September 2006

Mick Hume Friday 1 September 2006 comments

Time for NYC to brush off the ‘sacred’ dust of 9/11

Read spiked editor Mick Hume’s New York Notebook in The Times (London).

Frank Furedi Friday 1 September 2006 comments

What next? Will we need a licence to parent?

In a taster to a talk he's giving next week, Frank Furedi slates New Labour’s petty and incessant ‘early intervention’ into our lives.

David Chandler Friday 1 September 2006 comments

Moral grandstanding in the Middle East

The EU and UN want to make political mileage out of the Israel-Lebanon crisis, while avoiding taking political responsibility for it.

spiked summer school Friday 1 September 2006 comments

Journalism: a new generation

From binge-drinking to ASBOs, the 16- to 18-year-olds who attended spiked's summer school for state-school kids report on the big issues where they live.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 1 September 2006 comments

‘Kashmir on the Thames’? It doesn’t hold water

The idea that a handful of wannabe martyrs from the Home Counties and London are the ‘biggest threat to US security’ is laughable.

Philip Cunliffe Monday 4 September 2006 comments

Exposing ‘Empire in denial’

David Chandler’s new book reveals that the West’s penchant for state-building in the Third World is really about extending its power.

Emily Hill Tuesday 5 September 2006 comments

These theories are ‘plane stupid’ – but popular

At first, conspiracy-mongering about 9/11 was the preserve of isolated fantasists. Now, five years later, it is positively in vogue.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 5 September 2006 comments

Five years after 9/11: the search for meaning goes on

More than anything, the attacks on New York and Washington exposed the moral disorientation and bewilderment of the West.

David Perks Wednesday 6 September 2006 comments

Drax protesters: radicals for austerity

In the name of reducing CO2 emissions, greens are demonising mass electricity production – one of the marvels of the modern age.

Alex Avery Wednesday 6 September 2006 comments

Organic milk is healthier? Don’t swallow it

The claim that organic milk is richer in omega-3s than conventional milk - and therefore better for us - is a lot of bull.

Rob Lyons Thursday 7 September 2006 comments

Crikey! He was only a TV presenter

He wasn’t a pope or royalty or a great leader. So what explains the international public mourning for croc-wrestler Steve Irwin?

Antti Silvast Friday 8 September 2006 comments

Blacking out the facts

Why do fears of impending power cuts dominate thinking about energy supply in various European states? Antti Silvast reports from Helsinki.

Mick Hume Friday 8 September 2006 comments

How long before we have Goodbye! magazine, with pics of celebrity funerals?

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

spiked survey Friday 8 September 2006 comments

Life, liberty and politics after 9/11

Updated: Nadine Strossen, Faisal Devji, Jeffrey Rosen, Brendan O'Neill, Michael Baum and others discuss the legacy of the terror attacks.

Todd Seavey Friday 8 September 2006 comments

‘WTC cough’: time to draw breath

A large study was widely reported as confirming that Ground Zero workers may have been poisoned by toxins. Some healthy scepticism is required.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 8 September 2006 comments

‘Cheap flights should be a cause of national rejoicing’

In the first of a series of interviews with speakers at the forthcoming Battle of Ideas, David Soskin of CheapFlights.co.uk defends no-frills holidaymaking against its 'ignorant' critics.

Mick Hume Friday 8 September 2006 comments

Egotism, cliques and cowardly backstabbers - it’s politics after Blair

Only the deluded can believe that Brown is the solution to New Labour’s problems.

Nancy McDermott Monday 11 September 2006 comments

Time to pack away the 9/11 shrines

A Brooklyn writer on the fake flowers, photos of the Twin Towers and bodega ‘Jesus candles’ that still pop up on street corners.

Frank Furedi Monday 11 September 2006 comments

Save us from the politics of behaviour

From spotting ‘problem people’ before they are born to advising dads on how to talk to their sons: government agencies are colonising our private lives.

James Heartfield Tuesday 12 September 2006 comments

Britain’s phantom housing boom

The author of Let’s Build! explains why a booming housing market has not led to the building of new homes – even though we could do with another five million of them.

Alan Miller Wednesday 13 September 2006 comments

If politics is lost, how can we find it again?

US writer Joe Klein's new book - Politics Lost - is funny on the dumbing down of political life, but not so forthcoming with solutions.

Emily Hill Wednesday 13 September 2006 comments

MyScam: the PR puff behind ‘internet stars’

From the new blogger-on-the-block, LonelyGirl15, to pop stars Sandi Thom and Lily Allen: the rise of online celebs is not as organic as you think.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 September 2006 comments

Is Iraq a ‘boil that must be lanced’?

Such is the self-regard of the Blair-bashers that they think disastrous wars abroad are all about them and their party careers.

Ed Barrett Thursday 14 September 2006 comments

Ashley Cole’s self-serving memoir: there’s no defence

Chelsea's new boy should know the score: bitching in a book about your old club will only make you look bad.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 14 September 2006 comments

Should childhood come with a health warning?

This week, a group of experts raised critical questions about how we mollycoddle children – but they also indulged some childish prejudices.

Mick Hume Thursday 14 September 2006 comments

The Brown stuff

Time to stop Waiting for Gordo – Brown is likely to be even worse.

Mick Hume Friday 15 September 2006 comments

So parents are ‘arseholes’? Pack it in, Oliver

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

Tessa Mayes Friday 15 September 2006 comments

Al-Jazeera: no laughing matter?

Why a private spoof video made by BBC staff for a colleague leaving for Al-Jazeera caused a media outcry.

