November 2006

Frank Furedi Wednesday 1 November 2006 comments

Putting the human back into humanism

The real threat to humanism today does not come from religious cranks and creationists, but from an army of secular misanthropes.

Josie Appleton Thursday 2 November 2006 comments

You can’t make heritage hip

Why are organisations like the National Trust trying to get uninterested yoof into their historic houses?

John Brignell Thursday 2 November 2006 comments

Got a problem? Blame global warming!

From allergies to maple syrup shortages to yellow fever: apparently every contemporary ill is caused by climate change.

Ellie Lee Thursday 2 November 2006 comments

Abort these lazy anti-choice arguments

How a tentative study from New Zealand about abortion and mental health was turned into cast-iron evidence that abortion makes women mad.

Mick Hume Friday 3 November 2006 comments

Bonfire night: an annual display of pyrotechnical correctness

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

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 November 2006 comments

Don’t stand for it

West Ham have banned fans for 'persistent standing': another restriction on our freedom to support teams the way we want to.

Emily Hill Friday 3 November 2006 comments

A degree of small-mindedness

If students keep demanding that education should be about ‘value for money’, they should stop whingeing about top-up fees.

Neil Davenport Friday 3 November 2006 comments

Eastern Europeans: the new ‘white niggers’

Scare stories about criminal gangs from Romania and Bulgaria fit perfectly with today's anti-racist racism.

Dolan Cummings Friday 3 November 2006 comments

Why do we submit to the ‘surveillance society’?

Britain's over-surveillance is about more than spycams and ID cards - it is part of a broader culture of deference to authority.

Kirk Leech Monday 6 November 2006 comments

Mine your own business

A new film on the 'dark side of environmentalism' exposes some of the myths used to block the building of mines and hold back development.

Emily Hill Monday 6 November 2006 comments

U TXTing 2 me?

The joys and perils of mobile phone use: a report on the live spiked/O2 debate on young people and their mobiles.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 6 November 2006 comments

The Coalition has been ‘Saddamned’ by this trial, too

America and Britain's claims to moral authority look set to be buried alongside Saddam Hussein.

Brid Hehir Tuesday 7 November 2006 comments

Nursing a grudge against smokers

The increasing intolerance of smoking by health workers is manipulative and moralistic, argues a London-based nurse.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 7 November 2006 comments

The joke is on the
'US and A'

He's been condemned by Kazhakstan and Gypsy and Jewish pressure groups, yet the real butt of Borat’s gags are rushing to the cinemas.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 7 November 2006 comments

A march of middle-class miserabilists

Strip away the singing and dancing, and Saturday's climate change demo was a demand for less debate and more authoritarianism.

Alex Gourevitch Wednesday 8 November 2006 comments

The big issue in NY? Mid-term mechanics

Opinion polls, surveys, voter registration patterns: in the absence of politics everyone is obsessing over the technical process instead.

Mick Hume Wednesday 8 November 2006 comments

Bush is far from the only lame duck today

America's mid-term elections reveal a political class adrift in midstream.

Emily Hill Thursday 9 November 2006 comments

Banksy woz ere - unfortunately

Why does the 'guerrilla artist' beloved of fashionistas paint on the street? So that he can insult the man in the street.

Frank Furedi Thursday 9 November 2006 comments

Adults behaving badly

The real problem today is not that 'yoofs' are running riot, but that grown-ups lack the confidence to engage with them.

Rob Lyons Thursday 9 November 2006 comments

The ‘school meals revolution’: a dog’s dinner

Scare stories about kids eating 'shit' have created a crisis in school dinners. What a shock.

Mick Hume Friday 10 November 2006 comments

Give us this day our daily organic loaf

Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook on the new eco-religion in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill Friday 10 November 2006 comments

More political buffoon than military hardman

Donald Rumsfeld has a lot to answer for. So do the neocons and commentators currently cheering his demise.

Neil Davenport Friday 10 November 2006 comments

The myth of ‘anti-white racism’

The presentation of the murder of a white boy in Glasgow as racially motivated distorts the facts for cynical political gain.

Josie Appleton Friday 10 November 2006 comments

What next, a tomb of the unknown pigeon?

