February 2008

Mick Hume Friday 1 February 2008 comments

Law lords lose plot over ‘lotto rapist’

Why abolishing time limits for sex crime compensation claims may not be a victory for justice - and why Muslim mania is the new British disease. Read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).

Patrick West Friday 1 February 2008 comments

Jeremy Beadle:
comic genius

Ignore the cant-fuelled attacks by envious members of the chattering classes on Jeremy Beadle. He was a man who ‘got’ humour.

Tim Black Friday 1 February 2008 comments

‘Underwear model excluded from team!’

There was something desperately contrived about the frontpage fuss over David Beckham’s absence from Fabio Capello’s first England squad.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 1 February 2008 comments

Is it ethical to pray for recession?

Never mind the unemployment, poverty and homelessness - an economic slowdown would be good for the planet.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 1 February 2008 comments

The rise and fall of anti-MMR mania

Journalists once fawned over ‘brave’, ‘glossy-haired’ anti-MMR crusaders; now they denounce them as quacks. What happened?

Brendan O’Neill Monday 4 February 2008 comments

I agree with Ethan: bring on the recession!

The ‘quite well off’ Valerie Stevens of the Optimum Population Trust says spiked’s spoof columnist is right to pray for economic downturn.

Tessa Mayes Monday 4 February 2008 comments

Stalked by an overblown fear of crime

The latest British Crime Survey show that the authorities are now lumping together minor acts of annoyance with serious cases of sexual assault.

Tim Black Monday 4 February 2008 comments

Decimation of the polar bear: bearfaced lies?

A leading expert in forecasting tells spiked that research into the impact of climate change on polar bears has been shockingly shoddy.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 5 February 2008 comments

Criminalising acts
of kindness

The routine vetting of everyone who works with kids will sow suspicion and discourage volunteering. So why aren't volunteering groups worked up about it?

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 5 February 2008 comments

Spit in the face of this patronising proposal!

The government wants to educate immigrants about the ‘British way of life’: don’t spit in public; don’t feel people up; don’t forget to put out your rubbish...

Robin Walsh Tuesday 5 February 2008 comments

Kick the police out of politics

One of Sadiq Khan’s young voters is outraged that secret police bugged his MP. But who invited the cops into politics in the first place, he asks?

Helen Searls Wednesday 6 February 2008 comments

Republicans: a party in pieces

The McCain, Huckabee and Romney roadshows showed that the GOP ain’t so grand anymore.

Guy Rundle Wednesday 6 February 2008 comments

The search for a feelgood president

An Oz writer on the campaign trail watches Huckabee’s bass-playing, Obama’s mythmaking, and the retreat of all candidates into ‘fantasy politics’.

Sean Collins Wednesday 6 February 2008 comments

Why this year’s Super Tuesday was different

Media confusion, changeable voters, distrust in voting technology… yesterday’s ‘Tsunami Tuesday’ highlighted some big changes in US politics.

Mick Hume Wednesday 6 February 2008 comments

Now we know what US voters don’t want

It is already clear that the elections mark a landslide win for the abstract demand for ‘change’ and a crushing defeat for the past.

Rob Killick Thursday 7 February 2008 comments

Facebook and the death of privacy

In order for public and private life to thrive, we need spaces that are absolutely free from the prying eyes of officialdom and others.

Michael Cook Thursday 7 February 2008 comments

Taking the ash out of Ash Wednesday

An Australian writer flagellates the green-leaning CofE bishops who want to turn Lent into 40 days and 40 nights of conserving energy.

Tim Black Thursday 7 February 2008 comments

Cloverfield: 9/11 meets Godzilla

With its wobbly camera work and spoilt-twentysomethings storyline, Hollywood’s new monster movie leaves one shaken but not stirred.

Rob Lyons Thursday 7 February 2008 comments

Cheaper chickens: a slap in the face of food snobs

The outraged reaction to Tesco’s decision to sell chickens for £1.99 is stuffed with an unpalatable mix of snobbery and fearmongering.

Mick Hume Friday 8 February 2008 comments

I don’t want the right to kill my wife

Why we don’t need a euthanasia law – and why there’s too much noise about Munich silence. Read Mick Hume’s column in the The Times (London).

