December 2006

Mick Hume Friday 1 December 2006 comments

Our man in Istanbul - and Woking…

Read spiked editor Mick Hume's columns from The Times (London) this week.

Tessa Mayes Friday 1 December 2006 comments

More news from the world, please

Whatever you think of the tabloid editor who bugged Princes Charles and William, the fact is reporters must sometimes break the law.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 1 December 2006 comments

We want to win, but expect to lose

Ba'athist motivational techniques might be a bit much, but we need some way of giving English sport a boot up the backside.

Rob Lyons Friday 1 December 2006 comments

Still not ‘ethical’ after all these years

A report saying our buying habits are increasingly driven by ethical concerns made some fairly unethical contortions to reach that conclusion.

Emily Hill Monday 4 December 2006 comments

PostSecret: wish you weren’t here

The secrets scribbled on postcards and exhibited in a London gallery don't provide an 'emotional x-ray'. In fact, they're shallow and samey.

Rob Lyons Monday 4 December 2006 comments

Frost/Nixon: 'An intellectual Rocky'

Peter Morgan's dramatisation of David Frost's interview with the disgraced US president gives a very human take on a little slice of history.

Paul Bickerton Monday 4 December 2006 comments

From playground to podium: how to make an Olympian

Children need both freedom and guidance to excel at sports - and they're in danger of being denied both in today's risk-averse climate.

Helen Birtwistle Tuesday 5 December 2006 comments

A ‘dick on a string’?

Those calling for an extension of the Dangerous Dogs Act - 'the worst piece of legislation ever written' - seem most frightened of 'dangerous owners'.

Emily Hill Tuesday 5 December 2006 comments

Santa’s grotty

It's hard to know which is more pathetic: the standard of art at Banksy's Christmas-bashing shop in Oxford Street, or the losers paying a fortune for it.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 5 December 2006 comments

Welcome to the stay-at-home society

A new anti-movement movement is trying to put the brakes on cars and planes. Do they want to propel us back to medieval times?

Mark Adnum Wednesday 6 December 2006 comments

Sold short by Shortbus

The arthouse film titillating a certain class of cinemagoer claims to be about the mind and the heart. In fact, it's just porn with a moral message.

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 6 December 2006 comments

Scare in the community

Alarming-sounding reports on homicides by mental patients are being used by the UK government to justify draconian new laws.

Mick Hume Wednesday 6 December 2006 comments

Trident: a damp squib of a debate

What could be even more pathetic than Blair’s case for renewing Britain’s nuclear deterrent? How about his opponents’ arguments.

James Heartfield Thursday 7 December 2006 comments

Standing up for science

A new collection of essays puts the case for a fresh scientific enlightenment to counter the rise of superstition.

Josie Appleton Thursday 7 December 2006 comments

Beware of the boars

From Bavaria to South Africa, rampaging animals are bringing towns to a standstill. Why don't we just shoot them?

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 7 December 2006 comments

How can I stop my friend starting a family?

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

Mick Hume Friday 8 December 2006 comments

Animals count?
No they don't

Read spiked editor Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 December 2006 comments

5/12: the day English cricket died

England's performance in the Ashes was the daddy of all batting collapses.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 8 December 2006 comments

Who’s the miserabilist of them all?

The first round of nominations in spiked's hunt for the King of the Killjoys.

Tim Black Monday 11 December 2006 comments

A sporting tragedy

In a year of British sporting failure, the main theme of Sports Personality of the Year 2006 was bereavement.

Neil Davenport Monday 11 December 2006 comments

From snobbery to slobbery

The Queen's accent is getting less and less posh, claim Australian scientists. Why is everyone, even ER, slumming it?

Brendan O’Neill Monday 11 December 2006 comments

Time for a backlash against the hate-obsessed state?

After 7/7 we were warned of a possible pogrom against Muslims. If anything, prosecutions for anti-Muslim acts actually fell.

Stuart Simpson Tuesday 12 December 2006 comments

Starving Africa of money

Deprived of the funds needed to develop their economies by the corruption-obsessed West, African countries are turning to China.

Daniel Ben-Ami Tuesday 12 December 2006 comments

Worse than Scrooge

Underlying the frequently expressed concerns about personal debt is a distaste for popular consumption.

Jane Sandeman Tuesday 12 December 2006 comments

The battle of the lunchbox

Parents are quite capable of feeding their children - despite what the government's School Food Trust would have us believe.

