April 2010

Rob Lyons Thursday 1 April 2010 comments

It’s not only cars they want to slow down

Are the dangers of ‘out of control’ Toyota cars being exaggerated to attack ‘out of control’ economic growth?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 1 April 2010 comments

Why fan ownership won’t set us free

If Labour really wants to give football back to the fans, it should stop treating us like naughty, sweary children.

Mick Hume Thursday 1 April 2010 comments

Don’t believe in the ghosts of politics past

ELECTION ESSAY: Whether we are talking about the UK General Election or the current outbreak of strikes, it is definitely not déjà vu all over again.

Timandra Harkness Tuesday 6 April 2010 comments

What on Earth is the UK Space Agency for?

Timandra Harkness reports from the anti-climatic UKSA launch, where no one seemed to be reaching for the stars.

Basham and Luik Tuesday 6 April 2010 comments

Are you dying for a fix of burger and chips?

There’s one problem with the experiments ‘confirming’ that junk food is addictive: humans aren’t the same as rats.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 6 April 2010 comments

Now the elite wants to colonise our brains

As the election date is announced, it’s becoming clear that the political class views the electorate as an incomprehensible, inscrutable blob.

Tim Black Wednesday 7 April 2010 comments

A queer attack on personal conscience

It is the liberal elite’s fear of ordinary people’s consciences that is driving the attacks on Chris Grayling.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 7 April 2010 comments

‘No, I am the true saviour of the world!’

The clash between Bob Geldof and Make Poverty History is an unsavoury battle of ‘Africa-saving’ egos.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 7 April 2010 comments

Cameron is right, this is a very important election…

... but not for the reasons that he, Gordon Brown or Nick Clegg would have us believe.

Ben Pile Thursday 8 April 2010 comments

Political prejudices dressed up as science

It is their doom-laden political outlook that really convinces greens the world is ending, not scientific evidence.

Neil Davenport Thursday 8 April 2010 comments

An initiation into the culture of unfreedom

Clamping down on students’ boozy socialising will only give rise to a society of life-long adolescents.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 8 April 2010 comments

Whatever happened to innovation?

ELECTION ESSAY: James Woudhuysen explores the roots of the establishment’s neglect of scientific and technological innovation.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 8 April 2010 comments

The ‘Mumsnet election’ doesn’t get my vote

Britain’s political leaders are fawning over professional, campaigning mums, but they still look down their noses at ordinary parents.

David Bowden Friday 9 April 2010 comments

Doctor, leave the moralising in the past

It isn’t only Doctor Who who has been regenerated as a younger model: so has spiked’s weekly TV columnist.

Barry Curtis Friday 9 April 2010 comments

Hands off the Grand National

For millions of human beings, the National is fun, thrilling and escapist. So who cares what the horses ‘think’?

Brendan O’Neill Friday 9 April 2010 comments

Burying Malthus to save Malthusianism

The so-called ‘progressive greens’ challenging the overpopulation thesis are really only interested in making Malthusian thinking more PC.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 12 April 2010 comments

Turning migrants into status symbols

The ‘I Love Migrants’ campaign confirms that being ‘pro-migrant’ is now a form of cultural snobbery.

Bill Durodié Monday 12 April 2010 comments

The battle for Thailand’s soul

Far from being a ‘stage army’, the Red Shirts could potentially refresh and reinvent democracy in Thailand.

Frank Furedi Monday 12 April 2010 comments

Jobbik: an extreme form of the politics of identity

The advance of the far-right in Hungary’s elections shows that zombie politics can potentially make a big impact in public life today.

Ken McLaughlin Tuesday 13 April 2010 comments

There is no gay white man’s burden

Do-gooding Westerners will only make things worse for Ugandan homosexuals threatened by oppressive new legislation.