Ed West Friday 8 February 2008 comments

Goodbye to the only kids who didn’t say ‘f***’

Everything went wrong for Grange Hill when they turned it into a state-sponsored celebration of minoritydom – and changed the theme music.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 February 2008 comments

It’s time to take African football seriously

The Africa Cup of Nations has provided plenty of goals, skill, excitement... a far cry from the stale, over-hyped tournaments we Europeans are used to.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 8 February 2008 comments

Midwife of miserabilism

How John Kenneth Galbraith’s The Affluent Society - which celebrates its fiftieth birthday this year - anticipated today’s grinchy green politics.

Tim Black Monday 11 February 2008 comments

Who’s afraid of the Church of Scientology?

It’s Sunday morning, and 300 young people in Guy Fawkes masks have gathered in central London to protest against a ‘creepy cult’. What’s going on?

Angus Kennedy Monday 11 February 2008 comments

Tying us up with even more red tape

Many hailed the UK government’s new risk advisory committee as a challenge to the ‘cotton wool culture’. It is nothing of the sort.

Frank Furedi Monday 11 February 2008 comments

Hiding behind the veil of Sharia law

The Archbishop’s real agenda is to boost the standing of religion itself by cynically piggybacking on the forward movement of Islam.

Tim Black Tuesday 12 February 2008 comments

Al-Qaeda: heirs of Mahatma Gandhi?

As six men are charged with murdering 3,000 on 9/11, Faisal Devji tells an audience in London that bin Laden has a lot in common with Gandhi.

Rob Johnston Tuesday 12 February 2008 comments

‘Sustainable’ power to the people?

‘Citizen’ Ken Livingstone’s London energy plan might sound ambitious, but it simply repeats many of the fairytales about green energy.

Dr Liz Frayn Tuesday 12 February 2008 comments

Doctors without borders: let foreign medics in!

In barring non-EU doctors from training in the UK, the government is scapegoating immigrants for its own screw-ups in medical practice.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 13 February 2008 comments

Keeping a cool head about hot weather

Ignore the panicky headlines about a new government report on higher temperatures in Britain - it actually contained good news.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 13 February 2008 comments

Crowbarring their way into the family home

The UK government’s campaign to colonise family life is nearly complete: it is now telling parents to remove video games from their children’s bedrooms.

Martyn Perks Wednesday 13 February 2008 comments

Why we should swat The Mosquito

The launch of the Buzz Off campaign to rid Britain’s streets of a screeching ‘anti-youth gadget’ should be welcomed - and built on.

Mick Hume Wednesday 13 February 2008 comments

Democracy is not New Labour’s to command

The UK foreign secretary’s big speech, ‘The Democracy Imperative’, restates the case for intervention post-Iraq. So much for change…

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 14 February 2008 comments

Unwrapping Turkey’s turban troubles

To understand Turkey, we need to look beyond the black-and-white reactions to the lifting of the headscarf ban in universities.

Tim Black Thursday 14 February 2008 comments

Why Dwain Chambers is treated like a leper

Cocky, tattooed and not very apologetic: Chambers' real offence was not to take banned substances, but to refuse to be contrite about it.

Sean Collins Thursday 14 February 2008 comments

Desperately seeking the authentic president

With little meat in the US elections, voters are looking longingly into the eyes of the candidates hoping to glimpse the 'real' person within.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 14 February 2008 comments

And the gold medal for China-bashing goes to…

The Beijing Olympics have been turned into an all-purpose platform for panicmongering about the Yellow Peril. We name the culprits.

Mick Hume Friday 15 February 2008 comments

Shock news: youth suicide rates reach new low

The really dangerous ‘epidemic’ is one of miserabilism, not suicide - read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Friday 15 February 2008 comments

Why the ‘39th step’ is a step too far

Adding a match abroad to the 38 games in the English Premier League can only exclude fans and further sanitise the game.

Ed West Friday 15 February 2008 comments

Attila the Hun and some barbaric stereotypes

The rules of casting: decadent imperialists are always played by effete English actors and warrior heroes by Yanks or coarse Celts.

Damian Thompson Friday 15 February 2008 comments

‘Counterknowledge’: when fiction masquerades as fact

From 9/11 to homeopathy, ‘counterknowledge’ thrives thanks to a mad mixture of postmodern political correctness and capitalist greed.

