August 2008

Mick Hume Friday 1 August 2008 comments

Don’t let EastEnders grind you down

Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on why a 50-year-old Alan Sillitoe novel is far superior to today's grimy TV soaps.

Patrick West Friday 1 August 2008 comments

The Countdown to the end

With Des O’Connor and Carol Vorderman departing, the end is nigh for Channel 4’s words and numbers quiz.

John Dennen Friday 1 August 2008 comments

Boxing: a life less ordinary

Saturday's welterweight title fight exemplified the joy and brutality of the sport - and why it must not be banned.

Sean Collins Friday 1 August 2008 comments

How the politics of lifestyle imprisons communities

A fascinating new book argues that Americans are forming separatist ‘lifestyle tribes’. How did this happen – and how can it be challenged?

Tim Black Monday 4 August 2008 comments

Barry George: a victim of emotional tyranny?

The fate of Barry George shows that the sort of public mourning unleashed by Jill Dando’s death has a dark, vengeful side.

John Dennen Monday 4 August 2008 comments

Hadrian still speaks to us, but not about Iraq

The British Museum’s new exhibition is fascinating in its own right - so let's stop trying to make it so achingly now.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 4 August 2008 comments

Starbucks and the socialism of fools

Commentators’ glee at the closure of 700 coffee shops, and the loss of more than 12,000 jobs, exposes the inhumanity of anti-globalisation.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 5 August 2008 comments

A green light to attack the Red Dragon

Yesterday’s massacre of Chinese police officers highlights the dangers behind the international politicisation of the Olympics.

Martyn Perks Tuesday 5 August 2008 comments

Censorship online: who needs evidence?

A new UK parliamentary report says the internet must be regulated to protect children - even though there’s no proof they are being harmed.

Mick Hume Tuesday 5 August 2008 comments

The privatisation of politics

New Labour’s power struggle looks like medieval-style infighting between courtly cliques, from which we peasants are excluded.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 6 August 2008 comments

Kingsnorth: a camp of uncritical conformity

The ‘climate campers’ pose as radical – yet their disdain for consumerism and love of sustainability makes them little different to Gordon Brown.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 6 August 2008 comments

Man on Wire: living life on a tightrope

A new heist-style docudrama about a Frenchman who crossed a tightrope between the Twin Towers is a spellbinding tribute to risky living.

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 6 August 2008 comments

Don’t blame parents for ‘cotton-wool kids’

Today is Playday, a celebration of children’s ‘right to play’ - and an ideal time to have a kickabout with the culture of fear that imprisons our kids.

Mick Hume Thursday 7 August 2008 comments

Another fat-headed exercise

Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on why he refused to let his child be weighed by the UK government’s health police.

Alan Miller Thursday 7 August 2008 comments

What not to wear... drink, eat or say

Alongside the election and the credit crunch, the endless policing of personal behaviour should be a Big Story in America.

Tim Black Thursday 7 August 2008 comments

The BBFC is scarier than The Dark Knight

The killjoy, censorious politicians calling on the BBFC to give the scary new Batman film a 15 certificate should grow some cojones.

Mick Hume Thursday 7 August 2008 comments

Sillitoe: still smokin’ after all these years

Fifty years on, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – a tale of boozing, womanising, resilience and aspiration – seems more uplifting than ever.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 8 August 2008 comments

Is it ethical to boycott Beijing?

Our ethical columnist discusses the Beijing Olympics

Tim Black Friday 8 August 2008 comments

Putting the ‘I’ into
internationalism

The arrest of four Free Tibet protesters in Beijing shows that Tibet still fulfills the fantasies of posh, disillusioned Westerners.

Rob Lyons Friday 8 August 2008 comments

spiked’s Top 10 Olympic moments

The Games have thrown up scores of incredible performances, political spats and glorious characters. Here's our pick of the best.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 8 August 2008 comments

There is only one ‘Olympic value’: win, win, win

The assault on China even for its ‘gold medal culture’ exposes the mad mix of moral disdain and moral relativism behind China-bashing.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 11 August 2008 comments

Even capitalism’s fan club is losing faith

Why have free marketeers joined greens and ‘anti-capitalists’ in arguing that economic growth is a bad thing?

Kevin Yuill Monday 11 August 2008 comments

Fear is no way to defend the right to bear arms

The push for new laws to allow guns on campus is built on the same irrational panic that fuels the campaign for gun controls.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 11 August 2008 comments

Georgia: the messy truth behind the morality tale

The black-and-white reading of the horrific violence in South Ossetia overlooks the role of the ‘war on terror’ in destabilising the region.

Lee Jones Tuesday 12 August 2008 comments

Children, forward to the Glorious Green Future!

Kids are being re-educated to become moaning little Maoists forcing their ignorant mums and dads to ‘go green’.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 12 August 2008 comments

From food to sex: defend spontaneity

Whether we’re drinking or fornicating, why are we always being told to ‘stop, think, proceed with caution’?

Frank Furedi Tuesday 12 August 2008 comments

Spell it like it is

The idea that we shuold except student’s spelling misstakes as merely ‘variant spellings’ speaks to the denigration of Trooth in education.

