October 2010

Felix Holmgren Friday 1 October 2010 comments

Bollywood meets arthouse

Peepli [Live], the first Bollywood film to be accepted on the international film circuit, is a stinging social satire.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 1 October 2010 comments

Money didn’t destroy sport. It liberated it

It was only the much maligned professionalisation of sport that allowed the working classes to get involved.

David Bowden Friday 1 October 2010 comments

The TV show for people who hate TV

Seven Days is a super-meta reality TV show that allows the audience to interact. And it’s shit, of course.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 1 October 2010 comments

Geoffrey Robertson’s ‘humanitarian’ infallibility

The QC’s belief that the West can liberate people by bombing their countries makes the pope’s delusions look almost rational by comparison.

Tim Black Monday 4 October 2010 comments

Don’t let a war ruin your movie

Buried could have been a fresh and peculiar thriller if only it didn’t shoehorn in the Iraq War.

Ellie Lee Monday 4 October 2010 comments

The myth of male postnatal depression

Dr Ellie Lee picks apart the social and media construction of a biological impossibility.

Frank Furedi Monday 4 October 2010 comments

‘Red Ed’ can’t disguise the fact that Labour is dead

Don’t let the flurry of debate about what Ed Miliband will do next distract from the real story: the historic crisis of social democracy.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 5 October 2010 comments

Not just a factory-
made feelgood film

Made in Dagenham eschews the fashionable disdain for the working classes to remind us how equality is really won.

Tim Black Tuesday 5 October 2010 comments

Turning the workplace into a school playground

The new UK Equality Act treats all workers as pathetic victims who need the state as a big, caring brother.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 5 October 2010 comments

There’s nothing Enlightened about the new equality law

John Locke will be turning in his grave when he hears his liberal descendants demanding more state intervention into religious affairs.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 6 October 2010 comments

Playing politics with terror alerts

President Obama’s anti-terror advice to Americans in Europe was actually about rebuking European governments.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 6 October 2010 comments

How Ireland became a giant Ponzi scheme

The fall of the Irish economy throws some much-needed light on what lies behind the current economic recession.

Sean Collins Wednesday 6 October 2010 comments

Wall Street 2: we’re all Gordon Gekkos now

In Oliver Stone’s sequel, released in British cinemas today, it’s no longer only the pinstriped bankers who are sinfully greedy - it’s all of us.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 7 October 2010 comments

A very conservative approach to innovation

ESSAY: The Lib-Con coalition is more concerned with controlling behaviour than forging a brave, hi-tech future.

Tim Black Thursday 7 October 2010 comments

Removing the red tape is the easy part

The Lib-Cons’ war on the health-and-safety cult is welcome. But the problem runs deeper than they think.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 7 October 2010 comments

Well, that proves Cameron is not the ‘new Thatcher’

The Cameron set’s bizarre handling of the child-benefit backlash shows that it lacks both the ethos and experience to govern decisively.

Emily Hill Friday 8 October 2010 comments

Turning celebrity breakdown into art

I'm Still Here documents Joaquin Phoenix’s journey from Hollywood star to obese, beardy rapper. Or is he just messing with us?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 October 2010 comments

Liverpool: desperately seeking a saviour

The idea that Kenny Dalglish could be Liverpool’s Messiah is as idiotically sentimental as it is desperate.

David Bowden Friday 8 October 2010 comments

X-Factor: the show snobs love to hate

Malaria outbreak, auto-tune scandal, race row, some brilliant singing... thank God The X-Factor is back.

Rob Lyons Friday 8 October 2010 comments

A textbook myth-buster

Robert Paarlberg’s introduction to the politics of food flambés many of today’s Malthusian myths and puts that food-price crisis in perspective.

Jason Walsh Monday 11 October 2010 comments

Ireland’s Labour party: popular by default

Anyone who thinks the seeming rise of Irish Labour represents a rebirth of social democracy is sorely mistaken.

Anna Travis Monday 11 October 2010 comments

Save us all from ‘alcohol awareness’

Save Dave, the latest government anti-drinking campaign, imagines the British everyman as a drunk simpleton.

