March 2009

Tiffany Jenkins Monday 2 March 2009 comments

Modern society’s jaded view of life

As Jade Goody’s slow death in public shows, dying is celebrated as one of the few things that still seems to unite us.

Tim Black Monday 2 March 2009 comments

After the Convention, what next for liberty?

Saturday’s gathering of ‘freedom fighters’ was a welcome start, but it raised as many problems as solutions.

Mick Hume Monday 2 March 2009 comments

Should private tragedies be for public consumption?

Reactions to the untimely death of the Tory leader’s young son reveal much about the problems with the media and politics today.

Basham and Luik Tuesday 3 March 2009 comments

Women, keep drinking

Why was a flimsy study apparently showing a link between booze and breast cancer so uncritically accepted?

Tim Black Tuesday 3 March 2009 comments

Taxing the sinners

The Scottish proposals to eradicate cheap alcohol are coercive attempts to control our choices and behaviour.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 3 March 2009 comments

Seeing red over ‘Fred the Shred’

Incapable of having an honest debate about the economy, New Labour witch-hunts bankers instead. PLUS: Sean Collins on the politics of pay.

Robin Walsh Wednesday 4 March 2009 comments

It’s not the end of the world as we know it

Hysterical claims that we have only 93 months to ‘save our climate’ are based on ignorance of human ingenuity.

James Harkin Wednesday 4 March 2009 comments

‘Out of the loop’ on the battlefield

The author of Cyburbia says recent wars in the Middle East show that techno-savviness is no substitute for purpose.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 4 March 2009 comments

Pathologising dissent? Now that’s Orwellian

Ahead of a conference on the psychology of climate change denial, Brendan O’Neill says green authoritarians are treating debate as a disorder.

Jason Walsh Thursday 5 March 2009 comments

Irish uprising

Irish people are angry about the recession, but there's little evidence that the land of green is turning red.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 5 March 2009 comments

French lessons

The new French film The Class offers some profound insights into the crisis of legitimacy of the Fifth Republic.

Tim Black Thursday 5 March 2009 comments

Is this another war on ‘Jewish science’?

The elite protest against today’s Israel Day of Science in London is built on double standards and a deep disdain for academic freedom.

David Berkley Friday 6 March 2009 comments

The spurious case of Benjamin Button

It is fitting that this soulless Brad Pitt vehicle won gongs for visual effects and make-up but nothing for acting, story, direction.

Ed West Friday 6 March 2009 comments

The reality show that supersizes on cruelty

Channel 4’s Supersize vs Superskinny turns both fat and thin people into freakshow-style figures of horror.

John Dennen Friday 6 March 2009 comments

Perfecting the art of losing ugly

Since their World Cup win in 2003, the England rugby team has become one of the dirtiest, most tedious in the world.

Sean Collins Friday 6 March 2009 comments

From Nixonland to Obamaland

A study of how Richard Nixon exploited the Culture Wars in the 1960s sheds new light on his political era - and on the Obama era, too.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 9 March 2009 comments

A downturn in moral values?

Watch out: the recession could turn you into a fat fascist wife-beater with anger-control issues. Allegedly.

Tim Black Monday 9 March 2009 comments

Whatever happened to ‘affluenza’?

The therapeutic elite has slyly shifted from blaming wealth to blaming poverty for our alleged mental instability.

Frank Furedi Monday 9 March 2009 comments

Diseasing the recession

The UK government’s offer of free therapy to victims of the slump turns a socioeconomic crisis into a mental health issue.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 10 March 2009 comments

The hidden dangers of the migrant amnesty

Boris Johnson’s proposal of an ‘earned amnesty’ for illegal immigrants sounds progressive. Until you read the small print.

Stuart Derbyshire Tuesday 10 March 2009 comments

Still squeamish about stem cells

Obama’s extension of federal funding to stem-cell research is good news. But Bush was not the only barrier to progress.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 10 March 2009 comments

The Zombie IRA

The attacks in Northern Ireland are not a rerun of the past but rather an Irish variant of the inchoate terrorism of the twenty-first century.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 11 March 2009 comments

Northern Ireland: policing self-esteem

The insistence that all parties clearly and continually condemn the splinter IRA attacks reveals much about the peace process.

Tim Black Wednesday 11 March 2009 comments

‘The leaders of the EU are so uninspiring’

Declan Ganley, hated by the Irish elite for opposing the Lisbon Treaty, makes some good points about democracy.

Mick Hume Wednesday 11 March 2009 comments

They f*** you up, your kids

The furore over Julie Myerson’s book about her drug-using son marks a downward spiral from childhood misery memoirs to misery mum-oir.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 12 March 2009 comments

IRA splinter groups: ghosts from history?

