September 2008

Guy Rundle Monday 1 September 2008 comments

The Selection of Sarah: exciting or terrifying?

Guy Rundle reports from St Paul on the buzz about McCain’s promotion of creationist, gun-owner Sarah Palin.

Sean Collins Monday 1 September 2008 comments

The American Promise: more personality politics

Obama and McCain have remodelled themselves, and yet both remain hindered by low horizons and identity politics.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 1 September 2008 comments

Please kill this ‘Obama assassination porn’

The Obama clique’s fear that their man will be killed by ‘rednecks with rifles’ reveals their almost aristocratic dislocation from the masses.

Tessa Mayes Tuesday 2 September 2008 comments

Navel-gazing at the Edinburgh TV festival

We were promised a fiery debate about the role of news in the modern world... but we got news bosses bickering over technical issues.

Tim Black Tuesday 2 September 2008 comments

After ‘Red Ken’, the blonde scaremonger

Having banned boozing on buses, now Boris is cynically exploiting fear of climate change. He is every bit Ken Livingstone’s heir.

Mick Hume Tuesday 2 September 2008 comments

British statesman? More like stuntmen

Rising tensions with Russia show that there is no crisis so bad it cannot be made worse by the self-serving intervention of a Brown or Miliband.

Basham and Luik Wednesday 3 September 2008 comments

It’s official: you can be fat and fit

Contrary to the government hysteria, being obese is not an indicator of ill-health, and it’s far from a death sentence.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 3 September 2008 comments

Wanted for crimes against free expression

The Advertising Standards Authorities’ censuring of a movie poster exposes its elite disdain for the dumb masses.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 3 September 2008 comments

Hurricane Gustav and the incitement to panic

US officials’ overblown reaction to Gustav shows that the politics of worst-case thinking can seriously harm community safety and solidarity.

Neil Davenport Thursday 4 September 2008 comments

New Labour’s crime- tinted spectacles

It’s a bit rich for a government that has screwed up the economy to fret about social atavism during a recession.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 4 September 2008 comments

Alistair Darling’s split personality

Comparing the credit crunch to postwar Britain reveals little about today’s economy, but a lot about our leaders.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 4 September 2008 comments

Jade Goody and her ‘celebrity cancer’

The respectable media are outraged by Jade’s illness-as-publicity-stunt. Yet they’re the ones who made cancer a subject for public titillation.

Tom Slater Friday 5 September 2008 comments

Modern Guilt: Beck to the future

The ‘coolest Scientologist in music’ may be pushing 40, but his new album is an innovative return to form.

Mick Hume Friday 5 September 2008 comments

Government officials attack rape victim

Why Dame Helen Mirren is right about date rape and the law - read Mick Hume’s column this week in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Friday 5 September 2008 comments

The truth about ‘club before country’

It’s one of the great mysteries of our time: why players shine for their clubs but play like part-timers for England.

Patrick West Friday 5 September 2008 comments

Why Metallica should never have cut their hair

Forget indie and punk and their conformist ‘anti-establishment’ views. Heavy metal is the real music of rebellion.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 5 September 2008 comments

AIDS epidemic? It was a ‘glorious myth’

The author of 1987’s The Truth About the AIDS Panic welcomes two new whistleblowing texts on the opportunism of the AIDS industry.

Sean Collins Monday 8 September 2008 comments

The truth about the pitbull in lipstick

She’s neither evil incarnate nor the saviour of the Republicans, but an opportunist who plays the ‘hockey mom’ lifestyle card.

Helen Searls Monday 8 September 2008 comments

Sarah Palin and the rise of tribal politics

In their reaction to Palin, Republicans and Democrats seemed to be worlds apart - and that’s because they are.

Ethan Greenhart Monday 8 September 2008 comments

Is it ethical to support Sarah Palin?

Why our ethical columnist has no time for the gun-toting, pro-life wannabe VP.

Frank Furedi Monday 8 September 2008 comments

Turning Sarah Palin into a twenty-first century witch

In our era of lifestyle politics, the PC moral crusade against Palin exposes the cosmopolitan elite’s contempt for the common people.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 9 September 2008 comments

Has spiked infiltrated Barack Obama’s party?

The internet has exposed a spiked writer’s role in determining the direction of the US election. Or has it…?

Kevin Rooney Tuesday 9 September 2008 comments

Northern Ireland: painting over the cracks

20 years ago Kevin Rooney was defacing loyalist murals. So why is he now concerned that the authorities are removing them?

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 9 September 2008 comments

Rule 14: Nobody needs a ‘Grandparents’ Charter’

The army of unpaid conscripts who look after their grandkids is growing – but they don’t need a rulebook to manage their childcare affairs.

