January 2007

Dolan Cummings Wednesday 3 January 2007 comments

This Life will eat itself

The sequel to the trendsetting Nineties series was more self-regarding 'reality TV' than real-world drama.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 3 January 2007 comments

‘Dangerous dogs’: code for underclass Britain

Behind the headlines about crazed pitbulls there's a salacious contempt for certain sorts of people.

Chris Tyler Thursday 4 January 2007 comments

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me The Facts!

A science charity explains why it has created a helpline for celebs to check their facts before endorsing dodgy campaigns.

Rob Killick Thursday 4 January 2007 comments

Are you the Person of the Year?

Time's claim that we web surfers have 'changed the world' shows how low our aspirations for change have sunk.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 4 January 2007 comments

What is the ethical way to detox?

Ask Ethan: Our eco-columnist offers advice on how to cleanse your mind, body and the planet in the New Year.

Mick Hume Thursday 4 January 2007 comments

They couldn’t organise a hanging on a gallows

The furore over Saddam's 'X-ecution Factor' hanging reveals the state of Iraq – and the West's state of mind.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 5 January 2007 comments

My New Year’s Dis-Honours List

The gayest team, most po-faced censors and other Football Awards for 2006.

Mick Hume Friday 5 January 2007 comments

Sex at 16 - but no smoking afterwards

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

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 5 January 2007 comments

There is no ‘paradox of prosperity’

So what if material progress doesn't always make us happy? It's still a good thing, and here's why.

Emily Hill Monday 8 January 2007 comments

Perfume? It's a stinker

The big screen adaptation of Patrick Suskind's 'unfilmable' bestselling novel leaves a bad smell.

John Gillott Monday 8 January 2007 comments

Who’s afraid of ‘Frankenbunnies’?

Scientists should vigorously oppose the UK authorities' clampdown on research involving 'hybrid' embryos.

Bill Durodié Monday 8 January 2007 comments

The government is for turning

As U-turn follows U-turn, New Labour is looking more and more like a party devoid of direction.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 9 January 2007 comments

Testing times for literacy

Declining standards cannot be reversed in the classroom alone - we need to recreate a passion for words in society at large.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 9 January 2007 comments

Pretty predictable

Ugly Betty, the global drama-comedy franchise, hammers a familiar message: it's the inside that counts.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 9 January 2007 comments

‘Issue politics’? This is issue-avoidance politics

From Ruth Kelly's school choice to the footage of Saddam's hanging: why do we discuss everything but 'the thing' itself?

Rob Lyons Tuesday 9 January 2007 comments

The truth about organic food

It’s not healthier or Greener, and it's incapable of feeding the world. So why is it back in fashion?

Alan Miller Wednesday 10 January 2007 comments

‘Something here stinks’

A report from smelly Manhattan on the various conspiracy theories about that New York 'gas cloud'.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 10 January 2007 comments

A queer rally

The torch-lit protest by religious groups against gay rights regulations looked like a game of 'victim one-upmanship'.

Mick Hume Wednesday 10 January 2007 comments

How to create Africa’s Afghanistan

Just when long-suffering Somalis think things cannot get worse, along come US helicopter gunships.

Tim Black Thursday 11 January 2007 comments

Apocalypto: Maya culpa

Mel Gibson's action-adventure depicting the fall of Mayan society is an anxious allegory about humanity today.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 11 January 2007 comments

The EU’s post-industrial revolution

José Manuel Barroso's new energy policy represents a retreat from development driven by fear.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 11 January 2007 comments

How can we bring people back down to Earth?

Ask Ethan: Our eco-columnist disagrees with Tony Blair – it is practical to stop flying.

Mick Hume Friday 12 January 2007 comments

Special needs are universal now

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

Duleep Allirajah Friday 12 January 2007 comments

Sweet FA?

The FA Cup is little more than an enjoyable distraction from the serious business of League football.

Emily Hill Friday 12 January 2007 comments

‘If I am sent back, I will be jobless’

Emily Hill meets some of the highly skilled immigrants whose lives have been turned upside down by New Labour’s knee-jerkism.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 12 January 2007 comments

The anti-MMR gravy train derailed

Revealed: How more than £15million of legal aid funding was spent by lawyers trying and failing to prove that the MMR vaccination causes autism.

Graham Barnfield Monday 15 January 2007 comments

A very trying satire

Laughs and insight are thin on the ground in the wishful drama The Trial of Tony Blair, showing on More4 tonight.

Josie Appleton Monday 15 January 2007 comments

Life’s too short to be ‘carbon neutral’

Measuring everything we do by how much carbon it produces is a contemporary form of penance.

Shirley Dent Monday 15 January 2007 comments

Why I applauded the ‘BNP ballerina’

Who cares what Simone Clarke thinks in private? Her performance as Giselle was sprightly, springy and brilliant.

Rob Killick Tuesday 16 January 2007 comments

Should we be afraid of State 2.0?

When it comes to state surveillance, the problem is not the computers but a climate of fear and insecurity.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 16 January 2007 comments

Iraq: now it’s a ‘gesture invasion’

President Bush's surge of an extra 20,000 troops is a political stunt rather than a military tactic.

Daniel Ben-Ami Tuesday 16 January 2007 comments

We’ve never had it so good

Interview: Indur Goklany, author of The Improving State of the World, slaps down today's voguish pessimists with some eye-opening facts.

James Heartfield Wednesday 17 January 2007 comments

A United Kingdom of Britain and France?

Revelations that the British and French discussed a merger in 1956 have been greeted with guffaws. It’s not that shocking.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 17 January 2007 comments

Ghosts in the immigration machine

Nick Broomfield’s film about the Morecambe Bay tragedy is emotive, but it fails to ask any probing questions.

