July 2007

Tara McCormack Monday 2 July 2007 comments

Sudan: a platform for French grandstanding

France's new foreign minister, the arch-interventionist Bernard Kouchner, is using the crisis in Darfur to try to win France some respect in world affairs.

Julian Petley Monday 2 July 2007 comments

To the censors, we’re all Aboriginals now

Australia was rightly attacked when it banned porn amongst Aboriginals in order to protect them from themselves. New Labour is doing the same here.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 2 July 2007 comments

Car bombs: packed with explosive nihilism

The attempted attacks in London and Glasgow show that contemporary terrorism is driven by a haughty disgust for society.

Emily Hill Tuesday 3 July 2007 comments

What about a ‘right to bottle-feed’?

Meet the Norfolk-based mum who was shunned by a local mother-and-babies group because she fed her baby formula milk.

Cheryl Hudson Tuesday 3 July 2007 comments

The IVF ‘miracle maker’ is vindicated

Three cheers for the High Court's ruling that the HFEA, Britain's fertility regulator, acted unlawfully in its witch-hunt against Dr Taranissi.

Mick Hume Tuesday 3 July 2007 comments

The gravedigger in Downing Street

Will Gordon Brown’s ‘revolution’ put the final nail in the coffin of political life?

Matthias Heitmann Wednesday 4 July 2007 comments

Achtung: if you’re fat, you’re anti-social

The German government’s new anti-obesity campaign seems designed to turn people’s weight into a measure of their moral integrity.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 4 July 2007 comments

Kabbalah: therapy with a dash of mysticism

Nathalie Rothschild rubs shoulders with a sex-toy maker and other stressed Londoners seeking enlightenment in the hip 'Jewish' sect.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 4 July 2007 comments

...foreign doctors?

A handful of foreign doctors may have been involved with the terrorist incidents last week but that is no justification for imposing greater restrictions upon them.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 4 July 2007 comments

‘The MMR-autism theory? There’s nothing in it’

Michael Fitzpatrick talks to Stephen Bustin, whose devastating testimony in a US court demolished the last shred of evidence against vaccines.

Philip Stott Wednesday 4 July 2007 comments

Quitting Kyoto

A leading professor argues that everybody but the EU is realising the foolishness of the Kyoto Protocol.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 5 July 2007 comments

Is it ethical to stage a rock concert?

Our ethical columnist gives his views on the Live Earth events, and the people who'll be performing in them.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 5 July 2007 comments

The planet’s burning. Let’s party!

The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook exposes the origins of environmentalism in the guilt-ridden twitches of the middle classes.

Bjørn Lomborg Thursday 5 July 2007 comments

Let's improve life in the present, and the future

By focusing exclusively on future warming, Live Earth does a disservice to development and disease prevention in the here and now.

Frank Furedi Thursday 5 July 2007 comments

O Gore, deliver us from evil

Al Gore, whose Live Earth concerts rock the planet this weekend, has styled himself as a superstar prophet bringing salvation to mankind.

Mick Hume Friday 6 July 2007 comments

No.1,002: stop making infantile lists

Down with fairytales for adults and the fertility police - read Mick Hume's columns in The Times London this week.

Tim Black Friday 6 July 2007 comments

Wimbledon: sporting methadone

With no football on, footie fans have become the equivalent of tramps looking for discarded cigarette butts. Some are even turning to tennis.

Patrick West Friday 6 July 2007 comments

The end of Ireland as we know it?

Irish TV and radio output suggests that a country once famed for rebelliousness, Tayto and talking bollocks is becoming more British every day.

James Heartfield Friday 6 July 2007 comments

Let technology set you free

The techophobes of the New Left emerged victorious over the technophiles of the Cold War era. It is time we took them down.

Tim Black Monday 9 July 2007 comments

The atrocity exhibition

Hostel Part II and other ‘torture porn’ flicks are not nearly as scary or nihilistic as the grindhouse movies of old.

Neil Davenport Monday 9 July 2007 comments

Bash the rich-bashers

Why is everyone from Tatler to Toynbee (as in Polly) attacking the super-wealthy for their greed and spending habits?

Helen Searls Monday 9 July 2007 comments

The shocking truth about the 'Scooter' scandal

Republicans and Democrats are obsessively debating the fate of Lewis Libby because they have nothing of substance to say about Iraq.

