It’s not only cars they want to slow down
Are the dangers of ‘out of control’ Toyota cars being exaggerated to attack ‘out of control’ economic growth?
Why fan ownership won’t set us free
If Labour really wants to give football back to the fans, it should stop treating us like naughty, sweary children.
Don’t believe in the ghosts of politics past
ELECTION ESSAY: Whether we are talking about the UK General Election or the current outbreak of strikes, it is definitely not déjà vu all over again.
|Tuesday 6 April 2010|
What on Earth is the UK Space Agency for?
Timandra Harkness reports from the anti-climatic UKSA launch, where no one seemed to be reaching for the stars.
Are you dying for a fix of burger and chips?
There’s one problem with the experiments ‘confirming’ that junk food is addictive: humans aren’t the same as rats.
Now the elite wants to colonise our brains
As the election date is announced, it’s becoming clear that the political class views the electorate as an incomprehensible, inscrutable blob.
|Wednesday 7 April 2010|
A queer attack on personal conscience
It is the liberal elite’s fear of ordinary people’s consciences that is driving the attacks on Chris Grayling.
‘No, I am the true saviour of the world!’
The clash between Bob Geldof and Make Poverty History is an unsavoury battle of ‘Africa-saving’ egos.
Cameron is right, this is a very important election…
... but not for the reasons that he, Gordon Brown or Nick Clegg would have us believe.
|Thursday 8 April 2010|
Political prejudices dressed up as science
It is their doom-laden political outlook that really convinces greens the world is ending, not scientific evidence.
An initiation into the culture of unfreedom
Clamping down on students’ boozy socialising will only give rise to a society of life-long adolescents.
Whatever happened to innovation?
ELECTION ESSAY: James Woudhuysen explores the roots of the establishment’s neglect of scientific and technological innovation.
The ‘Mumsnet election’ doesn’t get my vote
Britain’s political leaders are fawning over professional, campaigning mums, but they still look down their noses at ordinary parents.
|Friday 9 April 2010|
Doctor, leave the moralising in the past
It isn’t only Doctor Who who has been regenerated as a younger model: so has spiked’s weekly TV columnist.
Hands off the Grand National
For millions of human beings, the National is fun, thrilling and escapist. So who cares what the horses ‘think’?
Burying Malthus to save Malthusianism
The so-called ‘progressive greens’ challenging the overpopulation thesis are really only interested in making Malthusian thinking more PC.
|Monday 12 April 2010|
Turning migrants into status symbols
The ‘I Love Migrants’ campaign confirms that being ‘pro-migrant’ is now a form of cultural snobbery.
The battle for Thailand’s soul
Far from being a ‘stage army’, the Red Shirts could potentially refresh and reinvent democracy in Thailand.
Jobbik: an extreme form of the politics of identity
The advance of the far-right in Hungary’s elections shows that zombie politics can potentially make a big impact in public life today.
|Tuesday 13 April 2010|
There is no gay white man’s burden
Do-gooding Westerners will only make things worse for Ugandan homosexuals threatened by oppressive new legislation.
Archaeology on the front line
Tiffany Jenkins speaks to heritage professionals in fierce disagreement about their sector’s involvement in wars.
The Secular Inquisition
The campaign to arrest the pope is the product of an increasingly desperate secularism, which can only find meaning through ridiculing the religious.
|Wednesday 14 April 2010|
What this Twitterstorm reveals about Labour
Stuart MacLennan’s real crime was to spout Labour’s prejudices against chavs and old people in an uncouth way.
A manifest lack of inspiring ideas
Roll up, roll up for spiked’s guided tour of the Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat election manifestos.
Welcome to the era of
Obama’s much-applauded war against nuclear weapons is about boosting Washington’s moral authority, not securing world peace.
|Thursday 15 April 2010|
The sins of the father and mother
Tuesday’s Panorama used highly dubious science to accuse working-class parents of making their kids sick.
Using the Holocaust to silence debate
The campaign to make ‘ecocide’ a crime sums up the opportunism and censoriousness of the green lobby.
New Labour as the ‘lesser evil’? That’s a good one
The ludicrous spectacle of the leftovers of the left parroting their old arguments for supporting Labour is history repeated as low farce.
|Friday 16 April 2010|
Why all fans should side with ‘Mr Portsmouth’
John Westwood, Portsmouth’s No.1 fan, is seen as a sinner in today’s sit-down and shut-up footballing culture.
How our leaders bored the Great Ignored
The first leaders’ debate was electoral porn for the media classes. The rest of us were left uninspired on the sidelines.
Five vaguely interesting things about that debate
The leaders’ debate might have been teeth-extendingly boring but, if you can bear to look, it did provide a snapshot of the state of politics.
|Monday 19 April 2010|
Stuck in the airport that the world forgot
The post-volcanic chaos was a reminder of how much poorer life would be without manmade flight.
Bow down before this mighty volcano!
Like an ancient cult of nature-worshippers, some are celebrating the way the volcano has thwarted modern life.