From sniffer dogs to glow-worms: why society is celebrating the ‘sacrifices’ of animals in war.

Alan Miller Friday 10 November 2006 comments

Blogs: the future of political journalism?

A New York debate about blogging was big on buzz but short on ideas.

David Chandler Monday 13 November 2006 comments

Setting the Poles apart

What does the European Union do when accused of collaborating with the CIA on human rights abuses? Blame Poland.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 13 November 2006 comments

Why did they put me in a cardigan?

In my first-ever depiction on the London stage the actor gets my words right, but my look wrong.

Mick Hume Monday 13 November 2006 comments

If there’s one thing far worse than the BNP…

...it is using a botched political prosecution of that far-right party as another stick to beat free speech and jury trials.

Bill Durodie Tuesday 14 November 2006 comments

Tempted by terror

To lose a few citizens to radical Islam is unfortunate. To lose as many as 1,600 (according to the MI5 boss) could be considered careless.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 14 November 2006 comments

Get off the couch!

In the run-up to a debate in New York this week, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick says we should stop surrendering our sovereignty to the 'therapeutic state'.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 14 November 2006 comments

How the condom became a metaphor for caution

In promoting ‘barrier’ contraceptives to the young, the British government is spreading a risk-averse message: Think Before You Act!

Stuart Blackman Wednesday 15 November 2006 comments

Every silver lining has a cloud

A freelance science writer asks why greens seem so opposed to one scientist’s proposal for stabilising global temperatures.

James Heartfield Wednesday 15 November 2006 comments

Overthrowing the father

Bettina Aptheker accuses her Communist dad of sexual abuse, in a depressing memoir of the descent from free speech campaigner to victim-feminist.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 15 November 2006 comments

Queen’s speech: an appointment with fear

Blair's legacy will be a government defined by insecurity, internal confusion and the petty regulation of our lives.

David Perks Thursday 16 November 2006 comments

Behind Blair’s ‘bigging up’ of science

There's more to scientific endeavour than meeting confused government targets.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 16 November 2006 comments

Let fans deal with the ref

Referees are still 'the wankers in the black', but the game will suffer if we over-regulate their antics.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 16 November 2006 comments

'What is the most ethical way to commit suicide?'

New on spiked: 'Ask Ethan'. Our columnist Ethan Greenhart answers your soul-searching questions about how to live the green and ethical life.

Shirley Dent Friday 17 November 2006 comments

Eavesdropping on Owen

On BBC Radio 3 this weekend British General Richard Dannatt cynically uses the poetry of Wilfred Owen to try to connect with the common squaddie.

Mick Hume Friday 17 November 2006 comments

Personally, I’d take her by the left leg and throw her down the stairs

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

Helene Guldberg Friday 17 November 2006 comments

Back to skool

When officials offer parents lessons in singing nursery rhymes, it's no wonder some are losing confidence in their abilities.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 17 November 2006 comments

Who should be crowned King of the Killjoys?

From turning off the Christmas lights to cutting down conker trees: we want your nominations for Miserabilist of the Year.

Ann Furedi Monday 20 November 2006 comments

Abortion: some messages can’t be massaged

It's time to ditch the spin and tell the truth about why women have abortions, and what would happen if they were denied them.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 20 November 2006 comments

Shop till global injustice drops!

Can you change the world by changing your brand of skinny latte? Two new films give very different views.

Suzy Dean Monday 20 November 2006 comments

‘There are weird men out there…’

'Drug rape' has been exposed as an urban myth, yet some London students say they'll still be putting a thumb over the top of their Becks.

Josie Appleton Monday 20 November 2006 comments

Drink-spiking: a morality tale for our times

Despite a dearth of evidence, the authorities are still promoting scare stories about the dangers of being 'spiked' and raped. Why?

Mick Hume Tuesday 21 November 2006 comments

Who’s afraid of extremism on campus?

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

Neil Davenport Tuesday 21 November 2006 comments

Multiculturalism: there is no alternative

A conference in London exposed the authoritarian bent to diversity policies.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 21 November 2006 comments

A green bill of health?

Natural England's claim that 'contact with nature' can improve mental and physical wellbeing is both silly and sinister.

