March 2007

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 1 March 2007 comments

The 'Snarling' Cup: when in doubt, start a fight

The Chelsea/Arsenal brawl was great entertainment, but it wasn't enought to revive the Carling Cup.

Emily Hill Thursday 1 March 2007 comments

Bless me father, for I have shopped

In our era of ethical shopping, it's no longer a question of what's hot this season so much as what's right this season.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 1 March 2007 comments

Pimp My Genocide

The prostitution of the G-word for cynical political ends has given rise to a grisly new international gameshow.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 2 March 2007 comments

Is it ethical to send my child to school?

Our ethical columnist gives advice on a proper education.

Mick Hume Friday 2 March 2007 comments

These Lilliputians make even Prescott look like a fat-gutted Gulliver

Read Mick Hume, in The Times (London), on the contest for the deputy leadership of the UK Labour Party.

Patrick West Friday 2 March 2007 comments

American TV’s love-hate relationship with Brits

The Americans declared independence in 1776, yet their TV depictions of Britons show they're still emotionally attached.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 2 March 2007 comments

Can't buy me justice

During Fairtrade Fortnight, ‘ethical shopping’ might reduce Western guilt but it does little to reduce Third World poverty.

Maria Grasso and Lee Jones Monday 5 March 2007 comments

If we want open borders, we need open debate

The Oxford students calling for the censure of an anti-immigration professor are selling short both the case for open borders and academic freedom.

Phil Mullan Monday 5 March 2007 comments

A demented approach to the ageing population

Scary headlines about a 'dementia timebomb' expose today's miserabilist view of the human success story that is longer life.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 6 March 2007 comments

Why they won’t leave lone parents alone

Plans to get more single mums off benefits are less about saving money and more about saving children from the 'wrong' kind of parental love.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 6 March 2007 comments

Lib Dems: riding the waves of anti-political cynicism

Devoid of any real constituency or purpose, the 'third force' in British politics only succeeds when the big parties fail.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 6 March 2007 comments

What’s behind the ‘new anti-Semitism’?

The game of ‘spot the anti-Semite’ currently being played in intellectual circles misses what is new in expressions of the oldest prejudice today.

Ceri Dingle Wednesday 7 March 2007 comments

Out of Africa?

Described as the authentic voice of Africans, new film Bamako is actually more of an indulgent treat for guilt-ridden Westerners.

Emily Hill Wednesday 7 March 2007 comments

Forty metres of junk

Artist Mark Wallinger's recreation of Brian Haw's anti-war protest has been hailed as brave political art. In fact, it's not political, nor is it art.

Emily Hill Wednesday 7 March 2007 comments

...the Atkins diet?

Mick Hume Wednesday 7 March 2007 comments

It’s a scandal that this scandal is the news

We name the guilty parties in the latest 'UK government cover-up' story: the political class, the police, and the media.

Steve Bremner Thursday 8 March 2007 comments

A pick’n’mix attitude to free speech

Many have rallied around a Cambridge student disciplined for publishing an anti-Islamic cartoon. What about other instances of campus censorship?

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 8 March 2007 comments

Slave Britain: chained to an outdated label

Describing trafficking as the 'new slavery' might flatter the egos of those who campaign against it, but it does little to challenge today's injustices.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 8 March 2007 comments

Is it ethical to write a book?

Our columnist suggests the fashion for writing eco-books may be wasteful.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 8 March 2007 comments

In praise of big cities

Before next week’s spiked seminar on housing, a speaker carries out a controlled demolition of a new report that says cities make us sick.

Mick Hume Friday 9 March 2007 comments

Time to abolish the House of Lords. Again

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

Patrick West Friday 9 March 2007 comments

Life in Oz: nothing like Neighbours

Answer me this - if things are so great Down Under, why do so many Aussies leave?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 9 March 2007 comments

Only losers say ‘it’s the taking part that counts’

Arsenal may play beautiful football, but there are no trophies for artistic merit.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 9 March 2007 comments

‘Apocalypse my arse’

Martin Durkin, director of The Great Global Warming Swindle, on green intolerance, soft censorship and his ‘dodgy’ Marxist background.

Lee Jones Monday 12 March 2007 comments

Turning children green with fear

A new survey claims many children stay awake at night worrying about apocalyptic climate disasters. Where could they have got ideas like that?

