April 2009

Tim Black Wednesday 1 April 2009 comments

Windmills of the mind

A minister’s pledge to make opposition to windfarms as unacceptable as refusing to wear a seatbelt is revealing.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 1 April 2009 comments

Mixing with Malthusians

spiked editor Brendan O’Neill ventured into a pit of population-controllers, and found himself holding his nose.

spiked-team Wednesday 1 April 2009 comments

The four twitterers of the apocalypse

A crack squad of spiked writers twittered live from the end-is-nigh protests against the G20 in London on Wednesday.

Alex Hochuli Thursday 2 April 2009 comments

Put Politics First

Saturday’s pre-G20 demonstration featured a mish-mash of often contradictory ideas that was more confusing than inspiring.

Rothschild & O’Neill Thursday 2 April 2009 comments

Your guide to the ‘belly of the beast’

In this photo-essay, Brendan O'Neill and Nathalie Rothschild show you the sights and sounds of the anti-banker protest.

Rob Killick Thursday 2 April 2009 comments

What the G20 should really be debating

As the G20 kicks off, Rob Killick sets out a three-point agenda that it – and the rest of us – should be talking about.

Frank Furedi Thursday 2 April 2009 comments

A caricature of a riot

Yesterday’s protest of poseurs against bankers confirmed that anti-capitalism itself has become an empty brand, like KFC or FCUK.

Julius Pasteiner Friday 3 April 2009 comments

Stayin’ alive in Pinochet’s Chile

With humour and violence, indie flick Tony Manero explores a world suppressed by dictatorship and fed on Hollywood mythology.

Patrick West Friday 3 April 2009 comments

Unoriginal, sterotypical, geeky — and very funny

Cult comedy Red Dwarf, set on a spaceship, is returning to our TV screens, with an injection of postmodern irony.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 April 2009 comments

Under Capello, only the selfless survive

Why hasn't Michael Owen been called up? Because, like all good strikers, he's too selfish for the new England team.

Mick Hume Friday 3 April 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.

Patrick Hayes Monday 6 April 2009 comments

‘I never thought I would be a squatter’

Patrick Hayes reports from Visteon in Enfield, where sacked workers launched a surprise occupation of their factory.

David Chandler Monday 6 April 2009 comments

‘This matters greatly to our public opinion’

Widespread opposition to a proposed Afghan law is less about liberating women than shoring up Western authority.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 6 April 2009 comments

It’s time to stop this ‘miracle cure’ madness

In his speech to the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick said the ‘war on autism’ is dehumanising people with the condition.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 7 April 2009 comments

A Fu Manchu of the dot com age?

Claims that Chinese cyber-spies are plotting world domination through the World Wide Web are greatly exaggerated.

Tim Black Tuesday 7 April 2009 comments

An attention-seeking missile

North Korea’s rocket launch was not a Team America-style evil plot, but the desperate act of an isolated state.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 7 April 2009 comments

A people’s rebellion against the cancer cops?

If it’s true that the British public is ignoring cacophonous cancer warnings, that isn’t a sign of stupidity: it’s the height of rationality.

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 8 April 2009 comments

‘Suicide is a marvellous possibility for humans’

The founder of the Swiss suicide clinic has unwittingly exposed the misanthropy of today’s ‘right to die’ lobby.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 8 April 2009 comments

Calorie-counting is an eating disorder

Imploring restaurants to list calorific content won’t help people lose weight, but it will zap the pleasure from eating.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 8 April 2009 comments

‘Polish plumber’: you’ll miss him when he’s gone

News of migrants leaving recession-hit Britain has caused panic, even amongst those who didn’t welcome them when they first arrived.

Patrick West Thursday 9 April 2009 comments

The world’s most deadly TV genre

As yet another ‘world’s toughest job’ show, Oil Riggers feels like a substandard rip-off with a Texan accent.

John Dennen Thursday 9 April 2009 comments

Still ‘the baddest man on the planet’?

Tyson was once regarded as the embodiment of terrifying black rage, yet a new film shows that his story is a very human one.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 9 April 2009 comments

The New Atheists’ Easter message? ‘Grow up or die’

Religulous, Bill Maher’s religion-baiting documentary, confirms what modern atheists hate most about religion: its humancentricity.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 14 April 2009 comments

Don’t close the door to Asian students

Demonising Pakistani students because a handful have been arrested as terror suspects is mad, bad and dangerous.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 14 April 2009 comments

An open letter to Gordon Brown

If you want to help families affected by autism, you shouldn’t be inviting Polly Tommey to No.10.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 14 April 2009 comments

Turning Ian Tomlinson into the Princess Diana of protest

The campaign over the death of a bystander on the G20 protest has little to do with seriously challenging the police or defending liberty.

