‘What would Olof Palme do?’
Twenty-five years after the influential politician’s death, the Swedish left is gripped by crisis and nostalgia.
The horrors of an ethical foreign policy
The radical activists calling on David Cameron to ‘be more ethical’ in the Arab world have learnt nothing from history.
A faux war in Wisconsin
This is not a return of class war to America. It’s a clash between nervous-nellie Republicans and trade unions that can only play the victim card.
|Wednesday 2 March 2011|
Where they teach you how to be thick
ESSAY: State education has consistently encouraged working-class children to accept their lot in life.
We need a ‘No to ASA’ campaign
Calling on the Advertising Standards Authority to regulate political debate is both bizarre and illiberal.
The real reason you should say no to AV
Never mind the pro- and anti-AV lobbies and their less-than-inspiring debates – here is why all democrats should reject the alternative vote.
|Thursday 3 March 2011|
The day Gaddafi met me
A foreign correspondent recalls the whiff of falafel and evil that surrounded the Burberry-adorned brute in 1980s Libya.
Healthcare for all! Unless you’re fat
It is not the role of the state to prevent people from having operations on the basis of their lifestyles.
Swapping one shade of austerity for another
Yes, Ireland’s party of government was booted out, but the election was far from ‘truly historic’.
Late abortion: the new clash in the Choice Wars
Ann Furedi says Philadelphia’s ‘Baby Butcher’ scandal shows exactly why we need a principled defence of abortion – as late as necessary.
|Friday 4 March 2011|
As Italy approaches its 150th birthday, Verdi’s ability to stir nationalist sentiment has apparently become problematic.
The beautiful game needs its ugly winners
Footie snobs bleating on about Barcelona’s stylishness should remember there are no points for artistic merit.
Keep Oliver’s army out of the classroom
Schools don’t need ex-soldiers or St Jamie Oliver – they just need teachers confident in their own authority.
Meet the new breed of anti‑vaccine agitator
Meaner, cruder, more strident and possessed of celebrity clout – the modern anti-vaccine lobby has learnt how to make a splash
|Monday 7 March 2011|
Turning drinkers into social lepers
A Coalition of the Concerned is determined that those who enjoy a drink should join smokers as modern outcasts.
Libya and the birth of modern warfare
A key military centenary should explode the myth that Libya is a mess simply because Gaddafi is mad.
Who still believes the West can bomb Libya to freedom?
Not the Libyan rebels, and not really the rattled Western leaders either. Liberal interventionists remain the last cheerleaders for imperialism.
|Tuesday 8 March 2011|
The 10-year history of spiked in 10 minutes
Pressed for time? Then click here to see what spiked said about all the big issues of the past decade.
The Top 10 most-read spiked articles ever
From Lisa Simpson porn to ‘denialism’ and overpopulation, here’s what our readers have been clicking on and enjoying.
spiked: still pointed after all these years
On spiked’s 10th birthday, editor Brendan O’Neill explains why we plan to keep on fighting our war of words against illiberalism and misanthropy.
|Wednesday 9 March 2011|
St Julian and his dodgy disciples
It is not that surprising that Wikileaks should attract anti-Semites: both share a conspiratorial world view.
Dimming the light on human ingenuity
The candle-lit world of Earth Hour is a decadent celebration of an era that we ought to be glad we’ve left behind.
Recasting betrayal as a democratic virtue
Kicking off a new series of essays, Frank Furedi says the deification of leakers and whistleblowers is bad for democracy, debate and private life.
|Thursday 10 March 2011|
Demonising Celtic and Rangers fans
As the reaction to the recent Old Firm game shows, bashing fans is easier for politicians than solving Scotland’s real problems.
From Tahrir Square to Parliament Square?
As Arabs confront the problem of state authority, British protesters see the state as the only agent of change.
Ban these evil coloured boxes!
The Lib-Cons’ restrictions on cigarette displays in shops shows how little they think of us — and of freedom.
