Time to lose the libel laws
Former All Black Joe Karam’s serial suing for defamation is an affront to public debate.
HS2: giving politicians the feelgood factor
We need better transport infrastructure, but is HS2 really the answer?
Clifford is a creep, but what’s that got to do with Savile?
The first celebrity to be hanged from Yewtree is unlikely to be the last.
Derek: the death knell for Ricky Gervais’s talent
|Friday 2 May 2014|
Five reasons why Liverpool shouldn’t win the league
The neutral fan's favourites? Pass the sick bag.
Gerry Adams: arrested by Northern Ireland’s past
Northern Irish politicians have allowed the ghosts of war to rule the present.
Five myths about e-cigs
Clifford’s sentence has little to do with justice
Max Clifford’s jail term can’t disguise the fact that historic sex cases are not tried fairly.
Damon Albarn’s life is still rubbish
The ex-Blur frontman’s first solo LP is a wearing groan about soulless modernity.
|Tuesday 6 May 2014|
UKIP haters: desperately seeking fascism
Following the demise of Britain’s far-right, UKIP has become the great white hope of anti-fascist groups.
How the Adams arrest threatens academic freedom
The former IRA man whose research led to Gerry Adams' arrest talks to spiked.
Why the propaganda war on UKIP has failed
Farage’s popularity exposes the aloofness of the political class.
|Wednesday 7 May 2014|
Clarkson: the c‑word that counts is ‘context’
The hysteria over his 'n-word' mumble marks a new stage in the war on words.
‘Objectification’: a feeble excuse for campus censorship
Banning unsuitable images or music is far worse than seeing the odd photo of a topless model.
Ukraine: Western double standards hit a new low
Media coverage of the Ukraine crisis isn’t journalism – it’s script-writing.
Next Goal Wins: sport sentimentalism at its finest
|Thursday 8 May 2014|
Operation Yewtree: defaming the dead?
Is it right that unproven, sometimes hysterical accusations can be made against the deceased?
Don’t let football become a tearjerker
Footballers should keep their emotions in check - and expect pelters when they turn on the waterworks.
How diversity damages justice
The idea that we need more black, female or gay judges calls into question the objectivity of law.
Trying to shame UKIP supporters into silence
Tim Black reports from a rowdy UKIP public meeting in central London.
|Friday 9 May 2014|
Stoner: who wants to ‘escape into reality’?
John Williams’ revived Sixties novel evokes the tedium of your average life all too well.
Notes of a dirty old modernist
Incest? Rape? Child murder? Alain Robbe-Grillet's final novel has it all.
1965: the year everything (almost) changed
The Sixties offered more questions than answers, but the optimism of that decade is worth celebrating.
Pricking the Piketty bubble
Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a thoroughly uninspiring, data-heavy dirge.
The Dizzee state of English A-levels
|Monday 12 May 2014|
Copper cams: the end of objective investigation?
Plans to attach cameras to police officers reflect the police's lack of trust in themselves.
Russia-baiting reveals its Wurst side
Anti-Russian Westerners have turned Conchita Wurst's Eurovision winner into a weapon in the culture wars.
Quit your crying, Cameron – you boosted Boko Haram
How the West’s war on Libya aided these Islamists.
Conchita Wurst: Dame Edna meets Shirley Bassey
|Tuesday 13 May 2014|
Ukraine: the Culture Wars turn bloody
The instability in Ukraine is a product of a West-v-East battle over values.
Take That tax row: issue avoidance
|Wednesday 14 May 2014|
Duke Uni students need to man up
A student-led campaign to censure the use of rude words is spectacularly infantile.
The pro-choice lobby should celebrate, not censor debate
Ann Furedi on the moral cowardice of No Platforming anti-choice activists.
Student censors, your time is up
Campus censorship makes a mockery of student politics. Time to shake it off.
Remembering Camille Lepage
Blue Ruin: a refreshing take on revenge
|Thursday 15 May 2014|
Thebans: man’s battle against the fates
A dangerous obsession with rape convictions
Despite what two of the UK's leading prosecutors think, in rape trials defendants have rights, too.
Condoms in porn: a threat to freedom of expression
Forcing condoms on porn performers undermines artistic freedom.
What’s so great about going back to 2008?
Delusional economics risks redefining progress and normalising no/low growth.
Dangerous dogs or feckless owners?
UKIP, Twitter and the death of debate online
I Can’t Sing!: a pitch-perfect flop
|Friday 16 May 2014|
Why B teams deserve another kicking
The FA's plans to introduce B teams will destroy the Football League.
