January 2010

Tim Black Monday 4 January 2010 comments

Let’s stagger to the barricades

All those who value choice, liberty and enjoying a pint should resist the killjoys’ war on ‘boozy Britain’.

Rob Lyons Monday 4 January 2010 comments

Eco-lightbulbs: not such a bright idea

Npower’s decision to send out millions of mostly useless lightbulbs shows how demented climate-change targets can be.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 4 January 2010 comments

How did Pantsman conquer the world?

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s promotion from loser to enemy of civilisation suggests the politics of fear is a bigger threat than bitter individuals.

David Bowden Tuesday 5 January 2010 comments

‘Some people want to see me beheaded’

Comedian and radio presenter Tom Binns tells spiked how he was sacked for the crime of ‘insulting the monarch’.

Steve Bremner Tuesday 5 January 2010 comments

Avatar: misanthropy in three dimensions

James Cameron’s latest extravaganza is technically stunning yet promotes a bleak view of humanity.

Mick Hume Tuesday 5 January 2010 comments

Now they’re giving up more than cigarettes

Twenty years after kicking the habit, spiked’s editor-at-large Mick Hume bemoans the changed view of smokers and quitting.

Ben Pile Wednesday 6 January 2010 comments

Why Copenhagen was bound to fail

With deep divisions within the green camp and little popular support without, Copenhagen could not succeed.

Tim Black Wednesday 6 January 2010 comments

Down with these Malthusian MPs

A proposal to cap the UK population at 70million shows how mainstream miserabilist population control has become.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 6 January 2010 comments

Why the Tories really hate Tesco

The Conservatives’ declaration of war on supermarkets shows just how elitist and snobby is today’s anti-Tesco sentiment.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 6 January 2010 comments

Abortion: the freedom to make tough choices

Essay: The anti-choice lobby’s claim that abortions always impact on women’s mental health is moralism masquerading as science.

Karl Sharro Thursday 7 January 2010 comments

What’s wrong with towering ambition?

Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest manmade structure in history, stands in glorious contrast to the pessimism of the West.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 7 January 2010 comments

Wootton Bassett: a
political pantomime

The clash between self-pitying Islamists and weeping military men is a perfect metaphor for the ‘war on terror’.

Frank Furedi Thursday 7 January 2010 comments

The Road: there’s more to life than biological survival

Those who welcome the film version of The Road as eco-propaganda for the masses have missed the point of McCarthy’s literary masterpiece.

Patrick West Friday 8 January 2010 comments

Punk music: never mind the cynicism

There was more to the punk scene than sneering, swearing and affected nihilism. There were some decent tunes, too.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 January 2010 comments

Thou shalt respect the FA Cup!

Football’s overlords cannot comprehend fans’ lack of interest in the FA Cup. Truth is, we’ve simply outgrown it.

Sean Collins Friday 8 January 2010 comments

A crisis of the economy and a crisis of nerve

Many still believe that Obama’s people reacted to the recession with vision and decisiveness. A new book reveals a very different story.

Neil Davenport Monday 11 January 2010 comments

There was nothing edgy about Wossy

It is elite self-flattery to think Jonathan Ross was hounded out of the BBC by a Puritanical Middle-England lynch mob.

James Heartfield Monday 11 January 2010 comments

Yemen: taking another beating from the West

The post-Pantsman labelling of Yemen as a hotbed of terrorism is not the first time that nation has been unfairly demonised.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 11 January 2010 comments

Labour Party: destroying itself with ‘H-Bombs’

The so-called Hewitt-Hoon ‘coup’ merely confirmed that the less public purpose Labour has, the more internally corrosive it becomes.

Tim Black Tuesday 12 January 2010 comments

The White Sports Writers’ Burden

The gun attack on the Togo football team has unleashed a torrent of fearmongering about the ‘Dark Continent’.

Jason Walsh Tuesday 12 January 2010 comments

The pretend politics of a fantasy state

Created to frustrate the will of the people, Northern Ireland and its political parties barely function anymore.

Mick Hume Tuesday 12 January 2010 comments

After Irisgate: the future’s not Orange – or Green

However the scandal over the Robinsons unfolds, Northern Ireland politics will remain dominated by a one-party system: the Peace Process Party.

Tim Black Wednesday 13 January 2010 comments

Why they hate this ‘modern Machiavelli’

The idea that Alastair Campbell is single-handedly responsible for the disaster of Iraq is politically bonkers.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 13 January 2010 comments

Put the lunch police back in their box

New research says children’s packed lunches are unhealthy. But what we feed our kids is no business of government.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 January 2010 comments

Can we have our Voltaire back please?

Voltaire’s belief in freedom of speech has been so spectacularly abandoned by mainstream society that it can now be co-opted by radical Islamists.

