Mark Steel: the
There’s something refreshingly old-fashioned about this left-wing funnyman.
A comically incomplete exhibition
The Beano was more rebellious than today’s gothic graphic novels, but the British Library’s Comics Unmasked ignores it.
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|
Poor kids at uni: second-class students
The focus on making university easier for state-school pupils is deeply patronising.
Ed Miliband: newspaper dodger
Do FIFA execs crap in free 5-star suites?
Why did another football bribery scandal become huge news? Soccerism.
We don’t need a judge to tell us Iraq was wrong
It’s moral cowardice to beg Chilcot to condemn Bush and Blair.
‘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|
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.
London will never be ‘full up’
Ignore the miserabilism about London's population hitting 10million - this great city can handle it.
Pikettymania: thou shalt not doubt St Thomas
Why does any criticism of Thomas Piketty really rattle liberal observers?
UCLU: banning ‘fascists’ to make itself feel important
Love thy neighbour? Then respect his religious liberty
The absurdity of trigger warnings
|Thursday 5 June 2014|
Recycling: eco‑penance for wasteful humans
Recycling isn’t about saving the planet - it’s about inducing guilt.
Scout Willis: is the nipple political?
#FreeTheNipple exposes how vain online activism has become.
Cultural boycotts won't help the fight for gay rights in Russia
Fire, brimstone and free speech in Northern Ireland
|Friday 6 June 2014|
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.
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.
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.
Plain packs go up in smoke
Glastonbury, Metallica and the rise of e‑belligerence
|Monday 9 June 2014|
Why Western radicals loved Sup Marcos
Wilfully incoherent and politically uncertain, the Zapatistas leader was the perfect embodiment of anti-globalisation activism.
Seven reasons we should celebrate manufacturing
Commentators bemoaning the rise of ‘stuffocation’ miss the benefits manufacturing provides.
The Tuam tank: another myth about evil Ireland
The obsession with Ireland’s dark past has officially become unhinged.
|Tuesday 10 June 2014|
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.
‘Trojan horse’ schools – built in Westminster
The DfE has long urged parental involvement in schools - here's the result.
General Sisi and the death of democracy
Everyone’s democratic rights are threatened by the tyranny in Egypt.
Turing Test: Eugene Goostman is not a real boy
|Wednesday 11 June 2014|
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.
Turning rape trials into kangaroo courts
Defendants in rape cases should not bear the burden of proof.
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.
Easy money is no solution for hard times
ESSAY: Monetary policies do nothing to address the West’s productive stupor.
What Putin learnt from the West
|Thursday 12 June 2014|
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.
England no longer expects
Only the most deranged optimists believe England have much chance of coming home with the World Cup.
A grumpy old fan’s guide to World Cup clichés
Why everything ‘They’ say about Brazil 2014 is wrong. Probably.
Black cab protest: beware the evil app!
Female students shouldn't play the victim card
|Friday 13 June 2014|
Time to drop this non-judgmentalism
The classroom ought to be a place for developing the capacity to judge, not for stifling it.
History makers: Edward FitzGerald
June marks the anniversary of the 1798 rebellion in Ireland – we remember one of its forgotten heroes.
National Action: the puny threat of fascism
The vanished and the defaced
In Stalin’s Russia, the camera was frequently made to lie.
Liverpool FC, 1983-84: fighting their way to glory
Tony Evans provides an invigorating blast from football’s non-PC past.
A vital defence of disciplines
Disciplines aren't fusty academic relics, they're essential to the pursuit of knowledge.
Exploding seven myths about education
Daisy Christodoulou talks to spiked about taking on the educational establishment.
God is dead, long live God
Terry Eagleton casts a critical eye over efforts to fill that God-shaped hole.
|Monday 16 June 2014|
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.
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.
Iraq: there is no Western solution, and never was one
Western intervention has destroyed Iraq, as spiked predicted it would.
Index on Censorship’s new patron is… er... Steve Coogan
|Tuesday 17 June 2014|
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.
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.
Free speech is more than just a value
This lived liberty is no business of UK politicians.
BP or not BP?
That is not the question
The five worst things about consumerism
Consumer society is being blamed for all sorts of ills. Who knew shopping could be so bad?
Labour has always been the party of a reactionary elite
|Wednesday 18 June 2014|
Botnets: a serious threat to the web
Transparency and cooperation are the key to tackling the hackers using infected computers to commit cybercrime.
View from the streets: Euro elections
WORLDbytes volunteers asked Londoners about who was getting their vote in the Euro and local elections.
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|
Operation Lollipop: a useful parody
How were Twitter’s hashtag activists so easily hoaxed by #EndFathersDay?
Lana Del Rey: pretender to the pop throne?
The main problem with Lana Del Rey is that her music’s just a bit crap.
Human rights: a straitjacket
ESSAY: Natural rights celebrated democracy; human rights emasculate it.
Enterprise for All = education for none
|Friday 20 June 2014|
History makers: the Peasants’ Revolt
The fourteenth-century rebels that rose up against unfair laws and punitive taxes altered England forever.
The rise and fall of Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is only the latest victim of England's Messiah complex.
In praise of shopping
Harry Wallop talks to spiked about Iceland, olive oil and snobbery.
Gentrification: why we need more of it
The Hackney brasserie debacle shows we need more gentrification, not less.
Nudge: a war on moral judgement
Cass Sunstein’s latest combines banal insight with pernicious intent.
Tax reform is not ‘above politics’
|Monday 23 June 2014|
Understanding parenting culture today
The authors of Parenting Culture Studies outline the themes of this important new book.
Quelque chose pour Le Weekend
Sandwich’s French-themed festival highlighted those who embrace the modern world and those who do not.
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.
Hey, teachers, leave those parents alone
Working-class kids’ low grades should not be an excuse to bash their parents.
|Tuesday 24 June 2014|
‘Fairtrade has thrown its toys out of its cot’
Christopher Cramer talks to spiked about Fairtrade’s response to criticism.
Banning adverts for ‘junk food’ is censorship
Action on Sugar’s plans are bad for the public sphere’s health.
Is feeding birds now a crime?
The curious case of Jake Newsome, internet troll
The left has lost Generation Y
|Wednesday 25 June 2014|
Named persons: spies in the family home
The Scottish government’s plan to provide every child with a ‘state guardian’ is downright scary.
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?
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|
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.
Confessions of an English khat-chewer
Why has a pastime enjoyed by many been transformed into a crime?
Pro-lifers: the student censor’s favourite target
Et tu, Dave?
Cameron’s denunciation of Andy Coulson was an ugly act of political disloyalty.
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|
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.
Terry Richardson: feminism turns on the hipsters
Hipster raunch is the product of the restrictive times we live in.
Celebrating consumer choice
Listen to spiked’s parliamentary debate on the pros and cons of shopping in the twenty-first century.
A one-eyed view of the working class
Selina Todd’s new tome is long on research but short on insight.
Luis Suárez: FIFA has lost all sense of proportion
Oxford students in ‘Blurred Lines’ horror
Policing social media: a full-time job
Franz Ferdinand: the killing that changed everything?
It's too simplistic to say Ferdinand's assassination caused the Great War.
|Monday 30 June 2014|
Censorship is being outsourced to the mob
Two recent cases Down Under show how dangerous Twittermobs can be.