April 2008

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 1 April 2008 comments

I scream for Darfur /
Ice-cream for Darfur

From ‘Cookies and Scream’ to ‘Honeycaust’, an ice-cream company is looking for a tasty new flavour to raise awareness about genocide.

Tim Black Tuesday 1 April 2008 comments

Is it time to build on the green belt?

Buy your tickets now for the live spiked debate on whether new homes should be built on the green and pleasant lands that circle towns and cities.

Mick Hume Tuesday 1 April 2008 comments

The recession: a boom in depression-mongering

The economic outlook remains uncertain, but the recessionary psyche is at the top of the market.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 2 April 2008 comments

London 2012: where’s the Olympic Spirit?

Officials don’t care about sport for sport’s sake: they want the Games to boost British self-esteem, fix public transport and solve global warming.

Lee Jones Wednesday 2 April 2008 comments

Is West Papua being
eco-colonised?

A student writer believes greens are trying to preserve West Papua as an archaic backgarden for Westerners disillusioned by modernity.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 2 April 2008 comments

Immigration should be a political football

The evacuation of morality from the immigration debate has given rise to a dehumanised view of migrants as numbers on a spreadsheet.

Sadhvi Sharma Thursday 3 April 2008 comments

The party’s over in India’s capital of fun

Sadhvi Sharma, a long-time vistor to Goa, reports on how the seaside resort has been remade as a mini police-state following the tragic murder of a British teenager.

Tim Black Thursday 3 April 2008 comments

Virtual nightmares about social networking

‘Children at risk online!’ declare two new British reports. Yet they seem to be based more on unfounded fears about web weirdos and ignorant parents than on hard facts.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 3 April 2008 comments

Zimbabwe and the new Cowardly Colonialism

Western intervention against Robert Mugabe’s ‘evil regime’ put Zimbabwe into an economic straitjacket and disempowered its people.

Mick Hume Friday 4 April 2008 comments

Welcome to the apocalypse auction

The dangerous game of my-risk’s-bigger-than-your-risk – and in praise of Ronaldo’s showboating: read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).

Patrick West Friday 4 April 2008 comments

Resisting the new cookery conformity

The reported failure of Jamie, Gordon, Ainsley and the rest to change our culinary habits should be a source of national pride.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 4 April 2008 comments

The downside of Becks’ 100th cap

Dragging ‘the Messiah’ out of semi-retirement to play his hundredth game for England only showed that the team lacks creativity and wit.

Tessa Mayes Friday 4 April 2008 comments

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

Richard Reeves on JS Mill’s desire to inject public debate with truth, energy and freedom and to create a ‘whole society of heroes’.

Angus Kennedy Monday 7 April 2008 comments

The Apprentice: arrogantly brilliant TV

Ignore the po-faced complaints about Alan Sugar’s cocky wannabe apprentices giving the green light to bullying. They should be seen as role models.

James Heartfield Monday 7 April 2008 comments

Gordon Brown’s Great Eco-Towns Con

The PM is proposing new zero-carbon towns to make up for his government’s kneejerk hostility to real housebuilding. It’s too little, too late.

Black and O’Neill Monday 7 April 2008 comments

Grown-up politics goes up in flames

Yesterday’s public grappling with the Olympic torch shone a light on the self-satisfied, cartoonish nature of contemporary China-bashing.

Kevin Yuill Tuesday 8 April 2008 comments

Gunning for Chuck

Charlton Heston’s defence of gun ownership was far more honourable than the cynical fear-mongering of his elitist, liberal critics.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 8 April 2008 comments

Who killed Henri Paul?

Both Al-Fayed’s mad conspiracy theories and the court’s official verdict miss who was ultimately responsible for the crash in Paris: Dodi and Diana.

Mick Hume Tuesday 8 April 2008 comments

Diana’s death: new myths for old

If you believe that this decade-long circus has all been Mr Al-Fayed’s fault, you’ll believe anything.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 9 April 2008 comments

The invasion of the robotic thugs

The attacks on the ‘horrible, ominous, retarded’ Chinese men guarding the Olympic flame are historical prejudice repeated as farce.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 9 April 2008 comments

Taxing times for Gordon Brown

The current uproar over a small tax change announced a year ago shows how seriously crisis-ridden and adrift is Brown’s Labour government.

