February 2007

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 1 February 2007 comments

Is it ethical to get married?

Is it ethical to get married?

David Chandler Thursday 1 February 2007 comments

Forcing Africans to ‘adapt’ to poverty

By blaming climate change for Africa's problems, green groups have become apologists for inequality and underdevelopment.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 1 February 2007 comments

Davos 2007: ‘Waging’ war on China

Behind their feigned concern for falling Western wages, the elites at the World Economic Forum are really worried about the rise of Asian economies.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 1 February 2007 comments

Freedom should not be for sale

Liberty is far too precious to sacrifice in the name of tackling hoodies, ASBO kids and cranky Islamists.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 1 February 2007 comments

The truth about lie detectors

Why is the UK government keen to introduce polygraphic tests for sex offenders, when they’re about as reliable as reading tea leaves?

Mick Hume Friday 2 February 2007 comments

Beheading plot: the video is mightier than the sword

Read Mick Hume's columns in The Times this week.

Neil Davenport Friday 2 February 2007 comments

Not quite Party Animals

The drama about political twentysomethings isn’t really the This Life replacement the Beeb was hoping for.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 2 February 2007 comments

Platini for the People?

Claims that Michel Platini, new president of UEFA, is some kind of Robin Hood of footie are greatly exaggerated.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 2 February 2007 comments

...Ryanair?

Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 2 February 2007 comments

You’re so vain, Nick, you think this war is about you

Nick Cohen’s What’s Left? shows he is the Princess Diana of journalism, always reducing political comment to personal psychodrama.

Rob Lyons Monday 5 February 2007 comments

‘Your planet needs you!’

Food rationing, Blitz spirit, the Doomsday Clock...everyone from Prince Charles to radical greens is talking about climate change as a warlike emergency.

Frank Furedi Monday 5 February 2007 comments

Corrupting the curriculum

Why is it ‘brainwashing’ when faith schools teach values but ‘raising awareness’ when the state teaches the pieties of environmentalism?

Woudhuysen and Kaplinsky Monday 5 February 2007 comments

A man-made morality tale

How the IPCC’s fairly sober summary of climate science has been spun to tell a story of Fate, Doom and human folly.

David Chandler Tuesday 6 February 2007 comments

Kosovo gains independence - again?

Under the guise of granting sovereignty, the UN is dumping responsibility for its mess in Kosovo on to the European Union.

Nancy McDermott Tuesday 6 February 2007 comments

Fanning the child abuse controversy

Both the makers and critics of Hounddog, a film that depicts child rape, reveal America's unhealthy obsession with paedophilia.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 6 February 2007 comments

'Genocide denial laws will shut down debate'

She's one of the best-known warriors against Holocaust denial. Yet Deborah Lipstadt thinks EU plans to ban 'genocide denial' are a disaster.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 7 February 2007 comments

...Bernard Matthews?

Emily Hill Wednesday 7 February 2007 comments

Notes on an adaptation

Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal is a brilliant film based on a middling novel. So why are so many critics still banging on about the book?

Lee Jones Wednesday 7 February 2007 comments

Game Over for mankind?

In the BBC computer game Climate Challenge you become the president of a Europe facing disease, death and disaster. So fun all round, then.

Mick Hume Wednesday 7 February 2007 comments

Are we all racists and victims now?

Those who want to turn everything into a race issue today are desperate to impose a phoney new national morality.

Neil Davenport Thursday 8 February 2007 comments

Ted alert

With deadpan Midlands delivery, and a hilarious line in 'anti-jokes', Ted Chippington was the Eighties comedian that got away. Now he's back.

James Heartfield Thursday 8 February 2007 comments

Bring down the House

The half-hearted proposed reform of the House of Lords shows that our governing class has precious little instinct for democracy.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 8 February 2007 comments

A tale of two panics

Why are we in less of a flap about bird flu now that it has arrived in Britain than we were 18 months ago when it was a ‘spectre’ in Asia?

Niall Crowley Friday 9 February 2007 comments

A soul musical, without the soul

Girl-group biopic Dreamgirls is a decent movie, but it fails to capture the drama and energy of Sixties Detroit.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 9 February 2007 comments

Ultra vires

While Italy's authorities want to copy England's hooligan crackdown, our fans are trying to get beyond the power of police and stewards.

Mick Hume Friday 9 February 2007 comments

Stop agonising over the pyrotechnic prig

On the mysterious letter-bomber and the bird flu outbreak: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.

