March 2008

Nancy McDermott Monday 3 March 2008 comments

Move over Soccer Mom — meet Ecomom

‘Eco-motherhood’, which encourages a morbid preoccupation with waste and guilt about having kids, won’t save the planet – but it might just drive you crazy.

Tessa Mayes Monday 3 March 2008 comments

A potted history of media deference

The ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between editors and royals about Harry’s stint in Afghanistan is not the first time the media have bowed and scraped before royalty.

Mick Hume Monday 3 March 2008 comments

The phoney war over Harry of Afghanistan

While both bombastic defenders and shrill critics of the pact of silence are firing blanks, nobody wants to debate Britain’s real Afghan war

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 4 March 2008 comments

The Independent, Big Oil and me

A gossip columnist’s libel against spiked in a national newspaper unwittingly revealed a lot about contemporary politics and debate.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 4 March 2008 comments

The student doth protest too much

Teachers should not backslap a group of teenage girls who refused to sit an exam on Shakespeare in protest against his anti-Semitism.

Sean Collins Tuesday 4 March 2008 comments

Clinton v Obama: the identity wars

With Hillary as ‘put-upon woman’ and Obama as ‘race victim’, the Democrat contest is all about Who You Are rather than what you believe.

Dolan Cummings Wednesday 5 March 2008 comments

Why we need a Humanist Reformation

Our response to religious radicalism should not be to plea for moderation, but rather to inject some real radicalism into politics.

John Browne Wednesday 5 March 2008 comments

The myth of the Latino voting bloc

Clinton, Obama and McCain are frantically courting Hispanics - but in an era of fluid, fly-by-night politics, blocs are unpredictable.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 5 March 2008 comments

History-as-Therapy

In an era when suffering is celebrated and we all must ‘Believe the Victim’, is it any wonder people make up wild stories about wolves and Nazis?

Guy Rundle Thursday 6 March 2008 comments

The lingering death of American conservatism

In defining American conservatism against overblown enemies, William F Buckley Jr, who died last week, gave birth to a weak and disparate grouping.

Angus Kennedy Thursday 6 March 2008 comments

A Hodge-podge approach to high culture

With Margaret Hodge slamming the Proms as too posh, and schools spoonfeeding children ‘quality culture’, it's clear New Labour doesn’t know its arts from its elbow.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 6 March 2008 comments

Brown’s ‘Manchurian’ attack on democracy

Last night’s debate on the Lisbon Treaty finally exposed the New Labour government’s deep-seated fear of consulting the public.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 7 March 2008 comments

Putting the cuffs on free expression

This month's Much Ado About Nothing Moral Furore Award goes to the killjoys who kicked up a fuss over Tim Cahill’s ‘handcuffs’ goal celebration.

Mick Hume Friday 7 March 2008 comments

‘24-hour booze culture’: the sober truth

Britain’s anti-social pub closing hours and the barrage of guff about Prince Harry – read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).

Kevin Yuill Friday 7 March 2008 comments

Colin Norris and the ‘ageing timebomb’

Was the murder of four pensioners by a British nurse a savage expression of today’s devaluation of older people’s lives?

Patrick West Friday 7 March 2008 comments

Why shouldn’t suicide be stigmatised?

BBC1’s Surviving Suicide was poignant, but its non-judgementalism was symptomatic of today’s ambivalence about human life.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 7 March 2008 comments

Is it ethical to home-school my kids?

Regular schools are full of anthropocentric notions of human rationality and superiority - and feral children driven mad by processed foods.

Tony Gilland Friday 7 March 2008 comments

The King of ‘Climate Porn’

A new book by David King, the UK government’s former chief scientific adviser, sheds more heat than light on the global warming debate.

Angus Kennedy Monday 10 March 2008 comments

Chinese workers? Let them pick up litter

The hysterical campaign against plastic bags in the West is causing massive job losses in the East, and leaving people on the scrap heap.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 10 March 2008 comments

Why Tibetophilia won’t set Tibet free

Western pro-Tibet campaigning is driven less by a passion for freedom, than by disgust with modernity - and a view of the Chinese as ‘subhuman’.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 10 March 2008 comments

The Chinese: from Yellow Peril to Green Peril?

