January 2009

Tim Black Monday 5 January 2009 comments

‘We are all Gazans now’

The anti-war protests against Israel have been based less on the brotherhood of man than on the victimhood of man.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 5 January 2009 comments

The first Twitterwar

‘Respect R rt 2 live...’ The Web 2.0 battle being fought alongside the war in Gaza reveals Israel’s defensiveness.

Mick Hume Monday 5 January 2009 comments

War without ends?

Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians appear to be pursuing any clear strategic aims in their clash in Gaza.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 5 January 2009 comments

Whose war is it anyway?

The projection of the West’s Culture Wars on to the Middle East turns it into a permaconflict, depriving all sides of an incentive to compromise.

Amanda Jacks Tuesday 6 January 2009 comments

Football fightback

A member of the Football Supporters’ Federation says fans have had enough of being zealously over-policed.

Tim Black Tuesday 6 January 2009 comments

Gazza as metaphor

Once the herald of the New Emotionalism, Paul Gascoigne has now become its most debased product.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 6 January 2009 comments

The antithesis of anti-imperialism

Anyone who cares about Palestinian self-determination should steer clear of the Israel-bashing lobby; there’s nothing progressive in it.

Basham and Luik Wednesday 7 January 2009 comments

Change4Life: change we can’t believe in

The UK government’s latest war on obesity is the most cartoonish public-health propaganda in living memory.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 7 January 2009 comments

All aboard the atheist bus? No thanks

The plastering of God-doubting adverts on buses and trains captures the preachy attitude of the New Atheists.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 7 January 2009 comments

New Year, new low

Seven days into 2008, the great and the good are ‘welcoming the credit crunch with open arms’ in the hope that it will correct our greed.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 8 January 2009 comments

Who made Gaza into a bloody trap?

Blaming ‘Israeli insanity’ for imprisoning Gazans overlooks the central role of the polite, Western peace process.

Tim Black Thursday 8 January 2009 comments

There is no such thing as a ‘good lie’

Hoax horror stories do no favours for Palestinians, instead turning them into objects of Western pity.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 8 January 2009 comments

Gaza is not Warsaw

The comparison of Israel to the Nazis sums up the childish and dangerous ‘binary thinking’ that is rife in international affairs today.

James Harkin Friday 9 January 2009 comments

Putting snobbery on hold

The ban on mobile phones in hospitals had nothing to do with safety. It was born of a sniffish disdain for the oiks who use them.

Patrick West Friday 9 January 2009 comments

A shooting star in the comedy firmament

True or false: the one-off Christmas special of Vic and Bob’s cult quiz show proved it still has comedy cache?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 9 January 2009 comments

How Stevie G let down the soccerati

Gerrard’s passion for Phil Collins is sneeringly taken as evidence that footballers are ill-educated philistines.

Guy Rundle Friday 9 January 2009 comments

Sam Adams: the first professional revolutionary

It’s high time we reclaimed and celebrated this rabble-rouser of the first order, without whom the American Revolution might not have occurred.

Mark Sparrow Monday 12 January 2009 comments

It’s a Digestive, Jim, but not as we know it

Anti-fat Whitehall functionaries have managed to ruin the British biscuit that even Hitler failed to crush.

James Woudhuysen Monday 12 January 2009 comments

The CFLs are on, but nobody’s home

The mad green war on light bulbs won’t save much electricity - it’s about enforcing moral rectitude in the home.

Mick Hume Monday 12 January 2009 comments

Why rate cuts stir so little interest

The problem facing British capitalism is not just a shortage of credit, but the lack of profitable and productive new sectors in which to invest it.

Barbara Hewson Tuesday 13 January 2009 comments

The importance of being honest

The wild claim that Oscar Wilde sexually abused children is just another bout of hero-bashing.

Sean Collins Tuesday 13 January 2009 comments

Yanking up the spending spree

Why the New York Yankees are being attacked for flashing the cash during a recession.

Tim Black Tuesday 13 January 2009 comments

Prince Harry and the thought police

The implication behind the public hounding of ‘racist Harry’ is that all words, even those uttered in private, must be policed and punished.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 14 January 2009 comments

Creating their own private Gazas

The fancy-dress protest in London was fuelled by narcissism rather than real solidarity with the Palestinians.

Tim Black Wednesday 14 January 2009 comments

Sanctions did not liberate South Africa

And whatever the vainglorious campaigners against Israel say, boycotts and sanctions won’t liberate Palestinians either.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 14 January 2009 comments

Israel, Starbucks and the new irrationalism

In that coffee shop gutted by Gaza protesters, on the basis of rumour and prejudice, we can glimpse the emergence of cultural anti-Semitism.

