The real scandal of the House of Lords
The latest lobbying and lords scandal shows that the upper chamber doesn't need reform – it needs abolition.
Sweden’s ‘foreign’ youth: imprisoned by culture
In supposedly 'model' Sweden, multicultural policies have led to the kids of immigrants being excluded from the mainstream.
Swedish riots: how welfarism creates outsiders
Blaming marketisation for the riots is way too simplistic. It was welfarism that copperfastened poor people’s exclusion from society.
|Tuesday 4 June 2013|
Victimhood in control at Stormont
A new law banning Northern Irish politicians from employing certain advisers exposes the tyranny of victim politics.
Blaming Western shoppers for the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building will make life worse for Bangladeshis.
There’s nothing puzzling about Britain’s stagnation
Economists are perplexed to find that today, in a first in any postwar recession, productivity is not recovering. Phil Mullan tells them why.
|Wednesday 5 June 2013|
In praise of
Stop being sniffy about this language that uses words like diaper and can’t pronounce aluminium; it's the new Latin.
Invasion of the
Lawyers leading the prosecution of British soldiers for abusing Afghans are unwittingly legitimising the war on terror.
Let's get real about
reversing the recession
Britain has profound economic problems that can only be addressed through the wholesale renewal of production and infrastructure.
|Thursday 6 June 2013|
Can we ‘save Muslims’
by banning the EDL?
Activists want to squish the EDL because they think its propaganda turns Muslims into Islamists. How patronising.
The art of defending
In this video, Mick Hume takes us on a trip through the ‘After Leveson’ exhibition in London that he helped to curate.
Occupy: the marauding Starbucks of radical protest
Events in Turkey confirm that imposing the conformist Occupy brand on every global protest only helps to confuse and contain them.
|Friday 7 June 2013|
We don’t want a Time Lord for our times
Doctor Who fans are right to be anxious about the prospect of an oh-so-relevant gender- or race-swapping Doctor.
No thank you for the matchday music
The fashion for blaring out pop songs is killing the real source of stadium atmosphere: the noise of the fans.
The beauty and
pathos of anime
The re-release of two classic Japanese cartoons reminds us of a time when kids’ intellect was taken seriously.
Emily Davison: an early ‘suicide terrorist’?
One hundred years after she leapt in front of the king’s horse at Epsom, Davison death still divides opinion.
‘This manual is, frankly,
a disaster for children’
Christopher Lane talks to spiked about the new edition of the bible of psychiatry – ‘a legal document facilitating the medication of millions’.
|Monday 10 June 2013|
Losing faith in state schools
A new campaign for the abolition of UK faith schools ignores the real crisis in the state education sector.
Stop messing with
The mountain of scary ‘advice’ facing pregnant women is built on risk inflation and utterly junk science.
Govephobia: the malady sweeping right-on Britain
Saying ‘I hate Michael Gove’ now works as a kind of password that grants one entry into the inner circle of polite society. Why has this happened?
|Tuesday 11 June 2013|
The victims are taking over the law courts
Reorientating criminal justice around the rights of alleged victims is destroying the rights of the defendant.
Turning art into advertising
The Art Everywhere plan to plaster art on UK billboards is more about public relations than public art.
Let’s call a halt to the worship of whistleblowers
The increasingly irrational cult of the whistle-
blower is bad for politics and bad for journalism. We need some heretics to blow it apart.
|Wednesday 12 June 2013|
against... er... er...
Anti-capitalist protesters in London yesterday had only one real objective: to get punched by a cop.
Who’s afraid of internet porn?
The current panic about internet porn is born of adult anxieties rather than children’s degeneracy.
MMR/autism: one step forward, two steps back
Unorthodox autism campaign groups are finally distancing themselves from the MMR theory. Sadly, they’ve embraced other cranky theories.
|Thursday 13 June 2013|
Compo culture comes to Kenya
Compensating Kenyans for their treatment during the Mau Mau uprising makes a mockery of anti-colonial struggles.
‘We don’t want EDL with our Cornflakes’
Those calling for the EDL leader to be ‘no platformed’ from BBC radio hold the listening public in contempt.
Twitter: #FreeSpeech or #EthicalCleansing?
Where is the outcry over the rising number of blatant cases of non-secret state interference online and in social media?
|Friday 14 June 2013|
Why should we care about The Stone Roses?
More wide-eyed fan letter than serious documentary, a new movie fails to convince us the Roses were a great band.
There’s something about Jose
Hated in Spain, loathed in Italy, but adored in Britain – what is it about Mourinho that makes him our special one?