It is not the Real or Continuity IRA that is plunging Northern Ireland back into the past. It is the ‘peace process’.

Kevin Yuill Thursday 12 March 2009 comments

Gun control: a useless shot in the dark

Germany has some of the tightest gun controls in the world, but that didn’t stop yesterday’s school shooting.

Philip Hammond Thursday 12 March 2009 comments

Indicting Bashir won’t bring peace or justice

Predictably, the ICC’s arrest warrant for Sudan’s president has created a backlash against aid workers and crippled hopes of an end to war.

Graham Barnfield Friday 13 March 2009 comments

Watchmen and the tyranny of fandom

Zack Snyder's big-screen version of the graphic novel comes with baggage: cultish fans who could make or break the movie.

Ed West Friday 13 March 2009 comments

Marr on Darwin

Andrew Marr’s documentary on Origins was not nearly as irritating or Christian-baiting as I expected it to be.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 13 March 2009 comments

Ingrid’s first game

spiked’s resident football columnist faces a parental rite of passage: taking his young daughter to a match.

Tim Black Friday 13 March 2009 comments

The Art Instinct

What sets Denis Dutton’s book apart from others is not his use of Darwin to explain our cultural needs, but his insistence on art’s universality.

David Perks Monday 16 March 2009 comments

Students deserve more than ‘crippling simplicity’

Why independent schools are rebelling against the UK government’s dumbed-down national exams.

Rob Lyons Monday 16 March 2009 comments

Punishing us for that packet of Maltesers

The proposal that officials should tax chocolate is further evidence of the moralism driving the ‘war on obesity’.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 16 March 2009 comments

Stupid, feckless, greedy: that’s you, that is

spiked reports from the premiere of The Age of Stupid, a cretinous film that unwittingly exposes the elitism and dodgy science of the green lobby.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 17 March 2009 comments

The state of the Union

What can ‘Brits Out!’ mean today when Britain has withdrawn from Northern Ireland emotionally and spiritually, if not physically?

Mick Hume Tuesday 17 March 2009 comments

No continuity in Northern Ireland

Forget the fears of a return to the past. History has moved on, that war is over, and it ain’t coming back.

Dan Travis Wednesday 18 March 2009 comments

Giving competitive dads the red card

With its new ‘Respect’ agenda, the Football Association is demonising a key figure in youth sport: demanding dads.

Ian Woolley Wednesday 18 March 2009 comments

That joke isn’t funny anymore

Yes Horne and Corden was ‘excruciating’ and ‘puerile’, but why are we only noticing the rot of British comedy now?

Tim Black Wednesday 18 March 2009 comments

The modern university: you get what you pay for

It is the marketisation of higher education, its transformation into a glorified job-training scheme, that sustains the case for tuition fees.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 19 March 2009 comments

Gilad Shalit and the politics of weeping

On the one-thousandth day of his capture, the young soldier has become a symbol of Israel’s disorientation.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 19 March 2009 comments

The recession and the Politics of Fumbling

The consistent incompetence of politicians is no accident: it is testament to their lack of a cohering ideology.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 19 March 2009 comments

Chimps are like humans? Stop monkeying around

This week it was revealed that chimps use sticks to smash open beehives. But there’s nothing remotely ‘human-like’ in such behaviour.

Patrick West Friday 20 March 2009 comments

Robert Peston: the most annoying man on TV?

Forget Fred the Shred: in his weird, garbled tones, it’s the BBC’s business editor who’s been talking us into a recession.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 20 March 2009 comments

How English football conquered Europe

As English domination shows, money can’t buy you love, but it can give you a better chance of winning the Champions League.

Frank Furedi Friday 20 March 2009 comments

Energising the debate about climate change

Energise! eschews the misanthropic green ideology of restraint and explains how human action can solve a human-made problem.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 23 March 2009 comments

Jade and the dangers of smear testing

Cancer charities hope that ‘Jade’s legacy’ will be more uptake of cervical smear tests. This might not be a good thing.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 23 March 2009 comments

Jade and the tyranny of ‘anti-racism’

Everyone remembers the tabloid witch-hunting of Jade Goody. But the broadsheet witch hunt was far more terrifying.

Frank Furedi Monday 23 March 2009 comments

After Jade, whose death will we watch next?

The salacious reports of Jade Goody’s physical demise confirm that death is the new sex: a form of voyeuristic entertainment.

Tim Black Tuesday 24 March 2009 comments

When is a war crime not a war crime?

When it is devised and defended by whiter-than-white Clare Short rather than by evil Israel or George W Bush.