Neil Davenport Friday 9 February 2007 comments

Why we’re standing by our un-PC pie

A Tipton pub serving something called ‘The Michael Barrymore Pie – Faggots Swimming in Gravy’ explains itself to spiked.

Emily Hill Friday 9 February 2007 comments

Is breast milk a ‘junk food’?

Food representatives tell spiked that the Food Standards Agency's clumsy new 'scientific model' is demonising perfectly healthy grub.

Guy Rundle Monday 12 February 2007 comments

Let the death camps die

Guy Rundle reports from former Nazi camps, where ever-more morbid attempts are being made to preserve buildings, ash pits, even human hair.

Josie Appleton Monday 12 February 2007 comments

Through a lens cynically

New coffee-table books offer stunning snapshots of our planet from space. Just ignore all the guff about humanity's impact being a ‘scar’.

Thomas Deichmann Monday 12 February 2007 comments

Just how ‘charitable’ is Greenpeace?

Thomas Deichmann reports from Germany, where Greenpeace looks set to lose its charity status over its explicitly political campaigning.

Peter Smith Tuesday 13 February 2007 comments

Massacring Valentine's Day

Now environmentalists are campaigning against 'flower miles', showing that even gifts between loved ones have been added to their killjoy hitlist.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 13 February 2007 comments

War and deception in the Netherlands

Black Book, Paul Verhoeven’s thriller about the Dutch Resistance to Nazi rule, is a cracking movie – and it raises important questions, too.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 13 February 2007 comments

Peckham: a suburb apart?

Claims that the South London district is a ‘war zone’ are wide of the mark, though residents recognise their lives could be far better.

Theresa Clifford Wednesday 14 February 2007 comments

Is Wikipedia part of a new ‘global brain’?

Everyone from Time to TV networks is singing the praises of user-generated ‘people’s content’ on the worldwide web. But is it reliable?

Stuart Derbyshire Wednesday 14 February 2007 comments

Mother Teresa and the ‘me, me, me’ culture

The new book Mother Teresa: Saint or Celebrity? shows that the nun was as ruthless as any other celeb in protecting her public image.

Bruno Waterfield Wednesday 14 February 2007 comments

Exposed: the myth of the World Cup ‘sex slaves’

It was widely claimed that 40,000 women would be trafficked into Germany as prostitutes during the 2006 World Cup. New EU reports seen by spiked suggest that nothing of the sort happened.

Neil Davenport Thursday 15 February 2007 comments

Everyone loves Dopey Dave

David Cameron's schoolboy drug-taking appeals to those immature enough to still believe that smoking dope is rebellious.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 15 February 2007 comments

Is it ethical to celebrate Valentine's Day?

Romantic advice from our ethical columnist.

Tim Black Thursday 15 February 2007 comments

Delivering a guilty verdict against juries

In BBC2’s reality-TV legal trial, The Verdict, it is the celebrity jury that is really on trial, rather than the defendants.

Alex Hochuli Thursday 15 February 2007 comments

The wisdom of Noel Gallagher

Last night’s Brit Awards confirmed that the Oasis badboy has become a rare voice of reason in Britain’s preening and conformist pop scene.

Mick Hume Thursday 15 February 2007 comments

The road to nowhere

Amid all the honking about congestion charges and anti-road pricing petitions, Britain's need for more roads is not even on the political map.

Mick Hume Friday 16 February 2007 comments

A sad addiction to anti-smoking

On anti-smoking crusades and outlawing accidents: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.

Patrick West Friday 16 February 2007 comments

My name is Patrick. I am a Top Gear viewer

In his new TV column, Patrick West confesses to having a soft spot for Jeremy Clarkson.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 February 2007 comments

Token trophies

The England cricket team may have lost the coveted Ashes but, hey, at least they won the big shiny wotsit trophy.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 16 February 2007 comments

America, Iran and ‘impotent imperialism’

America's stand-off with Iran shows that no one is calling the shots in the Middle East today, though all sides are firing them.

Austin Williams Monday 19 February 2007 comments

Steering the debate in the wrong direction

For a government whose transport policy is to punish motorists, the 1.5million who signed a petition against road-pricing are a political pollutant.

James Heartfield Monday 19 February 2007 comments

Just another brick in the wall?

Lynsey Hanley’s book Estates: An Intimate History titillates the Guardian-reading class’s fascination with a poor and excluded ‘underclass’.

Maria Grasso Monday 19 February 2007 comments

Censoring students at Oxford? That is so gay

Welcome to the Oxford college where students can use the word gay to refer to a homosexual man but not to describe a rubbish pool shot.

