June 2007

Mick Hume Friday 1 June 2007 comments

Madeleine McCann: voyeurism at the Vatican

On alcohol advice for pregnant women and the latest in the search for 'Our Maddie': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).

Guy Rundle Friday 1 June 2007 comments

Big Donor: dismember me when I'm gone

Why did Jade Goody's mildly chauvinistic remarks about Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty attract more opprobrium than a Dutch death lottery?

Ethan Greenhart Friday 1 June 2007 comments

Is it ethical to save Venice?

Our ethical columnist on why the Italian city should be left to sink beneath the waves.

Julia Svetlichnaja Friday 1 June 2007 comments

Litvinenko: still blaming ‘backward Russia’

A Russian academic in London asks why British commentators are so keen to find Russia itself guilty of the dissident's murder.

Josie Appleton Friday 1 June 2007 comments

Who would be a boys’ football coach?

A new survey shows many men are reluctant to work with children in case people think they're secret paedophiles.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 1 June 2007 comments

Gaza: imprisoned by the peace process

The international community’s multicultural solution in the Middle East has achieved the remarkable feat of making things worse.

Nick Frayn Monday 4 June 2007 comments

Bloomberg’s ‘disinterested’ agenda

The mayor's reorganisation of New York schools - and his attack on 'special interests' - reveals a lot about how politics is conducted today.

James Panton Monday 4 June 2007 comments

The dislexia sceptik is onn to sumthing

Academic and supposed dyslexic James Panton thinks the professor who describes dyslexia as a 'social fig leaf' for the middle classes has a point.

Philip Hammond Monday 4 June 2007 comments

Is THIS the most dangerous man in Europe?

Bernard Kouchner poses as a rule-breaking rebel determined to save the wretched of the Earth. In fact his 'humanitarianism' is a recipe for mayhem.

Emily Hill Tuesday 5 June 2007 comments

Forget her singing, look at her ASS!

By putting a fat butt-naked Beth Ditto on its front cover, the NME has ensured that she is better known for her curves than her music – just like Girls Aloud.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 5 June 2007 comments

No friend of the family

They pose as the chummy cohorts of mums and dads. Yet family liaison officers in British schools are undermining teachers and keeping a suspicious eye on parents.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 5 June 2007 comments

…Israeli academics?

…Israeli academics?

Sadhvi Sharma Tuesday 5 June 2007 comments

Slumming it no more

Sadhavi Sharma reports from Bombay where thousands of slum dwellers are being moved into gleaming new flats, and asks: why are greens so down on this inspiring initiative?

David Chandler Wednesday 6 June 2007 comments

International tribunals: not fit for purpose?

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor refused to turn up to his trial in The Hague this week, claiming the court was a sham. He has a point.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 6 June 2007 comments

Prohibition by stealth

First they came for the lager-drinkers; now they're coming for champagne socialists. New Labour's battle against booze is heralding a new era of miserabilist puritanism.

Mick Hume Wednesday 6 June 2007 comments

Blair’s other legacy:
the Un-Tory Non-Party

Some lessons of the grammar school debacle for the state of post-Blair politics.

Martyn Perks Thursday 7 June 2007 comments

‘It looks like Lisa Simpson giving head’

The bizarre squashed swastika that is the London 2012 Olympics logo perfectly captures the authorities' confusion about what the Games are for.

Steve Daley Thursday 7 June 2007 comments

G8: who’s pulling Africa’s purse strings?

The 2005 summit was serenaded by pop stars and cheered by campaigners for cutting debt relief. So why is Africa still in an economic straitjacket?

Sabine Beppler-Spahl Thursday 7 June 2007 comments

G8: the myth of ‘them and us’

Sabine Beppler-Spahl visits the protest camps at the G8 summit and finds the grungy protesters have a lot in common with the suited and booted world leaders.

Neil Davenport Thursday 7 June 2007 comments

What’s behind the rise of ‘Tescophobia’?

Today's Tesco-bashers are a degenerate alliance of blue-blooded conservatives and cynical left-wingers. Their assaults should be resisted.

Mick Hume Friday 8 June 2007 comments

A nasty outbreak of Islamophilia

On global warming hot air and Time Out turning all Islamist: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 June 2007 comments

The curious incident of the Scousers in the stadium

Did Liverpool fans really steal tickets from children at the Champions League Final? Unlikely, says Duleep Allirajah.

Patrick West Friday 8 June 2007 comments

In defence of the offensive

From the squawks of protest over the airing of Diana's dying moments to accusations at Anfield, why are we all so righteously offended?

