Viz – still the biz
Happy 35th to ‘the shittest magazine in Britain and possibly the world’.
Iggy Azalea is not the new Al Jolson
Yes, that fake accent is annoying, but cultural appropriation is what pop is all about.
rule-breakers: our people of the year
As we head into 2015, take inspiration from spiked’s top people of 2014.
|Monday 5 January 2015|
Pope Francis: preaching the green gospel
The pope's embrace of climate alarmism is anti-Catholic and anti-human.
Butt out, Brussels – let the Greek people speak
Both the EU and European leftists are meddling in the Greek election.
‘Justice for Leelah’: behold the new, PC intolerance
The abuse of Leelah's parents echoes the antics of the Westboro Baptist Church.
|Tuesday 6 January 2015|
Vesalius: the 500th birthday of a scientific revolutionary
In this era of dogma, we could do with more of Vesalius's open-mindedness.
This persecution of Ched Evans is medieval
It is not up to Twittermobs to decide how ex-cons live their lives.
The academy’s first freedom fighters
What we can learn from a century-old fight for free thought.
|Wednesday 7 January 2015|
Egg freezing won’t solve our childcare problem
Women's career-or-family dilemma demands more than a technological solution.
Moral Panic 2.0: the era of progressive censorship
Calls for ‘dangerous’ art to be banned are now made by liberals.
The drugs debate needs an injection of principle
Both prohibitionists and legalisers need to grow some moral cojones.
|Thursday 8 January 2015|
Charlie Hebdo: Combattons pour le droit d’être offensant
Répondons à ce massacre en renforçant la liberté d’expression.
|Friday 9 January 2015|
GM food: time to devour the benefits
GM food doesn't need labelling; it needs celebrating.
Ulrich Beck and the turn against modernity
The late sociologist encapsulated the fears of our era.
Football needs to grow a pair and defend Ched Evans
And: We need to tackle the intolerance of the anti-Evans mob.
Paris and beyond: Europe is at war with itself
What lies behind the so-called Islamisation of Europe.
Birdman: a masterclass in pointless pretension
|Saturday 10 January 2015|
What if Charlie Hebdo had been published in Britain?
It would have been crushed. Here’s how.
|Monday 12 January 2015|
Charlie Hebdo: more security isn’t the solution
We don't need new anti-terror laws – we need more open political debate.
Charlie Hebdo: is Islam to blame?
Jihadism is the product of something far more complex than religion alone.
From ‘Je suis Charlie’ to ‘Nous Sommes Voltaire’
Despite the outburst of solidarity, free speech is still in the firing line.
|Tuesday 13 January 2015|
An alternative lesson from London schools
The capital’s schools have improved, but at what cost to education?
The Greens are pro-immigration? Pull the other one
Anti-consumption and anti-growth... Little wonder the Green Party is also anti-migrant.
Sia: pop’s Lolita moment
No, the 'Elastic Heart' video doesn't promote paedophilia.
Je suis Charlie? Then challenge the Islamophobia industry
The accusation of ‘Islamophobia’ is designed to strangle critical thinking.
|Wednesday 14 January 2015|
The nihilistic liberalism of assisted dying
If assisted dying is a medical treatment, then all are entitled to it – including convicted murderers.
Milk is not cheaper than water
From booze to petrol, water is the scaremongerers’ comparison of choice.
Reality TV’s moral freakshow
Big Brother gathers up the morally ‘deformed’ for the right-thinking to laugh at.
Enemy: mind-bending cinema
RIBA’s anti-Israel posturing: built on shaky foundations
|Thursday 15 January 2015|
Why is Boko Haram so barbaric?
The new movements that float free of politics and morality.
Obesity-obsessed policymakers: don’t mind the thigh gap
|Friday 16 January 2015|
Night at the Museum’s nod to Philip K Dick
This film really is family fun, with a bit about what it means to be human.
Stephanie Roche is not the world’s best goalscorer
And: Her goal was excellent, but it's right she didn't win the FIFA award.
Ich bin Charlie? That’s not enough
The Charlie solidarity is now being used to authoritarian ends.
‘Charlie Hebdo wouldn’t have survived here’
Listen to Brendan O’Neill discuss the likely reaction to a British Charlie Hebdo.
Ministerial whims and the state of education
|Monday 19 January 2015|
Health zealots have taken over the asylum
Plans to ban smoking in a mental-health facility reek of illiberal cruelty.
Oscars scandal: stop this racial policing of art
The sniping about a ‘whitewash’ in this year’s nominations is ugly and divisive.
Universities are no place for the
anti-terror thought police
Counterterrorism laws are stifling research and debate in UK universities.
|Tuesday 20 January 2015|
From food to sex: what is consent?
Everyday life contains far more grey areas than our laws will allow.
Generation Rent, quit your whinging!
Stuart Kerner: a criminal conviction for being foolish
A teacher having sex with a 16-year-old pupil should not be a legal matter.
|Wednesday 21 January 2015|
No More Page 3 is no victory for women
I find the censorious campaign against Page 3 far more offensive than a pair of tits.
Britain First: donning the uniform of victimhood
Where’s the ‘Je Suis Page 3’ movement?
Boobs, prophets – true press freedom means nothing should be off limits.
Charlie Hebdo – not safe for Bristol students
|Thursday 22 January 2015|
Waiting for Chilcot
Why politicians and pundits are so desperate to see the Iraq War report.
|Friday 23 January 2015|
Stephen Sondheim: a puzzling genius
The secret of the lyricist-composer’s success? Hard work, a love of crosswords and brilliant librettos.
Holding out for a local hero
The local lad who bleeds the team’s colours is becoming a rarity in the high-stakes Premier League.
Boris: the only Brit allowed to point a gun at the Islamic State
Pretending to fight IS is fine – actually doing it apparently isn't.
‘We must have the freedom to offend anyone’
Aussie cartoonist Bill Leak on satire, censorship and mocking Muhammad.
|Monday 26 January 2015|
An Aussie politician has gone off to fight the Islamic State – brilliant
Pro-choice and pro-free speech: say no to buffer zones
Wendy Kaminer on why she opposes restrictions on anti-abortion protests.
Syriza’s victory: this is no anti-austerity revolution
The new rulers of Greece embody miserable eco-austerity.
Journalists should not be ‘beneath the law’, either
The trials of UK tabloid reporters reveal the state’s contempt for press freedom.
|Tuesday 27 January 2015|
University challenge – dare to debate
|Wednesday 28 January 2015|
How to prevent terrorism in five easy steps!
Jon Holbrook’s top tips for playing your role in the fight against terrorism.
Obama is wrong: we need more politics, not less
The State of the Union address exposed Obama’s abandonment of reality.
|Thursday 29 January 2015|
Six reasons why giant killing sucks
We should celebrate Premier League Goliaths crushing lower-league Davids.
The new war against PC – it’s too late and it’s picked the wrong target
Why almost everyone is wrong about political correctness.
In the struggle over abortion access, BPAS isn’t backing off
Why restricting clinic protests is not an attack on political freedom.
|Friday 30 January 2015|
Generation Me loves keeping it real
Peter York takes well-aimed shots at the contemporary obsession with authenticity.
Teaching: it’s about what you know
William Kitchen vs education’s child-centred, anti-knowledge orthodoxy.
The Franklin expedition: a Victorian-era moon landing
New light is being shone on the brave but disastrous 1845 Arctic journey.
Houellebecq’s not the bigot you think he is
Soumission is a serious interrogation of French politics and society.
Weeding out the rational basis of criminal law
The truth about the Nazi camp my mum was in
My mother would have recognised but not understood this depiction of Ravensbrück.