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Thursday 2 January 2014 January 2014
James Woudhuysen
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.

Tim Black
Much ado about the ‘quenelle’
The fuss sparked by Nicolas Anelka’s goal celebration has sweet FA to do with anti-Semitism.

Brendan O’Neill
Immigrant scare: it was Labour wot done it!
Don't blame the tabloid press for criminalising Romanians and Bulgarians.

David Bowden
Legalising cannabis in Colorado is no victory for liberty


Friday 3 January 2014
Rob Lyons
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.

Neil Davenport
A mad discussion of youth unemployment
Presenting youth unemployment as a mental-health issue is not radical.

Tom Slater
Want us to vote? Give us something to vote for
Politicians should try to inspire youth, not flatter us.

Monday 6 January 2014
Dennis Hayes
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.

Joanna Williams
Teaching students not to think
Conformist and cowardly, contemporary academic culture actively inhibits critical thinking.

Rob Lyons
Poor people are getting plump? Good
It’s perverse to expect us to panic about obesity in the Third World.

Christian Butler
Wii U: Nintendo goes the way of Sega


Luke Gittos
The legal aid walk-out: time to get political


Tuesday 7 January 2014
Frank Furedi
This row isn’t really about the First World War
Frank Furedi on how right and left have politicised the Great War’s centenary.

WORLDwrite
Immigration: the more the merrier
The political case for unfettered freedom of movement.

Ken Mclaughlin
Turning crime into a mental-health issue


Wednesday 8 January 2014
Alex Standish
The NGOs corrupting the curriculum
Annoyed, suspicious and made to feel guilty... school kids don't much like NGOs in the classroom.

Frank Furedi
The Great War: a battle for meaning
It is historical idiocy to write off this war as 'incomprehensible slaughter'.

Brendan O’Neill
At last, we know the truth about the hysterical troll panic


Thursday 9 January 2014
Josie Appleton
A blank cheque to police public space
A new bill aimed at tackling ‘annoying’ behaviour represents an assault on public liberty.

Mick Hume
United we fall, Fergie...?
spiked's resident 'Cockney Red' takes a sanguine look at Manchester United's crisis.

Tim Black
The unlearnt lessons of Iraq
The real beneficiary of Western intervention is al-Qaeda.

Sarah Holland
American Hustle: big stars, even bigger hair


Russell McCarthy
The miserable rise of the anti-sugar brigade


Friday 10 January 2014
Graham Barnfield
The Railway Man: turning Lomax into a damaged soul


Duleep Allirajah
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.

Tom Slater
12 Years A Slave: what real slavery looks like
Steve McQueen’s startling film evokes a time that is, thankfully, so unlike our own.

Luke Gittos
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.

Julian Lagnado
Dieudonné and the godgiven right to offend


Monday 13 January 2014
Rosamund Cuckston
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.

David Bowden
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.

Rob Lyons
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.

Joanna Williams
Schools on TV: hero teachers and student sob stories


Tuesday 14 January 2014
Daniel Ben-Ami
Ariel Sharon and the death of the Israeli dream
Sharon's shift from ‘hawk’ to negotiator told a bigger story about Israel.

Jane Sandeman
Why you shouldn’t talk to your children about sexual abuse


Zoe Apostolides
A Moveable Feast – Hemingway, booze and creativity


Wednesday 15 January 2014
Patrick Hayes
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?

Sean Collins
Marijuana and the myth of libertarian America
The new pro-dope consensus is more authoritarian than liberal.

Tim Black
A war the Yid Army must win
Why all football fans should back the right of Spurs supporters to be Yiddos.

Ellamay Russell
The Sussex Five: why students don't give a tweet


Niall Crowley
Breathalysers in clubs – the great night out takes its last breath


Thursday 16 January 2014
Rob Lyons
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.

Brendan O’Neill
Care about democracy? Then smash the EU
How the EU both feeds off and further inflames the crisis of democracy.

Andrew Hirst
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.

Russell McCarthy
Another hate-spewing crank arrested, another blow to free speech


Friday 17 January 2014
Duleep Allirajah
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.

Neil Davenport
The death of pop: don’t blame it on the download
It's the conservatism of today’s youth that fuelled pop’s decline.

Sadhvi Sharma
Three cheers for India’s triumph over polio
India is to be declared polio-free - a testament to economic growth’s benefits.

