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Tuesday 1 July 2014 July 2014
Frank Furedi
‘Jihad cool’: an Islamist version of Occupy
The Brits who become jihadists have some very familiar-sounding prejudices.

Ivor Jones
Student Rights and the intolerance of the NUS


Niall Crowley
Bobby Womack: the last soul man
The tributes to Womack have breezed over the many achievements of his unique career.

Wednesday 2 July 2014
Laurence W Maher
Aussie hate-speech laws: no dissent allowed
Ten ways in which those advocating hate-speech laws are stifling debate.

Christopher Beckett
University should never be a ‘safe space’
The obsession with safety has undermined academic freedom.

Nick Cater
Plastic bags: harbingers of
eco-doom?

There is zero evidence that plastic bags kill fish, birds or the planet.

Jon Fuge
Snowpiercer: revolution on the rails


Thursday 3 July 2014
Jon Holbrook
The state should not be the god of death
Legalising assisted suicide would allow officialdom to override poorly individuals' moral autonomy.

Barbara Hewson
Savile: trawling for scandal?
A series of NHS reports lists claims of abuse by Savile – but how many could be proven?

Mick Hume
In defence of hacks who break the law
The phone-hacking scandal is being used to criminalise investigative journalism.

Friday 4 July 2014
Josie Appleton
Burqa ban: when legalism trumps liberty
The real battle over the burqa won’t be won in the courts.

WORLDbytes
John Wilkes: a forgotten hero
A film shows why the scoundrel and pornographer ought to be a hero for anyone who values liberty today.

Duleep Allirajah
World Cup balls
It’s been a bad World Cup for England – even worse for punditry.

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ISIS, intervention and the unravelling of the Middle East
Podcast: Karl Sharro, Brendan O'Neill and Bill Durodié debate the crisis in Iraq.

Christian Butler
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
Russell McCarthy
The EU’s war on immigration
When it comes to its own borders, the EU is as anti-immigration as Front National.

Brendan O’Neill
Our need for paedos: why society obsesses over child abuse
After Rolf, the Westminster ‘child sex ring’: why the paedo-scare won’t die.

Alasdair Riggs
How about an end to all buffer zones?


Tim Black
The myth of Islamophobia
Nine years on from 7/7, the much-hyped anti-Muslim backlash is yet to appear.

Tuesday 8 July 2014
Russell McCarthy
British Medical Association: prohibitionists from the start


Wednesday 9 July 2014
Kenny Hodgart
The debt England owes to Scotland
Don’t dismantle the union – Scots helped to make modern England and Britain.

Joanna Williams
Defending the freedom to choose an education
All schools promote certain values – parents must be free to choose the school which best reflects theirs.

Frank Furedi
NSPCC: not in the best interests of the child
Making reporting of child abuse mandatory will not help children.

Yamir Ash
The top five most ridiculous student bans


James Heartfield
The sex ring at the heart of the British establishment… 100 years ago


Thursday 10 July 2014
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Podcast: spiked reviewers talk snobby liberals, psychiatric tyranny and Rod Liddle.

Mick Hume
The biggest load of ‘general strike’ hype since the last lot
Thursday’s public-sector walkout looks more like a therapeutic gesture.

Tom Slater
Who’s really exploiting ‘Magaluf girl’?
Both tabloids and feminists are using this gross video to score moral points.

Friday 11 July 2014
Duleep Allirajah
Neymargeddon: Brazil’s Messiah forsakes them
It wasn't Neymar wot lost it; it was Brazil's spiritual reliance on him.

Nathalie Farrugia
Who’s really the butt of rape jokes?


Neil Davenport
SWP: Eton by green politics


Jason Smith
Gay cake: why we should be free to bake what we want


James Woudhuysen
IT's not the future
The Second Machine Age sacrifices sense at the altar of technology.

Alexander Adams
Blueprints
of Babel

A new dictionary of untranslatable ideas and words is heavygoing, but absorbing.

Helene Guldberg
Saving normal in a world gone mad
One psychiatrist’s rebellion against the pathologisation of everyday life.

Monday 14 July 2014
Kathryn Ecclestone
Stop this educational madness
It’s time to resist calls for more mental-health interventions in education.

Kevin Yuill
Assisted dying – execution by doctor?
The similarities between assisted dying and the death penalty are striking.

Rob Lyons
Banning packed lunches: a slap in the face for parents


Andrew Calcutt
The Ramones: never again


Mick Hume
The greatest-ever World Cup guff?
Was Brazil 2014 the ‘best ever’, the most unpredictable or what?

Christian Butler
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
Luke Gittos
The Lib Dems’ drippy defence of privacy
The DRIP Bill is an even greater assault on privacy than its legal predecessor.

Ivor Jones
Pubic hair – now officially offensive


Alexander Adams
The museums turning culture into a commodity
When museums sell off items to raise cash, they cheapen our cultural life.

Brendan O’Neill
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
Joanna Williams
Why it’s really bad that Gove is gone
Good riddance to David Willetts, but Gove? His demotion is a loss to education.

