No, you can’t kill a robot
We can cope without the state
Boris Johnson is not Gordon Gekko
Boris Johnson's speech was far less radical than his critics thought it was.
The triumph of the maternalists
How paternalism has been feminised.
|Tuesday 3 December 2013|
Pisa: top of the class for dumbing down
The OECD’s international league table of education teaches us nothing.
Blessed be Tom, patron saint of the gays
What a bizarre overreaction there was to Tom Daley's revelation.
|Wednesday 4 December 2013|
Terror ASBOs treat the public like credulous half-wits
Behavioural design: a public dis-service
Using design to make people behave in UK A&E departments leaves the source of people's frustrations untouched.
The lawyers riding roughshod over democracy
Lord Sumption is right: legal activism devalues the demos.
|Thursday 5 December 2013|
Nigella: a private life on trial
Nigella Lawson’s private life has provided a feast for hypocritical broadsheet commentary.
Britain’s elites prefer migrants to the masses
Being ‘pro-immigrant’ is now PC code for being anti-public.
Who wants to be an ‘ethical journalist’?
Role models vs rogues: journalism’s phony divide.
|Friday 6 December 2013|
There’s nothing democratic about ‘votes for prisoners’
Mess with my club? Easy, tiger!
Hull City’s Assem Allam, who wants to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers, is just the latest owner to trample on the view of fans.
The inhumanity of a forced Caesarean
The Italian woman forced to have a C-section was effectively treated as a fetal container.
On Nelson Mandela’s inspiring achievements and tragic failures.
|Monday 9 December 2013|
France’s crocodile tears for sex workers
Lifestyle meddling: the ‘crack cocaine’ of politics
Fixed-odds betting terminals are a minor problem compared with the authoritarianism of modern politicians.
Slaves in Britain? It’s an urban legend
Why is no one asking questions about the south London slave story?
Locked up for making bad jokes online
Pope Francis: the new King of Italy
In a country with little faith in politics, the 'people's pontiff' has become Italy's de facto head of state.
Teaching students to fear free speech
Speech codes on UK campuses are killing free thought.
|Tuesday 10 December 2013|
Theresa May’s war on free-speech extremists
|Wednesday 11 December 2013|
MPs’ pay: an expensive mistake
The outsourcing of decision-making by MPs during the expenses scandal is now coming back to haunt them.
A new free-speech outfit – for less press freedom?
Even World Press Freedom Hero Sir Harold Evans backs a tough new regulator.
The warped logic of ‘fewer people = less poverty’
Occupy Sussex marks the death of student politics
|Thursday 12 December 2013|
Dementia: how health nudging works
The claim that dementia can be prevented by lifestyle changes was convenient PR - but remains unproven.
Robin Thicke is misogynistic?
Why teenagers are nonplussed by all the 'Blurred Lines' hysteria.
The judges playing doctors and nurses
Why are family courts making medical decisions on behalf of clinicians and patients?
Monkeying around with the specialness of humans
Attempts to grant monkeys legal rights are an insult to our humanity.
|Friday 13 December 2013|
The evolution of the ‘right to die’
Gender segregation: equality trumps freedom
Frozen: Disney rediscovers the magic
Here’s to the greatest games on PS3
As PlayStation 4 hits the UK, we say a fond farewell to the best of the Generation 3 games.
How Mandela’s worshippers are rewriting history
They’ve airbrushed out the true destroyers of Apartheid: the black masses.
Mojo: all sass and no substance
The revival of Jez Butterworth’s debut play is cool but shallow.
|Monday 16 December 2013|
The BHA’s lack of faith in poor pupils
Passing sentence on victim-centred justice
The drive to make the rights of victims more influential in the justice system is undermining the rule of law.
Raising a glass to Peter O’Toole
|Tuesday 17 December 2013|
Collider: a gimmicky look at the LHC
Technology in museums – less is more!
The drive to 'engage' patrons with gadgets strips museums of their innate wonder.
New Atheism: worshipping nothing
spiked editor Brendan O'Neill on how New Atheists have replaced God with a diminished image of humanity.
Gender segregation: Islamist crusaders on campus?
It isn't 'Islamofascists' who are destroying reason and Enlightenment.
an invented crime
The myth of modern slavery is built on dodgy stats and political opportunism.
Peter Hitchens – the progressive Puritan
|Wednesday 18 December 2013|
Standing up for fans’ free speech
A new book helps to explode the myth of sectarianism in Scottish football.
Twitter trolls are not ‘normal guys’
The fact that just two loners are being done for the trolling of Caroline Criado-Perez explodes the myth of endemic misogyny online.
Pouring fuel on Ukranian fires
Ukraine is being turned into a plaything of Western powers.
|Thursday 19 December 2013|
In praise of cheap flights
Environmentalist critics of airport expansion are really disgusted by those set to benefit: the flying masses.
Mandela v Thatcher: the mourning wars
Leftists celebrated the death of Thatcher, yet right-wingers were respectful following Mandela's death. Why the difference?
‘We never called for revolutionary change’
Mandela said that. It's time we discussed his privilege-preserving legacy.
The tensions created by Socialist France
|Friday 20 December 2013|
The Ashes of English cricket
England’s disintegration Down Under underlines their failure to develop the winning mentality of a great team.
Gary Greenberg’s The Book of Woe is an insightful critique of how we understand mental illness.
How authority became a dirty word
Frank Furedi on why there’s little positive about today’s crisis of authority.
No, David Cameron is not responsible for the murder of Lee Rigby
A golliwog is not ‘inherently racist’
Annie Lennox – Bono with bongos
|Monday 23 December 2013|
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The year video games went massive
Our games reviewer picks the biggest breakthroughs of 2013.
Christmas joy for 99p? It’s possible
Eco-snobs hate them, but poundshops are a wonderful source of wacky gifts.
In 2014, we could do with some real rebel youths
2013 confirmed the emergence of the most conservative, conformist generation of young people in living memory.
2013: the space race goes East
While the West dismisses space exploration, India and China are making giant leaps for mankind.
2013: the year the Arab Spring died
In the Egyptian coup, democratic hopes were snuffed out.
The year of intellectually challenged diplomacy
In 2013, Western foreign policy finally lost the plot.
‘Eat, drink and get very, very merry’
In this seasonal podcast, Brendan O'Neill says 'bah!' to Christmas killjoys.
Free speech: a year of living undangerously
In 2013, freedom has too often been given up without a fight.
|Tuesday 24 December 2013|
How to become a cause célèbre: a guide for political prisoners
|Monday 30 December 2013|
Why Alan Turing should not have been pardoned
The genius mathematician should be celebrated for his achievements, not his legal victimisation.
Climate change: our ‘greatest challenge’?
Events in 2013 showed just how cut off from reality climate-change alarmists have become.
Stop conflating smacking with violent assault
The latest calls for a ban on smacking in the UK rest on some very dubious logic.
Free speech after Duck Dynasty
A reality-TV controversy in the US shows that social intolerance can be just as bad as government censorship.
Our cultural highs and lows of 2013
Find out what enraged, engaged, enthralled and appalled spiked’s culture vultures this year.
The dangers of demonising Russia
The bombings in Volgograd show how foolish it is to politicise the Sochi Games.