September 2009

Austin Williams Tuesday 1 September 2009 comments

Dongtan: the eco-city that never was

China’s first big eco-city has been put on hold, not because it was too ambitious, but because it wasn’t ambitious enough.

Tim Black Tuesday 1 September 2009 comments

Who’s really to blame for Big Brother?

The reality TV show was a product, rather than the cause, of the collapse of standards and the death of privacy.

Sean Collins Tuesday 1 September 2009 comments

This is not only the end of the Kennedy dynasty

Yes, Ted’s death represents the end of the line for ‘America’s royals’, but it also exposes the ideology-shaped hole in the Democratic Party.

Kevin Rooney Wednesday 2 September 2009 comments

How about a Celtic-Rangers rebellion?

A Celtic fan invites Rangers fans to join him in taking a stand against the authoritarian policing of Scottish football.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 2 September 2009 comments

BANNED: women who look too young

The ASA’s censorship of an ad featuring a 23-year-old who ‘looks underage’ takes petty prudishness to a new low.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 2 September 2009 comments

The junk science behind the war on junk food

Rob Lyons is not convinced by Cancer Research UK’s justification for why it effectively outlawed fast-food outlets in a new building in London.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 3 September 2009 comments

Big trouble in ‘Little Cairo’

The UK government’s neverending, evidence-lite assault on smokers threatens to bankrupt London’s shisha bars.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 3 September 2009 comments

This was a cock-up, not a conspiracy

The real story of the Megrahi affair is not the duplicity of the British government, but its utter cluelessness.

Mick Hume Thursday 3 September 2009 comments

Call this a recovery?

Even if UK capitalism avoids a full-scale depression, the danger is that the no/low-growth economy becomes the New Normal.

David Bowden Friday 4 September 2009 comments

Tackling rugby union’s superiority complex

From Bloodgate to cocaine abuse, the sport of posh boys and coppers can no longer claim the moral high ground.

Alex Hochuli Friday 4 September 2009 comments

Escapism is unsustainable

Home, about a family’s futile attempt at dropping out, defies easy conclusions about the ‘destructiveness’ of modernity.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 4 September 2009 comments

Anti-consumerist tracts: so many to choose from!

A new book embodies the intellectual flimsiness and elitist disdain for the masses that courses through the veins of today’s anti-shopping lobby.

Ken McLaughlin Monday 7 September 2009 comments

Blaming the public for social work’s problems

Social workers took a lot of flak after the Baby P case, but a government campaign to recruit more is hypocritical.

Patrick Hayes Monday 7 September 2009 comments

The myth of Afghan terrorism

Contrary to Gordon Brown’s claims, no Afghan has been involved in the terror attacks of the past 10 years.

Frank Furedi Monday 7 September 2009 comments

Afghanistan: the dangers of a risk-averse war

In continually advertising their fear of suffering casualties on the battlefield, Britain’s rulers are unwittingly strengthening their enemies’ hand.

Kevin Yuill Tuesday 8 September 2009 comments

Assisted suicide: the real slippery slope

A court case in Montana suggests that once you give the ‘right to die’ to terminally ill people, others will want it, too.

Stuart Derbyshire Tuesday 8 September 2009 comments

Why we shouldn’t create pain-free animals

A proposal to genetically modify farm animals so that they don’t feel pain is practically and morally misguided.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 8 September 2009 comments

‘We need a supernatural being to punish eco-sinners’

The flurry of commentary in response to Lord May’s speech on climate change revealed greens’ authoritarian desire to chastise ungreen heretics.

David Perks Wednesday 9 September 2009 comments

Keep teachers’ personal lives private

Teachers should resist the General Teaching Council’s new code of conduct telling them how to behave outside of work.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 9 September 2009 comments

Cycling: the Battle of the Panics

Children should be allowed to ride to school, not to prevent obesity or global warming, but simply because cycling is fun.

Mick Hume Wednesday 9 September 2009 comments

Brown and out in
London and Libya

The Libyan debacle has sunk Labour to depths of absurdity and impotence that even some of us Brown-haters find hard to comprehend.

Alex Standish Thursday 10 September 2009 comments

Obama: No one’s too cool for school

The true lesson of Obama’s contentious schools address was that he connects with the kids, but lacks a vision for education.

Martyn Perks Thursday 10 September 2009 comments

A transparent attempt at social engineering

The initiative to re-design pub glasses to stop them being used as weapons overhypes the problem and the solution.

Frank Furedi Thursday 10 September 2009 comments

The tyranny of expertise

Experts now shut debate down rather than providing Enlightenment.

Rob Lyons Friday 11 September 2009 comments

Could England actually win the World Cup?

The depressing cycle of over-inflated expectations and dashed hopes has started again. Will England fans never learn?

Patrick West Friday 11 September 2009 comments

A TV postcard from Dublin

Forget about the Lisbon Treaty vote and the economic crisis, the burning topic in Ireland is the new Late Late Show host.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 11 September 2009 comments

A downturn in imaginative thinking

A new book’s claim that people’s psychology brings about economic downturns is both economically vulgar and politically unconvincing.

