March 2006

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 2 March 2006 comments

Offside, 2 March

Terrace humour is falling victim to our mind-your-language culture.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 2 March 2006 comments

The hard arguments about vivisection

Some scientists advocate experiments on animals while simultaneously apologising for them. Bad move.

Catherine Scott Thursday 2 March 2006 comments

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

Does teaching preschoolers about Aboriginal culture or homosexuality make them more ‘tolerant’? This educator thinks not.

Serbia: from pariah to EU member

Serbia is currently charged with genocide, under pressure to hand over General Mladic, and up for membership of the EU. What’s going on? Two authors offer their views.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 2 March 2006 comments

Growth is good

Benjamin Friedman’s new book makes a decent stab at defending affluence, but doesn’t go far enough in its attack on ‘growth sceptics’.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 2 March 2006 comments

Animal research protests: what next?

The demo to defend the half-built Oxford lab was a very good start, but there are bigger beasts to slay than a handful of animal rights cranks.

Mick Hume Thursday 2 March 2006 comments

Irving and Livingstone: what liberal backlash?

The imprisonment of David Irving and suspension of Ken Livingstone are the logical extension of an illiberal political climate that some of the backlashers helped to create.

Rob Lyons Friday 3 March 2006 comments

Press the Poliak-off button

spiked-TV: Stephen Poliakoff's Gideon's Daughter was trite and ham-fisted. So why did columnists love it?

Brendan O’Neill Friday 3 March 2006 comments

The sermon on the mountain

spiked-film: Artistically, Brokeback Mountain is quite a good film. Socially, it sucks.

Mick Hume Friday 3 March 2006 comments

Iraq: stop the shroud-waving

Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

David Chandler Tuesday 7 March 2006 comments

Africa: ‘Empowerment’ by imposition

By focusing on 'capacity-building' and 'empowerment', international institutions seek to evade responsibility for their continued domination over African affairs.

Kirk Leech Tuesday 7 March 2006 comments

Toxic China?

Western critics cite China's environmental record as an excuse for attacking economic growth.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 7 March 2006 comments

Are Muslims being persecuted?

Ignore the crass comparisons between 1930s anti-Semitism and 'Islamophobia' today: some Muslims are wearing victimhood as a badge of honour.

James Heartfield Tuesday 7 March 2006 comments

The biggest scandal in Italian politics

Never mind Tessa Jowell's husband David Mills; it's the Italian magistrates hunting him that we should be worried about.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 7 March 2006 comments

Stop living ethically, and start living

Even Conservative leader David Cameron now wants to live a more 'ethical life'. What's going on?

Nell Barrie Thursday 9 March 2006 comments

Creative accounting for facts

Statistics make for scary headlines – but a few simple errors often lie behind them.

Niall Crowley Thursday 9 March 2006 comments

The television will not be revolutionised

spiked-TV: Good shows, like Firefly and Veronica Mars, will prosper if freed from the whims of TV executives.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 9 March 2006 comments

Offside, 9 March

The FA's campaign against homophobia is motivated by some prejudices of its own about working-class fans.

Emilie Bickerton Thursday 9 March 2006 comments

A cold depiction of Capote

spiked-film: Bennett Miller's Capote chastises the author for being ruthlessly ambitious. What's wrong with that?

Bill Durodié Thursday 9 March 2006 comments

The ‘war on terror’ as displacement activity

The author of Imperial Hubris recognises the rot in Western society, but seems to think it can be resolved by taking out some Johnny Foreigners.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 9 March 2006 comments

Mobile phones and child protection

How far should we go? Report on the spiked/O2 seminar.

Josie Appleton Thursday 9 March 2006 comments

Put the Sexual Offences Act to bed

Why is the UK government sticking up posters telling men to ‘make sure their partner agrees to sexual activity’?

Mick Hume Thursday 9 March 2006 comments

Jowell: when the political gets too personal

Tessa Jowell should not be judged by unelected quangos for what she did in her personal life, but by the electorate for constantly intruding into ours.

Mick Hume Friday 10 March 2006 comments

Let war commence over nuclear power

Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill Friday 10 March 2006 comments

Guantanamo Bay and the champagne anti-imperialists

The campaign against Camp X-Ray has been hijacked by moral posturing.

David Perks Tuesday 14 March 2006 comments

Intelligent design and educational stupidity

Worried about the rise of creationism in UK schools? This teacher blames the timidity of the science establishment.

Philip Cunliffe Tuesday 14 March 2006 comments

After Milosevic

Why the international community turned the ineffectual, authoritarian former president of Yugoslavia into evil personified.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 14 March 2006 comments

Dial M for madness

Stephen King's Cell, where cellphone-users become braindead flesheaters, feasts on some mainstream anxieties.

Eugenio Triana Thursday 16 March 2006 comments

The Dan Brown whodunnit

The copyright trial over The Da Vinci Code is weaving a tangled web.

Shirley Dent Thursday 16 March 2006 comments

Dancing on TV: it’s a riot

spiked-TV: Strictly Come Dancing is fun but dance is capable of provoking much greater passions.

Dave Clements Thursday 16 March 2006 comments

Any volunteers?

New Labour's attempts to construct new forms of community show it is the politicians who are socially excluded.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 16 March 2006 comments

Travellers meet Teletubbies

spiked-film: Perry Ogden’s film about Irish Travellers is well shot but shallow.