Sean Collins Wednesday 9 April 2008 comments

Baseball’s Salem

Witch-hunting steroid-users in baseball will do more to undermine the integrity of America’s national pastime than any amount of drug-taking.

Tessa Mayes Thursday 10 April 2008 comments

This inquest is wrong: the paps are innocent

The verdict in the inquest into Princess Diana’s death is perverse, and it could give rise to new and ominous restrictions on the free press.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 10 April 2008 comments

Africa and the White Madonna’s Burden

In adopting black babies and trying to ‘mother’ entire countries, have celebs created an image of Africa as a helpless, feckless child?

Jennie Bristow Thursday 10 April 2008 comments

Rule 10: school choice is a myth

The schizophrenic promotion/demonisation of parental choice in schooling leaves parents dejected, and kids no better educated.

Mick Hume Friday 11 April 2008 comments

Shannon Matthews: Prole Porn

Dewsbury becomes a modern Bedlam - and a 21-gun salute for Charlton Heston: read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times.

Patrick West Friday 11 April 2008 comments

Back to the Dark Age

From celebrating the earth-loving Celts to the myth of Robin Hood as a merry old cove with loads of mates: medievalism is on the march.

Rob Lyons Friday 11 April 2008 comments

A bloody exciting sport

It may have been branded ‘human cock-fighting’ by Senator John McCain, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship is a compelling spectacle.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 11 April 2008 comments

Is it ethical to vote for Sian Berry?

Our ethical columnist discusses the London mayoral elections.

Phil Cunliffe Friday 11 April 2008 comments

Hallucinations of Empire

In his brilliant new book, Olivier Roy shows that Iraq was no war for oil or war for Israel: it was an unwieldy product of the new ‘politics of chaos’.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 14 April 2008 comments

Slitty eyes and buck teeth? It must be China

In its rush to denounce Chinese militarism and pollution, is the British Free Tibet Campaign disseminating dubious stereotypes of Chinese people?

Rob Johnston Monday 14 April 2008 comments

A colourful panic about food additives

The UK's food watchdog has demanded that six artificial colours be banned from food - despite weak evidence linking them to hyperactivity.

Frank Furedi Monday 14 April 2008 comments

The truth about music

There is no ‘truer truth’ than that which comes through music, said Robert Browning. Which makes today’s transformation of music into a tool of social policy all the more tragic.

Tim Black Tuesday 15 April 2008 comments

Funny Games and
the end of narrative

Michael Haneke’s blood-spattered parody-of-a-thriller unwittingly captures bourgeois European fears of ‘the American virus’.

Ed Barrett Tuesday 15 April 2008 comments

The seventh circle
of Dewsbury

Abductors, bombers, kids hanged from trees, crucified men... apparently Dewsbury has them all. Or is the media just making it up?

Rob Lyons Tuesday 15 April 2008 comments

Food price crisis: feasting on apocalyptic porn

Observers and officials are using reports of a food crisis to scaremonger about everything from population growth to modern technology.

Guy Rundle Wednesday 16 April 2008 comments

The faulty ‘2020’ vision of Australian liberals

The ‘national conversation’ organised by Kevin Rudd shows that Australian left-liberals have more faith in the state than the people.

Dominic Standish Wednesday 16 April 2008 comments

Why Berlusconi beat the ‘Italian Obama’

What a third term for the ‘Jesus Christ’ of Italian politics reveals about democracy, corruption and the cult of personality.

Mick Hume Wednesday 16 April 2008 comments

Don’t blame Brown…

‘What happened to Our Gordon?’ wail writers. Yet it was self-deluded Brown-nosers who sowed illusions in this empty vessel of a political leader.

Emily Hill Thursday 17 April 2008 comments

Who killed Glastonbury?

Maybe ticket sales are down, not because of Jay-Z, but because this music fest has become a dayout for geriatrics and poshos.

Basham and Luik Thursday 17 April 2008 comments

A plastic ban for dummies

Canadian health authorities look set to label a chemical used in food containers and baby bottles as 'dangerous' - despite no convincing evidence of risk.

