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Monday 3 May 2010 May 2010
Brendan O’Neill
Unfettered freedom: the basis of the Good Society
ESSAY: Both the political elite and its critics believe there is a conflict between rights and responsibilities. They could not be more wrong.

Tuesday 4 May 2010
Tim Black
The ‘fresh face’ of the new elite
With his demos-dodging rise to political fame, Nick Clegg personifies the new breed of professional politician.

Brendan O’Neill
Tackling the ‘madness of the majority’
Today’s campaign for proportional representation echoes the 19th-century elitists who also wanted PR.

Frank Furedi
The day the political oligarchy stood exposed
‘Bigotgate’ is the most telling moment of the election, capturing the unspoken clash of values and attitudes between the rulers and the ruled.

Wednesday 5 May 2010
Patrick Hayes
After the Iron Curtain, the Cultural Curtain
The political class’s attacks on climate-change-denying, homophobic Eastern Europeans is dividing Europe anew.

Emily Hill
You can’t blame Brown for everything
There are two problems with Brown-bashing: it’s immature and it’s making Emily Hill feel sorry for the PM.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Public health and the obsession with behaviour
ESSAY: Recent thinking on health policy has been driven by two myths: that bad health is caused by bad habits, and that government can promote good health by changing our behaviour.

Nathalie Rothschild
The fossilisation of Rock The Vote
Youth turnout campaigns have been virtually wound up because they no longer trust that young people will vote ‘sensibly’.

Mick Hume
The abstentionist elephant in the room
No one wants to talk about the problem of turnout this time — perhaps because they no longer care if millions of ‘bigots’ and proles don’t vote.

Thursday 6 May 2010
Alex Standish
The hypocrisy of Arizona bashing
If the Grand Canyon state’s immigration laws seem authoritarian, wait till you see what the Democrats are proposing.

Daniel Ben-Ami
The Greek crisis and the blame game
Greece’s woes have revealed a Euro-elite more interested in blame-shifting than tackling the economic crisis.

Bill Durodié
On Thailand, what would Trotsky say?
If the Thai Red Shirts want real change, they could do with reading History of the Russian Revolution.

Sean Collins
The trouble with ‘anti-capitalism’
ELECTION ESSAY: contemporary so-called ‘anti-capitalism’ – which is underpinned by a powerful misanthropy – is the main barrier to progress today.

Brendan O’Neill
Why today’s election really is momentous...
...not because it has offered us any big or inspiring ideas, but because it has confirmed the rise and rise of a new political oligarchy.

Friday 7 May 2010
David Bowden
Glee: camp, fun, won’t change the world
Finally a high school show that makes a song-and-dance out of Big Issues with sarcasm and lightheartedness.

Duleep Allirajah
Yesss... we finished fourth from bottom!
Drawing at Sheffield Wednesday may not warrant an open-top bus parade, but it sure as hell felt like it should.

spiked authors
What I did on polling day
Frank Furedi, Mick Hume, Michael Fitzpatrick and others give their first impressions of a changeable and chaotic election.

Brendan O’Neill
The message of the polls: ‘We don’t agree with Nick’
There were many losers in the election, but none more so than the cultural elite who backed Clegg. They’ve been shockingly exposed.

Monday 10 May 2010
Rob Lyons
The General Election that nobody won
Let Rob Lyons take you on a guided tour of the election results and what they reveal about modern Britain.

Brendan O’Neill
The delusions of the electoral reform lobby
spiked likes the idea of proportional representation, but we want nothing to do with today’s elitist campaign for it.

Frank Furedi
Bad bigots and good bigots: politics after the election
Gillian Duffy was written off as a ‘bigot’ by the same liberal elite that sanctions bigotry and hatred towards its political opponents.

Tuesday 11 May 2010
Brendan O’Neill
Who’s afraid of teenage lads’ mags?
The Danny Dyer controversy is based on a view of working-class youth as easily brainwashed monkeys.

Tim Black
For Google, privacy just doesn’t compute
Google’s blasé attitude towards people’s private lives reflects a broader cultural indifference to privacy.

Mick Hume
Après Brown, le deluge?
Nobody should be sorry to see Brown go – but the elitist cliques now trying to carve up power In The National Interest would be even worse for politics.

Wednesday 12 May 2010
Rob Lyons
The low Horizons of modern society
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is bad, but it is not a warning from nature about mankind's hubris.