Josie Appleton Monday 12 March 2007 comments

Injecting morality back into the drugs debate

The obsession with measuring the physical effects of drugs means never championing the joys of reality over the black hole of drug-induced fantasy.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 12 March 2007 comments

Just Say No to this ‘radical rethink’ on drugs

The latest review of the drug problem peddles dangerous myths about helpless addicts, and suggests making the state drugdealer-in-chief.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 13 March 2007 comments

A war of words over the 'Yid Army'

Ignore the touchy PC brigade: the fans of north London football club Tottenham Hotspur should be allowed to call themselves whatever they like.

Alan Miller Tuesday 13 March 2007 comments

Silencing the ‘niggas’ of New York

In banning the n-word, New York City Council is driven by the dodgy notion that words make reality, rather than the other way around.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 13 March 2007 comments

...Prince Charles?

The Prince of Wales may have some wacky views - but they seem to be shared by government ministers.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 13 March 2007 comments

After Hate Speech, the war against ‘Mate Speech’

As the language police turn their attention to banter between buddies and football-ground chants, no area of life is safe from the censors.

Robert Smeaton Wednesday 14 March 2007 comments

Real Nappy Week stinks

Disposable nappies make an unpleasant part of childcare more bearable. So why is a womans' group campaigning against them?

Emily Hill Wednesday 14 March 2007 comments

An unbecoming view of Jane Austen

Oh, to read an Austen novel pre-1996, before theme-park Austen-mania turned her into an early-day Bridget Jones!

Mick Hume Wednesday 14 March 2007 comments

Any shade of politics you like, so long as it’s green

The dangers of the new consensus around the politics of global warming.

Guy Rundle Thursday 15 March 2007 comments

Australians are uncouth? Rack off!

Last week’s TV column by Patrick West, in which he called Australians ‘white trash’, caused an uproar Down Under. An Aus journalist responds.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 15 March 2007 comments

Give ‘Mayday for Nurses’ the red card

A patronising campaign encouraging Premiership footballers to hand over a day’s wage to hard-up nurses should be kicked into touch.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 16 March 2007 comments

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Frank Furedi Friday 16 March 2007 comments

This month: Grumpiness

What's behind the fashion for labelling cultural critics who are dissatisfied with the present (such as himself) as ‘grumpy old men’?

Mick Hume Friday 16 March 2007 comments

Blair and Cameron talkin' 'bout a revolution?

On the greening of politics and the truth about Trident: read Mick Hume's column in The Times (London) this week.

Patrick West Friday 16 March 2007 comments

Bad cop or good cop?

Watching Life on Mars we’re supposed to look down our noses at racist, sexist, Paddy-bashing Gene Hunt. But, hey, he gets the job done.

Rob Lyons Friday 16 March 2007 comments

The bear necessities of climate change politics

A photo of two polar bears seemingly stranded on an ice floe has come to symbolise man’s destruction of nature. But is it all that it seems?

Nico Macdonald Monday 19 March 2007 comments

London: still stuck in a jam

Four years on, the Congestion Charge hasn't got Londoners moving faster. It is a failure of policy, and a failure of imagination.

Alka Sehgal Monday 19 March 2007 comments

Are immigrants eating our identity?

In debates about citizenship, health and education, the government is displacing its own crisis of identity on to newcomers.

Jennie Bristow Monday 19 March 2007 comments

Rule 1: you and your child have the same interests

Our monthly column on parenting.

Helene Guldberg Monday 19 March 2007 comments

A tick-box attitude to toddlers

When even infants are expected to achieve ‘69 early learning goals’, you know that no area of life is free from New Labour’s tyranny of targets.

Amol Rajan Tuesday 20 March 2007 comments

Shaddup your Facebook

The social networking site for twentysomethings is churning out a generation of navel-gazing pseudo-celebs.

Guy Rundle Tuesday 20 March 2007 comments

Black to the future

The Good German, a new film noir, shows that recycling old techniques passes for cinema experimentalism today.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 20 March 2007 comments

... 4x4s?

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 20 March 2007 comments

Give us some focking answers, Bob

In 2004, Bob Geldof was crowned chief of development in a Ghanaian town. Now the town chief wants to know: where's the development?

John Gillott Wednesday 21 March 2007 comments

Keeping the research in an embryonic state

For research using human embryos to move forward, and to reap benefits for humanity, scientists will have to break free of overregulation.

Simon Singh Wednesday 21 March 2007 comments

Scientific consensus: the starting point of debate

A science writer argues that discussions of the political and economic options on climate change must be informed by the best scientific knowledge.

Mick Hume Wednesday 21 March 2007 comments

Gordon Brown – a very ‘little Stalin’

The fact that a 2p cut in income tax can be greeted as ‘dramatic’ shows how low public expectations of economic change have sunk.

