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Monday 2 July 2012 July 2012
Tom Bailey
Free speech for dodgy dons, too
Cambridge students calling for a supervisor to resign over his political views need a lecture on academic freedom.

James Woudhuysen
Design alone can’t save UK plc
Making products attractive and user-friendly is a smart idea, but it is no substitute for R&D and investment.

Frank Furedi
The bigotry of the
anti-circumcision zealots

ESSAY: Today’s campaigning against circumcision is so dogmatic and intolerant it makes the old religions look enlightened in comparison.

Tuesday 3 July 2012
Luke Gittos
A crime against
the Olympic spirit

The creation of fast-track courts to deal with ‘Olympic offences’ sums up British officials’ miserabilism.

Ben Pile
Rio+20: a tyranny
of green do-gooders

The latest ‘save the planet’ shindig provided yet another chance for political poseurs to dictate our future.

Tim Black
Why treat sports coaches as potential paedophiles?
Professor Heather Piper tells spiked that ‘no touch’ guidelines in sport are helping to poison adult-child relations.

Wednesday 4 July 2012
Patrick Hayes
A Libyan election on NATO’s terms
The first election in 47 years should have been momentous, but Western meddling warped Libya’s democratic struggle.

Tim Black
A tale of two
Twitter trials

To be consistently liberal, the Twitterati should defend drunken racists as well as airport jokers.

Brendan O’Neill
They’re all Barclays
bankers now...

Depicting Barclays’ Libor-fiddling staff as uniquely corrupt overlooks what they share in common with the rest of the reckless ruling class.

Thursday 5 July 2012
Rania Hafez
Don’t protect us from ‘forced’ marriages
The government says it wants to liberate ethnic-minority women. Actually it’s infantalising us.

Rob Lyons
The Shard: why London is looking up
Never mind the naysaying of its critics: the EU’s tallest building is an inspiring addition to the skyline.

Mick Hume
Pistorius: a hero, yes, but not an Olympian
Allowing the remarkable ‘blade runner’ to compete against able-bodied athletes goes against the true spirit of competitive sport.

Friday 6 July 2012
Tom Slater
Abe Lincoln and his war with the Undead
A new movie portraying the US civil-war president as a battler of blood-sucking ghouls is a pleasingly naff mash-up of genres.

David Bowden
Back to Graceland
after all these years

BBC1’s Paul Simon doc offered absorbing insights into the row about Graceland and the anti-Apartheid campaign.

Duleep Allirajah
Spain: not boring, just inflexible
If the Euro 2012 winners want to be the best of all time, they had better come up with an alternative to pass, pass, pass.

Nathalie Rothschild
What if Anne Frank were still alive...?
Comic novel Hope: A Tragedy, featuring an old, foul-mouthed Anne Frank living in upstate New York, makes serious points about the Holocaust.

Monday 9 July 2012
Patrick Hayes
A pile-up of panic and fear on the M6
Last week, a bizarre collision of two of British officialdom’s biggest anxieties, smoking and terrorism, caused chaos.

Rob Lyons
Just shut up about school meals
Another government initiative to improve school dinners? Don’t officials have better things to do with their time?

Tim Black
We don’t need to be lorded over by experts
Nick Clegg’s proposed reform of the Lords will achieve the feat of making these ‘remains of aristocratical tyranny’ even more tyrannical.

Brendan O’Neill
The Guardian calls for the licensing of the press
If you want to know how far today’s climate of censoriousness has gone, look no further than this morning’s liberal Guardian newspaper.

Tuesday 10 July 2012
Tim Black
Blaming Big Pharma for society’s ills
GlaxoSmithKline may have deserved its $3 billion fine, but it doesn’t deserve the blame for therapy culture.

Neil Davenport
Why victim culture
is running riot

Last year's English riots weren't down to government cuts but to a vast culture of self-pity and entitlement among the young.

Brendan O’Neill
The real Balls-up in the British economy
So what if Ed Balls didn’t directly okay Libor-fiddling at Barclays. He, with others, definitely helped screw up both the economy and society.

Wednesday 11 July 2012
Josie Appleton
‘Freedom is not
delivered, but won’

Josie Appleton answers your questions on the challenges facing the liberty movement in modern Britain.

Tim Black
The leaky weirdo was never a hero
Julian Assange’s fall from grace confirms what spiked already knew: he is a preening conspiracy theorist.

Brendan O’Neill
We’re worse off without
the News of the World

Whatever you thought of the irreverent tabloid, you should be concerned about how it was airbrushed from public life a year ago this week.

