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Friday 1 June 2012 June 2012
Brendan O’Neill
Abolish the monarchy, but enjoy the party!
It is entirely possible to be both a republican and an indulger in this long, lazy weekend with cake.

Tim Black
A Paine in the arse of monarchism
We republicans should emulate Tom Paine by fighting for freedom rather than sneering at flag-wavers.

Mick Hume
It’s not 1977
all over again

Behind the Diamond Jubilee hoopla, both the British monarchy and ‘punk’ anti-monarchism are shadows of their former selves.

Wednesday 6 June 2012
Tom Slater
A near triumph of style over substance
Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is achingly kitsch, but the stellar cast saves it from self-indulgence.

Chris Snowdon
Great news! Governments agree to abolish death!
A deal signed at a world health forum provides a charter for public-health nuts to declare war on our lifestyles.

Brendan O’Neill
EU: neither the destroyer nor saviour of Europe
As the Euro crisis intensifies, it’s becoming clear that both Europhiles and Eurosceptics are driven by the same responsibility-shirking instinct.

Thursday 7 June 2012
David Bowden
A shallow, hackneyed enemy of progress
If Surviving Progress is any indication of the state of radical politics today, no wonder the future appears scary.

Sarah Boyes
Don’t turn London into a ghost town
Ahead of the Olympics, killjoy officials are on a mission to purge London of spontaneous street life.

Luke Gittos
Judges v politicians: courting disaster
Ken Clarke’s plan to extend closed court hearings shows the dangers of relying on the law to achieve change.

Brendan O’Neill
The revolutionary potential of the Queen’s English
It isn’t only old farts who should stand up for standard English. So should those of us who want to understand the world, and change it.

Friday 8 June 2012
Matthias Heitmann
Nobody’s writing off the Germans this time
For all the doom and gloom engulfing German football, the team itself has the look of champions.

Patrick Hayes
Sit back and enjoy the football
Ignore the hype and nonsense about Ukrainian fascists and Polish crazies – there’s a footie tournament on.

Duleep Allirajah
At long last, England doesn’t expect...
But it wasn’t high expectations that stymied England before. It was a lack of self belief, raw talent and modern tactics.

Tim Black
Official ‘anti-racism’ is ruining the beautiful game
Ignore the Roy Hodgson-bashers – it would be barmy to select footballers according to their
PC-ness rather than their prowess.


Monday 11 June 2012
Theresa Clifford
Zuckerberg didn’t
kill privacy

It’s easy to blame Facebook for our reveal-all culture. The harder question is: why do we willingly reveal so much?

Patrick Marmion
Antigone versus the Eurozone
A bang-up-to-date version of Sophocles’ classic, complete with a god-angry photocopier, proves illuminating.

Brendan O’Neill
Euro 2012: are Ukrainians still Untermenschen?
Once, it was the ideology of racism that depicted the Slavs as an inferior people. Now the ideology of ‘anti-racism’ does the same thing.

Tuesday 12 June 2012
Neil Davenport
Who’s really exploiting the Jubilee ‘slaves’?
Getting young people to do voluntary work is far preferable to having them cosseted by
the state.


Jennie Bristow
Keep abortion out of adoption policy
ESSAY: Encouraging women seeking abortion to give birth and do adoption instead ignores the birth mother’s feelings.

Rob Lyons
McOlympics? That’s fine with me
Who cares if it’s sponsored by Coca-Cola and Cadbury? The critics of London 2012’s fast-food funders can go take a running jump.

Wednesday 13 June 2012
Jennie Bristow
Cutting the experts’ apron strings
Jennie Bristow answers your questions on how to be a subversive parent and stand up to ‘supernanny’.

Brendan O’Neill
Plan B versus
the ‘chaotic’ poor

With its pornographic portrayal of the screwed-up poor, Plan B’s movie is indistinguishable from Tory propaganda.

Thursday 14 June 2012
Tim Black
Officialdom’s pervy fantasy world
Recent reports of rampant child abuse in the UK owe more to the sordid mindset of officialdom than fact.

Patrick Hayes
An Olympic-sized retirement home?
How will London 2012 follow Beijing’s stunning opening ceremony? With sheep, rain, nurses and mosh pits.

Mick Hume
Leveson: a menace to democracy, too
So why do so many liberal-minded observers praise the Lord Justice and his QC sidekick as a two-man ‘British spring’?

Friday 15 June 2012
Tom Slater
Prometheus: in space, old habits die hard
Despite promising something new, Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel falls too easily into the familiar formula of a tired franchise.

Duleep Allirajah
Our ‘Great Escape’
from drab music

No expression should be outlawed in football stadiums. Except the music of the England’s Supporters’ Band.

David Bowden
Grayson Perry:
a class act

The cross-dressing potter’s TV road trip on class, taste and consumerism has been an
eye-opener.


Patrick West
Ray Bradbury: prophet of nostalgia
Where most sci-fi writers create an alternative present or imaginary future, the great Bradbury longed for a future that would recapture the past.

Monday 18 June 2012
Luke Gittos
This war on trolls is no fairytale
Why can’t we be more like Billy Goats Gruff and butt online trolls into oblivion, instead of involving the police?

Patrick Hayes
Privacy for me, but not for thee
Why do we complain about Lib-Con plans to police emails but not their plans to interfere in ‘chaotic families’?

Tim Black
Euro 2012: where are these stadiums of hate?
A Jewish community leader in Poland tells spiked that the BBC was out of order depicting Poland and Ukraine as ‘bastions of intolerance’.

Tuesday 19 June 2012
Tim Abrahams
Basking in
urban decay

From Will Self to Iain Sinclair, psychogeographers’ criticism of the Olympics is riddled with anti-development prejudice.

