April 2007

Tessa Mayes Monday 2 April 2007 comments

Harassing the paparazzi

The right to take pictures of and write about public figures is far more important than the privacy of Prince William's girlfriend.

Dolan Cummings Monday 2 April 2007 comments

The fag end of America

The gay-bashing Phelps family in Louis Theroux's latest exploration of 'weird America' is a cranky fringe group that reveals nothing about the US.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 2 April 2007 comments

One man is not a mob

The British media claim that an ‘Iranian hate mob’ has demanded the execution of the 15 captured British seamen. Really?

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 3 April 2007 comments

...seal hunting?

How seals became the latest poster species for climate change.

Bill Durodié Tuesday 3 April 2007 comments

Is London still stressed out about 7/7?

A survey claiming that 11 per cent of Londoners were ‘substantially stressed’ by the bombings raises more questions than answers.

Ken McLaughlin Tuesday 3 April 2007 comments

Multiculturalism: bad for your mental health?

Today's emphasis on 'cultural difference' is one reason why black people get unequal treatment in the mental health sphere.

Mick Hume Tuesday 3 April 2007 comments

Why Blair can’t get no ‘Falklands Factor’

The twenty-fifth anniversary of Thatcher’s triumph in the South Atlantic throws some light on Britain’s current crises over Iraq and Iran.

Chris Bickerton Wednesday 4 April 2007 comments

‘We all are children of France’

Days of Glory has a less-than-subtle political message: we should all be good patriots now, regardless of our skin colour.

Patrick West Wednesday 4 April 2007 comments

Football on the box: better than the real thing

The pundits may be too chummy or have hangdog demeanours, but at least TV cuts out all the boring bits.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 4 April 2007 comments

The only thing we have to fear is the ‘culture of fear’ itself

NEW ESSAY: How human thought and action are being stifled by a regime of uncertainty.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 5 April 2007 comments

To boo or not to boo?

Should England fans jeer the England team? Well, what else should they do when they've paid good money to watch Premier League prima donnas play like a bunch of girls?

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 5 April 2007 comments

Is it ethical to buy Easter eggs?

Our ethical columnist provides advice on eggs, fish, turkeys and bird flu.

Dent & Hallsworth Thursday 5 April 2007 comments

Sweet Jesus…

Easter special: Shirley Dent doesn't buy the cheap iconoclasm of 'Chocolate Jesus', and Dave Hallsworth on all the dirty talk in the Good Book.

Josie Appleton Thursday 5 April 2007 comments

Hobby clubs: no under-18s allowed

A new report shows that heavy-handed ‘child protection’ policies mean that some clubs are closing their doors to kids.

Munira Mirza Thursday 5 April 2007 comments

‘We’re creating a hierarchy of victimhood’

Neil Addison, author of a new book on religious hatred laws, says the laws are dividing communities and inflaming a ‘grievance culture’.

Obituary Tuesday 10 April 2007 comments

In memory of Gina Owens

Helene Guldberg and Wendy Earle pay tribute to a long-time supporter of spiked who died last month.

Munira Mirza Tuesday 10 April 2007 comments

Stop pandering to Muslims

UK government initiatives to 'deal with' younger Muslims only leave them feeling more alienated from political life.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 10 April 2007 comments

…chubby schoolgirls?

The numerous panics about children's bodyshape are more of a problem than whether our kids are too fat or too thin.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 10 April 2007 comments

A lean, mean victim-making machine

The saga of the 15 British servicemen, and the sale of their tales of woe from Iran, reveals a British military that is all at sea.

Bill Durodié Wednesday 11 April 2007 comments

A cultural revolution at Tate Liverpool

Free of Western pessimism, the young Chinese artists on exhibition in Britain are witty and experimental.

John Dennen Wednesday 11 April 2007 comments

The HighTide of new theatre?

Harp-playing, incest and 7/7: a festival in deepest, darkest Suffolk showcases the work of yoof-ish British playwrights.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 11 April 2007 comments

Rule 2: It’s not All About You

Jennie Bristow's guide to subversive parenting tackles the proliferation of mummy identities.