Robin Walsh
Three cheers for gene therapy!


WORLDbytes
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
Kevin Yuill
Hayley Cropper and the fiction of assisted suicide
The reality of assisted suicide bears little relation to the image promoted by its supporters.

Brendan O’Neill
Saving the girl child or destroying women’s rights?
An Indian pro-choice activist on the damage done by the ‘gendercide’ panic.

Jacob Diamond
Student unions: a tyranny of the minority


Tuesday 21 January 2014
Tim Black
L’affaire Hollande: privacy on trial
We must support press freedom and defend privacy.

Brendan O’Neill
Lord Rennard and the cannibalisation of the Lib Dems
The focus on Rennard’s behaviour shows how unhinged politics has become.

Rob Harries
Online snitches – the real plague of the internet


Wednesday 22 January 2014
Sadhvi Sharma
Well-off NGOs celebrating tribal poverty
Survival International's 'proud not primitive' campaign celebrates hardship and backwardness.

Joanna Williams
What private schools teach state schools
Private schools succeed because of their focus on subject knowledge – it's time the state sector took note.

Rob Lyons
No, sugar is not the new tobacco
It’s time we exposed the BS of the hysterical anti-sugar lobby.

Tom Slater
Google Glass is no way to see sex


Thursday 23 January 2014
Daniel Ben-Ami
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.

Luke Gittos
War crimes in Syria: a new dodgy dossier?
A report claiming Assad executed 11,000 prisoners is not all that it seems.

Tim Black
Egypt: the coup the world forgot
The shallowness of Western politicians’ commitment to democracy lies exposed.

Joanna Williams
Dear UCU, a two-hour lunchbreak is not a strike


Helene Guldberg
The dangerous myth of today’s ‘toxic’ childhood


Frank Furedi
Don’t give Jobbik the victim status it craves
Excluding it from Britain would only play into its conspiratorial narrative.

Friday 24 January 2014
Duleep Allirajah
Give offence-seeking the red card
Despite appearances, football isn't suffering from an epidemic of anti-Semitism - just an exaggerated mood of touchiness.

Tom Slater
The truth behind the stay-at-home generation
It’s not the economy keeping young-ish people in the family home.

Mick Hume
Mike Tyson: role model?
His autobiography shows why, despite his demonisation, so many love Iron Mike.

WORLDbytes
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
Brendan O’Neill
The jailing of two trolls: it’s now a crime to be insulting


Monday 27 January 2014
Ann Furedi
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.

Brendan O’Neill
Upping the ante in the fight for free speech
Why spiked wants to make freedom of speech the great cause of 2014.

Tom Slater
Gay marriage at the Grammys – more offensive than Miley?


Tuesday 28 January 2014
Wendy Kaminer
People must be free to protest against abortion
Why I support the right of anti-choice activists to rally outside abortion clinics.

Rob Lyons
Stop taxing our patience with this petty politics
The obsession with tax rates reveals all the parties' lack of economic ambition.

James Woudhuysen
Obesity busybodies turn down the heat


Neil Davenport
Debt causes depression? Give us some credit…


Wednesday 29 January 2014
Patrick Marmion
King Lear: time to leave the Bard alone?
Sam Mendes' predictably glib production of Lear proves to be another pointless Shakespeare revival.

NANCY MCDERMOTT
The war on poverty – did poverty win?
50 years ago, America was optimistic about ending poverty. What went wrong?

Jon Holbrook
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
Mick Hume
Scotland the scaredy‑cat?
Stop trying to frighten Scots off independence.

Rob Lyons
Time to put the brakes on the ASA


spiked team
‘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.

Zoe Apostolides
Life and death on the waves


Tim Black
The real gentrification of EastEnders
The working-class soap has long been colonised by middle-class concerns.

Friday 31 January 2014
Cass Wilkinson
Down Under: dancing for liberty
Cass Wilkinson on why she and other Sydneyites are rebelling against a new government clampdown on late-night drinking.

Ben Pile
Scientific adviser or court jester?
Sir Mark Walport’s demand that climate-change sceptics ‘grow up’ only reveals his ignorance about the climate debate.

Sabine Reul
How Ukraine was brutalised by Brussels
Blundering EU officials ignited the violence in Kiev and beyond.

Craig Fairnington
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.

Jacob Diamond
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.


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