May 2018

A dead party walking

Germany’s Social Democrats have a new leader, but no new ideas.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 1 May 2018 comments

10 reasons minimum pricing sucks

Let’s stand up to this regressive sin tax.

Fraser Myers Tuesday 1 May 2018 comments

After Toronto: a moral panic about men

‘Toxic masculinity’ does not explain recent brutal killings.

Andrew Doyle Tuesday 1 May 2018 comments

Michelle Wolf and the rise of right-wing snowflakes

It was a roast. What did these whinging conservatives expect?

Bill Wirtz Wednesday 2 May 2018 comments

The senseless war on snus

Why does the EU want to snuff out smokeless tobacco?

Patrick Marmion Wednesday 2 May 2018 comments

The #MeToo era needs some hippy spirit

Two new plays reflect how prudish and harsh the gender debate has become.

Steve Bremner Wednesday 2 May 2018 comments

Rewilding: a rotten idea

How a rewilding experiment created a barren wasteland of starving animals.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 2 May 2018 comments

Why the left has turned its back on freedom of speech

The left’s embrace of censorship is the great political tragedy of our time.

Patrick West Thursday 3 May 2018 comments

Yes, there are some nice Tories

The politics of ‘all Tories are evil’ is infantile nonsense.

Ella Whelan Thursday 3 May 2018 comments

Stop treating sex workers like children

Feminists who want to criminalise prostitution are attacking women’s autonomy.

Luke Gittos Thursday 3 May 2018 comments

Cosby’s conviction is a hollow victory

The politicisation of this trial will forever taint its verdict.

Mick Hume Thursday 3 May 2018 comments

The Lords and the left unite to fight democracy

Corbyn’s Labour – cheerleader for unelected, Brexit-throttling peers.

Jonathan Israel Friday 4 May 2018 comments

Radicalising the Enlightenment

Jonathan Israel on the vital importance of those who dared to know.

Stuart Kelly Friday 4 May 2018 comments

Acts of faith and commemoration

Stuart Kelly on the land of Walter Scott, and the murderer who became a minister.

Steven Pinker Friday 4 May 2018 comments

The critical
optimist

Steven Pinker on why the Enlightenment still matters.

Alexander Adams Friday 4 May 2018 comments

Amrita Sher-Gil: unseen brilliance

The Hungarian-Indian painter is rightly hailed, yet few outside India have seen her work.

Ella Whelan Friday 4 May 2018 comments

A revolution
of feeling

Rachel Hewitt’s history of emotion explores the late-Enlightenment mind

Brendan O’Neill Friday 4 May 2018 comments

Forget Corbynism – the real ‘momentum’ is with Brexit

It’s clear now: Labour is the party of the establishment and status quo.

Jodie Ginsberg Friday 4 May 2018 comments

Against hate-speech laws

Nadine Strossen’s new book makes an important case for the importance of free speech without limits.

Tim Black Friday 4 May 2018 comments

JJ Rousseau: autonomy lost

His work laid the ground both for a radical conception of autonomy, and its critique.

Frank Furedi Saturday 5 May 2018 comments

The truth about Karl Marx

200 years after his birth, let’s remember how committed he was to freedom.

Ian O’Doherty Monday 7 May 2018 comments

Ireland’s nanny-state evangelists

There’s nothing these moral crusaders won’t do to save us from ourselves.

spiked podcast Monday 7 May 2018 comments

‘Trump isn’t un‑PC. He’s just an asshole’

Bret Stephens talks to Tom Slater about the twin threats to free speech.

Mick Hume Monday 7 May 2018 comments

Forget left v right, it’s Leave v Remain

Why Labour didn’t win and Twitter lost the local elections.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 8 May 2018 comments

Shaming service staff goes viral

Some millennials think little of hectoring low-paid workers.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 8 May 2018 comments

Education can set kids free

Genes and background do not determine children’s future.

Tom Slater Tuesday 8 May 2018 comments

Press freedom hangs by a thread

We have 24 hours to halt a historic betrayal of liberty.

Jim Butcher Wednesday 9 May 2018 comments

May Must Fall: an affront to intellectual diversity

Academics at Oxford seem to think students will be traumatised by a portrait of the PM.

Andrew Doyle Wednesday 9 May 2018 comments

The Day for Freedom was not a far-right rally

But it did show what happens when the left abandons free speech.

Tim Black Wednesday 9 May 2018 comments

Trump’s dangerous Iran obsession

America’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal will stoke tension in the Middle East.

Dennis Hayes Thursday 10 May 2018 comments

The EU won’t save academic freedom

Academics need to learn to stand up for themselves.

Michael P Fitzpatrick Thursday 10 May 2018 comments

The Met Gala and the cultural-appropriation hypocrites

Crucifixes? On non-Catholics? Why isn’t Twitter up in arms about this?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 10 May 2018 comments

A manifesto for heresy

Say the unsayable: read the speech Brendan O’Neill gave at Oxford this week.

