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Monday 2 June 2014 June 2014
Patrick West
Mark Steel: the
music-hall socialist

There’s something refreshingly old-fashioned about this left-wing funnyman.

James Heartfield
A comically incomplete exhibition
The Beano was more rebellious than today’s gothic graphic novels, but the British Library’s Comics Unmasked ignores it.

Frank Furedi
It’s just not true that racism is on the rise
Racist ideology has been crushed, yet our society sees racism everywhere.

Tuesday 3 June 2014
Joanna Williams
Poor kids at uni: second-class students
The focus on making university easier for state-school pupils is deeply patronising.

Neil Davenport
Ed Miliband: newspaper dodger


Mick Hume
Do FIFA execs crap in free 5-star suites?
Why did another football bribery scandal become huge news? Soccerism.

Tim Black
We don’t need a judge to tell us Iraq was wrong
It’s moral cowardice to beg Chilcot to condemn Bush and Blair.

WORLDbytes
‘Don’t seal off students from “dangerous” ideas’
Tom Slater debates free speech on campus with a group of young WORLDbytes volunteers.

Wednesday 4 June 2014
Tara McCormack
The EU is no friend of Ukraine
The EU poses as saviour of Ukraine, but in reality it never wanted this eastern state as a member.

Patrick Hayes
London will never be ‘full up’
Ignore the miserabilism about London's population hitting 10million - this great city can handle it.

Sean Collins
Pikettymania: thou shalt not doubt St Thomas
Why does any criticism of Thomas Piketty really rattle liberal observers?

Tom Bailey
UCLU: banning ‘fascists’ to make itself feel important


Ferdia Carr
Love thy neighbour? Then respect his religious liberty


Russell McCarthy
The absurdity of trigger warnings


Thursday 5 June 2014
Rob Lyons
Recycling: eco‑penance for wasteful humans
Recycling isn’t about saving the planet - it’s about inducing guilt.

Tom Slater
Scout Willis: is the nipple political?
#FreeTheNipple exposes how vain online activism has become.

Manick Govinda
Cultural boycotts won't help the fight for gay rights in Russia


Ferdia Carr
Fire, brimstone and free speech in Northern Ireland


Friday 6 June 2014
Luke Gittos
The World Cup causes domestic violence? It's a myth
The notion that the World Cup will cause a surge in domestic violence is a product of officialdom's disdain for football fans.

Duleep Allirajah
Joey Barton’s got a brain: why the surprise?
The QPR man's turn on Question Time gave the lie to the prejudice that all footballers are stupid.

David Bowden
In defence of difficult, pointless poetry
Jeremy Paxman's suggestion that poetry should be more engaging misses the point about the power of the artform.

Charlie Pearson
Plain packs go up in smoke


Patrick West
Glastonbury, Metallica and the rise of e‑belligerence


Monday 9 June 2014
Nikos Sotirakopoulos
Why Western radicals loved Sup Marcos
Wilfully incoherent and politically uncertain, the Zapatistas leader was the perfect embodiment of anti-globalisation activism.

James Woudhuysen
Seven reasons we should celebrate manufacturing
Commentators bemoaning the rise of ‘stuffocation’ miss the benefits manufacturing provides.

Brendan O’Neill
The Tuam tank: another myth about evil Ireland
The obsession with Ireland’s dark past has officially become unhinged.

Tuesday 10 June 2014
Patrick West
Rik Mayall: the people’s poet is dead
In the role of The Young Ones' Rick, Mayall was responsible for one of the great creations of postwar British comedy.

Frank Furedi
‘Trojan horse’ schools – built in Westminster
The DfE has long urged parental involvement in schools - here's the result.

Brendan O’Neill
General Sisi and the death of democracy
Everyone’s democratic rights are threatened by the tyranny in Egypt.

Paul Reeves
Turing Test: Eugene Goostman is not a real boy


Wednesday 11 June 2014
Naomi Firsht
Plastic bag charges: saving the world, 5p at a time
Making shoppers pay for carrier bags is just the latest petty punishment for doing Something Bad.

