November 2008

Thomas McMahon Monday 3 November 2008 comments

The end of the world as spectator sport

While the economy crumbles, the views of the public are dismissed in favour of the anointed experts.

Phil Mullan Monday 3 November 2008 comments

The ‘credit crunch’ and the SAD economy

The current economic crisis is a product of feeble political leadership and the hollowing out of Western economies.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 3 November 2008 comments

Congo: pornography for misanthropes

Holocaust-hunters and rape-trawlers have besieged the Congo, where they ‘eat dead babies’, in search of the germ of human evil.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 4 November 2008 comments

Is America still the world’s policeman?

Forty years on, the US is still searching for a cure for its ‘Vietnam Syndrome’. But it won’t find it overseas.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 4 November 2008 comments

A revolt of the masses against the BBC?

The 40,000 complaints over the Brand/Ross affair express our instinctive outrage against aloof, patronising broadcasters.

Mick Hume Tuesday 4 November 2008 comments

Paranoid British fantasists for Obama!

Awaiting the US election results, liberal commentators in the UK have projected all their hopes and fears across the Atlantic.

Guy Rundle Wednesday 5 November 2008 comments

‘Hit the road, Jack’

Guy Rundle reports from outside the White House on the generous spirit of relief at the Republicans’ defeat.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 5 November 2008 comments

A victory for passion over cynicism

The forces of democracy and anti-democracy were on full display in yesterday’s election.

Sean Collins Wednesday 5 November 2008 comments

Three cheers for the 140million voters

The election shot down the stereotype of Americans as thick and apathetic.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 5 November 2008 comments

Obama and the fall of ‘the silent majority’

The election of Obama brings to an end an important chapter in America’s culture wars. But will it create the space for a new political debate?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 6 November 2008 comments

Michael Crichton, RIP

Farewell to the author who supported spiked spiritually and financially.

Sean Collins Thursday 6 November 2008 comments

The morning after History was made

Calls for ‘epochal Obama’ to get on with ‘ordinary politics’ show how small the political imagination remains.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 6 November 2008 comments

Obama’s foreign policy: it’s all in the family

The president-elect’s ‘exotic’ relatives reveal little about him, but may legitimise greater US intervention in Africa.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 6 November 2008 comments

Voting for Obama: a badge of superiority?

Some of the celebration of Obama’s victory suggests America has entered an era of racial etiquette more than racial equality.

Patrick West Friday 7 November 2008 comments

World’s Largest Metaphor Hits Iceberg

The Unsinkable Titanic told the story of the doomed liner without the usual waves of misanthropy and anti-science.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 7 November 2008 comments

Boring sport, inspiring sportsman

Formula One may be dull, but its new champ Lewis Hamilton is risk-taking and arrogant: just as he should be.

Philip Hammond Friday 7 November 2008 comments

Darfur: the dangers of celebrity imperialism

Sending Blackwater to Sudan? The eccentric war-hungry activists of the Save Darfur lobby have taken leave of their senses.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 10 November 2008 comments

Obama and the new age of sobriety

Oliver Stone’s W reminds us of the almost Catholic levels of moral disgust that underpinned the liberal critique of Bush.

Tim Black Monday 10 November 2008 comments

How to become the ‘British Obama’

What Britain’s political class seems to want is a vacuous, ‘authentic’ outsider with a talent for flowery rhetoric.

Mick Hume Monday 10 November 2008 comments

Can Obama do it for Brown? No, he can’t

Amid the global outbreak of Obamamania, the desperate British political class seems to be suffering from a particularly acute case.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 11 November 2008 comments

Stop this primitive search for scapegoats

Everyone from ‘extreme capitalists’ to ‘the Jews’ is being blamed for the recession. This gets us nowhere.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 11 November 2008 comments

A Salvation Army without the brass band

Doctors should refuse to become the high priests of the new anti-boozing temperance movement.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 11 November 2008 comments

Across Britain, police are behaving like gangsters

The author of a new briefing document reports on how drinking control laws give the police absolute, unchecked power.

Alex Standish Wednesday 12 November 2008 comments

Under Obama: no child left unmonitored

Obama’s plan to use education as a tool for social engineering exposes the elitist strain in his ‘Change’ campaign.

Guy Rundle Wednesday 12 November 2008 comments

Puppydog politics and the end of left and right

Obama’s public discussion of the First Pet reveals his true strategy: to win America over by making politics boring.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 12 November 2008 comments

‘Baby P’: don’t turn this tragedy into a policy

Let’s stop the government from using this case as a springboard for spreading suspicion. PLUS: Ken McLaughlin on ‘scattergun social work’.

