September 2010

Graham Barnfield Wednesday 1 September 2010 comments

Not showing at a cinema near you

The BBFC’s effective banning of A Serbian Film shows that we still aren’t trusted to judge movies for ourselves.

Tim Black Wednesday 1 September 2010 comments

This is a story of resilience, not despair

Why was the mental-health lobby so quick to diagnose depression in the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground?

Mick Hume Wednesday 1 September 2010 comments

Cheating? To be fair, it is cricket

There is nothing new nor alien about cricketing scandals; the sport of Empire has always been torn between high morals and low tactics.

Rob Lyons Thursday 2 September 2010 comments

What a misanthropic bunch of stunts

Greenpeace’s latest stunt in the Arctic suggests that what it really fears is human exploration and expansion.

Tim Black Thursday 2 September 2010 comments

The US withdrew from Iraq a long time ago

The removal of US troops isn’t that significant. Politically and emotionally, Washington left Iraq some time around 2004.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 2 September 2010 comments

Never mind the leadership contest — look at me!

That Blair has published his bitchy memoirs at a time when Labour is picking a new leader speaks volumes about the end of grown-up politics.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 September 2010 comments

A Pitbull signs up
for the Eagles

I know he’s 37 and his best days are behind him, but I’m stupidly excited that Palace have signed Edgar Davids.

David Bowden Friday 3 September 2010 comments

Farewell The Bill, south London will miss you

By introducing weekly gangland killings and bent coppers, The Bill thought it could become Croydon’s answer to The Wire.

Rob Lyons Friday 3 September 2010 comments

The Tarantino of food writing

Still raucous, hedonistic and BS-intolerant, author and celeb chef Anthony Bourdain serves up more scrumptious food stories in Medium Raw.

Tim Black Monday 6 September 2010 comments

Decent drinkers vs demon drinkers

The campaign to ramp up the price of booze is an unspoken class war by wine-quaffers against cider-consumers.

Dolan Cummings Monday 6 September 2010 comments

Proving you’re an adult turns you into a child

Twentysomething Brits shouldn’t have to provide state-backed ID in order to purchase a glass of wine or can of beer.

Josie Appleton Monday 6 September 2010 comments

A licence to interfere in our everyday lives

The Lib-Cons’ proposed reforms to the licensing laws would make them even more authoritarian and killjoy than they already are - no mean feat.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 7 September 2010 comments

How ‘relevance’ killed the public library

For fear of being branded elitist, British libraries have ruinously sacrificed silence and good books for cafés and DVDs.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 7 September 2010 comments

Fighting against slavery? Pull the other one

Anti-traffickers promiscuously use the s-word in order to present themselves as heroic rescuers of fallen women.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 7 September 2010 comments

Turning the pope into an Antichrist for atheists

The great irony of the campaign against the pope is that it uses the same process of demonology that the Catholic Church once excelled at.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 8 September 2010 comments

Britain’s neverending school-meals saga

The relentless politicisation of the humble school dinner has been bad for parents, teachers and children.

Shane O’Neill Wednesday 8 September 2010 comments

New York, New York, don’t turn the lights off

A new New York resident says it is mad for skyscrapers to dim their lights just to save the lives of migrating birds.

Mick Hume Wednesday 8 September 2010 comments

This seems like news of another world entirely

Is reheating an old scandal about a Tory spindoctor and phone tapping at the News of the World really the best the Opposition can offer?

Patrick Hayes Thursday 9 September 2010 comments

Can’t we chuck the ASA on the bonfire, too?

We don’t need a prudish and unaccountable watchdog to decide how products and services are presented to us.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 9 September 2010 comments

Meadows, please come back to the future

This Is England 86 confirms that the 1980s are now the most mythologised decade of the twentieth century.

Frank Furedi Thursday 9 September 2010 comments

Why 9/11 gave rise to a carnival of confusion

The massive, unnecessary storm over the US pastor planning to burn some Korans speaks to the post-9/11 disarray of Western society.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 10 September 2010 comments

Fans and football: another marriage on the rocks?

It’s not only Coleen and Cheryl who have fallen out of love with England players - the supporters are cheesed off, too.

David Bowden Friday 10 September 2010 comments

Mad Men: set in the Sixties, all about today

Never mind the history nerds, the hit US show reflects a modern ambivalence towards consumerism.

Tim Black Friday 10 September 2010 comments

Me human, you chimp

In a sparkling, erudite polemic, Helene Guldberg demolishes the idea that apes are anything as intelligent or emotional as human beings.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 13 September 2010 comments

How the New Atheists are abusing the truth

Did Catholic priests really rape 10,000 children over the past 50 years, as respectable media outlets claim? No, they didn't.

Sabine Beppler-Spahl Monday 13 September 2010 comments

Thilo Sarrazin: the dark side of multiculturalism

Sarrazin’s claim that people are imprisoned by their ethnicity is not that different from PC notions of ‘diversity’.

