The Observer cosies up to conspiracy theorists
The broadsheet’s publication and then withdrawal of a weirdo’s claims about the NSA shows what a parlous state journalism is in.
Britain’s energy policy: no light or heat
Claims that the UK might soon be plunged into blackout are bonkers – but we really do need a future-orientated energy policy.
Yeezus: the Second Coming of Kanye West
Forget all his baby-mama drama and celebrity shenanigans – on his new album Mr West is back to doing what he does best.
Gay marriage’s echoes of the Cultural Revolution
Politicians publicly renouncing their former beliefs, the youth raging against the elderly... the SSM campaign has eerie echoes of history.
Why we should feel heartened by human ingenuity
Brendan O’Neill on mankind’s brilliant victories over nature’s whims.
|Tuesday 2 July 2013|
It isn't only Vice doing suicide chic
Vice caused outrage with its suicide-themed fashion shoot. Yet society itself is now ambivalent about condemning suicide.
Jimmy Savile: the Satanic panic resurrected
Jean La Fontaine on the Savile case's eerie echoes of past hysteria.
|Wednesday 3 July 2013|
Who cares? The crisis of kindness in the NHS
Politicians who think an ethos of caring can be enforced by rules and checklists are in for a rude awakening.
The law’s insane treatment of the mentally ill
Public trials ensure that court judgements are held to account by the people. So why are those deemed mentally ill being tried in secret?
I don’t want to have my awareness raised, thanks
Hands up if you're fed up of experts thinking they're more 'aware' than us plebs.
|Thursday 4 July 2013|
Making Marine Le Pen into a martyr of free speech
The threatened prosecution of Le Pen for stating an opinion is deeply undemocratic.
You can never have too much choice
It’s trendy to say choice overload is making us ill. It’s also cobblers.
Listen to Brendan O’Neill on ABC radio
spiked's editor guest-hosts the provocative Australian radio show Counterpoint.
|Friday 5 July 2013|
After Tiller: on the frontline of the abortion war
A new documentary explores the moral and physical bravery of the late-term abortionist.
Were the 1970s really that bad?
A new exhibition at London’s V&A, David Bowie Is, does not do justice to the decade in which Bowie flourished: the Seventies.
‘If this happened in China, there’d be a shitstorm here’
Arrested Sun and News of the World journalists tell spiked about their ordeal.
The NSPCC encourages racist curtain-twitching
By launching a new helpline for those worried about FGM victims, the NSPCC is okaying suspicion of dark-skinned families.
|Saturday 6 July 2013|
Turning adult students into cotton-wool kids
Mollycoddling universities seem more interested in helping students make friends than in educating them.
|Monday 8 July 2013|
Khat: in defence of the right to chew
It isn't Theresa May's defiance of experts we should be worried about: it's her illiberal urges.
Andy Murray: a product of high expectations
He won by going against the grain of contemporary British culture – and with the help of an unfashionably pushy parent.
Standing up to the white-coated gods of fortune
Science has replaced Fortuna in fancying itself as the revealer of men's fates.
A zombie film made by zombies
World War Z is high on CGI, painfully low on imagination.
Why Viva Forever didn’t last long
The songs weren’t responsible for the Spice Girls musical’s collapse - the terrible libretto was.
|Tuesday 9 July 2013|
We’re running out of water? Get a grip, greens
The eco-worriers excitably claiming the world is running dry should take a cold shower.
Punish criminals for their actions, not their thoughts
Hate crime laws have made the punishment of thoughtcrime a reality.
Competition time! Who said it: Julian Assange or David Icke?
See if you can allocate each nutty quote to the right nutty dude.
|Wednesday 10 July 2013|
Katie Hopkins: the wrong sort of snob
If Hopkins had attacked the food working-class parents give their kids, rather than the names, liberals would be cheering her on.
Children have never had it so good
At a time when youngsters are healthier and wealthier than ever, why are some hellbent on depicting them as mentally ill?
Who cares how zombie parties pick their candidates?
Labour's strife in Falkirk symbolises the political bankruptcy of the party system.
Why do those concerned about low incomes never criticise sin taxes?
|Thursday 11 July 2013|
Is sexual assault really endemic in Egypt?