Sebastian Strangio Monday 18 February 2008 comments

Cambodia: whose tribunal is it anyway?

The West is turning the trial of surviving members of the Khmer Rouge - its former allies - into a piece of self-promoting political theatre.

Neil Davenport Monday 18 February 2008 comments

The nasty history of supermarket-bashing

Nobody would label today’s critics of big chainstores as ‘Nazis’. Yet their arguments bear a striking resemblance to those of the Third Reich.

Philip Cunliffe Monday 18 February 2008 comments

Kosovo: the obedient child of Europe

Kosovo has not ‘declared independence’. It has slavishly submitted to the rule of UN officials, NATO troops and dictatorial modern-day viceroys.

Tara McCormack Tuesday 19 February 2008 comments

Aboriginal apology: a sorry spectacle

Kevin Rudd’s celebrated utterance of the S-word for past wrongs against aboriginal communities was deeply paternalistic.

David Perks Tuesday 19 February 2008 comments

The big bang implosion of Physics

In cutting their funding of the physical sciences, and devaluing science education, the US and UK governments are committing ‘scientific vandalism’.

Tim Black Tuesday 19 February 2008 comments

The return of the paedophile panic

By granting people access to info about sex offenders, the Home Office is institutionalising fear of adults and paranoia about ‘the mob’.

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 20 February 2008 comments

This case could make losers of us all

A British man is suing William Hill because they allowed him to gamble away £2.1million. But who is really responsible for what gamblers do?

Philip Cunliffe Wednesday 20 February 2008 comments

Kosovo and the end of national liberation

The doublespeak in Kosovo’s ‘supervised independence’ sets a dangerous precedent, dressing up occupation as ‘freedom’ and interference as ‘democracy’.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 20 February 2008 comments

Britain: an island without a story

The latest UK report on terrorism is different to all the rest: it shows that Britain is making itself a target by advertising its vulnerability.

Stuart Simpson Thursday 21 February 2008 comments

Will China and India conquer the world?

Essay: We should celebrate the spread of wealth and modernity in the developing world, while recognising that a great shift in global power is not imminent.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 21 February 2008 comments

Annie Leibovitz: more than a celebrity snapper

She's best known for her nude Demi Moore and for putting Whoopie Goldberg in a bath of milk. But Annie Leibovitz is a documentarist, too.

Tim Black Thursday 21 February 2008 comments

Replacing the Fatropolis with Fit Towns

New ‘healthy towns’ that encourage people to walk more, eat the right kind of food and stay forever fit take repression to a new level.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 21 February 2008 comments

Why they’re scared of Obamamania

Those who slander Obama supporters as ‘brainwashed, deranged cultists’ are blind to what’s positive about the Obama Phenomenon.

Dominic Standish Friday 22 February 2008 comments

Playing politics with abortion

Dominic Standish reports from Italy on how politicians are jumping on an anti-abortion bandwagon in the run to April’s elections.

Patrick West Friday 22 February 2008 comments

What daytime TV ads reveal about Britain

Forced to move in with my parents in Kent, I’m slowly turning into a Daily Mail reader – helped along by some depressing intercessions on TV.

Tim Black Friday 22 February 2008 comments

The rise and tragic demise of Gazza

Frontpage splashes about Paul Gascoigne’s sectioning suggest he has completed his journey from professional footballer to professional failure.

Alexander Cockburn Friday 22 February 2008 comments

Intellectual blasphemy

Alexander Cockburn tells spiked that when he dared to question the climate change consensus he was met by a tsunami of self-righteous fury.

Tim Black Monday 25 February 2008 comments

From sensationalism to sensitivity

Bridgend: The BBC’s decision to pull a drama about the suicide of a teenage girl shows how little faith the authorities have in young people.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 25 February 2008 comments

Venturing into the pro-suicide pit

Bridgend: The most startling thing about the vile, venal websites that promote suicide is that their language and outlook appear entirely mainstream.

Frank Furedi Monday 25 February 2008 comments

Challenge the ‘culture of death’ — choose life

Bridgend: When newborns are seen as ‘polluters’ and death is described as ‘dignified’, it’s not surprising some youth don’t value their lives.

Mick Hume Tuesday 26 February 2008 comments

Castro’s Cuba: made in America

Fidel Castro was a by-product of the Cold War, his regime more the creation of external pressures than of any internal ideology.

