May 2006

Mick Hume Tuesday 2 May 2006 comments

Noel Edmonds and the cult of positivity

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

James Panton Tuesday 2 May 2006 comments

Stand up for animal research

The online People’s Petition supporting vivisection is a bold and positive initiative. If only it didn’t offer supporters the option to remain anonymous.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 2 May 2006 comments

The Manifesto Club: History is still young

The convenor of a new political project explains why now is the time for an enlightened alternative.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 2 May 2006 comments

McDonald’s: why the parents of autistic kids are lovin’ it

Ignore the food snobs - for some of us the Golden Arches are a godsend.

Alan Miller Thursday 4 May 2006 comments

American identity revisited

As Mexican immigrants take to the streets, a debate at the New York Public Library examined the fraught question of what it means to be American.

Suchandrika Chakrabarti Thursday 4 May 2006 comments

Short films: ‘An art form in themselves’

spiked-film: Bitesize Cinema is taking shorts to the masses.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 4 May 2006 comments

Happiness and its discontents

spiked-TV: The BBC's The Happiness Formula fails to interrogate whether happiness is an appropriate social goal.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 4 May 2006 comments

Offside, 4 May

Another World Cup, another fractured metatarsal.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 4 May 2006 comments

Who’s afraid of economic growth?

Behind today's trendy arguments about environmentalism, ethical living and happiness, there lurks a deep disdain for material progress.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 4 May 2006 comments

In defence of individual ecofreedom

Government campaigns against running domestic electrical gadgets on standby are unnecessary, and will likely prove unpopular.

Nancy McDermott Thursday 4 May 2006 comments

After the ‘day without immigrants’

The marches and strikes by 'illegal' workers should be an inspiration to all Americans.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 4 May 2006 comments

The Hollywood Actor’s Burden

Why are those, like George Clooney, who opposed Bush's war in Iraq now calling on the president to 'Save Darfur'?

Mick Hume Thursday 4 May 2006 comments

When control freaks lose it and spindoctors twist in the wind

It is striking the extent to which New Labour’s woes now seem to be media-driven.

Patrick West Friday 5 May 2006 comments

One world, one tongue

There is a good argument for insisting that everybody speaks the same language - and that it should be English.

Mick Hume Tuesday 9 May 2006 comments

Roo-mournia and the dashing of Great White Hopes

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

George Blecher Tuesday 9 May 2006 comments

Playing at life

Why does everybody in New York want to be an actor?

Michele Ledda Tuesday 9 May 2006 comments

Kick politics out of education

It is only when our leaders are in trouble that they start marching into schools.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 9 May 2006 comments

MMR is safe - so why are many still scared of it?

The good news: a study found no persistent trace of measles in autistic children after MMR. The bad news: it may not be enough to allay public fears.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 9 May 2006 comments

Bolivia: ‘nationalisation’ isn’t what it seems

Latin America is afflicted by the same loss of meaning in political life as we in the West are.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 9 May 2006 comments

The truth about British casualties in Iraq

Iraq is becoming less dangerous for British troops - and the IRA killed twice as many soldiers in one year as Iraqi insurgents have killed in three. Breaking down the stats.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 9 May 2006 comments

MMR is safe - so why are many still scared of it?

The good news: a study found no persistent trace of measles in autistic children after MMR. The bad news: it may not be enough to allay public fears.

Mick Hume Tuesday 9 May 2006 comments

The decline of New Labour and the rise of no-party politics

On cowardly coups and the arbitrariness of the British political scene.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 11 May 2006 comments

Offside, 11 May

Eriksson's bold decision to select Theo Walcott reveals his inability to make the most of a talented England squad.

Tara McCormack Thursday 11 May 2006 comments

The EU and Serbia: treating a state like a naughty child

What gives European officials the right to punish Serbia for failing to arrest former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic?

Shirley Dent Thursday 11 May 2006 comments

Death, dignity and distrust

spiked-TV: The Panorama special on assisted dying shows that both sides of the debate harbour an unhealthy suspicion of doctors.

Philip Cunliffe Thursday 11 May 2006 comments

Fair trade: the bitter aftertaste

spiked-film: A new film makes a timely and thought-provoking attack on an unquestioned orthodoxy of our age.

Ann Furedi Thursday 11 May 2006 comments

Why abortion clinics won’t be building barricades

The chief executive of the UK's largest specialist abortion provider explains why she and her colleagues are not scared by the UK LifeLeague's 'name and shame' antics.

Liz Frayn Thursday 11 May 2006 comments

The new ‘colour bar’ in the NHS

Without warning, the Department of Health has imposed restrictions on the immigration of international medical students into the UK. They should be vigorously opposed.

Dolan Cummings Friday 12 May 2006 comments

TV UK, 29 December

TV's ghosts of Christmas past.

Anna Travis Tuesday 16 May 2006 comments

Dead dreams of utopia

Why has a London museum exhibition on Modernism caused so much disquiet?