Rob Lyons Monday 14 September 2009 comments

Norman Borlaug, RIP

As spiked launches a new debate about the future of food, we mourn the man who fed the world.

Jason Walsh Monday 14 September 2009 comments

Back to the 1970s?

A sudden spate of strikes in Ireland doesn’t mean we are witnessing a return to the militancy of the past.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 14 September 2009 comments

State-enforced ‘equality’ is damaging democracy

Yes, the BNP should be free to appear on Question Time, but there’s another, harder argument to be made: it must also be free to exclude non-whites.

Geoffrey Kabat Tuesday 15 September 2009 comments

The hard cell

Alarmist reports that seek to persuade us that mobile phones are dangerous take a selective approach to the evidence.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 15 September 2009 comments

Are we all autistic now?

Lumping Mozart and Einstein in with those who have severe socialisation problems is no help to sufferers or science.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 15 September 2009 comments

Getting God to do their dirty work

In seeking to use religion to force people to change their eco-unfriendly behaviour, greens are debasing both religious belief and scientific truth.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 16 September 2009 comments

Hands off my camera!

spiked joined a ‘flash mob’ where photographers stood up against anti-terror laws and defended the right to snap.

David Clements Wednesday 16 September 2009 comments

Fixing ‘Broken Britain’?

Instead of ever-earlier state interventions in family life, we need an honest debate about how to safeguard children.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 16 September 2009 comments

Where were the vetting critics three years ago?

The politicians and children’s charities now questioning vetting regulations are the same people responsible for their creation.

Steve Gibson Thursday 17 September 2009 comments

A lunar-tick idea for London 2012

It may be visually striking, but the ‘lunar clock’ to be built for the Olympics is a monument to backwardness.

Tim Black Thursday 17 September 2009 comments

Osama bin Laden’s
cut-and-paste job

The al-Qaeda frontman’s latest address to the American people wouldn’t sound out of place in mainstream US politics.

Mick Hume Thursday 17 September 2009 comments

Why Thatcher defended the Berlin Wall

Secret Kremlin minutes from 1989 reveal that anti-communist Western leaders were privately terrified about the demise of the Soviet bloc.

Sharmini Brookes Friday 18 September 2009 comments

District 9: alien, yet all too familiar

A South African living in London finds Neill Blomkamp’s tale of an alien shanty town both compelling and uncomfortable.

Patrick West Friday 18 September 2009 comments

Keith Floyd and the end of an era

It’s not the death of the wine-soaked celebrity chef that has been changing TV cookery shows, but the recession.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 September 2009 comments

In defence of crowd incitement

In the sanitised stadia of top-flight football, provocative goal celebrations remind fans of why football rivalry is fun.

Alka Sehgal Friday 18 September 2009 comments

Songs of praise for The Choir

The BBC2 show demonstrates movingly that you don't need to be posh to appreciate traditional, ‘difficult’ music.

Patrick Hayes Friday 18 September 2009 comments

Stop this rumble in ‘the jungle’

The French should demolish the migrant slum in Calais — but only after Europe’s inhumane immigration policies have been bulldozed.

Rob Lyons Monday 21 September 2009 comments

The backward attacks on Norman Borlaug

Who could possibly think that Borlaug’s ideas for feeding millions were a bad thing? Green activists, that’s who.

Guy Rundle Monday 21 September 2009 comments

Kristol’s conservatism: swansong of the West?

Irving Kristol’s neoconservative legacy was to lay the foundation for the super-patriot identity politics of George W Bush.

Jennie Bristow Monday 21 September 2009 comments

There’s more to parenting than egg production

Treating all women as mothers-to-be, who must conform to certain health and behaviour norms, turns us into little more than farmyard hens.

John Hearne Tuesday 22 September 2009 comments

Hunting the Celtic Tiger

The recession has unleashed some old prejudices about Ireland being a third-world nation built on EU handouts.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 22 September 2009 comments

The austerity auction

Politicians are competing to see who can make the severest cuts — only because they have no broader vision for the economy.

Mick Hume Tuesday 22 September 2009 comments

Afghanistan: the West has defeated itself

Who needs the Taliban when Obama and the top NATO general both admit that the Western allies do not have a winnable strategy in Afghanistan?

spiked survey Wednesday 23 September 2009 comments

What young people think of the recession

A spiked survey of school students finds that they don’t like greedy bankers but they admire entrepreneurship.

Tim Black Wednesday 23 September 2009 comments

Fifteen months for a foolish affair?

The jailing of a teacher who had a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old girl is a victory for legalism rather than justice.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 23 September 2009 comments

Has China had a green ‘Damascene conversion’?

The sight of President Hu almost apologising to the West for his country’s vast economic growth was a revealing snapshot of our times.