Neil Davenport
The slapstick side to Islamic terrorism
Chris Morris’s depiction of jihadists as dunces who hate slags and Maccy D’s is scarily accurate.

Tim Black
Ten myths about Gordon Brown
Hold on. Brown can’t just slink out of office without a final challenge to the idea that he was unspun, decisive and principled.

Brendan O’Neill
If you really want ‘new politics’, step forward
The shake-up of Britain’s political system represents an opportunity for pushing new, exciting ideas into the public realm.

Thursday 13 May 2010
Basham and Luik
Five-a-day won’t keep the doctor away
The idea that eating fruit and veg can help to ward off cancer is repeated over and over again. Despite not being true.

Nathalie Rothschild
After thoughtcrime, now we have tweetcrime
The conviction of a Twitter user for posting a joke about a bomb shows how insanely paranoid officialdom has become.

Patrick Hayes
‘Yes we Lacan’: the revolt of philosophy students
Patrick Hayes talks to the Middlesex students who have occupied their university in defence of knowledge for its own sake.

Nancy McDermott
‘For trusting my daughter, I was treated as a criminal’
What’s the punishment for leaving your kids in a shopping mall for one hour? For one mum, it was probation, parenting classes, and shame.

Friday 14 May 2010
David Bowden
Junior Apprentice: taking yoof seriously
Watching young people being forced to account for themselves in the boardroom was strangely exhilarating.

Duleep Allirajah
Premier League: a
billion-pound snoozefest

The last day of the Premier League season: No upsets. No banana skins. No tears. No entertainment.

Tim Black
The real reason the bishop likes migrants
Archbishop Rowan Williams is ‘pro-immigration’ only in the sense that he hopes the arrival of foreigners will remind Britain of its core values.

Monday 17 May 2010
Brendan O’Neill
The humanist case against euthanasia
If you’re opposed to legalising a ‘right to die’, people assume you must be a religious crank. But not all of us are.

Stephen Bremner
Keep quiet... there might be aliens listening
Stephen Hawking’s warning to avoid contact with extra-terrestrial life reveals his pessimism towards humanity.

Sean Collins
Why Greece matters
The economic turmoil in southern Europe shows that, far from going away, the global financial crisis has entered a dangerous new phase.

Tuesday 18 May 2010
Emily Hill
Money, money, money...it isn’t funny
The BBC’s adaptation of Martin Amis’s classic 1984 novel has none of the book’s zing, insight or fast satire.

Tim Black
In defence of the right to tittle-tattle
Lord Triesman’s punishment for something he said behind closed doors shows that privacy counts for sweet FA today.

Brendan O’Neill
Their politics and ours
We definitely need a ‘new politics’ today - but don’t expect it to come from the technocratic, ideology-free Liberal-Conservative government.

Wednesday 19 May 2010
Nathalie Rothschild
Who made the BNP into free-speech martyrs?
It is only because liberal activists have ditched the cause of freedom that the far right can claim it as its own.

Brendan O’Neill
Mocking Muhammad:
a shallow Enlightenment

Of course people should be free to say ‘I shit on Muhammad’. But here’s a question: why are they so keen to say it?

Josie Appleton
Defend the Republic! Ban the burqa!
When so few European women wear the full veil, why are governments falling over themselves to ban it? It’s pseudo-libertarian grandstanding.

Thursday 20 May 2010
Bríd Hehir
Turning clinicians into state apparatchiks
A survey asking medical staff to rate the coolness of leaders like Hitler was naff – but so is the entire ‘leadership agenda’.

Rob Lyons
Squeezing the joy out of ketchup
Heinz’s decision to change its ketchup recipe after 40 years is a sign of our health-obsessed, killjoy times.

Patrick Hayes
Want to travel abroad? Computer says ‘No’
If Nick Clegg is serious about having a bonfire of repressive laws, he might want to chuck on the e-Borders scheme.

Mick Hume
This ‘brave’ coalition is more like a cowardly cabal
‘People power’? Pull the other one. The UK government’s reforms signal the desperation of the new elites to insulate themselves from us.

Friday 21 May 2010
David Bowden
Taking refuge in a mythologised 1980s
Packed with clichés and simplistic politics, the BBC’s Eighties season revealed why liberals love that decade.

Duleep Allirajah
Why the daggers are out for Lord Triesman
Since when did ‘wrecking England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup’ become a treasonable offence?