Ethan Greenhart Friday 8 June 2007 comments

Is it ethical to own a car?

Our ethical columnist on the dangers of driving for the planet and its people.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 8 June 2007 comments

Get this filth off our screens

Channel 4's transformation of the 'nigger incident' on Big Brother into a moral parable for the viewing public is the really offensive thing.

Tessa Mayes Monday 11 June 2007 comments

Seeing the Diana crash through a new lens

Far from being in bad taste, the Channel 4 documentary about the paparazzi at Princess Diana's death scene brought home the importance of press freedom.

Kevin Yuill Monday 11 June 2007 comments

Spindoctors of Suicide

Call it ‘compassionate choice’, 'aid in dying' or whatever you want. But there’s no escaping the fact that legalised euthanasia would provide cultural approval for suicide.

Helene Guldberg Monday 11 June 2007 comments

Are children being held hostage by parental fears?

A new report calls on parents to let their kids venture out unsupervised. That might be easier if scaremongering officials put a sock in it.

Tara McCormack Tuesday 12 June 2007 comments

The Milosevic trial: a travesty of justice

A new book shows how the international community undermined every legal principle in its desperate bid to convict the former Yugoslav leader.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 12 June 2007 comments

Innovation in a time of caution

The live launch of the spiked/Pfizer survey ‘What is the Greatest Innovation?’ took a critical look at the i-word - that buzzword of our age.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 12 June 2007 comments

…the ivory trade?

…the ivory trade?

Frank Furedi Tuesday 12 June 2007 comments

Hijacking education

From global warming alarmism dressed up as Geography to 'happiness teaching' through yoga: the classroom has been hijacked by zealous campaigners who care little for pedagogy.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 13 June 2007 comments

The pitter-patter of tiny 'footprints'

Women in Britain are having more children. And for some green miserabilists that can only mean more mouths to feed and more carbon to clean up.

David Chandler Wednesday 13 June 2007 comments

The death of foreign policy

What will foreign policy be like under Gordon Brown, or David Cameron? Similar to what it was like under Blair: a desperate search for purpose overseas.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 June 2007 comments

Welcome to the People's Republic of Bono

The G8 should be renamed the G9: the pompous U2 singer had a stately presence and an obscene amount of influence at the latest summit.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 14 June 2007 comments

Whose Britain is it anyway?

How We Are, a sweeping exhibition at the Tate that covers 170 years of photography, provides a snapshot of today's British identity crisis.

Emily Hill Thursday 14 June 2007 comments

School tests: a little bit of stress is good for you

The only thing worse than the UK government’s conveyor-belt testing of schoolkids is the anti-testing argument that says exams are evil and children 'can't cope'.

Mick Hume Thursday 14 June 2007 comments

Castrate this sick debate

Not another British paedophile panic? The unhealthy obsession with child sexual abuse should stop. Full stop.

Mick Hume Friday 15 June 2007 comments

Why is it ‘safe’ for Danes to drink more than Brits?

Politicising the Olympics and Europe's unequal treatment of 'binge-drinkers': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).

Patrick West Friday 15 June 2007 comments

The Samsonite demise of heavy metal

BBC2's Seven Ages of Rock reminded us how great metal was, before it merged with grunge and emo to become yet another outlet for teen angst.

Rob Lyons Friday 15 June 2007 comments

Lewis Hamilton: the new king of Bore-mula One

The 22-year-old driving sensation has taken motor racing by storm. It's just a shame that it's such a deadly dull dud of a sport.

Dolan Cummings Friday 15 June 2007 comments

Why we must stop deferring to authority

In the run-up to next week’s spiked debate on the ‘surveillance society’, speaker Dolan Cummings sorts fact from science-fiction.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 15 June 2007 comments

Is it ethical to buy goods from China and India?

Our ethical columnist on why these two new economic powers need to de-develop as soon as possible.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 15 June 2007 comments

How to be a ‘hippy fascist’

James Delingpole, author of a ‘guide to making lefty liberals history’, talks to spiked about greens, Glastonbury and his revolution-phobia.

Brandon Robshaw Monday 18 June 2007 comments

Attack of the billboard brutalists

Murder, rape, torture, gang warfare: the billboard headlines for local newspapers are an assault on the senses.

Rob Lyons Monday 18 June 2007 comments

How the left is living off Latin America

John Pilger's new film rightly slates US intervention - but its fawning over Chavez substitutes fantasy for political analysis.

Frank Furedi Monday 18 June 2007 comments

This month: Population control

How can there possibly be too many of us?

