‘Jihad cool’: an Islamist version of Occupy
The Brits who become jihadists have some very familiar-sounding prejudices.
Student Rights and the intolerance of the NUS
Bobby Womack: the last soul man
The tributes to Womack have breezed over the many achievements of his unique career.
|Wednesday 2 July 2014|
Aussie hate-speech laws: no dissent allowed
Ten ways in which those advocating hate-speech laws are stifling debate.
University should never be a ‘safe space’
The obsession with safety has undermined academic freedom.
Plastic bags: harbingers of
There is zero evidence that plastic bags kill fish, birds or the planet.
Snowpiercer: revolution on the rails
|Thursday 3 July 2014|
The state should not be the god of death
Legalising assisted suicide would allow officialdom to override poorly individuals' moral autonomy.
Savile: trawling for scandal?
A series of NHS reports lists claims of abuse by Savile – but how many could be proven?
In defence of hacks who break the law
The phone-hacking scandal is being used to criminalise investigative journalism.
|Friday 4 July 2014|
Burqa ban: when legalism trumps liberty
The real battle over the burqa won’t be won in the courts.
John Wilkes: a forgotten hero
A film shows why the scoundrel and pornographer ought to be a hero for anyone who values liberty today.
World Cup balls
It’s been a bad World Cup for England – even worse for punditry.
ISIS, intervention and the unravelling of the Middle East
Podcast: Karl Sharro, Brendan O'Neill and Bill Durodié debate the crisis in Iraq.
A Hard Day’s Night: over the heads of Generation Z
The re-release of Richard Lester's classic Beatles film reminds us of everything that was great about the Fab Four.
|Monday 7 July 2014|
The EU’s war on immigration
When it comes to its own borders, the EU is as anti-immigration as Front National.
Our need for paedos: why society obsesses over child abuse
After Rolf, the Westminster ‘child sex ring’: why the paedo-scare won’t die.
How about an end to all buffer zones?
The myth of Islamophobia
Nine years on from 7/7, the much-hyped anti-Muslim backlash is yet to appear.
|Tuesday 8 July 2014|
British Medical Association: prohibitionists from the start
|Wednesday 9 July 2014|
The debt England owes to Scotland
Don’t dismantle the union – Scots helped to make modern England and Britain.
Defending the freedom to choose an education
All schools promote certain values – parents must be free to choose the school which best reflects theirs.
NSPCC: not in the best interests of the child
Making reporting of child abuse mandatory will not help children.
The top five most ridiculous student bans
The sex ring at the heart of the British establishment… 100 years ago
|Thursday 10 July 2014|
New on spiked... our monthly review of books podcast
Podcast: spiked reviewers talk snobby liberals, psychiatric tyranny and Rod Liddle.
The biggest load of ‘general strike’ hype since the last lot
Thursday’s public-sector walkout looks more like a therapeutic gesture.
Who’s really exploiting ‘Magaluf girl’?
Both tabloids and feminists are using this gross video to score moral points.
|Friday 11 July 2014|
Neymargeddon: Brazil’s Messiah forsakes them
It wasn't Neymar wot lost it; it was Brazil's spiritual reliance on him.
Who’s really the butt of rape jokes?
SWP: Eton by green politics
Gay cake: why we should be free to bake what we want
IT's not the future
The Second Machine Age sacrifices sense at the altar of technology.
A new dictionary of untranslatable ideas and words is heavygoing, but absorbing.
Saving normal in a world gone mad
One psychiatrist’s rebellion against the pathologisation of everyday life.
|Monday 14 July 2014|
Stop this educational madness
It’s time to resist calls for more mental-health interventions in education.
Assisted dying – execution by doctor?
The similarities between assisted dying and the death penalty are striking.
Banning packed lunches: a slap in the face for parents
The Ramones: never again
The greatest-ever World Cup guff?
Was Brazil 2014 the ‘best ever’, the most unpredictable or what?
Morrissey: the pope of mope loses his mojo
On World Peace is None of Your Business, Mozzer looks beyond his own navel – and the result is disastrous.
|Tuesday 15 July 2014|
The Lib Dems’ drippy defence of privacy
The DRIP Bill is an even greater assault on privacy than its legal predecessor.
Pubic hair – now officially offensive
The museums turning culture into a commodity
When museums sell off items to raise cash, they cheapen our cultural life.
There’s something very ugly in this rage against Israel
The line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism gets thinner every day.
|Wednesday 16 July 2014|
Why it’s really bad that Gove is gone
Good riddance to David Willetts, but Gove? His demotion is a loss to education.
