US firms and the ‘dash for cash’
American companies are grimly hanging on to cash, or returning it to shareholders, rather than investing in innovation.
Much ado about the ‘quenelle’
The fuss sparked by Nicolas Anelka’s goal celebration has sweet FA to do with anti-Semitism.
Immigrant scare: it was Labour wot done it!
Don't blame the tabloid press for criminalising Romanians and Bulgarians.
Legalising cannabis in Colorado is no victory for liberty
|Friday 3 January 2014|
The Secret Life of Walter Meh
The dream of a successful, twenty-first-century remake of the classic Forties comedy proves to be a fantasy.
A mad discussion of youth unemployment
Presenting youth unemployment as a mental-health issue is not radical.
Want us to vote? Give us something to vote for
Politicians should try to inspire youth, not flatter us.
|Monday 6 January 2014|
Israel boycotts: an assault on the university
In order to puff up their own sense of self-importance, anti-Israel academics are undermining their own institutions.
Teaching students not to think
Conformist and cowardly, contemporary academic culture actively inhibits critical thinking.
Poor people are getting plump? Good
It’s perverse to expect us to panic about obesity in the Third World.
Wii U: Nintendo goes the way of Sega
The legal aid walk-out: time to get political
|Tuesday 7 January 2014|
This row isn’t really about the First World War
Frank Furedi on how right and left have politicised the Great War’s centenary.
Immigration: the more the merrier
The political case for unfettered freedom of movement.
Turning crime into a mental-health issue
|Wednesday 8 January 2014|
The NGOs corrupting the curriculum
Annoyed, suspicious and made to feel guilty... school kids don't much like NGOs in the classroom.
The Great War: a battle for meaning
It is historical idiocy to write off this war as 'incomprehensible slaughter'.
At last, we know the truth about the hysterical troll panic
|Thursday 9 January 2014|
A blank cheque to police public space
A new bill aimed at tackling ‘annoying’ behaviour represents an assault on public liberty.
United we fall, Fergie...?
spiked's resident 'Cockney Red' takes a sanguine look at Manchester United's crisis.
The unlearnt lessons of Iraq
The real beneficiary of Western intervention is al-Qaeda.
American Hustle: big stars, even bigger hair
The miserable rise of the anti-sugar brigade
|Friday 10 January 2014|
The Railway Man: turning Lomax into a damaged soul
Football highs and lows of 2013
The bad news is that football is increasingly ban-happy. The good news is that fans are fighting back.
12 Years A Slave: what real slavery looks like
Steve McQueen’s startling film evokes a time that is, thankfully, so unlike our own.
The killing of Mark Duggan: not a rerun of the Eighties
Why it's wrong to compare Duggan’s death to racist police brutality of the past.
Dieudonné and the godgiven right to offend
|Monday 13 January 2014|
We need to talk about Benefits Street
The furore over the Channel 4 series shows just how poverty-stricken the debate about welfare has become.
The phoney war over Cameron’s porn filter
Some anti-filter campaigners have just as low a view of personal freedom as the anti-smut brigade.
Obesity’s worse than we thought? Bullshit
The claim that more than half of Britons will be obese by 2050 flies in the face of the data.
Schools on TV: hero teachers and student sob stories
|Tuesday 14 January 2014|
Ariel Sharon and the death of the Israeli dream
Sharon's shift from ‘hawk’ to negotiator told a bigger story about Israel.
Why you shouldn’t talk to your children about sexual abuse
A Moveable Feast – Hemingway, booze and creativity
|Wednesday 15 January 2014|
IPNAs: don’t thank the Lords, win the debate
How can you take Liberty’s belief in democratic rights seriously when it sings the praises of the unelected House of Lords?
Marijuana and the myth of libertarian America
The new pro-dope consensus is more authoritarian than liberal.
A war the Yid Army must win
Why all football fans should back the right of Spurs supporters to be Yiddos.
The Sussex Five: why students don't give a tweet
Breathalysers in clubs – the great night out takes its last breath
|Thursday 16 January 2014|
The sweet truth: 10 myths about sugar
Sugar is delicious. We should not allow anti-sugar zealots to take away our right to enjoy it.
Care about democracy? Then smash the EU
How the EU both feeds off and further inflames the crisis of democracy.
The art of Sylvia Pankhurst
An exhibition of the work of the forgotten Suffragette proves that politics, not art, was where she truly led the way.
Another hate-spewing crank arrested, another blow to free speech
|Friday 17 January 2014|
Hitzlsperger: hero of the football snobs
The fawning over Thomas Hitzlsperger shows that homophobia has become the latest weapon of choice in the football culture wars.