Jane Sandeman Tuesday 19 June 2007 comments

Do we need the ‘right to breastfeed’?

The proposal to enshrine a woman's 'right' to nurse in public is another attempt to spread the propagandistic message: 'breast is best'.

Ed Barrett Tuesday 19 June 2007 comments

Bernard Manning:
the oldest and truest punk in town

Some brief thoughts penned in sorrow upon hearing of the death of the foul-mouthed comedian.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 19 June 2007 comments

…XTC?

Nathalie Rothschild asks why a drug that has no proven serious side-effects - except for making its users feel hung over - has attracted the ire of the anti-drug lobby.

Mick Hume Tuesday 19 June 2007 comments

EU better watch out

Try to stay awake during this week’s EU summit, because the debate reveals a Euro elite united in its contempt for the continent’s peoples.

Guy Rundle Wednesday 20 June 2007 comments

‘No stars’ for this unpalatable judgement

The Australian court that classified an unfavourable restaurant review as 'defamation' has dealt a blow to critical thinking.

James Heartfield Wednesday 20 June 2007 comments

What Thames Gateway development?

Tristram Hunt is repeating an old scare story when he says the Estuary is 'beautiful, historic and doomed'. He's wrong on all three counts.

Nicholas Frayn Wednesday 20 June 2007 comments

Gaza: a plaything of the international community

Hamas points the guns and Abbas appoints the governments. But it is the US and the EU that are determining the fate of the Palestinians.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 20 June 2007 comments

London, keep the lights on!

Tomorrow night, Harrods, the Ritz, Buckingham Palace and millions of Londoners will be asked to take part in a mass ‘switch-off’ to save electricity. Don’t do it, says Josie Appleton.

Emily Hill Thursday 21 June 2007 comments

A mind-numbing work of staggering dullness

Dave Eggers’ new non-fiction novel about a former child soldier is boring, bullying and besotted with its own moral probity.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 21 June 2007 comments

Is the Red Dragon a green threat?

Ignore the scaremongering of environmentalist writers and thinkers: China should be free to develop as it wishes.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 21 June 2007 comments

Of spiders and men

The building behaviour of animals is fascinating (spiders can even weave webs in outer space!) But contrary to the claims of Gould and Gould, it's no feat of engineering, artistry or complex thinking.

Neil Davenport Thursday 21 June 2007 comments

The globalisation of miserabilism

Paul Mason's new book tells some scintillating stories of working-class resistance. Yet it ends up endorsing the anti-development prejudices of today's sourpuss greens.

James Heartfield Thursday 21 June 2007 comments

Let technology set you free

In today’s Technology Wars, the techophobes of the New Left have emerged victorious over the technophiles of the Cold War era – and that is bad indeed for humanity.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 21 June 2007 comments

‘I was the greatest writer of the twentieth century’

Colin Wilson, one of the original Angry Young Men, talks to spiked about the time Kingsley Amis tried to kill him, glimpsing Marilyn Monroe's tits, and why he's so cocky.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 21 June 2007 comments

Investigating the infra-ordinary

A new batch of books on everyday life in Everytown – where literary types deign to mix with the natives – shows just how disconnected ‘they’ have become from ‘us’.

Mick Hume Thursday 21 June 2007 comments

Stop Planet Chicken, I want to get off

To complain about the ‘injustice’ done by humans to chickens – those cannibalistic balls of faeces and feathers – is to call into question the entire basis of human civilisation.

Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 21 June 2007 comments

Baiting the devout

It is because secular intellectuals have lost their own belief in progress and liberation that they are turning venomously on those who retain a vision of the good society: the religious.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 June 2007 comments

The perma-tanned prince of Palace

Rent-a-gob chairman Simon Jordan is certainly entertaining. If only he was as successful at generating points as he is column inches...

Ethan Greenhart Friday 22 June 2007 comments

Is it ethical to eat ice cream?

Our ethical columnist provides us with a 'scoop' on the pros and cons of eating our favourite dessert.

Patrick West Friday 22 June 2007 comments

Heard the one about the dead comedian and the sports presenter?

Honesty and an appreciation of banter: two things that Bernard Manning and Adrian Chiles have in common.

Mick Hume Friday 22 June 2007 comments

Sir Salman Rushdie? Why not Sir Bernard Manning?

Why the EU is a dead weight around the neck of civilisation and the latest 'Rushdie affair': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).