The slandering of China as a sooty, smoggy ‘destroyer of the planet’ overlooks the sweeping historic benefits of Chinese growth.

Michael Cook Tuesday 11 March 2008 comments

Obesity7

Daniel Trilling Tuesday 11 March 2008 comments

Rambo

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 11 March 2008 comments

A ‘legal war’ would have been even worse

Five years on, the non-stop nitpicking over the legality of Iraq exposes the moral turpitude of the anti-war cynics.

Tim Black Tuesday 11 March 2008 comments

Shannon: overshadowed by Our Maddie

Why hasn’t the missing working-class girl Shannon Matthews received the same attention as Madeleine McCann?

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 11 March 2008 comments

Rule 9: Concerns about older mothers are based on moralism, not medicine.

Let us challenge the ‘procreational ageism’ that labels teen mums as feckless Vicky Pollards and older mums as selfish career-obsessives.

Sean Collins Wednesday 12 March 2008 comments

Spitzer is down, but Spitzerism remains

The Governor of New York State has been reduced to ‘Client Number 9’ in a prostitution case, but his cynical approach to politics lives on.

Mick Hume Wednesday 12 March 2008 comments

The Budget: a cheap excuse for politics

The narcoleptic discussion of New Labour’s financial plans should act as a wake-up call about the crisis of democratic debate.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 12 March 2008 comments

The seven deadly personality disorders

With lust relabelled ‘sex addiction’ and gluttony turned into an ‘eating disorder’, it’s no wonder Catholics are unsure about the seven deadly sins.

Tim Black Thursday 13 March 2008 comments

Swearing an oath of allegiance to me

The attacks on the proposal that schoolkids should swear an oath to Queen Elizabeth II were driven more by narcissism than republicanism.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 13 March 2008 comments

Blasphemy is dead!
Long live blasphemy!

England’s dusty, archaic and unpopular blasphemy laws look set to be abolished, but Ofcom and others are keeping their censorious spirit alive.

Rob Lyons Thursday 13 March 2008 comments

Food Price Crisis: the world won’t starve just yet

Prices have leapt due to growing demand, but we can feed the world if we refuse to allow irrational ideas – like environmentalism – to get in the way.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 14 March 2008 comments

A Cup half empty

As thrilling as last weekend's FA Cup matches were, it'll take more than pitch invasions and the absence of the Big Four to restore the magic of the cup.

Mick Hume Friday 14 March 2008 comments

In defence of Delia

Why frozen potatoes are now heresy, and New Labour’s nuclear impotence – read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).

Patrick West Friday 14 March 2008 comments

Do mention the war

'Allo 'Allo may have featured predatory homo-Germans, idiotic French resistance fighters and posturing Italians, but it mocked we Brits, too.

Alka Sehgal Friday 14 March 2008 comments

Escape white culture – put on the hijab!

The BBC’s White Girl was stuffed with prejudices about the scum of the earth (white working-class families) and the salt of the earth (Muslims).

Munira Mirza Friday 14 March 2008 comments

Who are the real dons of counterknowledge?

Blaming the demise of Enlightenment thinking on poo-inspecting nutritionists and one-eyed Islamists gets things the wrong way round.

Neil Davenport Monday 17 March 2008 comments

Why they still fear
‘rivers of blood’

Today’s elite shares many of the prejudices about immigration expressed by Enoch Powell in 1968. PLUS: Shirley Dent on Liam Byrne.

Sean Collins Monday 17 March 2008 comments

Bear Stearns: politicians bail out

The collapse of another bank shows the credit crunch is spreading from ‘contamination’ to ‘contagion’. Why isn’t the political class paying attention?

Brendan O’Neill Monday 17 March 2008 comments

Using Tibet to settle scores with China

Tibetans want to be free. But they’ve been given a green light to riot by Western elements driven more by spite and envy than a love for liberty.

