Fear and mistrust on campus
By encouraging lecturers and students to report instances of discrimination, universities are undermining the very concept of academic freedom.
The truth about India’s ‘gendercide’
The ‘missing millions’ of Indian women are as much a product of the Western obsession with overpopulation as misogyny.
Giving vengeance a voice in court
A criminal trial should be a cool-headed assessment of evidence, not a chance for victims to vent their distress.
Just say ‘no’ to the mo!
Movember underlines how narcissistic health campaigns have become.
Captain Phillips: a fact-lite thrill ride
Art Under Attack: Iconoclasm at the Tate
|Sunday 3 November 2013|
We learn nothing from friendlies
England’s defeats to Chile and Germany told us nothing we didn’t already know.
|Monday 4 November 2013|
Horoscopes: smarter than you might think
The often practical wisdom of horoscopes is preferable to woe-is-me narcissism.
The free-school fightback
A head defends his free school from the naysayers and right-on critics.
Giving sibling rivalry a bad name
The anti-bullying industry has now turned its attentions to brothers and sisters.
Breastfeeding: marketing mothers’ anxiety
|Tuesday 5 November 2013|
School dinners: serving up a food sermon
British school meals have become a tool for social engineering.
Games snobs, stop hating on Call of Duty
The Selfish Giant: an achievement of epic proportions
|Wednesday 6 November 2013|
The madness of Keir Starmer
Throughout the outgoing DPP's tenure, he was obsessed with sexual-abuse prosecutions.
The fight for freedom of speech starts here
Many pay lip service to the idea of free speech, but spiked takes it seriously.
Gaye vs Thicke: a case of petty pop survivalism
The Million Mask March - muppets
|Thursday 7 November 2013|
Why kids should study literature
Underlying the debate about the proposed English GCSE curriculum is a failure to make the case for studying classic texts.
Why can’t the government get things done?
Through rules, regulations and judicial review, British government has seriously emasculated itself.
Making suspicious minds mandatory
Criminalising people who fail to report suspicions of child abuse will poison social relations.
Now the good news: we waste food
|Friday 8 November 2013|
A rocket under English football
The ACPO's ban on flares at matches shows how killjoy the football police have become.
Let’s debunk the de Blasio myths
Far from being a socialist, New York City’s new mayor is Bloomberg Take 2.
A knockout blow for personal courage
|Sunday 10 November 2013|
In defence of criticism
Mark Kermode tells spiked there's nothing snobby about judgement.
|Monday 11 November 2013|
Believe the victim: a recipe for injustice
The innocent suffer when we’re encouraged to believe all claimants.
Time to end the FGM panic
Claims that female genital mutilation is endemic in the UK rest on dodgy stats and barely concealed racial prejudice.
China is neither destroyer nor saviour of the West’s economies.
|Tuesday 12 November 2013|
then and now
75 years on, are Jews once again being treated as ‘different’?
Rethinking role models
Why should we look to popstars or footballers to be inspiring for any other reason than that they are good at what they do?
Dimbleby’s ink: how tattoos became establishment
|Wednesday 13 November 2013|
Bedlam: a humane perspective on mental health
IPNAs: a nuisance to public life and freedom
The Tories said they would scrap ASBOs. They didn't say they'd replace them with something even worse.
‘Why I defied a novelist to publish his book in Israel’
An Israeli activist tells spiked why he broke a literary boycott of his country.
Humanity: alive and well in the fast lane
|Thursday 14 November 2013|
Britain’s crazy prostitution laws
The UK’s array of prostitution laws only make things worse for sex workers.
Academic freedom in illiberal times
Listen to the spiked debate on university life and freedom of speech that took place at parliament this week.
A Major problem with state schools
John Major wasn't posh-bashing - he was rightly critiquing state schools.
Lily Allen - check your privilege
Pregnant? See a shrink
Gravity: a tour de force
|Friday 15 November 2013|
Who cares about the Champions League?
A stale competition between mega-rich clubs, the loss of the Champions League from terrestrial screens is no great tragedy.
‘There should be no restrictions on dangerous ideas’
Nadine Strossen talks to Brendan O'Neill about why nothing – not even ‘rape porn’ – should be banned.