Josie Appleton Thursday 17 April 2008 comments

London: what kind of city do we want?

Pubs for the public, free childcare, no more Green Belt... Manifesto Club members offer some words of advice to the next mayor of London.

Sean Collins Thursday 17 April 2008 comments

What ‘Bittergate’ reveals about the 2008 race

Barack Obama’s views about rednecks clinging to guns and God are certainly offensive. But he isn’t the only Democrat who holds them.

Patrick West Friday 18 April 2008 comments

Did modernity spring from the Middle Ages?

TV’s Medieval Season reminds us that, from the Middle Ages to the Daily Mail Age, the battle between Reason and Superstition never ends.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 April 2008 comments

Arsenal: the ‘beautiful losers’ of football

If he wants the Gooners to stop being perpetual bridesmaids, Arsene Wenger must forget about playing pretty and try playing to win.

Mick Hume Friday 18 April 2008 comments

Let’s blame it
all on China

We are suffering a mad fit of Olympian proportions when Peter Mandelson sounds like the voice of reason: read Mick Hume’s column in The Times.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 18 April 2008 comments

Immigrants: the more the merrier

Forget all the talk of scroungers, trafficked victims or migrant-polluters: two new films show us the human face of mass migration.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 18 April 2008 comments

A catfight over consciousness

Ignoring all the piss and vinegar about Ted Honderich and his difficult personality, is his book On Consciousness any good? Well, yes and no.

Emily Hill Monday 21 April 2008 comments

An epidemic of ‘emotional bulimia’

Now even gruff John Prescott has joined the ranks of public figures who vomit up their private woes in the press.

Tim Black Monday 21 April 2008 comments

Turning China into a whipping boy

A debate about the Olympics sent out a clear message: Britain may no longer be Great, but at least we aren’t China.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 21 April 2008 comments

It’s official: it is now a crime to be arrogant

The imprisonment of Abu Izzadeen for the ‘criminal offence’ of Talking Bollocks In A Mosque represents a grave assault on free speech.

Paul Miner Tuesday 22 April 2008 comments

Keep the Green Belt buckled

Ahead of next week’s spiked debate on the future of the Green Belt, one speaker appeals for its continued preservation. Buy your tickets now.

Christopher Bickerton Tuesday 22 April 2008 comments

Using Mugabe as a stick to beat Africa

Western observers are using Robert Mugabe’s refusal to stand down as an excuse to lambast the disobedient, failing nations of southern Africa.

Mick Hume Tuesday 22 April 2008 comments

‘Bold’ Bank of England? Don’t credit it

The UK authorities’ ‘historic’ scheme to bail out the finance system only confirms the poverty of the capitalist imagination today.

David Perks Wednesday 23 April 2008 comments

I’d like to teach the world to think...

The introduction of ‘thinking skills’ in British schools treats educational thought as a learned behaviour. But children are not dogs to be trained.

Tim Black Wednesday 23 April 2008 comments

The rights and wrongs of ‘the right to die’

To mark the release of the controversial big-screen comedy Three And Out, spiked is hosting a debate in London on euthanasia.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 23 April 2008 comments

Small is not beautiful

A new report on the ‘way forward for agriculture’ has been used to justify dragging farming backwards – to the detriment of the poor.

Mick Hume Thursday 24 April 2008 comments

Prezza: the politics of trifles

John Prescott’s bulimia ‘confession’ is a Man-Bites-Pie story, but it does throw up a problem with public life. Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).

Patrick West Thursday 24 April 2008 comments

The harsh truth of the camera eye

When Esther Rantzen complains that Simon Cowell, Alan Sugar et al are too cruel when judging participants, she forgets one thing: that’s life.

Neil Davenport Thursday 24 April 2008 comments

If you’re happy and you know it...

Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky strikes a brilliant blow against today’s grey, miserabilist hostility towards life, love and work.

Sean Collins Thursday 24 April 2008 comments

After Pennsylvania: demography is destiny

With neither Clinton nor Obama offering a compelling political vision, the primaries are becoming a deeply entrenched war of identities.

Guy Rundle Friday 25 April 2008 comments

Fascism: it ain’t what it used to be

Jonah Goldberg makes some salient points about the left’s authoritarian tendencies today — but his use of the ‘f-word’ is no more convincing than when it was used by Sixties dropouts.