Rob Lyons
Picking over the panic on a plate
When it comes to food, journalists and reporters are far too keen to fill themselves up on a diet of fear and hype.

Thursday 12 July 2012
Tom Bailey
How neo-Malthusians demonise dissent
In branding those who disagree with them ‘deniers’, the overpopulation lobby reveals its allergy to debate.

Jason Walsh
A chilling threat
to historical research

PSNI demands that academics hand over paramilitary testimony are jeopardising the search for truth.

Mick Hume
Lords reform: politics
peers into the abyss

The row over plans to replace peers with senators reveals the crisis, not only of the coalition, but of the entire democratic system.

Friday 13 July 2012
Tom Slater
Killer Joe won’t knock you dead
William Friedkin’s latest horror flick isn’t a patch on The Exorcist. But the lead actors are unexpected delights.

David Bowden
He’s fat, he’s thick,
but he'll be missed

Blokey banter from DJ Chris Moyles wasn’t what everyone wanted for breakfast, but for millions it hit the spot.

Duleep Allirajah
Why do Brits prefer weepers to winners?
Andy Murray’s tearful interview at Wimbledon endeared him more to the nation than being Britain’s best tennis player.

Rob Lyons
When it comes to food, think global, act global
Rob Lyons talks to one of the authors of a new book that cuts through the manure of the local-food lobby.

Monday 16 July 2012
Joanna Williams
Learning cannot
be bought

New student charters in UK universities turn lecturers into service providers and students into consumers.

Tom Bailey
Don’t buy into this supermarket spying
Lib-Con plans to ‘nudge’ us into making healthier shopping decisions exposes how anti-democratic nudge theory is.

Mick Hume
John Terry – and football – found guilty anyway
The outraged reaction to Terry’s acquittal is a bigger problem for football and society than anything the obnoxious-but-innocent ‘JT’ said.

Tuesday 17 July 2012
Neil Davenport
Time to Do Something for themselves
A trendy attempt to promote ‘positive images’ of young people after last year’s riots is the last thing they need.

Tim Black
Playing host to the security Olympics
The real scandal is not the incompetence of G4S, it’s the belief that London 2012 needs an army to protect it.

Jennie Bristow
How the nationalisation of parenting stoked the riots
ESSAY: The state’s relentless undermining of parental authority has created a world in which no one knows how to control children or teens.

Wednesday 18 July 2012
Patrick Hayes
The ministers stopping Britain from taking off
Why should anyone take the coalition’s growth rhetoric seriously when plans for airport expansion have been shelved?

Rob Lyons
Enough with the Malthusian miserablism
An expanding UK population is not a problem, but the scepticism towards economic growth most definitely is.

Frank Furedi
Why teachers should aspire to be scholars
Too many educationalists today believe an intellectually informed curriculum is only suitable for the elites and not the masses.

Thursday 19 July 2012
Tom Bailey
Drinking alcohol? That’s not normal!
Attempts by anti-drinking killjoys to ‘denormalise’ an everyday activity are getting ever more patronising.

Richard Reynolds
Inquiries, inquiries, everywhere
We need fewer inquiries and more politics, argues a paralegal currently working on public inquries.

Tim Black
The tyrannical reign of the public inquiry
The clamour for a public inquiry into virtually every significant public issue has its roots in the disarray of the state.

Friday 20 July 2012
Tom Slater
The magical transformation of Channing Tatum
Enjoyable summer flick Magic Mike proves the Hollywood hunk is more than a piece of pumped-up eye candy.

David Bowden
Channel 4 cashes in with Bank of Dave
Wannabe banker Dave Fishwick makes for entertaining TV, but starting local banks won't solve the economy's problems.

James Howell
It’s a football match, not a finishing school
Instead of kowtowing to politicians, footballers should tell the language police where to stick their swear boxes.

Christopher Bray
A critic with her finger on America’s pulse
The late New Yorker film writer Pauline Kael may have got some judgements badly wrong, but she grasped how movies reflected wider society.

Monday 23 July 2012
Patrick Marmion
Can Shakespeare illuminate the crisis?
The National Theatre is scouring Ancient Greece, via Timon of Athens, for moral thoughts on the recession.

Patrick West
Are Roswell believers
really that barmy?

It’s easy to mock the geeks who think aliens crash-landed in New Mexico, but their paranoia is part of a big trend today.

Alexander Cockburn
‘I have committed intellectual blasphemy’
Following the death of Alexander Cockburn, we republish his spiked piece on what happens to leftists who challenge climate-change alarmism.