Christian Butler Friday 11 May 2018 comments

‘This is America’: a masterclass in ambiguity

Donald Glover’s viral hit is vague enough to suit everyone’s politics.

Patrick West Friday 11 May 2018 comments

What Marx and Nietzsche had in common

Neither should be held responsible for the excesses of their supporters.

Jennie Bristow Friday 11 May 2018 comments

Buying off young people

Why giving £10k to all 25-year-olds is a terrible idea.

Spiked Monday 14 May 2018 comments

A minute of your time to help defend the press

We must see off the Lords’ plan for Leveson II – contact your MP now.

Christian Butler Monday 14 May 2018 comments

Eurovision is about camp, not politics

Political commentators’ glib Eurovision takes are almost always wrong.

Fraser Myers Monday 14 May 2018 comments

Dirty jokes in the dock

The policing of smutty humour needs to stop.

Wendy Kaminer Monday 14 May 2018 comments

Sex, lies and Stormy Daniels

Could Trump’s tawdriness prove to be his undoing?

Kevin Yuill Tuesday 15 May 2018 comments

David Goodall: dying for the wrong cause

This tragic case reminds us why assisted suicide is immoral.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 15 May 2018 comments

Sadiq Khan, London’s paternalist-in-chief

London has a lot of problems; burger ads isn't one of them.

Para Mullan Tuesday 15 May 2018 comments

Malaysia: a victory for democracy

The defeat of Malaysia’s corrupt rulers was unexpected, and welcome.

Emily Dinsmore Tuesday 15 May 2018 comments

Why MPs must vote against Leveson II – again

It’s time to shoot down the myths of the pro-regulation lobby.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 15 May 2018 comments

The siege of Israel

The demonisation of Israel is nurturing a new kind of conflict.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 16 May 2018 comments

Dementia: we need action, not awareness

The response to Barbara Windsor’s diagnosis captured society’s low horizons.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 16 May 2018 comments

The ugliness of the knife-crime debate

Both sides treat black and Asian communities like children.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 16 May 2018 comments

Stop playing politics with student suicides

Suicides on campus are shocking and tragic – and, thankfully, rare.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 16 May 2018 comments

Why Ireland must repeal the Eighth Amendment

The right to abortion is one of the most essential liberties.

Fraser Myers Thursday 17 May 2018 comments

#MuteRKelly: now it’s #MeToo vs music

Throwing alleged sex pests off Spotify playlists is a mockery of justice.

Tim Black Thursday 17 May 2018 comments

Why demonising Iran is a dangerous game

Trump’s blundersome approach is escalating Israel-Iran tensions.

Christopher Snowdon Thursday 17 May 2018 comments

FOBTs: a middle-class moral panic

The £2 stake will do nothing to help problem gamblers.

Mick Hume Thursday 17 May 2018 comments

Time to quell the Lords’ anti-democratic riot

The constitutional crisis that nobody on the left wants to talk about.

Gareth Sturdy Friday 18 May 2018 comments

Carrot-gate and the sorry state of education

Teaching to the test has rendered students unable to answer tricky questions.

Jason D Hill Friday 18 May 2018 comments

The black nihilism of Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates has profited from the very thing he is intent on destroying: the American Dream.

Ella Whelan Friday 18 May 2018 comments

It takes more than a makeover to make a woman

Munroe Bergdorf is pushing a pretty sexist view of womanhood.

Tom Slater Friday 18 May 2018 comments

Harry, Meghan and the future of the royals

Monarchism is weaker than it looks. Sadly, so is republicanism.

Brendan O’Neill Sunday 20 May 2018 comments

Oh spare us this Woke Monarchy

The new aristocrats are as irritating as the old ones.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 21 May 2018 comments

Entebbe: hijacked by political messaging

A new dramatisation of the Entebbe hijacking ignores its human dimension.

Christian Butler Monday 21 May 2018 comments

Cannes is a celebration of diversity

Blanchett and pals’ sexism protests obscure the brilliant non-Western filmmaking on display.

The ugly trade in Palestinian pain

Western liberals bear some responsibility for the violence in Gaza.

Martin Cullip Tuesday 22 May 2018 comments

YouTube’s anti-vaping purge

The war on e-cigarette advertising sets a dangerous precedent for free speech online.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 22 May 2018 comments

Asking too much of the Grenfell Inquiry

An inquiry can’t provide political answers to this terrible tragedy.

Tim Black Tuesday 22 May 2018 comments

The fantasy of Russia’s dirty money

Blaming Russia for everything has become the elite’s go-to conspiracy theory.

James Heartfield Tuesday 22 May 2018 comments

Ken Livingstone: undone by his own brand of anti‑racism

His own equal-opportunities approach has been turned against him.

Karl Kemp Wednesday 23 May 2018 comments

The alt-right comes to South Africa

The cynical politicisation of attacks on white farmers is helping no one.

