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Monday 2 December 2013 December 2013
Stuart Derbyshire
No, you can’t kill a robot


David Clements
We can cope without the state


Daniel Ben-Ami
Boris Johnson is not Gordon Gekko
Boris Johnson's speech was far less radical than his critics thought it was.

Nancy McDermott
The triumph of the maternalists
How paternalism has been feminised.

Tuesday 3 December 2013
Frank Furedi
Pisa: top of the class for dumbing down
The OECD’s international league table of education teaches us nothing.

Craig Fairnington
Blessed be Tom, patron saint of the gays
What a bizarre overreaction there was to Tom Daley's revelation.

Wednesday 4 December 2013
Russell McCarthy
Terror ASBOs treat the public like credulous half-wits


Martyn Perks
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.

Jon Holbrook
The lawyers riding roughshod over democracy
Lord Sumption is right: legal activism devalues the demos.

Thursday 5 December 2013
Tim Black
Nigella: a private life on trial
Nigella Lawson’s private life has provided a feast for hypocritical broadsheet commentary.

Brendan O’Neill
Britain’s elites prefer migrants to the masses
Being ‘pro-immigrant’ is now PC code for being anti-public.

Mick Hume
Who wants to be an ‘ethical journalist’?
Role models vs rogues: journalism’s phony divide.

Friday 6 December 2013
Stuart Waiton
There’s nothing democratic about ‘votes for prisoners’


Duleep Allirajah
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.

Barbara Hewson
The inhumanity of a forced Caesarean
The Italian woman forced to have a C-section was effectively treated as a fetal container.

Charles Longford
The reluctant
revolutionary

On Nelson Mandela’s inspiring achievements and tragic failures.

Monday 9 December 2013
Julian Lagnado
France’s crocodile tears for sex workers


David Bowden
Lifestyle meddling: the ‘crack cocaine’ of politics
Fixed-odds betting terminals are a minor problem compared with the authoritarianism of modern politicians.

Frank Furedi
Slaves in Britain? It’s an urban legend
Why is no one asking questions about the south London slave story?

Rob Lyons
Locked up for making bad jokes online


Patrick West
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.

Joanna Williams
Teaching students to fear free speech
Speech codes on UK campuses are killing free thought.

Tuesday 10 December 2013
Guy Pierce
Theresa May’s war on free-speech extremists


Wednesday 11 December 2013
Patrick Hayes
MPs’ pay: an expensive mistake
The outsourcing of decision-making by MPs during the expenses scandal is now coming back to haunt them.

Mick Hume
A new free-speech outfit – for less press freedom?
Even World Press Freedom Hero Sir Harold Evans backs a tough new regulator.

Russell McCarthy
The warped logic of ‘fewer people = less poverty’


Ellamay Russell
Occupy Sussex marks the death of student politics


Thursday 12 December 2013
James Woudhuysen
Dementia: how health nudging works
The claim that dementia can be prevented by lifestyle changes was convenient PR - but remains unproven.

Eleanor Stammeijer
Robin Thicke is misogynistic?
Why teenagers are nonplussed by all the 'Blurred Lines' hysteria.

Barbara Hewson
The judges playing doctors and nurses
Why are family courts making medical decisions on behalf of clinicians and patients?

Derbyshire & Gittos
Monkeying around with the specialness of humans
Attempts to grant monkeys legal rights are an insult to our humanity.

Friday 13 December 2013
Kevin Yuill
The evolution of the ‘right to die’


Russell McCarthy
Gender segregation: equality trumps freedom


Christian Butler
Frozen: Disney rediscovers the magic


Freddie Sehgal Cuthbert
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.

Brendan O’Neill
How Mandela’s worshippers are rewriting history
They’ve airbrushed out the true destroyers of Apartheid: the black masses.

Tom Slater
Mojo: all sass and no substance
The revival of Jez Butterworth’s debut play is cool but shallow.

Monday 16 December 2013
Neil Davenport
The BHA’s lack of faith in poor pupils


Luke Gittos
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.