The maddest reshuffle in living memory
In Cameron's new Cabinet, biology counts for more than conviction.
An eco-friendly Harley Davidson – worst idea ever?
|Thursday 17 July 2014|
Growing up with paedophiles
Not so long ago, adults treated paedophiles with caution rather than dread.
How the Tories ignited the paedophile panic
Revealing the right-wing origins of today's child-abuse hysteria.
People, your TVs are too big!
Abuse inquiry: built on conspiracy theories?
The myth of powerful, protected perverts has been around for decades.
|Friday 18 July 2014|
‘spiked is wrong about Islamophobia’
The founder of Tell Mama responds to Tim Black's recent article.
‘Don’t mention the score’
Germany, don’t feel bad about your Goalocaust against Brazil – you’ve done the world a favour.
Rod Liddle vs the New Establishment
Selfish Whining Monkeys is a biting critique of the metropolitan elite.
David Cameron’s women trouble
Why I protested against the Assisted Dying Bill
|Saturday 19 July 2014|
Boyhood: the kids are all right
Richard Linklater's paean to childhood is a breath of fresh air.
|Monday 21 July 2014|
Personal responsibility goes up in smoke
The West’s cynical milking of the Ukraine air tragedy
The West is grotesquely trying to rebuild its prestige on the debris of MH17.
It’s time to scrap Ofsted
|Tuesday 22 July 2014|
The Third Man: wild about Harry
This summer marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of Carol Reed’s masterful essay on post-war cynicism.
Politics online: all tweet and no light
From Gove to Gaza, politics-by-Twitter is mainly about showing off.
Ed Miliband: desperately seeking authority
In Weird Ed, the Labour Party has the leader it deserves.
Food for thought: Scottish independence
|Wednesday 23 July 2014|
The anti-Catholic crackdown at UCLU
How students' union zealots are stifling controversial ethical debates.
Israel-bashing comes to the Fringe
Those calling for the boycotting of an Israeli show are censors in liberal clothing.
MH17: our generation’s Franz Ferdinand moment?
Yes, there are similarities between July 2014 and July 1914 – but differences, too.
Eminem and free speech given a
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: a blockbuster that doesn’t drag its knuckles
Let Lib Dems commit ‘tweetcrimes’
|Thursday 24 July 2014|
Sexting: another pervy panic
The UK authorities' creepy interest in teens' sex lives is doing real harm.
Your pity for Palestinians is making things worse in Gaza
Western thirst for images of the dead could be contributing to the bloodshed.
|Friday 25 July 2014|
Anti-doping cynics need to take a chill pill
Ex-doper Justin Gatlin deserves our praise for his brilliant comeback.
Five reasons why it’s rock’n’roll to avoid tax
It’s official: the Arctic Monkeys are rock legends.
Liberals against liberalism
How did liberals become so elitist and contemptuous of the public?
Happy birthday, IVF babies
Colin Brazier: emotional journalism hits a new low
David Ruffley: the dangers of making the personal political
Ed Miliband did to Libya what Israel has done to Gaza
|Monday 28 July 2014|
End of the road for the Andaman Islanders?
Survival International wants to keep an entire island’s inhabitants living in the Stone Age.
Sisi: groping for Western approval
The real target of the Egyptian dictator’s clampdown on sexual harassment is political dissent.
Sarah Wollaston: supersizing state intervention in our lives
|Tuesday 29 July 2014|
Britain’s timid teens need to go to the pub
Young Brits’ aversion to booze and pubs is stunting their development.
Campaign finance: even billionaires deserve free speech
Big money isn't the problem in US politics - the lack of big ideas is.
Cut the crap about the gender pay gap
For a new generation of women, the pay gap is history.
|Wednesday 30 July 2014|
Free speech on campus: it’s complicated
The university may be the ‘quintessential marketplace of ideas’, but we still need to decide what can and can't be said.
Free speech doesn’t end at the doors to an abortion clinic
Anti-protester buffer zones around abortion facilities are illiberal.
Domestic violence: the dangers of tick‑box policing
Yes, freedom of speech should be absolute
This fundamental liberty shouldn’t be killed with qualifications.
|Thursday 31 July 2014|
There is no ‘dash for gas’
Contrary to green-hued reports, the UK is not about to be turned into a giant shale-gas drilling pad.
Unempathetic Ed’s problems are not in the head
The Labour leader’s use of a neuroscientist to help him engage with the public is a mental approach to politics.
This anti-Israel hysteria is the opposite of a peace movement
Anti-Israel activists are the attack dogs of a new Western imperialism.