August 2006

Shirley Dent Tuesday 1 August 2006 comments

Consumerism is evil? Don’t buy it

BBC 2’s Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole In My Heart shows that moral messaging can get in the way of good TV drama.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 1 August 2006 comments

The battle of Brick Lane

The hotly anticipated demo against the filming of Monica Ali’s novel in east London was in fact a ragbag collection of short-tempered middle-aged men.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 1 August 2006 comments

Is Bush Blair’s poodle?

The Bush administration is heir to the ‘humanitarian warfare’ masterminded by arch-interventionist Tony Blair.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 2 August 2006 comments

Israel-Lebanon: the War for Recognition

This is not a traditional clash over territory or influence. It looks more like the continuation of the politics of identity by other means.

Mick Hume Wednesday 2 August 2006 comments

A proxy war of a different sort

Pro- and anti-Israel wings of the Western political class are exporting their own 'culture wars' to the Middle East.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 3 August 2006 comments

Smack the show-pony

The feeble hate campaign against 'cheating winker' Cristiano Ronaldo ignores the real issue: England's World Cup squad was crap.

Neil Davenport Thursday 3 August 2006 comments

Down with ‘kooky capitalism’

Ben and Jerry's Summer Sundae was a fun day out, but did it have to come with a generous side order of green sanctimonious hectoring?

Josie Appleton Thursday 3 August 2006 comments

The prophets of pessimism

Why are doom-mongers like Michel Houellebecq, author of the nihilistic novel-turned-movie Atomised, considered to be so profound?

George Blecher Friday 4 August 2006 comments

Not exactly Central Perk

New York coffee shops might have predictable food and plastic décor, but their warmth and friendliness will be sadly missed.

Mick Hume Friday 4 August 2006 comments

My verdict on Britain’s libel laws

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

Frank Furedi Friday 4 August 2006 comments

Maybe self-loving does make you blind

Today's narcissistic celebration of masturbation stems from a deep disdain for risk, passion and human relations.

James Woudhuysen Monday 7 August 2006 comments

Beware the New Parochialism

The Blair-Schwarzenegger and Clinton-Livingstone love-ins on tackling climate change summed up the Lilliputian localism of today’s Green lobby.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 7 August 2006 comments

Who’s happiest: Denmark or Vanuatu?

When two different countries can top two different happiness surveys in the same month, you know there’s something dodgy about happy stats.

Rob Lyons Monday 7 August 2006 comments

Mini-motos: from fad to panic in record time

Why has the UK home secretary declared war on miniature motorbikes? Because it’s summer, the season for silly government initiatives.

spiked-debate Tuesday 8 August 2006 comments

Surveying the next generation

Highlights from the spiked/Orange survey ‘Enlightening the Future 2024: Key Challenges for the Next Generation’.

Helene Guldberg Tuesday 8 August 2006 comments

A hairy moment for free speech

Tommy Sheridan’s libel win over the News of the World was no ‘victory’ for the working class. It was a victory for an archaic law over open debate.

Munira Mirza Tuesday 8 August 2006 comments

Making Muslims into a race apart

In his TV show on British Muslims, Jon Snow was more anthropologist than journalist, trekking to an exotic land to meet apparently peculiar people.

Karl Sharro Wednesday 9 August 2006 comments

Making a mess of the Tate Modern extension

Herzog and de Meuron's 'pile of boxes' design for the art gallery's new wing shows that architecture is embracing chaos over order.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 9 August 2006 comments

Not-so-positive discrimination

The UK government’s plan to monitor the number of black and Asian people employed by private companies is an affront to meritocracy, universalism and genuine equality.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 10 August 2006 comments

The truth about ‘animal rights terrorism’

Statistics reveal that it consists of rare and mostly minor incidents carried out by a handful of losers. So why is everyone so obsessed with it?

Mick Hume Friday 11 August 2006 comments

When did old-fashioned office politics become bullying?

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

Duleep Allirajah Friday 11 August 2006 comments

From figure of fun to Montymania

First he was a clown, now he's a superstar: the reaction to Monty Panesar is another example of our manic-depressive relationship with England teams.

Peter Martin Friday 11 August 2006 comments

Getting off on global warming

A new report labels alarmist reporting about the environment as 'climate porn'. But it takes a missionary position on changing our lifestyles.

Mick Hume Friday 11 August 2006 comments

Losing the plot

After '10/8', we’re back stumbling around in an atmosphere of confusion, hysteria and cynicism – a familiar experience in the 'war on terror'.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 14 August 2006 comments

‘Waaah, it’s all Blair’s fault!’

Making simplistic links between British interventions abroad and alleged terror plots at home is NIMBYism dressed up in anti-war garb.

David Perks Tuesday 15 August 2006 comments

Teach science for science’s sake

Replacing physics, chemistry and biology with lessons in 'scientific literacy' will make children more wary of science in general.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 15 August 2006 comments

‘Nasty little breeders’ no more?

Channel 4's Pram-face showed that single mums are now viewed as victims rather than villains. Is that really any better?