Tim Black
The maddest reshuffle in living memory
In Cameron's new Cabinet, biology counts for more than conviction.

Selvaggia Lucarelli
An eco-friendly Harley Davidson – worst idea ever?


Thursday 17 July 2014
Jan MacVarish
Growing up with paedophiles
Not so long ago, adults treated paedophiles with caution rather than dread.

James Heartfield
How the Tories ignited the paedophile panic
Revealing the right-wing origins of today's child-abuse hysteria.

James Woudhuysen
People, your TVs are too big!


Barbara Hewson
Abuse inquiry: built on conspiracy theories?
The myth of powerful, protected perverts has been around for decades.

Friday 18 July 2014
Fiyaz Mughal
spiked is wrong about Islamophobia’
The founder of Tell Mama responds to Tim Black's recent article.

Duleep Allirajah
‘Don’t mention the score’
Germany, don’t feel bad about your Goalocaust against Brazil – you’ve done the world a favour.

Rob Killick
Rod Liddle vs the New Establishment
Selfish Whining Monkeys is a biting critique of the metropolitan elite.

Nathalie Farrugia
David Cameron’s women trouble


Jane Sandeman
Why I protested against the Assisted Dying Bill


Saturday 19 July 2014
Tom Slater
Boyhood: the kids are all right
Richard Linklater's paean to childhood is a breath of fresh air.

Monday 21 July 2014
Rob Lyons
Personal responsibility goes up in smoke


Brendan O’Neill
The West’s cynical milking of the Ukraine air tragedy
The West is grotesquely trying to rebuild its prestige on the debris of MH17.

Joanna Williams
It’s time to scrap Ofsted


Tuesday 22 July 2014
Gerald Heys
The Third Man: wild about Harry
This summer marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of Carol Reed’s masterful essay on post-war cynicism.

Patrick West
Politics online: all tweet and no light
From Gove to Gaza, politics-by-Twitter is mainly about showing off.

Tim Black
Ed Miliband: desperately seeking authority
In Weird Ed, the Labour Party has the leader it deserves.

Worldbytes
Food for thought: Scottish independence


Wednesday 23 July 2014
Peter D Williams
The anti-Catholic crackdown at UCLU
How students' union zealots are stifling controversial ethical debates.

Tiffany Jenkins
Israel-bashing comes to the Fringe
Those calling for the boycotting of an Israeli show are censors in liberal clothing.

Frank Furedi
MH17: our generation’s Franz Ferdinand moment?
Yes, there are similarities between July 2014 and July 1914 – but differences, too.

Alex Dean
Eminem and free speech given a
Hyde-ing



Jon Fuge
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: a blockbuster that doesn’t drag its knuckles


Tim Black
Let Lib Dems commit ‘tweetcrimes’


Thursday 24 July 2014
Luke Gittos
Sexting: another pervy panic
The UK authorities' creepy interest in teens' sex lives is doing real harm.

Brendan O’Neill
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
Alex Dean
Anti-doping cynics need to take a chill pill
Ex-doper Justin Gatlin deserves our praise for his brilliant comeback.

Tom Slater
Five reasons why it’s rock’n’roll to avoid tax
It’s official: the Arctic Monkeys are rock legends.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Liberals against liberalism
How did liberals become so elitist and contemptuous of the public?

Sandy Starr
Happy birthday, IVF babies


Guy Pierce
Colin Brazier: emotional journalism hits a new low


Nathalie Farrugia
David Ruffley: the dangers of making the personal political


Brendan O’Neill
Ed Miliband did to Libya what Israel has done to Gaza


Monday 28 July 2014
Patrick Hayes
End of the road for the Andaman Islanders?
Survival International wants to keep an entire island’s inhabitants living in the Stone Age.

Russell McCarthy
Sisi: groping for Western approval
The real target of the Egyptian dictator’s clampdown on sexual harassment is political dissent.

Rob Lyons
Sarah Wollaston: supersizing state intervention in our lives


Tuesday 29 July 2014
Neil Davenport
Britain’s timid teens need to go to the pub
Young Brits’ aversion to booze and pubs is stunting their development.

Neil Ross
Campaign finance: even billionaires deserve free speech
Big money isn't the problem in US politics - the lack of big ideas is.

Joanna Williams
Cut the crap about the gender pay gap
For a new generation of women, the pay gap is history.

Wednesday 30 July 2014
Marjorie Heins
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.

Wendy Kaminer
Free speech doesn’t end at the doors to an abortion clinic
Anti-protester buffer zones around abortion facilities are illiberal.

Luke Gittos
Domestic violence: the dangers of tick‑box policing


Tim Black
Yes, freedom of speech should be absolute
This fundamental liberty shouldn’t be killed with qualifications.

Thursday 31 July 2014
Ben Pile
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.

Russell McCarthy
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.

Brendan O’Neill
This anti-Israel hysteria is the opposite of a peace movement
Anti-Israel activists are the attack dogs of a new Western imperialism.


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