Philip Hammond Tuesday 24 March 2009 comments

The rise of the laptop bombardier

Journalists and editors did more than simply cheer NATO’s bombing of Belgrade: they wrote the script for it.

Philip Cunliffe Tuesday 24 March 2009 comments

The legacy of Kosovo? International paternalism

The transformation of Kosovo into a colonial-style protectorate exposes the authoritarianism behind Western governments’ ‘ethical’ foreign policies.

David Chandler Wednesday 25 March 2009 comments

Blaming Karzai for the West’s failures

It is not the Afghan PM’s corruption that has wrecked Afghanistan, but the disarray of the invading powers.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 25 March 2009 comments

The war between rights and responsibilities

Jack Straw’s new bill of rights is nothing like the Magna Carta: it would erode rather than enhance our liberty.

Wendy Kaminer Wednesday 25 March 2009 comments

The politics of gay marriage

The referendum in California that banned gay marriage raises tortuous questions about the clash between majority rule and minority rights.

Neil Davenport Thursday 26 March 2009 comments

Red Riding: is it
that grim up north?

Channel 4’s dramatisation of David Peace’s novels was compelling TV, but its grimness bordered on caricature.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 26 March 2009 comments

Inside Old Big ’Ead’s
old big head

David Peace’s The Damned Utd might not be factually airtight but it gets to the truth about gobby genius Cloughie.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 26 March 2009 comments

Beware the Freds under the bed!

The attack on Fred Goodwin’s home is the result of an out-of-control anti-banker witch hunt that was cynically kickstarted by the elite.

Nancy McDermott Friday 27 March 2009 comments

‘There is no “right way”
to rear a child’

On the tenth anniversary of the publication of her provocative book The Nurture Assumption, Judith Rich Harris talks to the spiked review of books about prescriptive parenting, playground bullies and grandmotherly advice.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 27 March 2009 comments

Distorting the spirit of equality

The Spirit Level, a new book on why equal societies are better than unequal ones, fancies itself in the tradition of the French Revolution. In truth, it turns equality from a political goal into a therapeutic imperative.

Sean Collins Friday 27 March 2009 comments

The Reagan factor in American politics

An insightful new book puts Ronald Reagan in a proper historic perspective, but it overplays the strength of his political ideology and his role in creating a new world order.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 27 March 2009 comments

Self-obsessed blogger goes native in the Middle East

Seth Freedman’s collection of columns and anecdotes about his travels in Israel and Palestine is more a juvenile journey of self-discovery than an exercise in eyewitness reporting.

Josie Appleton Friday 27 March 2009 comments

A Green New Deal for saving America’s soul

Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded captures the extent to which green thinking is ingrained in the psychology of the Western elite, especially in that seat of has-been power: the United States.

Jennie Bristow Friday 27 March 2009 comments

The tyranny of
emotional etiquette

The critique of Frank Furedi’s Therapy Culture in the current British Social Attitudes survey misunderstands the thrust of Furedi’s argument, and the extent to which emotional conformism has gripped modern Britain.

Tim Black Friday 27 March 2009 comments

‘I’m a determined little man’

Dwain Chambers, one of the fastest men on Earth who six years ago was embroiled in a drug scandal, tells Tim Black that he is determined to stand up to the vitriol of the Great and the Good and return to athletics.

Mick Hume Friday 27 March 2009 comments

Remembering Britain’s forgotten civil war

The history of the 1984-85 miners' strike has been either rewritten or erased altogether. The miners, and history, deserve better.

Tim Black Monday 30 March 2009 comments

Argumental and the comedy of superiority

Marcus Brigstocke and Rufus Hound talk to spiked about free speech, Bernard Manning and Daily Mail readers.

Philip Hammond Monday 30 March 2009 comments

The tyranny of ‘international justice’

Philip Hammond reports from a conference that cross-examined the prosecution of presidents by international tribunals.

Mick Hume Monday 30 March 2009 comments

Sleaze: time for some ‘adult’ debate

As the UK government is thrown into turmoil by the home secretary’s claim for £10 worth of porn films, how much lower can politics go?

Derbyshire and Raja Tuesday 31 March 2009 comments

Shopping and the Stone Age brain

More and more evolutionary psychologists claim we are driven to consume by cavemen instincts. We don’t buy it.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 31 March 2009 comments

The ‘sustainable development’ con

Yesterday’s report from the UK Sustainable Development Commission shows what the S-word really means: no growth.

Sean Collins Tuesday 31 March 2009 comments

No, the economic crisis is not good for America

When even Time hopes the downturn will teach ‘childish, irresponsible, fat’ Americans a lesson, it’s clear recession porn has gone mainstream.