Paul Morley: ‘Pop music needs a cull’
The music critic talks to spiked about the hyper nostalgia that is killing pop.
Elonis v US: freedom and the Facebook generation
The US Supreme Court must not erode free speech online.
The question no one can answer: What does it mean to be British?
How can we teach British values to kids if we don’t know what British values are?
The Drop: Gandolfini’s gangster swansong
|Tuesday 2 December 2014|
Litter fines: what a load of rubbish
It is primitivism to make a spectacle of litterers.
Andrew Mitchell: the wrong sort of snob
Plebgate revealed the shallowness of anti-Tory posing.
It was a shopping spree, not a zombie apocalypse
The snobs freaking out about Black Friday need to calm down.
|Wednesday 3 December 2014|
Ecopop lost, but its miserabilism lives on
Switzerland rejected green immigration proposals - now it needs to reject green principles.
It shouldn’t be a crime to be a bad parent
The Cinderella Law will make everyday family life a criminal matter.
|Thursday 4 December 2014|
Don’t blame LaBeouf for demeaning rape
It was feminists who blurred the lines between rape and sex.
Why assaulting soldiers shouldn’t be a hate crime
Turning all adults into panto villains
Lionel Blair’s retirement from panto is a sad sign of the times.
|Friday 5 December 2014|
The robots are not taking over
Stephen Hawking may be scared, but AI promises to help, not hinder us.
This puppet is no free‑speech hero
The boycott-Israel brigade undermines the university
BDS-supporting academics make a mockery of academic freedom.
The SNP: drunk at the wheel
Phillip Hughes: mourning sickness Down Under
Why the global grieving leaves me cold.
|Monday 8 December 2014|
Rolling Stone and the myth of a rape epidemic
Rolling Stone’s rape hoax speaks to a new hysteria on US campuses.
#Gamergate: we must fight for the right to fantasise
The war on violent videogames is a war on the freedom of thought itself.
|Tuesday 9 December 2014|
Super Mario isn’t racist – he just made a mistake
We should cross-examine this watering down of justice
Protecting witnesses from tough questioning deals a body blow to justice.
Lady Jenkin: the unacceptable face of prole-bashing
It isn’t only Tory peers who sneer at the diets of the poor.
Anarchist attacks in Bristol: crusty misanthropy
|Wednesday 10 December 2014|
Drones: time to reach for the skies
Unmanned aircraft systems could radically enhance people’s lives.
Ignore the ‘plague’ panic – mankind is beating AIDS
We have pretty much tamed the AIDS virus. So why won’t we celebrate?
The war on banter is killing comedy
Comedians’ crusade against Dapper Laughs is coming back to haunt them.
|Thursday 11 December 2014|
Turning food banks into a moral weapon
The government’s food-bank strategy will increase state intervention in poor people’s lives.
After Ferguson: who’s really racialising America?
Progressives are now the most fervent promoters of racialised thinking.
Hong Kong: how the Occupy brand is killing politics
The Occupy model has been a complete disaster for repressed peoples.
No More Page 3’s Christmas single – even worse than it sounds
|Friday 12 December 2014|
Abusing the manager – a fan’s right
Those frothing over fans’ treatment of Arsene Wenger need to get a grip.
Meet the state‑loving libertarian
Shami Chakrabarti’s On Liberty is a libel on John Stuart Mill.
The British Museum has lost its marbles
Why loaning the Elgin Marbles to Russia is a mistake.
Farage and Brand: cut from the same cynical cloth
Their big spat on QT actually showed how much they have in common.
Why Mark Wahlberg should be free to leave his past behind
|Monday 15 December 2014|
UVA scandal: fight for the right to fraternise
Frats are taking the rap for the non-crime of rape culture.
The war on rape: the logic of the lynch mob returns
Five ways in which today’s feminist war on rape echoes the KKK’s war on rape.
Wetherspoons: the prole pub snobs love to picket
The future of libraries – no books, no knowledge
|Tuesday 16 December 2014|
After the Sydney siege, the clash of the fearmongers
Some peddle fear of Islamofascism, others promote panic about Islamophobia.
The myth of a slavery epidemic
Officialdom’s war on ‘modern slavery’ is built on pure fear and fantasy.
Francis popes the EU bubble
The myth of Grayling’s ‘book ban’
|Wednesday 17 December 2014|
Cereal Killer controversy: in defence of hipsters
It’s official: hating hipsters is now more annoying than hipsters.
We need to open the academic mind
Getting rid of the the Research Excellence Framework would be a good start.
Hands off the human footprint!
We should expand our eco-footprint: read spiked’s climate manifesto.
Serial: the limits to reasonable doubt
This chilling true-crime podcast series makes a timely stand for the presumption of innocence.
Lima climate talks: it's all about the process
The Sydney siege: an act of evil
Nick Cater takes Brendan O’Neill to task over the Lindt café terrorism.
|Thursday 18 December 2014|
‘We don’t feel welcome in our own universities’
Pro-Israel students on the censorship and intolerance they face.
|Friday 19 December 2014|
‘It’s about time someone said abortion is a social good’
Ann Furedi discusses Katha Pollitt's Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.
The Dog, Dubai and Eastern fantasies
Joseph O’Neill’s new novel starts off well, but quickly descends into Orientalism.
Van Gogh’s deeply human letters
Vincent’s letters to Theo are a document of struggle, failure and beauty.
And the Book of the Year Award goes to…
spiked writers pick their best reads of 2014.
A manifesto for the right to abortion
Katha Pollitt cuts through the defensiveness of the pro-choice movement.
‘We’re living in a tyranny of like-mindedness’
Howard Jacobson on Jews, comedy, dystopia and why ‘agreement is terrifying’.
|Monday 22 December 2014|
Beware Theresa May’s relationship police
If ‘controlling behaviour’ is made a criminal offence, no relationship is safe.
Torture report: war is no place for the law
No one benefits from the invasion of lawyers into the sphere of war.
This ban is a fracking outrage
New York’s ban on fracking is an act of pure green elitism.
|Tuesday 23 December 2014|
The Christmas gameshow with a difference
Videogames: 2014’s stars and stinkers
How we defied the #GamerGate killjoys and played what we liked (and what we didn’t like).
Our cultural highs and lows of 2014
spiked writers on the culture that enthralled and appalled them.
In 2015, have cojones: say no to self-censorship
People gagged themselves too willingly in 2014 – let's make next year different.
The year of the cultural colonialist
In 2014, forcing artists to be politically obedient was all the rage.
2014’s mantra: ‘I feel hurt, therefore I censor’
The new censorship is even more insidious than the old.
The year the Culture Wars went global
Turning geopolitics into a battlefield over values is a really bad idea.
A year of fear for British political leaders
And it’s set to get worse as the 2015 General Election approaches.
The ‘I believers’: a law unto themselves
In 2014, an official willingness to believe complainants damaged legal principles.
|Monday 29 December 2014|
Microaggression: desperately seeking discrimination
Stop treating black students as victims
After Ferguson, African-American students don't need special treatment.
Why shouldn’t the Tate take oil money?
Forcing galleries to reveal everything about their funding is bad for art.
Why anti-abortion protesters must Back Off
The CEO of bpas explains why buffer zones are needed outside abortion clinics.
10 kickass things humanity did in 2014
Even in this era of low expectations, intellectual daring finds a way.