March 2010

James Howell Monday 1 March 2010 comments

Gore, the greens and a pimped-out panic

Al Gore now says the Himalayan glaciers story was just ‘one small error’. In fact, it was every green’s trump card.

Tim Black Monday 1 March 2010 comments

‘Footballers are fat cats with six packs’

Ashley Cole’s misdemeanours have unleashed a tsunami of snobbery against wealthy working-class footballers.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 1 March 2010 comments

Turning a blind Eye to the truth

Private Eye’s feeble apology for its support for Dr Andrew Wakefield reminds us of the media’s uncritical complicity in the MMR-autism theory.

Alex Standish Tuesday 2 March 2010 comments

How to save humanity from nature’s whims

The differences between the Haitian and Chilean earthquakes show why we need real development in the Third World.

Kevin Yuill Tuesday 2 March 2010 comments

Why society should not tolerate suicide

Suicide itself – ‘the right of anyone to take his life’ – is being legitimated by the assisted-suicide campaign.

Mick Hume Tuesday 2 March 2010 comments

How did the ‘right to die’ become the liveliest cause?

Some thoughts on what the assisted suicide debate tells us about our political life and times – and what Leon Trotsky might have made of it all.

Kennedy & Lyons Wednesday 3 March 2010 comments

Infrastructure should be an electoral flashpoint

Both the government and the opposition are scared of big, slow-return, risky projects – but Britain needs modernisation.

Tim Black Wednesday 3 March 2010 comments

The paedophile panic: a product of elite hysteria

The government’s sex offenders disclosure scheme should remind us that it isn’t ‘the mob’ who are obsessed with paedos.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 3 March 2010 comments

Let’s reclaim the C-word

Labour and the Tories talk non-stop about ‘change’, but only because they would rather be in a state of perpetual flux than face up to political realities.

Tara McCormack Thursday 4 March 2010 comments

Britain’s national insecurity strategy

UK government policy is built on a long list of potential risks ‘out there’, but that’s no substitute for a political programme.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 4 March 2010 comments

We don’t owe politicians our vote

Instead of raising awareness about how to vote, how about raising the political temperature and making voting worthwhile?

Fitzpatrick and Hume Thursday 4 March 2010 comments

The last leader of the Labour Party

Two veterans of the revolutionary left, Michael Fitzpatrick and Mick Hume, opt out of the nostalgia-fest following Michael Foot’s death.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 5 March 2010 comments

So he slept with your ex. Get over it

Footballers like John Terry and Wayne Bridge need to man up and stop playing out their private dramas in public.

Patrick West Friday 5 March 2010 comments

Why everyone laughs at Canada

With giant beavers and Alanis Morissette, the closing ceremony of the Winter Games was a feast of stereotypes.

Philip Hammond Friday 5 March 2010 comments

Darfur: every celeb’s favourite African war

A new book reveals how celebrities’ and human rights activists’ simple-minded moral posturing on Darfur made the conflict even worse.

Rob Lyons Monday 8 March 2010 comments

What’s wrong with exploiting nature?

Shock-doc Dirty Oil wants us to hate the massive oil operation in Alberta, Canada. But I couldn’t help feeling awestruck.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 8 March 2010 comments

Dubai: the warrior-victims strike again?

Israel’s policy of assassinating its enemies springs from its culture of victimhood rather than any political strength.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 8 March 2010 comments

Jon Venables and the myth of public hysteria

It was not ‘the mob’ that turned James Bulger’s killer into a symbol of evil and moral decay – it was the decadent political elite and media.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 9 March 2010 comments

Live Aid: the White Pop Star’s Burden

The BBC’s critique of Live Aid replaces the view of Africans as victims with a view of them as corrupt.

Tim Black Tuesday 9 March 2010 comments

Britons, why can’t you be more like Iraqis?

Political observers are cynically celebrating the Iraqi elections as a welcome contrast to dumb apathy here at home.

Sean Collins Tuesday 9 March 2010 comments

The real scandal is this obsession with scandal

As Republicans and Democrats squabble over who is most corrupt, the American people become more cynical about the entire political class.