Tara McCormack Wednesday 10 September 2008 comments

Hell hath no fury like a Eurocrat scorned

A leaked briefing reveals why officials think they lost the Irish referendum: because there’s ‘too much’ press freedom.

Ben Pile Wednesday 10 September 2008 comments

Environmentalism or death: that's the choice?

It’s fitting that the scaremonger Caroline Lucas has been elected first leader of the doom-obsessed Green Party.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 10 September 2008 comments

Let’s cap this myth of overpopulation

The Balanced Migration group moans that Britain will need seven new cities to cope with an influx of immigrants. Well, let’s start building then.

James Panton Thursday 11 September 2008 comments

Why I’ve got a beef with going vegetarian

After policing how we shop, holiday and dispose of waste, now environmental bigwigs want to turn us into eco-veggies.

Rob Lyons Thursday 11 September 2008 comments

Food prices: don’t turn a drama into a crisis

We could challenge the food crisis by calling on governments to remove the bizarre barriers to producing more food.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 11 September 2008 comments

A Big Bang for Big Bang’s sake

Ignore those who complain that the collider experiment won’t have tangible benefits. Not every good can be measured. Plus photos.

Mick Hume Thursday 11 September 2008 comments

From the politics to the economics of fear

The financial crisis and the reactions to it show that capitalism today is risk-averse and state-nursed rather than recklessly ‘neo-liberal’.

Mick Hume Friday 12 September 2008 comments

Dump the apostrophe? Apostasy!

To allow sloppy spelling would be a cue for sloppy thinking. Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Friday 12 September 2008 comments

The First Law of Soccer Self-Delusion

... is that the epithet ‘massive club’ is used by lazy journalists and desperate fans to describe success-starved teams.

Patrick West Friday 12 September 2008 comments

The 9/11 faker: suffering as celebrity

Tania Head, who achieved fame posing as a survivor of 9/11, grasped the source of modern celebrity: victimhood.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 12 September 2008 comments

Is it ethical to shut down power stations?

Our ethical columnist gets all misty-eyed at the thought of eco-warriors pulling the plug on Britain's power industry.

Frank Furedi Friday 12 September 2008 comments

Dare to be moral

Frank Furedi welcomes a new guide to morality for ‘grown-up idealists’, which reminds us how important is human reason in shaping the future.

David Chandler Monday 15 September 2008 comments

The ‘Bosnian model’ is no model for Georgia

Turning sections of the Caucasus into international protectorates will not deliver anything like democracy.

Tim Black Monday 15 September 2008 comments

RocknRolla: it’s a self-parody, innit geez?

Critics have watched Guy Ritchie’s latest gangster movie and asked: ‘Is he taking the piss?’ Er, yes, he is.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 15 September 2008 comments

State-sanctioned radicalism

The Greenpeace activists acquitted of criminal damage are not true protesters: they are part of a new caste of agitated bourgeois insiders.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 16 September 2008 comments

Who will win the polar bear vote?

It started out as a joke, but now the question of who polar bears would vote for in the US election is getting serious.

Sean Collins Tuesday 16 September 2008 comments

Challenging the politics of passivity

Whether lecturing parents or exaggerating security threats, both Obama and McCain see Americans as helpless victims.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 16 September 2008 comments

Lehman Brothers: when confidence runs out

The crisis on Wall Street shows that a risk-averse outlook - not foolish financiers - is the biggest threat to the economy.

Daniel Ben-Ami Wednesday 17 September 2008 comments

Five myths about the Wall Street crisis

Beneath the startling headlines, many of the explanations for the troubles at Lehman Brothers and AIG are sub-prime.

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 17 September 2008 comments

Turning growing up into going mad

A new campaign to tackle ‘ignorance’ about mental health issues among the young pathologises being a teenager.

Mick Hume Wednesday 17 September 2008 comments

Labour’s cowardly coup: the sequel

The ‘plot’ to overthrow UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown appears even more gutless than the one he staged against Tony Blair.

David Perks Thursday 18 September 2008 comments

Creationism: why we need open debate

The Royal Society’s cowardly decision to force out its education director shows its inability to defend science.

Alex Standish Thursday 18 September 2008 comments

The future of America: out of one, many

While a new census reveals that US whites will be a minority by 2042, a dominant cultural majority has long been lacking.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 18 September 2008 comments

Rule 15: Not everyone you know is a latent paedophile

Allowing everyone to vet their neighbours and partners won’t save children from abuse, but it will have a poisonous effect on community life.

Cécile Schublin Friday 19 September 2008 comments

Frustration: the thrill of The Chaser

Korean director Hong-Jin Na’s debut is a dark and deadly delight where the overwhelming theme is impotence.