Sean Collins Friday 25 April 2008 comments

Nothing that is human is alien to Price

In Lush Life, Richard Price - one of the co-writers of the brilliant TV series The Wire - has written a truly humanistic novel which captures the essence of life and longing in Lower East Side New York.

Iain Murray Friday 25 April 2008 comments

Is environmentalism the opiate of the liberals?

In this extract from his new book, Iain Murray argues that greens – who worship both a Weather God (the climate) and an Earth Mother (Gaia) and who brook no dissent – have become hectoring, intolerant religionists.

Austin Williams Friday 25 April 2008 comments

Three cheers for China’s economic miracle

Development in China has lifted tens of millions of people out of poverty, and in the past decade alone Shanghai has built more skyscrapers than already exist in New York. Listen carefully: this is a good thing.

Tim Black Friday 25 April 2008 comments

Modernism and the ‘lure of heresy’

Peter Gay’s authoritative and lively history of the modernists captures their personalities and heretical approach. But it fails to place them in their profound historical context.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 25 April 2008 comments

Exploding the myth of trafficking

Controversial author Laura María Agustín tells spiked that feminists, NGOs and government bodies dedicated to combating the sex industry have ended up criminalising migrant workers.

Josie Appleton Friday 25 April 2008 comments

The cultural contradictions
of consumerism

Once, society celebrated money-making chancers and lauded prudent hard workers. Today, says a new book, it is plying us with dumbed-down ‘stuff’ in order to keep us infantilised.

Philip Hammond Friday 25 April 2008 comments

How the ’68ers
became warmongers

From their days as denim-wearing radicals manning the barricades to politicians in positions of power, Bernard Kouchner and Joschka Fischer have been fighting fantasy battles against fantasy fascism.

Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 25 April 2008 comments

How the British left
betrayed Ireland’s 1968

When people in Derry, inspired by the international radicalism of 1968, rose up to challenge their sectarian rulers, they were ignored, written off and condescended to by a British left fiercely loyal to the British state.

Frank Furedi Friday 25 April 2008 comments

My 1968

As student radicals who believed ‘Anything Is Possible’, we rattled our elders in the heady year of 1968. But looking back, it seems the real driving force of Sixties radicalism was the crisis and cowardice of the elite itself.

spiked-debate Monday 28 April 2008 comments

Quilliam Foundation: a thoughtful think-tank?

Two writers debate the merits of a new Muslim-and-secular collective that aims to ‘revive Western Islam and unite against extremism’.

Nancy McDermott Monday 28 April 2008 comments

Can we hector parents? Yes we can!

By making parental attitudes central to his vision for education, Barack Obama is blaming moms and dads for the US State’s school failures.

Richard Webster Monday 28 April 2008 comments

REVEALED: the truth about the Jersey skull

The discovery of a bone fragment at a former kids' home in Jersey led to a media frenzy about paedophiles. The facts tell a different story.

Andrew Calcutt Tuesday 29 April 2008 comments

Turn on, tune in, drop out

What’s with all the mythologising about Rock Against Racism? Those self-congratulatory concerts demobilised a generation.

Henry Williams Tuesday 29 April 2008 comments

A dignified debate about death

Following the release of the Brit-comedy Three And Out, spiked hosted a lively debate at BAFTA last night on the rights and wrongs of ‘the right to die’.

Mick Hume Tuesday 29 April 2008 comments

Second-preference politics

The really embarrassing thing is that the clownish Ken’n’Boris show in London appears to be the best that British democracy can offer.

Alka Sehgal Wednesday 30 April 2008 comments

More than a black-and-white story

The screen adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis intelligently shows us the impact of the Iranian revolution on one bright, ambitious girl.

Nancy McDermott Wednesday 30 April 2008 comments

‘I’ve been labelled the world’s worst mom’

New York Sun columnist Lenore Skenazy tells spiked about the barrage of abuse she got for letting her nine-year-old ride the subway alone.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 30 April 2008 comments

‘Healthy living’ zaps the fun from life

Kicking off a brand new debate about medicine, GP and author Michael Fitzpatrick says there’s more to life than ‘bovine contentment’.