Josie Appleton Monday 13 September 2010 comments

Why Sarkozy has declared war on his own population

The expulsion of the Roma is not a simple case of racism. Rather, this act of aggression speaks to the profound crisis of the French Republic.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 14 September 2010 comments

Oh god, not another Greenpeace guilt-trip

Green advertising campaigns are aimed at scaring adults witless and turning kids into Mao-style mum-policing spies.

Austin Post Tuesday 14 September 2010 comments

My name is Austin, I hate underage drinking laws

A 20-year-old American student warns Britain not to adopt America’s puritanical and invasive alcohol policies.

Sean Collins Tuesday 14 September 2010 comments

The Koran controversy: what was that all about?

It was the profound jitteriness of Western society that allowed one cranky pastor from Florida with 50 followers to hold the whole world to ransom.

Tim Black Wednesday 15 September 2010 comments

Kevin the Teenager takes over Britain

Today’s incessant intellectual attacks on the baby boomers are really just a pubescent cry of ‘I HATE YOU!’.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 15 September 2010 comments

They don’t give a dam about development

Greens must have very hard hearts if they can look at flood-hit Ethiopia and still say ‘don’t build dams’.

Mick Hume Wednesday 15 September 2010 comments

Shock news: it’s not 1979 – or 1990

Those comparing the unions’ campaign to the Winter of Discontent or the poll tax protests are living in the past, or cloud cuckoo land.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 15 September 2010 comments

Come out from under the comfort blanket of class politics

Why both the left and right are fantasising about a new Winter of Discontent, and why spiked isn’t.

Tim Black Thursday 16 September 2010 comments

Bringing blasphemy back from the dead

As the pope arrives in Britain, the Advertising Standards Authority bans an anti-Catholic advert. Where are the protests?

Kevin Rooney Thursday 16 September 2010 comments

What really gets their goat about Catholicism

The current Catholic-baiting springs from the cultural elite’s suspicion of anyone who, unlike them, has strong beliefs.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 16 September 2010 comments

The White Atheists’ Burden: save the savages

The idea that the pope is responsible for spreading AIDS in Africa is built on some very dodgy, colonial-style prejudices.

Frank Furedi Thursday 16 September 2010 comments

Crusade against the pope: an Inquisition-in-Reverse

The campaigners against the pope’s visit have more in common with the fanatical Inquisitors of old than with Enlightened liberal humanists.

David Bowden Friday 17 September 2010 comments

Being a schoolboy is not a special need

In his new BBC show, affable choirmaster Gareth Malone joins the chorus of complaints about underachieving lads.

Rob Lyons Friday 17 September 2010 comments

No longer just an armchair supporter

After 36 years, loyal Liverpool fan Rob Lyons finally gets to sing ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’ at the Spion Kop.

Mick Hume Friday 17 September 2010 comments

Could anybody bend it like Beckham?

Maybe – if they practised for 10,000 hours. Mick Hume reviews a book by a former Olympian that challenges the myth of natural-born talent.

Tara McCormack Monday 20 September 2010 comments

Afghanistan: democracy
as publicity stunt

Saturday’s elections were more about giving a shot in the arm to Western politicians than giving control to Afghanis.

Tim Black Monday 20 September 2010 comments

Everyone is special in the therapy culture

A new report blames teachers for overdiagnosing kids with special needs. But the whole of society is playing this game.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 20 September 2010 comments

‘Pope Benedict is an enemy of the state’

Saturday’s demo against the pope confirmed that he has been transformed into an Emmanuel Goldstein figure for so-called humanists to hate.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 21 September 2010 comments

Social democracy is
dying – even in Sweden

The Swedish elections confirm that even in every leftist’s idea of political paradise, labourism is on its last legs.

Patrick Marmion Tuesday 21 September 2010 comments

There’s more to war than moral dilemmas

A new play on Afghanistan exposes the ideological nature of our apparently neutral ways of seeing the world.

Wendy Kaminer Tuesday 21 September 2010 comments

Tea Party: the American right’s political tantrum

Its demands for tax cuts for billionaires and an end to the tyranny of bicycle paths make the Tea Party seem nuts. So why is it so popular?

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 22 September 2010 comments

Hands off our testicles!

Two men have been found guilty of ‘providing sperm without a licence’. But is there a man in Britain who hasn’t done that?

Tim Black Wednesday 22 September 2010 comments

Who’s really scaring girls?

When politicians bang on about feral boys and wear stab-proof vests, it’s not surprising young women are fearful.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 22 September 2010 comments

From Cleggmania to crisis in four months flat

By entering into government, the Lib Dems have lost their USP: being an ‘anti-establishment’ receptacle for disgruntled middle-class votes.

