October 2008

Guy Rundle Wednesday 1 October 2008 comments

Kicking consumers

The Bailout Fallout: Drinking their one-dollar coffees, the patrons of a DC diner refused to believe that they’re to blame for the financial crisis.

Helen Searls Wednesday 1 October 2008 comments

A Capitol crisis

The Bailout Fallout: The failure of America’s leaders to hatch a plan for the financial crisis exposes the emptiness of their ‘politics of change’.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 1 October 2008 comments

Jamie Oliver’s unpalatable ministry to the poor

Once again the celebrity chef, cheered by the media, is adopting a missionary position as he sticks it to the junk-eating lower orders.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 2 October 2008 comments

ID cards: a badge to prove you’re ‘one of us’

New Labour’s ID cards scheme is a desperate attempt to magic up some sense of British togetherness.

Tim Black Thursday 2 October 2008 comments

Warning: anti-smoking damages public health

The new cigarette-pack photos send a clear message: conform to Healthy Living or face a life of state-sponsored mockery.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 2 October 2008 comments

A licence to be offended

The case of The Jewel of Medina shows that the real threat to free speech comes not from Islamic radicalism but from elite cultural cowardice.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 3 October 2008 comments

Is it ethical to laugh at the financial crisis?

Our ethical columnist does a jig at the downfall of the anthropocentric, wealth-generating nightmare that is the world economy.

Mick Hume Friday 3 October 2008 comments

Cigarette pack pictures: horror porn for prigs

Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on how the state wants to nationalise our bodies as well as the banks.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 3 October 2008 comments

Who’s afraid of xenotransplantation?

Using pig organs in humans could save thousands of lives. So why is Britain driving research away?

John Dennen Friday 3 October 2008 comments

Venturing into the
scrum of Jonny’s life

Jonny Wilkinson’s Buddha-praising biography reveals a man worn out - physically and mentally - by his own drive.

Rob Clowes Friday 3 October 2008 comments

The dialectic of wearing an iPod

Michael Bull’s new book says we wear iPods in order to escape alienation and ‘chilly’ urban landscapes. Maybe, but it’s not the whole story.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 6 October 2008 comments

Against austerity

The proposed ‘Age of Austerity’ is not a rational response to the financial crisis. It is a political campaign to ration our passions.

Frank Furedi Monday 6 October 2008 comments

The ‘credit crunch’ and the crisis of meaning

The key problem today is not so much the banking meltdown, as our inability to understand the threat as a prelude to managing it.

Tim Black Tuesday 7 October 2008 comments

Boris: making himself London’s top copper

Boris Johnson’s hounding of Sir Ian Blair reveals the London mayor’s own authoritarian and arbitrary approach to politics.

Alka Sehgal Tuesday 7 October 2008 comments

India’s economic progress left in Tatas

The campaign to shut down a cheap car factory is driven by elite green angst more than the Indian people’s interests.

Sean Collins Tuesday 7 October 2008 comments

The whole presidential election is a sideshow

Many now look upon the Palin-Biden clash as a ‘sideshow’. In truth, this entire contest has become irrelevant to real-world events.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 8 October 2008 comments

Childhood obesity is not a form of child abuse

Public health zealots have no business putting fat kids on the at-risk register. Plus: Listen to Rob Lyons debate Tam Fry.

Dolan Cummings Wednesday 8 October 2008 comments

How the anti-smokers are stubbing out liberty

A new report by YouGov and ASH confuses acquiescence to the smoking ban with support for official interference.

Mick Hume Wednesday 8 October 2008 comments

Blow EU Jacques, I’m not all right

The crisis has shattered the façade of European unity, as governments turn back to the nation state to defend their own brands of capitalism.

Rob Lyons Thursday 9 October 2008 comments

Down with the filthy rich misanthropes

Recent events confirm that anti-human super-wealthy capitalists are in the vanguard of climate change hysteria.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 9 October 2008 comments

Are Britain’s schools full of ‘little terrors’?