For God’s sake, stop censoring ads
The effective banning of UK humanist adverts that dared to mention the G-word confirms that protecting hurt feelings now trumps free speech.
|Friday 11 March 2011|
Mastering the dark arts of winning
With Messi, Iniesta and Xavi in their ranks, Barcelona may play heavenly football but they’re no angels
The decline of the West... again
A few years ago Niall Ferguson thought Islam would bring about the end of the West. Now he’s scared of China.
People have too much wealth? Get stuffed!
Yet another anti-consumerist tract slams people’s obsession with stuff – overlooking the fact that this so-called stuff has improved our lives hugely.
|Monday 14 March 2011|
First they came for the faux fascists
Left-wing groups now cheering on the state as it restricts the freedom of an EDL member could well be next.
Making mountains out of meltdowns
Despite the scaremongering of the media and green groups, the real lesson of Fukushima is that nuclear power is safe.
Japan: a catastrophe, not a disaster movie
Forget the Hollywood-style finger-pointing about human ‘arrogance’ and ‘powerlessness’ – we can overcome and learn from the worst disasters.
|Tuesday 15 March 2011|
The court where the West judges the Rest
The ICC metes out ‘justice’ to poor countries while denying them any say in their own affairs.
How the war on obesity went pear-shaped
With increasing evidence that a big belly probably won’t lead to an early death, it’s time to call a ceasefire.
Why a no-fly zone means no freedom for Libyans
Those looking to the West to intervene against Gaddafi degrade the name of internationalism and deny Libyans the right to control their fate.
|Wednesday 16 March 2011|
Under PR, whoever wins, voters lose out
A Finnish journalist warns Brits against demanding an electoral system that has performed so miserably in Finland.
The gulf between rhetoric and reality
The hypocrisy of the demands for intervention in Libya is exposed by the near-silence over the crackdown in Bahrain.
Five lessons from Fukushima
Alarmist talk of a nuclear crisis in Japan reveals just how fearful modern society has become.
|Thursday 17 March 2011|
Textbooks don’t make terrorists
UK anti-terror laws threaten anyone who possesses the works of the IRA or al-Qaeda – even for the purposes of study.
Two cheers for libel law reform
The draft Defamation Bill still leaves too much power in the hands of judges to decide what can be published.
Are Swedish six-year-olds learning pole dancing?
A Stockholm gym owner said to be offering kids ‘strip aerobics’ classes tells spiked that it’s her accusers who have dodgy ideas.
Free speech for Fred Phelps
No matter how hard it is on the heart, we need to defend freedom of expression for ‘emotional terrorists’ too.
|Friday 18 March 2011|
Midsomer Murders: it’s escapist, not racist
Why on earth should a fictional detective drama set in a made-up English village have to reflect multicultural Britain?
It’s not injuries or refs, the problem’s you, Arsene
As the wheels come off again at Arsenal, it’s time Wenger stopped blaming everything else for his team’s shortcomings.
Libya: how the West just made things worse
Sean Collins reports from New York on how the UN’s green light for military action may wreck any hope of freedom for the people of Libya.
|Monday 21 March 2011|
Ken Loach’s Route Irish is a dead end
This Iraq War thriller is really a simplistic revenge fantasy for a frustrated and impotent anti-war movement.
Students should learn the value of leadership
The popular opposition to rising tuition fees and education cuts is hamstrung by a lack of clear purpose.
Attack on Libya: the barbarism of buffoons
The bombings confirm that there is now an utter disconnect between the West’s geopolitical interests and its geopolitical behaviour.
|Tuesday 22 March 2011|
Life expectancy: and now for the good news...
We’re living longer. So why do campaigners and public-health workers keep trying to scare us to death?
It’s mostly anti-racists keeping racism alive
While race-relations experts fret about managing people, young people are embracing ‘superdiversity’.
The most shortlived alliance in human history
Normally when governments launch a war they ask: ‘What's Plan B?’ In relation to Libya they're asking, ‘What’s Plan A?’
