Who hasn’t lied to get someone into bed?
Undercover policemen sleeping with their targets should not be prosecuted as rape.
Kate is great, but she isn’t a god
A Kate Bush fan marvels at Before the Dawn but is irritated by Kate's canonisation.
How the West drove Russia into Ukraine
Too many are blaming Putin for a mess of the West’s making.
|Tuesday 2 September 2014|
Exhibit B: a guilty pleasure
Brett Bailey’s new show isn't racist; it just makes you feel bad.
The obesity panic on life support
Public-health crusaders are becoming ever more desperate.
|Wednesday 3 September 2014|
Ashya King: parents are more trustworthy than the state
Officialdom’s war on parental authority created this travesty of justice.
Gawping at nude celeb pics is not a crime
Privacy cannot be protected from a voyeuristic culture by more laws.
It’s time to end this phoney education war
Marital bickering is none of the state’s business
Politicians should butt out of the emotional lives of husbands and wives.
|Thursday 4 September 2014|
The SNP and UKIP – separated at birth?
Salmond and Farage have more in common than they’ll ever admit.
Scottish independence: the defeatist’s choice
A 'Yes' to independence would mean a missed opportunity to reform the UK as a whole.
It’s official: phone-hacking is not a crime or a scandal
When it’s Britain’s secret police hacking the tabloid Sun, that is.
Science can’t tell us how to live the Good Life
|Friday 5 September 2014|
English footballers, get on yer bikes
Too many homegrown Premier League players are stuck in a bench-warming comfort zone.
Finding Fela: rhythm and revolution
Fela Kuti was that rarest of things: a bona fide, fists-in-the-air pop rebel.
Academics against knowledge
Meet the academics who think academic freedom is a neoliberal conspiracy.
After Joan, who’ll slaughter the sacred cows now?
Peculiarly in this PC era, Rivers treated her audience as grown-ups.
|Monday 8 September 2014|
Where are the defenders of the Union?
Scottish referendum: our leaders have gone AWOL from the battle of ideas.
The EU needs to get off people’s vacs
EU plans to limit the power of hoovers are the latest in a long line of absurd regulations.
|Tuesday 9 September 2014|
ISIS defectors should be allowed to return
Standing by its principles is Britain's best weapon against ISIS.
Saving the Union by killing it
In promising devo max, Better Together is doing the 'Yes' campaign's work for it.
Two Days, One Night: movie melodrama, it ain’t
|Wednesday 10 September 2014|
E-cigs: one of the greatest inventions ever
I smoked for more than 20 years - e-cigarettes helped me stop.
How anti-tobacco researchers cook the evidence
It’s called ‘research’, but investigations into Big Tobacco are increasingly a moral activity.
Kate’s critics: pregnant with loathing
The biggest barrier to a republic is not popular interest in the royal baby.
We must stop bowing to this censorious army of offence-takers
The Economist’s withdrawal of an ‘offensive’ review sets a dangerous precedent.
|Thursday 11 September 2014|
Where have all the Ingurland fans gone?
Support for England has always been fairweather, and right now it's drizzling in Wembley.
Independent Scotland will be a skint Scotland
Ignore the fantasists – oil and gas will not provide the basis for a New Jerusalem.
Miners, gays and the death of the left
Pride unwittingly lays bare the post-Eighties crisis of leftism.
Universities need less civility and more ‘shit‑kicking’
The warped minds of the ASA
|Friday 12 September 2014|
Tackling the reading gap
Overworked teachers and dumbed-down libraries are behind Britain's shocking literacy levels.
The importance of being cultured
Angus Kennedy talks to spiked about the cultural retreat of the elites and the need for discrimination.
Boswell’s postcards from a hanging
A new collection of James Boswell’s writings reveals the enduring humanity of a man obsessed with public executions.
The war on fat – a big, fat waste of time
Rob Lyons talks to the author of a new book that calls into question the demonisation of fatty foods.
Setting the record straight on AIDS
Chris Jennings’ new book exposes the reality of the epidemic that never was.
Ian McEwan: a lapsed rationalist
The Children Act lays bare the limits of the scientistic worldview.
Hack Attack: how Nick Davies saved the world
…by helping to close the News of the World.
|Monday 15 September 2014|
Greek anti-racist bill: say the right things, or else...
Only a free, unregulated forum can help defeat the likes of Golden Dawn.
NATO’s reckless Russia‑baiting
The Cold War organisation’s crisis of purpose is playing itself out in Ukraine.
The West’s sad semi-war against ISIS is worse than useless
Our leaders say the Islamic State threatens civilisation – why won’t they fight it?
