May 2007

Philip Cunliffe Tuesday 1 May 2007 comments

When ‘Third World’ was a byword for revolution

The Darker Nations by Vijay Prashad looks back to a time when people saw more in the South than poverty and corruption.

Shirley Dent Tuesday 1 May 2007 comments

A tale of two murals

The global chatterati was outraged when a Banksy mural in London was painted over. They didn't seem to mind when a mural for a murdered teen suffered the same fate.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 1 May 2007 comments

What next, a Committee on Un-Scientific Activities?

The experts demanding that a film on climate change be 'corrected' before it is released on DVD are behaving more like Stalinists than scientists.

Lee Jones Wednesday 2 May 2007 comments

The end of the Union?

A victory for the Scottish National Party in this week's Scottish Parliament elections would be less a Braveheart cry for 'freedom!' than a snub to New Labour.

Emily Hill Wednesday 2 May 2007 comments

Kate Moss and the socialism of fools

The Croydon supermodel has joined forces with a wideboy businessman to create a new fashion line for Topshop. The snobs don't like it one bit.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 2 May 2007 comments

...the British National Party?

Is the far right on the rise in Britain?

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 2 May 2007 comments

Crawley plot: an ‘Anti-Social Behaviour Outrage’?

With their disdain for 'slags', football fans and Bluewater chavs, the plotters come across like the armed wing of the chattering classes.

Chris Bickerton Thursday 3 May 2007 comments

The EU is also ‘firing bullets’ at Turkish democracy

The Turkish army is not alone in seeking to override the democratic process in Turkey in order to get the right result.

Tessa Mayes Thursday 3 May 2007 comments

Browne and the new morality of ‘outing’

In the past, tabloids outed gay people in order to shame them; now they out gay people to show there’s nothing wrong with being gay.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 3 May 2007 comments

Is it ethical to vote?

Is it ethical to vote?

Josie Appleton Thursday 3 May 2007 comments

After Lord Browne: bring back privacy

In our rush to read all about the former BP head’s private life, we have forgotten the key role privacy plays in forging trust and identity.

Mick Hume Friday 4 May 2007 comments

This week’s other news quiz

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

Patrick West Friday 4 May 2007 comments

What’s wrong with a TV-induced coma?

Television’s detractors say that TV dulls the senses. That’s not always such a bad thing.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 4 May 2007 comments

Cricket World Cup: so crap it was comical

These are the seven things the tournament will be remembered for (and it isn’t cricket).

Mick Hume Friday 4 May 2007 comments

And the losers are…

If the elections in England, Scotland and Wales provide a snapshot of British politics, it is not a pretty picture.

James Heartfield Tuesday 8 May 2007 comments

The road to Baghdad was paved with good intentions

Many of those attacking the prime minister over Iraq were cheerleaders-in-chief of his earlier military ventures.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 8 May 2007 comments

Scarier than Thatcher the milk snatcher

From 'fetal ASBOs' to calorie-counting on the curriculum: the Blairites intervened in family life in ways the Tories never dreamed of.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 8 May 2007 comments

What's worse than a Blairite? A Blair-basher

As Blair prepares to exit Downing Street, spiked's editor introduces our sober but cutting appraisal of the Blair years and what will come next.

James Heartfield Wednesday 9 May 2007 comments

Seeing people as a plague on the planet

The Optimum Population Trust’s claim that having a large family is an eco-crime exposes the anti-human streak in green politics.

Tim Black Wednesday 9 May 2007 comments

Skinheads: the forebears of New Britain?

This is England is a humane and hilarious portrait of a lazy Eighties summer, until it tries to turn skins into models of multiculturalism.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 9 May 2007 comments

Will someone, anyone, please challenge Brown?

With no debate or contest, the ‘handover’ of power from Blair to Brown is becoming an ever more princely, undemocratic affair.

Mick Hume Wednesday 9 May 2007 comments

Why (almost) everything you know about 'Tony Bliar' is wrong

Exploding some of the myths about Blair's legacy, which are as misjudged as his war in Iraq.

Emily Hill Thursday 10 May 2007 comments

…Barbara Amiel?

Emily Hill Thursday 10 May 2007 comments

The wreckage of the ‘education revolution’

How the Blairites turned schools from centres of knowledge into social-engineering labs.

Munira Mirza Thursday 10 May 2007 comments

What now for the M-word?

Today, many slam the Blairites for enforcing divisive multiculturalism policies – but the critics’ solutions are no better.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 10 May 2007 comments

Scotland: almost afraid to know itself

Alex Salmond as Braveheart? Actually the increased vote for his Scottish National Party was born of desperation, not conviction.

Philip Cunliffe Thursday 10 May 2007 comments

Intellectual imperialism

A fashion-shoot cum missionary visit: Bernard-Henri Lévy's report from Darfur shows that liberal lust for Western intervention survived Iraq.

Mick Hume Friday 11 May 2007 comments

Madeleine McCann: let’s all make it worse

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

Ethan Greenhart Friday 11 May 2007 comments

What is the most ethical way to fight malaria?

