October 2006

James Heartfield Monday 2 October 2006 comments

Pervez Musharraf: Mau-Mauing the flak-catcher

The Pakistani president exploits Western fears of radical Islamism to boost his standing at home and abroad.

Rob Lyons Monday 2 October 2006 comments

‘I want to hear human voices reacting to something’

Liverpool fan Tony Evans, author of Far Foreign Land, berates the sanitisation of modern football.

Kirk Leech Monday 2 October 2006 comments

‘If the gold mine doesn’t happen, our village will die’

Kirk Leech reports from Rosia Montana in Romania, where green NGOs are trying to halt the building of a mine that locals desperately want.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 3 October 2006 comments

A blog standard leader

Cameron's 'webcameron' stunt suggests he can only engage with the electorate as atomised teens behind a computer screen.

David Chandler Tuesday 3 October 2006 comments

Whose Kosovo is it anyway?

The Serb government's restated claim over Kosovo was more a symbolic gesture than 'war talk'.

Mick Hume Tuesday 3 October 2006 comments

The Not-Norman-Tebbit Party

Can Cameron's Conservatives pull off the remarkable feat of appearing even more of an empty shell than New Labour?

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 4 October 2006 comments

Why mental healthcare is a mess

It is the authorities' own ever-widening definition of what it means to be mentally ill that is straining resources.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 4 October 2006 comments

Mums who sell junk food? Arrest them

In London last night, mayor Ken Livingstone outlined his radical agenda for punishing parents who dare to eat 'unethical food'.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 4 October 2006 comments

‘The police can’t tell satire from seriousness’

A member of Jewdas, the tongue-in-cheek Jewish community group, slams the arrest of Jewdas members for handing out 'offensive' leaflets.

Neil Davenport Thursday 5 October 2006 comments

Politics for dummies

The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, a new BBC drama about a housewife-turned-politician, is childishly simplistic.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 5 October 2006 comments

Turn the other cheek

Why were Everton fans so offended by Joey Barton's 'blue moon'? Flashing your buttocks is a noble tradition.

James Panton Thursday 5 October 2006 comments

Infantilising students

'Good behaviour contracts' for university students undermine the informal relations that make higher education possible.

Josie Appleton Thursday 5 October 2006 comments

Just 17? Then forget university

Paranoia about child protection means that brainy pupils who skipped a year at school are now being kept out of the ivory towers.

Mick Hume Friday 6 October 2006 comments

Now New Labour bases health policy on old jokes

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

Emily Hill Friday 6 October 2006 comments

Don’t junk kids’ TV

BAFTA-winning producer Anna Home says bans on junk-food ads are stifling independent children’s programming.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 6 October 2006 comments

Global warming: the chilling effect on free speech

The demonisation of 'climate change denial' is an affront to open and rational debate.

Patrick Hayes Sunday 8 October 2006 comments

‘It is like things are now, but worse’

Alfonso Cuarón’s apocalyptic drama Children of Men may be set in 2027, but it is self-consciously 'about today'.

Ellie Lee Sunday 8 October 2006 comments

The wrong debate about abortion rights

Images of 'smiling' fetuses are no basis on which to judge what to do about unwanted pregnancies.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Sunday 8 October 2006 comments

Autism: lack of services is the cruel joke

'Autistic' joins the lexicon of lazy political insults. So what?

Rob Lyons Tuesday 10 October 2006 comments

A liberal porn movie

Death of a President provides little in the way of drama or enlightenment.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 10 October 2006 comments

Windsor: A town divided by race hate?

The media spotlight has left the royal town but the portrayal of minor skirmishes as race riots has left behind resentment.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 10 October 2006 comments

A veiled debate

British women who wear the niqab have more in common with hoodies than with Islamic tradition.

Mick Hume Tuesday 10 October 2006 comments

End this Muslim-Mania

The frenzied obsession with veils and all things Islamic looks like a distraction from facing up to some home truths about our society.

Robert Latona Wednesday 11 October 2006 comments

A Spanish CSI story?

Recent conspiracy theories about the Madrid bombings are being used to settle scores in politics and the media.

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 11 October 2006 comments

Foley’s follies

The downfall of Republican congressman Mark Foley may be rich with irony, but the obsession with personal behaviour is bad news for American politics.