Graham Barnfield
Raising a glass to Peter O’Toole


Tuesday 17 December 2013
Felix Denton
Collider: a gimmicky look at the LHC


Wendy Earle
Technology in museums – less is more!
The drive to 'engage' patrons with gadgets strips museums of their innate wonder.

WORLDbytes
New Atheism: worshipping nothing
spiked editor Brendan O'Neill on how New Atheists have replaced God with a diminished image of humanity.

Brendan O’Neill
Gender segregation: Islamist crusaders on campus?
It isn't 'Islamofascists' who are destroying reason and Enlightenment.

Frank Furedi
Modern slavery:
an invented crime

The myth of modern slavery is built on dodgy stats and political opportunism.

David Bowden
Peter Hitchens – the progressive Puritan


Wednesday 18 December 2013
Kevin Rooney
Standing up for fans’ free speech
A new book helps to explode the myth of sectarianism in Scottish football.

Russell McCarthy
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.

Tim Black
Pouring fuel on Ukranian fires
Ukraine is being turned into a plaything of Western powers.

Thursday 19 December 2013
Kristian Niemietz
In praise of cheap flights
Environmentalist critics of airport expansion are really disgusted by those set to benefit: the flying masses.

Patrick West
Mandela v Thatcher: the mourning wars
Leftists celebrated the death of Thatcher, yet right-wingers were respectful following Mandela's death. Why the difference?

Moses Dube
‘We never called for revolutionary change’
Mandela said that. It's time we discussed his privilege-preserving legacy.

Julian Lagnado
The tensions created by Socialist France


Friday 20 December 2013
Duleep Allirajah
The Ashes of English cricket
England’s disintegration Down Under underlines their failure to develop the winning mentality of a great team.

Sandy Starr
Questioning psychiatry
Gary Greenberg’s The Book of Woe is an insightful critique of how we understand mental illness.

Tim Black
How authority became a dirty word
Frank Furedi on why there’s little positive about today’s crisis of authority.

Brendan O’Neill
No, David Cameron is not responsible for the murder of Lee Rigby


Adrian Hart
A golliwog is not ‘inherently racist’


Lauren van Vuuren
Annie Lennox – Bono with bongos


Monday 23 December 2013
spiked team
Give a Christmas gift to spiked


Freddie Sehgal Cuthbert
The year video games went massive
Our games reviewer picks the biggest breakthroughs of 2013.

Rob Lyons
Christmas joy for 99p? It’s possible
Eco-snobs hate them, but poundshops are a wonderful source of wacky gifts.

Tom Slater
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.

Patrick Hayes
2013: the space race goes East
While the West dismisses space exploration, India and China are making giant leaps for mankind.

Tim Black
2013: the year the Arab Spring died
In the Egyptian coup, democratic hopes were snuffed out.

Frank Furedi
The year of intellectually challenged diplomacy
In 2013, Western foreign policy finally lost the plot.

Brendan O’Neill
‘Eat, drink and get very, very merry’
In this seasonal podcast, Brendan O'Neill says 'bah!' to Christmas killjoys.

Mick Hume
Free speech: a year of living undangerously
In 2013, freedom has too often been given up without a fight.

Tuesday 24 December 2013
Brendan O’Neill
How to become a cause célèbre: a guide for political prisoners


Monday 30 December 2013
Tom Slater
Why Alan Turing should not have been pardoned
The genius mathematician should be celebrated for his achievements, not his legal victimisation.

Rob Lyons
Climate change: our ‘greatest challenge’?
Events in 2013 showed just how cut off from reality climate-change alarmists have become.

Tim Black
Stop conflating smacking with violent assault
The latest calls for a ban on smacking in the UK rest on some very dubious logic.

Sean Collins
Free speech after Duck Dynasty
A reality-TV controversy in the US shows that social intolerance can be just as bad as government censorship.

spiked writers
Our cultural highs and lows of 2013
Find out what enraged, engaged, enthralled and appalled spiked’s culture vultures this year.

Brendan O’Neill
The dangers of demonising Russia
The bombings in Volgograd show how foolish it is to politicise the Sochi Games.


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