September 2007

Chris Gilligan Monday 3 September 2007 comments

A thumbs-up for trusting other people

The Hitcher, an exhibition of photographs of hitchhikers and drivers taken by Chris Coekin, reminds us why we shouldn't give in to today's fear of strangers.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 3 September 2007 comments

Measles: the bitter results of a rash panic

When middle-class parents turn their noses up at the MMR vaccine, it increases the risk of disease for everyone's children - especially those in poorer families.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 3 September 2007 comments

Is carbon-offsetting just eco-enslavement?

In offsetting his flights by sponsoring ‘eco-friendly’ hard labour in India, David Cameron has exposed the essence of environmentalism.

Graham Barnfield Tuesday 4 September 2007 comments

The Western: a genre in need of a giddyup

The dirty violence of Seraphim Falls, with its vengeful cowboys, snake oil saleswomen and grizzled war veterans, is more 'gorno' than John Ford.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 4 September 2007 comments

The human footprint isn’t big enough

C4's Dumped, where contestants live on a landfill, is supposed to show us we're creating too much waste. We should draw the opposite conclusion.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 4 September 2007 comments

Basra withdrawal: a media stunt to end a PR war

British army chiefs pulled out all the stops to get the ‘right image’ of the pullout from Basra.

Emily Hill Tuesday 4 September 2007 comments

Tories

Tory party

Mick Hume Wednesday 5 September 2007 comments

Remembering Dave Hallsworth

An obituary by Mick Hume.

Dan Travis Thursday 6 September 2007 comments

A step in the wrong direction

Pedometers for children are the latest weapon in the War on Obesity. But mere 'activity' is a poor substitute for vigorous and pleasurable sports.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 6 September 2007 comments

Knocked Up: abort the boring over-analysis

Why has a silly romcom about a stoner impregnating a beautiful TV presenter given birth to miles of handwringing commentary?

Rob Lyons Thursday 6 September 2007 comments

...packed lunches?

It's not the government's job to tell parents how to feed their children.

Frank Furedi Thursday 6 September 2007 comments

Planet Relief: the crusade against open debate

The hysterical reaction to the BBC’s decision to scrap its climate change special exposes green crusaders’ antipathy to discussion and dissent.

Mick Hume Friday 7 September 2007 comments

What's that terracotta army really up to?

'Yellow peril' fever and politics goes back-to-school - read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).

Patrick West Friday 7 September 2007 comments

Rugger buggers vs
90-minute bigots

Rugby snobs who denounce 'soccer' for its rowdy fans and shocking chants are missing the point: football is theatre.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 7 September 2007 comments

Is it ethical to boycott the BBC?

Our ethical columnist on the BBC's decision to scrap its Planet Relief telethon.

Dolan Cummings Friday 7 September 2007 comments

Ossifying the Enlightenment

In his defence of reason, author Dan Hind prefers paternalistically to ‘enlighten’ the public rather than engage it in a battle of ideas.

Tara McCormack Monday 10 September 2007 comments

Throwing money at Basra’s problems

Meet the British merchant banker and part-time soldier who was given $1 billion, some odd instructions and an order to reconstruct Basra.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 10 September 2007 comments

Is Osama bin Laden an environmentalist?

In his latest message, Osama poses as a Chomskyite concerned about global warming. He’s as parasitical as ever on Western thought.

Ken McLaughlin Monday 10 September 2007 comments

Look on the bright side of 'later life'

Ignore reports that depict millions of elderly people as the victims of abuse or mental illness. Getting older is better than it's ever been.

James Heartfield Tuesday 11 September 2007 comments

Anita Roddick: prophet of Green Capitalism

The founder of The Body Shop has died – but not before helping to move exhausted industrial capitalism towards a new life as ‘capitalism without growth’.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 11 September 2007 comments

‘Detention, detention, detention’

Parenting orders, on-the-spot fines... the Brownites are planning to use the education system to police mums and dads as much as educate kids.

Mick Hume Tuesday 11 September 2007 comments

Faked TV and phoney scandals

Let’s try to separate the ephemera of reality television and dodgy phone-ins from serious televised reports of reality.

David Chandler Wednesday 12 September 2007 comments

Reviving the idea of the ‘good war’

The French and British governments are cynically using and abusing the situation in Kosovo to try to resurrect support for liberal imperialism.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 12 September 2007 comments

Like it or not, coal is vital to Asia’s growth

Those calling on China and India to ‘kick the coal habit’, and opt for less sooty forms of energy, overlook the vast benefits of coal-use for those nations.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 12 September 2007 comments

...Jim Davidson?

ITV's decision to kick the has-been comedian out of a reality TV show says a lot about the network's low view of its audience.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 12 September 2007 comments

Environmentalism

Stuffy old moral values of prudence, abstinence and delayed gratification are being rehabilitated by today’s green outlook.