Mick Hume Wednesday 13 December 2006 comments

Pinochet: the Ghost of Politics Past

He's dead and buried, along with his era. Time to get over it and move on.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 14 December 2006 comments

A slap In the Face of History

The inspiring content of an exhibition of twentieth-century photography is undermined by the curators' emphasis on the particular and the subjective.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 14 December 2006 comments

Is it ethical to attend an office Christmas party?

Ask Ethan: Our columnist offers advice on how to negotiate the dangers of the 'festive' season.

Frank Furedi Thursday 14 December 2006 comments

Do they know it’s Christmas?

Forget 'Peace on Earth' - Christmas has become a battleground in the culture war over the status of religion.

Mick Hume Friday 15 December 2006 comments

Diana report: an accident waiting to happen

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

Duleep Allirajah Friday 15 December 2006 comments

Come on and do the conga

The desperate attempt to find examples of British sporting excellence means we're redefining what 'sport' means.

Emily Hill Friday 15 December 2006 comments

Have yourself a killjoy Christmas

In the second round of nominations, spiked approaches the great and the good in the ongoing quest to expose the King of the Killjoys 2006.

Mick Hume Friday 15 December 2006 comments

Turning murder into reality TV

From police and reporters to criminologists and psychologists - everybody seems to want a walk-on part in the 'Suffolk Ripper' show.

Ed Barrett Monday 18 December 2006 comments

The Life of Python

Michael Palin's diaries and the digitally remastered Monty Python albums show that these comedy greats are not quite dead parrots.

Mark Vernon Monday 18 December 2006 comments

Thomas Henry Huxley: a better bulldog

An agnostic ex-vicar says Richard Dawkins could learn a thing or two from a humbler 'Darwinian bulldog' of the 1860s.

Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 18 December 2006 comments

The Dawkins delusion

'Catholic atheist' Michael Fitzpatrick finds himself repelled by Richard Dawkins' crass and prejudiced polemic against religion.

Miserabilist of the Year Tuesday 19 December 2006 comments

Killjoy to the world

Quake ye cantankerous gits: it's the third and final round of nominations in spiked’s hunt for the Miserabilist of the Year.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 19 December 2006 comments

Blair plots PR coup in Palestine

It's that time of year again, when our leaders use the Middle East as a platform for moral posturing.

Caught up in a new Cold War

When we interviewed Alexander Litvinenko, we had no idea we would end up being branded as Kremlin agents.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 20 December 2006 comments

There’s more to childhood than counting calories

The obsession with expanding waistlines is narrowing horizons for children - and replacing adult guidance with health tips.

Miserabilist of the Year Wednesday 20 December 2006 comments

And the whiner is…

Meet the winner of the inaugural Miserabilist of the Year Award: the prudish and prudent Presbyterian killjoy heading for Downing Street.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 21 December 2006 comments

How to have an ethical Winterval

Ask Ethan: Our columnist offers tips for having resource-neutral fun during the silliest of seasons.

Sadhvi Sharma Thursday 21 December 2006 comments

Why these patronising gifts get my goat

Giving donkeys, goats, therapy or campaigning packs to developing countries only helps to reinforce Third World poverty.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 21 December 2006 comments

Putting the ‘boxing’ into Boxing Day

Bad-tempered derby matches on 26 December are one of football's finest traditions - and the perfect antidote to the soporific message of Christmas.

Mick Hume Thursday 21 December 2006 comments

The year we nearly went mad

From celebrity colonialism and Muslim-mania to flying backwards and resurrecting dead gods: some trends of 2006.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 28 December 2006 comments

Dancing penguins and other holiday turkeys

A taste of what the cinemas were serving up this Christmas.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 28 December 2006 comments

A hard cell

Eve Herold on why we should take sides in the Stem Cell Wars, and cheer those scientists pushing the boundaries.

Neil Davenport Thursday 28 December 2006 comments

The Sopranos: still the Greatest Show On Earth

The latest batch of tales from New Jersey's mafia lowlife shows this series has its finger right on the pulse of US society.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 28 December 2006 comments

Why I won’t be joining the ‘Bad Mothers Club’

There's something creepy in the latest literary genre that celebrates stressful, even bad, motherhood as an identity.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 28 December 2006 comments

Let’s make 2007 the Year of Real Tolerance

...and not the vacuous, censorious kind promoted in Xmas messages by the Queen and Channel 4.