Daniel Ben-Ami Tuesday 10 July 2007 comments

A sneaky attack on prosperity

Those who want to measure human wellbeing by 'happiness indicators' rather than GDP harbour a deep anxiety about the benefits of mass affluence.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 10 July 2007 comments

Live Earth: a global pulpit of pop sanctimony

The problem with the concerts was not Madge's massive footprint and other rock-star hypocrisy. It was the apocalyptic message of the sermons.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 10 July 2007 comments

...human trafficking?

Nathalie Rothschild says the promiscuous use of the term 'trafficking' to describe migration across borders is leading to new and stringent restrictions on free movement around the world.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 10 July 2007 comments

Should ‘cyber-jihadists’ have free speech, too?

The jailing of three web geeks for publishing terrorism-cheering material sets a dangerous precedent. PLUS: 21/7 - a terror tantrum.

spiked debate Wednesday 11 July 2007 comments

The hidden dangers of the smoking ban

Could the ban on lighting-up in public in England and Wales lead to more dangerously polluted air in the home - and even to more house fires?

James Heartfield Wednesday 11 July 2007 comments

Who’s to blame for crazy house prices?

With NIMBYist sentiments enshrined in policy, and house-builders tied up by bureaucracy, it is little wonder people can’t afford to buy a home.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 11 July 2007 comments

Al-Qaeda: after the culture of complaint comes the terrorism of complaint

Al-Zawahiri’s latest moaning confirms jihadism is the bloody wing of the politics of victimhood.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 11 July 2007 comments

Making a Balls-up of education

As schools minister Ed Balls calls for lessons in emotional and economic wellbeing, it’s clear the Brown government is as philistine as the Blairites.

Emily Hill Thursday 12 July 2007 comments

Oh Angelina, Jolie be
thy name

The Hollywood starlet has been slated for her diva-like behaviour in interviews. Yet her diva-like ‘celebrity colonisation’ of Africa is cheered.

Woudhuysen and Kaplinsky Thursday 12 July 2007 comments

Let's fight back against the new Model Army

Like voodoo forecasts, computer models of climate change are being used to stifle political discussion and resign man to his Fate.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 12 July 2007 comments

Is it ethical to farm cows?

Our ethical columnist discusses methane belches and udder stories.

Mick Hume Thursday 12 July 2007 comments

An allergic reaction to 'fat cats'

The super-rich of the private equity sector are a symptom, not the problem with capitalism today.

Mick Hume Friday 13 July 2007 comments

Paradise lost and self-pity found

The 21/7 plotters' Ali G plea and the EC's summer funblock: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Friday 13 July 2007 comments

Wimbledon: a festival of self-flagellation

You think Wimbledon is a sporting event? Actually it's a yearly reminder that Britons want to be winners but don't fancy the sacrifices involved.

Patrick West Friday 13 July 2007 comments

The welcome return of the ‘stage Irishman’

Dara O Briain of Mock the Week shows that Irish funnymen are no Uncle Toms. Throughout history they've been challenging, virile and, well, mocking.

Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 13 July 2007 comments

Baiting the devout

Intellectuals who have lost their belief in progress are turning venomously on those who retain a vision of the good society: the religious.

Chris Dalby Monday 16 July 2007 comments

How China respects
its elders

With 144million over-60s, China is having to devise new ways to care for its elderly. Chris Dalby reports from a retirement home near Beijing.

Andrew Calcutt Monday 16 July 2007 comments

The tie: a millstone around our necks?

British newsreaders are tying themselves in knots over whether to sport formal neckwear. Andrew Calcutt untangles a crisis of identities.

Deborah Lipstadt Monday 16 July 2007 comments

Denial should be defeated by facts, not laws

In the run-up to a debate in London, the American warrior against Holocaust denial explains why she’s opposed to censoring deniers.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 17 July 2007 comments

Lunatics about asylum

Why are both sides of Britain's immigration debate scaremongering about our allegedly overpopulated island?

Rob Lyons Tuesday 17 July 2007 comments

A 'fat tax'? Get stuffed

Rob Lyons gives a big fat finger to those who would add taxes to junk food in order to save the masses from themselves.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 17 July 2007 comments

...plastic bags?