Jim Butcher Thursday 13 September 2007 comments

Are you sustainability literate?

British universities must now teach students how to live a 'sustainable life'. It sounds nice, until you notice the implications for academic freedom.

Emily Hill Thursday 13 September 2007 comments

Who will atone for Atonement?

With its sometimes plodding direction and balsa-wood acting, the film version of Atonement loses the fizz and drama of Ian McEwan's novel.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 13 September 2007 comments

Mobile phones are safe, but let's panic anyway

The experts' schizophrenic message about mobiles captures society's curious love/dread relationship with new technologies.

Mick Hume Friday 14 September 2007 comments

Morality TV: a hellish vision

Dinosaur-baiting and Portuguese-bashing - read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).

Ethan Greenhart Friday 14 September 2007 comments

Is it ethical to work for a big company?

Our ethical columnist explains why he sometimes works with multinationals - to subvert them from within.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 14 September 2007 comments

The English disease: a loss of perspective

England’s wins against Israel and Russia show that we’re not as bad or as good as we think. We’re life’s perennial quarter-finalists.

Tim Black Friday 14 September 2007 comments

Not seeing the wood for the family trees

As the BBC’s celebrity-genes show Who Do You Think You Are? returns, why are people so keen to define themselves biologically?

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 14 September 2007 comments

Towards an age of abundance

Why we must tackle the critics of economic growth, and finish off the war against scarcity.

Andrew Cox Monday 17 September 2007 comments

Poor arguments against low-paid work

Ken Loach's new film captures the misery created by immigration controls. But he's wrong to blame only 'the right wing' for migrants' woes.

Sarah Boyes Monday 17 September 2007 comments

Digital tantrums on YouTube

From animal rights activists to worried teachers to pro-monarchist Thais: demands for censorship on the popular video-sharing site are getting louder.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 17 September 2007 comments

Gatwick No Border camp:
a positive airport protest?

After the Heathrow Climate Camp demanded curbs on travel and freedom of movement, meet the radical campers calling for free migration.

James Heartfield Tuesday 18 September 2007 comments

GM: where the science doesn’t count

Today’s climate change activists pose as ‘defenders of science’. Yet not so long ago, they irrationally rejected the scientific truth about GM crops.

David Chandler Tuesday 18 September 2007 comments

France is now more gung-ho than America

As he threatens war on Iran, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner is living up to spiked’s warning that he is ‘the most dangerous man in Europe’.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 18 September 2007 comments

...food additives?

A small number of children can be affected by some food additives, but the reaction in the media has been out of all proportion to the real dangers.

Mick Hume Tuesday 18 September 2007 comments

Northern Rock and not-so-popular capitalism

It’s a bit rich to blame the bank’s crisis on ‘panicky’ savers and ‘greedy’ borrowers.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 19 September 2007 comments

Liberal Democrats: same 'old' story

The British press is harassing Lib Dem leader Ming Campbell about his age, but it is British politics in general that is in a decrepit state.

Mick Hume Thursday 20 September 2007 comments

Still think intervention works? Duhh-fur!

Read Mick Hume's column in The Times (London) on why those demanding a crusade in Darfur have learned nothing from Iraq.

Tim Black Thursday 20 September 2007 comments

The 'Special One' has
finally cracked

After comparing his players to third-rate eggs, José Mourinho has walked away from the Chelsea 'omelette'.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 20 September 2007 comments

Is it ethical to be a Tory?

Conservatives can be wonderful environmentalists - after all the planet is not a political football.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 20 September 2007 comments

The real Amnesty-abortion scandal

Forget the Catholic Church’s predictable stance on abortion. Why is a human rights group so cavalier about a woman’s right to choose?

Emily Hill Friday 21 September 2007 comments

Hanging out in
‘Hangover Square’

I have become a literary stalker of Patrick Hamilton, the 1930s British novelist who captured longing and loneliness like no other writer.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 21 September 2007 comments

Let’s make the world
storm-proof

The idea that hurricanes are blowback for man’s polluting ways overlooks the fact that it is only man – through development and construction – who can offset the impacts of freak weather.

Andrew Calcutt Friday 21 September 2007 comments

Me and The Specials

Welding punk and ska, art and dance, earnest and ironic, The Specials captured the anti-Tory mood of 1980 - but they never had the seriousness to challenge Thatcher.

Dolan Cummings Friday 21 September 2007 comments

In defence of ‘radicalisation’

Contemporary critiques of Hizb ut-Tahrir focus less on its dodgy mishmash of politics and religion and more on its intense intellectualism. But what’s wrong with devoting oneself to the debate of ideas?