John Gillott Wednesday 22 November 2006 comments

Stemming scientific endeavour

Research involving the transfer of a nucleus from a human cell into an animal cell is being stifled by religious and government officials.

Dolan Cummings Wednesday 22 November 2006 comments

Now that’s what I call binge-drinking

Never mind the alcopops: Paul Watson's film Rain in my Heart showed that alcohol abuse is rarer and more complex than some people think.

Mick Hume Wednesday 22 November 2006 comments

The age of PR imperialism

From Afghanistan to Darfur, all the world's a stage for image-conscious statesmen.

Munira Mirza Thursday 23 November 2006 comments

Diversity is divisive

A new manifesto looks set to kickstart a debate about how multiculturalism fosters tribalism and political victimhood.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 23 November 2006 comments

Why do we have such naff nicknames?

European footballers are called ‘The Divine Ponytail’ or ‘The Vulture’. We have Gazza and Scholesy. We need a Nickname Tsar.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 23 November 2006 comments

'Is it ethical to give money to African charities?'

Ask Ethan: Our columnist Ethan Greenhart offers more advice on how to live the green and ethical life.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 23 November 2006 comments

Down with the Supernanny State

When ministers and TV gurus constantly bang on about the pitfalls of parenting, it is little wonder that some mums and dads feel they 'can't cope'.

Mark Taylor Friday 24 November 2006 comments

Bully and the beasts

Anti-bullying initiatives show that schoolyard relations are now viewed through the prism of animal behaviour.

Mick Hume Friday 24 November 2006 comments

Why wi-fi phobia makes me sick

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

Emily Hill Friday 24 November 2006 comments

Neither shaken nor stirred

Forget Q, tits, ass, Aston Martins, cocked eyebrows and post-killing quips: Bond’s been in therapy.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 24 November 2006 comments

Advertising is a free speech issue

The ban on junk food ads on British TV is far more 'mind-controlling' than anything a cynical adman could come up with.

Liz Frayn Monday 27 November 2006 comments

Give cardiac a rest

A campaign coaxing men to dial 999 if they feel a pain in the chest will make more 'worried well', and possibly delay treatment for the really ill.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 27 November 2006 comments

Toynbee and the tossers

The Tories' adoption of Guardianista Polly Toynbee as their latest guru shows how degraded is contemporary thinking on equality.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 27 November 2006 comments

Alexander Litvinenko: a murder mystery, not a Cold War thriller

Why are some in the West using the death of a former spy to redraw the East-West divide?

James Panton Tuesday 28 November 2006 comments

Time to stop monkeying around

One supporter of vivisection says a BBC documentary revealed the benefits of animal research - and the need for tough arguments to defend it.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 28 November 2006 comments

Slaves to self-flagellation

Tony Blair's half-apology for the slave trade has been hailed as noble. In fact it was more for his benefit than anyone else's.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 28 November 2006 comments

Who killed the school trip?

The UK government wants children to get out and about - but it was its own suspicious regulation of adults that cast a cloud over such adventures.

Nancy McDermott Wednesday 29 November 2006 comments

A photographer’s life

From the formal portrait to the casual family snapshot, Annie Leibovitz always manages to reveal her subject’s humanity.

Munira Mirza Wednesday 29 November 2006 comments

Creativity by numbers

The UK Creative Partnerships scheme for deprived schools seems more interested in exercising children’s bodies rather than their minds.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 29 November 2006 comments

Why I still love Cosmo Kramer

Comedian Michael Richards might be a ranting ass, but that doesn’t mean we can never laugh at Seinfeld again.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 30 November 2006 comments

Is it ethical to go Down Under for the Ashes?

Ask Ethan: Our columnist offers more advice on how to live the green and ethical life.

James Heartfield Thursday 30 November 2006 comments

Putting Russia in the frame

The response to Alexander Litvinenko’s death implies that all Russians are collectively guilty of skulduggery.

Mick Hume Thursday 30 November 2006 comments

Time to ‘talk turkey’ about Turkey – and the EU

The controversies over Turkey and the West will not be resolved by people hiding their arguments behind the Pope, the Greek Cypriots or the EU.