Tiffany Jenkins Tuesday 13 April 2010 comments

Archaeology on the front line

Tiffany Jenkins speaks to heritage professionals in fierce disagreement about their sector’s involvement in wars.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 13 April 2010 comments

The Secular Inquisition

The campaign to arrest the pope is the product of an increasingly desperate secularism, which can only find meaning through ridiculing the religious.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 14 April 2010 comments

What this Twitterstorm reveals about Labour

Stuart MacLennan’s real crime was to spout Labour’s prejudices against chavs and old people in an uncouth way.

spiked Wednesday 14 April 2010 comments

A manifest lack of inspiring ideas

Roll up, roll up for spiked’s guided tour of the Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat election manifestos.

Tim Black Wednesday 14 April 2010 comments

Welcome to the era of
anti-nuclear imperialism

Obama’s much-applauded war against nuclear weapons is about boosting Washington’s moral authority, not securing world peace.

Rob Lyons Thursday 15 April 2010 comments

The sins of the father and mother

Tuesday’s Panorama used highly dubious science to accuse working-class parents of making their kids sick.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 15 April 2010 comments

Using the Holocaust to silence debate

The campaign to make ‘ecocide’ a crime sums up the opportunism and censoriousness of the green lobby.

Mick Hume Thursday 15 April 2010 comments

New Labour as the ‘lesser evil’? That’s a good one

The ludicrous spectacle of the leftovers of the left parroting their old arguments for supporting Labour is history repeated as low farce.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 April 2010 comments

Why all fans should side with ‘Mr Portsmouth’

John Westwood, Portsmouth’s No.1 fan, is seen as a sinner in today’s sit-down and shut-up footballing culture.

David Bowden Friday 16 April 2010 comments

How our leaders bored the Great Ignored

The first leaders’ debate was electoral porn for the media classes. The rest of us were left uninspired on the sidelines.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 16 April 2010 comments

Five vaguely interesting things about that debate

The leaders’ debate might have been teeth-extendingly boring but, if you can bear to look, it did provide a snapshot of the state of politics.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 19 April 2010 comments

Stuck in the airport that the world forgot

The post-volcanic chaos was a reminder of how much poorer life would be without manmade flight.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 19 April 2010 comments

Bow down before this mighty volcano!

Like an ancient cult of nature-worshippers, some are celebrating the way the volcano has thwarted modern life.

Frank Furedi Monday 19 April 2010 comments

This shutdown is about more than volcanic ash

The flight ban is a product of officialdom’s apocalyptic thinking, where they always imagine that the worst-case scenario will come true.

Jan Macvarish Tuesday 20 April 2010 comments

Bikinis for girls: a storm in an AA-cup

The row over Primark’s padded bikinis revealed modern parents’ anxieties about behaving like adults.

Tim Black Tuesday 20 April 2010 comments

Still haunted by The Ghost of Blair

Polanski’s film of Harris’s novel shows that Blair-bashers can’t quite explain their anger with New Labour.

Mick Hume Tuesday 20 April 2010 comments

Why nobody knows who will win

The UK election is such an arbitrary, unpredictable affair because this is the age of no-party politics – and no-politics parties.

Stuart Derbyshire Wednesday 21 April 2010 comments

It’s time to move beyond Roe vs Wade

US women’s right to choose will remain fragile so long as pro-choice activists rely so heavily on the Supreme Court.

Sean Collins Wednesday 21 April 2010 comments

The villain in a dumbed-down morality play

The SEC’s lawsuit against Goldman Sachs will only let politicians off the hook for the state of the economy.

James Panton Wednesday 21 April 2010 comments

What’s so great about the welfare state?

ESSAY: The origins of state welfare were far from progressive, and in its new therapeutic form it is actually a barrier to human solidarity.

Rob Lyons Thursday 22 April 2010 comments

The Icelandic volcano: let’s have a reckoning

It is mad to blame one safety official for the six-day flight ban – it was actually a product of elite risk-aversion.

Tim Black Thursday 22 April 2010 comments

Dog-fighting videos: a free speech issue

A US Supreme Court ruling rightly argues that all speech should be free, not just speech that is ‘socially beneficial’.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 22 April 2010 comments

Why ‘Cleggmania’ could be bad for democracy

The Nick Clegg phenomenon is not a product of public enthusiasm, but of the media’s disproportionate influence in politics today.