Inferno: the lovechild of Wikipedia and Malthus
With its clotted prose, list of historical facts, and sub-plot about humans breeding like rabbits, Dan Brown’s latest is a depressing read.
|Monday 17 June 2013|
Post on Facebook and be damned
The police are banging up people for drunkenly posting comments on Facebook. Could you be next?
Why UK politicians now ♥ single mums
Lone parents, once the easy target of the New Right, are now being championed by the family-fearing state.
Putting choice back into the pro-choice movement
Ann Furedi’s spiked essay on the importance of a woman’s right to choose ignited much heated debate. Here, she reiterates her stance.
|Tuesday 18 June 2013|
The pathologising of climate scepticism
ESSAY: The shoddy science of sceptic-bashing LOG12 attempts to turn criticism into a psychological illness.
From red peril to green panic
America’s military industrial complex once chased communists. Now it obsesses over CO2 emissions.
Roll up, roll up – watch Nigella being strangled!
The Nigella Lawson ‘choking’ incident confirms that respectable observers are as good at being voyeuristic and moralistic as any tabloid hack.
|Wednesday 19 June 2013|
Stuart Hall: the thirst for punishment
The calls for the TV presenter’s sentence to be harsher are not based on the principles of justice, but on a desire for revenge.
Journalism through the Prism, darkly
The Guardian and Washington Post got a lot wrong in their NSA spying reports, because their urge to tell a scary story overrode fact-checking.
|Thursday 20 June 2013|
In defence of the public’s judgement
A public debate on the point of the arts showed a worrying disdain for art's potential audience.
The Lawson case: a word of caution
The zeal with which the police pursued a case against Charles Saatchi shows domestic violence trumps legal principles.
Syria: semi-impotent West can still make it worse
One special power that Western leaders like Barack Obama and David Cameron retain is the ability further to mess up the Middle East.
|Friday 21 June 2013|
Man of Steel, leaden film
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's yet another bloody superhero movie winging its way to an Odeon near you.
A Glastonbury for documentaries
spiked’s TV columnist checks out the great, the good and the quirky at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Lord make me good, but not yet
A new book making the case for coercive paternalism fails to reckon with our freedom to make ‘bad’ choices.
A bleak future for English football?
To turn the base metal of English footballing mediocrity into gold, it’s not a new manager England needs, it’s an alchemist.
|Monday 24 June 2013|
bland new world
As Serena Williams has just discovered, tennis loves characters only for as long as they say the right thing.
A degree of instrumentalism
Despite some fine rhetoric, a new think-tank report rehashes the failed ideas behind UK higher-education policy.
|Tuesday 25 June 2013|
Childhood is not a
Child Safety Week won't prevent accidents, but it will prevent kids from being allowed to enjoy themselves.
Who’s afraid of a couple of cranky bloggers?
Message to UK liberals: if you’re campaigning to bar two right-wing US bloggers from Britain, you’re no liberal.
|Wednesday 26 June 2013|
Time for some
ESSAY: Britain’s retail sector needs to stop worrying about the greens and learn to love new technology.
Free speech and loathing in Tennessee
A US government lecture to locals on tolerance proved to be an official exercise in resentment building.
We’re not sick, we’re just a bit fat
Classifying obesity as a disease will open up a vast swathe of the population to state-approved bullying.
Hacking is a crime - but only if you’re a press hack
A report, ignored by Leveson, reveals that police sat on evidence of widespread phone-hacking by top firms while rounding up journalists.
|Thursday 27 June 2013|
Taking the pleasure out of e-cigarettes
The authorities’ attempt to classify e-ciggies as medicinal effaces the real reason people smoke - they enjoy it.
Why art-school toffs never got Black Sabbath
Sabbath 'trod water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry’, and they were all the better for it.
|Friday 28 June 2013|
The best new musical in years
The Book of Mormon works brilliantly because it does something unusual: it respects both its subject matter and its form.
Dispatches’ dirty little secret
The Channel 4 show spoiled an agenda-setting story, on police infiltration of political groups, with dodgy presentation.
Time to give football hipsters a kicking
Beneath the hipster’s arcane knowledge of world football, there lurks a sneering contempt for the replica-shirted masses.
Dan Brown: scriptwriter of the Julian Assange set
The Edward Snowden affair will invoke déjà vu in Brown fans: his 1998 conspiracy thriller Digital Fortress foretold this childish morality tale.
|Saturday 29 June 2013|
MoD litigation: making judges into gods of war
The UK Supreme Court ruling that servicemen can sue the Ministry of Defence for negligence is a disaster for troop morale and the public good.
Rudd v Gillard: the face of things to come
The bloodless coup against Gillard isn't a peculiarly Oz phenomenon – across the West politics is becoming more oligarchical and bitchy.