May 2008

Tim Black Thursday 1 May 2008 comments

Seeing red over the Green Belt

Green Belt protectors cried ‘not an inch!’, while their opponents insisted that ‘people must come first’. Sparks flew at last night’s spiked debate.

Neil Davenport Thursday 1 May 2008 comments

Squabbling over a polluted fiefdom

All the candidates in today's mayoral elections view London as a smoggy city of disparate tribes. This is court politics, not democracy.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 1 May 2008 comments

Is there a Josef Fritzl on your street?

The heinous cellar-incest crime is being turned into a metaphor for the dangers of family life.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 2 May 2008 comments

Making sense of Miley madness

Why did a photograph of a 15-year-old Disney star’s back cause a global storm of controversy?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 2 May 2008 comments

When footballers attack!

The ‘Battle of the Buffet’, the ‘Battle of the Bridge’, China vs QPR... if there's one thing football fans enjoy more than a goal, it’s a mass brawl.

Mick Hume Friday 2 May 2008 comments

The unasked questions about Zimbabwe

Why do 40-plus per cent still vote for Mugabe? Read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).

Patrick West Friday 2 May 2008 comments

Trash TV, trash people?

There’s one thing that the liberal left and the conservative right share in common: they hate soap operas and the stupid people who watch them.

Frank Furedi Friday 2 May 2008 comments

My 1968

‘Anything is possible!’ we cried. Yet was it radicalism from below or crisis at the top of society that provoked the Sixties upheaval?

Tim Black Tuesday 6 May 2008 comments

Guilt-tripping the feckless electorate

London Elects plastered the city with patronising posters imploring people to vote, unwittingly revealing the elite’s hateful view of the public.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 6 May 2008 comments

Will the real Boris please stand up?

Contrary to what you might have read, the blonde buffoon and new mayor of London is neither a friend of liberty nor an evil Thatcherite.

Mick Hume Tuesday 6 May 2008 comments

You can’t revive a corpse

Forget the talk of Labour ‘renewal’ - its humiliation in the elections should mark the funeral rites for a party that died 25 years ago.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 7 May 2008 comments

You can’t impose ‘free speech’ on people

If the Turkish government’s tiny amendment to Article 301 is anything to go by, EU pressure for reform is making Turkey less free, not more.

Rob Johnston Wednesday 7 May 2008 comments

New Labour’s schizo policy on cannabis

The government is happier punishing cannabis users than admitting it cannot inspire youth to do something more interesting than get stoned.

Baum and Ernst Wednesday 7 May 2008 comments

Trick or treatment? The truth about homeopathy

Continuing our debate on ‘The Best and Worst of Medicine’, Michael Baum and Edzard Ernst call for homeopathy to be put in the sin bin of history.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 8 May 2008 comments

The truth about the ‘surveillance society’

Those complaining that CCTV cameras don’t cut crime are missing the point: these cams are fundamentally political rather than practical.

Rob Lyons Thursday 8 May 2008 comments

‘The wickedness of man was great in the earth’

Today, everyone from ITV to heavyweight politicians seems to believe in the Middle Ages idea that floods are punishment for mankind’s hubris.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 8 May 2008 comments

Rule 11: Parents are allowed to get drunk on holiday

The mad reaction to the story of a mum and dad who got paralytic in Portugal reveals a snobbish and unforgiving attitude towards parents today.

Dave Hallsworth Thursday 8 May 2008 comments

And the word was whack

Today's cynical and savvy kids are unlikely to fall for Bible bull.

Mick Hume Friday 9 May 2008 comments

Cannabis: Class ‘B’ for boring

Why the one thing duller than a dopehead is the reclassification debate: read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Friday 9 May 2008 comments

Every team wants to be promoted, right? Wrong

Today, many football fans dread their team making it to the Premiership, lest they be humiliated by the ‘big boys’.