Tessa Mayes Wednesday 11 April 2007 comments

What’s worse than Big Brother? Little Brother

Tessa Mayes reports on how the British government is recruiting children to spy on and ‘re-educate’ the adult population.

Emily Hill Thursday 12 April 2007 comments

Kate and Pete: the new Charles and Di

Kate Moss is pretty but dim; her boyfriend Pete Doherty is posh and poetic. Meet Britain's new First Couple.

Rob Lyons Thursday 12 April 2007 comments

Live Earth: change the record

The anti-development message of the Al Gore-inspired gig planned for July is nothing to sing and dance about.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 12 April 2007 comments

Sachs sucks

Celebrity economist Jeffrey Sachs is worshipped by Bono and Co, but his first Reith lecture showed up his painfully low horizons for the world’s poor.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 13 April 2007 comments

Is it ethical to buy exotic plants?

Our ethical columnist on the danger humans pose to bio-diversity.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 13 April 2007 comments

Battering fans, British style

Italian and Spanish cops still like to baton-charge supporters, but the British have found more insidious ways to ruin the game.

Tim Black Friday 13 April 2007 comments

The excruciating comedy of self-censorship

Mitchell and Webb return to mine the gap between inner doubt and public appearance in Peep Show.

Mick Hume Friday 13 April 2007 comments

Sadly, there is no human right to be happy

The case of the British woman denied the right to use her frozen embryos is a cautionary tale of our times.

Emily Hill Monday 16 April 2007 comments

The devil and the detail in the DDR

The Lives of Others, a very human tale of omnipresent surveillance in East Germany, is as taut as a thriller.

James Woudhuysen Monday 16 April 2007 comments

Remembering the Moscow Trials

Amid today's craze for anniversaries, there's one episode in history that nobody – especially on the left – wants to talk about.

James Heartfield Monday 16 April 2007 comments

A new Russian revolution? Get real

Another Russia, the anti-Putin campaign group, commands the front pages of the Western press. But it hasn’t impressed the Russian people.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 17 April 2007 comments

...The Horrors?

Why the British rock band are not

Alan Miller Tuesday 17 April 2007 comments

The attack on free speech gets hairy

The sacking of US shock jock Don Imus for referring to 'nappy-headed hos' suggests we're all too weak to cope with obnoxious remarks.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 17 April 2007 comments

Can you cure society’s ills at the blackboard?

A decade after Blair promised to prioritise 'education, education, education', his government still sees schools as a lab for solving every social problem.

Mick Hume Tuesday 17 April 2007 comments

Browne and Brown: the celeb connection

What links the defence secretary’s mishandling of the Navy sailors debacle with the chancellor’s fantasies of a ‘new seriousness’ in politics?

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 18 April 2007 comments

No law can stop a school shooting spree

What kind of security-on-campus measure could possibly prevent a maniac from lining people up and shooting them?

Frank Furedi Wednesday 18 April 2007 comments

Virginia Tech: a massacre without meaning

The response to the horrific shootings runs the risk of spreading fear and loathing beyond VT’s dorms to society at large.

David Chandler Thursday 19 April 2007 comments

What next - eco-imperialism?

The British government is making dubious links between climate change and conflict in an attempt to boost its moral authority in global affairs.

Patrick West Thursday 19 April 2007 comments

The remote control: a symbol of postmodernity

Nothing confirms the death of narrative like the zapper that lets us pick between a hundred channels without even getting off the sofa.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 19 April 2007 comments

Beer and rowdiness allowed

A new study suggests more fans are watching football in the pub because, thanks to the footie police, stadiums have become dull, rigid and regimented.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 19 April 2007 comments

Turning society into Room 101

‘In denial’, ‘phobic’, ‘hateful’… increasingly, certain kinds of speech are depicted as a sickness, and censorship is seen as the cure.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 20 April 2007 comments

Is it ethical to use pig fat to power motor-cars?

Our ethical columnist on a dangerous and speciesist alternative to oil.

Mick Hume Friday 20 April 2007 comments

Downing Street hoist with its own petition

Celebrity culture and the UK government’s e-mpty e-stunts: read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London) this week.