Claims that Egypt is infected by the 'disease' of misogyny are helping to boost the state's authority there.
‘I don’t believe in role models’
Footballing icon Rodney Marsh on Beckham, bad-taste jokes and OBEs.
Domestic violence is falling. Why aren't people celebrating?
|Friday 12 July 2013|
Finally warming to Andy Murray
Who cares if the Wimbledon champion ‘lacks personality’? He’s one of our best-ever sportsmen.
What did Abu Qatada actually do wrong?
The Islamist's decade of detention without charge suggests the real threat to liberty is at home, not from Over There.
Egypt: the end of the Arab Spring
The coup is a disaster. The Arab peoples must now go back to square one.
Breaking news: it’s okay to like The Newsroom
Despite the achingly left-liberal preachiness, Aaron Sorkin’s much-mocked show is better-than-average entertainment.
|Monday 15 July 2013|
So what if the LRB publishes more men than women
It is patronising and tokenistic quota politics to insist that magazines should be written by 50% men and 50% women.
The robots are coming - but not fast enough
The claim that mechanisation is sweeping away jobs in a wave of innovation bears little relation to reality.
Enjoy the sun while it lasts
The belated arrival of summer sunshine in the UK is a cause for joy, not panic.
|Tuesday 16 July 2013|
These child-abuse stats are PANTS
The NSPCC’s new campaign is built on the dubious claim that five per cent of people were sexually assaulted as children.
Who’s really promoting
The pro-Trayvon campaign shows how illiberal ‘anti-racism’ has become.
The state’s ‘uncivilised’ treatment of volunteers
It is the government’s policy of suspicion towards carers that it is undermining help for older people.
|Wednesday 17 July 2013|
Time to face the housing crisis head on
The UK housing shortage has reached crisis proportions. Building a few thousand ‘affordable’ homes is no solution.
You want a first with that fee?
With university degrees now organised like training schemes, no wonder the marks are going up.
Is rape really a fate worse than death?
Barbara Hewson on the PC revival of the idea of raped women as ‘damaged goods’.
Stub this hospital smoking ban out
A London NHS trust wants to ban smoking, even outdoors. Those interested in personal freedom should speak out.
Spotify: out of tune on royalties
For once, Thom Yorke has a point: musicians should be paid properly.
|Thursday 18 July 2013|
Knowing stuff makes a comeback
Michael Gove’s new national curriculum elevates knowledge over skills. About time.
Overdosing on post-traumatic stress disorder
What’s really striking about British soldiers in Afghanistan is not their vulnerability, but their resilience.
In defence of the herd
The masses, even the unintelligent ones, are perfectly capable of doing democracy.
Dustin Hoffman: enough to make a grown man cry
The Hollywood star admits he was once a shallow person who was obsessed with looks, but he shouldn’t tar all men with that brush.
Foot-tapping joy in a devilish lock-in
The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart blends poetry, folk music and supernatural skulduggery to great effect.
|Friday 19 July 2013|
That’s enough about the spirit of cricket
A great Ashes test match was overshadowed by a furious debate about out-of-date gentleman’s ethics.
Greenpeace: new heights of vacuity
The attempt by Greenpeace members to climb London’s tallest building as a ‘protest’ was about as radical as a sponsored fun run.
Banker-bashing makes you go blind
Five reasons why it's wrong, and dangerous, to blame bankers for the crisis.
Nineties nostalgia we could do without
Waxahatchee’s Cerulean Salt is the kind of whining indieness that should be confined to the dustbin of pop history.
Confectionery: the new contraband
A little girl from Watford has been sent home from a school trip - for eating chocolate.
Drowning in a lack of narrative
In its efforts to reject traditional story, The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable tells us less than it could about human experience.
|Monday 22 July 2013|
How the West exploits brave Malala
Malala Yousafzai, a brave young Pakistani woman, is being used to give a positive sheen to external intervention.
Scotland and Catalonia: the weird alliance
Catalans who made common cause with Scottish nationalists are getting cold feet now that it seems Scottish independence won’t happen.
‘Anti-doping puritanism is killing sport’
A professor of ethics says we should chill out about performance-enhancing drugs.