Rob Lyons Thursday 15 January 2009 comments

India’s ‘festival of
first-time fliers’

As British eco-activists fly into a fury over the Third Runway, millions of Indians are exploring the skies on cheap flights.

Suzy Dean Thursday 15 January 2009 comments

Dati and the morality of working mums

If we’re serious about choice, then why shouldn’t the French justice minister take only five days’ maternity leave?

Wendy Kaminer Thursday 15 January 2009 comments

Preachiness at Obama’s inauguration

Wendy Kaminer recalls her run-ins with (and creepy emails from) the right-wing preacher who is giving the invocation at Obama's inauguration.

Robin Walsh Friday 16 January 2009 comments

Ernesto Guevara: the man behind the t-shirt

Che: Part One captures brilliantly the determination of the rebels and the cowardliness of Batista that led to the events of 1959.

Patrick West Friday 16 January 2009 comments

The boring but
beautiful game

We should resist demands to ‘sex up’ snooker: this sport requires patience, silence, decency and dickie bows.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 January 2009 comments

Why Chelsea will never be loveable

The Make Chelsea Loveable campaign underestimates the power - and joy - of football’s politics of hatred.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 16 January 2009 comments

The definitive guide to ‘white people’

Christian Lander talks to spiked about the self-important, ironic, Tibet-pitying, Wire-loving American liberals that he parodies in his book.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 19 January 2009 comments

The politics of anti-Zionism

Today’s widespread attacks on Zionism as ‘expansionist and racist’ are historically illiterate, and not as radical as they sound.

Frank Furedi Monday 19 January 2009 comments

After Gaza: what’s behind 21st-century anti-Semitism?

Anti-Israel sentiment is morphing into anti-Jewish sentiment, as more and more people project their disdain for the modern world on to ‘the Jew’.

James Panton Tuesday 20 January 2009 comments

Demythologise dyslexia

By medicalising reading problems, we suggest to children that they can’t overcome their difficulties.

Stuart Derbyshire Tuesday 20 January 2009 comments

A fishy campaign

PETA’s attempt to rebrand fish as ‘sea kittens’ takes anthropomorphism to an unfathomable new low.

Mick Hume Tuesday 20 January 2009 comments

Why they might miss Dubya when he’s gone

Many of those still bashing Bush as an idiot indulged in some political idiocy of their own over the past eight years. PLUS: Who’s the poodle?

Guy Rundle Wednesday 21 January 2009 comments

The ‘messiah’ and the art of the possible

Guy Rundle reports on the party in Washington and how Obama’s speech marked a positive break with America’s recent past.

Helen Searls Wednesday 21 January 2009 comments

Che Obama: the new cult of personality

Why does no one else find it creepy that Obama’s image now adorns everything from t-shirts to hats to train tickets?

Sean Collins Wednesday 21 January 2009 comments

Standing up to the ‘sapping of confidence’

The speech was perceptive, but Obama won’t be able to ‘renew America’ until he can properly define its crises and enemies.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 21 January 2009 comments

Now it’s time to put the ‘we’ into ‘Yes we can’

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the Forty-Fourth President captured people’s yearning for historic momentum, and Obama’s lack of it.

Ken McLaughlin Thursday 22 January 2009 comments

A right-on guide to imprisoning children

Preventing adults from adopting because they’re too fat or the wrong ethnicity means children will be left in the care system.

Philip Cunliffe Thursday 22 January 2009 comments

Israel, Gaza and the politics of victimhood

Are we seeing the rise of ‘humanitarian’ anti-Semitism, with Israelis treated as the new Serbs? One author thinks so.

Tim Black Thursday 22 January 2009 comments

Football fans must have freedom of speech, too

In the past, officialdom fenced in football fans like animals. Now it treats them like children, curtailing their speech and rapping their knuckles.

David Berkley Friday 23 January 2009 comments

Wrestling with the contradictions of fame

There’s a lot more to The Wrestler than Mickey Rourke’s stellar, art-imitating-life performance.

Patrick West Friday 23 January 2009 comments

The changing climate of weather forecasts

From isobars and trained meteorologists to 3-D graphics and pretty faces, the evolution of weather forecasts is telling.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 23 January 2009 comments

Going ga-ga over the Kaká deal

If Manchester City’s Arab owners want to pay silly money for the Brazilian star, what’s morality got to do with it?

Helene Guldberg Friday 23 January 2009 comments

‘Autistic children are now seen as a burden’

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick talks about how raising an autistic child is made infinitely harder by the charlatans waging the ‘war on autism’.