Tim Black Wednesday 27 February 2008 comments

You cannot teach people to be happy

Forget force-feeding kids ‘positive psychology’: teachers have more chance of producing happy pupils if they inspire them with knowledge.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 27 February 2008 comments

Pre-emptive censorship is a cross we all bear

London Underground has banned posters for the play Fat Christ, just in case they cause offence. This safety-first attitude is crucifying free speech.

Tiffany Jenkins Wednesday 27 February 2008 comments

Why museums should dump the ‘Disposal Toolkit’

Contrary to the advice of the Museums Association, preserving collections is not a ‘burden’ — it’s the whole purpose of museums.

John Marr Thursday 28 February 2008 comments

The rebellion will not be downloaded

While digital downloads allow the likes of Radiohead or Macca to strike seditious poses, for smaller acts record label support is still vital.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 28 February 2008 comments

Heart disease: we need medicine not moralism

Fear of rising heart deaths is unfounded. And if we're serious about lowering the death rate even further, we need better treatment not lifestyle lectures.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 28 February 2008 comments

Let us tackle the ‘risk-free football’ brigade

TV images of Eduardo da Silva’s sickening leg injury inspired new knee-jerk calls to outlaw dangerous tackles. Forget about it.

Patrick West Thursday 28 February 2008 comments

Pop goes the European Union

It claims to unite the continent through the power of music, yet the Eurovision Song Contest is really all about ‘Dustin’ off nationalist rivalries.

Rob Lyons Thursday 28 February 2008 comments

Choking on the congestion charge

Look out, New York: London’s failed, car-baiting, bossy road-toll scheme is heading your way.

Bill Durodié Friday 29 February 2008 comments

Death of the warrior ethos

Weaving a path from Achilles to Rambo via Shakespeare and Tolstoy, Christopher Coker’s insightful new book captures the increasing demonisation of war – even ‘good wars’ – and the denigration of honour, duty and glory.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 29 February 2008 comments

Woody Allen meets the
Three Musketeers

With Gentlemen of the Road, a hilarious pastiche adventure tale about medieval Jews with swords, Michael Chabon confirms that he is the master of genre-bending novel-writing.

Kevin Rooney Friday 29 February 2008 comments

Defending Rangers from football’s Thought Police

A lifelong supporter of Celtic explains why he’s opposed to the intensified policing of Rangers fans’ chants and behaviour by a gang of moralistic politicians, cops and commentators.

Stuart Derbyshire and Anand Raja Friday 29 February 2008 comments

What makes humans special?

When both trendy authors and top psychologists claim that man should accept his ‘rightful position in the cosmos’ as ‘just another animal’, it pays to revisit George Herbert Mead’s humane attempts to explain human consciousness.

Alex Standish Friday 29 February 2008 comments

Put the ‘human’ back
in the humanities

Romantic individualism and political correctness have robbed university humanities departments of their ‘love of man’, that ‘amusing, tragic, contradictory creature who yearns to be the master of his fate and transform the world’.

Munira Mirza Friday 29 February 2008 comments

Who are the real dons of ‘counterknowledge’?

Damian Thompson’s fiery polemic against conspiracy theories has much to recommend it. But we can’t blame the demise of Enlightenment thinking on diet doctors and Islamists alone.

Tony Gilland Friday 29 February 2008 comments

The King of ‘Climate Porn’

A new book by the UK government’s former chief scientific adviser sheds yet more heat than light on the global warming debate – despite its promises of balance.

Sean Collins Friday 29 February 2008 comments

Blood is thicker than Oil!

Paul Thomas Anderson’s sweeping, grimy, brutal epic There Will Be Blood was ‘inspired’ by Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel Oil!. But it strips out and burns off the novel’s humour, humanity and socialist shenanigans.

Frank Furedi Friday 29 February 2008 comments

The greening of capitalism

A striking new essay exposes the pretensions of ethical consumers and explores the emergence of a seemingly green economy. But in claiming that canny capitalists have ‘manufactured scarcity’, it risks reading history backwards.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 29 February 2008 comments

Down with ‘enoughism’

Two new books claim that our blinged-up, fast-car consumer society is laying people low with compulsive acquisition disorder, harried women syndrome and various other sicknesses of the mind. Don’t buy it.