Lady Gaga: civiliser of the pop masses
Why liberal commentators continue to go gaga for Gaga.
Labour shows its true anti-immigration colours
Sachin Tendulkar: a big hand for the little master
|Monday 18 November 2013|
Locking artists out of the UK
The restrictions on foreign artists entering Britain is choking the arts scene.
‘You never know when it’s going to explode’
CLR James's last interview now available as a podcast.
Why JFK still haunts America
In our cynical, downbeat era, we long for some Kennedy positivity.
Breast-feeding vouchers: bribing ‘bad’ mothers
Cycling in London - a crisis of progress
|Tuesday 19 November 2013|
Even quacks must have free speech
Michael Fitzpatrick slams the campaign to ban a wacky health mag from shops.
The Gettysburg Address: a great work of humanity
150 years on, Lincoln’s words retain their democratic power.
World Toilet Day – shitting on Third World development
|Wednesday 20 November 2013|
Libraries: a plea from a silence seeker
Once sanctuaries of quiet study, libraries have become glorified community centres.
India’s marvellous mission to Mars
India's bid to reach the red planet is a cause for celebration, not cynicism.
Did fecund Filipinos bring the typhoon upon themselves?
Meet the miserabilists who think Filipinos bred themselves into disaster.
‘Racist’ murals won't warp children's minds
|Thursday 21 November 2013|
Treating students as basket cases
University services aimed at boosting students' wellbeing are eroding personal autonomy.
We must be free to question rape laws
Feminist academics are using slurs and threats to chill the debate on rape. They must be challenged.
The end of the political party
Plans to rebrand the Conservatives reveal the shallowness of party politics.
Co-op: the real fraud is ‘ethical banking’
The World Bank – nannying the developing world
Terms & Conditions - the absurdity of modern Britain
|Friday 22 November 2013|
Camus and Monod: courage and genius
Sean B Carroll tells the story of two men whose lives embodied resistance, humanism and intellectual inspiration.
Oxford, we need to have a word about ‘selfie’...
The ‘Word of the Year’ reflects a contemporary crisis of judgement.
The Goldfinch: not quite a masterpiece
|Monday 25 November 2013|
Ed Miliband loving ‘Angels’? How prole!
‘The Day of the Doctor’ – Who’s the daddy
The ‘green crap’ hits its biggest fan
Sorry, David Cameron - you're now stuck with the green policies you yourself advocated.
Why greens love high fuel bills
Ever-rising energy prices are the product of green attacks on our consumption habits.
‘Slavery’ in London: an hysterical morality tale
We denigrate history’s victims of slavery with our misuse of the s-word.
Keeping ‘controversial’ voices off campus
|Tuesday 26 November 2013|
The X Factor: here’s to 10 more years
Terry Gilliam: ‘Operation Yewtree is a witch-hunt’
Putting the human soul on the slab
Human behaviour cannot be understood through brain scans.
|Wednesday 27 November 2013|
The Tories versus the police
The remarkable thing about Plebgate is that the party of law and order is fighting the police.
Anti-racist policy gone mad
The half-truths and wild claims of the Brixton slave story
There is only one word to describe this slavery tale: bullshit.
|Thursday 28 November 2013|
UK students: too dumb for the Sun?
Joey Essex: TV’s noble savage
Intolerance dolled up as ‘equality’
The Supreme Court judgment in the B&B / gay couple controversy shows how illiberal equality laws can be.
Clare’s Law: a violation of our private lives
The domestic violence disclosure scheme won’t be effective, but it will be intrusive.
The SNP’s fight for independence: Braveheart it ain’t
Splitting up the UK would be pointlessly divisive.
|Friday 29 November 2013|
Don Jon: an unholy mess of a film
A bit of harmless banter isn't ruining cricket, it's the easily offended moaners who are sucking the fun out of the game.
Celtic fans 0
In the latest attack on Scottish football fans' freedoms, Celtic fans are being demonised for waving a banner that was allegedly 'disrespectful'.
Free speech war II
As critics attack again, why I still stand by LM magazine.