June 2006

Shirley Dent Thursday 1 June 2006 comments

Not falling, dancing

Such is choreographer Russell Maliphant’s eye for discipline that he can even make a ‘broken fall’ into a work of art.

Sandy Starr Thursday 1 June 2006 comments

The EC’s message to the people of Europe: make do and mend

The latest European campaign on climate change is driven by killjoy arguments for rationing and restraint.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 1 June 2006 comments

The meaning of football

In the run-up to next week’s spiked-debate on the World Cup, we muse over soccerism, Wayne’s toe, and how the Fall of Public Man has been offset by the Rise of Soccer Bloke.

Helene Guldberg Friday 2 June 2006 comments

‘Animals are less valuable than human beings’

Leading researcher John Martin tells Helene Guldberg why it is morally justifiable to cause heart attacks in rats - and why he isn't scared of animal rights extremists.

Nancy McDermott Monday 5 June 2006 comments

There’s more to life than avoiding death

Philip Roth’s new novel Everyman explores what happens when we obsess too much about life’s final ‘reality check’.

Ann Furedi Monday 5 June 2006 comments

What’s wrong with ‘do-it-yourself’ abortions?

The abortion pill is safe and effective, says the chief executive of Britain’s largest specialist abortion provider. So why all the fuss about the fact that more women are taking it?

Brendan O’Neill Monday 5 June 2006 comments

'We have some planes...and not much else'

Paul Greengrass' United 93 is chilling and tragic, but it also lays bare the essential smallness of 9/11.

Mick Hume Tuesday 6 June 2006 comments

World Cup: now it’s the Football of Fear

Before a ball has been kicked, our festival of the beautiful game has already been depicted as an ugly carnival of all that is wrong with the world.

Duleep Allirajah Tuesday 6 June 2006 comments

Offside, 6 June

The French don't deserve a great football team.

Bill Durodié Wednesday 7 June 2006 comments

Repeating the anti-terror soap opera

How did the police get a terror raid so wrong (again)?

Tiffany Jenkins Wednesday 7 June 2006 comments

‘Reparations are a substitute for progressive politics’

The author of a new book on the reparations industry, John Torpey, explains why payouts for past suffering are not the way forward.

Dominic Standish Wednesday 7 June 2006 comments

Has the bella game gone brutta?

A crisis in Italian football? Don't believe the British hype.

Rob Lyons Thursday 8 June 2006 comments

Pay As You Eat

spiked-TV: Giles Coren's Tax the Fat was more facetious than factual.

Josie Appleton Thursday 8 June 2006 comments

A Great Aping of humans’ rights

Even Spain is starting to recognise apes’ rights. We should stop looking to chimps to renew human civilisation.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 8 June 2006 comments

Offside, 9 June

Peter Crouch: just because he makes us laugh doesn't make him an international footballer.

Mick Hume Thursday 8 June 2006 comments

Paranoid about the ‘risk supporter’

Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the UK government's World Cup crackdown.

Stuart Waiton Friday 9 June 2006 comments

A tyranny of ‘respect’

The UK government's obsession with tackling antisocial behaviour is making society even more lonely and fragmented.

Sandy Starr Sunday 11 June 2006 comments

Snooping.com

In the name of preventing terrorism, public bodies could get new powers to read our emails. But what about privacy?

Fran O’Leary Sunday 11 June 2006 comments

Wanna bet?

The UK government wants to relax gambling restrictions - as long as we all agree to gamble sensibly.

Josie Appleton Monday 12 June 2006 comments

Don’t grass, take responsibility

The UK government's latest leaked initiative for dealing with antisocial behaviour seems designed to turn us into a nation of squealers.

Patrick West Monday 12 June 2006 comments

Relatively speaking

On the enduring attraction of a quarrelsome German philosopher who went bananas.

Edward Hall Tuesday 13 June 2006 comments

Student strike-breakers

How self-interested students helped to undermine the industrial action by British university lecturers seeking more pay.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 13 June 2006 comments

Zarqawi: Western fearmongering made flesh

Loretta Napoleoni, author of Insurgent Iraq: Al-Zarqawi and the New Generation, on how a nobody became the most notorious terrorist in the world.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 14 June 2006 comments

Making a minefield of motherhood

Why are fewer women having children? Exposure to endless panics about the dangers of parenting might have something to do with it.

Mick Hume Wednesday 14 June 2006 comments

The war on terror self-destructs

But we still need a Culture War on cynicism.

Mick Hume Wednesday 14 June 2006 comments

World Cup - the new political football

New Labour wants to use football as a form of national therapy.

Philip Cunliffe Thursday 15 June 2006 comments

East Timor: when nation-building destroys

The Pacific state’s slide into turmoil exposes the hollowness of the ‘independence’ granted to it by the UN.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 15 June 2006 comments

Doctors cannot stop domestic violence

The campaign to get GPs to 'screen' their patients for signs of abuse is based on the poisonous idea that violence between partners is widespread.

Dominic Standish Thursday 15 June 2006 comments

Why we should save Venice

Ignore the doom-mongers and philistines – it is both possible and desirable to rescue Venice from sinking into the sea.

Emily Hill Friday 16 June 2006 comments

The fear-and-terror circus comes to Forest Gate

The media are still looking for answers on Lansdown Road, but shouldn’t they be directing their enquiries elsewhere?