Why MPs have trust issues
|Tuesday 16 September 2014|
Gingers, nerds and fat people – the ‘new prejudice’?
Picking on people for their appearance may be unpleasant, but it's hardly akin to racism.
Coppers: the armed wing of therapy culture
Chasing tweeters, raiding ageing celebs' homes... the police are fuelling the culture of victimhood.
The flimsy, fantasy politics of the Yes campaign
Scottish independence is not an opportunity; it’s a political dead-end.
|Wednesday 17 September 2014|
After the Sewol disaster: the future of South Korea
The sinking of a ship packed with schoolchildren is unravelling political life in Korea.
The latest culinary fad: famine food
Middle-class foodies are paying a fortune to eat what peasants once lived on.
Youth today – boring, polite and very fearful
Young people need to stop worrying about their careers and get out more.
|Thursday 18 September 2014|
Apple: the U2 of the tech world
Apple used to lead the market; now it desperately follows it.
Sweden’s overcrowded middle ground
Forget far-right surges and left revivals - Swedish politics is gravitating to the centre.
Democracy itself is on the line in today’s referendum.
Fossil Free UK: divesting from reality
|Friday 19 September 2014|
Swiss girls just wanna have guns
Rob Lyons reports from Zurich's annual shooting competition – for schoolchildren.
Kick wifi out of football?
Fans live-tweeting matches from the stands isn't to blame for the sanitisation of the game.
Scotland: once again the demos save the day
The masses are far more rational than the unhinged political class.
Get the police off our tweets!
A senior British police officer has threatened to punish offensive speech online - where's the outrage over such Orwellianism?
|Monday 22 September 2014|
The Scottish referendum: don’t believe the hype
Challenging the myth that the referendum renewed UK democracy.
We’re all in the Non‑UK now
Welcome to a new era of petty divisions and political chaos across Britain.
|Tuesday 23 September 2014|
The myth of anti-Tory Scotland
Scots' hatred of the Conservative Party has been much exaggerated.
On the freedom to sigh
The disciplining of a professor for 'sighing' will have a corrosive effect on academics' right to speak their minds.
Freedom for the freshers!
Why spiked is waging a war of words on the campus thought police.
Academic freedom is a big deal
The pursuit of truth is more important than lecturers’ or students’ feelings.
Nick Cave: grit in the teeth of London's luvvies
20,000 Days on Earth is an engrossing film about an unlikely hero of Britain's middle class.
How the West makes bad situations worse
|Wednesday 24 September 2014|
Get pissed, have sex and speak your mind...
The spiked guide to thriving at freshers’ week.
We need to talk about extremism
Universities need to man up and face down extremism, not censor it.
What politicians can learn from nature
Belgium’s insane right‑to‑die laws
Accepting a mentally ill prisoner's request to be executed shows up the madness of Belgium's euthanasia laws.
|Thursday 25 September 2014|
NZ: the limits of scandal-mongering
New Zealand’s opposition parties need to offer more than Wikileaked conspiracy theories.
Exhibit B: artists must have the right to shock
It was a sad day for freedom when Brett Bailey’s work was shut down by a mob.
The Kafkaesque clampdown on campus hook-ups
Sex at college can be cringey, but that doesn’t make it assault.
Female students are not damsels in distress
It's a weird feminism that encourages women to think of themselves as weak.
Index on Censorship’s mad response to Exhibit B
Guess who it has criticised? Not the censorious protesters, but the Barbican.
|Friday 26 September 2014|
LVG’s big-spender football blues
Manchester United’s pitiful loss to Leicester proves that smash-and-grab management isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Self, Orwell and the English language
Will Self’s anti-Orwell tirade combines ignorance with a snobbish disdain for the public.
When students believed in liberty
Fifty years on from the Free Speech Movement, its veterans talk to spiked.
|Monday 29 September 2014|
A Travis-ty of justice
The DLT trial shows that when enough mud is thrown, some will eventually stick.
The Iraq debate: a fight among fearmongers
Both the pro- and anti-war sides have substituted panic for principle.
Greenpeace crying censorship? Please…
The anti-Rob Schneider crusade: inoculating the public from debate
|Tuesday 30 September 2014|
The British Feminist Party? No thanks…
Feminists should promote integration, not separatism.
The EU’s culture war against the people
Populist movements like UKIP expose the EU’s estrangement from everyday life.
Vote for the invisible zombie parties!
Could 2015 break records for the most anti-democratic UK election?
The Equalizer: punching above its weight