November 2010

Helen Searls Monday 1 November 2010 comments

American liberals’ Rally to Share an Inside Joke

In place of political vision, Saturday’s Jon Stewart-inspired Washington gathering offered cheap shots at Republicans.

Tim Black Monday 1 November 2010 comments

Why the housing industry is in ruins

Instead of squabbling over housing benefits, how about building some new homes and unbuckling the Green Belt?

Brendan O’Neill Monday 1 November 2010 comments

A message to the illiberal Nudge Industry: push off

The ‘politics of the brain’ is a threat to choice, freedom and democracy – which is why spiked is declaring war against it.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 2 November 2010 comments

Oh no, Nutt again!

A year after being sacked as a government drugs adviser, David Nutt is back to warn of the evils of the demon drink.

Tim Black Tuesday 2 November 2010 comments

Disregarding privacy

Google should be criticised for harvesting personal data, but its blasé attitude to privacy is hardly original.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 2 November 2010 comments

How NGOs are adopting a missionary position in Asia

A sex-worker rights activist in Thailand tells Nathalie Rothschild about the reality of the prudish, neo-colonial anti-trafficking industry.

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 3 November 2010 comments

Animals are useless, unless humans make use of them

We have built cities, cured diseases and created art, yet some people think humans are worth no more than apes.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 3 November 2010 comments

The student-customer is not always right

Lord Browne’s idea that student feedback surveys should shape education is a bigger shock than the proposed hike in fees.

Mick Hume Wednesday 3 November 2010 comments

Terror: ‘f***ing calm down’ and carry on

The Lib-Con government’s declaration of war on printer ink cartridges suggests that the politics of fear did not leave office with New Labour.

Neil Davenport Thursday 4 November 2010 comments

The loneliness of the
long-suffering singleton

Mike Leigh’s Another Year is a humane look at how the loss of social networks reinforces middle-aged isolation.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 4 November 2010 comments

It wasn’t God that created the human ‘I’

The gap between neural activity and mental experience – a sense of self – is bridged by years of human interaction.

Sean Collins Thursday 4 November 2010 comments

A protest vote not a Republican revolution

The real lesson of the US midterm elections was that voters have little faith in either party to solve America’s problems.

Patrick West Friday 5 November 2010 comments

Power Snooker: another example of dumbing down?

Thirty-minute snooker matches are not a product of shorter attention spans, but a reminder of sport’s endless evolution.

David Bowden Friday 5 November 2010 comments

A not-so grand day out in the world of innovation

Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention was quirky, but could have been much more inspiring about new technology.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 5 November 2010 comments

Giving football metaphors a certain je ne sais quoi

England’s club managers were in the relegation zone of figurative musing until José, Arsene and all spiced things up.

Angus Kennedy Friday 5 November 2010 comments

How to ask awkward questions and annoy people

In his endless pursuit of Truth, Socrates made many enemies. Yet his questioning outlook remains invaluable to understanding the present.

Ben Pile Monday 8 November 2010 comments

What the greens really got wrong

Channel 4’s mea culpa from two leading environmentalists still took for granted that humanity faces insuperable natural limits.

Adrian Stott Monday 8 November 2010 comments

What is your beef with Malthus and friends?

A longtime Optimum Population Trust supporter struggles to understand spiked’s opposition to Malthusianism.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 8 November 2010 comments

Think the Earth is finite? Think again

When modern Malthusians insist that resources are finite, they only expose their historical illiteracy, misanthropy and social pessimism.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 9 November 2010 comments

In the name of the victim, the jury’s out

The proposal by the ‘victims’ champion’ to cut jury trials is an attack on the essential right to be judged by our peers.

Basham and Luik Tuesday 9 November 2010 comments

A Happy Meal ban is nothing to smile about

The proposal to ban meals with toys in San Francisco is based on some dubious assumptions about obesity and health.

Mick Hume Tuesday 9 November 2010 comments

Why I’d vote for a dodgy MP over an honest judge

Phil Woolas kicked out of parliament by an electoral court, for lying? That’s a bigger scandal than anything he said about his opponents.

Tessa Mayes Wednesday 10 November 2010 comments

Playing around with documentaries

A new breed of factual games reduces the two great media of documentaries and computer games to crass infotainment.

Roderick Brown Wednesday 10 November 2010 comments

Taking the fun out of videogames

Enough of these family-friendly, green, fat-burning games — let’s get back to slaughtering zombies.