Frank Furedi Monday 11 October 2010 comments

Inviting us to bow down before the god of fortune

Today’s deification of fear encourages us to succumb to fate. But we should learn from the Romans and seek to subdue Fortuna.

Johan Norberg Tuesday 12 October 2010 comments

Don’t give him the Nobel – he’s right-wing!

Swedish leftists are outraged that Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize for literature, because he isn’t ‘one of us’.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 12 October 2010 comments

A fearful separatism in the Middle East

The new Israeli loyalty oath is not a product of Zionist racism but of Israel’s politics of insecurity.

Tim Black Tuesday 12 October 2010 comments

Turning the Ivory Towers into a skills factory

Today’s yawn-inducing debate about how higher education should be funded reflects a profound uncertainty about what higher education is for.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 13 October 2010 comments

Another day, another attack on smokers

The latest study says smokers are more likely to drink and less likely to eat fruit than non-smokers. Quelle surprise.

Tim Black Wednesday 13 October 2010 comments

‘I’ve been bombed and it’s bloody frightening’

A look back at Claire Rayner’s wise words to spiked about war, freedom and modern-day buffoonery.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 October 2010 comments

Chile: solidarity wins out over psychobabble

The 33 miners have not only had to endure seclusion, but also the mean-spiritedness, censorship and disdain of the therapy industry.

Sean Collins Thursday 14 October 2010 comments

The truth about the Currency Wars

America should get its own economic house in order rather than blame the slump on China’s currency antics.

Emily Hill Thursday 14 October 2010 comments

The sad decline of
la femme fantastique

Proposing an online register of ‘rapists’ is the maddest thing Germaine Greer’s done since she puked on Big Brother.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 14 October 2010 comments

The welfare state is not our ‘guardian angel’

Both the critics and defenders of welfarism are blind to the detrimental impact it is having on autonomy and the human spirit.

Rob Lyons Friday 15 October 2010 comments

Australia: the end of a cricketing empire

Now the Aussies are having to engage in another sport that Britain gave to the world: national self-flagellation.

David Bowden Friday 15 October 2010 comments

Paying Lip Service to proper drama

BBC3’s dire new show recycles every dating and relationship cliché known to man, only with lesbians.

Jennie Bristow Friday 15 October 2010 comments

A slap in the face to the bourgeoisie

Why Christos Tsiolkas’s romp-of-a-novel about a suburban Australian hitting someone else’s child has got the literary classes in a flap.

Craig Fairnington Monday 18 October 2010 comments

There’s more to science than making money

Pro-science protesters are playing a dangerous game by arguing against government cuts on economic grounds only.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 18 October 2010 comments

Facebook: the heart in a heartless world

David Fincher’s brilliant The Social Network teases out what is driving the FB juggernaut: our need for narrative.

Mick Hume Monday 18 October 2010 comments

India: making history or living in the past?

A trip to Bangalore gives spiked’s editor-at-large a glimpse of the capitalist law of uneven development at work.

Tim Black Tuesday 19 October 2010 comments

Decoding the truth about cyberterrorism

Where exactly is this ‘cyber-warfare’ that Theresa May claims is threatening our civilisation?

Rob Lyons Tuesday 19 October 2010 comments

Stay sane by fighting climate change!

One of Britain’s top psychiatrists says being eco-friendly is good for our mental health. Is he bonkers?

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 19 October 2010 comments

The British elite prefers polite Malthusianism

The American woman paying British drug addicts to stop breeding is only saying out loud what respectable people normally say in code.

Emily Hill Wednesday 20 October 2010 comments

Campaigning to keep Joan voluptuous

Womankind won’t spiral into depression just because Christina Hendricks from Mad Men is going on a diet.

Tim Black Wednesday 20 October 2010 comments

In between comedy and nostalgia

The secret of the success of The Inbetweeners – the anti-Skins – is that it’s both hilarious and old-fashioned.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 20 October 2010 comments

Five BS arguments that should be cut

George Osborne’s spending review is neither a Thatcherite assault on ‘the vulnerable’ nor a sparkling solution to our economic woes.