Lenore Skenazy
Take your kids to the park, and leave them there
A New York writer has caused a storm by encouraging parents to leave their kids in parks tomorrow. She tells spiked why she’s doing it.

Monday 24 May 2010
Jason Smith
The decline and fall of the British boozer
Beset by smoking bans, economic crisis and social disapproval, it's a wonder any pubs survive at all.

Sean Collins
Why Mrs Europe is bashing the bankers
Angela Merkel’s unilateral decision to ban ‘short selling’ shows how deluded and divided the political class is.

Tim Black
We must stop saying ‘The science demands...’
Top climate-change expert Mike Hulme tells spiked it is a scandal that scientific claims are increasingly usurping politics and morality.

Tuesday 25 May 2010
James Heartfield
Why the EU will thrive on Greece’s troubles
Merkel says the Union is in trouble, but this is pure fearmongering designed to make people toe the line.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Censorship is not the answer to health scares
The only way to challenge the pseudoscience of Andrew Wakefield and others is to have more debate, not less.

Frank Furedi
A showtrial of children for being naughty
The conviction of two boys for attempted rape is not only a travesty of justice – it also exposes society’s screwed-up attitude towards childhood.

Wednesday 26 May 2010
Tim Black
An eruption of fear and irrationalism
As more facts come to light, we can finally see how crazy it was to shut UK airspace in response to the Icelandic volcano.

Patrick Hayes
Prohibition, one binge drinker at a time
Britain may have a new government, but when it comes to drinking, we can expect another round of clampdowns.

Brendan O’Neill
Don’t arrest Brian Haw, but don’t idolise him either
The gathering of homeless conspiracy theorists in Parliament Square isn’t a protest – it’s a public nervous breakdown.

Mick Hume
Why there is Bugger All solidarity for BA strikers
The isolation and marginalisation of the doughty British Airways cabin crew looks like a sign of wider problems ahead for resisting cuts.

Thursday 27 May 2010
Duleep Allirajah
Welcome to the Jose Mourinho show
The Special One may be spectacularly narcissistic but, as his all-conquering Inter side showed, he’s entitled to be.

David Bowden
Appealing to our
inner teenage boy

US import Spartacus: Blood and Sand makes Up Pompeii! look like a work of serious classical scholarship.

Rob Lyons
Why the Lib-Cons are so keen on austerity
Unable to remake or reboot Britain’s economy for the twenty-first century, our leaders can only cut – and even then, they’re too timid.

Friday 28 May 2010
James Woudhuysen
An engaging tale, packed with myths
Christian Salmon’s book rightly notes the increasing use of narrative in modern life, but his ‘anti-capitalist’ instincts get in the way of understanding why.

Christopher Snowdon
A ‘theory of everything’ that explains nothing
The author of The Spirit Level Delusion explains why Britain’s chattering classes were so wrong to embrace The Spirit Level and its argument that all of society’s problems are caused by inequality.

Michael Baum
A gold standard for breast cancer treatment
In this extract from his memoirs, breast-cancer expert Professor Michael Baum shows how a new technology allowed the mysteries of an ancient artefact to be revealed and provided a cost-effective medical treatment.

Sean Collins
The unreliability of memory
In his latest novel, the mostly hopeful story of a dying man trying to make sense of his life, Paul Auster ditches his usual formalism in favour of creating engaging characters.

Tim Black
Bring on the locusts!
Clive Hamilton’s depressing new book makes explicit the Biblical idea that underpins environmentalism: that human beings shall be punished by floods and fire for their hubris.

Rob Lyons
People who eat ‘junk food’ aren’t junkies
The idea that the food industry has turned us into fat, helpless beings desperate for our next fast-food fix is based on a degraded view of human beings.

Brendan O’Neill
Radical snobbery
Comedian Mark Thomas’s ‘People’s Manifesto’ confirms that no one is more suspicious and disdainful of the masses today than the worn-out, disillusioned rump of the radical left.

Ann Furedi
Providing myths and fables to the Godless
Far from rubbishing the Gospels, Philip Pullman brilliantly re-explores them, revisiting a question that has haunted thinkers since at least the fifth century: are Jesus and Christ two separate entities?

Daniel Ben-Ami
The pseudo-radical war on economic growth
The ‘Sarkozy report’ on the problems with using GDP as a measure of progress reveals an elite incapable of seeing the link between economic growth and improved human welfare.


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