Gerry Feehily Tuesday 18 March 2008 comments

Waiting for Sarko

The local elections in France confirmed that Sarkozy has turned French politics into a bitter, sub-Beckettian pantomime.

David Chandler Tuesday 18 March 2008 comments

Humanising Haditha

By showing all sides as victims of war, Nick Broomfield’s Battle for Haditha can only find ‘common humanity’ in our ability to suffer.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 18 March 2008 comments

Let’s challenge this diseased view of migration

The scare about Eastern European construction workers spreading STDs in Britain is infused with old and new prejudices about migrants.

John Marr Wednesday 19 March 2008 comments

Cruel to Be Kind

Michael Gondry’s latest film features his usual whimsy and other-worldliness — but what he really needs is a good screenwriter.

Tim Black Wednesday 19 March 2008 comments

Beijing 2008: choking on China-bashing

Claims that the great Beijing smog will possibly kill Western athletes are based more on hot air than hard facts.

Basham and Luik Wednesday 19 March 2008 comments

Censorship built on
junk arguments

The global campaign to ban junk food ads is based on junk science: there's little evidence children 'eat what they watch'.

Mick Hume Wednesday 19 March 2008 comments

Britain: the incapacity capital of Europe

Our society is healthier and longer-living than ever before. So why are millions of Britons seen as too ill, stressed-out or unhappy to work?

Mick Hume Thursday 20 March 2008 comments

The unhappy marriage of public and private

Why, unfortunately, the McCartney divorce circus matters – read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 20 March 2008 comments

You only sing when there’s no music

No buzz, no hostility and no home advantage - why piped music at football grounds ruins the match.

Patrick West Thursday 20 March 2008 comments

Tears of the clowns

BBC4’s season, ‘The Curse of Comedy’, labours an old point about the depressive tendencies of comedians, but the end result has been excellent.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 20 March 2008 comments

Why haven’t they learned the lesson of Iraq?

On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, spiked’s criticisms of the war and the anti-war movement have been vindicated.

Frank Furedi Friday 21 March 2008 comments

Is environmentalism a capitalist project?

A new essay shows how big business has been won round to the idea of a 'green economy' - but it's wrong to suggest they were always so keen.

Tessa Mayes Tuesday 25 March 2008 comments

After that divorce, what now for privacy?

ESSAY: Heather Mills and Paul McCartney's very public spat throws up some intriguing questions about privacy, public space and liberty today.

Kevin Yuill Tuesday 25 March 2008 comments

The tragic death of Chantal Sebire

The public parading of a severely disfigured French woman who wanted the ‘right to die’ was the equivalent of a modern-day freak show.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 25 March 2008 comments

Gordon Brown’s register of risks? Rip it up

By labelling everything from terror to flu as a ‘security threat’, the PM is nurturing a jittery nation. PLUS: Rehabilitating Western meddling.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 26 March 2008 comments

A Rumsfeldian attack on mothers-to-be

The new warning that pregnant women should avoid booze is not evidence-based – rather it springs from the relentless moralisation of pregnancy.

Tim Black Wednesday 26 March 2008 comments

How the Church exploits secular uncertainty

Catholic opposition to creating hybrid embryos is a pain. But doubt about experimentation and 'playing god' is rife in secular circles, too.

Mick Hume Wednesday 26 March 2008 comments

London calling — and we all ought to listen

The celebrity mayor show, featuring Ken, Boris and Brian talking about bendy-buses, provides a capital snapshot of where politics is heading.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 27 March 2008 comments

It’s time to red card this call for ‘respect’

We don’t need new rules to deal with player dissent on the pitch. Refs should decide when a footballer is letting off steam or losing the plot.

Patrick West Thursday 27 March 2008 comments

Are we nostalgic for the gentlemen of the IRA?

A new documentary suggests some people are misty-eyed for the ‘respectable terrorists’ of Northern Ireland over today’s tantrum-throwing jihadists.