Peter Smith Wednesday 13 August 2008 comments

Sun, sea, sand and snobbery

Ignore the shrill headlines about badly-behaved British tourists: the overwhelming majority have a great time overseas.

Tim Black Wednesday 13 August 2008 comments

‘Our Maddie’ makes a media comeback

The silly-season resurrection of the McCann tragedy shows that this was always a cynical, elite-scripted drama.

Barrie Collins Wednesday 13 August 2008 comments

Rwanda: obscuring the truth about the genocide

Far from being radical, the attacks on France for its role in the 1994 war are designed to whitewash Western intervention more broadly.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 14 August 2008 comments

Kicking against the plastic pricks

Why are some men getting stiff with rage over the sale of women’s sex toys in Sweden’s state-run pharmacies?

Rob Lyons Thursday 14 August 2008 comments

Medicine: the good, the bad and the ugly

A report on the lively, frequently passionate debate about medicine organised by spiked and Wellcome Collection.

Mick Hume Thursday 14 August 2008 comments

The Olympics: playing political games

The sporting festival has long been viewed through the political mood of the moment, from the age of empire to the politics of fear today.

Mick Hume Friday 15 August 2008 comments

A festival of pre-emptive grovelling

The threat to artistic freedom comes not from Islamists but from an invertebrate cultural elite: read Mick Hume in The Times.

Rob Lyons Friday 15 August 2008 comments

A disgusting example of ‘junk television’

BBC3 has given us yet another helping of mechanically-generated TV designed to scare us about what we eat.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 15 August 2008 comments

Forget diving, and let the real games begin

The first week of the Olympics is little more than a series of warm-up exercises before the real thing: track and field.

Dolan Cummings Friday 15 August 2008 comments

Who’s afraid of corporate shills?

A new book on scary shills whitewashes the intellectual failures of the left, and shirks the task of putting forward a political alternative.

Tara McCormack Monday 18 August 2008 comments

The myth of a plucky republic

After Georgia: Far from ‘defending democracy’, Saakashvili and his backers have robbed Georgians of any real say over their fate.

Mick Hume Monday 18 August 2008 comments

NATO, but not as they know it

After Georgia: The crisis in the Caucasus reveals the West’s Cold War-era peace-keeping alliance as a force of instability and division today.

Frank Furedi Monday 18 August 2008 comments

Why the West can’t kick its Cold War habit

After Georgia: In an era of juvenile diplomacy and patternless foreign policy, Cold War talk can easily become Hot War horrors.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 19 August 2008 comments

The ping pong and the passion

Ignore the ignoramuses who say table tennis isn’t a real Olympic sport and behold Wang Hao: the greatest Olympian of 2008.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 19 August 2008 comments

Blaming affluence for crime? That’s a bit rich

David Lammy’s ‘explanation’ for the teenage stabbings in London is a pointed attack on aspiration and prosperity.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 19 August 2008 comments

Against all booze bans

The author of a report launched today calls for an end to the state control of public drinking. PLUS: Exclusive extract from a new study on the pub.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 20 August 2008 comments

Seeing through this
slitty-eyed hypocrisy

Spanish athletes have been slated for mocking the Chinese. So why is it okay for Free Tibet activists to peddle slitty-eyed prejudices?

Rob Johnston Wednesday 20 August 2008 comments

The mad ranting of our next king

With his over-emotional, fact-lite insistence that GM is ‘destroying everything!’, Charles echoes his unfortunate ancestor George III.

Tim Black Wednesday 20 August 2008 comments

Paedophile Imperialism

The British government is exploiting the odious Gary Glitter to smash freedom of movement and hector governments in the Third World.

Martyn Perks Thursday 21 August 2008 comments

The rise and rise of 'anti-design'

Designers who focus on producing only meek and sustainable things are denying their own creativity and impact on the world.

Rob Lyons Thursday 21 August 2008 comments

Drive this careless law off the statute books

A law that criminalises death by careless driving is New Labour’s ‘Dangerous Dogs moment’: desperate, crude, illiberal.

Tim Black Thursday 21 August 2008 comments

Outrunning sport’s witch-finder generals

Christine Ohuruogu’s gold medal in the Olympic 400m is a victory over grey-faced, doping-obsessed bureaucrats.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 21 August 2008 comments

There’s another word for ‘water neutrality’: death

The demand that we should be ‘water wise’ shines a light on what lies behind the politics of environmentalism: shame at our existence.

Shirley Dent Friday 22 August 2008 comments

Why I am rabid about Rabbie

Ignore Jeremy Paxman’s attack on Robert Burns for being sentimental. The Scottish Bard was a fine, humanist poet.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 August 2008 comments

What makes a great Olympian?

Michael Phelps’ medal haul is nothing to be sniffed at, but there’s more to greatness than the quantity of golds.

Patrick West Friday 22 August 2008 comments

Forget the Games, here
come the gee-gees

With no nationalism, and sportsmen too tired to blab in interviews, horse-racing beats Beijing hands down.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 22 August 2008 comments

Is it ethical to take fat kids into care?

