November 2007

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 1 November 2007 comments

Kick Jesus Christ
Out Of Football!

It's a progressive sign when predominantly white football fans boo off God-bothering rappers not because they are black but because they are crap.

Neil Davenport Thursday 1 November 2007 comments

Raising a glass of chilled red to Abigail's Party

Thirty years after its TV premiere, Mike Leigh's dark comedy about frustrated aspirations in suburbia feels fresher than ever.

Rob Lyons Thursday 1 November 2007 comments

...bacon?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 1 November 2007 comments

One million new foreign workers? Three cheers!

Down with the ‘cohesion killjoys’ who claim that mass immigration to Britain is causing social breakdown and environmental pollution.

Mick Hume Friday 2 November 2007 comments

Ex-ter-min-ate: Malthus meets the Daleks

The overpopulation obsession, house priceszzz and Heather Mills: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.

Patrick West Friday 2 November 2007 comments

Heather Mills and the nutty Beatles

Heather's weird behaviour stems not from her separation from Paul, but from her attachment to him (and his wacky hippy outlook) in the first place.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 2 November 2007 comments

Is it ethical to have a bonfire?

Our ethical columnist on why celebrating Bonfire Night will only reduce the planet to ashes.

Sean Collins Friday 2 November 2007 comments

Duke lacrosse scandal:
the dangers of PC

A disturbing new book reveals how political correctness led to a disastrous rush to judgement in an American university 'rape case'.

David Clements Monday 5 November 2007 comments

Bricks, mortar and social engineering

The authorities built more houses in the Depressed 1930s than New Labour is planning to build today. Britain's housing crisis is built on a failure of political imagination.

James Heartfield Monday 5 November 2007 comments

Fifteen myths about the housing crisis

Government slothfulness, combined with the green lobby's snobbery towards the masses and their 'ugly houses', is the cause of Britain's shocking homes shortfall.

James Woudhuysen Monday 5 November 2007 comments

Brown's 'get fit' towns:
Kim Jong-il would be proud

With its new towns that will force people to keep fit, New Labour is pushing an authoritarian health agenda that will be the envy of tinpot dictators.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 6 November 2007 comments

spiked needs £10,000:
here's how you can help

We're the online magazine dedicated to raising the horizons of humanity – but in order to do so, we need to raise money, too.

David Chandler Tuesday 6 November 2007 comments

What about democracy for Bosnia?

Western commentators fret about dictatorships in Burma and Pakistan yet turn a blind eye to the EU's colonial rule in 'over-emotional' Bosnia.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 6 November 2007 comments

Are ‘terrorist groomers’ warping our kids?

In turning terrorism into a child protection issue, where we must shield fragile youth from sleazy al-Qaeda, Britain has abandoned the battle of ideas.

Basham and Luik Wednesday 7 November 2007 comments

Flabby claims about
food and cancer

A widely publicised report says that having a 'spare tyre' and consuming anything from bacon to milkshakes could increase your risk of cancer. Fat chance.

Chris Bickerton Wednesday 7 November 2007 comments

Zoe’s ark: the dangers of ‘DIY humanitarianism’

The 'kidnap' scandal involving a French charity in Chad is a product of the reckless self-righteousness of humanitarian interventionism.

Mick Hume Wednesday 7 November 2007 comments

The New Heresies

In today's You Can't Say That culture, it's those with reactionary views on race or religion who are censored. But fighting for free speech still matters.

Emily Hill Thursday 8 November 2007 comments

A boozy attack on working-class mums

New claims that drinking while pregnant and bottle-feeding are bad for baby provide another excuse to bash 'bad mothers'.

Frank Furedi Thursday 8 November 2007 comments

Finnish school shooting: self-loathing goes global

In declaring ‘war against humanity’, might 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen have been doing his bit to save the planet?

Jennie Bristow Thursday 8 November 2007 comments

Rule 6: There is no right way to ‘Bring Up Baby’

The tantrums generated by the Channel 4 series Bringing Up Baby exposes our screamingly unhealthy obsession with parenting methods.

Mick Hume Friday 9 November 2007 comments

Poofs, pikeys and Enoch Powell

Read Mick Hume's columns on free speech in The Times (London).