Cheryl Hudson Wednesday 17 January 2007 comments

In praise of the IVF ‘miracle maker’

A mother treated at Mohamed Taranissi’s groundbreaking clinic in London defends him against the Panorama/HFEA witch-hunt.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 18 January 2007 comments

Is it ethical to build a new bathroom?

Our columnist offers advice on the green alternative to wasteful washing, brushing and flushing.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 18 January 2007 comments

Beck where he belongs

Los Angeles is filled with people who are more famous than talented. David Beckham should fit right in.

Mick Hume Thursday 18 January 2007 comments

Look at the State they're in

Why is the Home Office demonstrating all the smooth-running efficiency of an Iraqi hangman?

Robin Walsh Friday 19 January 2007 comments

Get a First Life

The desire to escape the real world and 'live' in online games like Second Life is no longer limited to lonely geeks.

Mick Hume Friday 19 January 2007 comments

All the world’s a reality TV studio

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

Brendan O’Neill Friday 19 January 2007 comments

Celebrity Big Brother: a Zzzz-list scandal

What’s behind the international handwringing over ‘Jade v Shilpa’?

Tony Gilland Friday 19 January 2007 comments

Behind the IVF ‘trial by television’

There is more to the HFEA regulators' pursuit of top infertility doctor Mohamed Taranissi than meets the viewer's eye.

Emily Hill Monday 22 January 2007 comments

Tagged as a nuisance

Following the death of two ‘taggers’ in east London, chattering graffitists want a clampdown on those who give their art a bad name.

Stephen Bowler Monday 22 January 2007 comments

The open-air health scare

BBC TV's Street Doctor shows that there's nowhere to hide from today's tyranny of health advice.

James Woudhuysen Monday 22 January 2007 comments

Gambling addiction: a panic at odds with reality

Top doctors, business consultants and officials reckon we could all end up enslaved by the slot machines. Wanna bet?

Neil Davenport Tuesday 23 January 2007 comments

Time to evict official anti-racism

The row over Celebrity Big Brother shows that hysterically witch-hunting 'racists' is a new British sport. Plus: Brendan O'Neill on Pete Burns.

James Heartfield Tuesday 23 January 2007 comments

Not-so-positive discrimination

Kevin Yuill’s enlightening new book shows that ‘affirmative action’ arose not from an optimistic vision of the future, but from despair.

Mick Hume Tuesday 23 January 2007 comments

Get the police out of politics

…and put some politics back in.

Philip Cunliffe Wednesday 24 January 2007 comments

Serbia votes, the West decides

The people have marked their ballots, yet the region's future is more likely to be decided in New York than Belgrade.

Anna Travis Wednesday 24 January 2007 comments

Why the baby boomers have bombed

Michael Bywater's rage against the infantilism of modern life is insightful, but ultimately immature.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 24 January 2007 comments

Collusion ‘revelations’: disturbing but not shocking

Ten-year-late handwringing admissions that the NI security forces were in cahoots with loyalist gunmen are like therapy for the British state.

Emily Hill Thursday 25 January 2007 comments

Skins: a skinful of stereotypes

E4's new teen drama Skins is, unfortunately, all it's cracked up to be: teen TV made by a committee of teenagers.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 25 January 2007 comments

Fantasy football racism

Football provided the template for the racialisation of trivial incidents that led to the 'Jade v Shilpa' debacle.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 25 January 2007 comments

Is it ethical to commemorate just one Holocaust?

Ask Ethan: Our eco-columnist offers advice on how to make Holocaust Memorial Day less speciesist and blinkered.

Mick Hume Friday 26 January 2007 comments

Salvage some sense from Branscombe Beach

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

Alan Miller Friday 26 January 2007 comments

Another small freedom goes up in smoke

Some American states are now banning smoking in cars, as legislators creep ever further into our once-private lives.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 26 January 2007 comments

A red light against enjoying food

Do the Food Standards Agency’s ‘traffic-light’ labels take the pleasure out of eating? We ask some grocery shoppers.

Rob Lyons Friday 26 January 2007 comments

A diet of misinformation

John Luik, co-author of Diet Nation, tells Rob Lyons that the obesity panic is being fattened by savvy interest groups and junk science.

Mick Hume Monday 29 January 2007 comments

Mick Hume moves on – new editor for spiked

Six years after we launched spiked, I am vacating the editor’s chair.

Emily Hill Tuesday 30 January 2007 comments

Over-protecting children? Bleurgh!

Interview: Kids’ TV icon Timmy Mallett hammers today's sanitisation of children's programming, but swallows the ban on junk food ads.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 30 January 2007 comments

Wanna be a worker?

Describing yourself as 'working class' has become a way of snobbishly dismissing materialism.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 30 January 2007 comments

Hands up if you’re suffering from Islamofatigue

Why spiked takes neither side in the ‘great political divide’ over whether Islamophobia or Islamofascism is the biggest threat.

Philip Cunliffe Wednesday 31 January 2007 comments

'Popcorn politics'? It sticks in the throat

Blood Diamond, the Hollywood human rights thriller set in war-torn Sierra Leone, patronises both Africans and Western cinemagoers.

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 31 January 2007 comments

In search of a 'good death'

More people may support the 'right to die', but they often change their views when their own time comes.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 31 January 2007 comments

Denial

There is a secular inquisition that stigmatises free thinking.

Munira Mirza Wednesday 31 January 2007 comments

Mediating the Muslim experience

The co-author of a report that caused a transatlantic stir over Britain’s ‘militant Muslim youth’ puts some of the explosive headlines in perspective.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 31 January 2007 comments

Why the Home Office can't keep its house in order

A paranoid government that wants to put every citizen on a list and every criminal in a cell? No wonder the system seems swamped.