom Slater Saturday 1 October 2016 comments

100 days since Brexit: it’s time to get real

No more dithering, no more anti-democracy: give us Brexit, now.

spiked Monday 3 October 2016 comments

‘Stop treating the public as thickos’

VIDEO: Tom Slater takes the fight to Brexit Justice.

Duleep Allirajah Monday 3 October 2016 comments

Why Big Sam shouldn’t have been sacked

The loose-lipped England manager is the latest casualty in the war on privacy.

Frank Furedi Monday 3 October 2016 comments

Being mentally ill: the new normal?

Everyday challenges are being rebranded psychological crises.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 4 October 2016 comments

This abuse inquiry was doomed to fail

Public inquiries should be about truth, not giving people ‘closure’.

Tim Black Tuesday 4 October 2016 comments

Corbyn’s critics are trivialising anti‑Semitism

Both of Labour's warring sides are using Jews as weapons.

James Heartfield Tuesday 4 October 2016 comments

They Shall Not Pass: the Battle of Cable Street 80 years on

Let's celebrate the revolutionary spirit of this clash with fascists.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 5 October 2016 comments

Skeleton Tree: a raw, remarkable album

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ latest is a heart-rending triumph.

spiked podcast Wednesday 5 October 2016 comments

‘I won’t play the PC game’

Professor Jordan Peterson tells spiked why he refuses to use mad gender pronouns.

Mick Hume Wednesday 5 October 2016 comments

May the Brexit Boudicca? Maybe not…

The Remainer prime minister looks an unlikely champion of popular democracy.

Tom Slater Wednesday 5 October 2016 comments

Where did Rudd get her anti-migrant ideas from? Labour

Quit your fuming, Labourites: the Tories are copying your party.

Jacob Furedi Thursday 6 October 2016 comments

Three cheers for the Polish abortion-rights strike

Polish women have landed a huge blow for freedom and autonomy.

Ella Whelan Thursday 6 October 2016 comments

Gross-out feminism is just plain gross

The new feminism's focus on the body is a step backwards.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 6 October 2016 comments

Elena Ferrante and the 21st-century crisis of identity

What the Ferrante story tells us about art and humanity.

Patrick West Friday 7 October 2016 comments

Leave voters are the real wise ones

Remainer rage is fuelled by ignorance, not knowledge.

Naomi Firsht Friday 7 October 2016 comments

10 things I hate about EU

Anti-democratic, anti-worker, anti-migrant... the EU is awful.

Ann Furedi Friday 7 October 2016 comments

Abortion and disability: it’s all about who decides

The only moral code we need on abortion is this: trust women.

Christian Butler Friday 7 October 2016 comments

Wicked: the musical that defined an era

Wicked’s success invites cynicism – it deserves admiration.

spiked podcast Saturday 8 October 2016 comments

‘Theresa May is not the hero of Brexit’

Podcast: Mick Hume on why the battle for democracy isn't over.

Matthew Lesh Monday 10 October 2016 comments

After Brexit, Anglo‑Oz relations can flourish

Brexit is an opportunity for closer ties with the UK's Commonwealth cousin.

Joanna Williams Monday 10 October 2016 comments

The campus rape panic demeans women

Female students don't need to be protected from lechy professors.

Tom Slater Monday 10 October 2016 comments

What would Sixties rebels make of consent classes?

The student movement was born out of the demand for sexual liberation.

Sean Collins Tuesday 11 October 2016 comments

Trump and Clinton: how low can they go?

This is the lamest, sleaziest presidential contest in living memory.

Tim Black Tuesday 11 October 2016 comments

Peacekeepers in Syria, warmongers in Yemen

The hypocrisy of Western interventionism is stomach-turning.

Will Franken Wednesday 12 October 2016 comments

The unspoken bigotry of the BBC’s diversity quotas

Giving ethnic minorities and women a leg-up is deeply patronising.