Patrick West Thursday 24 September 2009 comments

Not anti-war so much as anti-hope

Slaughterhouse-Five, a fatalistic, despairing work, is perfect radio listening for a Sunday afternoon.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 24 September 2009 comments

Chelsea’s transfer ban: hypocrisy on tap

For all the claims of bribery and ‘trafficking’, footballers should be free to choose their future employers like anyone else.

Christopher Snowdon Thursday 24 September 2009 comments

The myth of the smoking ban ‘miracle’

Restrictions on smoking around the world are claimed to have had a dramatic effect on heart attack rates. It's not true.

Austin Williams Thursday 24 September 2009 comments

An epidemic of OCD: Obsessive Carbon Dogma

From living in virtual darkness to minutely measuring their water-use, greens’ fixation with carbon counting is verging on a mental illness.

James Clasper Friday 25 September 2009 comments

Giordano and Ogawa: the twin primes of fiction

An Italian and a Japanese debut author of ‘mathematical fiction’ form a perfect symmetry, locating in numbers and equations the essence of what it is to be human.

Bill Durodié Friday 25 September 2009 comments

A semi-irresistible argument

It is refreshing to read Kishore Mahbubani’s unabashed defence of aspirations in the East. But his attachment to the very Western culture of fear means that his book ends on a pessimistic note after all.

Adrian Hart Friday 25 September 2009 comments

How official anti-racism holds black children back

‘Institutional racism’ is the fashionable excuse for the poor educational attainment of black boys. But could the real problem be the modern culture of victimhood?

Tara McCormack Friday 25 September 2009 comments

Seeking domestic legitimacy through foreign affairs

Under the presidencies of Bill Clinton, George W Bush and now Barack Obama, America has consistently pursued abroad what it lacks at home – moral authority.

Nancy McDermott Friday 25 September 2009 comments

The weird world of Park Slope parents

Amy Sohn’s Prospect Park West captures perfectly the bourgeois-bohemian residents and overwrought moms of Park Slope in Brooklyn, but in the end its sharp, glinting satire might leave the reader cold.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 25 September 2009 comments

When women invaded the ivory towers

An engaging, insightful history of the women who fought for the right to be educated reminds us how acts of perseverance and rebellion can transform society.

Philip Hammond Friday 25 September 2009 comments

Demystifying the ‘global ideology’

David Chandler’s new book Hollow Hegemony draws on the work of Marx and Engels to explain how the political class’s embrace of ethics and ‘global politics’ springs from their political weakness and isolation.

Sean Collins Friday 25 September 2009 comments

Keynes to the rescue?

Robert Skidelsky's latest book on Keynes gives a clear and concise account of the current economic crisis, but its faith in Keynes as the 'master' of economic debate is seriously misplaced.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 25 September 2009 comments

Childish jibes are no substitute for serious debate

Whether it is wielded against sensible people who criticise the political exploitation of AIDS or less-than-sensible people who claim that vaccines cause autism, the accusation of ‘denialism’ is shrill, intolerant and censorious.

Ann Furedi Friday 25 September 2009 comments

Let’s stand up to ‘supernanny’

Jennie Bristow’s new book is as engaging and witty as those rebellious ‘bad mum’ memoirs. But it’s far more important, both explaining and critiquing the tsunami of state meddling in family affairs.

Kevin Yuill Monday 28 September 2009 comments

Legal rules are no match for compassion

The ‘clarification’ of the law on assisted suicide only casts more suspicion on those struggling with end-of-life decisions.

Tim Black Monday 28 September 2009 comments

Why shouldn’t people work beyond their 60s?

At a time when people are living longer, healthier lives it makes no sense to have a Default Retirement Age.

Frank Furedi Monday 28 September 2009 comments

It takes a village to raise a child? Not anymore

Officialdom’s demonisation of two women over their babysitting arrangements is symptomatic of today’s out-of-control child-protection industry.

Ethan Epstein Tuesday 29 September 2009 comments

Circumcision: the first cut is the deepest

A proposal to remove the foreskin of every infant boy in America on health grounds is pointless, illiberal and harmful.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 29 September 2009 comments

A blame game you can bank on

Alistair Darling’s decision to bash bankers at Labour’s party conference was predictable, misguided and dishonest.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 29 September 2009 comments

Refighting the Culture War over Roman Polanski

The furore over his arrest is not about what happened in LA on 10 March 1977 - it’s a pathetic proxy clash between a clapped-out left and right.

Jan Macvarish Wednesday 30 September 2009 comments

Brown’s inadequate parenting advice

Under Brown, New Labour’s obsession with acting in loco parentis for teens has expanded to older parents, too.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 30 September 2009 comments

Will it be the Sun wot sinks Brown?

The Labour Party’s hate-love relationship with the tabloid newspaper speaks volumes about the demise of Labourism.

Mick Hume Wednesday 30 September 2009 comments

Could this be the worst-ever UK election?

With both New Labour and the Conservatives pale shadows of their former selves, the danger is that politics will be the biggest loser. Unless…