The government’s view of pupils as potential bombers says more about its own incoherence than a rise in extremism.

Andrew Orlowski Thursday 9 October 2008 comments

This digital utopianism is glorified piracy

The chattering classes’ passion for free file-sharing and disdain for creators’ rights is a betrayal of art and its practitioners.

Mick Hume Friday 10 October 2008 comments

How the ‘right’ to 28 days’ detention was won

Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London) on the impending end of Britain’s phoney 42 days war.

Patrick West Friday 10 October 2008 comments

Unhappy birthday
to This Morning

Trite, inconsequential, and aimed at bored women: why celebrate this show?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 10 October 2008 comments

Football: the last haven of X-rated freedom

Yes, that Sol Campbell chant is tasteless, obscene and cruel. But ban it? F**k off.

Ethan Greenhart Friday 10 October 2008 comments

Ethan sings the Humanity Blues

Our ethical columnist performs his classic protest song, ‘Why Can't the Humans Die Out?’

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 10 October 2008 comments

From ‘Supercapitalism’ to the bailout debacle

Robert Reich’s book on big business and democracy shows that the top-down desire to lower living standards predated the credit crunch.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 13 October 2008 comments

Why the bear markets are talking bull

Hysterical coverage of falling share prices rests on the fallacy that they are a good indicator of economic health.

Frank Furedi Monday 13 October 2008 comments

Panic is not the normal ‘human reaction’

There is no financial crisis so bad that it cannot be made worse by the intervention of the fear industry.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 13 October 2008 comments

Britain vs Iceland: after the Cod Wars, the ‘Wad Wars’

London’s aggression towards Reykjavik sheds light on the short-termism and immaturity driving the authorities’ response to the crisis.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 14 October 2008 comments

Bigga Than Ben: from Russia with fraud

A comedy about two ‘pieces of Russian scum’ shows that scrounging off the system in the UK is neither easy nor lucrative.

David Chandler Tuesday 14 October 2008 comments

British forces: a token army of occupation

The Iraqi PM’s attack on Britain’s lack of commitment in Basra has shot a hole in the government’s ‘Iraq Story’.

Sean Collins Tuesday 14 October 2008 comments

Republican rallies: the myth of a crazed mob

The liberal media’s depiction of McCain supporters as a Weimar-like gang of rednecks shows their own fear of the white working class.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 15 October 2008 comments

This Marxist isn’t laughing

I won’t be joining the ‘bloody pinko liberals’ to drool over the demise of capitalism.

Mick Hume Wednesday 15 October 2008 comments

I don’t predict a riot

The passivity of public reactions to the financial turmoil is a symptom of the other crisis: of democratic politics.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 15 October 2008 comments

The state won’t be the saviour of the economy

Having spent 30 years depoliticising economic issues, state institutions are now spearheading an apolitical form of nationalisation.

Rob Lyons Thursday 16 October 2008 comments

Liberty vs liberty

Campaign group Liberty seems more interested in proposing an alternative authoritarianism than defending freedom.

Neil Davenport Thursday 16 October 2008 comments

A ticket to deride

Having a pop at the Fab Four for being ‘capitalists’ is a cover for slating the dynamism and materialism of the 1960s.

Ellie Lee Thursday 16 October 2008 comments

The de-moralisation of a woman’s right to choose

Isolated by popular opinion, the anti-choice lobby now uses psuedo-science rather than moral outrage to try to curb access to abortion.

Patrick West Friday 17 October 2008 comments

Apollo 13: a triumph over adversity

A TV doc reminds us that even failed space missions can be inspiring. Surely it’s time we returned to the moon?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 17 October 2008 comments

Football is pantomime for grown-ups

Why shouldn’t we boo Cole? Footie is one arena where men still have the right to behave like pillocks for 90 minutes.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 17 October 2008 comments

‘Climate change denial is a mental disorder’

Ethan Greenhart, author of Can I Recycle My Granny?, scraps with spiked over the recession, breastfeeding and ‘anti-science speech crimes’.