James Heartfield Wednesday 11 October 2006 comments

A secular version of Kingdom Come

Environmental polemicist George Monbiot's new book asks why people do not act on their fears of climate change. Good question.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 11 October 2006 comments

Get the inspectors out of our nurseries

Government regulation of childcare is making life difficult for parents, children and carers.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 12 October 2006 comments

Don’t give up the day job

Footballers should stick to tackling opponents, not obesity.

Emily Hill Thursday 12 October 2006 comments

Rotten boroughs

Maggots in bins and fines for non-compliance: the joys of recycling in suburban London.

Mick Hume Thursday 12 October 2006 comments

A North Korean Bomb? Not the end of the world

What this nuclear crisis reveals is not the 'power' of Kim Jong-il, but the impotence of Western foreign policy.

Ben Pile Friday 13 October 2006 comments

Debunking the debunkers

There should be more to scepticism than angry rants about stupid religious people or New Age mysticism.

Mick Hume Friday 13 October 2006 comments

Why is Madonna treating Africa like a little orphan that needs adopting?

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

Helene Guldberg Friday 13 October 2006 comments

Publish, and you can still be damned

An 'historic' judgement in the House of Lords might make it easier to defend a libel case, but leaves press freedom subject to a bad law.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 13 October 2006 comments

‘Get your hands off my balls’

Michael Baum, emeritus professor of surgery at University College London, says he'd like to give the 'self-appointed custodians of men's health' a bloody nose.

David Clements Monday 16 October 2006 comments

Every Child Matters – but so does our privacy

We must not accept state intrusion in our private lives in the name of children’s ‘well-being’.

Josie Appleton Monday 16 October 2006 comments

The case against vetting

A new report reveals the damage done by the never-ending expansion of criminal records checks for anyone involved with children.

Jack Shenker Monday 16 October 2006 comments

Nothing’s simple in the Big Easy

The rebuilding of New Orleans in the wake of Katrina is a mixture of racial tensions, conspiracy theories and indomitable spirit. Jack Shenker reports from the Crescent City.

Dave Hallsworth Monday 16 October 2006 comments

The day I stopped being a Stalinist

One Communist veteran recalls the impact of the Hungarian revolution on the British left.

Frank Furedi Monday 16 October 2006 comments

My Hungarian revolution

What it was like to be a nine-year old 'class enemy' when Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest to crush the 1956 Hungarian uprising.

Dolan Cummings Wednesday 18 October 2006 comments

‘Free speech’ is more than a slogan

Those who suggest limits on free speech are in effect opposing rational debate - and painting a dim picture of humanity.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 18 October 2006 comments

The new priesthood of the kitchen

The authors of Eating want food to be an ethical issue so they can sit in judgement on us all.

Mick Hume Wednesday 18 October 2006 comments

Generals Against the War?

The head of the British Army giving the elected government its marching orders over Iraq is nothing to cheer about.

Alan Miller Thursday 19 October 2006 comments

Debating Islam

The thorny issue of the West's relationship with Islamic countries and people provided lively debate at the New Yorker Festival.

Rob Lyons Thursday 19 October 2006 comments

How to become SPOTY

From sponsored swimmers to grieving golfers, being crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year has less and less to do with being good at sport.

Emily Hill Thursday 19 October 2006 comments

Politics as therapy

You don't have to be mad to work for New Labour, but it helps.

Neil Davenport Thursday 19 October 2006 comments

Doesn’t this government know its limits?

The latest campaign against 'binge' drinking shows New Labour desperate to connect with, and control, young people.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 20 October 2006 comments

The teenage face of Bush and Blair

The world’s leaders have hijacked a popular teenage character to give voice to their flawed views on global poverty.

Tristan Edmondson Friday 20 October 2006 comments

The drugs policy don’t work

The expulsion of pupils from a Hertfordshire school for taking drugs during the holidays illustrates the mixed messages government gives to schools and young people.

Mick Hume Friday 20 October 2006 comments

I want a divorce from the McCartneys

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

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 20 October 2006 comments

All cash and no culture

Goldplated dips into the champagne lifestyle of the infamous Cheshire set.

Anna Travis Friday 20 October 2006 comments

In defence of ‘stuff’

It’s the tales of pathological consumption that are dangerously out of control, not our spending.

Helene Guldberg Friday 20 October 2006 comments

‘There’s no such thing as “stress”’

Angela Patmore has been branded a 'heartless bitch' for her attack on the stress management industry. Calm down and get a life, she tells her critics.