Peter Smith Thursday 22 March 2007 comments

Air travel: the skies, the limits

If poor people have less opportunity to fly, then surely the answer is to tackle poverty rather than to limit other people's travel.

Basham and Luik Thursday 22 March 2007 comments

Is dieting good for you?

The authors of Diet Nation argue that efforts to lose weight are generally doomed to failure - and may possibly cause more harm than good.

David Chandler Thursday 22 March 2007 comments

Zimbabwe: talking up a revolution

Western governments are using the myth of a strong internal opposition to Mugabe's regime to conceal their own weakness.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 22 March 2007 comments

Keep politics out of science – and vice versa

Whether it is right or wrong, true or junk, science should never be prostituted for political ends.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 22 March 2007 comments

Is it ethical to be against immigration?

Our ethical columnist on the need to start reducing the population.

Mick Hume Friday 23 March 2007 comments

Still in denial over DDT

How to beat malaria, and why sportsmen are not 'role models': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.

Patrick West Friday 23 March 2007 comments

I have a cunning plan: kill the catchphrase

An end to juvenile and lazy catchphrase comedy would be a real Comic Relief.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 23 March 2007 comments

Salad days are over at Stamford Bridge

The po-faced guardians of public safety have banned the harmless sport of celery chucking at Chelsea.

Neil Davenport Friday 23 March 2007 comments

Chaining black youth to the victim culture

Are the commemorations of the abolition of the slave trade helping to foster fatalism amongst young black Britons?

John Fitzpatrick Friday 23 March 2007 comments

'Our anger is being ironed out of us'

Adam Curtis, director of BBC2's The Trap, on conspiracy theories, why Isaiah Berlin was wrong, and his biggest influence: Starship Troopers.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 26 March 2007 comments

A witness to cheap self-flagellation

The 'Walk of Witness' to apologise for the slave trade captured today’s use and abuse of past atrocities for political (and religious) ends.

Mick Hume Monday 26 March 2007 comments

Who's not sorry now?

The bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade has become a field day for the new politics of apologism.

David Chandler Tuesday 27 March 2007 comments

All ‘quiet’ on the Middle Eastern front

Britain has been loudly demonising Iran for months. Why has it quietened down now that the Iranians have seized 15 British troops?

Neil Davenport Tuesday 27 March 2007 comments

Another fine mess by the education authorities

The British government's proposal to fine teenagers who drop out of school further criminalises youth and degrades education.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 27 March 2007 comments

...Snoop Dogg?

Why has the US rapper been banned from the UK?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 27 March 2007 comments

Paisley and Adams: the ghosts of politics past

The new deal in Northern Ireland is built on the decommissioning of political debate.

John Dennen Wednesday 28 March 2007 comments

A gay day in Thermopylae

Frank Miller's 300 has lashings of homoeroticism and violence. But he's read his Plutarch and Homer.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 28 March 2007 comments

Flattering the photographer of freaks

A new film about Diane Arbus imagines her as compassionate. Have the filmmakers seen her photos?

Maria Grasso Wednesday 28 March 2007 comments

A shrunken view of Truth and Knowledge

What's behind the latest bout of handwringing over the display of shrunken human heads in a museum in Oxford?

Nancy McDermott Thursday 29 March 2007 comments

Panicked parents need pacifying

How a dubious story about baby pacifiers set off an anxiety attack among New York mums.

Alex Avery Thursday 29 March 2007 comments

Telling toxic tales about GM food

A Greenpeace-financed study claims GM corn is bad for us. Why did the media swallow it?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 29 March 2007 comments

‘Evil’ Iran vs a British mum

The outraged reaction to the Iranian TV footage of Leading Seaman Faye Turney exposes Britain’s impotence after Iraq.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 29 March 2007 comments

Is it ethical to donate sperm?

Is it ethical to donate sperm?

Mick Hume Friday 30 March 2007 comments

Gordon Brown - the Steve McClaren of politics?

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

Duleep Allirajah Friday 30 March 2007 comments

A ‘cheese-brained dunderhead’

Why do football bureaucrats like Brian Mawhinney always come up with idiotic schemes to make the game 'more exciting'?

Emily Hill Friday 30 March 2007 comments

Night of the Dead Living

spiked sent its staff writer Emily Hill to a three-night rave with weirds, Goths and pagans in Norfolk. She survived to tell the tale.

Rob Lyons Friday 30 March 2007 comments

The poverty of politics

Ripped from any wider debate about living standards, the discussion of ‘child poverty’ is as much to do with controlling adults as helping kids.