Patrick West Friday 9 November 2007 comments

YouTube vs television

The Finnish school murderer's ‘massacre manifesto’ has caused new panics about the video-sharing site, but it won't finish off humanity – or TV.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 9 November 2007 comments

Is it ethical to eat chocolate?

Our ethical columnist explains why chocolate is an eco-disaster - and the dangers of pleasure.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 9 November 2007 comments

The rights of the message-board moaner

A judge has ruled that Sheffield Wednesday fans making scurrilous remarks online have no right to anonymity. That's bad news for free speech.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 9 November 2007 comments

The Counterfeiters:
a genuinely gripping tale

Stefan Ruzowitzky's film avoids the sentimentality, shock tactics and morality lessons that characterise so many Holocaust movies.

Mick Hume Friday 9 November 2007 comments

Ten days that shook the world

On the ninetieth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, journalist John Reed's pulsating first-hand account still packs a punch.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 12 November 2007 comments

Statue of limitations

Why I’m glad to see the back of Alison Lapper Pregnant, a colossal statue that embodied the new British elite’s contempt for the public.

Rob Lyons Monday 12 November 2007 comments

A fit of peak

The doom-laden vision of a post-oil world put forward in a radical new documentary is as crude as the black stuff that gushes from the ground.

Frank Furedi Monday 12 November 2007 comments

From Finland to west London: a culture of death?

The Finnish school shooter and Britain’s ‘Lyrical Terrorist’ seem worlds apart. Yet both are products of the globalisation of misanthropy.

William Whitehead Tuesday 13 November 2007 comments

Praise the Lord, fire the Pastor!

There's one thing Jesus doesn't warn you about when he calls you to the church: job insecurity.

Paul Driessen Tuesday 13 November 2007 comments

It's time for all-out war on malaria

Bed-nets are not going to be enough if we're serious about eradicating a disease that kills a million Africans a year.

Mick Hume Tuesday 13 November 2007 comments

States of emergency

General Musharraf’s crackdown on ‘uncertainty’ in Pakistan is another product of the West’s unravelling ‘war on terror’.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 14 November 2007 comments

Coffee, tea... eco-guilt?

Virgin Atlantic's attempt to shame its passengers into onboard eco-penance is the latest flight of fancy from a guilt-ridden aviation industry.

Emily Hill Wednesday 14 November 2007 comments

Burning down the house

The Arsonists at London's Royal Court Theatre is a firecracker of a play, and provides the sparks for serious debate on nihilism and its apologists.

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 14 November 2007 comments

A playground tumble can do you good

More experts recognise that a scraped knee can be a positive experience for a child. Let's hope they now relax about other 'dangers' in kids' lives.

Bill Durodié Thursday 15 November 2007 comments

Gordon Brown's state of terror

The UK prime minister's vision for counterterrorism would involve reorganising the whole of society around precaution and fear.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 15 November 2007 comments

Workers of the world, disunited?

Globalisation has not set Asian workers inexorably against Western workers. In fact, we have a truly global working class for the first time ever.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 15 November 2007 comments

London’s PC despot

In the name of combating 'Islamophobia', Ken Livingstone has launched an attack on press freedom that reveals his fear of the public.

Mick Hume Friday 16 November 2007 comments

So was JS Mill just an illiberal liberal too?

The ‘steward state’ and the jailing of an 80-year old monk - read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).

Ethan Greenhart Friday 16 November 2007 comments

Is it ethical to use medicine?

Got a cold? Only natural remedies will do, say our ethical columnist.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 November 2007 comments

'Obscene' wages for all!

Ignore the chav-bashing moralists with a snobby aversion to trophy wives and Mock Tudor homes - it's great that footballers are being paid £150,000 a week.

Patrick West Friday 16 November 2007 comments

Postmodern advertising? Don't buy it

From the slap-happy Tango man to Cadbury’s drumming gorilla, Patrick West finds today's smug and mysterious TV ads a turn-off.

Neil Davenport Friday 16 November 2007 comments

Capitalism in ‘ruthless profit-making’ shock!