The Act of Killing: in praise of difficult documentaries
Joshua Oppenheimer’s film about Indonesia’s ageing torturers finds a novel way to leave moral judgements in the hands of the audience.
|Tuesday 23 July 2013|
David Cameron: getting off on porn scares
It’s not online porn that gets in the way of young people developing a healthy attitude to sex, it’s official scare stories about intimacy.
No justice system for old men
Recent prosecutions involving decades-old sexual abuse are not delivering justice, they are undermining it - for everyone.
Kate’s baby and the myth of the monarchist masses
Republicans once trusted the public. Now they despair of it.
‘Operation Yewtree is a displacement activity’
Barbara Hewson discusses her controversial article about the Jimmy Savile affair and the age of consent on Channel 4 News.
Run: it’s grim down south London
A recent Channel 4 drama titillates the audience with cliché-riddled tales of life on the streets of Brixton.
Compulsory volunteering: an (oxy)moronic proposal
Press-ganging students into community work won’t overcome the divide between town and gown.
|Wednesday 24 July 2013|
How do you solve a problem like Maria Miller?
Attempts to influence the media by the head of what was known as the ‘ministry of fun’ are no laughing matter.
François Hollande: political magician
France may be in the economic merde right now, but the French president has a cunning trick up his sleeve: doing nothing.
‘Big History’: the annihilation of human agency
Meet the historians who treat mankind as the passive voyeur of the passing of time.
The Hothouse: Pinter made popular
Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Pinter’s black sheep play is accessible for luvvie and layman alike
|Thursday 25 July 2013|
Burn, baby, burn
We have become so fearful about any risk to children that even some welcome sunshine is viewed as a threat.
Ubuntu: living life on the Edge
The company that brought you a usable flavour of Linux now wants to sell you a smartphone. But is it a smart idea?
Who’s afraid of lobbying?
Lynton Crosby the lobbyist is not the problem - it’s Lynton Crosby the adviser.
Yo, Flipper, how’s it going?
New research suggests dolphin use unique ‘names’ for each other, but the real moral of the story is to belittle humanity.
|Friday 26 July 2013|
A nasty piece of gesture politics
The new 'Go home or face arrest' campaign highlights the state’s intolerance of all immigrants, illegal or not.
A nation of winners? Not yet
Great Britain has suddenly got a fine roster of sporting champions, but the pool of great talent is still pretty shallow.
No, ants are nothing like human beings
EO Wilson says ant colonies use agriculture and air-conditioning. They don’t.
Stuart Hall: what happened to ‘go and sin no more’?
|Monday 29 July 2013|
Who should set the price of booze?
Yes, the SNP’s minimum-pricing law is illiberal, but the EU’s challenge to it is undemocratic.
The man who’s too fat for New Zealand
Theresa Clifford reports from NZ, where a South African chef faces deportation for being overweight.
The man is for turning
David Cameron’s incredible, and revealing, list of policy u-turns.
Pope goes the Vatican’s authority
When even the pope says he can’t judge people, you know moral authority is in trouble.
|Tuesday 30 July 2013|
Egypt: the hypocrisy of the human-rights industry
Westerners who love to be outraged by foreign tyranny are blasé about Egypt's.
No to ‘modesty bags’ for lads’ mags!
A miserable feminist campaign to force supermarkets to remove lads’ magazines is gaining traction – at the expense of free speech.
|Wednesday 31 July 2013|
A judicial coup d'etat in Britain
In a democracy, parliament, not the judiciary, must have the last word on policy.
The new heart of darkness: Faversham
Great – my hometown is the latest focus of TV’s search for human depravity.
Lewisham A&E: democracy in intensive care
Using the judiciary to overturn the decision to close a London A&E department was not a triumph for people power.
‘Liverpool PC’: You’ll Never Talk Alone
Liverpool’s list of banned words is only the latest attempt to police fans’ speech.
Illiberalism’s spitting image
UK councils can ban spitting, but no law in the land will ever make people more polite or respectful.
The deterministic myth of the ‘early years’
Whether based on attachment theory or neurobabble, the claim that human beings are set in stone by the age of three is groundless.
Time to stop this political obesession with the public’s happiness.