Matthias Heitmann Friday 20 April 2007 comments

Paul Wolfowitz and the politics of corruption

A co-editor of the German magazine Novo says our obsession with scandal is corrupting political debate.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 20 April 2007 comments

What’s behind the ‘autism epidemic’?

In the run-up to a debate in London on our 'Autism Nation', Dr Michael Fitzpatrick diagnoses a perverse celebration of a mental disorder.

Austin Williams Monday 23 April 2007 comments

Are environmentalists an oppressed minority?

In TV, film, newspapers, schools and political circles, the green outlook has become the new orthodoxy. And still greens aren't happy.

Tessa Mayes Monday 23 April 2007 comments

How about a bonfire of the Vanity Fairs?

The green issue of the US magazine - all Beautiful People photographed on glaciers - shows how pompous environmentalism has become.

Rob Lyons Monday 23 April 2007 comments

'The IPCC goes looking for
bad news'

An Australian academic who worked on the latest IPCC report says it overstates scary weather scenarios and understates man’s ability to adapt.

Martyn Perks Tuesday 24 April 2007 comments

The tyranny of technology

Promoting healthy eating, tackling truancy, improving 'social inclusion': the great potential of IT is being used for instrumental political ends.

James Heartfield Tuesday 24 April 2007 comments

Yeltsin: the West’s hero-turned-scapegoat

From ‘warrior for democracy’ to drunken buffoon: the former Russian president’s reputation was made and broken by Western pundits.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 24 April 2007 comments

The ‘politics of behaviour’ with a Tory twist

David Cameron has called for a ‘revolution’ against state interventionism into our lives. It’s a good idea, until you read the small print.

Theresa Clifford Wednesday 25 April 2007 comments

A Greek tragedy on the streets of Baltimore

Good cops, bad cops, kingpins and foot soldiers: TV drama series The Wire is an intricate and humane portrait of a crumbling American society.

Ellie Lee Wednesday 25 April 2007 comments

Abortion: better ‘late’ than never

A contributor to a controversial study outlines the reasons why women need access to abortion - even five months after becoming pregnant.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 25 April 2007 comments

'Humanising politics – that is my only agenda'

As he turns 60, author Frank Furedi discusses environmentalism, conspiracy theories and the ‘network of McCarthyites’ slurring his name.

William Whitehead Thursday 26 April 2007 comments

Thou shalt not steal church members

A Baptist pastor from New Jersey reveals how low some will go in the Christian turf wars over worshippers.

James Heartfield Thursday 26 April 2007 comments

Celebrating the ‘human footprint’

The Channel 4 documentary Human Footprint denies mankind’s positive side and reduces all our output to waste.

Emily Hill Thursday 26 April 2007 comments

Anti-malarial bed nets: the $10 insult

Giving nets rather than DDT to Africans sends a powerfully paternalistic message: ‘You can hide from disease, but you cannot eradicate it.’

Mick Hume Thursday 26 April 2007 comments

Sackcloth and ashes - the new black

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

Patrick West Friday 27 April 2007 comments

What’s the point of TV reviewers?

Our TV critic suffers an existential crisis - but satellite documentary channels, all war heroes and weird tribes, come to the rescue.

Rob Lyons Friday 27 April 2007 comments

Getting teary-eyed over 1966

Some are mourning the death of Alan Ball, a member of England's World Cup-winning team, because it reminds us we haven't won the cup in 40 years.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 27 April 2007 comments

Is it ethical to euthanise my grandmother?

Our ethical columnist on how we should stop people from living so long.

Mick Hume Friday 27 April 2007 comments

Not a case of 'plus ça change...'

They might still use the rhetoric of Left v Right, but the presidential election confirms that those days are past in French politics, too.

Austin Williams Monday 30 April 2007 comments

On trial in the Red Star gallery

Sam Tanenhaus, the American editor and author of a book on McCarthyism, proves to be a prickly interviewee.

Frank Furedi Monday 30 April 2007 comments

Politics without sovereignty is not politics at all

He may be a 'professional exile', but a new book reminds Frank Furedi that the ideal of national sovereignty is worth defending today.