Rothschild & O’Neill Wednesday 15 April 2009 comments

Tamils and the limits of liberal outrage

A photo-essay by Nathalie Rothschild and Brendan O’Neill on the most under-reported demo of the decade.

Duleep Allirajah Wednesday 15 April 2009 comments

The policing of fans is more insidious now

Before Hillsborough, football fans were treated like caged beasts. Today we are treated like wicked children.

Mick Hume Wednesday 15 April 2009 comments

HILLSBOROUGH:
only half-remembered

The deaths of 96 Liverpool fans were not only a tragic accident; they were also the unintended consequence of a deliberate policy.

Dominic Standish Thursday 16 April 2009 comments

People are not to blame for earthquakes

The devastation of the Abruzzo region in Italy owes far more to an act of nature than modern building techniques.

Rob Lyons Thursday 16 April 2009 comments

A campaign to switch off modern society

The raid on climate protesters was disgraceful — but so was the protesters’ plan to shut down a power station.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 16 April 2009 comments

‘Smeargate’ and the suicide of the elite

The rumour-mongering of top New Labour officials is only the most twisted expression yet of the institutional corrosion of the political class.

Patrick West Friday 17 April 2009 comments

A freakshow dressed up as documentary

Embarrassing Bodies is only a symptom of the deeper disease of dumbing down that now afflicts Channel 4.

Tim Black Friday 17 April 2009 comments

Dwain Chambers: ‘I’m a determined little man’

One of the world's fastest men tells spiked about his battle with the UK's sanctimonious sporting establishment.

Jessica Mudditt Friday 17 April 2009 comments

The slippery slope to freedom in Iran

Jessica Mudditt reports from Iran’s little-known skiing resorts, where young Iranians escape the petty restrictions of the Islamic theocracy.

James Heartfield Monday 20 April 2009 comments

Ballard: explorer of catastrophe

The author of Empire of the Sun and Crash was no dystopian prophet; he used disaster to reimagine the world.

Adrian Stott Monday 20 April 2009 comments

Why we need
population reduction

A trustee of the Optimum Population Trust responds to Brendan O’Neill’s report on their recent conference.

Nancy McDermott Monday 20 April 2009 comments

‘Militant lactivism’: question it at your peril

A US journalist caused a storm when she dared to challenge some of the scientific claims of the breast-is-best lobby. She talks to spiked.

Tim Black Tuesday 21 April 2009 comments

‘Why we’re standing in the EU elections’

The British head of Libertas tells spiked about their campaign to fix Europe’s ‘democratic deficit’.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 21 April 2009 comments

The 10 craziest things about Boylemania

Yes she’s a good singer, but there’s no excuse for turning Susan Boyle into a theological, moral and political symbol.

Emily Hill Tuesday 21 April 2009 comments

The castration of Cheryl Cole

The Geordie blubberer is set fair to take over Princess Di’s conspicuous compassion job, if all personality isn’t ironed out of her first.

Mick Hume Tuesday 21 April 2009 comments

Why are the police in a state?

Neither police brutality nor anti-police sentiment are what they once were in British society - yet the crisis of authority appears worse than ever.

Rob Johnston Wednesday 22 April 2009 comments

A harsh wind for economic recovery

Today’s UK Budget won’t create millions of green jobs in Britain’s windpower industry, because we barely have one.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 22 April 2009 comments

In the thick of British warmongering

In the Loop avoids the lazy notion that Blair was Bush’s poodle and instead satirises Britain’s own war games.

Wendy Kaminer Wednesday 22 April 2009 comments

Pass the death sentence on mandatory sentencing

The United States has five per cent of the world’s population yet 25 per cent of the world’s known prison population. What is going on?

Patrick West Thursday 23 April 2009 comments

Comedy’s man of steel

Mark Steel's sharp and self-deprecatory humour shines through in his new laugh-out-loud radio show.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 23 April 2009 comments

‘Fair play’ is overrated

Teaching children the values of good sportsmanship is a mistake: sport requires ruthlessness.

Rob Lyons Thursday 23 April 2009 comments

A downturn in imaginative thinking

Alistair Darling’s plan is to kickstart a ‘low-carbon recovery’. This is code for: ‘We have run out of ideas.’

Frank Furedi Thursday 23 April 2009 comments

Alistair Darling’s
make-believe Budget

Even by New Labour standards, yesterday’s Budget was an unusually disturbing attempt by our leaders to evade economic responsibility.

Barbara Hewson Friday 24 April 2009 comments

Could Jake Myerson sue his mother?

