July 2009

Jessica Mudditt Wednesday 1 July 2009 comments

In Calais, solidarity with the sans papiers

PHOTO ESSAY: Jessica Mudditt reports on a protest for open borders at the wasteland migrant shanties in France.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 1 July 2009 comments

What next, ‘British women for British men’?

Brown’s promise of social housing for local people shows that he thinks the way to beat the BNP is to steal its policies.

Mick Hume Wednesday 1 July 2009 comments

Brown’s Britain: the Mr Bean of diplomacy?

The irony of the embassy controversy is that the UK has been singled out for attack by the Iranian regime because it lacks influence there today.

Sadhvi Sharma Thursday 2 July 2009 comments

You say Dilli, I say Delhi

Rebranding Indian cities, streets and landmarks with ‘authentic’ Hindi names is parochial and chauvinistic, says Bombayite Sadhvi Sharma.

Rob Lyons Thursday 2 July 2009 comments

Desperately seeking an economic revival

The British government seems more interested in saving its own skin than devising an economic strategy.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 2 July 2009 comments

Labour: the ghost of government past

The Brown regime’s U-turns on Royal Mail, ID cards and education reveals something shocking: Britain currently has no real government.

Patrick West Friday 3 July 2009 comments

NASA: ‘Risk is the price of progress’

A brilliant documentary on the Apollo missions reminds us that, yes, going to space is a risky business, but it's worth it.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 July 2009 comments

Andy Murray: better than a loveable loser

He’s got a reputation as a self-obsessed, grumpy brat, but at least he’s got a chance of winning Wimbledon.

Jennie Bristow Friday 3 July 2009 comments

The grisly memoirs of a bad mother

Ayelet Waldman’s memoir may be solipsistic, but it is far more enlightening than the reams of mummy lit written over the past 10 years.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 6 July 2009 comments

A monument to Big Brother culture

PHOTO ESSAY: spiked reports from the unveiling of Antony Gormley’s reality-sculpture One and Other in Trafalgar Square.

Tim Black Monday 6 July 2009 comments

Austerity is not the only solution

Ahead of tomorrow’s live spiked debate on the future of business, Tim Black laments the lack of vision on the recession.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 6 July 2009 comments

When public health becomes a public nuisance

The bizarre advice given to us doctors on how to deal with swine flu confirms that top-down scaremongering is destroying medical practice.

Ethan Epstein Tuesday 7 July 2009 comments

The sustainability con

Multinationals in China flag up their green credentials in order to dodge a far more serious matter: labour rights.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 7 July 2009 comments

The green man’s burden

Why is Greenpeace calling on the UK to lecture nations like China, when the Chinese are cleaning up faster than us?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 7 July 2009 comments

Taking a stand against the hyper-regulation of life

When everything from looking after kids to dancing in pubs requires a licence, Josie Appleton suggests a summer rebellion against regulation.

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 8 July 2009 comments

Suspicion of social workers is healthy

Social workers are trying to improve their image post-Baby P, but the fact is they will always be controversial.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 8 July 2009 comments

Let’s have a bonfire of the quangos

The rise and rise of quasi non-governmental organisations reflects the diminution of democracy and debate.

Mick Hume Wednesday 8 July 2009 comments

Let’s face it: things can get worse

Those who are too afraid to admit the dimensions of the economic crisis even to themselves are unlikely to come up with any new solutions.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 9 July 2009 comments

Why greens love to evoke the Holocaust

Al Gore is only the latest environmentalist to use the spectre of Nazism to try to scare people green.

Tim Black Thursday 9 July 2009 comments

Vote ‘Yes’ or the economy gets it

Officials are using financial threats to get the right result in the second Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 9 July 2009 comments

Who’s afraid of billions of people?

In the run-up to the UN’s World Population Day, spiked argues against all attempts to cajole, coerce or convince people into having fewer kids.

Jason Burton Thursday 9 July 2009 comments

Caught in the .NET

Does Microsoft's Passport system invade our privacy?

David Bowden Friday 10 July 2009 comments

The year British sport got serious

From the subdued transfer market to the meritocracy of Wimbledon, UK sport seems to have opted out of silly season.

Patrick West Friday 10 July 2009 comments

British TV’s sci-fi inferiority complex

Swearier, flashier, gayer and set in Cardiff, BBC’s Dr Who spin-off Torchwood shows UK sci-fi can’t take itself seriously.

Philip Hammond Friday 10 July 2009 comments

Al-Qaeda: it’s not big and it’s not clever

What do suicide bombers and environmentalists have in common? Faisal Devji explains in his daring new book on contemporary terrorism.

Tessa Mayes Monday 13 July 2009 comments

Why I broke the law

Investigative journalist Tessa Mayes bought heroin from a drug cartel and faked an ID to get hired in a brothel – because the stories were worth it.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 13 July 2009 comments

Rip up the RIP Act

For journalists to demand that other journalists be investigated under the RIP Act is like turkeys marching for more Christmases.