Far from being big and bold, Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine is naive about capitalism and cagey about the future development of society.

Editor Monday 19 November 2007 comments

Sensitive Spanish royals, avert your eyes

In solidarity with two cartoonists who were convicted of ‘vilifying’ the Crown Prince of Spain, and fined 3,000 Euros each, spiked republishes their cartoon.

Lee Jones Monday 19 November 2007 comments

The grinch who stole Christmas cards

Primary school pupils in Wales have been banned from exchanging cards in the name of saving the planet and its ‘wretched’ Africans.

Rob Lyons Monday 19 November 2007 comments

IPCC: separating fact from fright

Today’s alarmist claims about the planet ‘spinning into a troubling void’ are not backed up by the findings of the latest IPCC report.

James Panton Tuesday 20 November 2007 comments

Giving thanks to America this Thanksgiving

Microsoft, fast food, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment (the one on bearing arms): should we be grateful to the US for these things?

Leah Simpson Wednesday 21 November 2007 comments

...Stella Artois?

The opprobrium attached to Britain's favourite lager is just another excuse to have a go at working-class men.

Emily Hill Wednesday 21 November 2007 comments

Banality, insecurity, snobbery?

The UK government's idea to create a 'national statement', or even a motto, about being British has been met with derision - and class hatred.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 21 November 2007 comments

Slamming the lid on free expression

With its ban on a bathroom ad and its warnings about 'violent ads', the UK advertising watchdog is reinforcing the tyranny of the prudish minority.

Mick Hume Wednesday 21 November 2007 comments

Brown loses it in The Mail

The prime minister’s media groupies are now turning on him like lovers scorned. Hate to say we told you so...

Alan Miller Thursday 22 November 2007 comments

Mailer and the Almighty

Norman Mailer was a master of provocation, even if many of his thoughts - including those in his final book on God - were plain silly.

Julian Petley Thursday 22 November 2007 comments

What's wrong with censuring journalists?

A contributor to Ken Livingstone's report on Islamophobia in the press responds to spiked editor Brendan O'Neill's criticisms.

Munira Mirza Thursday 22 November 2007 comments

Is modern art a left-wing conspiracy?

Munira Mirza picks apart the idea that all of Britain's arts bodies are stacked with pinkos generating propaganda for liberal causes.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 22 November 2007 comments

After 'Discgate': what now for liberty?

Ridiculing New Labour's incompetence is not a good enough argument against ID cards and the rest of its illiberal snooping into our private lives.

Mick Hume Friday 23 November 2007 comments

Defend the privacy of bike-sexuals!

The right to 'saddle up' and the tyranny of men in white coats - read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Friday 23 November 2007 comments

In praise of
'Carlos Kickaball'

There aren't 'too many foreigners' in British football. In fact, they should be commended for coming over here, taking our jobs and scoring our goals.

Patrick West Friday 23 November 2007 comments

From Fanny Cradock
to Cookery Porn

Once, statist chefs instructed the nation on how to boil an egg - now Nigella Lawson raises our temperatures with her finger-licking antics.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 23 November 2007 comments

Is it ethical to force people to be green?

Our ethical columnist explains what we really need to do to stop climate change.

Frank Furedi Friday 23 November 2007 comments

Is Israel the organ-grinder?

Yes, the war in Iraq was not in America's national interest - but Walt and Mearsheimer are way off the mark to claim that Israel orchestrated it.

Richard Reynolds Monday 26 November 2007 comments

Just say no to
‘No Platform’

A student at the University of East Anglia strikes a blow for free speech against the NUS's censorious policies.

TV-debate Monday 26 November 2007 comments

Why I invited Griffin
and Irving

Luke Tryl, president of the Oxford Union, discusses free speech and extremism with spiked editor Brendan O’Neill.

Frank Furedi Monday 26 November 2007 comments

Censorship

The shrill opposition to tonight’s Oxford Union debate involving Nick Griffin and David Irving is part of today’s moral rehabilitation of censorship.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 27 November 2007 comments

A brick of a film

Sarah Gavron's adaptation of Monica Ali's Brick Lane studiously avoids stoking controversy and offers only sloppy stereotypes instead.