David Bowden Friday 23 April 2010 comments

The TV leaders’ debate: channelling Sartre

More than The X Factor, it’s like Sartre’s No Exit in which three men locked away from the real world gang up on each other.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 23 April 2010 comments

Platini thinks it’s all over – it’s not yet

Despite the gleefully gloomy forecasts for Man Utd, Chelsea et al, their monied reign in Europe is far from over.

spiked debate Friday 23 April 2010 comments

The Darwin debate

Following the celebration of Darwin’s 200th birthday, some now argue that his theory is not all it’s cracked up to be. Are they on to anything?

Patrick Marmion Monday 26 April 2010 comments

A liberal nightmare in Sloane Square

Laura Wade’s play Posh is porn for liberals, with its idea that evil toffs are puppeteering politics and the media.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 26 April 2010 comments

‘I want to leave my readers in favour of life’

Ten years ago, Brendan O’Neill met his idol Alan Sillitoe to talk about the degradation of the working-class hero.

Frank Furedi Monday 26 April 2010 comments

Why scepticism is still ‘the highest of duties’

Scepticism is widely denounced as a poison and a disease today, just as it was in the Dark Ages. We urgently need to rescue its reputation.

Martyn Perks Tuesday 27 April 2010 comments

We have ways of making you healthy

Design is the new Big Idea in preventative medicine, but there’s nothing healthy about lifestyle manipulation.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 27 April 2010 comments

Let’s challenge these myths of Chernobyl

Much of today’s anti-nuclear hysteria is based on a misunderstanding of what happened in Ukraine.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 27 April 2010 comments

Why Nick Clegg is so Machiavellian

The Lib Dem leader’s deeply undemocratic stab for power reveals the replacement of democratic politics with oligarchical intrigue.

Mick Hume Tuesday 27 April 2010 comments

Hang it all, whatever happened to democracy?

Contrary to the claims on either side in the UK election campaign, a hung parliament would be neither the real problem nor the solution.

Basham and Luik Wednesday 28 April 2010 comments

Let’s put cancerous myths to bed

There’s no causal link between sunbed-use and cancer, so why are politicians clamping down on teens tannning?

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 28 April 2010 comments

‘Free schools’ won’t save British education

A Swede tells the Tories that they are wrong to get so overexcited about the Swedish free-school model.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 28 April 2010 comments

Turning parents into ‘partners of the state’

ELECTION ESSAY: Thanks to New Labour, the family is no longer seen as a haven in a heartless world, but as a site of all sorts of abuse.

Eszter Salgó Thursday 29 April 2010 comments

Jobbik: a party born of humiliation

The recent electoral success of Hungary’s right-wing parties rests on a deep ground swell of powerlessness and frustration.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 29 April 2010 comments

Monkeys mourning? Don’t make me laugh

A handful of chimp mothers carrying around their dead babies is not evidence of ‘human-like’ qualities.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 29 April 2010 comments

The revolution will not be Tel Aviv’ed

Gil Scott-Heron should ignore censorious ‘pro-Palestine’ campaigners who want him to cancel his Tel Aviv gig.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 29 April 2010 comments

Why ‘Bigotgate’ threw everything into disarray

The Gordon Brown bigot scandal confirms that no one is in the driving seat of this election campaign – least of all us, the electorate.

Dan Travis Friday 30 April 2010 comments

Marathons: running away from The Race

Judging by the flailing, portly people taking part in Brighton’s Marathon, running is no longer about the thrill of competition.

David Bowden Friday 30 April 2010 comments

Is there a General Election taking place?

spiked’s TV columnist goes all Baudrillardian after sitting in the audience of a weird ITV politics show.

Sean Collins Friday 30 April 2010 comments

The Tea Party? Get over it already

In their discussion of the Tea Party as ‘delirious’ and ‘unhinged’, liberals like Bill Clinton are exposing their own snobbery.

Wendy Kaminer Friday 30 April 2010 comments

The Tea Party: phoney freedom fighters

The right-wing movement is outraged by excessive government - except when it is wielded by Republicans in the name of counter-terrorism.