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Thursday 1 November 2012 November 2012
Luke Gittos
The rise of the middle‑class squatter
In the latest of our new series of video comments, Luke Gittos takes a look at the wrongs of the squatters’ rights brigade

Tom Bailey
It's no surprise that bankers ♥ Occupy
Having won praise from the church and media, now conformist Occupy is fawned over by the Bank of England.

Dennis Hayes
Stop policing the university
With every police-led intervention into campus life, the freedom to debate and argue is diminished.

Brendan O’Neill
We need a Full Stop
to this scaremongering

The NSPCC and others have leapt upon the Savile scandal to promote their claims that child abuse is rife in modern Britain. But it isn’t.

Friday 2 November 2012
Tom Slater
Judi Dench: the ultimate Bond girl
Skyfall successfully drags Bond into the twenty-first century by putting a decent female character centre stage.

Patrick West
A Band Aid for the failure of politics
It is a reflection of the decline of reasoned debate and the rise of celebrity that society pays attention to popstar politics.

David Bowden
Our obsession with celebrity secrets
The Savile affair shouldn't be a shock to the BBC: it churns out dramas about the hidden lives of its comic stars.

Duleep Allirajah
Kick this snitching out of football
When even a ref can be grassed up by easily offended players, football’s essential solidarity is clearly in jeopardy.

Patrick Hayes
Lonely leftists vs fantasy fascists
Why, when the far right is falling apart, do leftists keep on scaremongering about these ‘bloody nasty people’?

Monday 5 November 2012
Victoria Scott
No, I am not scarred for life
I was abused as a child, but I won’t define myself as ‘damaged’. I have chosen to do something more life-affirming – move on.

Frank Furedi
Are we all condemned to live in ‘cycles of abuse’?
It is now heresy to question the idea that child abuse damages a person for life. But such a deeply fatalistic idea must be questioned.

Tuesday 6 November 2012
Luke Gittos
End of double jeopardy: nothing to be proud of
It is surreal to give Doreen Lawrence a Pride of Britain award for her alleged assault on ‘arcane’ legal principles.

Wendy Kaminer
The political storm over climate change
The fallout from Hurricane Sandy confirms how hard it is to have a rational debate about climatic issues.

Tim Black
There’s more to life than making ends meet
The Living Wage campaign, backed by all parties, shows how much the wage question has turned from a political fight into an experts’ debate.

Wednesday 7 November 2012
Kevin Rooney
Football fans need free speech, too
A man has been jailed for singing a song that mocks a religious leader, yet liberty campaigners have said nothing.

Emmet Livingstone
How to teach children: subjects or skills?
Emmet Livingstone reports on a lively SCETT debate about the best way forward for the school curriculum.

Sean Collins
A small victory in a small campaign
Barack Obama has returned to the White House following one of the most acrimonious, negative and ideas-free campaigns in living memory.

Thursday 8 November 2012
Tim Black
I’m an MP… Get Me Out of Westminster
Nadine Dorries’ descent into the heart of reality-TV darkness shows that even politicians are disengaged from politics.

Patrick Hayes
The greens showing their true colours
The far-right-sounding ideas of Swiss greens EcoPop display the misanthropy of Malthusian thought.

Mick Hume
Defending the press as an unruly mess
In the debate about statutory-backed regulation, many on all sides appear to have accepted the myth that the UK press is too free.

Friday 9 November 2012
Tom Slater
Heroes and zeroes in the fight for gay rights
Call Me Kuchu captures the bravery of Uganda’s gay-rights campaigners and the cynicism of ‘gay-friendly’ Western politicians.

Duleep Allirajah
After the Messiah: the resurrection of Palace?
With the departure of Selhurst Park legend Dougie Freedman, the metaphors - Biblical or otherwise - have been flying.

David Bowden
Secret State: a conspiracy out of time
Channel 4’s new thriller serial is hard to swallow when our real-life politicians are too clueless to organise a decent plot.

Rob Lyons
The poverty of environmentalism
In a manifesto too ridiculous to spoof, Mark Boyle argues that we should all live without money to help save the planet. No thanks.

Monday 12 November 2012
Luke Gittos
Laws should be made by The People, not judges
US Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia is unpopular with liberals, but he has a point about democracy.

Tim Black
Standing side by side with the Yid Army
The call to ban Spurs fans from chanting ‘Yiddo’ represents another nu-fan assault on allegedly uncouth fans.