Tara McCormack Thursday 21 October 2010 comments

The Lib-Cons’ national insecurity strategy

Just like the New Labour government, the Lib-Con coalition has no idea which interests to pursue or protect.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 21 October 2010 comments

It’s not just Tories who want austerity

We can’t make a convincing case against austerity without challenging today’s cultural aversion to prosperity.

Josie Appleton Thursday 21 October 2010 comments

Meet the Spaniards fighting to stub out authoritarianism

Spanish thinkers, drinkers, smokers and non-smokers are rebelling against their government’s smoking ban. Let’s back them.

David Bowden Friday 22 October 2010 comments

The masturbatory world of the mockumentary

The Taking of Prince Harry was Channel 4’s latest attempt to dress up liberal fantasy as serious inquiry.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 October 2010 comments

No longer ‘the greatest club in the world’

The Ferguson-Rooney spat is more than a PR war - it’s a sign that Manchester United’s empire is crumbling.

Mick Hume Friday 22 October 2010 comments

It’s time we learned: footballers are not fans

This United fan says Wayne Rooney is neither a traitor nor a symbol of moral decay – he’s just another passing pro, grasping for gold and glory.

Jason Smith Monday 25 October 2010 comments

In defence of factory farming

The celebs campaigning against a mega-dairy in Lincolnshire don’t know which side their bread is buttered on.

Sabine Beppler-Spahl Monday 25 October 2010 comments

The intolerant legacy of multiculturalism

Germany’s angry debate about immigration has its roots in the multiculturalist emphasis on difference.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 25 October 2010 comments

Don’t ban the burqa - but don’t celebrate it, either

Both Europe’s burqa-banners and burqa-defenders are denigrating tolerance by inviting the state to police our beliefs and thoughts.

Emily Hill Tuesday 26 October 2010 comments

Something about this smoking confession stinks

Desperate to appear cooler than the office-supplies manager he fundamentally is, Nick Clegg has outed himself as a Smoker.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 26 October 2010 comments

Sweden: a hostage to fear and paranoia

The panic over an allegedly racist gunman in Malmö reveals a great deal about modern-day Sweden.

Tim Black Tuesday 26 October 2010 comments

Kings can swear, factoryhands can’t

Some films that use the f-word get a 15 rating and others get a 12A. What’s going on at the BBFC?

Wendy Kaminer Tuesday 26 October 2010 comments

The Mama Grizzlies: ‘manning up’ for a fight

For all the muscular femininity of Mama Grizzlies like Sarah Palin, they actually take their cue from the 20th-century women’s temperance crusade.

Ben Pile Wednesday 27 October 2010 comments

A sideways step from climate panic to Malthus

Recent statements by the Royal Society shows that it has turned from a scientific institution into a nakedly ideological one.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 27 October 2010 comments

Want to fix the climate? Cut the carbon obsession

Roger Pielke Jr, author of The Climate Fix, tells spiked why it’s wrong to focus on cutting emissions.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 27 October 2010 comments

France: a ‘revolution’ to preserve the status quo

In the past, youthful rebels were heroically indifferent to their long-term security. The French protesters are obsessed with theirs.

Neil Davenport Thursday 28 October 2010 comments

Rooney: role model for another sort of striker

The United star’s hard bargaining shows we shouldn’t meekly accept the crumbs from the bosses’ table.

Philip Hammond Thursday 28 October 2010 comments

An indictment of the
anti-war movement

Demands for the prosecution of Tony Blair only legitimise the use of international courts against weak states.

Tim Black Thursday 28 October 2010 comments

A very unpopular movement for democratic reform

The current campaign to overhaul the electoral system is motored more by the needs of a disconnected elite than by popular demand.

David Bowden Friday 29 October 2010 comments

There’s still life in the hospital drama

By putting nurses and sordid bodies at its centre, Getting On offers a dark and funny twist on an often-clichéd TV genre.

Viral Shah Friday 29 October 2010 comments

Time to kick back against the kickbacks

We football fans shouldn’t just cynically shrug our shoulders in response to allegations of FIFA corruption.

Mick Hume Friday 29 October 2010 comments

A fireworks-free society?

First they came for Guy Fawkes Night, then for Halloween. The sanitisation police risk turning autumn festivals into pretty damp squibs.