James Heartfield Monday 26 January 2009 comments

Dale Farm rebellion against eco-elitism

The gypsies in Basildon, England, are being evicted for sinning against that sacred cow: the English Countryside.

Nancy McDermott Monday 26 January 2009 comments

I breastfeed, therefore I am a good mother

Yes, it’s wrong for Facebook to censor breastfeeding photos – but why do some moms make such a public display of nursing?

Brendan O’Neill Monday 26 January 2009 comments

‘A nasty little piece of smug class warfare’

A Green holiday firm’s promise of ‘chav-free holidays’ for the middle classes exposes the snobbery that underpins radical eco-tourism.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 27 January 2009 comments

In this film, it’s every Slumdog for himself

Danny Boyle’s Mumbai melodrama reduces humanity to a collection of brutal oppressors and helpless victims.

Tim Black Tuesday 27 January 2009 comments

The House of Lords is unreformable

The shock-horror over alleged corruption in the Lords misses the point — this institution is inherently corrupt.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 27 January 2009 comments

Gaza and the White Journalist’s Burden

The BBC is being attacked over the DEC appeal on the super-arrogant basis that it is reporters' job to save the wretched of the Earth.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 28 January 2009 comments

No Platform for anyone called Rothschild

I know how Douglas Murray feels after being disinvited from a university debate. I was once rejected due to my surname.

Mark Adnum Wednesday 28 January 2009 comments

Valkyrie: the Dubya version of history

Why is Tom Cruise idolising a Reich-sympathising aristocrat who described Jews as a ‘rabble’ who should be lashed?

Mick Hume Wednesday 28 January 2009 comments

Emperor in new no-clothes shock!

Only those suffering from the Brown delusion could be surprised to discover that he has not saved New Labour, never mind the world.

Patrick West Thursday 29 January 2009 comments

Expletives: the good, the bad and the crude

Yes, swearing can be a substitute for real humour. But used wisely and judiciously it can also be subversively witty.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 29 January 2009 comments

Hooliganism: making a meal out of a melee

Despite the fighting at Hull City last week, the ‘English disease’ of football violence is largely a thing of the past.

Kevin Rooney Thursday 29 January 2009 comments

The Troubles: a product of ‘virulent’ madness?

The proposal to give £12,000 ‘recognition pay’ to the families of all of those killed in Northern Ireland is a subtle way of rewriting history.

The world needs abundant, cheap, clean energy

In an extract from their new book, Energise!, James Woudhuysen and Joe Kaplinsky argue that climate change is real, but the answer is to invest boldly in new forms of power supply not moralise about personal consumption.

Rob Lyons Friday 30 January 2009 comments

A dimestore novel that reveals India’s beating heart

One Night @ the Call Center, still a bestseller in India four years after it was published, perfectly captures young Indians’ disdain for tradition and foreign snootiness, and their desire for prosperity and liberty.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 30 January 2009 comments

The culture war behind the ‘credit crunch’

There seems to be a diametric divide between economic theories of under-consumption and over-consumption. In fact, both camps – with their focus on consumer habits rather than productive forces – share a common currency.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 30 January 2009 comments

An Aussie in Obamaland

spiked contributor Guy Rundle spent 2008 reporting on the race to the White House, taking the political pulse in diners, town halls, motels, bars. The resulting book is a heartfelt, insightful document of an historic American year.

Tim Black Friday 30 January 2009 comments

Blimey, he’s dead Dickensian and a lot like us!

Russell Brand’s footie columns for the Guardian reveal what the commissioning elite loves about him: they think he’s the perfect combo of working-class edginess and high intellectual wit. In truth, he possesses neither quality.

Jennie Bristow Friday 30 January 2009 comments

The making of a
modern-day witch hunt

The publication of the paperback version of Richard Webster’s The Secret of Bryn Estyn is a powerful reminder of who is driving today’s hysterical anti-paedophile witch hunts: police, judges, politicians… the elite, not the mob.

Neil Davenport Friday 30 January 2009 comments

‘A society out of joint’

Those calling for more austerity to combat consumer greed are historically illiterate and morally warped. The last time austerity ruled Britain, it increased hunger, ill-health and authoritarianism, and seriously harmed community spirit.

Mick Hume Friday 30 January 2009 comments

Bully for childhood

Teasing, conflict and even fighting are all normal and necessary parts of children’s lives, shows Helene Guldberg in her brilliant new book. It’s the safety-first attitude of adults that risks doing far more damage to children’s development.

Sean Collins Friday 30 January 2009 comments

The boys in the bubble

Blaming selfish bankers, bridge-playing CEOs and greedy consumers for the financial crisis might provide economic commentators with a fix of moralistic self-satisfaction. But it means overlooking the larger systemic forces at work.