David Bowden Thursday 23 September 2010 comments

Why it’s now safe for Spooks to spook us

After 9/11, the BBC1 spy show used to be high-minded and gritty. Now it's absurd and consequently far more fun.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 23 September 2010 comments

Thanks for the memories, Freddie...

But one glorious Ashes series five years ago and falling off a pedalo in 2007 does not make you an all-time great.

Mick Hume Thursday 23 September 2010 comments

A country for old men?

ESSAY: Why our desperate leaders try but fail to hide behind the elderly heroes of the Few and some pensionable Second World War myths.

Kevin Rooney Friday 24 September 2010 comments

Cardinal Newman and the joys of ‘thinking uselessly’

John Cornwell’s biography reminds us what an inspiring thinker Newman was, and shows that he has far more to offer real humanists today than do the likes of Richard Dawkins.

David Bowden Friday 24 September 2010 comments

Raging diplomatically against the dying of the light

Dismissed as a politically inoffensive populist, Seamus Heaney shows in his latest elegiac collection why he deserves to be considered a titan of poetry.

James Woudhuysen Friday 24 September 2010 comments

Battle of Britain: empires at war

On the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain, it’s worth looking back at Richard Overy’s cutting-edge revisionist history, which shoots down many a myth.

Angus Kennedy Friday 24 September 2010 comments

How to ask awkward questions and annoy people

In his endless, often exasperating pursuit of Truth, Socrates made many enemies. Yet his ideas and his questioning outlook remain invaluable to understanding the present.

Rob Lyons Friday 24 September 2010 comments

Serving up some home truths about food

Although it is more of a textbook than a polemic, Robert Paarlberg’s Food Politics flambés many of the myths about the food price crisis and the Malthusian lobby’s fearmongering about mass hunger.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 24 September 2010 comments

Is Sarah Silverman going all identity crisis-y?

In her autobiography, the normally taboo-busting comedian flat-out refuses to break certain new taboos. So maybe she’s not as ballsy as her fans – including me – thought she was.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 24 September 2010 comments

The case against Geoffrey Robertson

The celebrity QC’s war against Vatican sovereignty is motivated less by liberal-humanist instincts than by a desire finally to finish off the principle of non-intervention in other states’ affairs.

Jennie Bristow Friday 24 September 2010 comments

A slap in the face to modern niceties

Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap has scandalised the middle classes with its critical examination of everything from intergenerational breakdown to the pieties of multiculturalism.

Sean Collins Monday 27 September 2010 comments

In the Tea Party debate, who’s really acting crazy?

Liberal activists’ dismissal of the Tea Party as ‘insane’ only shows how cut-off they are from the American masses.

Emily Hill Monday 27 September 2010 comments

In the Milibore era, pity the poor satirists

With Cameron, Clegg and Ed running the show, political dramatists and comedians face tough times ahead.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 27 September 2010 comments

A make-believe leader for a make-believe party

The weird victory of Ed Miliband reveals that there’s no rhyme or reason to the inner workings of the British Labour Party today.

Tiffany Jenkins Tuesday 28 September 2010 comments

Are we invading the Pharaohs’ privacy?

The idea that we shouldn’t carry out research on Egyptian mummies because we don’t have their consent is bonkers.

Daniel Ben-Ami Tuesday 28 September 2010 comments

Yes, Vince Cable is an anti-capitalist…

...but of the narrow-minded, misanthropic, austerity-loving variety, not the future-oriented Marxist kind.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 28 September 2010 comments

Bringing up baby is not an exact science

Okay, I’m not a neuroscientist or a psychologist, but I’m going to trust my gut feeling that most ‘parenting science’ is utter rubbish.

Stephen Paterson Wednesday 29 September 2010 comments

Sexual enslavement at the Ryder Cup?

After spreading mad scares during the Olympics and World Cup, now anti-traffickers are turning their attentions to golf.

Tim Black Wednesday 29 September 2010 comments

Google’s unhappy twelfth birthday

The web giant was once seen as a saviour of society and now it is branded as evil. But it is neither of those things.

Mick Hume Wednesday 29 September 2010 comments

Dirty tricks at the Commonwealth Games

These days it seems the Empire can only strike back at its uppity former colonial subjects in India with health-and-safety lectures.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 30 September 2010 comments

Let’s make the ‘human footprint’ even bigger

In a speech in Gothenburg, spiked’s editor called for a rebellion against the ethics of environmentalism.

Eero Iloniemi Thursday 30 September 2010 comments

Suppressing freedom to preserve democracy

The editor of a Finnish weekly is alarmed by the Swedish left’s desire to censor the right-wing Sweden Democrats.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 30 September 2010 comments

After that election, Sweden is in denial

Nathalie Rothschild on how Sweden’s cultural elite is scaremongering about the far right to avoid facing up to the collapse of social democracy.