Rob Killick Wednesday 10 March 2010 comments

Google: a ‘frenemy’ of the internet generation

In the run-up to next week’s live spiked debate, Rob Killick says Google is neither ‘good’ nor ‘evil’ – it’s just a very big business.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 10 March 2010 comments

The Miles Davis of anti-capitalism

Riffing off one glib observation after another, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story is his weakest film yet.

Tim Black Wednesday 10 March 2010 comments

Don’t allow maniacs to shape the internet

Britain’s illiberal authorities are exploiting the tragic ‘Facebook murder’ to demonise social-networking sites.

Mick Hume Wednesday 10 March 2010 comments

Whoever wins, Britain will have a hung parliament

Size isn’t everything – history shows that it takes more than a majority of members of parliament to make a strong and purposeful government.

Andrew Orlowski Thursday 11 March 2010 comments

We are all in Google’s crossfire

Ahead of next week’s live spiked debate, Andrew Orlowski looks at how Google is securing profits and overriding copyright law.

Kevin Rooney Thursday 11 March 2010 comments

Same new deal for Northern Ireland

Neither ‘momentous’ nor ‘historic’, the devolution deal is just more of the same in the neverending peace process.

Woudhuysen & Lewis Thursday 11 March 2010 comments

How the state is a roadblock to progress

Red tape-obsessed, visionless governments are holding back the kind of big and risky innovation society needs.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 11 March 2010 comments

‘New Britain’ was built on James Bulger’s grave

For the liberal intelligentsia to accuse Denise Fergus of warping law, justice and morality is blame-shifting of epic proportions.

Rob Lyons Friday 12 March 2010 comments

Sons of Cuba: a knockout doc

Andrew Lang’s moving and punchy debut film is a tale of young pugilists’ triumph over adversity in Havana.

Patrick West Friday 12 March 2010 comments

Going all Jesus freaky over the solar system

Professor Brian Cox is an engaging guide to the wonders of space. But he might be just a bit too wide-eyed.

Helene Guldberg Friday 12 March 2010 comments

This isn’t racism. It’s just kids being kids

A new book explodes the myth of racist children and reveals how anti-racist initiatives in British schools have split pupils into ethnic camps.

Tim Black Monday 15 March 2010 comments

Are we heading for ‘a privacy Chernobyl’?

Ahead of a live spiked debate, Simon Davies of Privacy International says Google should stop treating privacy as a pain.

Joe Jackson Monday 15 March 2010 comments

Crazy Heart: another Hollywood sermon

Musician Joe Jackson on why drinking, smoking singers are now depicted as dangerous rather than glamorous.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 15 March 2010 comments

Smash the People’s Senate!

Jack Straw’s proposal for a fully elected second chamber is motivated by a desire to limit and frustrate real, direct, passionate democracy.

Jason Walsh Tuesday 16 March 2010 comments

Google: an anti-capitalist scapegoat?

In the run-up to this week’s live spiked debate, Jason Walsh of forth magazine asks if Google's behaviour really is abnormal.

Tim Black Tuesday 16 March 2010 comments

Is it ‘deplorable’ to stand up for yourself?

It is job-cutting, wage-freezing British Airways that has behaved deplorably, not its action-taking cabin crew.

Louise Turnbull Tuesday 16 March 2010 comments

The dangers of health-and-safety hysteria

Louise Turnbull reports from Scotland where rule-following firemen failed to rescue a woman trapped in a mine shaft.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 16 March 2010 comments

Education: you can’t buy and sell intellectual capital

ELECTION ESSAY: Frank Furedi explains why the mighty mess Labour made of education won’t be fixed by privatisation or parental pressure.

David Crow Wednesday 17 March 2010 comments

Google: a company of contradictions

Ahead of this week’s live spiked debate, David Crow of City AM offers his thoughts on Google’s current predicament.

Manick Govinda Wednesday 17 March 2010 comments

New Labour’s Iron Curtain for artists

Ludicrously strict visa rules for artists and academics from overseas are strangling cultural life in the UK.