Dave Clements Wednesday 12 October 2016 comments

Stop telling kids they’re mentally ill

Many ‘mental-health problems’ are just normal childhood experiences.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 12 October 2016 comments

Clownpocalypse: urban legends in the internet age

What the global clown panic tells us about the politics of fear.

spiked podcast Wednesday 12 October 2016 comments

‘Synthetic alcohol misses the point of drinking’

On this month's Last Orders, we talk sinnovation, the plunge in cancer rates and the NHS.

Luke Gittos Thursday 13 October 2016 comments

All MPs should back the triggering of Article 50

Anything else would be a catastrophic betrayal of democracy.

Phil Mullan Thursday 13 October 2016 comments

Anti-Brexit anxieties have become a self-fulfilling prophecy

What sterling’s ‘flash crash’ tells us about the state of economic life.

Frank Furedi Thursday 13 October 2016 comments

I love Dylan. But he shouldn’t get the Nobel Prize

Dylan isn't literature: he's for listening to, not reading.

Tara McCormack Friday 14 October 2016 comments

The anti-politics of protest

Ivan Krastev’s Democracy Disrupted lays bare the limits of the global protest movement.

Jacob Furedi Friday 14 October 2016 comments

How trigger warnings went mainstream

Now even academics think students need to be protected from upsetting topics.

Patrick West Friday 14 October 2016 comments

Corbyn’s Labour is not a socialist party

Socialists don't pity or fear the poor like the Corbyn crew does.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 14 October 2016 comments

It’s time to shoot down the post-Brexit hate-crime hysteria

This is the most cynical, politically motivated crime panic in memory.

spiked podcast Saturday 15 October 2016 comments

‘Students should be challenged, not comforted’

Podcast: Frank Furedi on why university should never be a Safe Space.

Gareth Sturdy Monday 17 October 2016 comments

Treating teachers like robots

Let’s reject the tick-box culture and shape the future of education.

James Woudhuysen Monday 17 October 2016 comments

Samsung: recalling the future

The response to the ‘exploding phones’ fiasco reveals a fear of innovation.

Luke Gittos Monday 17 October 2016 comments

The Ched Evans case: we need to talk about rape law

Why are courts having to delve into the minutiae of complainants’ sex lives?

Christian Butler Tuesday 18 October 2016 comments

My Scientology Movie: Theroux the looking glass

Louis Theroux’s zany big-screen outing is a return form.

Tara McCormack Tuesday 18 October 2016 comments

Does Boris want a war with Russia?

Shooting down Russian war planes in Syria is a mad idea.

Julian Lagnado Tuesday 18 October 2016 comments

The crisis of French republicanism

French politicians have lost any sense of what the Fifth Republic is for.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 18 October 2016 comments

Ched Evans and the fury of the middle‑class mob

This case has exposed the illiberalism and classism of the new elite.

Wendy Kaminer Tuesday 18 October 2016 comments

Trump: a threat to democracy, not women

Trump has empowered a fearful, conspiratorial strain in US culture.

Matthew Lesh Wednesday 19 October 2016 comments

Je suis Bill Leak!

The Aussie cartoonist is being investigated by officialdom – an outrage.

Wendy Earle Wednesday 19 October 2016 comments

The culture of complaint

A new Tate exhibition shows that contemporary art is now just about whinging.

Tim Black Wednesday 19 October 2016 comments

Scottish independence: the cause of anti‑democrats

The SNP's opportunism draws deep on anti-Brexit sentiment.

Tom Slater Wednesday 19 October 2016 comments

‘Black Lives Matter has a plantation mentality’

Black Panther Elaine Brown on the degradation of black liberation.

Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 20 October 2016 comments

The expert invasion of family life

A new book explores the political instrumentalisation of parenting.

Mick Hume Thursday 20 October 2016 comments

What’s so ‘hard’ to grasp about democracy?

Soft Brexit sounds like a code for no real Brexit at all.

Ella Whelan Thursday 20 October 2016 comments

HyperNormalisation: good ideas, bad narrative

Adam Curtis's latest just doesn't hang together.

Fraser Myers Thursday 20 October 2016 comments

Heathrow and the crisis of vision

The government’s dithering over a third runway is an international embarrassment.