James Heartfield Friday 21 September 2007 comments

The sickness at the heart of New Labour

Always ill, disowned by their own partners and children, forever moaning about ‘workloads’… the new crop of diaries from Blairite politicians shows that the Blair regime had no idea where it was going or what it believed in.

Ann Furedi Friday 21 September 2007 comments

The first casualty of the abortion wars: truth

In The Politics of Abortion, a frustrating confusion of fantastical observations about pro-choice politics, Anne Hendershott claims the US Democrats are obsessively committed to a woman’s right to choose. If only.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 21 September 2007 comments

Sex, lies and stereotypes

In Hollywood Undercover, His Highness Halperin sets out to expose the underbelly of boozing, easy sex and no-knicker wearing in Tinseltown. Yet he lazily embraces the worthy do-gooding celebrity of Oprah and George Clooney.

Faisal Devji Friday 21 September 2007 comments

The ventriloquist

Reading Osama bin Laden’s latest pseudo-literary message to the world, it is striking the extent to which this celebrity terrorist of the MTV era speaks through Western dummies rather than in his own voice.

Frank Furedi Friday 21 September 2007 comments

A tyranny of experts

In outsourcing their authority to international institutions, governments are bypassing the democratic process and reducing their publics to simpletons who must be guided by Enlightened Ones.

Graham Barnfield Monday 24 September 2007 comments

Death Proof: a car
crash of a movie

Quentin Tarantino’s fifth film confirms that the former master is stuck in professional purgatory, churning out gorno rip-offs.

Nancy McDermott Monday 24 September 2007 comments

Kid Nation: it's not exactly William Golding

Many feared that CBS’s reality TV show would create a ‘Lord of the Flies’ situation. In fact it has an army of mollycoddling adults off camera.

Josie Appleton Monday 24 September 2007 comments

Jumping over the citizenship hurdle

In testing immigrants on housing, banking and saints' days, the UK Citizenship Test sucks all the zest out of what it means to be a citizen.

Michael Buick Tuesday 25 September 2007 comments

‘Eco-enslavement’: peddling misperceptions?

Michael Buick of Climate Care responds to spiked editor Brendan O'Neill's recent critique of carbon-offsetting schemes in India.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 25 September 2007 comments

‘Boys in blue’: someone to watch over us

As the Madeleine McCann case shows, the desire for security means the British police are more favourably viewed today than ever before.

Emily Hill Tuesday 25 September 2007 comments

...bluetongue?

It's not the sad demise of Debbie the Cow that should concern us but the death of any sense of perspective when it comes to animal disease.

Mick Hume Tuesday 25 September 2007 comments

Election: the question is not when, but why and what?

Whenever Gordon Brown calls the UK general election, one result already seems clear: a landslide defeat for political debate.

Alka Sehgal Wednesday 26 September 2007 comments

Detoxing Childhood: poisonous 'advice'

In the follow-up to Toxic Childhood, Sue Palmer peddles the same fears and prejudices of incompetent parents and damaged children.

Gourevitch and Miller Wednesday 26 September 2007 comments

Ahmadinejad: 'free speech' as pantomime

The Iranian president's visit to Columbia University was less a blow against censorship and more an exercise in moral posturing.

Mick Hume Wednesday 26 September 2007 comments

Burma needs democratic revolution, not intervention

International power games between the West and China threaten to take the Burmese people's fate out of their own hands.

Heather Piper Thursday 27 September 2007 comments

Echoes of the Satanic panic

Are families being torn apart on the dubious basis that animal cruelty and child abuse are linked?

Raymond Tallis Thursday 27 September 2007 comments

Free will is not an illusion

The Enlightenment idea of conscious, freely acting individuals is worth defending against those who would reduce freedom to neuroscience.

Frank Furedi Thursday 27 September 2007 comments

In search of eco-salvation

Many religions are now more likely to preach about saving the planet than saving souls.

Mick Hume Friday 28 September 2007 comments

Maddie’s-not-Moroccan shock

Seeing Madeleine everywhere and 'mourning' Mourhino - read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).

Patrick West Friday 28 September 2007 comments

Palin by comparison

Why has cheery, old and loveable Michael Palin become grumpy, impatient and irritable? Because he's tired of being just 'the man off the telly'.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 28 September 2007 comments

Why I will miss José Mourinho

Sex on legs - with egg metaphors. Duleep Allirajah may hate Chelsea but he's still sad to see the charismatic manager go.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 28 September 2007 comments

Is it ethical to be anti-roads?

Our ethical columnist on why no amount of low-carbon cars can ever make another by-pass acceptable.

Ann Furedi Friday 28 September 2007 comments

The first casualty of the abortion wars: truth

In The Politics of Abortion, Anne Hendershott claims the US Democrats are obsessively committed to a woman’s right to choose. If only.