Mick Hume Friday 19 September 2008 comments

Britishness: the last refuge

...of politicians who don’t know who we are or what they stand for. Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Friday 19 September 2008 comments

You’re not big and you’re not special

Newcastle United and their fans are touted as a nation apart, but in truth they're the same as everyone else.

Patrick West Friday 19 September 2008 comments

In praise of the ‘Nazi Channel’

UKTV History shows that commercial channels can provide enlightening programming, too.

Tim Black Friday 19 September 2008 comments

The real Kafka, warts, whores and all

A new book smashes the myths shrouding Kafka, and allows us to appreciate his works anew.

Neil Davenport Monday 22 September 2008 comments

How the culture wars killed free expression

Christopher Shinn, the writer of new political play Now or Later, explains how campus censorship strangles debate.

Peter Smith Monday 22 September 2008 comments

A welcome break from
the doom-and-gloom

Despite the demise of holiday firm XL and money troubles at Alitalia, the desire to travel remains as strong as ever.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 22 September 2008 comments

Tackling the epidemic of ‘bad science’

In his new book, Ben Goldacre takes a welcome swipe at quackery, but misses the wider abuse of science for political ends.

James Heartfield Tuesday 23 September 2008 comments

Capitalising on climate change

The emergence of a market in carbon emission rights shows that there is big money to be made from trading in hot air.

Martyn Perks Tuesday 23 September 2008 comments

The best foundation for the web: open debate

Tim Berners-Lee’s new group aims for a ‘free and open’ web, but the idea of ‘rating’ content would close down discussion.

Mick Hume Tuesday 23 September 2008 comments

Only a mug would bank on a crisis

Does the current economic turmoil really offer New Labour prime minister Gordon Brown his best hope of survival? Don’t bet on it.

Lee Jones Wednesday 24 September 2008 comments

The moralistic myth of the ‘demon drink’

The UK government’s list of nine types of heavy drinker is based less on scientific research than puritan zeal.

Ben Pile Wednesday 24 September 2008 comments

Going over the top in the ‘climate war’

A recent BBC series showed how dubious scientific conclusions are weapons in the politicised debate over global warming.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 24 September 2008 comments

Time to shoot down this anti-human outlook

While the existence of homicidal lunatics, like Finnish gunman Maati Saari, is nothing new, the wider cultural resonance of their actions is.

Rob Lyons Thursday 25 September 2008 comments

An endless diet of government intervention

Health authorities and food campaigners have pursued their pet projects by promoting scare stories about children’s health.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 25 September 2008 comments

Turning the Holocaust into a fable

The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas is just the latest example of the Final Solution being reduced to a trite morality tale.

Phil Mullan Thursday 25 September 2008 comments

It’s the politics, stupid

The turmoil in the financial markets has become a real economic downturn because of the fearful and incoherent response of the political elite.

Mick Hume Friday 26 September 2008 comments

The Golf War? Not in my name

Boo to all that Euro-ballyhoo about the Ryder Cup. Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Friday 26 September 2008 comments

Why football needs its Worst Decisions Ever

Unjust refereeing decisions, such as Reading’s now infamous goal that wasn’t, are a vital part of a football fan’s life.

Patrick West Friday 26 September 2008 comments

Why I’ve changed my mind about Piers Morgan

He used to be a sleazy hack, but the former Mirror editor’s honest interviewing style is a breath of fresh air.

Neil Davenport Friday 26 September 2008 comments

The revolting world of middle class prejudice

A new ‘protesters’ handbook’ is about as rebellious as the newspaper that published it: the Guardian.

Emily Hill Monday 29 September 2008 comments

A conference postcard: ‘Wish I weren’t here’

A reporter for the Londoner’s Diary tried to stay awake at the Miserabilist And Miliband Show at the Labour conference.

John Browne Monday 29 September 2008 comments

Obama v McCain: a battle to Not Lose

Despite the hype, round one of the televised presidential debates lacked vision or even a verbal punch-up.

Wendy Kaminer Monday 29 September 2008 comments

Sarah Palin: a campaign built on female chauvinism

In her new column, Wendy Kaminer says the hockey mom has come to bury liberal feminism… and Hillary Clinton provided her with the shovel.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 30 September 2008 comments

Congress bales out

The bailout debacle exposes indirection, immaturity and indiscipline in the heart of DC.

Tim Black Tuesday 30 September 2008 comments

Scapegoating the spivs

The attacks on the greed and thievery of bankers is anti-capitalism at its most shallow.

Mick Hume Tuesday 30 September 2008 comments

There Is (still) No Alternative

The most remarkable thing about the crisis is the absence of any serious critique of capitalism or debate about where our society is heading.