Brendan O’Neill
‘Serious journalists’ are the most tabloidesque of all
The Newsnight/paedophile fiasco has utterly exploded the idea that modern British journalism can be divided into Good and Bad camps.

Tuesday 13 November 2012
Jon Holbrook
Public inquiries in the dock
The last thing that Britain’s battered, publicly distrusted institutions need is another public inquiry.

Rob Lyons
When in doubt, do what the Danes do
Good news: just a year after introducing it, Denmark has dumped its nannying tax on fatty foods.

Frank Furedi
The vigilantism of the Little Bullingdons
The current ‘paedo hysteria’ is being fanned, not by low-rent tabloid papers, but by politicians, serious journalists and the Twitterati.

Wednesday 14 November 2012
Woudhuysen & Seaman
Energy independence: a misguided pipedream
When will presidential candidates and their backers give up on the crazy idea of American going solo on energy?

Wendy Kaminer
No country for old white Republicans
As the presidential election showed, the Republican Party is at odds with the permissive mainstream of America.

Sean Collins
America: the decline of politics, the rise of tribes
Bush was booed for chasing after the votes of certain racial and cultural groups. Obama is cheered for doing the exact same thing.

Thursday 15 November 2012
Rooney and Waiton
'Namecalling should not be confused with racism'
Two fans’ rights campaigners explain why they’re fighting for the right to be offensive in football grounds

Rob Lyons
If you want an end to austerity, fight for growth
Europe-wide opposition to austerity measures will be hamstrung if it fails to address anti-growth ideology.

Frank Furedi
Does man make history, or does history make man?
ESSAY: Marx’s understanding of the relationship between man and history has been completely warped by increasingly deterministic Marxists.

Friday 16 November 2012
Tom Slater
Paul Thomas Anderson: no longer the Master?
The arthouse director has made a sequence of high-quality films, but his latest - about a religious cult - is a boring mess.

David Bowden
I'm a Celebrity: still the kangaroo’s bollocks
While Big Brother survives on life support, ITV’s ratings winner thrives by deftly mixing meanness and niceness.

Duleep Allirajah
Too good for Crystal Palace
I feel the same about Wilfried Zaha as I did about The Smiths in 1983: fretting that everyone else will soon discover him.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
After ‘New Atheism’,
let’s re-humanise humanism

In his latest selection of essays, Raymond Tallis puts the case for wonder against the deterministic pseudoscience of modern atheists.

Monday 19 November 2012
Tom Bailey
Taking a match to freedom of speech
Filming yourself burning a poppy might not be the most sophisticated political critique, but it shouldn’t be a crime.

Dominic Standish
The storm that blew away rationalism
The belief that recent storms were caused by climate change echoes Medieval Europe's superstitions about weather.

Mick Hume
An elitist inquisition, not a liberal conspiracy
The row over the Daily Mail’s investigation into a key Leveson adviser masks some broader truths about this inquiry into press ethics.

Tuesday 20 November 2012
Rob Lyons
Food is too cheap and too expensive?
Greens say cheap food encourages waste. Poverty campaigners rail against rising prices. Both miss the point.

Tim Black
Why mum is better than Big Mother
It is better for children to be with their parents, even those deemed ‘bad’ by the state, than to languish in care.

Brendan O’Neill
Why should we take part in these political charades?
Everyone says the low turnout in the PCC elections points to a crisis of democracy. But these elections weren’t democratic to begin with.

Wednesday 21 November 2012
Eero Iloniemi
Standing up for the school bully
Cross-Europe anti-bullying campaigns underestimate children’s resilience and overestimate their fragility.

Patrick Hayes
Time the ‘Bliar’ stalkers got a life
The weird clique of radical protesters following the former PM around are not only sad, but hypocrites to boot.

Brendan O’Neill
The burdens that Israel should not have to bear
ESSAY: Between being treated as a conduit for Western colonial guilt and as a beacon of Western Enlightenment, Israel is being slowly strangled.

Thursday 22 November 2012
Rob Lyons
Time to stop bashing the bishops
It is no business of anyone but the members of the Church of England how it chooses its leaders.

Fiona Alderton
In defence of the Liverpool Care Pathway
The panic spread by hacks and politicians about end-of-life care in UK hospitals needs to be tackled head-on.

Phil Mullan
How the Eurozone is holding Europe back
Before we can kickstart growth and inject democracy into modern Europe, one big thing has to happen: the abolition of the Eurozone.