A barrister wonders if Julie Myerson, in writing about her son’s drug-taking and bad behaviour behind closed doors, may have crossed a legal line as well as a moral one.

Rob Killick Friday 24 April 2009 comments

After the recession, a New World Order?

Following the ‘credit crunch’, and now full-blown recession, the big story of the twenty-first century is likely to be the shift in the balance of power between the indebted West and the credited East.

Tim Black Friday 24 April 2009 comments

It is not only New Labour that is assaulting liberty

Dominic Raab has written a swashbuckling tirade against New Labour illiberalism, but his sycophantic devotion to the Conservative Party means he has missed the broader problem of unfreedom today.

Helene Guldberg Friday 24 April 2009 comments

It’s time to move beyond the nature/nurture divide

In advising parents to ignore hectoring experts, Judith Rich Harris’s book still packs a punch 10 years on. But its use of evolutionary theory and social psychology to explain how people are ‘shaped’ leaves much to be desired.

Rob Lyons Friday 24 April 2009 comments

The deification of Earth

James Lovelock’s argument that Gaia is a living organism with its own interests — which it will ‘pursue’ against humans — exposes the mystical, anti-human streak in contemporary environmentalism.

Jennie Bristow Friday 24 April 2009 comments

Trapped in ‘Cyburbia’

A fascinating new book argues that today’s internet culture springs from the anti-authority, anti-objectivity outlook of the 1960s counterculture, and puts the case for people escaping from their all-consuming ‘Second Lives’.

Kenan Malik Friday 24 April 2009 comments

After the fatwa, the free speech wars

In the 20 years since the Rushdie affair, many on the left and right have failed to learn the most important lesson: if you invite the state to define the boundaries of acceptable speech, it will impact on you as well as your opponents.

Sean Collins Friday 24 April 2009 comments

The ‘credit crunch’: another Great Depression?

In the first part of his essay on the 1930s and today, Sean Collins puts the case for going beyond Keynesianism and monetarism and the obsession with finance to look at the deeper structural problems of capitalism.

Patrick Hayes Monday 27 April 2009 comments

Bamboo Joint: raided by the junk food cops

Patrick Hayes reports from the first fast-food outlet in Britain to be shut down because it is too close to a school.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 27 April 2009 comments

More evidence that trafficking is a myth

A major Irish investigation has failed to find proof of people-smuggling, puncturing the ‘new slavery’ scare.

Tim Black Monday 27 April 2009 comments

How to beat up chavs

Tim Black reports on the London gym offering people lessons in headbutting hoodies and duffing up ‘the scourge’ of society.

Professor Michael Baum Monday 27 April 2009 comments

Why I am still a screening sceptic

Essay: A leading cancer experts explains why, despite the ‘Jade Goody effect’, he has severe doubts about the benefits of cancer screening.

Ceri Dingle Tuesday 28 April 2009 comments

The great malarial
bed-net swindle

Ceri Dingle explains why her charity has made a film exposing the piety of the ‘Save Africa’ bed-net campaign.

Tessa Mayes Tuesday 28 April 2009 comments

The day I was tested for swine flu

Tessa Mayes reports from Mexico City on what it's like to fall ill in the world capital of the new influenza strain.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 28 April 2009 comments

Swine flu and the dramatisation of disease

Recent events show that, while society has the scientific know-how to cope with outbreaks of flu, it still sees disease as a harbinger of apocalypse.

Basham and Luik Wednesday 29 April 2009 comments

Displaying their ignorance on smoking

Why does New Labour want to ban cigarette displays in shops when there's no evidence it will impact on smoking habits?

Stuart Derbyshire Wednesday 29 April 2009 comments

Give it a rest: fish do not feel pain

Yet another research project claims to show that fish are capable of feeling pain. It’s as wrongheaded as all the rest.

Mick Hume Wednesday 29 April 2009 comments

Old Labour for New? No chance

The UK government’s tax rise for the better off does not mark a return to Labour’s socialist past – it is a classic New Labour stunt for today.

Tim Black Thursday 30 April 2009 comments

At least the recession will ‘slow down London’

Why the well-heeled, slow-witted campaigners of the Slow Movement are welcoming the economic downturn.

Woudhuysen and Kaplinsky Thursday 30 April 2009 comments

The myth that New Labour is pro-nuclear

Everyone from big business to greens imagines that British government policy favours nuclear energy. It doesn’t.

Rob Lyons Thursday 30 April 2009 comments

Swine flu: official panic is making things worse

The gap between the reality of swine flu and officialdom’s hysteria is widening every day, with potentially dangerous consequences.