Michele Ledda Friday 15 September 2006 comments

‘Cool Maths’: The sum of all fears

Schoolchildren will never learn to love abstract subjects like maths if teachers are afraid to challenge them.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 15 September 2006 comments

‘Bob Geldof, you are not our messiah’

DeRoy Kwesi Andrew, Ghanaian co-producer of the film Damned by Debt Relief, on how post-Live 8 'charity' is strangling poor countries.

Andrew Calcutt Monday 18 September 2006 comments

Boorman’s bonfire of the vanities

Magazine editor Neil Boorman’s public burning of all his branded goods was not as radical as he thinks.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 18 September 2006 comments

Global warming: time for a heated debate

Al Gore's dogmatic documentary An Inconvenient Truth embodies the worst possible response to climate change.

Rob Lyons Monday 18 September 2006 comments

Jamie Oliver: what a ‘tosser’

St Jamie's school-dinners crusade returns tonight, providing yet another unhealthy serving of food fears with a side order of parent-bashing bile.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 19 September 2006 comments

Sweden: only a very Moderate change

The victory of the centre-right coalition over the Social Democrats is a result of the winds of opportunism rather than the winds of change.

John Fitzpatrick Tuesday 19 September 2006 comments

Why nobody should be tried twice for the same offence

The UK government's ditching of the double jeopardy rule diminishes the dignity and autonomy of all of us.

Mick Hume Tuesday 19 September 2006 comments

Is the Pope a Catholic?

If the 'infallible' Supreme Pontiff is no longer allowed to express certain strong beliefs, what chance is there for the rest of us?

Malcolm Evans Wednesday 20 September 2006 comments

The weighing game

The founder of the Weight Foundation on how dangerous dieting has become a way of life, and having an eating disorder a badge of pride.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 20 September 2006 comments

Not saying sorry is the hardest thing to do

Why does David Cameron spend so much time apologising for old Tory policies, from the poll tax in Scotland to bashing the ANC?

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 20 September 2006 comments

The dangers of Brownfield Brutalism

New Labour’s narrow vision for infrastructure causes overcrowding and inflames the Malthusian idea that there are ‘too many immigrants’.

Emily Hill Thursday 21 September 2006 comments

The University of the Smart Mob

spiked gets an exclusive preview of the new – and very blue – Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University.

Robin Walsh Thursday 21 September 2006 comments

Confessions of a student binge drinker

Pathways to Problems, a report into young British people’s drinking and drug-taking habits, offers only a ‘pathway to paternalism’ as an alternative.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 21 September 2006 comments

Darfur: damned by pity

There is no civil war so bad that it cannot be made worse by the intervention of Western liberals.

Mick Hume Friday 22 September 2006 comments

The ‘positive image’ police: not a pretty picture

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

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 September 2006 comments

If bungs help improve the team, who cares?

Ignore the media handwringing over Allardyce’s alleged backhanders: football isn't the only institution with a 'bung culture'.

Josie Appleton Friday 22 September 2006 comments

‘Where are the Margot Fonteyns?’

Jeffery Taylor, former dancer turned dance critic, says PC attitudes towards touching children are ruining British ballet.

Emily Hill Monday 25 September 2006 comments

‘We use healthy girls with tits’

Emily Hill braved London Fashion Week and found few fashionistas willing to defend the use of skinny models.

Munira Mirza Monday 25 September 2006 comments

A thinly veiled political gesture

Ruth Kelly’s call for more women in hijabs on TV was a shallow attempt to show that the government is listening to ‘Muslim voices’.

Frank Furedi Monday 25 September 2006 comments

Hungary: a ‘hooligan revolution’?

Why EU bureaucrats have been so snobbish and hostile towards the demonstrators in Budapest.

Steve Bremner Tuesday 26 September 2006 comments

‘Speedophile’ panic

The critics who took potshots at Top Gear following Richard Hammond's accident are crashing bores.

Philip Cunliffe Tuesday 26 September 2006 comments

What ever happened to the ‘good war’?

As Afghanistan starts to look more like Iraq, its image as a just war of self-defence is being questioned.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 26 September 2006 comments

Iraq: the world’s first Suicide State

With daily bombings by faceless insurgents, Iraq looks like a country committing suicide for the cameras rather than aspiring to independence.

Mick Hume Wednesday 27 September 2006 comments

Time to put the Politics back into British politics

It will take more than celebrity statesmen and bean-counters to build the Good Society.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 28 September 2006 comments

Why the new Amex card makes me see RED

The must-have credit card is more about making Western consumers feel good about themselves than ending AIDS in Africa.

Austin Williams Thursday 28 September 2006 comments

Down with carbon colonialism

Did you know that the money you donate to carbon-offsetting schemes is often spent on programmes that stifle development in the Third World?

Josie Appleton Thursday 28 September 2006 comments

In defence of fur

Ignore the protests of naked celebs: fashion is the best possible use of animals' skins.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 29 September 2006 comments

Wake me up when February comes

The group stage of the Champions League has become a snooze-fest.

Mick Hume Friday 29 September 2006 comments

Politics of Fear: The Opera

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

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 29 September 2006 comments

‘The Greeks were art house, the Romans were multiplex’

Filmmaker Josh Appignanesi on the problem with the 'art house ghetto' – and why proselytising directors fail their audiences.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 29 September 2006 comments

7/7: a very British bombing

John Reid's speech about 'extremist bullies' warping Muslim minds misses the point. Today's radical Islamists are made by mainstream society.