Home
Mobile version
spiked plus
About spiked
What is spiked?
Support spiked
spiked shop
Contact us
Advertising
Summer school
Top issues
Abortion
Arab uprisings
British politics
Child abuse panic
Economy
Environment
For Europe, Against the EU
Free speech
Jimmy Savile scandal
Nudge
Obesity
Parents and kids
Population
USA
View all issues...
special feature
The Counter-Leveson Inquiry
other sections
 Letters
 Review of Books
 Monthly archive
selected authors
Duleep Allirajah
Daniel Ben-Ami
Tim Black
Jennie Bristow
Sean Collins
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Frank Furedi
Helene Guldberg
Patrick Hayes
Mick Hume
Rob Lyons
Brendan O’Neill
Nathalie Rothschild
James Woudhuysen
more authors...
RSS feed
Wednesday 1 August 2012 August 2012
Brendan O’Neill
The meaning of
‘Gotham’s reckoning’

The left-leaning reviewers complaining that The Dark Knight Rises is pro-capitalist have kind of missed the point.

Patrick Hayes
‘Well done,
Twitter police’

The twitch-hunt of a teen who sent nasty tweets to Tom Daley shows Twitter has become enforcer of conformism.

Rob Lyons
Forgive me IPCC, for I have sinned...
The rapturous welcome given to a high-profile ‘climate sceptic’ who has now recanted exposes the backwardness of green thinking.

Thursday 2 August 2012
Jason Smith
Farms shouldn’t
be sacred cows

Supermarkets aren’t to blame for UK dairy farmers failing to turn a profit; government special treatment is.

Tom Bailey
Why plastic bags
should be free

The latest war on these incredibly useful bags is fuelled by greens’ loathing of modern consumption habits.

Tim Black
Who really made a mess of Rwanda?
It is a bit rich for Western governments and NGOs to condemn Paul Kagame, seeing as they helped give birth to his anti-genocidal autocracy.

Friday 3 August 2012
Tom Slater
The last of the mythical rock stars
Searching for Sugar Man’s tale of a forgotten folk-rock legend harks back to a time when mystery in pop music was still possible.

David Bowden
An otherworldly,
alternative Games

Game of Thrones finds HBO back on top form, providing an elegant piece of escapist fantasy for grim times.

Duleep Allirajah
Twitter trolls: a gold medal for overreaction
The Tom Daley case should teach us that there are better ways to deal with online abuse than arresting idiotic teens.

Kevin Rooney
Snobs’ Law: censoring Scottish football fans
A brilliant new book says the criminalisation of football songs in Scotland is a vivid illustration of how tolerance is morphing into intolerance.

Monday 6 August 2012
Patrick West
Beethoven’s
shock-and-awe riffs

Even cranked up to 11, Deep Purple aren’t a patch on Beethoven. But their music can be equally stirring.

Mick Hume
Five things the Games have showed us so far
It's the greatest show on Earth, featuring GB gold fever, ‘cheats’ who prosper, drug-free drug panics and parochialism v perfection.

Tuesday 7 August 2012
Tom Bailey
Presumed consent: nationalising our organs
There is a desperate need for organs for transplant, but taking them from the dead without consent is no solution.

Timandra Harkness
A bold step towards
putting man on Mars

NASA’s technological triumph of landing the Curiosity rover on the Red Planet is a testament to human ingenuity.

Sean Collins
Enlightened liberals vs chicken-chewing morons
The Chick-fil-A controversy in America reveals just how illiberal and intolerant supporters of same-sex marriage are becoming.

Wednesday 8 August 2012
Viv Regan
Let drugs enhance
Olympic performances

The Games are all about ‘performance enhancement’, so why not let athletes dope up to achieve greatness?

Gavin Poynter
An Olympic-sized bubble in east London
The 2012 ‘makeover’ of east London is just a rehash of the finance-driven economic mistakes of the past.

Tim Black
Stuff the ‘legacy’, enjoy the sport!
The sports philistines who govern modern Britain want to use London 2012 as a tool of mass social engineering. They must be stopped.

Thursday 9 August 2012
Tim Abrahams
Forget the hangover,
celebrate the stadium

The 2012 stadium has hosted some of our most treasured sporting memories; let’s relax about what comes next.

Ollie M Picks
You can’t bottle
the volunteer spirit

A 2012 Games Maker says it’s a massive folly for officials to try to ‘capture and recreate’ the volunteering instinct.

Nick Cater
Why the Lucky Country isn’t blubbing about losing
An expat Brit in Australia says his countrymen aren’t obsessing over their lack of Olympic gold because they have no ‘culture of complaint’.

Friday 10 August 2012
Tom Slater
Ted: a tame comedy that’s hard to bear
Seth Macfarlane’s directorial debut is like Family Guy with a pulse - but it isn’t nearly as original or funny as it is cracked up to be.

David Bowden
Refusing to be a
digital-age victim

Try as they might, documentary makers couldn’t portray the star of The Girl Who Became Three Boys as damaged.