Luke Gittos
Turning rape trials into kangaroo courts
Defendants in rape cases should not bear the burden of proof.

Tom Slater
Banning Nietzsche: why it’s time to end No Platform
Instead of complaining about individual bans, students need to attack campus censorship at its root.

Phil Mullan
Easy money is no solution for hard times
ESSAY: Monetary policies do nothing to address the West’s productive stupor.

Tara McCormack
What Putin learnt from the West


Thursday 12 June 2014
James Heartfield
Homeless spikes: a symptom of the housing crisis
Instead of whining about this petty measure against rough sleepers, we should be building more houses for all.

Duleep Allirajah
England no longer expects
Only the most deranged optimists believe England have much chance of coming home with the World Cup.

Mick Hume
A grumpy old fan’s guide to World Cup clichés
Why everything ‘They’ say about Brazil 2014 is wrong. Probably.

Rob Harries
Black cab protest: beware the evil app!


Joanna Williams
Female students shouldn't play the victim card


Friday 13 June 2014
Rosamund Cuckston
Time to drop this non-judgmentalism
The classroom ought to be a place for developing the capacity to judge, not for stifling it.

David Muncaster
History makers: Edward FitzGerald
June marks the anniversary of the 1798 rebellion in Ireland – we remember one of its forgotten heroes.

Tom Bailey
National Action: the puny threat of fascism


Alexander Adams
The vanished and the defaced
In Stalin’s Russia, the camera was frequently made to lie.

Rob Lyons
Liverpool FC, 1983-84: fighting their way to glory
Tony Evans provides an invigorating blast from football’s non-PC past.

Joanna Williams
A vital defence of disciplines
Disciplines aren't fusty academic relics, they're essential to the pursuit of knowledge.

Tim Black
Exploding seven myths about education
Daisy Christodoulou talks to spiked about taking on the educational establishment.

Michael Fitzpatrick
God is dead, long live God
Terry Eagleton casts a critical eye over efforts to fill that God-shaped hole.

Monday 16 June 2014
Kevin Yuill
It’s anti-gun hysteria that’s off the charts
Obama’s call for action on US gun control is grounded on half-truths and misinformation.

Rob Lyons
The poverty of the inequality debate
A new report claims the poor pay a higher rate of tax than the rich. It’s not that simple.

Brendan O’Neill
Iraq: there is no Western solution, and never was one
Western intervention has destroyed Iraq, as spiked predicted it would.

Tim Black
Index on Censorship’s new patron is… er... Steve Coogan


Tuesday 17 June 2014
Neil Ross
Freedom of the press is never ‘case by case’
If the US is to remain committed to press freedom, ‘reporter's privilege’ must be extended to all.

Kevin Rooney
Loyalists must be free to fly the Union Jack
If Irish republicans call on the state to censor political expression, it will soon come back to bite them.

Tim Black
Free speech is more than just a value
This lived liberty is no business of UK politicians.

Russell McCarthy
BP or not BP?
That is not the question



Rob Lyons
The five worst things about consumerism
Consumer society is being blamed for all sorts of ills. Who knew shopping could be so bad?

Neil Davenport
Labour has always been the party of a reactionary elite


Wednesday 18 June 2014
WALDEMAR INGDAHL
Botnets: a serious threat to the web
Transparency and cooperation are the key to tackling the hackers using infected computers to commit cybercrime.

WORLDbytes
View from the streets: Euro elections
WORLDbytes volunteers asked Londoners about who was getting their vote in the Euro and local elections.

Mick Hume
Orgreave: the last battle of a lost class war
Ed Miliband’s call for an inquiry on the 30th anniversary is a useless stunt.

Thursday 19 June 2014
James Heartfield
Operation Lollipop: a useful parody
How were Twitter’s hashtag activists so easily hoaxed by #EndFathersDay?

Tom Slater
Lana Del Rey: pretender to the pop throne?
The main problem with Lana Del Rey is that her music’s just a bit crap.