Proposals to slap a tax on carrier bags will have little effect on the environment - they're all about politicians being seen to be green.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 17 July 2007 comments

The dark art of the MMR-autism panic

As Andrew Wakefield appears at the GMC, spiked traces the efforts of a shabby scaremongering caravanserai to continue peddling a panic.

Tim Black Wednesday 18 July 2007 comments

‘MY PAIN’, by the Duchess of Pork

Celebrity therapist Pamela Connolly turns psychoanalysis into light entertainment on Channel 4's Shrink Rap. This week: Fergie.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 18 July 2007 comments

Hands off George Galloway!

Whatever you may think of the permatanned MP, the recommendation by a bureaucratic watchdog that he be suspended from parliament is an affront to democracy.

Sean Collins Wednesday 18 July 2007 comments

Black's fall: 'a morality play for us all'?

Even if you cheered Conrad Black's demise last week, you should be worried by the deeply conservative message about wealth and ambition that was spun from his trial.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 18 July 2007 comments

Brown’s vision for the future? A new Cold War

The PM's expulsion of four Russian diplomats captures in pure, undiluted form his conservative, misty-eyed, dinosaurian tendencies.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 19 July 2007 comments

America, resist the Beckham bandwagon

For all the British sneering at Yanks who don’t ‘get’ football, there are aspects of sport that the US do far better than us.

Rob Lyons Thursday 19 July 2007 comments

Ealing Southall: a comedy of errors

A Tory candidate who gives cash to Labour? Today's west London by-election shows up the volatile nature of British politics.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 19 July 2007 comments

Is it ethical to carry out 'supermarket scares'?

Our ethical columnist on it will take direct action to start stopping the shopping.

Andrew Blake Thursday 19 July 2007 comments

So farewell then, Tony and Harry

The author of The Irresistible Rise of Harry Potter traces the parallel journeys of a political wizard and a schoolboy wizard.

Emily Hill Thursday 19 July 2007 comments

Boris, Ken and the cult of personality

So the bumbling nincompoop is challenging the killjoy Stalinist for mayorship of London. Emily Hill doesn’t care who wins, so long as it isn’t Ken.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 20 July 2007 comments

Woody’s imploding universe

Populated by ruthless producers with names like E. Coli and characters who panic about the expansion of the universe, Mere Anarchy is classic Allen. But isn’t it all a bit too familiar?

Dolan Cummings Friday 20 July 2007 comments

Intrusion, intrusion, intrusion

When education becomes about turning young people into obedient, healthy-eating, environmentally aware conformist-citizens, then it is not really education at all.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 20 July 2007 comments

Selling out the ‘bottom billion’

Paul Collier’s book makes astute points about the predicament of the world’s poorest people. But his proposed solutions would likely make their lives even worse.

John Fitzpatrick Friday 20 July 2007 comments

‘Constitutions are created by revolutions, not by jurists’

In our era of legalistic nitpicking over dull charters of rights, the republication of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence should make your heart beat faster.

James Heartfield Friday 20 July 2007 comments

Why Grossman still matters

A brilliant new biography of Polish historian and economist Henryk Grossman shows us the man – complete with silk white gloves and cane – behind the cutting Marxist analysis.

Nancy McDermott Friday 20 July 2007 comments

‘Parents take parenting far too seriously’

The widow of Dr Benjamin Spock – author of the Bible of parenting guides: Baby and Child Care – says he would be horrified by today’s avalanche of advice for mums and dads.

Frank Furedi Friday 20 July 2007 comments

Why political thought is imprisoned in the present

Two important new books offer striking insights into the suspicion of the public and fear of the future that underpins contemporary political analysis.

Josie Appleton Friday 20 July 2007 comments

Unleashing nature’s terror

Sidewalks strangled by weeds; bloodsucking mosquitoes everywhere; the Mona Lisa turned to soggy pulp. Greens, take note: this is what the world would look like without the guiding hand of human rationality.

Jake Furedi Monday 23 July 2007 comments

Harry Potter and the Culture of Paranoia

Spellbinding, impish, but with a few too many deaths: an 11-year-old fan of the Potter books gives his verdict on the last (really?) in the series.

James Heartfield Monday 23 July 2007 comments

Stop romanticising council housing

Those calling for more ‘social housing’ could do with a history lesson: council estates have always been authoritarian tools for social control.