This shutdown is about more than volcanic ash
The flight ban is a product of officialdom’s apocalyptic thinking, where they always imagine that the worst-case scenario will come true.
|Tuesday 20 April 2010|
Bikinis for girls: a storm in an AA-cup
The row over Primark’s padded bikinis revealed modern parents’ anxieties about behaving like adults.
Still haunted by The Ghost of Blair
Polanski’s film of Harris’s novel shows that Blair-bashers can’t quite explain their anger with New Labour.
Why nobody knows who will win
The UK election is such an arbitrary, unpredictable affair because this is the age of no-party politics – and no-politics parties.
|Wednesday 21 April 2010|
It’s time to move beyond Roe vs Wade
US women’s right to choose will remain fragile so long as pro-choice activists rely so heavily on the Supreme Court.
The villain in a dumbed-down morality play
The SEC’s lawsuit against Goldman Sachs will only let politicians off the hook for the state of the economy.
What’s so great about the welfare state?
ESSAY: The origins of state welfare were far from progressive, and in its new therapeutic form it is actually a barrier to human solidarity.
|Thursday 22 April 2010|
The Icelandic volcano: let’s have a reckoning
It is mad to blame one safety official for the six-day flight ban – it was actually a product of elite risk-aversion.
Dog-fighting videos: a free speech issue
A US Supreme Court ruling rightly argues that all speech should be free, not just speech that is ‘socially beneficial’.
Why ‘Cleggmania’ could be bad for democracy
The Nick Clegg phenomenon is not a product of public enthusiasm, but of the media’s disproportionate influence in politics today.
|Friday 23 April 2010|
The TV leaders’ debate: channelling Sartre
More than The X Factor, it’s like Sartre’s No Exit in which three men locked away from the real world gang up on each other.
Platini thinks it’s all over – it’s not yet
Despite the gleefully gloomy forecasts for Man Utd, Chelsea et al, their monied reign in Europe is far from over.
The Darwin debate
Following the celebration of Darwin’s 200th birthday, some now argue that his theory is not all it’s cracked up to be. Are they on to anything?
|Monday 26 April 2010|
A liberal nightmare in Sloane Square
Laura Wade’s play Posh is porn for liberals, with its idea that evil toffs are puppeteering politics and the media.
‘I want to leave my readers in favour of life’
Ten years ago, Brendan O’Neill met his idol Alan Sillitoe to talk about the degradation of the working-class hero.
Why scepticism is still ‘the highest of duties’
Scepticism is widely denounced as a poison and a disease today, just as it was in the Dark Ages. We urgently need to rescue its reputation.
|Tuesday 27 April 2010|
We have ways of making you healthy
Design is the new Big Idea in preventative medicine, but there’s nothing healthy about lifestyle manipulation.
Let’s challenge these myths of Chernobyl
Much of today’s anti-nuclear hysteria is based on a misunderstanding of what happened in Ukraine.
Why Nick Clegg is so Machiavellian
The Lib Dem leader’s deeply undemocratic stab for power reveals the replacement of democratic politics with oligarchical intrigue.
Hang it all, whatever happened to democracy?
Contrary to the claims on either side in the UK election campaign, a hung parliament would be neither the real problem nor the solution.
|Wednesday 28 April 2010|
Let’s put cancerous myths to bed
There’s no causal link between sunbed-use and cancer, so why are politicians clamping down on teens tannning?
‘Free schools’ won’t save British education
A Swede tells the Tories that they are wrong to get so overexcited about the Swedish free-school model.
Turning parents into ‘partners of the state’
ELECTION ESSAY: Thanks to New Labour, the family is no longer seen as a haven in a heartless world, but as a site of all sorts of abuse.
|Thursday 29 April 2010|
Jobbik: a party born of humiliation
The recent electoral success of Hungary’s right-wing parties rests on a deep ground swell of powerlessness and frustration.
Monkeys mourning? Don’t make me laugh
A handful of chimp mothers carrying around their dead babies is not evidence of ‘human-like’ qualities.
The revolution will not be Tel Aviv’ed
Gil Scott-Heron should ignore censorious ‘pro-Palestine’ campaigners who want him to cancel his Tel Aviv gig.
Why ‘Bigotgate’ threw everything into disarray
The Gordon Brown bigot scandal confirms that no one is in the driving seat of this election campaign – least of all us, the electorate.
|Friday 30 April 2010|
Marathons: running away from The Race
Judging by the flailing, portly people taking part in Brighton’s Marathon, running is no longer about the thrill of competition.
Is there a General Election taking place?
spiked’s TV columnist goes all Baudrillardian after sitting in the audience of a weird ITV politics show.
The Tea Party? Get over it already
In their discussion of the Tea Party as ‘delirious’ and ‘unhinged’, liberals like Bill Clinton are exposing their own snobbery.
The Tea Party: phoney freedom fighters
The right-wing movement is outraged by excessive government - except when it is wielded by Republicans in the name of counter-terrorism.