Patrick Hayes
What is
education for?

A SCETT debate on the future for London’s schools showed that addressing this question is fundamental.

Mick Hume
Now Leveson wants heretics ‘gagged’
So why has almost the only public figure to question the inquiry into the press been a leading Tory member of the government that launched it?

Wednesday 20 June 2012
Tim Black
Did Jimmy Carr cause the crisis?
The Times/Twittermob hounding of Carr is based on a dodgy belief that bad behaviour caused the recession.

Barbara Hewson
Treating adults like children
A judge’s ruling that an anorexic should be force-fed shows how paternalistic British courts are becoming.

Frank Furedi
The moralistic, Malthusian war against fat people
Activists, professors, theologians – everyone is now promoting the depraved idea that human gluttony is plunging the planet into catastrophe.

Thursday 21 June 2012
Patrick Hayes
Punished for
supporting the EDL?

A mum in northern England believes her kids were taken because of her political views. She talks to spiked.

Rob Lyons
Stop hijacking
Martha Payne

Did the food puritans who co-opted a young girl’s school-dinners blog for their cause even bother to read it?

Brendan O’Neill
How both right and left have infantilised Greece
The Greek election wasn’t a clash of visions but a competition between alternative forms of responsibility avoidance.

Friday 22 June 2012
Patrick West
I know a song that will get on your nerves...
They get inside your head and refuse to leave. It’s time to recognise the irritating, human genius of advert jingles.

Duleep Allirajah
My one-man crusade against fancy dress
Euro 2012: It’s a crying shame that sartorial elegance on the terraces has been replaced by collective buffoonery.

David Bowden
Nice games, shame about the faces
The football at Euro 2012 has been a treat, but can we please send Britain’s mediocre TV pundits packing?

Christopher Snowdon
How the government cynically lobbies itself
In an extract from his new report, Sock Puppets, Christopher Snowdon says British officials have turned charities into insider lobbyists.

Monday 25 June 2012
Tom Slater
How to make Mamma Mia look edgy
Rock of Ages could have been an entertainingly kitsch celebration of Eighties soft rock. Sadly, it isn’t.

Tim Black
Tax is not a window into the soul
The weird belief that tax receipts are a mark of character is fuelling the pursuit of Jimmy Carr.

Wendy Kaminer
How NYC is colonising
CUNY students’ minds

Recent events at City University of New York show that diversity policies treat students like children and assault academic freedom.

Tuesday 26 June 2012
Neil Davenport
Why tattoos make my flesh crawl
The tattoo has always been a mark of powerlessness, not individuality. And now everyone’s got one.

Tom Finn-Kelcey
British education is already a vale of tiers
The responses to Gove’s plan to revive O-levels say more about the dire state of politics than education.

Bruno Waterfield
Angela Merkel is
no Adolf Hitler

ESSAY: Today’s radical anti-Merkel lobby echoes Margaret Thatcher, who also wanted to use Euro structures to neuter wicked Germany.

Wednesday 27 June 2012
Israel Kalman
Blowing bullying out of all proportion
US expert Israel Kalman says it is mad that everything from eye-rolling to the Holocaust is now called ‘bullying’.

Nancy McDermott
An invitation for kids to be cruel
The humiliation of New York bus monitor Karen Klein reveals a great deal about the erosion of adult authority.

Mick Hume
The war is over. And nobody won
The ‘symbolic’ handshake between the queen and the former IRA chief is a meeting of the ghosts of British imperialism and Irish republicanism.

Thursday 28 June 2012
Eero Iloniemi
Don’t mess with Big Ben
A Finnish visitor to London says MPs are mad to rebrand Big Ben as ‘Elizabeth Tower’.

Amanpreet Kaur Paul
The simple life
isn’t a good life

BBC2’s new family-history documentary reminds us that the Downton Abbey era wasn’t a bed of roses.

Duleep Allirajah
What we can learn
from German football

If England is ever going to improve, we need to stop singing songs about the war and learn to be more Kraut-like.

Frank Furedi
Inviting the state into our intimacies
ESSAY: Gay marriage is presented as an issue of equal rights, but it’s better understood as a top-down overhaul of the institution of marriage.

Friday 29 June 2012
Nathalie Rothschild
Why all the fuss over Fifty Shades?
Feminists claim that a saucy trilogy of books is debasing female readers – which just goes to show how little they think of other women.

Christopher Snowdon
How the government cynically lobbies itself
In an extract from his new report, Sock Puppets, Christopher Snowdon says British officials have turned charities into insider lobbyists.

Patrick West
Ray Bradbury: prophet of nostalgia
Where most sci-fi writers create an alternative present or imaginary future, the great Bradbury longed for a future that would recapture the past.

James Heartfield
Seeking salvation,
behind society’s back

Two recent books on nineteenth-century radical movements illuminate the victories and numerous defeats of mass struggles to transform society.

Nancy McDermott
Farewell, Nora Ephron
The journalist, screenwriter and director, who died this week aged 71, should be remembered as much for her fine, conversational essays as for When Harry Met Sally.

Rob Lyons
A beginner’s guide to the Greatest Show on Earth
The Olympic Games in London will feature 29 different sports, from the familiar to the obscure. To appreciate the drama, you need to know what the hell is going on.

Tim Black
Sartre vs Camus:
an intellectual boxing match

A fascinating and entertaining new book explores the fractious relationship between two of the twentieth century's most compelling intellects.

Sean Collins
Re-opening the American mind
Twenty-five years on, a re-read of Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind reveals just how wrong liberals were to hate it, and how wrong conservatives were to claim it as their ideological bible.


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