Friday 23 November 2012
Tom Slater
What’s so noble about Anonymous?
In the latest in our series of spiked shorts, our film reviewer Tom Slater takes an axe to 'hacktivism'.

David Bowden
Girls: don't believe (all) the hype
Lena Dunham’s show about self-absorbed Manhattan hipsters is funny, but not sparkingly original to UK audiences.

Niall Crowley
West Bromwich Albion: cheap and cheerful
As Chelsea sack another boss in a desperate bid to buy success, the low-budget Baggies are snapping at their heels.

Nathalie Rothschild
A tiny home for a great author
Israeli writer Etgar Keret tells spiked how he felt when a Polish architect told him he was building the world’s narrowest house in his honour.

Monday 26 November 2012
Neil Davenport
Don’t let them rewrite the Cleveland debacle
Some are using the Savile panic to rehabilitate the state’s unhinged child-protection policies. We must stop them.

Tim Black
Revisiting the
Satanic panic

ESSAY: 20 years after families were ripped apart by hysterical officials, the lessons of that scandal haven’t been learnt.

Frank Furedi
The invention of yet
another form of abuse

A new report claiming that thousands of British children are being sexually exploited is built on alarmist moralising rather than hard facts.

Tuesday 27 November 2012
Patrick Hayes
Is there a better way to deal with witch hunts?
Legal action is not the best way of holding to account the kind of modern-day irrationalists who smeared Lord McAlpine.

Tim Black
Roll up, roll up,
behold dead Palestinians

The emotionally manipulative coverage of the Gaza conflict has taken the journalism of attachment to a new low.

Brendan O’Neill
It’s not just UKIP parents who are under suspicion
The Rotherham fostering controversy isn’t a mad one-off - it’s the logical conclusion to the intensification of state meddling in parents’ lives.

Wednesday 28 November 2012
Neil Davenport
There’s no need to take fright at night buses
MPs say they need homes near Westminster because they don’t like to travel around London on night buses. The wimps.

Brendan O’Neill
Who is treating Palestinians like animals?
Palestinian solidarity campaigns sound increasingly similar to bleeding-heart animal-rights campaigns.

Rob Lyons
Don’t wish Beveridge a happy birthday
On the 70th anniversary of the publication of the Beveridge Report, it’s time radicals addressed the devastating social costs of welfarism.

Thursday 29 November 2012
Tom Slater
Making a drama out of a hostage crisis
The weirdest thing about Ben Affleck’s 70s-set thriller about escaping from Iran is that it’s (mostly) true.

Duleep Allirajah
The myth of racism in football
Far from being a cesspit of ethnic hatred, football is one of the most colour-blind professions there is.

Mick Hume
For a free press, with no buts
In the war of words around the Leveson report, too many on all sides have accepted the myth that the UK press is too free and must be tamed.

Friday 30 November 2012
Brendan O’Neill
spiked: proud to be unlicensed
Lord Justice Leveson has proposed a kitemark system to distinguish which press and online outlets are 'trustworthy'. spiked doesn't want it.

James Howell
Making sense of the Mary Whitehouse experience
From the Sixties to the Nineties, one woman’s relentless letter-writing caused fear and irritation among BBC bosses. But what was the legacy of her crusade to clean up TV?

Nathalie Rothschild
A tiny home for a great author
Israeli writer Etgar Keret tells spiked how he felt when a Polish architect told him he was building the world’s narrowest house in his honour.

Patrick Hayes
Lonely leftists vs fantasy fascists
Why, when the far right is falling apart, do leftists keep on scaremongering about these ‘bloody nasty people’?

Rob Lyons
The poverty of environmentalism
In a manifesto too ridiculous to spoof, Mark Boyle argues that we should all live without money to help save the planet. No thanks.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
After ‘New Atheism’, let’s
re-humanise humanism

In his latest selection of essays, Raymond Tallis puts the case for wonder against the deterministic pseudoscience of modern atheists.

Elisabetta Gasparoni
Is Venice really sinking?
A brilliant new book puts today’s doom-laden debate about Venice into historical perspective, arguing that it is informed more by a downbeat view of humanity than by hard facts.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Why the rich want the
super-rich to be restrained

A new book critiquing the lives and antics of plutocrats reveals just how widespread the discomfort with rapid economic growth has become.

Tim Black
Unlearning liberty
Leading American free speech advocate Greg Lukianoff tells spiked about the dire state of free speech on US campuses, and how censorship is teaching people to be dumb.


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