Mick Hume Friday 16 June 2006 comments

‘Now children, put yourselves in Osama’s shoes…’

Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on what schools are teaching teenagers about terrorism.

Rob Lyons Friday 16 June 2006 comments

Swiss cheesy humour

Our man in Germany soaks up the sun and Europeans’ idea of fun at the France-Switzerland game.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 June 2006 comments

The beautiful game, and the blame game

After ugly wins over Paraguay and Trinidad, Sven is devoting his energies to thinking up (rubbish) excuses for England’s poor performances.

Matthias Heitmann Friday 16 June 2006 comments

Achtung! Kick politics and morality out of football

A Frankfurt-based journalist and football fan tackles the German government for trying to reinvent the nation around the World Cup.

Neil Davenport Monday 19 June 2006 comments

Can we have our punditry balls back please?

TV commentary on the World Cup has been disappointingly cosy and conformist.

Mark Conlon Monday 19 June 2006 comments

Animal research: it’s time to open this can of worms

Universities should go public about their experiments on animals, and win society over.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 19 June 2006 comments

Stop witch-hunting Wakefield

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick has been a staunch critic of Dr Andrew Wakefield, who kickstarted the MMR-autism scare. So why is he defending him against the General Medical Council?

Mark Adnum Tuesday 20 June 2006 comments

Long live the queens

After those worthy mid-West cowboys, it’s almost a relief to see bitchy homos back on the big screen in Colour Me Kubrick.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 20 June 2006 comments

Deciding the ‘common good’ by committee

At the Compass conference in London, elitist conservatism marched under the banner of the old left.

Joe Kaplinsky Tuesday 20 June 2006 comments

Hawking, we have a problem

Surely Stephen Hawking could have made a better case for space travel than by arguing that humans face certain disaster on Earth?

Mick Hume Wednesday 21 June 2006 comments

The politics of a paedophile panic

Why supporters and opponents of 'Sarah's Law' are as bad as one another.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 22 June 2006 comments

Ronaldo: the new Big Ron

What should be the abiding memory of World Cup 2006? The renaissance of the fat footballer.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 22 June 2006 comments

Stop weeping over whaling

The attack on Japan for continuing to hunt whales is cultural imperialism dressed up in PC lingo.

Bruno Waterfield Thursday 22 June 2006 comments

Trafficking in dubious horror stories

Meet the unholy alliance of Bushies, Christians and feminists trying to convince us that World Cup 2006 is a cesspit of trafficked women and sex-slavery.

Alan Miller Friday 23 June 2006 comments

War talk

Two sessions at a recent event hosted by the New York Times Magazine provided insights into the coverage of the Iraq war, and the state of US politics.

Mick Hume Friday 23 June 2006 comments

From Sarah’s Law to Sven’s Law: politicians desperate to connect

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

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 23 June 2006 comments

It’s cynicism that is corrupting politics

Widespread accusations of corruption in American business and politics are filling the gap left by the decline of genuine debate.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 23 June 2006 comments

Somalia: killed by ‘kindness’

The east African state is a case study in how today's humanitarian intervention can be even more lethal than the old White Man's Burden.

Ken McLaughlin Monday 26 June 2006 comments

A taste of their own medicine?

Don’t rejoice in the irony that social workers are now having their private lives interrogated by an unaccountable body – it’s an ominous sign of the times.

Philip Cunliffe Monday 26 June 2006 comments

Aussie rules in the Pacific

Why Australian prime minister John Howard is slated for supporting the war in Iraq but cheered for reconquering the Solomon Islands and East Timor.

Josie Appleton Monday 26 June 2006 comments

Is the West committing suicide?

Former British minister Chris Smith spurned the offer of after-dinner speeches to write about the crisis of civilisation instead. So, was it worth it?

Frank Furedi Tuesday 27 June 2006 comments

Meet the Malthusians manipulating the fear of terror

From climate change doom-mongers to population alarmists, every kind of fear entrepreneur is piggy-backing on the ‘war on terrorism’.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 28 June 2006 comments

You can’t tackle divisions by promoting diversity

Where does the Commission for Racial Equality, official celebrator of difference, get off blaming parents for racial segregation in schools?

Mick Hume Wednesday 28 June 2006 comments

A rights kerfuffle

New Labour's Human Rights Act and the Tories' proposed British Bill of Rights share the same elitist prejudice: that ‘rights’ are gifts granted by governments and judges.

Shirley Dent Thursday 29 June 2006 comments

Who’s afraid of the God squad?

From God’s Next Army to The Convent - why TV is so suspicious of religious conviction.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 29 June 2006 comments

The ‘shock and awe’ of a lanky footballer

Why every World Cup team wants its very own beanpole like Peter Crouch.

James Heartfield Thursday 29 June 2006 comments

A miserabilist history of the twentieth century

Niall Ferguson’s War of the World is shot through with a negative view of progress and some dubious socio-biological thinking.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 29 June 2006 comments

A terrifying confection

By reversing the roles of abuser and victim, Hard Candy sheds light on the paedophile panic and fears of the mob.

Mick Hume Friday 30 June 2006 comments

Charlie and the Chocolate Panic

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

Brendan O’Neill Friday 30 June 2006 comments

Turning Palestinians into the basket cases of the world

The ‘friends of Palestine’ in the West have reduced Palestinians to the status of children, incapable of running their own lives much less an independent state.