Our ethical columnist on DDT, bed nets and GM mosquitoes.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 11 May 2007 comments

Raining on the open-top bus parade

Roy Keane went up another couple of notches in my estimation when he snubbed the offer of driving and waving through Sunderland.

Patrick West Friday 11 May 2007 comments

Nothing should be ‘no laughing matter’

Guests on The World’s Most Offensive Jokes recoiled with a squirm from tasteless gags. Clearly they don’t get the importance of black humour.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 11 May 2007 comments

Empowering patients: New Labour’s unhealthiest idea?

Everyone slates Blair for Iraq while praising his health reforms. Yet his interventions in the NHS have alienated patients and degraded doctors.

Julian Grenier Monday 14 May 2007 comments

A toxic view of working-class parents

Commentators heaped praise on Sue Palmer's Toxic Childhood. Didn't they spot its poisonous arguments about a 'dead-eyed', over-breeding underclass?

Chris Bickerton Monday 14 May 2007 comments

How scary is Sarkozy?

The European left is fast turning the French president into the new bogeyman of Europe. Yet his power base and political programme are not as coherent as they claim.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 14 May 2007 comments

Meet Camden’s killjoy ‘barbecue police’

Nathalie Rothschild reports from north London, where a local council’s ridiculous regulations are putting the dampers on a summer festival.

Dolan Cummings Tuesday 15 May 2007 comments

Stop the press: Scientologists are creepy!

Last night's 'exposé' of Scientology told us more about the narrow-mindedness of the BBC than the weirdness of L Ron Hubbard's lot.

Ben Pile & Stuart Blackman Tuesday 15 May 2007 comments

The Royal Society’s ‘motto-morphosis’

It is an ominous sign that the prestigious scientific institution has changed its motto from 'on the word of no one' to 'respect the facts'.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 15 May 2007 comments

The crusade against the A-word

The Orwellian removal of the word 'accident' from Britain's Highway Code shows we have a pretty primitive attitude to everyday misfortune.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 15 May 2007 comments

Come, friendly bombs, fall on Brown’s eco-towns

With his plans to erect zero-carbon homes in zero-car suburbs, Gordon Brown builds on the Blairites’ small-minded approach to housing.

David Chandler Wednesday 16 May 2007 comments

Serbia and Europe: who’s ruling who?

Many are shocked that Serbia has been made president of the Council of Europe, yet they turn a blind eye to the EU’s blackmail of elected Serb politicians.

Barbara Hewson Wednesday 16 May 2007 comments

Ireland’s cruel and unusual abortion law

The Irish authorities’ attempt to stop a 17-year-old whose fetus had no head from travelling abroad for an abortion could be a tipping point.

Emily Hill Wednesday 16 May 2007 comments

...Prozac?

Mick Hume Wednesday 16 May 2007 comments

Missing ‘our Maddie’

The abduction of four-year old Madeleine McCann in Portugal has been turned into a public spectacle in Britain.

Emily Hill Thursday 17 May 2007 comments

When the Sixties were stifling rather than Swinging

Set in 1962, just before ‘sexual intercourse began’, Ian McEwan’s small but perfectly-formed novel tells the story of how a whole life's course can be thrown by one incident.

Tiffany Jenkins Thursday 17 May 2007 comments

The ‘disorganised apartheid’ of cultural diversity

Meet the curator and author who says that diversity policies in the arts are doing exactly what their label suggests: dividing people.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 17 May 2007 comments

Playing a dirty trick on Africa

Western campaigners make grand pronouncements about ‘making poverty history’, yet their real vision for Africa is stiflingly small-scale. It is time for bigger dreams.

Neil Davenport Thursday 17 May 2007 comments

What’s behind the rise of ‘Tescophobia’?

A degenerate alliance of blue-blooded conservatives and tired old left-wingers has declared war on Tesco. Here’s why their assaults should be resisted.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 17 May 2007 comments

How to be a ‘hippy fascist’

James Delingpole, author of an ‘essential guide to making lefty liberals history’, talks to spiked’s editor about ‘posho greens’, Glastonbury and his fear of revolution.

Josie Appleton Thursday 17 May 2007 comments

Measuring the political temperature

Today’s ‘global warming story’ – where the moral is always that we should calculate every bit of carbon we use – owes more to the anxious zeitgeist than scientific findings.

Frank Furedi Thursday 17 May 2007 comments

An emotional striptease

Ignore those publishers who claim ‘misery memoirs’ are popular because they tell life-affirming stories of survival. In truth, these books are a voyeur’s wet dream.

Mick Hume Friday 18 May 2007 comments

The cult of the crusading journo

Beware the sons of vicars, and who's afraid of Scientology? Read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (this week).

Matthias Heitmann Friday 18 May 2007 comments

Nul points for the West

An Eastern bloc of crappy music? The co-editor of German magazine Novo investigates the 'Cold War' over the Eurovision Song Contest.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 May 2007 comments

Let’s all laugh at the weeping fans

Whisper it: watching other people’s relegation misery is great fun. And this year’s final-day deciders didn't disappoint.

Patrick West Friday 18 May 2007 comments

A potted history of bellowing on the box

From Alf Garnett to John Sweeney, why does the sight of people SHOUTING in TV shows make us laugh?