Philip Cunliffe Tuesday 20 February 2007 comments

A pre-emptive anti-war movement?

Why President Bush’s critics seem more convinced that America will attack Iran than does the President himself.

Kaplinsky and Woudhuysen Tuesday 20 February 2007 comments

Nuke the consultation - let’s have a debate!

Greenpeace and the courts have delayed New Labour’s energy white paper. That’s no victory – for you, me or the planet.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 20 February 2007 comments

Shooting down the myth of the ‘gun culture’

For all the hysterical claims about ‘teen gun gangs’ holding whole suburbs hostage, gun crime in Britain remains very rare.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 21 February 2007 comments

...Tesco?

Tessa Mayes Wednesday 21 February 2007 comments

The other e-petition

A Hampshire photographer has taken a stand against the suspicion and restrictions snappers face due to the 'paedophile panic'.

Emily Hill Wednesday 21 February 2007 comments

Can you trust NHS Direct?

Following a strange incident involving toddlers, Tixylix and a visit from the authorities, one family has its doubts.

Mick Hume Wednesday 21 February 2007 comments

Britney: a tale of our ‘Toxic’ times?

Now even a celebrity breakdown has to be staged in public for the cameras.

Ken McLaughlin Thursday 22 February 2007 comments

Lighten up, and let the patients light up

Banning smoking in psychiatric institutions - where patients can't just step outside for a fag - is madness.

Rob Lyons Thursday 22 February 2007 comments

HFEA in 'sensible decision' shock!

Britain's fertility regulator has decided that women should be free to donate their eggs for genetic research. About time.

Frank Furedi Thursday 22 February 2007 comments

It’s marriage, Jim, but not as we know it

The focus on the falling marriage rate misses the point that even when people do get hitched today, they're often still fearful of intimacy.

Mick Hume Friday 23 February 2007 comments

The rehab don't work, so don't go, go, go

On road-pricing and how rehab became the 'the new black': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 23 February 2007 comments

Is it ethical to send letter bombs?

Our ethical columnist on how to make protest part of your everyday life.

Patrick West Friday 23 February 2007 comments

Morning TV: it’s awful but I love it

Why waste your mornings making smoothies and reading the Guardian when you could be watching trash telly?

Tim Black Friday 23 February 2007 comments

A film about sleep that makes you yawn

In exploring the weird world of the subconcious, Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep snoozes on plot and character.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 23 February 2007 comments

Congratulations, you’ve got junk mail worth reading

Two commonsense, anti-killjoy chain letters are making the rounds on the web. spiked traced their origins and spoke to the authors.

Sadhvi Sharma Monday 26 February 2007 comments

Worshipping a Bollywood actress? How backward

A Bombay-based writer is shocked by the British elite’s transformation of Shilpa Shetty into a high priestess of unity.

Alex Hochuli Monday 26 February 2007 comments

Tyranny of the individual

House of Fraser’s removal of an ‘offensive’ ad following a single complaint shows that any sensitive soul can play the chief censor these days.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 26 February 2007 comments

Oliver James' new book: it could f*** you up

In Affluenza, the clinical psychologist argues that money is driving us insane. In fact, he's the one who seems a few cents short of a dollar.

Tiffany Jenkins Tuesday 27 February 2007 comments

A snuff movie for the arthouse crowd

The Bridge, which shows 23 people jumping to their deaths from Golden Gate Bridge, teeters on the edge of celebrating suicide.

Tessa Mayes Tuesday 27 February 2007 comments

Naming and shaming ‘enviro-criminals’

Like a poor man’s FBI Most Wanted List, Gloucester Council in England is publishing photos of those it deems guilty of anti-green crimes.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 27 February 2007 comments

Weighing into family life

The case of Connor McCreaddie, a fat eight-year-old from Newcastle, shows that the obesity panic is taking away our rights - and even our children.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 28 February 2007 comments

Red Ken’s green tyranny

A 50-Year Plan of petty rules: the London mayor's climate change proposals show you can justify anything in the name of 'saving the planet'.

Barbara Hewson Wednesday 28 February 2007 comments

There should be no covering-up in court

A barrister argues that allowing Muslim women to wear the veil in courtrooms is an affront to open justice.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 28 February 2007 comments

...McDonald’s?

Mick Hume Wednesday 28 February 2007 comments

No, the Conservatives still can’t win an election

...but New Labour could lose against Cameron’s Not-the-Tory-Party.