Rob Lyons Thursday 14 January 2010 comments

‘Twelve angry men’ are better than one judge

The start of England’s first judge-only trial for 400 years is yet another blow to everyone’s democratic rights.

Kevin Rooney Thursday 14 January 2010 comments

We owe children a good education

The proposal to teach financial responsibility to kids shows schools have replaced learning with social engineering.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 14 January 2010 comments

How ‘Nature’s fury’ replaced God’s fury

Evangelist Pat Robertson’s real mistake was to describe the calamity in Haiti as God’s work rather than Gaia’s work.

Frank Furedi Thursday 14 January 2010 comments

Heavy snow: bad luck or divine displeasure?

‘Extreme weather’ is not so much a scientific category as a cultural metaphor, expressing humanity’s anxiety about its place in the world.

Neil Davenport Friday 15 January 2010 comments

Ian Dury: je t’adore, ich liebe dich

Sex & Drugs & Rock’n’Roll is a fantastic evocation of Seventies Britain and the funny, aggressive world of an unlikely pop star.

Patrick West Friday 15 January 2010 comments

A minor hiccup for freakshow television

A film about a man trying to cope with a distressing condition suggested we’re only really moved by the truly weird.

Tim Black Friday 15 January 2010 comments

How much longer can Rafa be the Gaffer?

Liverpool’s poor season just keeps getting poorer, but the sulky Spaniard is clinging on to his job.

Jennie Bristow Friday 15 January 2010 comments

Turning teachers into objects of suspicion

A new book argues that mistrust of adults and the erroneous belief that children always tell the truth are creating a minefield of abuse accusations.

Rob Killick Monday 18 January 2010 comments

Earthquakes don’t have to be this devastating

Underdevelopment and lack of economic growth made the Haitian earthquake far worse than it might have been.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 18 January 2010 comments

How did their tragedy become All About Us?

There’s a danger that giving to Haiti has become a way of advertising our decency rather than helping the desperate.

Frank Furedi Monday 18 January 2010 comments

To rescue Haitians, we need to take risks

The slow delivery of aid to Haitians suggests that even the noble mission of saving lives has been subordinated to the dictates of risk-aversion.

Basham and Luik Tuesday 19 January 2010 comments

The myth of an ‘obesity tsunami’

Recent figures on both sides of the Atlantic suggest claims of an epidemic of weight-related illness are grossly exagerrated.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 19 January 2010 comments

When will the IPCC melt away?

News that Himalayan glaciers are not receding as quickly as claimed shows we need new ways to assess the evidence.

Tim Black Tuesday 19 January 2010 comments

A Savage attack on free speech

The UK government’s border ban on an American shock jock reveals its utter disdain for freedom of speech and its fear of a volatile public.

David Bowden Wednesday 20 January 2010 comments

Now they want to stub out fake cigarettes

Anti-tobacco campaigners want to make Britain ‘smokefree’ - so what have they got against smokeless e-cigarettes?

Tim Black Wednesday 20 January 2010 comments

A mad campaign to scare us into sobriety

The Home Office-backed charity Drinkaware might just be the most patronising public health initiative ever.

Mick Hume Wednesday 20 January 2010 comments

Last orders for public liberties?

The all-party support for yet another crackdown on drinkers is a sign of the illiberal times – and a far cry from past battles over booze.

Rob Lyons Thursday 21 January 2010 comments

A romcom with an anti-capitalist touch

Yes, ‘money can’t buy you happiness’ is a cliché, but it’s made to feel fresh in the new George Clooney film Up in the Air.

Emily Hill Thursday 21 January 2010 comments

Straw the Younger vs King Tony of Islington

Will Straw’s tantrums about Blair’s betrayal of his father confirm New Labour’s descent into mafia-style infighting.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 21 January 2010 comments

A pants response to the terrorism threat

Gordon Brown’s stringent security measures in response to one failed bombing show the madness of the ‘war on terror’.

Sean Collins Thursday 21 January 2010 comments

What the ‘Mass mutiny’ shows about the Obama era

A win for a Republican unknown not only spoiled Obama’s one-year anniversary in office – it also exposed a deeper crisis of American politics.

Patrick West Friday 22 January 2010 comments

Sports commentary: they think it’s all over

The death of ‘the voice of rugby’ Bill McLaren has prompted too much nostalgia for an era that never was.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 January 2010 comments

Banning footballers from Twitter? OMFG

Football clubs’ semi-Orwellian efforts to keep their players off Twitter will further alienate footballers from their fans.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 22 January 2010 comments

Who killed EastEnders?

A new book reveals the behind-the-scenes soap opera in which BBC suits continually tried to emasculate EastEnders’ working-class characters.