War without ends, yet without opposition, either
Cynics and half-hearted critics are no match for the half-cocked war on Libya. Time to invoke the principle of anti-intervention.
|Wednesday 23 March 2011|
The hole where doughnuts used to be
Innocent snacks in the workplace could fall victim to the Lib-Cons’ outsourcing of moral busybodiness.
Why the ‘kill team’ put themselves in the frame
Recently released photos from Afghanistan show soldiers trying to give perverted purpose to a purposeless war.
We don’t need to be saved from the ‘demon drink’
The old temperance movement was made up of working men who promoted self-control. Today booze-bashing is the preserve of a killjoy elite.
|Thursday 24 March 2011|
Tokyo: a long way from Chernobyl
Sophie Knight reports from Tokyo on how the foreign press seems more interested in scare stories than reporting reality.
The mad post-
tsunami food panic
You could eat Japan's so-called ‘radioactive spinach’ for a whole year and it still wouldn’t cause you much harm.
The globalisation of German angst
Never mind the people in Japan — for fearful Germans, every natural disaster is now ‘all about us’.
My catastrophe is bigger than yours
Anti-nuclear activists’ exploitation of the instability at Fukshima is a historic low point - even for them.
Japan needs our solidarity, not a blame game
The earthquake confirms that a pre‑Enlightenment urge to blame human greed for natural disasters is making a comeback.
|Friday 25 March 2011|
Another episode of Midsomer madness
Even fictional, homicide-plagued English rural counties cannot escape multicultural social engineering.
John Terry for England captain: who cares?
This week's Big Debate only demonstrates how the run-up to an England match is the most tedious period in sport.
‘There's never been a better time to be autistic’
In the run-up to a speech in London, author Roy Richard Grinker challenges the idea that there's an autism ‘epidemic’ spread by ‘malign forces’.
|Monday 28 March 2011|
Cheese-eating surrender monkeys? That’s bananas
Its assault on Libya confirms that France is a belligerent nation that loves meddling in other states’ affairs.
Maybe Britain needs a First Amendment, too
How did we reach a situation where newspaper columnists can be investigated by the cops for being offensive?
Why there’s no consensus on the 2011 census
The opposition to the census confirms what ‘liberty’ has been reduced to: a narcissistic desire to separate oneself from society.
|Tuesday 29 March 2011|
Rebecca Black’s real crime? Childishness
The mad rage against the throwaway ditty ‘Friday’ speaks to a society that can’t just let kids be kids.
Fukushima: sounding worse, getting better
Obsessed with the idea of a nuclear meltdown, the doom mongerers are blind to the reality at Fukushima.
The phoney war of Oxford Street
The clashes at Saturday’s protests against public spending cuts were neither an orgy of political violence nor a riot of police brutality.
|Wednesday 30 March 2011|
Budgeting for a dismal no‑growth future
For all their talk of innovation, the Lib-Cons are more concerned with pinching pennies than investing.
Libya: moral blackmail trumps political debate
In his address to the nation, Obama cynically elevated the moral imperative over 'nasty' political criticisms.
Forward to a glorious new era of ‘lukewarm politics’!
The pro-alternative vote lobby is right that AV would help to kill off political extremism - and that is precisely why we should oppose it.
|Thursday 31 March 2011|
The unbearable monotony of S*** My Dad Says
A new Twitter-based sitcom will need more than an aged William Shatner spouting s*** to sustain a whole series.
Don’t put depressed sportsmen on a pedastal
A cricketer fessing up to depression is not an ‘heroic achievement’; it’s an indication that he’s ill.
There’s nothing comic about this ‘Manga verdict’
Criminalising a Swede for collecting images of childlike cartoon figures confuses a victimless hobby with an act of child abuse.
Yes, this is a humanitarian war — that is what makes it so deadly
No more terrible fate can befall nations like Libya than to become objects of Western liberal pity.