Bruno Waterfield Tuesday 16 May 2006 comments

Globalisation: the new spectre haunting Europe?

European officials, rattled by recent rejections of the EU constitution, are using scare tactics to try to win people’s support.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 16 May 2006 comments

Dancing to the tune of alienation

Why is everybody cheering transsexuals all the way to the operating theatre?

James Panton Tuesday 16 May 2006 comments

Animal research: extremists are not the problem

Tony Blair has signed up against anti-vivisection agitators - but that is not the same thing as signing up for vivisection.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 16 May 2006 comments

The truth about 7/7: it was meaningless

The UK government's 'narrative' on the London bombings shows how empty and pointless the attacks were. So why do so many try to read meaning into them?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 16 May 2006 comments

The truth about 7/7: it was meaningless

The UK government's 'narrative' on the London bombings shows how empty and pointless the attacks were. So why do so many try to read meaning into them?

Shirley Dent Thursday 18 May 2006 comments

Throwing ‘terror tantrums’ for animals

Dispatches showed that animal rights activists are not so much public enemies no.1 as the political equivalent of Kevin the Teenager.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 18 May 2006 comments

Offside, 18 May

Omnipresent cockney hardman Ray Winstone is telling football fans to behave themselves in Germany. Leave it out.

Emilie Bickerton Thursday 18 May 2006 comments

Chromophobia: a film that wants to be hated

spiked-film: Director Martha Fiennes throws every stereotyped screw-up into her depiction of life and love in modern London.

Joe Kaplinsky Thursday 18 May 2006 comments

Stop using fear to sell us the nuclear option

Tony Blair, take note: the argument for nuclear power will never be won with scare stories about climate change and a global energy crisis.

Kevin Yuill Friday 19 May 2006 comments

The ‘right to die’? No thanks

The campaign to legalise assisted suicide cheapens and devalues human life - and makes death an even more protracted process.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 23 May 2006 comments

I want my epidural!

Our angry, heavily pregnant writer doesn't buy the idea that natural childbirth is best.

Mick Hume Tuesday 23 May 2006 comments

Welcome to the new-look spiked

New design. New features. Same attitude.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 23 May 2006 comments

Why the ‘politics of happiness’ makes me mad

If you’re unhappy with state-sponsored happiness programmes, clap your hands.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 24 May 2006 comments

Stop bullying fat kids

The plan to weigh all schoolchildren as part of the 'war on obesity' will stigmatise those who don't fit New Labour's blueprint.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 25 May 2006 comments

Offside, 25 May

Premature celebration: we can't say it's never happened to us before.

Michael Cook Thursday 25 May 2006 comments

Chill out, it's an unholy mess

A member of Opus Dei passes judgement on The Da Vinci Code.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 25 May 2006 comments

‘The greens want to do right, but they are so wrong’

Meet the Sixties black civil rights activist who now thinks that environmentalism is one of the greatest threats to Africa.

Rob Lyons Friday 26 May 2006 comments

Low rainfall, lower horizons

Thames Water is taking an innovative approach to sorting London’s water problem. So why is Mayor Ken raining scorn on it?

Helene Guldberg Friday 26 May 2006 comments

Stop celebrating Tourette’s

From TV documentaries to Big Brother, why has a neurological disorder become so fashionably fascinating?

Barrie Collins Friday 26 May 2006 comments

In the waiting room of the Rwandan genocide tribunal

Why I agreed to be an expert witness for the defence – and why the judge wouldn’t let me.

Bruno Waterfield Friday 26 May 2006 comments

Europe to crack down on ‘passive drinking’, says leaked report

Our reporter in Brussels reveals that EC officials are plotting to make drinking as socially unacceptable as smoking.

Daniel Ben-Ami Tuesday 30 May 2006 comments

Not the smartest film in the cinema

Alex Gibney’s documentary about Enron substitutes moral posturing for political insight.

Sean Collins Tuesday 30 May 2006 comments

Who’s afraid of Enron?

Even if you’re not a fan of big business, you should be worried about some of the prejudices that underpinned the Enron corruption trial.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 30 May 2006 comments

Brad, Angelina and the rise of ‘celebrity colonialism’

What gives two Hollywood actors the right to shut down an African nation so that they can have a special experience?

Munira Mirza Tuesday 30 May 2006 comments

Impoverished aims

The problem is not regional museums' lack of money, but what they are spending it on.

Lee Rowland Wednesday 31 May 2006 comments

Measuring happiness: a fool’s errand

Why psychologists on the hunt for a 'happiness index' have returned empty-handed.

James Heartfield Wednesday 31 May 2006 comments

Do we need a nicer nationalism?

David Goodhart is trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear with his call for 'progressive nationalism' in Britain.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 31 May 2006 comments

The tide turns against culture

Why are museums and heritage groups rebranding themselves as apparently brave warriors against the gods of Global Warming?