Richard Webster Thursday 13 November 2008 comments

Jersey: the fruitless search for modern evil

The writer central to exploding the myth of murder at a Jersey children’s home reflects on yesterday’s ‘revelations’.

Rob Killick Thursday 13 November 2008 comments

The Baader Meinhof Complex: hippy terror

A new film captures the tragi-farcical fate of the radicals who rejected capitalism and the working class.

Rob Lyons Thursday 13 November 2008 comments

Massaging capitalism rather than managing the crisis

Brown is proposing tax cuts in order to avoid making tough decisions about the economy. We should demand more honesty from our leaders.

Mick Hume Friday 14 November 2008 comments

Sharing out the squalor

Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on New Labour proposals to keep council housing for the more ‘deserving’ classes.

Patrick West Friday 14 November 2008 comments

A heartwarming display of class contempt

Channel 4’s Rich Kid, Poor Kid was a hackneyed examination of class warfare. But it was touching all the same.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 14 November 2008 comments

It was only a goal celebration

No one got hurt. No crime was committed. So why all the fuss over David Norris’s celebratory handcuff gesture?

Ethan Greenhart Friday 14 November 2008 comments

Is it ethical to buy a spiked t-shirt?

Our ethical columnist loses the plot over clothing that declares ‘Humanity is underrated’.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 14 November 2008 comments

Immigrants? Let them in

In discussing migrants alongside goods and services, Jason Riley allows the needs of the market to trump the case for unfettered freedom.

Tara McCormack Monday 17 November 2008 comments

Now, at last, we know the truth about Georgia

The myth of a plucky republic being ‘ethnically cleansed’ by an evil Russian regime was just that: a myth.

Tim Black Monday 17 November 2008 comments

So, when will it be OK to mock Obama?

The lack of laughs about the new president-elect exposes the slavishly conformist nature of contemporary satire.

Helene Guldberg Monday 17 November 2008 comments

Don’t outlaw boisterous banter in the playground

As Britain launches another Anti-Bullying Week, the author of Reclaiming Childhood says demonising teasing can do more harm than good.

Ken McLaughlin Tuesday 18 November 2008 comments

A needle in a haystack

Today’s blanket suspicion of what happens ‘behind closed doors’ makes it harder to spot real cases of abuse.

Jan Macvarish Tuesday 18 November 2008 comments

Targeting teenage mums

Despite the fact his mother is 27, the case of Baby P has become an excuse to blame young parents for society’s ills.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 18 November 2008 comments

Dead baby porn

The media coverage of Baby P has been a concoction of pornographic detail and coercive moralising.

Tim Black Tuesday 18 November 2008 comments

Is it P for ‘prole’?

The death of one child is scandalously held up as evidence that Britain has a murderous ‘underclass’.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 18 November 2008 comments

Why moral opportunists are exploiting this tragedy

The death of Baby P has been turned into a morality tale through which people can express their outrage and affirm their decency.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 19 November 2008 comments

We have nothing to loos but our chains

On World Toilet Day, a new film explains why universal access to sanitation is both possible and necessary.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 19 November 2008 comments

Waltz with Bashir: post-Zionist stress disorder

A new animated documentary about the First Lebanon War ends up psychologising a complex political tragedy.

Mick Hume Wednesday 19 November 2008 comments

It should not be an offence to belong to the BNP

The furore over the leak of the British National Party’s membership lists ‘reveals’ some home truths about democracy as well as the far right.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 20 November 2008 comments

Maradona: punk-rock footballing genius

The only thing more miraculous than his playing ability is the fact that Diego Maradona is still alive.

Patrick West Thursday 20 November 2008 comments

Stalin and Hitler were both evil? Go figure!

The BBC’s latest high-profile documentary on the Second World War finds a new way to tell us the blindingly obvious.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 20 November 2008 comments

Barnardo’s bunkum

Do British adults really look upon children as ‘vermin’… or did the charity find what it wanted to find in its latest public survey?

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 20 November 2008 comments

Let’s blow away all the barriers to stem-cell science

The windpipe transplant shows the potential of stem-cell medicine and the collaborative genius of human beings. We should build on it.

Jennie Bristow Friday 21 November 2008 comments

‘Just as bad as denying penicillin to a sick man’

As a medical student in 1968, Michael Crichton adopted a pseudonym to write a thriller about a young woman seeking an abortion, at a time when abortion was mostly illegal in the US. The book still packs a humane punch today.

Philip Hammond Friday 21 November 2008 comments

The thin blue line between ‘humanitarianism’ and war

Conor Foley’s account of how human rights violations became a justification for launching wars reminds us of the need for a political critique of interventionism. Unfortunately, this isn’t it.