Jennie Bristow Monday 23 July 2007 comments

Rule 4: Get real about nappies (and dustbins)

Guide to Subversive Parenting, Rule No.4: Ignore the worthy exhortations to use ‘real nappies’ and wash clothes in cold water.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 24 July 2007 comments

Unmasking Daft Punk’s human side

In the cultural wilderness that is pop cinema (Spiceworld, anyone?), Daft Punk's arthouse film about robots in the desert is a delicious treat.

Alex Standish Tuesday 24 July 2007 comments

Let's remake America the 'Land of the Free'

Immigrants to the US are no threat to jobs or security: they're citizens-in-waiting who should be welcomed by all who care for liberty and progress.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 24 July 2007 comments

Three cheers for China’s ‘economic miracle’

Ignore the Yellow Peril view of Chinese economic growth as dirty and dangerous. There are good reasons to welcome China’s leaps forward.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 25 July 2007 comments

The ‘culture of vetting’ is destroying trust

Video comment: It is insane that grandmothers voluntarily helping at a facepainting party have to undergo a criminal records check first.

David Chandler Wednesday 25 July 2007 comments

David Cameron’s Rwandan distraction

Why the Tory leader prefers to pontificate about poverty 4,000 miles away rather than tackle problems in his constituency: washed-out Witney.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 25 July 2007 comments

...faked TV shows?

While faked cookery shows and phone-ins cause controversy, the degradation of truth and objectivity on the news channels attracts little comment.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 25 July 2007 comments

Floods: God’s punishment for our eco-sins?

Even secular commentators seem to have welcomed the floods in England as a sign of divine displeasure with man’s arrogant ways.

Austin Williams Thursday 26 July 2007 comments

Reducing cities to a statistical sprawl

The Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern – all warnings about overpopulation and eco-doom – shows architects have lost their ‘utopian drive’.

Rob Lyons Thursday 26 July 2007 comments

The war on obesity is a war on the poor

The news that rich kids are as large as their poorer peers caused shockwaves only because the myth of the fat, feckless poor is so prevalent.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 26 July 2007 comments

‘New Labour flushed liberty down the toilet’

Chris Atkins, director of Taking Liberties, talks about freedom, fear and how the government is making us all ‘stand in the naughty corner’.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 27 July 2007 comments

In defence of golf (really)

Environmentalists claim that golf is a rich man's game that is scarring the planet. Is no sport safe from the eco-moralising of the whingerati?

Emily Hill Friday 27 July 2007 comments

Rehab? No, no, no!

Britney and Amy Winehouse are right to refuse rehabilitation, a process designed to neuter the edgy and turn them into Lily Allen-style pop dolls.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 27 July 2007 comments

Is it ethical to stop floods?

Our ethical columnist discusses the recent bad weather and flooding in England.

John Fitzpatrick Friday 27 July 2007 comments

‘Constitutions are created by revolutions, not jurists’

In our era of nitpicking over dull charters of rights, the republication of the Declaration of Independence should make your heart beat faster.

Chris Dalby Monday 30 July 2007 comments

Who’s teaching China’s next generation?

The influx of foreign teachers into China is both a boon and a problem, reports Chris Dalby from Beijing.

Tim Black Monday 30 July 2007 comments

An irritating truth

The Simpsons Movie, in ridiculing greens while defending the Everyman who’s under attack everywhere else, is the sharpest satire around.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 30 July 2007 comments

Let the puritans protest

A ban on the Climate Camp at Heathrow would be a disgrace: even no-fun, anti-flying eco-miserabilists should have the right to assemble.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 31 July 2007 comments

...patio heaters?

The fuss over a few gas heaters for the garden demonstrates that environmentalism is all about training us to live morally acceptable lives.

Matthias Heitmann Tuesday 31 July 2007 comments

Let Le Tour competitors take drugs

As the Tour de France ends in druggy chaos, a German journalist says it's time to relax the rules on performance-enhancing substances.

Dominic Standish Tuesday 31 July 2007 comments

Death in Venice

War, rubber skulls kicked around like footballs, an exhibit that intones 'I will die...' This year's prestigous Venice Biennale arts fair is dominated by death and doom.

Maria Grasso Tuesday 31 July 2007 comments

Beware the ‘Campus Stasi’ at British universities

Demands that lecturers monitor students for signs of Islamic radicalism pose a bigger threat to academic freedom than Islamo-cranks do.