Dave Clements Friday 21 October 2016 comments

Into the mind of David Bowie

Bowie’s brilliance defies psychiatric reductivism.

Naomi Firsht Friday 21 October 2016 comments

All hail South Park’s masters of satire

No one lampoons PC and politics like South Park does.

Patrick West Friday 21 October 2016 comments

Remainers, please rein in your petulance

Will there be no end to their wailing and hollering?

spiked podcast Saturday 22 October 2016 comments

‘We must stand up for the idea of redemption’

Podcast: Brendan O'Neill on Ched Evans and the rise of PC vengeance.

Pauline Hadaway Monday 24 October 2016 comments

Northern Ireland: Brexit doesn’t mean division

Brexit is an opportunity to revive politics across the UK.

Jon Holbrook Monday 24 October 2016 comments

Democracy in the dock

Both sides in the Brexit legal challenge dismiss the will of the people.

Mick Hume Monday 24 October 2016 comments

A ‘fake sheikh’ can be a real reporter

The Leveson lobby want to find all dirt-digging journalism guilty.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 25 October 2016 comments

Singling out Israel, singling out Jews

The left’s obsession with Israel has rehabilitated anti-Semitism.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 25 October 2016 comments

The rise of Safe Space segregation

Campus identity politics has morphed into a new racialism.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 25 October 2016 comments

Of course Donald Trump loves England’s libel laws

Trump’s instinctual illiberalism is of a piece with our backward laws.

Christian Butler Wednesday 26 October 2016 comments

Lady Gaga: no style and no substance

On Joanne, Gaga feels more pointless than ever.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 26 October 2016 comments

The gay-cake case: why we must be free to discriminate

Religious freedom, the foundation of Western liberty, is under attack.

Tim Black Wednesday 26 October 2016 comments

Russia-bashing is making the West blind

In its quest for Cold War-era certainty, the West is inflaming world affairs.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 26 October 2016 comments

You’re so vain you think this refugee crisis is about you

Both sides in the child-refugee debate are astonishingly self-obsessed.

Patrick West Thursday 27 October 2016 comments

How politics got personal

Why is everyone suddenly ‘ashamed to be British’?

Ella Whelan Thursday 27 October 2016 comments

Trump and Hillary’s use and abuse of women

The sordid fascination with abuse allegations has degraded politics.

Tom Slater Thursday 27 October 2016 comments

The Donald and the turn against democracy

How elite disdain for the demos paved the way for Trump.

Helene Guldberg Friday 28 October 2016 comments

Sex, politics and censorship

Porn Panic! provides a frightening portrait of the left’s abandonment of liberty.

Tom Slater Friday 28 October 2016 comments

The fall of men

Gender politics is obscuring rather than illuminating the problems facing young males today.

Naomi Firsht Friday 28 October 2016 comments

The rise of transgender

In the space of a century, transgenderism has become a mainstream concern.

Ella Whelan Friday 28 October 2016 comments

Mary Kenny, a women’s liberator

The one-time feminist firebrand talks to the spiked review about her radical past and conservative present.

Alexander Adams Friday 28 October 2016 comments

A Guerrilla attack on artistic value

You shouldn’t judge an artwork by the race or gender of its producer.

Cordelia Fine Friday 28 October 2016 comments

On neurosexism

Cordelia Fine talks self-engendering, social determinism and aggressive men.

Joanna Williams Friday 28 October 2016 comments

The prison-house of gender

Contemporary feminist ideas of gender restrict rather than liberate women.

spiked podcast Saturday 29 October 2016 comments

‘The gay-cake ruling is an affront to free speech’

Podcast: Peter Tatchell discusses the Ashers Bakery case.

James Woudhuysen Monday 31 October 2016 comments

No, your home won’t be hacked

The panic over web-connected household gadgets is overblown.

Luke Gittos Monday 31 October 2016 comments

Remembering Helen Reece

Luke Gittos pays tribute to an intellectual inspiration.