Sally Sheldon Monday 20 October 2008 comments

It’s time to ditch
the two-doctors rule

Sally Sheldon on why she and 84 other academics have launched a campaign to reform Britain’s paternalistic abortion law.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 20 October 2008 comments

New UK immigration minister goes bananas

Phil Woolas is exploiting the economic crisis – and a boy nicknamed ‘Banana’ – to clamp down on immigration.

Sean Collins Monday 20 October 2008 comments

Why the crisis-rattled elite is banking on Obama

The endorsement of Obama by every liberal’s favourite Republican, Colin Powell, springs from disarray and desperation in DC circles.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 21 October 2008 comments

How ‘Black September’ will redraw the contours of fear

After an era of pick’n’mix scares, from obesity to eco-doom, will the economic crisis encourage more collective forms of fearing?

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 22 October 2008 comments

Rule 16: Strong families need more than money

With both the state and market proving unreliable, maybe families will look to each other for support in hard times.

Mick Hume Wednesday 22 October 2008 comments

A Capital investment

Even if reports of renewed interest in Karl Marx’s great work are exaggerated, it remains well worth the effort of reading today.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 23 October 2008 comments

A nation of winners?

From tennis to motor racing, individual Brits are triumphant. But collectively, winning still comes second best.

Patrick West Thursday 23 October 2008 comments

Your spin-off for 10…

From The Colbys to Joey, TV is known for its dodgy spin-offs. Now even a quiz show is spawning new versions.

Mick Hume Thursday 23 October 2008 comments

‘Racially stereotyping’ the white working class

Minister lets slip New Labour’s fear and mistrust of its own traditional voters. Read Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Ann Furedi Thursday 23 October 2008 comments

A shocking betrayal of women’s rights

The chief executive of BPAS slams the UK government’s refusal to allow a free vote on abortion in parliament.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 23 October 2008 comments

Sarah Palin: a gift from god for East Coast comics

Tina Fey’s zany skits on Sarah Palin unwittingly expose the anti-smalltown, redneck-baiting beliefs of America’s big-city liberals.

Vicky Francis Friday 24 October 2008 comments

Dubai: the Gulf between development and freedom

With its soaring architecture, the Arab emirate is a two-fingered salute to sustainability. But Christopher Davidson's book, while supporting economic growth, reveals little sympathy for the workers building the post-oil economy.

Neil Davenport Friday 24 October 2008 comments

Not in her name

The sharp arguments and choice quotations in Burchill’s new book on hypocrisy – a scathing assault on chav-bashers and posh greens – suggest she’s been reading the most enlightened magazine in Britain: spiked.

Emily Hill Friday 24 October 2008 comments

Geriatrics Do It Better

Ignore the prudish old feminists who slam Madonna for still wearing a leotard and dry-humping Justin Timberlake in her fifties. The woman is wily, committed and scarily muscular: the Ayn Rand of pop.

John Gillott Friday 24 October 2008 comments

A history of quantum weirdness

Manjit Kumar’s new book charts the historic clash between Einstein and Bohr over quantum mechanics, and the science and philosophy that shaped their arguments.

Tim Black Friday 24 October 2008 comments

Demeaning Waugh’s hateful, beautiful novel

The new film version of Brideshead Revisited turns Evelyn Waugh’s masterpiece of light satire and heavy sentiment into a hymn to a suffocatingly woolly liberalism.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 24 October 2008 comments

Land of the free, or land of the free market?

Let Them In makes an unapologetic case for open borders in the US. But in discussing migrants alongside goods and services, it allows the market’s narrow economic needs to trump the case for unfettered freedom.

