Spiked on line deletes comments – so much for free speech.

The writers at the right wing on line magazine Spiked are nothing but zealous in their enthusiasm for free speech. However, in my experience their commitment to free speech is left wanting when you try to post a critical comment on one of their articles.

Every now and again I make the mistake of visiting the Spiked on Line web site. On a recent visit I came across an article by their guru Frank Furedi.

The anti-populist rhetoric of the elite is now off the scale. (Spiked on line 26 DECEMBER 2016)

As usual this article contains enough straw men and ludicrous, unsubstantiated assertions that I am surprised the Guinness Book of Records has not taken an interest.

Even the subtitle: “The anti-populist rhetoric of the elite is now off the scale” could, with more basis in reality, be written as: “The anti liberal / anti left rhetoric of Spiked is now off the scale”

I will leave you to read the article and judge it for yourself.  From my reading, it is, at best, a narrow one sided attack, based on straw men and cherry picking of evidence to fit a preconceived agenda. It is shamefully lacking in objectivity coming as it does from an academic at a British University.

I was so annoyed by the article that I quickly typed off and submitted the comment below:

Frank Furedi is deploying the Karl Rove tactic of “accusing your opponents of doing exactly what you and your collaborators have been doing all along”. I note that his cherry picking conveniently misses the following from his analysis: “Snowdrops, libtard, will of the people, take back control, you lost – get over it, virtue‑signalling, liberal elite, enemies of the people, the people have spoken” etc.

The comment was initially accepted but then removed as spam. I repeated this about 4 or 5 times over two days.  Each time it appeared but was then removed as spam. See the final two attempts below. (As you can see, I clicked the button each time to have this checked but no response was forthcoming)

frank furedi spiked

So it looks like the “snowflakes” at Spiked have a thinner skin than they make out.

More here: http://www.reasonandreality.org/?s=Spiked




Seems I am permanently barred from posting comments on The Spiked On Line web page.

Here’s my latest message to be deleted ( a reply to a comment on WHAT’S SCARIER THAN TRUMP? THE ELITE REVOLT AGAINST HIM) :

What’s scarier than Trump? The elite revolt against him | Politics | US Election 2016 | USA

Colin Lawson

Yes – well said. The double standards and hypocrisy of Spiked on Line knows no limit. They churn out endless articles supporting a universal safe space for bigots and the alt right to spout their hate speech and they have their own language of insults and abuse for anyone who might raise any concerns. Well, I will turn the tables:  In a democracy people are free to say what they want about Trump and if they don’t want to turn up to his inauguration fine – get over it, you bunch of snowflakes.

Clearly they don’t like their nasty, aggressive style of rhetoric redirected at themselves.


Here’s the screen shot (from my profile – but removed from their web page):

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