Introducing… Culture Wars – with Andrew Doyle

A new spiked podcast on cancel culture, wokeness and free speech.

Topics Politics UK USA

The culture wars have spiralled out of control. Cancel culture has run amok. The once-fringe ideology of wokeness has graduated from the campus safe space to the adult world, colonising politics, the media and corporations.

Culture Wars – with Andrew Doyle, a new spiked podcast, will provide a monthly antidote to all this, with stand-up comedian, satirist and spiked columnist Andrew Doyle joined by guests to discuss the latest in woke idiocy.

But Culture Wars will also go beyond the headlines and the partisan bickering to understand what’s really going on, while having fun along the way.

The guest for the first episode will be writer and comedian Bridget Phetasy – host of the YouTube show, Dumpster Fire, and the podcast, Walk-Ins Welcome. Phetasy is a fearless advocate for free speech, an acerbic critic of woke culture, and best of all, she’s brilliantly funny. Make sure you catch the episode as soon as it’s out, by subscribing to Culture Wars – with Andrew Doyle now.

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Topics Politics UK USA


Eric Praline

14th July 2020 at 8:40 pm

“New spiked podcast on cancel culture, wokeness and free speech”

Isn’t every other Spiked podcast and article about these things?

dom torato

13th July 2020 at 7:10 am

As has been mentioned below, 12 year olds now being arrested for rude Tweets HERE► Read More

dom torato

13th July 2020 at 6:52 am

I’d love to know what your superior, presumably non-bourgeois state would look like. HERE► Read More

Tolar Owen

13th July 2020 at 3:41 am

So how is it that a 12-year-old is arrested for this, but none of the thousands of teenage and adult men (some of whom claim to be women) who sent rape and death threats to JK Rowling, and any other woman who questions transactivism, have received even an inquiry, let alone left to have accounts on Twitter while Graham Linehan is banned for using the term “grooming?”

How is that violent p**n, including images that are obviously of trafficked underage girls, are all over PornHub and Reddit, and that’s not hate speech, while the slightest criticism of a black person on social media is considered “violence?”

I have to conclude that millions and millions of people still hate females. Threats against us are apparently meaningless, while we’re simultaneously told that we are the aggressors. Talk about gas lighting.

Mor Vir

13th July 2020 at 9:15 am

‘none of the thousands of teenage and adult men (some of whom claim to be women) who sent rape and death threats to JK Rowling’

The British state is not interested in rights, laws or a level playing field, it is interested in imposing its dogmas on the public and it is quite happy to see dissidents terrorised.

Gary Mull

13th July 2020 at 2:27 am

I don’t really know what is meant by “woke” nor “culture wars”.

As an example, most of the pro-Brexit/Tory/right wing websites look like they have their own “woke” agendas to me and all engage in censorship so if you turn up and make near the knuckle comments and wicked jokes, you soon find yourself deleted.

All this fuss about free speech as if no one to the right of Tony Blair has an outlet for their views nowadays – despite the obvious fact they have more outlets for their views than ever before in human history.

We’ve all seen Toby Young and Richard Tice on the telly 8 million times … but none of you have seen my working class dad on the telly, right? Right.

The last time my mum took part in a Cambridge uni. debate? That’ll be never.

Teenagers were pretty “woke” in the 1980s, right? Well not me and my friends – we once made a black female teacher hide in a cupboard because she was so upset by our “banter”.

By the 1990s we had become more woke though, me and my mates, so that we got jobs because which British company wants to hire white boys who are so un-woke and so anti-right on that they will cheerfully reduce black women to tears in the workplace given half a chance?

Statues of slavers and other “culture wars” garbage – who the F. are Spiked contributors to argue/believe that a 13 year old girl who thinks a statue of a long dead slaver should be replaced by a statue of Peter Andre should shut up? She’s entitled to her opinion. She’s clearly thought about it more than the average “leave our statues alone” O level generation gimp.

You’d think someone at Spiked would praise her for having strong opinions but oh no, better just to call her a “stupid woke cow” and quote random bits of Orwell at her.

One day the the thicker end of chattering classes/belly aching right winer spectrum might learn that merely quoting 3 lines of text from an old Orwell/Huxley book does not necessarily win an argument.