Patrick West Friday 9 May 2008 comments

Premium-rate stupidity

Participants in rigged phone-in votes and flawed viewer competitions deserve no sympathy. Everyone knows it’s a mug’s game.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 9 May 2008 comments

Is it ethical to support the BNP?

Our ethical columnist explains why the far-right party are greener than most - it's their dreadful supporters that are the problem.

Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 9 May 2008 comments

Derry 1968: Ireland’s ‘moment of truth’

When people in Derry rose up to challenge their sectarian rulers, they were written-off and ignored by a British left fiercely loyal to the state.

Philip Hammond Monday 12 May 2008 comments

An iron fist in a velvet glove

Iron Man, the latest Marvel superhero story to get a big-screen outing, captures the crisis and contradictions in ‘humanitarian militarism’.

Kirk Leech Monday 12 May 2008 comments

Burma: a deluge of moral posturing

Western governments seem more concerned with lecturing the Rangoon regime than offering assistance to those hit by Cyclone Nargis.

Frank Furedi Monday 12 May 2008 comments

Let’s turn a new page in the world of reading

Teaching children that books are mere resources to be ‘consumed’ is having a baleful impact on reading, culture and the quality of public life.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 13 May 2008 comments

Seasonal food only?
F*** off, Gordon

Toilet-mouthed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has suggested we should only eat food ‘in season’. That would mean letting Nature tell us what to do.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 13 May 2008 comments

London’s illiberal, intolerant new rulers

Boris Johnson’s ban on booze suggests we can expect more New Labourite privileging of ‘social rights’ over real freedom under his regime.

Mick Hume Tuesday 13 May 2008 comments

Israel is not what it was

Through 60 years of turmoil, only one thing remains constant: there can still be no external solution for the Middle East.

Guy Rundle Wednesday 14 May 2008 comments

How Hillary could split the Democrats in two

Clinton’s anti-elitist rhetoric won’t help her become president. But it could make Obama’s defeat at the hands of McCain more likely.

Basham and Luik Wednesday 14 May 2008 comments

A lesson for Britain’s obesity hysterics

New evidence from America suggests that intervening in schools and forcing kids to eat, think and learn healthily does not make them slimmer.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 14 May 2008 comments

Crusaders in search of a crusade

From Burma to China to Austria, why do Western observers always seek signs of human depravity? PLUS: Brendan O’Neill on ‘news as porn’.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 15 May 2008 comments

The death of the ‘Zionist dream’

Contrary to the caricature of Israel as an expansionist and arrogant aggressor, the 60-year-old nation is suffering a severe identity crisis.

Tim Black Thursday 15 May 2008 comments

Mrs Blair’s confessional incontinence

In Downing Street she invoked the ‘right to privacy’ to keep the press at bay. Now she’s vomiting up details about her life as a mum and PM’s wife.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 15 May 2008 comments

Abortion: get out the vote

An academic offers tips on how you can pressure your MP to turn up to Tuesday’s vote in parliament and defend the 24-week limit.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 15 May 2008 comments

Abortion: 24 reasons to defend 24 weeks

A Tory MP has unveiled 20 reasons why the time limit for abortion should be lowered to 20 weeks. Here are 24 reasons why it should stay as it is.

Mick Hume Friday 16 May 2008 comments

Your home is not your (bouncy) castle

Why the high court ruling that parents can be liable for injuries sustained on inflatables is a danger to all of us - read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).

Dolan Cummings Friday 16 May 2008 comments

Rangers after UEFA: just don’t call us plucky

We’d far rather stay as the team that everyone hates rather than be patronised as spirited, have-a-go heroes.

Patrick West Friday 16 May 2008 comments

Why should we pay the Orwellian licence fee?

Threatening TV licence-dodgers with scary ads can’t disguise the fact that fewer people are watching the Beeb.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 16 May 2008 comments

Is it ethical to be an ethical lifestyle adviser?

Our ethical columnist draws the attention of his fellow advisers to some basic rules of the trade.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 16 May 2008 comments

Exploding the myth of trafficking

Controversial author Laura María Agustín tells spiked that those dedicated to combating the sex industry have criminalised migrant workers.