The death of pop: don’t blame it on the download
It's the conservatism of today’s youth that fuelled pop’s decline.
Three cheers for India’s triumph over polio
India is to be declared polio-free - a testament to economic growth’s benefits.
Three cheers for gene therapy!
Gun control and a changing America
In this first Battle of Ideas taster, a panel discusses the phenomenon of seemingly random acts of violence in the US.
|Monday 20 January 2014|
Hayley Cropper and the fiction of assisted suicide
The reality of assisted suicide bears little relation to the image promoted by its supporters.
Saving the girl child or destroying women’s rights?
An Indian pro-choice activist on the damage done by the ‘gendercide’ panic.
Student unions: a tyranny of the minority
|Tuesday 21 January 2014|
L’affaire Hollande: privacy on trial
We must support press freedom and defend privacy.
Lord Rennard and the cannibalisation of the Lib Dems
The focus on Rennard’s behaviour shows how unhinged politics has become.
Online snitches – the real plague of the internet
|Wednesday 22 January 2014|
Well-off NGOs celebrating tribal poverty
Survival International's 'proud not primitive' campaign celebrates hardship and backwardness.
What private schools teach state schools
Private schools succeed because of their focus on subject knowledge – it's time the state sector took note.
No, sugar is not the new tobacco
It’s time we exposed the BS of the hysterical anti-sugar lobby.
Google Glass is no way to see sex
|Thursday 23 January 2014|
The Wolf of Wall Street: a film fit for Ed Miliband
Scorsese’s snobbish portrayal of self-made traders bears all the anti-prosperity hang-ups of politicians today.
War crimes in Syria: a new dodgy dossier?
A report claiming Assad executed 11,000 prisoners is not all that it seems.
Egypt: the coup the world forgot
The shallowness of Western politicians’ commitment to democracy lies exposed.
Dear UCU, a two-hour lunchbreak is not a strike
The dangerous myth of today’s ‘toxic’ childhood
Don’t give Jobbik the victim status it craves
Excluding it from Britain would only play into its conspiratorial narrative.
|Friday 24 January 2014|
Give offence-seeking the red card
Despite appearances, football isn't suffering from an epidemic of anti-Semitism - just an exaggerated mood of touchiness.
The truth behind the stay-at-home generation
It’s not the economy keeping young-ish people in the family home.
Mike Tyson: role model?
His autobiography shows why, despite his demonisation, so many love Iron Mike.
Is nothing private anymore?
In this second taster video from the Battle of Ideas festival, a panel discusses society's declining interest in privacy.
|Saturday 25 January 2014|
The jailing of two trolls: it’s now a crime to be insulting
|Monday 27 January 2014|
The myth of sex‑selective abortions
In our weekly podcast from spiked plus, the head of BPAS says you're either pro-choice or you're not.
Upping the ante in the fight for free speech
Why spiked wants to make freedom of speech the great cause of 2014.
Gay marriage at the Grammys – more offensive than Miley?
|Tuesday 28 January 2014|
People must be free to protest against abortion
Why I support the right of anti-choice activists to rally outside abortion clinics.
Stop taxing our patience with this petty politics
The obsession with tax rates reveals all the parties' lack of economic ambition.
Obesity busybodies turn down the heat
Debt causes depression? Give us some credit…
|Wednesday 29 January 2014|
King Lear: time to leave the Bard alone?
Sam Mendes' predictably glib production of Lear proves to be another pointless Shakespeare revival.
The war on poverty – did poverty win?
50 years ago, America was optimistic about ending poverty. What went wrong?
You can’t legislate against anti-social behaviour
The law disempowers the only people who can tackle anti-social behaviour: us.
|Thursday 30 January 2014|
Scotland the scaredy‑cat?
Stop trying to frighten Scots off independence.
Time to put the brakes on the ASA
‘They can arrest us, but we won’t stop saying it’
Exclusive video report: Spurs fans speak up for their right to use the word Yid.
Life and death on the waves
The real gentrification of EastEnders
The working-class soap has long been colonised by middle-class concerns.
|Friday 31 January 2014|
Down Under: dancing for liberty
Cass Wilkinson on why she and other Sydneyites are rebelling against a new government clampdown on late-night drinking.
Scientific adviser or court jester?
Sir Mark Walport’s demand that climate-change sceptics ‘grow up’ only reveals his ignorance about the climate debate.
How Ukraine was brutalised by Brussels
Blundering EU officials ignited the violence in Kiev and beyond.
American Football: not just rugby for wusses
After years of sneering, Brits are watching the NFL in their millions - and it's easy to see why.
ULU and the rot of student politics
The sneaky tactics of ULU officials who are fighting to save the union from closure shows how little student politicos care about democracy.