Tuesday 24 July 2012
Brendan O’Neill
And the gold medal for miserabilism goes to...
Read Brendan O'Neill's Big Issue column in which he hands out gold medals to the curmudgeons whingeing about the Olympics.

Ollie M Picks
Proud to be an Olympic volunteer
A London ‘Games Maker’ explains why it is wonderful to help out at the Greatest Show on Earth.

Tim Black
An Olympics
takeover of Britain?

Despite the claims of the anti-Games brigade, London 2012 is not to blame for censorship and the culture of fear.

Frank Furedi
Don’t let fearmongers
kill the Olympic spirit

Killjoy campaigners are spreading scare stories about the London Games. Ignore them and recall instead the spirit of the Ancient Greeks.

Wednesday 25 July 2012
Luke Gittos
Harwood is innocent.
The jury said so

The case of the cop charged over the death of Ian Tomlinson is symbolic of the confusion at the heart of the British state.

Kevin Yuill
Gun-control laws don’t stop massacres
Blaming tragedies like the ‘Batman’ cinema shootings on the availability of guns is plain wrong.

Brendan O’Neill
Why only some hackers
get thrown to the wolves

The chattering classes hate tabloid phone-hackers but love computer hackers like Gary McKinnon. Have double standards ever been so brazen?

Thursday 26 July 2012
Tom Slater
A fitting farewell to the Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan is that rarest of things - a blockbuster director who makes movies aimed at adults, not teens.

Tom Bailey
Reformation: so much more than Henry vs Pope
A BBC documentary illuminates how the Reformation turned the world upside down and ushered in the modern era.

James Howell
Is Phillips Idowu messing with our heads?
Who knows if the Team GB triple-jumper really is injured or is just winding people up. At least he's a bit eccentric.

Mick Hume
The Games
are the thing

Both critics and supporters of London 2012 have missed the point. The ‘legacy’ of an Olympics is about human struggle and sporting excellence.

Friday 27 July 2012
Christopher Bray
Pauline Kael: a critic with her finger on America’s pulse
The late New Yorker film writer Pauline Kael may have got some judgements badly wrong, but she grasped how movies reflected wider society.

Rob Lyons
When it comes to food, think global, act global
Rob Lyons talks to one of the authors of a new book that cuts through the manure of the local-food lobby.

David Clements
The real social glue is politics, not civility
Sociologist Richard Sennett’s obsession with inequality and therapeutic outlook prevent him from understanding social problems today.

Sarah Boyes
Rescuing literature from literary theory
Terry Eagleton’s attempt to define literature is impressive, but he fails to recognise that this definition is not merely descriptive – it’s also evaluative.

Nathalie Rothschild
What if Anne Frank were still alive...?
Comic novel Hope: A Tragedy, featuring an old, foul-mouthed Anne Frank living in upstate New York, makes serious points about the Holocaust.

Tom Bailey
Deepak Lal vs
the meddling state

Not everything said by free-market economist Lal in this new collection of essays adds up. But his suspicion of state intervention into our lives is refreshing.

Nancy McDermott
Park Slope parents
behaving badly

Amy Sohn’s sequel to Prospect Park West turns an excited but acute eye on parents who, racked with midlife crises, seem intent on acting like children.

Daniel Ben-Ami
How liberals fall into
the fairness trap

Political philospher John Tomasi’s insightful critique of the thought of John Rawls and the failings of modern liberalism fails to recognise that ‘fairness’ is antithetical to equality proper.

Monday 30 July 2012
Ollie M Picks
A mad, brave, leftfield portrayal of the nation
An Olympics volunteer marvels at how the opening ceremony managed to be both jawdropping and moving.

Mick Hume
‘Isles of wonder’ left me wondering: what?
The cultural melange was an authentic display of what ‘Britishness’ means today: nothing much at all.

Brendan O’Neill
Celebrate or be
forever cast out!

The hatred heaped on a Tory MP who criticised the ceremony suggests this New Britain isn’t as diverse as we’re told.

Frank Furedi
Mythical past,
elusive future

The Olympics opening ceremony was a spectacular piece of living theatre. But it also revealed our discomfort with our past and fear of the future.

Tuesday 31 July 2012
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
End the female circumcision panic
The real outcome of the debate on female genital mutilation is ever-greater state regulation of relationships.

Tom Bailey
Is David Gauke a member of UK Uncut?
So-called radical tax campaigns have legitimised attacks on everyone’s desire to sidestep the taxman.

Tim Black
Mitt Romney’s anti-
nuclear imperialism

Ignore Romney’s gaffes – when it comes to using anti-nuclear sentiment to shore up American power over ‘Them’, he is totally on-message.


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