Rudi Abdallah Wednesday 23 May 2018 comments

Gina Haspel: feminist or torturer?

The CIA’s first female director is nothing to celebrate.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 23 May 2018 comments

Monarchy and feminism: a perfect marriage

Meghan Markle epitomises the elitist turn of feminism.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 23 May 2018 comments

Just say Yes

Brendan O’Neill reports from Dublin on the abortion referendum.

Fraser Myers Thursday 24 May 2018 comments

‘Internet safety’ just means internet censorship

Officials want to clean up the web. Bad news for free speech.

Kevin Yuill Thursday 24 May 2018 comments

Turning monsters into victims

Saying school shooters are the products of a warped society lets them off the hook.

Dominic Standish Thursday 24 May 2018 comments

The thwarting of Italian democracy

How EU officials are overriding Italy’s popular will.

Mick Hume Thursday 24 May 2018 comments

The real ‘Tory Brexit lie’...

...is the myth that May’s government is fighting to leave the EU at all.

Henry Jacobson Friday 25 May 2018 comments

The GDPR is why Brexit must happen

This mad regulation proves the 17.4million were right.

Gammon: the left turns on the less well-off

Among middle-class Momentum types, it’s cool to sneer at working people.

Ella Whelan Friday 25 May 2018 comments

Identity politics is ruining Shakespeare

Two new productions at The Globe put ‘diversity’ ahead of art.

Tom Slater Friday 25 May 2018 comments

‘How could Germaine Greer make anyone feel unsafe?’

Universities minister Sam Gyimah on the march of campus censorship.

Ann Furedi Sunday 27 May 2018 comments

The Irish vote will echo through Britain

How the revolt against the Eighth raises questions for the UK.

Brendan O’Neill Sunday 27 May 2018 comments

Choice – the great cause of our times

The Irish revolt against the Eighth should inspire radicals everywhere.

Christopher Beckett Monday 28 May 2018 comments

How kids’ lit became misery lit

Adventure stories are out; tales of woe and stress and illness are in.

Hardeep Singh Monday 28 May 2018 comments

We have to stop saying ‘Asian grooming gangs’

‘Asian’ has become a way of avoiding mentioning the M-word.

Gareth Sturdy Monday 28 May 2018 comments

The silencing of schoolteachers is out of control

How the education ‘blob’ uses intimidation to quash dissent.

Christian Butler Tuesday 29 May 2018 comments

Who’s afraid of the N-word?

No, singing along to the N-word in a rap song doesn’t make you racist.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 29 May 2018 comments

No, Oxford University is not racist

The diversity industry patronises black students and harms academia.

Ella Whelan Tuesday 29 May 2018 comments

Abortion in Northern Ireland: let the people decide

Northern Irish women’s rights can’t be won by Westminster.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 29 May 2018 comments

The putsch in Italy

The Euro-establishment has declared war on democracy.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 29 May 2018 comments

The real reason the cultural elite hates Roseanne

It’s her non-conformism, not her gross tweet, that they can’t abide.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 30 May 2018 comments

The myth of the obesity timebomb

Childhood obesity is lower than it was a decade ago.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 30 May 2018 comments

North Vietnam strikes back

In January 1968, Vietnamese communists launched the world-changing Tet Offensive.

Tim Black Wednesday 30 May 2018 comments

Enter the Weatherman

Tim Black talks to Mark Rudd about the 1960s, radicalism and his time in the Weather Undergound.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 30 May 2018 comments

Tommy Robinson is no free-speech martyr

Prejudicing a court case is not a free-speech issue.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 30 May 2018 comments

1968: The birth of the new conformism

As the old order crumbled, an equally depoliticised new one took its place.

Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 30 May 2018 comments

The left’s betrayal of Ireland’s ’68

When people in Derry rose up to challenge their sectarian rulers, they were condescended to by a British left fiercely loyal to the British state.

Carlton Brick Wednesday 30 May 2018 comments

Hubert Selby Jr’s war on God

Last Exit to Brooklyn is a testament to a deeply humanist sensibility.

Chris Reynolds Wednesday 30 May 2018 comments

Misremembering May ’68

There is more to les évènements than students, sex and Paris.

Joan Bakewell Wednesday 30 May 2018 comments

‘The world was never the same’

Joan Bakewell on sex, revolution and reporting during 1968.

Fraser Myers Thursday 31 May 2018 comments

Even Holocaust deniers deserve free speech

Alison Chabloz’s songs are grotesque but she shouldn’t be criminalised.

Rob Killick Thursday 31 May 2018 comments

The Great American Novelist

Philip Roth’s American Pastoral is one of the finest novels of all time.

Sean Collins Thursday 31 May 2018 comments

Blue Waves and Impeachment? Dream on, Democrats

The Democrats’ mistake: embracing an elitist politics of identity.