The Obamas: from ‘Yes we can!’ to ‘No we can’t!’
Jodi Kantor’s gossipy account of America’s first couple reveals their struggle to adjust to the anti-climatic reality of government.
|Friday 6 January 2012|
Bozza: a conformist in eccentric clothing
A new biography is too obsessed with skewering Boris’s personality to expose his real failing: his embrace of Livingstone-like miserabilism.
|Friday 4 November 2011|
Prohibition makes an evidence-based comeback
The Prohibitionists of 1920s America could only look in envy at the way that ban-happy moralists have stormed the corridors of power today.
|Friday 21 October 2011|
The Lady Gaga school of gender delusion
Cordelia Fine’s new book skewers the trendy idea that men and women act differently because we are ‘born that way’.
|Tuesday 18 October 2011|
Booker Prize: trusting the public would be novel
While literary types have arid debates about ‘readability’, the rest of us seem excluded from the conversation.
|Friday 23 September 2011|
‘It is time that we reclaimed liberalism’
Frank Furedi talks to Brendan O’Neill about his new book On Tolerance and why he wants to halt and reverse the warping of the liberal outlook.
|Friday 16 September 2011|
The Last Days of New Labour
Ex-chancellor Alistair Darling’s account of his 1,000 days in office reveals much about the rot at the heart of Brown’s Labour government.
|Friday 2 September 2011|
Boycotts are an affront to academic freedom
Is Israeli historian Ilan Pappé hated because he’s a brave dissident - or because he’s a pompous ass who wants Israel academia shunned?
|Friday 19 August 2011|
The state or the free market? What a choice...
Yes, capitalists are increasingly risk-averse and lethargic – but let's not fantasise that the state has the cojones to reinvigorate innovation.
|Friday 5 August 2011|
‘Man is more than an overdeveloped monkey’
Raymond Tallis tells spiked why he has declared a war of words on the trendy ideas that underpin ‘neuromania’ and ‘Darwinitis’.
|Thursday 4 August 2011|
When social mobility meant something
Stan Barstow, author of A Kind of Loving, captured the inner world of working-class people who left the mines behind.
|Friday 17 June 2011|
Animals don’t have morality, people do
In his attempt to prove that beasts have morals, Dale Peterson airbrushes away all the things that make humans unique in the animal kingdom.
|Friday 10 June 2011|
Who’s really afraid of the working classes?
Thatcher isn’t to blame for modern-day chav-baiting. It was fashionable anti-Thatcherites who made a mockery of the lower orders.
|Friday 4 February 2011|
Pinkie is peerless, so why update his story?
A new film version shifts Brighton Rock, Graham Greene’s classic gangster story, from the 1930s to the Swinging Sixties. Bad move.
|Friday 14 January 2011|
A therapeutic perversion of the ideal of tolerance
Making people feel good about their lifestyle choices is not what Enlightenment thinkers had in mind when they argued for moral autonomy.
|Friday 7 January 2011|
Now even clowns are spied on by the state
In modern-day Britain, a man in a comedy suit can’t even blow up balloons for children without first being okayed by the authorities.
|Friday 17 December 2010|
Our Brave New World of Malthusian madmen
From Burgess’s Wanting Seed to Huxley’s Brave New World, the wacky Malthusian ideas of dystopian literature are now everyday beliefs.
|Friday 15 October 2010|
A slap in the face to the bourgeoisie
Why Christos Tsiolkas’s romp-of-a-novel about a suburban Australian hitting someone else’s child has got the literary classes in a flap.
|Tuesday 12 October 2010|
Don’t give him the Nobel – he’s right-wing!
Swedish leftists are outraged that Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize for literature, because he isn’t ‘one of us’.
|Friday 10 September 2010|
Me human, you chimp
In a sparkling, erudite polemic, Helene Guldberg demolishes the idea that apes are anything as intelligent or emotional as human beings.