Duleep Allirajah
OMG, GB! But we
aren’t winners yet

It’s great that Brits have stopped whingeing and started winning, but we now need a winner’s mindset.

Jason Walsh
The man who made the case for discrimination
Farewell Robert Hughes, the brilliant and stinging critic of the cultural left and its descent into non-judgemental, multicultural hogwash.

Monday 13 August 2012
Neil Davenport
Hey, young people: stop your sobbing
The British left’s championing of the underdog has morphed into promoting that most unpleasant of traits: self-pity.

Ben Pile
Why facts cut no ice
in the climate debate

Reports of Greenland’s ice melting are overheated because the eco-outlook poisons both science and politics.

Brendan O’Neill
Syria: how the West is sanctioning sectarianism
In the name of making a PR performance of their moral resolve, Western governments are meddling in Syria in an ever-more lethal way.

Tuesday 14 August 2012
Tom Bailey
What happened to the Olympic apocalypse?
The authorities’ excited predictions of terror, disease and riots at London 2012 were informed by angst rather than reality.

Tim Black
spiked’s London
Olympics Top 10

From cycling glory to the brilliant Rudisha, spiked picks the Games' best moments.

Brendan O’Neill
Turning the Games into a political podium
Britain’s liberal elite politicised the Olympics far more than Beijing did in 2008.

Mick Hume
The Olympics are irrelevant. That’s why they’re so great
All the Olym-politicking over ‘legacy’ risks marring our memories of the glorious Games.

Wednesday 15 August 2012
Alex Joffe
Are we willing to die to save the past?
Archaeologist Alex Joffe on how Western empowerment of Islamists threatens precious antiquities.

Patrick Hayes
Falling out over nothing at all
It isn’t profound political differences but rather petty personality clashes that are splitting the Lib-Cons.

Tim Black
An ugly rerun of the Satanic panic
British officialdom’s war on ‘faith-linked’ child abuse echoes its earlier hysterical belief that men in black cloaks were eating babies.

Thursday 16 August 2012
Tom Bailey
You can't be taught how to ‘have a go’
Yes, we could do with more have-a-go heroes, but we could do without the RSA’s plans for patronising training lessons.

Tim Black
Did the free market ruin our railways?
Squeezing the debate about Britain’s railways into the tired free market vs nationalisation script makes no sense.

Rob Lyons
Let’s get real about
the Eurozone crisis

After five years of Euro chaos, our leaders are still carrying out firefighting exercises rather than coming up with long-term solutions.

Friday 17 August 2012
Tom Slater
The Art of Rap: don’t apologise, don’t explain
Ice-T's paean to the hip-hop emcee is a joy for aficionados, but doesn't explain the antipathy towards this hugely popular genre.

David Bowden
A very conservative look at Conservative students
In its search for stereotypes, BBC2’s Young, Bright and on the Right seemed oblivious to how much politics has changed.

Duleep Allirajah
Should football-bashing be an Olympic sport?
Team GB success at London 2012 has become the latest platform from which to berate odious, overpaid footballers.

Rob Lyons
Something good to chew on, for a change
In his new book, Mike Gibney aims to 'challenge food controversies', sprinkling a large pinch of salt over the claims of food fearmongers.

Monday 20 August 2012
Kevin Yuill
Assisted dying: simple,
neat - and wrong

The case of Tony Nicklinson is heartbreaking, but we should be very wary of granting his wish for legalised euthanasia.

Patrick Hayes
The fallen angel of the radical set
Once, activists painted Julian Assange as a secrets-busting messiah - now they just think he’s a very naughty boy.

Tim Black
It isn’t only Russia that punishes iconoclasm
Western observers have been thrilled by Pussy Riot’s sacrilegious antics in Moscow. So why aren’t they supportive of sacrilege here at home?

Tuesday 21 August 2012
Ben Lazarus
The plain lies of
plain-packs advocates

A High Court ruling last week means Australians will be guinea pigs for an illiberal policy based on junk science.

Martin Cullip
Smoking out the Blackpool fag ban
Councillors at the English seaside resort town have no legal or popular basis for banning smoking in parks.

Brendan O’Neill
Massacre of the miners: the ANC’s Sharpeville
Why is there reluctance to discuss the killing of 34 miners in South Africa? Because it explodes the myth of a post-Apartheid ‘rainbow nation’.

Wednesday 22 August 2012
Tom Bailey
An entertaining gallop through horse history
A new exhibition at the British Museum charts how man mastered the horse and transformed society.

Bruno Waterfield
‘Eurocrats live in an estranged bubble’
Bruno Waterfield answers your questions on EU mandarins, SYRIZA’s disgrace, Germany-bashing and more.

Brendan O’Neill
How about a riot against class determinism?
The fashionable idea that an individual’s class background determines his future and his fortunes is not nearly as radical as it seems.

Thursday 23 August 2012
Luke Gittos
On rape, George Galloway has a point
Ignore feminists’ shrill attempts to demonise critics – we need an honest debate about the meaning of rape.