Philip Cunliffe Tuesday 15 August 2006 comments

An Orwellian occupation

Taking Doublespeak to a new level, the United Nations will send a 15,000-strong force to occupy Lebanon in the name of strengthening it.

Mick Hume Wednesday 16 August 2006 comments

Terror: keeping the outrage in perspective

Islamic terrorism is real. But the notion of an Islamic terrorist threat to society is the product of our own insecure imaginations.

Beau Hopkins Thursday 17 August 2006 comments

After 10/8: happy campers at Heathrow?

The delayed passengers put up in makeshift tents following last week’s terror alert are calm, but confused.

Chris Bickerton Thursday 17 August 2006 comments

What will follow Fidel?

When Castro fell ill there was a fevered debate about what will happen to Cuba when he dies. In fact, much ‘transition’ has already occurred.

Rob Lyons Thursday 17 August 2006 comments

Filling a gap

Why some British teens seek a sense of purpose by spending 'gap years' among the world's poor and downtrodden.

Mick Hume Friday 18 August 2006 comments

All quiet on the ‘Walthamstan’ front

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

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 August 2006 comments

Taxi for Beckham!

Gillette may still love him, but Becks is no longer 'the best a man can get' on the pitch.

Guy Rundle Friday 18 August 2006 comments

The myth of a united Israel

In their theorising about Israel's war in Lebanon, Western commentators missed an important point: Israel is a fractured and divided society.

Claire Fox Friday 18 August 2006 comments

Starving kids’ TV of funds - and fun

Government pressure on broadcasters to restrict ads for junk food and promote 'healthy lifestyles' is causing a crisis of creativity in children's programming.

Dolan Cummings Monday 21 August 2006 comments

Always look on the Shi’ite side of life

Religion is all the rage at the Edinburgh Festival this year. But is it all just self-satisfied liberals endlessly reprising The Life of Brian?

Shirley Dent Tuesday 22 August 2006 comments

The anti-4x4 ad that backfired

Why Greenpeace is red-faced over its short film showing a 4x4 driver being bullied and spat at by fellow workers.

Fiona McEwen Tuesday 22 August 2006 comments

A beastly proposal

The idea that vets should spy on their clients to make sure they aren’t sexually abusing their pets is based on a pretty degraded view of humanity.

Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 22 August 2006 comments

Capital: ‘There’s nothing remotely like it’

Francis Wheen's 'biography' of Capital – part of the Books that Shook the World series – reminds us why Marx's classic is so unique.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 23 August 2006 comments

When did ‘hanging around’ become a social problem?

From the 'Barry Manilow Method' to the screeching Mosquito: bizarre ways the British authorities are trying to keep kids off the streets this summer.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 24 August 2006 comments

Cricket balls

From predictions about the death of sport to fears over Muslim alienation: the Pakistan cricket controversy has generated some crazy commentary.

Tara McCormack Thursday 24 August 2006 comments

Tribe wanted, reality check needed

Tribewanted.com aims to create a new model 'eco-community' on a Fijian island. It's actually just a time-share deal for thirtysomething narcissists.

Neil Davenport Thursday 24 August 2006 comments

Another million Eastern European immigrants? Let them in!

The UK government’s proposed restrictions on immigration from the new EU states are motivated by mean-spirited NIMBYism.

Sean Collins Friday 25 August 2006 comments

Who’s afraid of Wal-Mart?

Lurking behind the 'populist' campaign against America's biggest retailer is elite disdain for the people who work and shop there.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 25 August 2006 comments

Oh Palestine, let us mother you!

Why so many Westerners get an emotional kick from looking at pictures of injured Palestinian kids.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 29 August 2006 comments

What inspired you?

An overview of the new spiked/Pfizer survey of scientists aged 19 to 93, ranging from new talent to Nobel laureates, on what made them take up science.

Tiffany Jenkins Wednesday 30 August 2006 comments

I Am Nobody’s Lunch

A song-and-dance show in Edinburgh about contemporary cynicism and mistrust? It might sound weird, but it works.

Munira Mirza Wednesday 30 August 2006 comments

Getting to the root of ‘homegrown terrorism’

For all the talk of hotbeds of radicalism in Britain, these small, isolated sects are shaped by Western politics and self-loathing.

Henry Joy McCracken Wednesday 30 August 2006 comments

In Hawaii: insects before astronomy?

An astronomer reports from Mauna Kea, where the construction of star-gazing telescopes has been halted to protect a rare species of bug.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 31 August 2006 comments

Give police snooping into football the elbow

Ben Thatcher’s forearm smash on a Portsmouth opponent might have been brutal, but we don’t need the long arm of the law getting involved.

Josie Appleton Thursday 31 August 2006 comments

The policy of disclaiming responsibility

From criticising risk-obsessives to mocking multiculturalism, why are government officials attacking their own most cherished ideas?

Jennie Bristow Thursday 31 August 2006 comments

Down with the fertility police

Proposals that women who are too fat, too thin or over 40 should be denied IVF are draconian attempts to define what is a ‘good parent’.