Basham and Luik Thursday 27 March 2008 comments

Take away the junk or we take away your kids

Removing obese children from their family homes won’t make them any healthier, but it will undermine parental rights and wreck families.

Rob Lyons Thursday 27 March 2008 comments

Why there’s no mileage in ‘food miles’

At last, people are questioning the eco-parochialism of the local-food lobby. But what we need now is a loud defence of modernised food production.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 27 March 2008 comments

This war against anger makes me see red

The powers-that-be promote happiness and demonise anger because they prefer us to be little lambs rather than assertive firebrands.

Justine Brian Friday 28 March 2008 comments

Defending Delia from the food fanatics

The food snobs slating Delia Smith over her new convenience cookbook seem not to realise that cooks and chefs have always cheated – with very tasty results.

Rob Lyons Friday 28 March 2008 comments

Who will defend processed food?

Michael Pollan’s In Defence of Food makes some salient points about our screwed-up attitude to what we eat. But in lionising ‘natural foods’, he and his ilk have contributed to today’s wild and rotten worries about what’s on our plates.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 28 March 2008 comments

Honderich: the thinking man’s unthinking man?

Ignoring all the piss and vinegar about philosopher Ted Honderich – who has been labelled by fellow academics as rambling, bumbling, bombastic, hateful and stupid – is his book On Consciousness actually any good? Well, yes and no.

Philip Hammond Friday 28 March 2008 comments

From Somalia to Iraq: the hack as collaborator

In this extract from his new book, Philip Hammond says the media-ignited fuss over Bush and Blair’s destruction in Iraq should not blind us to the fact that throughout the 1990s, and still today, journalists collaborated with Western warmongers.

Philip Cunliffe Friday 28 March 2008 comments

Hallucinations of Empire

In a penetrating analysis head-and-shoulders above most other books on al-Qaeda, Iraq and Islamism, Olivier Roy shows that the ‘politics of chaos’, not the ‘politics of Empire’, rules the roost in the Middle East.

John Fitzpatrick Friday 28 March 2008 comments

Against conformity

Alongside its classic defence of liberty, John Stuart Mill’s most famous tract issues a clarion call to the celebration of individuality and the rejection of uniformity in thought and practice. It’s a call that rings through the ages.

Tessa Mayes Friday 28 March 2008 comments

‘Mill is a dead white male with something to say’

Richard Reeves, author of a brilliant new biography of JS Mill, talks to Tessa Mayes about Mill’s desire to inject public debate with truth, energy and freedom and give rise to a ‘whole society of heroes’.

Michael Baum Friday 28 March 2008 comments

Man’s unending war
against cancer

Michael Baum, one of Britain’s leading experts on cancer, says a new history of mankind’s battle against the disease has flashes of brilliance, but is ultimately undermined by the author’s shrillness and self-serving manipulation of the facts.

Sean Collins Friday 28 March 2008 comments

The hole at the heart
of the Democratic Party

Billionaire funders demanding cabinet jobs, clueless bloggers advising party bigwigs… the hollowed-out, ill-disciplined Democratic Party looks set to be overrun by opportunistic gatecrashers.

Jennie Bristow Friday 28 March 2008 comments

Untying the ‘ribbon culture’

A brilliant new book explores what the relentless rise of awareness-raising ribbons – kitsch fashion items that express the wearer’s fear of disease or empathy with victims – reveals about our morbid, narcissistic society.

Sandy Starr Monday 31 March 2008 comments

Should we stamp out ‘designer deafness’?

Sandy Starr of the Progress Educational Trust asks why the UK government is legislating against something as rare as pro-deaf embryo selection.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 31 March 2008 comments

I’m backing Boris for London mayor

Where Ken Livingstone cynically postured against MMR, risking the health of London’s children, Boris Johnson at least defended the vaccine.

Ann Furedi Monday 31 March 2008 comments

Why rising abortion rates are not a problem

Let’s welcome the fact that women take motherhood so seriously that, with the aid of abortion, they put it off till they’re ready.