Mick Hume Monday 13 July 2009 comments

A bad free press is better than the alternative

The overblown media furore about alleged phone-hacking by News of the World reporters reveals the danger of ill-judged moral crusades.

Tiffany Jenkins Tuesday 14 July 2009 comments

Museums are not playgrounds

Museums are good for children, but campaigns to make them more ‘family-friendly’ are bad for kids, adults and culture.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 14 July 2009 comments

Brüno is irreverent? Yah, vassever

For all its daring pretensions, Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno ends up in bed with the very celebrities it mocks.

Tim Black Tuesday 14 July 2009 comments

This politicisation of swine flu is bad for our health

There are two swine flus: the real disease, which is proving manageable, and the fantasy catastrophic disease invented by officialdom.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 15 July 2009 comments

The return of the aristocrats

Radical greens who encourage Prince Charles to butt into politics are setting history back hundreds of years.

Tim Black Wednesday 15 July 2009 comments

The defeatism of the anti-war movement

Instead of opposing the war in Afghanistan on principle, the anti-war movement has merely exploited Western failures.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 15 July 2009 comments

Afghanistan: the war for New Labour’s soul

All of those who are suddenly asking ‘Why are we in Afghanistan?’ should look for the answer, not in Helmand or Kabul, but at home.

Sadhvi Sharma Thursday 16 July 2009 comments

Watch TV instead of having sex

Sadhvi Sharma reports from Bombay on one Indian official’s mad scheme for reducing the number of poor people.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 16 July 2009 comments

I Have A Dream: no more flights!

Patrick Hayes joined a rabble of radical greens in London demanding a 55mph speed limit and an end to stag nights.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 16 July 2009 comments

‘Low carbon’ is code for low ambitions

The UK’s new climate change plan shows how the green ethos is used to add a gloss of respectability to economic and visionary failure.

Juliet Tizzard Friday 17 July 2009 comments

My Sister’s Keeper: stranger than reality

Juliet Tizzard of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on Hollywood’s view of ‘saviour siblings’.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 17 July 2009 comments

The greatest sporting draws in history

The England cricket team’s draw against the Aussies reminds us that, sometimes, not losing is everything.

Josie Appleton Friday 17 July 2009 comments

Why we should support this writers’ revolt

Josie Appleton of the Manifesto Club hails Philip Pullman and other children’s authors who are refusing to submit to criminal records checks.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 20 July 2009 comments

‘Memoir is the twin sister of fiction’

Upon the death of Frank McCourt, described by some as the inventor of the misery memoir, read spiked’s interview with him from 2001.

Jason Walsh Monday 20 July 2009 comments

Ireland’s bizarre war on blasphemy

The new criminalisation of blasphemy is not a return to the pious past, but rather is underpinned by a very modern suspicion of offensiveness.

Frank Furedi Monday 20 July 2009 comments

The fearmongers preying on pregnant women

It was only a matter of time before the swine-flu scare lobby turned its attention to those who are seen as an easy target for fear: mums-to-be.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 21 July 2009 comments

Who’s afraid of electric vehicles?

Green opposition even to eco-friendly electric cars shows that what environmentalists really dislike is travel itself.

Basham and Luik Tuesday 21 July 2009 comments

Banning alcohol ads won’t cure alcoholism

The campaign to restrict the advertising of booze in order to save the public could end up driving us to drink.

Tim Black Tuesday 21 July 2009 comments

Scanning hoodies’ brains: eugenics by the back door?

Is children’s charity Kids Company really planning to send a mobile scanner to examine tearaways’ brains? Yes and no, says the charity’s founder.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 22 July 2009 comments

Taking sides in the Vestas dispute

Patrick Hayes reports from the Vestas factory occupation on the Isle of Wight where greens and workers made uncomfortable bedfellows.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 22 July 2009 comments

The bunkum of Body Mass Index

The BMI measurement is crude and unscientific, yet the government loves it because it draws almost everyone into its anti-obesity orbit.

Mick Hume Wednesday 22 July 2009 comments

What good’s an election without alternatives?

In the hands of the UK’s non-political parties, the historic crisis of the system is in danger of becoming an historic missed opportunity.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 23 July 2009 comments

This invention really does suck

The LifeStraw allows Africans safely to drink filthy water. Is it the most degrading gadget ever invented?

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 23 July 2009 comments

Birth pains are nothing to celebrate

It was degenerate feminists, not ignorant men, who first argued that childbirth should be a painful rite of passage.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 23 July 2009 comments

Older people are more than ‘food for worms’

Why this week’s revelation that there will soon be more over-65s than under-fives provoked another bout of hysterical anxiety about ageing.

Patrick West Friday 24 July 2009 comments

Why does everyone want to be Irish?

From Angela's Ashes to Who Do You Think You Are?, the Emerald Isle is still a reliable source of self-pity.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 24 July 2009 comments

Taking the Mickey out of football transfers

With his glossy brochure and glass legs, Michael Owen’s move to Man Utd is the strangest deal of a mad year.