Nancy McDermott Monday 23 October 2006 comments

Lonely adults, lost children

Todd Field's Little Children, showing at the London Film Festival, opens a window into America's soul.

Guy Rundle Monday 23 October 2006 comments

You’ve been hoaxed

'Trauma memoirs' like James Frey's A Million Little Pieces may be written as true stories - but a suffering author is not the same as an authentic one.

Dan Travis Monday 23 October 2006 comments

Treating volunteers like criminals will kill community sport

A tennis coach tells how burdensome regulations are putting volunteers off.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 24 October 2006 comments

Are Muslims a threat to free speech?

So asked Channel 4, in a programme which revealed the real problem is the West’s own politics of inoffensiveness.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 24 October 2006 comments

What ever happened to humane medicine?

It is scandalous that doctors are refusing treatment to patients who smoke, drink or eat junk food.

Mick Hume Tuesday 24 October 2006 comments

When celebrities rule the Earth

It might seem trashy and trivial, but sometimes it is important to trash celebrity culture.

Tara McCormack Wednesday 25 October 2006 comments

Benn against the big bad Wolfowitz

Ignore UK development minister Hilary Benn's posturing against the World Bank: both agree that Africa is incapable of self-government.

David Chandler Wednesday 25 October 2006 comments

Aid: more about aiding the West than ‘the rest’?

Two new books by former World Bank officials argue that aid to Africa is driven by gesture and narcissism rather than concern for the poor.

Munira Mirza Wednesday 25 October 2006 comments

Let’s have a heated debate

Officialdom's calls for a 'gentle, nuanced' debate about race, veils and multiculturalism is just another way of policing public discussion.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 26 October 2006 comments

Biting comments

Jermain Defoe's little 'nibble' inspired yet another round of jaw-dropping moralising about footballers.

Guy Herbert Thursday 26 October 2006 comments

Prisoners at the bar

Having a drink in one English town means everyone knows your name – including the authorities. Cheers.

Sandy Starr Thursday 26 October 2006 comments

The inspirational debate

Concluding views on 'What inspired you?', the spiked/Pfizer survey of key scientists ranging from 19- to 93-year-olds and from new talents to Nobel laureates.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 26 October 2006 comments

Children: they aren’t what you feed them

Dogma trumps science in a new book telling parents how they can improve their kids’ mental health by changing their diets.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 26 October 2006 comments

The phantom occupation of Iraq

Coalition leaders are not fighting a war with Iraqi insurgents; they are fighting a war among themselves, with Iraq as the unlucky backdrop.

Alan Miller Friday 27 October 2006 comments

A transitional phase

New York's ban on trans fats shows how politics has gone from changing the world to changing our lifestyles.

Tristan Edmondson Friday 27 October 2006 comments

Reawakening the ‘yellow peril’

An exhibition at the Battersea power station reveals the West’s double standards when it comes to Chinese modernisation.

Mick Hume Friday 27 October 2006 comments

Who needs Borat when we’ve got the CRE chief?

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

Stuart Waiton Friday 27 October 2006 comments

The roots of ‘paedophobia’

A new report, Freedom's Orphans, shows that adults are afraid to challenge children. But its proposed solutions would make matters worse.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 27 October 2006 comments

‘The left has been infected by the disease of intolerance’

American free speech warrior Wendy Kaminer on liberals, hate speech and how students have become 'Young Authoritarians'.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 30 October 2006 comments

A film out of place

Lukas Moodysson’s Container is not so much a film as a weird modern art video. So what’s it doing in the cinema?

Alex Standish Monday 30 October 2006 comments

Is there still room for the ‘huddled masses’?

Mid-term elections: a missed opportunity to debate the role of immigration in America today.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 30 October 2006 comments

Who’s afraid of flag-burning?

Police proposals to ban the desecration of flags should be shot down in flames.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 31 October 2006 comments

Transport innovation: slowing to a standstill

New Labour’s deep-seated hostility to popular mobility is holding back advances on roads, railways and in the air.

Daniel Ben-Ami Tuesday 31 October 2006 comments

How about building nuclear reactors in Africa?

The proper response to climate change is a massive expansion of energy supply rather than Scrooge-like curbs on demand.

Mick Hume Tuesday 31 October 2006 comments

A Stern lifestyle lecture

Now taxing our behaviour is promoted as the way to save the planet from humanity.