Guy Rundle Tuesday 27 November 2007 comments

The Rudd to nowhere

What the victory of Kevin Rudd's Labor Party in Australia reveals about John Howard, the Culture Wars and the state of contemporary electoral politics.

Mick Hume Tuesday 27 November 2007 comments

Where Blair had God,
Brown has only Branson

Not fit for purpose? No, this government is in permanent crisis because it has no idea what its purpose might be.

Martyn Perks Wednesday 28 November 2007 comments

Tracing the history
of Helvetica

A film about a font?! Yes, and it's gripping, too, showing how a sleek typeface has encouraged good design and helped to shape big ideas.

Stuart Derbyshire Wednesday 28 November 2007 comments

Sticking a needle in alternative medicine

Exotic therapies such as acupuncture might make people feel good. But the role of medicine is to cure patients' illnesses, not make them happy.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 28 November 2007 comments

Lack of development:
that's the real disaster

An Oxfam report suggests climate change has led to a quadrupling of weather-related disasters. It pays to interrogate such heated claims.

Shirley Dent Thursday 29 November 2007 comments

William Blake: ‘rational and inspired’

William Blake had flaws. But 250 years after his birth, his humanist ambition is still - like his Tyger - ‘burning bright’.

Tim Black Thursday 29 November 2007 comments

Christine Ohuruogu: sporting hero or villain?

In the Kafkaesque world of athletics drug-testing, admirable world champions like British runner Ohuruogu will always be tainted with suspicion.

Patrick West Thursday 29 November 2007 comments

Let's declare jihad against Motty

One good thing about England's loss to Croatia: it will be a hell of a lot easier to avoid John Motson, the most irritating man on the box, in the next year.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 29 November 2007 comments

In Britain, heretics get a metaphorical lashing

The Sudanese 'teddy bear affair' is bizarre. But it’s not a million miles from Britain’s own policing of morality, speech and thought.

Rob Killick Friday 30 November 2007 comments

On the futility of extracting fact from fiction

Philip Roth has always intertwined biographical details in his fiction. Yet his latest novel is a polemic against those who judge a work of art through the artist’s personal life.

Raymond Tallis Friday 30 November 2007 comments

Art, humanity and
the ‘fourth hunger’

Half-awakened, humans are constantly engaged in a battle to make sense of the world and our experiences within it. And a great work of art, especially music, helps us to do just that.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 30 November 2007 comments

A brainless analysis of American politics

Drew Westen’s attempt to explain voting patterns in America by examining the nerve activity in voters’ brains is light on political insight and heavy on Yank-bashing.

Nancy McDermott Friday 30 November 2007 comments

Is stay-at-home motherhood only ‘half a life’?

Two new books implore women to ‘get to work!’ instead of staying home as dish-cleaning, hands-on mums. But it will take more than slating women’s personal choices to change women’s social roles.

Sean Collins Friday 30 November 2007 comments

Seeing through the dogma of ‘transparency’

Learning more about what goes on behind closed doors won't solve the social and political problems that face us. In fact, the obsession with disclosure only reinforces distrust in society.

Michael Cook Friday 30 November 2007 comments

Who’s the miserabilist
of them all?

There is stiff competition these days for the title of ‘Biggest Misanthrope’. But with his ‘pro-death’ book on why it is better never to have been born, David Benatar pips the rest to the post.

Frank Furedi Friday 30 November 2007 comments

Humanitarianism: the antithesis of humanism

Western foreign policy since the end of the Cold War has been driven by a desperate quest for purpose. It is the pursuit of political crisis management by other means.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 30 November 2007 comments

‘The war on terror is a symmetry of confusion’

Frank Furedi, author of Invitation to Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown, talks to Brendan O’Neill about al-Qaeda, radicalisation, and what today’s political crisis has in common with the fall of Rome.

Dolan Cummings Friday 30 November 2007 comments

Remembering the
Reign of Terror

Robespierre is today depicted as a sexless fanatic who invented modern terrorism. His own words reveal he was a fearless critic of tradition and incorruptibly committed to liberty: a million miles from today’s webcam jihadists.