Sean Collins Wednesday 17 March 2010 comments

‘Jihad Jane’ and the politics of fear

Far from ‘keeping America safe’, the elite’s depiction of the US as fragile and at-risk makes even lonely weirdos seem like a deadly threat.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 18 March 2010 comments

Stop this illicit trade in bullshit stories

Apparently 40,000 ‘hookers’ will be trafficked to South Africa for the World Cup. Where have we heard that story before?

Rob Lyons Thursday 18 March 2010 comments

This tax on fizzy drinks stinks

Whether it is cigarettes, booze or soda, it’s not the place of the taxman to dissuade us from our enjoyable bad habits.

Mick Hume Thursday 18 March 2010 comments

Why we were right to fight

Ten years after a libel trial closed LM magazine, its former editor reflects on how that case foreshadowed the battles over free speech today.

Rob Lyons Friday 19 March 2010 comments

Bang goes that dumbing down theory

Science on TV has had low expectations of audiences for too long, but a couple of new programmes have bucked the trend.

Camille Lepage Friday 19 March 2010 comments

Vive la cuisine
française!

Le Big Mac may be on the rise, but a French woman explains why her country’s food culture is still alive and well.

David Bowden Friday 19 March 2010 comments

RIP: the footballing life of David Beckham

When Becks snapped that tendon, it ended an era marked by public tears, metrosexuality and great corners.

Frank Furedi Friday 19 March 2010 comments

A depletionist view of history and humanity

What a shame that David Willetts, one of the few intellectual parliamentarians, has written such a wrongheaded book on the baby boomers.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 22 March 2010 comments

There is an alternative to austerity

Despite what politicians say, the way to reduce the UK’s fiscal deficit is to boost production, not curb consumption.

Tim Black Monday 22 March 2010 comments

Google: the Godzilla of the World Wide Web?

Tim Black reports from last Thursday’s spiked debate at the Royal Society of Arts, which asked: ‘Is Google too big?’

Sean Collins Monday 22 March 2010 comments

This is not History with a capital H

The health reforms in the US are neither historic nor disastrous. They simply show what ‘Change’ means under Obama: tinkering on the edges.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 23 March 2010 comments

Will Ireland become an anti-Catholic tyranny?

Attacks on the church are less likely to foster a free, secular society than a suspicious, state-dominated one.

Tim Black Tuesday 23 March 2010 comments

Candid Camera for the Westminster clique

No normal people care about the Byers-Hewitt-Hoon scandal, proving that sleaze-hunting is now an utterly elite pursuit.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 23 March 2010 comments

Turning immigration into a tool of social engineering

ELECTION ESSAY: The elite now expresses its snobbery and authoritarianism by being ‘pro-immigration’ rather than anti-immigration.

Emily Hill Wednesday 24 March 2010 comments

Politics is clearly in trouble and strife

The leaders’ wives – Serious Sarah, Sexy Sam, Anonymous Miriam – are taking the politics of personality to a new low.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 24 March 2010 comments

Dam these patronising Western campaigns

The environmentalists fighting to stop the construction of a huge dam in Ethiopia must have no regard for human life.

Wendy Kaminer Wednesday 24 March 2010 comments

Criticising gays: a secular form of blasphemy?

It’s not enough for libertarians to defend free speech for gay groups and others they agree with. They must defend it for their opponents, too.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 25 March 2010 comments

P Diddy: putting the Cristal into Palace?

If nothing else, the rumour about the hip-hop star taking over at Selhurst Park has blinged up a dismal season.

Patrick West Thursday 25 March 2010 comments

An alien perspective on the human race

In his last TV column for spiked, Patrick West muses on the idea that extraterrestrials watch human TV shows.

Tim Black Thursday 25 March 2010 comments

The new priesthood of meddling experts

Whether they’re marshalling ‘science’ to stop us from smoking or from eating meat, we should all be more sceptical of the new expert class.

James Heartfield Friday 26 March 2010 comments

The power of Solar

Novelist Ian McEwan is clearly not a climate-change sceptic, but as a writer he cannot resist showing up the humbug in the heavily ideological field of contemporary environmentalism.