Why obese children are a heavy burden for Gaia to bear - and why they must be kept away from their resource-guzzling parents.

Kevin Rooney Friday 22 August 2008 comments

From insurgency to identity

Like a magician wriggling free from a straitjacket, Sinn Fein ditched universalism and reinvented itself as a party of victimhood.

Dolan Cummings Tuesday 26 August 2008 comments

Raising a glass to public spiritedness

Yesterday’s ‘provocation picnic’ in Hyde Park was a protest against officialdom’s bizarre bans on public boozing.

Stuart Derbyshire Tuesday 26 August 2008 comments

Humans are more important than animals

When it comes to using animals in research, the only moral judgement should be: does it benefit humankind?

Alastair Donald Tuesday 26 August 2008 comments

‘We must break the limits of previous generations’

The creator of the world's first rotating skyscraper talks to spiked about changing the Dubai skyline and challenging post-9/11 gloom.

Guy Rundle Wednesday 27 August 2008 comments

Obama’s Democrats: as Conventional as ever

Guy Rundle reports from Denver on why the party is ignoring the working class: anything else would mean backing up the rhetoric with real change.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 27 August 2008 comments

After Beijing: can only dictatorships dazzle?

What Beijing’s opening ceremony and London’s handover ceremony reveal about China and Britain. PLUS: Londoners gear up for 2012.

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 27 August 2008 comments

The shame of Salman Rushdie’s secular fatwa

In using England's archaic libel laws to have books pulped, the former free speech martyr puts himself in the same camp as censorious mullahs.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 28 August 2008 comments

And the gold for cynicism goes to…

With the Games over, British bigwigs can return to other sports, like moaning about 2012 and sneering about football.

Patrick West Thursday 28 August 2008 comments

Who does Jerry Springer think he is?

It was a bit much to watch the creator of hundreds of TV victims posing as an ersatz ‘Holocaust victim’ on BBC1.

Ethan Greenhart Thursday 28 August 2008 comments

Is it ethical to use toilet paper?

Our ethical columnist explains the proper way to wipe away the damage we inflict on the planet.

David Chandler Thursday 28 August 2008 comments

Russia’s first ‘Western-style’ war

Far from the Russian Bear reasserting its Great Power, its foreign policy, like Britain and America’s, is uncertain and erratic.

Philip Hammond Thursday 28 August 2008 comments

The politics of recognition

Attacks on Russia for recognising breakaway regions in Georgia are riddled with hypocrisy: Moscow is playing a game invented by the West.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 29 August 2008 comments

China: waking from its ‘Beijing Coma’

Ma Jian’s gripping novel about Tiananmen Square, told from the point of view of a comatose, injured protester, vividly captures the years of slow-motion blackout that followed the government crackdown in 1989.

Martyn Perks Friday 29 August 2008 comments

Changing the meaning of ‘change’

Charles Leadbeater tries to convince a sceptical Martyn Perks about the positive powers of 'we think' and how unleashing the creative potential of ambitious individuals could potentially overhaul society.

Philip Cunliffe Friday 29 August 2008 comments

Philip Bobbitt: you’re either with him or against him

Terror and Consent has been hailed as a profound treatise on terrorism. In truth, it rehashes the paranoia and authoritarianism of the ‘war on terror’ and writes off anyone who dares to disagree with its thesis.

Rob Lyons Friday 29 August 2008 comments

The end of food? Don’t swallow it

Paul Roberts launches some astute attacks on the system of global food production. But in the end, his partial criticisms and doom-laden outlook leave him choking on pessimism.

Rob Clowes Friday 29 August 2008 comments

The dialectic of wearing an iPod

Michael Bull argues that the wearing of iPods signals the emergence of a new self, one that is cut off from 'chilly' urban landscapes. Perhaps. But that is not the whole story.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 29 August 2008 comments

Sacrifice disguised
as democracy

Robert Reich has written a fairly sophisticated critique of contemporary capitalism. Yet he manages to twist his assault on big business into a demand that the masses should accept a cut in their living standards.

Neil Davenport Friday 29 August 2008 comments

The revolting world of middle-class prejudice

In deriding mass party politics, attacking mums who use disposable nappies and slagging off thick cab drivers, a new ‘protesters’ handbook’ is about as rebellious as the newspaper that published it: the Guardian.

Tim Black Friday 29 August 2008 comments

The real Kafka, warts,
porn, whores and all

Excavating Kafka, a brilliant work of iconoclasm by James Hawes, picks apart the trendy morbid myths surrounding Franz Kafka, and allows us to behold the man – the real man – and appreciate his works anew.

Frank Furedi Friday 29 August 2008 comments

Dare to be moral

Susan Neiman’s fascinating new book, a guide to morality for grown-up idealists, reminds us of the importance of human reason in resolving the age-old philosophical tension between what ‘is’ and what ‘ought to be’.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 29 August 2008 comments

The authorities have lied, and I am not glad

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, author of 1987’s The Truth About the AIDS Panic, says it is a shame that AIDS insiders did not expose the myths and opportunism of the AIDS industry earlier. But still, better late than never.