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When spiked started out in 2001, it was Britain’s first online-only current-affairs magazine. While much has changed since then, one thing remains the same: spiked continues to stand apart. It is sassy where others are downbeat, irreverent where others conform, and committed to excellence where others dumb down. In no other publication will you find such a heady brew of politics and culture, shot through with our unswerving commitment to making sense of the world.

Our determination to make the case for human endeavour and intellectual risk-taking, our willingness to defend freedom of speech with no caveats, and our fostering of some of the best, most penetrating writing around has won spiked many fans across the world. And that’s what also sets spiked apart: its global readership. Smart, questioning and engaged, our readers share in spiked’s modest ambition to not just write about the world, but to set about changing it, too.