Daniel Lee Friday 26 March 2010 comments

In search of the meaning behind Oz

A biography of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author, L Frank Baum, speculates about the weird and wonderful characters in the children’s classic, and why Baum was a one-hit wonder.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 26 March 2010 comments

A novel approach to the New Atheism

Maybe human beings are fundamentally irrational – why else did I read Rebecca Goldstein's clunky, academic, atheistic novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God from cover to cover?

Tim Black Friday 26 March 2010 comments

Whatever happened to citius, altius, fortius?

A fascinating new collection of essays examines how the commercialisation and politicisation of the Olympic Games have made them less and less about ‘swifter, higher, stronger’.

Rob Lyons Friday 26 March 2010 comments

Don’t bring back the Ministry of Food

Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall (yes, Hugh’s mum) has written an interesting history of food rationing during the Second World War. But bizarrely, she is nostalgic for that period.

Charlotte Faircloth Friday 26 March 2010 comments

The trials and tribulations of the ‘perfect mother’

The controversial French philosopher Elisabeth Badinter has stirred up a storm with her critique of the Anglo-American eco-mums whose values are now invading France.

Angus Kennedy Friday 26 March 2010 comments

What is the point of evil?

If Terry Eagleton is right that evil is literally, supremely pointless, and also reassuringly rare in a world full of human purpose, then why are we discovering it everywhere we look?

Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini Friday 26 March 2010 comments

It is now blasphemy to criticise Darwin

Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, co-author of What Darwin Got Wrong (reviewed in this issue of the spiked review of books), says Darwinism has become a new secular faith that you transgress at your peril.

John Gillott Friday 26 March 2010 comments

The party poopers at Darwin’s 200th birthday

Following mainstream scientists’ celebration of Darwin’s big birthday last year, two new books argue that Darwin’s theory is not all it’s cracked up to be. Are they on to anything?

Brendan O’Neill Friday 26 March 2010 comments

Burying Malthus to save Malthusianism

The so-called ‘progressive greens’ challenging the idea that the planet is overpopulated are actually only interested in making Malthusian thinking more palatable and PC.

Joe Kaplinsky Monday 29 March 2010 comments

It’s time the UK had some atomic ambition

Britain might soon face power cuts if it doesn’t invest in new energy generation - and, yes, that means embracing nuclear.

Tim Black Monday 29 March 2010 comments

Mephedrone: what about freedom of choice?

With authoritarian politicians on one side and elitist experts on the other, the public is shunted from the drugs debate.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 29 March 2010 comments

Why humanists shouldn’t join in this Catholic-bashing

The reaction to the paedophile priest scandal is as guilty of scaremongering, illiberalism and elitism as the Catholic Church has ever been.

Guy Rundle Tuesday 30 March 2010 comments

The end of the Berlusconi show?

Guy Rundle reports from Rome on how the disarray of the left has helped to keep the man they love to hate in power.

Patrick Marmion Tuesday 30 March 2010 comments

The Russian revolution as zombie story

Can a play depicting Bolsheviks as a menace and royalists as victims reveal any truths about the revolution?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 30 March 2010 comments

Rise up against ‘King Vince’!

Vince Cable’s performance in last night’s debate confirmed that he is the unofficial spokesman for a nasty petit-bourgeois outlook.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 30 March 2010 comments

An audience with the bean-counters

Ask the Chancellors showed that the economy, for so long a flashpoint ideological issue, is now utterly divorced from Politics with a capital P.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 31 March 2010 comments

Thou shalt not criticise homosexuals

What kind of country arrests religious preachers in the streets and drags them to court? Britain, actually.

Tim Black Wednesday 31 March 2010 comments

How to make a mockery of politics

‘Gorvid Camerown’, the ‘Labservative party’... The Lib Dems’ spoof election campaign is neither big nor clever.

Norman Lewis Wednesday 31 March 2010 comments

Google: a data-liberation army?

Google’s passion for the free flow of information, including in China, is based on business interests and naive politics.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 31 March 2010 comments

‘Climategate’: what a pointless investigation

The aim of the MPs’ investigation was not to uncover the truth, but to defend the moral authority of climate-change alarmism.