Boko Haram and the feminisation of education
The West’s weeping over the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls speaks to the way education is used and abused in the Third World.
Blaspheming against the prophets of scientism
Mary Midgley takes aim at those who view humans as just bundles of molecules.
‘Nazi’ washing powder and Germany’s PC police
‘Sir’ and ‘Miss’ are the tip of the iceberg…
BBC: another non-scandal, another overreaction
|Monday 19 May 2014|
Booze causes violence? Let’s Czech the facts
The Czech Republic gives the lie to the idea that booze fuels crime.
Labour: minimum wage, minimum aspiration
Leader Ed Miliband’s latest big idea is not as radical as he thinks.
‘Environmentalism has become a religion’
Patrick Moore, founder of Greenpeace, on where greens went badly wrong.
‘Named persons’: child protection at its most dystopian
|Tuesday 20 May 2014|
The green and NIMBYist war on housebuilding
Nearly everyone recognises that Britain needs more houses. So why won’t we build them?
Using the tobacco fear to police our lives
Sugar, food, sunshine, sitting down – everything fun is now labelled 'the new tobacco'.
India: the end of Congress, not the end of the world
Western wailing about ‘fascistic’ Modi reveals a contempt for Indian democracy.
Turn Blue: headphone rock at its best
Syria: how Britain’s moral crusade inflames Islamists
British officials describe Assad as evil yet are shocked when Brits go to fight him.
RIP Gabriel Kolko, a true free thinker
Why Kolko's work stirred the minds of my Sixties generation.
|Wednesday 21 May 2014|
‘Beyond GDP’ is code for anti-prosperity
A new campaign promises austerity, social dislocation and a surge in unemployment.
Nigel Farage and the fury of the elites
There is a positive kernel to the public support for UKIP, says Brendan O’Neill.
The right label for eco-foodies: hypocrites
|Thursday 22 May 2014|
Trigger warnings: a gun to the head of literature
Once authoritarian regimes deemed students too dumb to read novels, now it is students themselves.
On the freedom to shout fire in a crowded theatre
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes on the use and abuse of that quote.
Policing private speech: the new inquisition
The ridiculing of Richard Scudamore shows how Orwellian our society is.
|Friday 23 May 2014|
The left is over? I hate to say I told you so
A left-wing writer has finally cottoned on to the decline of the labour movement – but his proposals for a revival are deluded.
Godzilla: a monster of Mother Nature
Gareth Edwards’ monstrous reboot takes the green-leaning sentiment of Godzilla to new heights.
Modi, Conchita and Farage: three men of the people?
In our new podcast, we discuss the clash between the elites and the public.
Let’s give anti-frackers a fair sheikh
|Sunday 25 May 2014|
Santa Barbara: reading too much into murderers’ manifestos
|Tuesday 27 May 2014|
Ben Sullivan: guilty until proven innocent
The treatment of an Oxford Union president accused of rape has been shameful.
Stop pathologising people who vote for Eurosceptic parties
They aren’t just ‘protest voters’ or a mob – they’re searching for solidarity.
It’s official: Britain is now run by an oligarchy
The local elections exposed the chasm between politicians and the people.
|Wednesday 28 May 2014|
Global warming: the 97% fallacy
Are 97% of scientists really in agreement on climate change? Don’t bet on it.
Michael Gove is not the destroyer of education
No, he’s not banning US novels – but nor is he righting the rot in education.
Universities: the student-customer is not always right
|Thursday 29 May 2014|
No sexist speech, please, we’re Belgian
New anti-sexism laws in Belgium deal a blow to free expression.
Così fan tutte: a sex comedy of manners
In this new staging, Mozart’s opera is as truthful and laugh-out-loud funny as it ever was.
What’s worse for the left than UKIP? Labour
Tony Blair brands UKIP as ‘reactionary’ - with a straight face!
|Friday 30 May 2014|
It’s official: Fairtrade screws over labourers
A new study exposes Fairtrade for what it is – a Western vanity project that impoverishes those it’s meant to benefit.
A football season to remember
spiked’s resident Palace fan discovered that the Premier League isn’t as tedious as it was cracked up to be.
Keep the emotion police out of family life
The dangers behind the NSPCC’s campaign to criminalise ‘emotional abuse’.
Anti-booze and pro-censorship... the NUS is a disgrace
|Saturday 31 May 2014|
UKIP: the revolt of the ‘left behind’
Far-right fearmongering mars a decent attempt to explain the rise of UKIP.