Philip Hammond Friday 24 October 2008 comments

Darfur: the dangers of celebrity imperialism

From having talks with Blackwater to trying to fly unmanned aerial vehicles over Darfur, the war-hungry celebrities and activists of the Save Darfur lobby have taken leave of their senses.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 24 October 2008 comments

Tackling the epidemic of ‘bad science’

Ben Goldacre’s new book offers an entertaining romp through the wacky world of homeopathy, nutritionism and other assorted quackeries. Yet he gives an easy ride to more influential forms of pseudoscience.

Sean Collins Friday 24 October 2008 comments

John McCain: the myth, the maverick, the man

From his therapeutic recollections of wartime suffering to his anti-ideological political campaigning, the ascendancy of John McCain reveals much about the state of American politics.

Sandy Starr Monday 27 October 2008 comments

‘One at a Time’: an attack on choice

The HFEA’s campaign to reduce multiple births in IVF treatment reveals its elitist disdain for prospective parents.

Cheryl Hudson Monday 27 October 2008 comments

The collapse of the HFEA’s bizarre vendetta

The regulators should cheer the achievements of Britain’s most successful fertility doctor, rather than try to ruin him.

Wendy Kaminer Monday 27 October 2008 comments

Liberty and democracy are at stake in this election

Obama may be a pragmatist likely to disappoint liberals, but he will do far more than McCain to undo Bush’s damage to freedom in America.

Kevin Rooney Tuesday 28 October 2008 comments

A real Hunger for change

Steve McQueen says his film is not political, yet it still shows us what people are capable of in pursuit of freedom and justice.

Mick Hume Tuesday 28 October 2008 comments

Bobby Sands was nobody’s victim

The debate provoked by Hunger is a chance to remind ourselves there’s a difference between a sacrifice for a cause and victim politics.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 29 October 2008 comments

Putting a forcefield around Britain

Jacqui Smith’s plan to keep out of Britain anyone who is not ‘conducive to the public good’ is both illiberal and impractical.

Tim Black Wednesday 29 October 2008 comments

‘Corfu Uncovered’: the fall of the political class

The Osborne/Mandelson scandal suggests the obsession with sleaze, more than sleaziness itself, is killing politics.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 29 October 2008 comments

‘Crusade against autism’: doing more harm than good

The author of the new book Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion asks why autism has sidelined even Joe the Plumber in the US election.

Helen Searls Thursday 30 October 2008 comments

Why shouldn’t money and politics mix?

Liberals once complained about candidates ‘buying elections’. Yet now that Obama is raking it in, they’ve shut up.

Tim Black Thursday 30 October 2008 comments

‘Brandgate’: turning crudity into a crisis

What the Brand/Ross affair reveals about standards at the Beeb, media self-obsession and Ofcom’s lust for censure.

Frank Furedi Thursday 30 October 2008 comments

Capitalism after the ‘credit crunch’: what is it good for?

In the run-up to a debate at the Battle of Ideas, Frank Furedi takes on capitalism’s half-hearted advocates and its misanthropic critics.

Mick Hume Friday 31 October 2008 comments

In defence of the ‘unaccounted for’ life

Those ‘lost’ mountain marathon runners could look after themselves. Read Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Henry Williams Friday 31 October 2008 comments

Why bar chocolate from the Games?

The campaign to stop Cadbury sponsoring the 2012 Games is based on the idea that we’re all slaves to ‘junk food’.

Patrick West Friday 31 October 2008 comments

How the soap kills the murder plot

Murder mysteries are titillating and intriguing in literary and cinematic forms, but TV just can’t seem to pull them off.

Guy Rundle Friday 31 October 2008 comments

The McCainiac let loose in Johnstown

Guy Rundle reports from Pennsylvania, a state divided by the culture wars which McCain and Palin are desperate to win.

Sean Collins Friday 31 October 2008 comments

McCain and Obama: products of therapy politics

From his recollections of wartime suffering to his anti-ideological campaigning, McCain reveals much about the state of American politics.