Emily Hill Friday 22 June 2007 comments

Rave with mother

Glastonbury used to be about getting wasted to music. Now it's a heavily-policed, fenced-off, no-fun wet weekend for Devonshire tax advisers.

Nancy McDermott Monday 25 June 2007 comments

Bugged by the Bugaboo parents

Why are so many commentators throwing their toys out of their prams over the right-on mums and dads who live in Park Slope, Brooklyn?

Brendan O’Neill Monday 25 June 2007 comments

Put your money where your ‘myth’ is

Meet the Ivy League professor and expert on forecasting who is challenging Al Gore to a $20,000 bet that he is wrong on global warming.

Ann Furedi Monday 25 June 2007 comments

Let us decriminalise abortion altogether

It's high time we had a frank inquiry into England's Abortion Act, which remains, on paper, one of the most restrictive in the Western world.

John Lewis Tuesday 26 June 2007 comments

You wouldn’t credit it

Why should cinemagoers have to endure the narcissistic display of endless opening credits? They're distracting, artistically unacceptable mood-killers.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 26 June 2007 comments

Iraq was Harriet Harman’s war, too

The deputy leader may have made a u-turn on apologising for Iraq, but the real scandal is her claim that she was 'duped' into supporting the war.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 26 June 2007 comments

...Manhunt 2?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 26 June 2007 comments

10 reasons why Gordon Brown is not fit to be
prime minister

Illiberal, miserly, curmudgeonly and a coward: under our new PM, things can only get bitter.

Mick Hume Wednesday 27 June 2007 comments

Seeing through the smoking ban

All those countless No Smoking signs make a fitting epitaph to the Blair years in British politics, and a signpost to the future.

Duleep Allirajah Wednesday 27 June 2007 comments

Offside, 27 June

Anyone can perform a step-over today. So why do we continue to treat Brazil with such reverence?

Patrick West Wednesday 27 June 2007 comments

800 years of hurt

An Englishman goes north to see if the World Cup has fuelled Scottish wrath.

James Heartfield Wednesday 27 June 2007 comments

TV as judge and executioner

BBC2's Hunt for Britain’s Paedophiles was a sordid show.

robert lyons Wednesday 27 June 2007 comments

Putting the queue in football

'A surreal and frustrating experience….' The second World Cup instalment from our man in Japan.

Dolan Cummings Wednesday 27 June 2007 comments

TV UK, 27 June

People only invoke the 'Golden Age of television' sarcastically, to justify the rubbish that is broadcast today.

Michael Kelly Wednesday 27 June 2007 comments

I don’t know whether it’s the intrinsic beauty of the music or the fact that it reminds me of my childhood, but somehow the them

Why US football fans are watching Spanish-speaking TV commentators go gaga over goals.

Michael Kelly Wednesday 27 June 2007 comments

Battling stations

Why US football fans are watching Spanish-speaking TV commentators go gaga over goals.

Ray Crowley Wednesday 27 June 2007 comments

Take care with labels

A one-off tragedy is no reason to mark a product with a health warning.

David Chandler Thursday 28 June 2007 comments

The White Liberal Democrat's Burden

Paddy Ashdown may have been a failed politician in Britain, but the former Lord of Bosnia now fancies himself as a free-floating colonialist who can fix the world's problems.

Chris Bickerton Thursday 28 June 2007 comments

Europe: whose Treaty is it anyway?

The people of Europe should have the ultimate say over any EU Treaty. Yet some of those calling for a referendum on the matter are driven by an anti-democratic impulse.

Tony Gilland Thursday 28 June 2007 comments

Digging up the roots of the IPCC

The UN's all-powerful climate change panel is no straightforward scientific body. It is a deeply political organisation that was born out of disenchantment with progress.

Mick Hume Friday 29 June 2007 comments

After New Labour, Noah Labour?

Floods as God's punishment and the Newspeak of 'Smokefree': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Friday 29 June 2007 comments

The damned departed

'I said I was going to be a Gunner for life', said Thierry Henry, and now he's gone. Gone to get his va-va-voom back in Barcelona.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 29 June 2007 comments

What should our ethical government ban next?

With public smoking about to be banned, our ethical columnist suggests what should come next.

spiked authors Friday 29 June 2007 comments

The global crusade against the ‘evil weed’

As a smoking ban comes into force in England, writers in Paris, Rome, Brisbane, New York, Stockholm and Ireland report on the impact of enforced stubbing-out across the globe.

Jennie Bristow Friday 29 June 2007 comments

The return of Mass Observation

A new batch of books on everyday life in Everytown shows just how disconnected ‘they’ have become from ‘us’.