Jon Holbrook
Human rights: a straitjacket
on liberty

ESSAY: Natural rights celebrated democracy; human rights emasculate it.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
Enterprise for All = education for none


Friday 20 June 2014
Paddy McKeating
History makers: the Peasants’ Revolt
The fourteenth-century rebels that rose up against unfair laws and punitive taxes altered England forever.

Duleep Allirajah
The rise and fall of Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is only the latest victim of England's Messiah complex.

Tim Black
In praise of shopping
Harry Wallop talks to spiked about Iceland, olive oil and snobbery.

Niall Crowley
Gentrification: why we need more of it
The Hackney brasserie debacle shows we need more gentrification, not less.

Frank Furedi
Nudge: a war on moral judgement
Cass Sunstein’s latest combines banal insight with pernicious intent.

Charlie Pearson
Tax reform is not ‘above politics’


Monday 23 June 2014
Jennie Bristow
Understanding parenting culture today
The authors of Parenting Culture Studies outline the themes of this important new book.

Patrick West
Quelque chose pour Le Weekend
Sandwich’s French-themed festival highlighted those who embrace the modern world and those who do not.

Ben Pile
Don’t blame Russia for the anti-fracking panic
It isn’t Moscow's money that fuels fracking protests – it’s Europe’s own turn against development.

Joanna Williams
Hey, teachers, leave those parents alone
Working-class kids’ low grades should not be an excuse to bash their parents.

Tuesday 24 June 2014
Russell McCarthy
‘Fairtrade has thrown its toys out of its cot’
Christopher Cramer talks to spiked about Fairtrade’s response to criticism.

Rob Lyons
Banning adverts for ‘junk food’ is censorship
Action on Sugar’s plans are bad for the public sphere’s health.

Josie Appleton
Is feeding birds now a crime?


Alasdair Riggs
The curious case of Jake Newsome, internet troll


Yamir Ash
The left has lost Generation Y


Wednesday 25 June 2014
Josie Appleton
Named persons: spies in the family home
The Scottish government’s plan to provide every child with a ‘state guardian’ is downright scary.

Tim Black
Now they think there’s a problem in Egypt
Why has the jailing of the Al-Jazeera three prompted more Western outrage than Sisi’s coup?

Mick Hume
A battle for the soul of UK journalism
The bigger issue behind the phone-hacking trials is the future of a free press.

Thursday 26 June 2014
Russell McCarthy
The People’s Assembly is no alternative to austerity
This anti-austerity group has too much faith in the state and too little faith in the public.

David Williams
Confessions of an English khat-chewer
Why has a pastime enjoyed by many been transformed into a crime?

Dan Hitchens
Pro-lifers: the student censor’s favourite target


Brendan O’Neill
Et tu, Dave?
Cameron’s denunciation of Andy Coulson was an ugly act of political disloyalty.

Patrick Marmion
Red Forest: a mythologised cry against oppression
Belarus Free Theatre’s latest production treads a fine line between impassioned political resistance and new-age nonsense.

Friday 27 June 2014
Duleep Allirajah
England: world champions at the blame game
The inquest into the Three Lions' World Cup exit misses an important point: England have never been world beaters on foreign soil.

Tom Slater
Terry Richardson: feminism turns on the hipsters
Hipster raunch is the product of the restrictive times we live in.

spiked podcast
Celebrating consumer choice
Listen to spiked’s parliamentary debate on the pros and cons of shopping in the twenty-first century.

Neil Davenport
A one-eyed view of the working class
Selina Todd’s new tome is long on research but short on insight.

Duleep Allirajah
Luis Suárez: FIFA has lost all sense of proportion


Yamir Ash
Oxford students in ‘Blurred Lines’ horror


Alasdair Riggs
Policing social media: a full-time job


Frank Furedi
Franz Ferdinand: the killing that changed everything?
It's too simplistic to say Ferdinand's assassination caused the Great War.

Monday 30 June 2014
Brendan O’Neill
Censorship is being outsourced to the mob
Two recent cases Down Under show how dangerous Twittermobs can be.


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