Cowlard & Rothschild Monday 25 January 2010 comments

Do these people look like terrorists to you?

PHOTO ESSAY: spiked joined a mass photographers’ protest against Britain’s freedom-sapping terrorism laws.

Rob Lyons Monday 25 January 2010 comments

After the war on salt, the battle against butter

Healthy-living killjoys now even want to ban the yellow creamy stuff that makes food so tasty and enjoyable.

Sean Collins Monday 25 January 2010 comments

Bashing the bankers is making Obama go blind

Obama’s plan to reform the big banks is rank political opportunism and will do little to address the underlying problems of the financial crisis.

Angus Kennedy Tuesday 26 January 2010 comments

The Holocaust: it could happen to YOU

Holocaust Memorial Day rips the slaughter of millions out of its historical context to teach us that we are all capable of evil.

Tim Black Tuesday 26 January 2010 comments

The opportunism of a caveman

By latching on to the ‘heroic’ Pantsman, bin Laden proved he is an attention-seeking exploiter of Western anxiety.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 26 January 2010 comments

Free speech on campus? Yes. A free ride? No

There should be full freedom of speech for ‘extremists’ in British universities – and also for those who want to slate or ridicule them.

Stuart Derbyshire Wednesday 27 January 2010 comments

Just monkeying around with a camera

A BBC film ‘made’ by chimpanzees at Edinburgh Zoo only confirms how different humans and apes really are.

David Bowden Wednesday 27 January 2010 comments

Putting free men under house arrest

Banning ‘football hooligans’ from going abroad during the World Cup is a shocking violation of free movement.

Mick Hume Wednesday 27 January 2010 comments

UK plc: a 0.1% chance of success at this rate

The ‘end of the recession’ in Britain? An honest debate about how to confront the malaise and restructure the economy has not even begun.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 28 January 2010 comments

You’re not solvent anymore

Administration might spell the end of the Crystal Palace football club, but it won’t crush the supporters’ spirit.

Patrick West Thursday 28 January 2010 comments

The BBC: there is no agenda

A question for all those who think the Beeb is just one big liberal-left conspiracy: have you actually watched TV lately?

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 28 January 2010 comments

Haiti: an all-singing, all-dancing, celebrity disaster

How did Haiti so quickly become a conduit for celebrity emoting, celebrity gossip and even celebrity rescue operations?

Frank Furedi Thursday 28 January 2010 comments

Music for the masses: could it work here?

It would be brilliant if El Sistema, Venezuela’s social movement for classical music education, came to Britain. But there are obstacles.

James Woudhuysen Friday 29 January 2010 comments

Do we need a more venturesome economy?

It is true that in the world economy, R&D, laboratories and national competitiveness aren’t everything – but they count for more than Amar Bhidé suggests.

Andrew Calcutt Friday 29 January 2010 comments

Thank Evans for Harry

Harold Evans’ autobiography doesn’t only reveal the sparkle of his long career in journalism and publishing – it also sheds light on what is (and is not) behind today’s crisis of reporting.

Rob Lyons Friday 29 January 2010 comments

A foodie’s guide to the history of humanity

Tom Standage’s fascinating new book reveals how central were the production, transportation and consumption of food to the creation of human societies and human progress.

Tim Black Friday 29 January 2010 comments

At least we still have the freedom to shop...

John Kampfner’s account of the erosion of freedom following the end of the Cold War is written with verve and clarity. But is he right that we were all bought off by consumerism?

Thomas McGlaughlin Jr Friday 29 January 2010 comments

Why Salinger still speaks to us

He may not have published very much, but Salinger’s contribution to modern literature was enormous: the creation of a new kind of literary character struggling with the crisis and corrosion of The Individual.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 29 January 2010 comments

‘We wanted to change the social order of things’

She is best known as the girl on the cover of Bob Dylan’s album The Freewheelin’, yet her memoir of her full and rebellious youth suggests there is far more to Suze Rotolo.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 29 January 2010 comments

The attack dog of mainstream misanthropy

With his hatred of nightclubs and blokes, his constant carping about what’s on TV, and his recent campaign to censure a newspaper columnist, Charlie Brooker is the closest thing we have to a modern-day Mary Whitehouse.

Sean Collins Friday 29 January 2010 comments

Juicy politico-porn that also reveals much about America

It’s not surprising that Game Change became such a speedy bestseller and is the talk of America – its revelations about what happened behind the scenes in the 2008 presidential race are toe-curlingly fascinating.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 29 January 2010 comments

In defence of abundance

Today’s critics of prosperity are guarded about expressing their views directly, instead hiding behind climate change, ideas about ‘moral limits’, and the elevation of happiness over GDP. This makes it even more important to oppose them.