Helene Guldberg Friday 24 July 2009 comments

Restating the case for human uniqueness

Despite all the media hype about ‘clever chimps’ using tools and feeling emotions, in truth there is nothing remotely human about primates.

Para Mullan Monday 27 July 2009 comments

From work ethic to workaholicism

On John Calvin's five-hundredth birthday, Para Mullan traces how work has come to be seen as a Bad Thing.

Sadhvi Sharma Monday 27 July 2009 comments

Hands off India’s carbon emissions!

Hillary Clinton’s pressure on India to shrink its ‘carbon footprint’ is little more than eco-imperialism.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 27 July 2009 comments

The by-election that nobody won

Yes, the Tories came first – largely by default – but the only real victor in last week’s Norwich North by-election was anti-politics.

Ken McLaughlin Tuesday 28 July 2009 comments

The ever-expanding world of mental illness

Redefining everyday problems and personality quirks as psychiatric problems is bad news for us all - and democracy.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 28 July 2009 comments

Fiddling with loans while Rome burns

Darling’s attack on banks for failing to make credit available shows he still has no big ideas for overcoming the recession.

Sean Collins Tuesday 28 July 2009 comments

Obama: the king of low expectations

Healthcare controversies, dumb comments about the arrest of a Harvard professor, and ‘frumpy jeans’: is Obama losing his Midas touch?

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 29 July 2009 comments

Bullying the public

The latest NSPCC/ChildLine initiative on bullied children presents both adults and kids as toxic beings.

Reuben Bard-Rosenberg Wednesday 29 July 2009 comments

The politics police

The bureaucratic watchdogs charged with disciplining elected politicians are bringing democracy into disrepute.

Emily Hill Wednesday 29 July 2009 comments

Down with ‘Damon AllBran’

After writing an opera about monkeys, Britpop’s answer to Tim Henman is back with his old chums.

Tim Black Wednesday 29 July 2009 comments

It is the EHRC itself that is autocratic

It wasn’t Trevor Phillips who made the Equality and Human Rights Commission ‘dictatorial’ - by its very nature the EHRC is authoritarian.

Patrick West Thursday 30 July 2009 comments

Why I prefer to Wake Up To Wogan

The Irish veteran's warm-hearted whimsy is far preferable to the quarrelsome heavyweight news on Today.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 30 July 2009 comments

Aussies reduced to whinging like Poms

Why is the Australian cricket team turning its back on sledging, sexual slurs and competitiveness?

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 30 July 2009 comments

After smoking and booze, now sunbeds are demonised

The media went wild over a new report claiming that sunbeds are ‘carcinogenic to humans’. But dermatology expert Sam Shuster is not convinced.

Simon Knight Friday 31 July 2009 comments

How social work helped to undermine our sense of self

Once a way for radicals to feel they could do some good, social work now thrives parasitically on the notion that people are incapable of dealing with everyday problems.

Jan Macvarish Friday 31 July 2009 comments

In defence of autonomy

A fascinating new collection of essays spells out the threat to individual autonomy in the areas of sex, reproduction and family life, and puts the case for trusting people to make and take rational decisions.

Rob Lyons Friday 31 July 2009 comments

Question everything — even environmentalism

A new book on the importance of being sceptical about received wisdom and simplistic spindoctoring mysteriously leaves out one area of life where scepticism is thoroughly frowned on today: climate change.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 31 July 2009 comments

A downturn in imaginative thinking

A new book claims that people’s psychology and ‘animal spirits’ bring about economic downturns. It’s an argument that is both economically vulgar and politically unconvincing.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 31 July 2009 comments

Anti-consumerist tracts: so many to choose from!

Neal Lawson’s All Consuming – yet another book that bashes the consumerist society – sums up the flimsy intellectualism and elitist disdain for the masses that courses through the veins of today’s anti-shopping lobby.

Sean Collins Friday 31 July 2009 comments

In defence of A-Rod

Yankees fan Sean Collins is not impressed by a book which asserts – but never proves – that Alex Rodriguez is a self-absorbed, high-maintenance, long-time drug-taker. When did sports writers get so moralistic?

Jennie Bristow Friday 31 July 2009 comments

At last, a serious debate on ‘social evils’

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has celebrated its 100th birthday not by throwing a party or patting itself on the back, but by publishing a challenging book on how individuation and therapy culture have eaten away at the social fabric.

Dolan Cummings Friday 31 July 2009 comments

The depraved genius of John Calvin

‘Calvinist’ has become a dirty word, used to describe especially dour people. We have forgotten that John Calvin was not only a severe Christian but also a key figure in the intellectual making of the modern world.

Tim Black Friday 31 July 2009 comments

‘We want to determine the world, not be determined by it’

Susan Neiman talks to spiked about the death of philosophy, the need for moral reasoning, and how the Enlightenment taught us to live without absolute certainty.