Tim Black Friday 21 November 2008 comments

Outwitting our inner censor

From the Royus Chubbyus Browniums of the Greek era to ‘knock, knock’ jokes about 9/11 today, jokes have long been a way for humans to fart in the face of conventional logic, expectation and morality.

Sean Collins Friday 21 November 2008 comments

The war on terror: a nasty, panicky failure

Jane Mayer provides a biting critique of the ham-fisted reaction to 9/11. But an effective opposition to the war on terror needs to criticise every aspect of Bush’s policy, not only the most unsavoury ones.

Rob Lyons Friday 21 November 2008 comments

‘There’s a lot of rich people backing this cause’

A former lawyer for Enron, shocked to discover that his main job would be to help draft a global warming treaty, tells spiked that censorship and conformism are preventing proper investigation of climate change hysteria.

Kenan Malik Friday 21 November 2008 comments

Twenty years on: internalising the fatwa

Kenan Malik, author of the forthcoming From Fatwa to Jihad, discusses the multiculturalism, political conflict and liberal cowardice that defined the Rushdie Affair and its legacy.

Mícheál Mac Giolla Phádraig Friday 21 November 2008 comments

Making a living from attacking the IRA ‘death cult’

Henry McDonald’s historically illiterate account of the Troubles reveals more about the bitterness and prejudice of supporters of the Workers’ Party than it does about recent Irish history.

Frank Furedi Friday 21 November 2008 comments

It is time to challenge the supernanny state

As the second edition of his hugely popular 2001 book Paranoid Parenting is published, Frank Furedi reflects on how official suspicion of adults and parental paranoia have deepened over the past seven years.

Nancy McDermott Monday 24 November 2008 comments

Babywearers of the world, unite!

Why did moms who carry their babies in slings or wraps react so badly to a less-than-reverential ad?

Stuart Simpson Monday 24 November 2008 comments

Darling, it’s all about the global imbalances

Tinkering with UK tax rates and spending plans won’t solve the economic crisis because the ‘fundamentals’ are not sound.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 24 November 2008 comments

The ghost of the ‘refrigerator mother’

The author of Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion challenges the quackery and religiosity of the ‘crusade against autism’.

Tessa Mayes Tuesday 25 November 2008 comments

We need privacy and a free press

The actions of celebrities and journalists should be judged in the court of public opinion, not a court of law.

Patrick Marmion Tuesday 25 November 2008 comments

Gethsemane: the devil’s in the fundraising

David Hare’s New Labour satire offers little but a moral condemnation of modern, pragmatic, pro-market politics.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 25 November 2008 comments

A New York rebellion against libel imperialism

Brendan O’Neill meets the writers and publishers who have launched a war of independence from England’s ‘notorious, repulsive’ libel laws.

Jo Herlihy and Tim Black Wednesday 26 November 2008 comments

From the slammer to the clamour

Two new UK exhibitions show the imprisonment of society and the struggle for rights and freedoms.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 26 November 2008 comments

New Labour: it’s not dead yet

Reports of the death of Blair and Brown’s post-political project have been greatly exaggerated.

Mick Hume Wednesday 26 November 2008 comments

Strictly Dumb Democracy

In showing such contempt for the popular will, those dance judges were only taking their lead from ministers and officials in the UK and EU.

Dave Clements Thursday 27 November 2008 comments

Adopting an obsession with lifestyle

Local authorities should do everything to find children secure homes, not fret about parents’ personal habits.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 27 November 2008 comments

Prostituting women’s solidarity

The UK government’s call to British women to help combat ‘sex trafficking’ amounts to a crackdown on immigration.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 27 November 2008 comments

‘We must avoid “mission accomplished” mentality’

The new president of the American Civil Liberties Union tells spiked that just because Bush is going, that doesn’t mean the fight for freedom is won.

Mick Hume Friday 28 November 2008 comments

Free speech for fools and scumbags, too

Merseyside far-right activists should not be arrested for incitement to vote BNP - read Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Patrick West Friday 28 November 2008 comments

Survivors: we’re bad and we deserve to die

The BBC’s new series, in which millions are wiped out by a virus, is perfectly attuned to the gloom of the moment.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 28 November 2008 comments

It’s grim up North London

While in Harry Redknapp Spurs have found a new leader off the pitch, Arsenal desperately need any sort of leader on it.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 28 November 2008 comments

Mumbai: the nihilism that dare not speak its name

The terrible assaults on the Indian city of growth and ambition suggest that contemporary terrorism is not as alien as we think.