Desrochers and Shimizu
Liberated from
gruel and mush

The locavores championing seasonal food fail to see how food innovations have made us happier and healthier.

Rob Lyons
Local cappuccino for local people
Backward campaigners trying to prevent Costa coffee from opening a shop in Totnes should wake up and smell their own hypocrisy.

Friday 24 August 2012
Tom Slater
The Imposter: just who is fooling who?
Bart Layton’s film about serial liar Frédéric Bourdin thrillingly asks questions about deception and self-deception.

Michael P Fitzpatrick
Football vs Olympics: a stupid comparison
It’s not the footballers who are overpaid, lazy and arrogant but the hacks passing judgement on them.

Duleep Allirajah
The gong show where everyone’s a winner
There’s a lot wrong with the UK honours system, but dishing out a title to every gold medallist would demean it further.

David Bowden
A funny show on BBC3? How revolutionary
Far from being the usual liberal lecturing, a new satirical sketch show actually manages to stir up some laughs.

Angus Kennedy
Why the elite wants to obliterate borders
Politicians present their sniffiness about national sovereignty as something progressive and liberal. It is anything but.

Tuesday 28 August 2012
Patrick Hayes
Retweeting: the new 999
The arrest of a man for tweeting at footballer Carlton Cole shows the Twittersphere has become a hive of grasses.

Tim Black
‘Who has a lion in Essex?’
Just about the only people who took the Essex lion story seriously were the prattish police force.

Jonathan Hartford
Getting beyond the ABCs of GCSEs
The real answers to the problems in Britain’s schools are intellectual rigour and a clear sense of purpose, not grade-fiddling.

Frank Furedi
GCSE wars: the case for real and hard exams
However exam grades are manipulated, the result is always to sacrifice children’s education at the altar of political expediency.

Wednesday 29 August 2012
Tom Bailey
What’s so special about Sundays?
We should be free to do what we want on Sundays, not have our options limited to please preachy campaigners.

Martyn Perks
Apple v Samsung: innovation’s the loser
Tech giants are devoting more energy to defending patents than they are to coming up with new ideas.

Rob Lyons
The trouble with dope: it rots the soul
Never mind scientific studies into the alleged harms of cannabis - how about making a moral case against dope?

Tim Black
‘We are not forever chained to this planet’
Three cheers for Neil Armstrong, the twentieth-century embodiment of man’s age-old yearning to explore and discover.

Thursday 30 August 2012
Tom Slater
Where romcom meets reality
In Hollywood, true love conquers all, right? Refreshingly, Take This Waltz recognises real life is more complex.

Hanna Muhammad
Who wants to
be a superhuman?

Extraordinary advances in technology are making the disabled more able, and the rest of us could benefit too.

Duleep Allirajah
After London 2012, who’s the real GOAT?
Too many people judge the Greatest Olympian of All Time by medal haul, but there’s much more to it than that.

Tim Black
Why progress remains stuck on the tarmac
The dithering over building a third runway at Heathrow, never mind new airports, exposes our leaders’ inability to seize control of the future.

Friday 31 August 2012
Kevin Rooney
Snobs’ Law: censoring Scottish football fans
A brilliant new book says the criminalisation of football songs in Scotland is a vivid illustration of how tolerance is morphing into intolerance.

Rob Lyons
Something good to chew on, for a change
In his new book, Mike Gibney aims to ‘challenge food controversies’, sprinkling a large pinch of salt over the claims of food fearmongers.

Jason Walsh
The man who made the case for discrimination
Farewell Robert Hughes, the brilliant and stinging critic of the cultural left and its descent into non-judgemental, multicultural hogwash.

Angus Kennedy
Why the elite wants to obliterate borders
Politicians present their sniffiness about national sovereignty as something progressive and liberal. It is anything but.

Mitford Stitch
How did Martin Amis become so bad?
With Lionel Asbo: State of England, Amis has produced a truly terrible novel, dripping with snobbish contempt and written with a tin ear for detail.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
How the degradation
of education went global

Alex Standish persuasively argues that ‘global education’, promoted by Western elites as a way of dealing with their own loss of meaning, has undermined the central role of education: intellectual development.

Neil Davenport
The London Underground: a wonder of the modern world
Andrew Martin does a fine job in celebrating the history and experience of the Tube, a pioneering railway that embodies all the characteristics - good and bad - of our capital city.

Tim Black
‘The velodrome is beautiful’
Tim Abrahams fascinating essay on the London Olympics stadium shows us that grander, premeditated political narratives will always be eclipsed by sport.

Patrick Hayes
A Capital offence against literature
John Lanchester has been compared to Dickens for his sweeping novel about late-Noughties London. But he gives us ciphers not characters, and prejudice rather than plot.


2017



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2016



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2015



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2014



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2013



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2012



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2011



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2010



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2009



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2008



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2007



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2006



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2005



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2004



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2003



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2002



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January

2001



December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February

2000



December