David Lowenthal Thursday 16 March 2006 comments

Heritage wars

A historian points out the problems behind today’s claims of cultural ownership over historical artefacts.

Neil Davenport Thursday 16 March 2006 comments

Who’s afraid of supermarkets?

Come on - having lots of low-priced products in easy-to-reach locations is not such a bad thing.

Rob Lyons Thursday 16 March 2006 comments

Do we need another hosepipe ban?

Our leaders' tight-fisted and moralistic approach to water supply is a bigger problem than lack of rainfall.

Josie Appleton Thursday 16 March 2006 comments

Taking the soul out of belief

Daniel Dennett's new book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, doesn't so much demystify religion as dehumanise it.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 16 March 2006 comments

What Milosevic meant to them

Why some in the West are taking the death of the dictator personally.

Michael Savage Tuesday 21 March 2006 comments

The Rape of the Masters

Roger Kimball’s new book on artistic judgement is good, but not great.

Austin Williams Tuesday 21 March 2006 comments

On the state of English cities

A new government report takes a small-town approach to metropolitan living.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 21 March 2006 comments

I was a human guinea pig

Why I allowed the medical establishment to test their new drugs on me.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 21 March 2006 comments

After Northwick Park: we need more research, not less

Are some drugs companies devoting too much energy to marketing old drugs and not enough to developing new ones?

Josie @ppleton Tuesday 21 March 2006 comments

There’s no human right to wear a jilbab

How did schoolgirl dress become a matter for the Law Lords?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 21 March 2006 comments

Don’t moan about the House of Lords - abolish it

The ‘peerages for loans’ scandal is a symptom, not the cause, of the deeply undemocratic nature of the second chamber.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 21 March 2006 comments

There's no human right to wear a jilbab

How did schoolgirl dress become a matter for the Law Lords?

James Woudhuysen Thursday 23 March 2006 comments

Why don’t women play computer games?

The fact that these are boys' toys has been theorised as evidence for the 'politics of difference'.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 23 March 2006 comments

Offside, 23 March

Going to Germany for World Cup 2006 is no time to make friends.

Rob Lyons Thursday 23 March 2006 comments

Double-glazing over

spiked-TV: The Armstrongs illustrate the depressingly thin line between reality TV and spoof.

Ellen Raphael Thursday 23 March 2006 comments

Peer review and ‘media science’

How do we tell good science from bad? By looking at how it is published.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 23 March 2006 comments

What’s behind the war on 4x4s?

Campaigners not only loathe the cars but also the well-off working classes who drive them.

Mick Hume Thursday 23 March 2006 comments

State funding is no solution for bankrupt political parties

The problem is not only that they have run out of money, but have exhausted their political capital too.

Mick Hume Friday 24 March 2006 comments

Why would anyone donate to these parties of the living dead anyway?

Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Karl Sharro Friday 24 March 2006 comments

Syriana: an anti-political thriller

spiked-film: Stephen Gaghan’s study of the oil industry is shot through with conspiratorial cynicism.

James Heartfield Tuesday 28 March 2006 comments

Pinochet in Suburbia

spiked-TV: The BBC drama on Britain’s detention of Pinochet was nostalgic for Blair's brief ‘ethical foreign policy’.

Dominic Standish Tuesday 28 March 2006 comments

No-go Italy

Treviso's car ban on 'Environment Day' shows that when it comes to green issues, Italian voters have no choice.

Ken McLaughlin Tuesday 28 March 2006 comments

Mental Health Bill: a U-turn for the worse

There is little to celebrate in New Labour's change of mind.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 28 March 2006 comments

Are we addicted to love?

Theories of intimate relationships in the modern world view passionate love as a problem to be managed.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 28 March 2006 comments

Carry on culling

Why there is so much fuss about Canada's annual seal cull - and why the Canadian government should ignore it.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 28 March 2006 comments

Free speech, with the edges taken off

Saturday's rally in the rain for free expression was a damp squib.

Rob Lyons Thursday 30 March 2006 comments

Kyoto and a climate of moralism

The debate about global warming has become a moral crusade against our allegedly 'excessive' lifestyles.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 30 March 2006 comments

Offside, 30 March

England's World Cup song should embrace the national pastimes of miserabilism and self-deprecation.

Philip Cunliffe Thursday 30 March 2006 comments

Manderlay: the danger of do-gooding

spiked-film: Lars von Trier's film about slavery ruthlessly attacks meddlesome liberalism.

Timandra Harkness Thursday 30 March 2006 comments

Gone in a puff of smoke

A report from Edinburgh on the last night of legal smoking.

Neil Davenport Thursday 30 March 2006 comments

Free thinking not allowed

The UK government's White Paper on further education dismisses learning for ‘pleasure and leisure’ as surplus to requirements.

Jack Jordan Thursday 30 March 2006 comments

Whitewashing academic debate

A student of Dr Frank Ellis - the Leeds lecturer suspended for his racist views - asks why the university couldn't handle a heated argument.

Gerard Feehily Thursday 30 March 2006 comments

Paris strikes: more 1984 than 1968

Beneath the fiery street protests there lurks a mood of deep conservatism.

Philip Cunliffe Thursday 30 March 2006 comments

Manderlay: the danger of do-gooding

spiked-film: Lars von Trier's film about slavery ruthlessly attacks meddlesome liberalism.