Ethan Greenhart Friday 18 May 2007 comments

Is it ethical to buy a house?

Our ethical columnist on the thorny issue of where people should live.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 18 May 2007 comments

Dumbing down doctors

At last, Britain’s shambolic jobs website for young doctors has collapsed. But it was only a symptom of the sickness afflicting medical training.

John Dennen Sunday 20 May 2007 comments

A tale of scholarly pugilists

An Oxford Blue recognises the pleasure of thumping Cambridge boys in Blue Blood, a film about boxing at Oxford University.

Frank Furedi Monday 21 May 2007 comments

Phobias

There is something rotten in the trend to label political or cultural views as 'phobias' that must be treated.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 21 May 2007 comments

Kick environmentalism out of football

After Saturday's FA Cup Final: green hectoring about litter and CO2 has no place in a Beautiful Game that is all about irrational passion.

Yascha Mounk Tuesday 22 May 2007 comments

For the love of the Louvre

French traditionalists, outraged by plans to introduce private investment into the country's museums, should be wary of state influence, too.

James Heartfield Tuesday 22 May 2007 comments

We need more houses, not divisive housing policies

Margaret Hodge's comments that 'residents' should get priority will only legitimise anti-immigrant sentiment.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 22 May 2007 comments

...wi-fi?

There is no real evidence of negative health effects from wireless internet - so why are people campaigning against it?

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 22 May 2007 comments

'Can’t non-white people ever just make art?'

Sonya Dyer, author of a provocative new essay, talks to spiked about how diversity policies in the arts ghettoise black and Asian artists.

Daniel Ben-Ami Wednesday 23 May 2007 comments

The dangers of crying Wolfowitz

The unhealthy obsession with corruption can only strengthen cynicism about economic development and increase Western interference in Africa.

Guy Rundle Thursday 24 May 2007 comments

Jindabyne: a guilt-trip from Down Under

The latest big film from Australia wants to be a deep study of the country's racial politics, but it's just a shallow take on a classic short story.

Emily Hill Thursday 24 May 2007 comments

To be or not to be...
John Prescott

Wanted: no-mark politician as occasional stand-in for new prime minister. Meaningless title offered. Political vision not required.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 24 May 2007 comments

Is it ethical to use nuclear power?

Our ethical columnist on what E=mc2 really means.

Mick Hume Thursday 24 May 2007 comments

'Maddie' and the media in Britain AD (After Diana)

The three-week emotional outpouring around the missing Madeleine McCann has laid bare much about British culture today.

Mick Hume Friday 25 May 2007 comments

Will walking to school and ‘wind’ save the world?

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

Patrick West Friday 25 May 2007 comments

Why EastEnders is in soapy bubble

As viewing figures plummet and the BBC loses Neighbours, the future looks bleak for soap on the box.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 25 May 2007 comments

Six reasons why I was shouting ‘Forza Milan!’

Should we all have been supporting Liverpool in the Champions League Final? Don't talk shite.

James Woudhuysen Friday 25 May 2007 comments

Take a PEW, hear a sermon

With three new tracts on planning, energy and waste, the government shows it would rather change our habits than encourage innovation.

Josie Appleton Friday 25 May 2007 comments

Measuring the political temperature

Today’s ‘global warming story’ - where morality equates to carbon calculating - owes more to the anxious zeitgeist than scientific findings.

Nancy McDermott Tuesday 29 May 2007 comments

Monitoring mums and dads

A New York mum travelled thousands of miles to attend a conference in Kent, England, on today’s culture of ‘intensive parenting’. It was worth it, she reports.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 29 May 2007 comments

Rule 3: Pregnancy does not damage your child

This month, Jennie Bristow picks apart the hectoring advice that is dished out to pregnant women about everything from food and booze to smoking and hair-dye.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 29 May 2007 comments

Ofcom: Mary Whitehouse in liberal attire

Everyone cheered the regulator for its ruling on Celebrity Big Brother. But what gives a bunch of unelected suits the right to lecture broadcasters?

Emily Hill Wednesday 30 May 2007 comments

An iron fist in a pink velvet glove

The EU authorities are using accusations of homophobia as another stick with which to beat ‘backward’ Poles and Russians.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 30 May 2007 comments

...drink-driving?

Do government campaigns to raise awareness about drink-driving really make the roads any safer?

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 30 May 2007 comments

Did Rachel Carson really kill more people than Stalin?

On the centenary of her birth, the author of Silent Spring is idolised by greens and demonised by the right. Both sides need to turn over a new leaf.

Anna Travis Thursday 31 May 2007 comments

Put the brakes on this cult of slowness

Forget slow food, slow travel, slow shopping and slow cities. It's far more fun, and liberating, to live life in the fast lane.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 31 May 2007 comments

Why Becks is back

It is a measure of England's desperation, rather than Beckham's skills, that the former golden boy is being brought back into the fold.

Mick Hume Thursday 31 May 2007 comments

Hijacking at Stansted

Protests over the expansion of the UK airport are being turned into yet another pulpit for preaching about the evils of man-made global warming.