Tim Black Wednesday 10 November 2010 comments

A transparent attempt to resuscitate politics

A new UK government website reveals every ministerial lunch and penny of spending, but it only reinforces the problem of distrust.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 10 November 2010 comments

It’s time to stand up for courage and conviction

Machiavelli and other humanists would have been appalled by today’s bureaucratisation of everyday life that threatens vital public virtues.

Kevin Rooney Thursday 11 November 2010 comments

Why Celtic fans won’t join in the poppy parade

The poppy is a political symbol. So why are players and fans being told to conform with the idea of wearing one?

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 11 November 2010 comments

Bob Geldof: he’s so overrated

The obsession over whether ‘St Bob’ is the saviour or destroyer of Africa precludes tougher questions about charity appeals.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 11 November 2010 comments

A pantomime battle for the soul of America

Both sides in the ‘Ground Zero mosque’ row are driven by the politics of fear and a disdain for their fellow Americans.

Tim Black Thursday 11 November 2010 comments

Hungry for knowledge or just angry customers?

Tim Black reports from the university cuts protest in London and argues that the biggest problem is the bastardisation of education itself.

Rob Lyons Friday 12 November 2010 comments

A wry look look at the state we’re in

The latest film from serial offender of liberals Martin Durkin, on the perilous state of the UK’s finances, was witty but one-sided.

Patrick West Friday 12 November 2010 comments

Some sports are more jingoistic than others

Why born-and-bred Dubliner Eoin Morgan's imminent selection for the England cricket team raises barely an eyebrow.

David Bowden Friday 12 November 2010 comments

Aha! Has Steve Coogan got his mojo back?

The man behind Alan Partridge returns, with Rob Brydon in tow, for the surprisingly charming The Trip.

Mick Hume Friday 12 November 2010 comments

A respectable riot

The sympathetic public response to the London student protests demonstrates that millions oppose the coalition’s spending cuts – but nobody has much of a clue what to do about them.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 15 November 2010 comments

A futile intervention into our drinking habits

Just because excessive alcohol consumption can have medical consequences, that doesn't make it a Medical Problem.

Rob Lyons Monday 15 November 2010 comments

Let’s blow free speech restrictions sky high

Note to Twitterers: freedom of speech must extend to offensive comments as well as jokes about airports.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 15 November 2010 comments

Turning New York into a nudgocracy

City Hall is now awash with Nudge-inspired brain invaders, and they’re threatening to zap the spirit and soul from the greatest city on Earth.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 16 November 2010 comments

When smoking becomes freedom of expression

NYC theatre companies are now prohibited from featuring real cigarettes in their plays. That is censorship.

Tim Black Tuesday 16 November 2010 comments

Held hostage by an army of therapists

The resilience of the couple held by pirates is cause for celebration – except in the mad world of the trauma expert.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 16 November 2010 comments

Cameron’s happiness index: counting smiley faces

The government’s plan to measure the nation’s emotional wellbeing marks an unhappy shift in the relationship between the state and people.

Tom Belger Wednesday 17 November 2010 comments

The horror of climbing the property ladder

Hong Kong slasher flick Dream Home treads an intriguing but ultimately unsuccessful path between satire and sadism.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 17 November 2010 comments

A Paine in the ass for modern America

How did the ‘Father of the American Revolution’ become the crazy uncle of American history?

Mick Hume Wednesday 17 November 2010 comments

Burma: power to which people?

Aung San Suu Kyi has finally been released, but the Burmese people will not be freed by her international fan-club of statesmen and celebs.

Emily Hill Thursday 18 November 2010 comments

Someone hand me a commemorative sickbag

Spare us the carnival of naffness that is the marriage of Wills and Kate and let’s cut the royal line instead.

Tim Black Thursday 18 November 2010 comments

Guantanamo Bay: battered moral authority

The UK government’s offer of £10million to Guantanamo Bay detainees speaks to the elite’s disarray post-9/11.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 18 November 2010 comments

Students are supposed to read books, not burn them

A leading US defender of free speech on campus says things are so bad that some students are now destroying words that offend them.

David Bowden Friday 19 November 2010 comments

Misfits: standing out from the E4 crowd

The comedy drama about council-estate kids with superpowers is superior to the usual youth-channel fare.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 19 November 2010 comments

Snood: the latest poncey football affectation

Once upon a time, football was a man’s game. Now players are wearing scarves and gloves on the pitch. Whatever next?