Ken McLaughlin Monday 19 May 2008 comments

Blurring the line between ‘normal’ and ‘disabled’

A charity despairs at public ignorance about people with learning problems. Yet it’s the constant redefinition of disability that sows confusion.

Norman Lewis Monday 19 May 2008 comments

To see the future of the internet, look East

If Westerners could shake off their prejudices about ‘copycat’ Asians with ‘small hands’, they might just see the wonders of Asian web innovation.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 19 May 2008 comments

‘Paedophile scares are always driven by the elite’

As the Jersey children’s home ‘bone’ turns out to be a piece of coconut, Richard Webster tells spiked the case reveals much about moral panics.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 20 May 2008 comments

Is the Dalai Lama a ‘religious dictator’?

As the world’s favourite giggling Buddhist arrives in Britain, a Buddhist nun tells spiked that he is denying people their religious freedom.

Joanne Herlihy Tuesday 20 May 2008 comments

The dangers of ‘identity management’

The implementation of the UK government’s identity card scheme is being driven by a fundamental distrust of the populace.

Mick Hume Tuesday 20 May 2008 comments

Fear of the madding crowds

The hysterical backlash against Rangers fans reveals more about our society’s troubled state of mind than about the trouble in Manchester.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 21 May 2008 comments

The Duchess vs ‘white trash’ Britain

Yes, it was sickening to see Sarah Ferguson on TV lecturing a poor family about food. But all food-makeover shows come with a side order of snobbery.

James Heartfield Wednesday 21 May 2008 comments

Gordon Brown and the ghosts of innovation

James Heartfield reports from yesterday’s NESTA conference in London on the flailing PM’s vampiric relationship with the ‘innovation economy’.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 21 May 2008 comments

Crewe by-election: Farce War, not Class War

The Labour Party’s nasty campaign in Crewe and Nantwich exposes the petty, personalised and chauvinistic strain in contemporary politics.

Martyn Perks Thursday 22 May 2008 comments

Can design cut crime?

Government attempts to ‘design out’ crime by sticking anti-theft, noise-emitting devices around the country will make us feel less secure.

Ken McLaughlin Thursday 22 May 2008 comments

A cruel and unusual ban

The smoking ban in psychiatric institutions means their patients are the only people in Britain forbidden from smoking ‘in their own homes’.

Ann Furedi Thursday 22 May 2008 comments

Abortion in Britain: the debate ain’t over yet

Ann Furedi welcomes British MPs’ defence of the 24-week time limit, but says much more can be done to free up and streamline abortion services.

Mick Hume Friday 23 May 2008 comments

Kick fatalism out of football

It was Fergie’s iron fist wot won it, not the fickle foot of fate. Read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).

Patrick West Friday 23 May 2008 comments

What JD and Co. reveal about real life

‘Realistic’ hospital shows like Casualty are actually unrealistic, and painfully moralistic. The weird and surreal Scrubs is much closer to the truth.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 23 May 2008 comments

Who do you hate most: Chelsea or United?

For us ‘neutrals’, choosing who to support in the Champions League Final was like a man on death row choosing between the chair or an injection.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 23 May 2008 comments

After Crewe: where is the positive politics?

The by-election result was less a victory for Cameron’s hollow Conservatives than an angry, tired rejection of the failed political elite.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 27 May 2008 comments

Nul points for Terry Wogan’s outburst

The complaints about Saturday night’s Eurovision Song Contest stink of sour grapes with a dash of anti-Eastern prejudice.

Henry Williams Tuesday 27 May 2008 comments

A Kamikaze attack on manmade flight

A new exhibition charts the history of aviation from the suicidal Pioneer Age to the bold Jet Age to the drab ‘Eco Age’.

Nancy McDermott Tuesday 27 May 2008 comments

The Great American Baby Bottle Scare

Cynical official scaremongering about a harmless plastic in baby bottles has panicked moms and dads throughout America and Canada.