I am going to guess that a lot of our older English Gammonistas haven’t even read 1984 for over 40 years, in most cases, and that when they read it in school, they didn’t give a monkeys about it nor did they give a flying F. about free speech in the 40 years since abd were quite happy to vote for, for example, the party that brought in Section 28 and read the newspapers that championed Section 28. No quoting Orwell on twitter then, eh?

Is a grandmother who refuses to watch The Human Centipede 1 and 2 engaged in a culture war? Is she woke? Is she a sheeple? Is she doing it wrong, according to Spiked or her Brexity grandson? But what if she doesn’t give a f. What anyone else thinks? What then?

What if the anti-woke throw a revolution and no one notices or cares?

steve moxon

13th July 2020 at 1:58 pm

Gary needs to Mull over the first line of his post and get informed first before commenting.
If you don’t know what ‘woke’ / ‘culture wars’ / ‘cancel culture’ / ‘identity politics’ is, then where the hell have you been for the past 30 years?!
It’s deep hatred towards the ordinary person by the Left in the wake of the compete failure by the Left to convince ordinary people that the Left ethos isn’t just more status-seeking, and just another case of ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’.
This hatred has gone exponential and become a pathological new religion, on course to parallel Mao and Pol Pot.
Anyone who still can’t spot the danger is either a ‘useful idiot’ of the Left or part of the Left.

L Strange

13th July 2020 at 12:59 am

As has been mentioned below, 12 year olds now being arrested for rude Tweets. It was certainly insulting, but that warrants a clip round the ear from your Dad and being made to apologise for being a git, not the police!

Gary Mull

13th July 2020 at 1:48 am

What if his dad is dead and his mum couldn’t care less? What if his dad approves of the tweets?

We’d need to create a longer list of people who would be qualified and approved to clip boys round the ear before the police are contacted.

Example: a teenage boy sends an ex-girlfriend 300 offensive messages in 48 hours.

We might decide that if he has no dad then a suitable uncle should be forced to clip him round the ear and if he has no uncle then his gran. And so on through the family tree and out into the eider community.

Maybe traffic wardens could be employed if no suitable family member exists?

Another problem with your solution is how to force an uncle to hit a nephew without monitoring the uncle to ensure he complies with England’s new “just get adults to clip kids round the head instead of calling the police” laws. What if the uncle says he will hit the child but then forgets or becomes involved in a new relationship miles away so never gets the time?

Your solution needs work.

L Strange

13th July 2020 at 12:35 pm

So, arrests and trials for being rude then. Not worrying at all, eh?


12th July 2020 at 11:36 pm

We’re facing unprecedented economic devastation and Spike is still obsessed with identity politics. Talk about fiddling while Rome burns…

Michel Houllebeq

12th July 2020 at 9:25 pm

12-year-old white child arrested today for a tweet in the UK for offending a multi-millionaire non-white adult. Please explain this privilege because the reality is that it’s a clear disadvantage being White in PC UK.

Adamsson 66

12th July 2020 at 8:56 pm

12 year old arrested for tweet crimes
Just think about that for a bit

Gary Mull

13th July 2020 at 2:29 am

Thought about it.

What kind of 12 year old cretin tweets that kind of stuff? Bet his auntie or gran calls him “the thick bastard” whenever his name crops up.

Mor Vir

12th July 2020 at 2:39 pm

Thank goodness, this society is getting so boring with its straitlaced ideological conformism – and for what, so that the bourgeois state can make more money, as if that is an inspiring project in the first place. Yawn!

nick hunt

12th July 2020 at 5:00 pm

I’d love to know what your superior, presumably non-bourgeois state would look like.

Jim Lawrie

12th July 2020 at 5:40 pm

His post tells us that it will not be on favour of wealth creation. So bunker down for a repeat of Red Russia.

Mor Vir

12th July 2020 at 6:04 pm

Get a room you two.

Dominic Straiton

12th July 2020 at 8:53 pm

Your sooo bourgeois darling.

Mor Vir

12th July 2020 at 9:22 pm

Your grammar is showing dear.

Gareth Edward KING

12th July 2020 at 2:35 pm

Good on you star! Lots of luck.

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