Tim Black Wednesday 28 May 2008 comments

China: ‘so pernicious, so malign, so vile’

Tim Black reports on the outbursts of borderline Sinophobic sentiment at last night’s London debate on boycotting Beijing.

Basham and Luik Wednesday 28 May 2008 comments

Body Mass Index: a big fat lie

Continuing our debate on ‘The Best and Worst of Medicine’, Patrick Basham and John Luik argue that BMI has led to a needless ‘war on obesity’.

Mick Hume Wednesday 28 May 2008 comments

Why knife crime cuts us to the quick

The deep insecurity in our society has fuelled a national panic, despite the UK having one of the world’s lowest youth homicide rates.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 29 May 2008 comments

John Terry joins football’s Hall of Tears

The mocking of ‘Mr Chelsea’ for blubbing like a baby does not show that public emotionalism is on the retreat - it just shows that everyone hates Chelsea.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 29 May 2008 comments

Terror’s Advocate: a trial in itself

Barbet Schroeder’s documentary about the rogue French lawyer Jacques Vergès is a confusing study of a man with questionable principles.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 29 May 2008 comments

A great day for democracy

The abolition of the monarchy in Nepal should put the fear of god – or rather the fear of man – into Britain’s own crumbling House of Windsor.

Bill Durodie Friday 30 May 2008 comments

History: it's just one bloody thing after another

Having jettisoned political and historical frameworks, Michael Burleigh's story of terrorism combines a lack of insight with excessive prejudice about curry-eating loyalists and headbutting Glaswegians.

Jennie Bristow Friday 30 May 2008 comments

Cherie’s memoirs
‘are not awful’ shock!

Yes, the 400-page tome is full of gynaecological goo and bimbo-style twittering about getting her hair done. Yet Speaking for Myself is also a surprisingly endearing narrative on the incoherence of New Labour.

Jim Crow dressed up in multicultural drag

It’s more than 50 years since the landmark Brown case challenged the segregation of blacks and whites in American schools. Yet under the yoke of multiculturalism, new, liberal-justified forms of segregation are rife.

Josie Appleton Friday 30 May 2008 comments

You can’t care for kids unless you touch them

Under new guidelines, teachers can be chastised for patting a boy on the head or for putting a plaster on a girl’s knee. A stirring new book says these mad anti-touch measures are killing the spirit of teaching and caring.

Tony Gilland Friday 30 May 2008 comments

Shooting down the enemies of progress

Environmentalists argue that the debate about global warming is done and dusted, and we now have no choice but to rein in development and shrink the ‘human footprint’. Two powerful new books beg to differ.

Sean Collins Friday 30 May 2008 comments

Obama: a man of no substance

He launched his political career in 1995 with a candid memoir, and kickstarted his presidential bid with a ‘political treatise’ stuffed with embarrassing personal anecdotes. Obama takes the politics of personality to a new low.

Neil Davenport Friday 30 May 2008 comments

The reactionary firebrands of ‘Real England’

Paul Kingsnorth’s Nietzschean call for the ‘watchful ones’ to defend proud England from the ‘slaves’ of mass modern society is about as liberal or left-wing as Genghis Khan.

Mick Hume Friday 30 May 2008 comments

Thou shalt not ask awkward questions

A new book shows that some of those labelled ‘the deniers’ of global warming, and depicted as oil-funded crooks, are in fact sensible, respectable scientists. Why have they been made into heretics?

Frank Furedi Friday 30 May 2008 comments

The rise and rise of the New Malthusianism

Fatal Misconception is a thorough study of the history of the population-control lobby – but it fatally underestimates how influential the new green-leaning Malthusianism has become.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 30 May 2008 comments

Taking a political placebo

The radical backlash against alternative medicine allows liberals to imagine a return to their glory days of fighting against ‘menaces to civilisation’. But it sheds little light on the real problem with the politics of health today.