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 19 November 2010 comments

Is Sarah Silverman a true taboo-buster?

Her new autobiography reveals that the ballsy comedian is not the fearless taboo-buster fans and critics might have thought she was.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 19 November 2010 comments

The Republic of Ireland: colonised by commissioners

As part of the financial bailout, Ireland has been annexed by the Great Power that is the Brussels bureaucracy. Where are the protests?

Jennie Bristow Monday 22 November 2010 comments

Page Three Girls and
porn-again feminists

It really is sad that so many feminists get their knickers in a twist about the Sun’s topless beauties.

Nancy McDermott Monday 22 November 2010 comments

Censorship dolled up as consumer activism

Is it better that it was ‘people power’ rather than state pressure that forced Amazon to remove a paedo book?

Mick Hume Monday 22 November 2010 comments

The return of the Banana Republic of Ireland?

Not really. Ireland’s economic crisis appears more like the prime example of the travails of Western capitalism.

Basham and Luik Tuesday 23 November 2010 comments

A public display of BMA ignorance

Bans on tobacco displays are ineffective and economically destructive, no matter what medical policy wonks say.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 23 November 2010 comments

What happens when you opt out of the scanner

You can resist being x-rayed at airports, but be warned: you will be subjected to ‘the Diana Ross’ for doing so.

Tim Black Tuesday 23 November 2010 comments

Rage against the x‑ray machine

The criticism of tomorrow’s mass protest against airport scanners highlights how much liberals have become detached from liberty.

Tim Black Wednesday 24 November 2010 comments

Praising the pope, patronising Africans

It is crazy to believe that Benedict XVI can decide the fate of millions of Africans with one comment about condoms.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 24 November 2010 comments

Putting the poo-poking ‘expert’ in the stocks

Yes, it’s great fun watching the British public get its revenge on vegan hag Gillian McKeith. But let’s not get carried away.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 24 November 2010 comments

Panorama: titillating the New Atheist set

The revelation that some British Muslim kids are reading Saudi textbooks was like manna from heaven for the anti-faith schools lobby.

Zizi Petit-Fraser Wednesday 24 November 2010 comments

It’s just like that 2003 film about 1968!

Guest columnist Zizi Petit-Fraser reports LIVE from the student protests against the Lib-Con cuts, taking place in London today.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 25 November 2010 comments

More moaners’ strike than miners’ strike

Having an official sulk because of a bit of fan abuse suggests many Scottish referees are in the wrong line of work.

David Bowden Thursday 25 November 2010 comments

A botched invasion of the TV schedule

A BBC drama about bullying in the army was wimpy, but thankfully it wasn’t stopped by protesting military men.

Josie Appleton Thursday 25 November 2010 comments

Police on the verge of a nervous breakdown

A crisis amongst Britain’s boys in blue has led to a proliferation of erratic street wardens and watchmen - and they’re ruining community spirit.

Alex Hochuli Friday 26 November 2010 comments

Going beyond the soccer, samba and sex

American journalist Larry Rohter provides an engaging and optimistic overview of Brazil’s place in the world today, despite his predictable Western preoccupations with sustainability and racial identity.

David Bowden Friday 26 November 2010 comments

The politics of pester power

Ed Howker and Shiv Malik complain about the economic legacy left to today’s young adults by the baby boomers, but their only alternative is an intergenerational guilt-trip.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 26 November 2010 comments

Chasing after zombies

Anatole Kaletsky’s sweeping survey of the various eras of capitalism is ambitious. But in obsessing over so-called free-market fundamentalism he misses what is causing the current crisis.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 26 November 2010 comments

Using typefaces to typecast human beings

Simon Garfield’s fascinating book on fonts takes us from the humanist imperative behind the creation of mass typefaces right through to today’s use of fonts to manipulate our minds.

James Woudhuysen Friday 26 November 2010 comments

When Churchill starved India

Today, as Britain seeks diplomatic links with India and as Churchill is championed as a hero of multiculturalism, Madhusree Mukerjee’s shocking account of the exploits of the Empire is well worth reading.

Rob Lyons Friday 26 November 2010 comments

Proof at last: eating meat is not bad for the environment

It turns out that all those green claims that we could save the planet by foreswearing meat were BS. Unfortunately, in the process of exposing this fact, Simon Fairlie still recycles many modern-day eco-prejudices.

Sean Collins Friday 26 November 2010 comments

A liberal contempt for the land of the free

For all the praise heaped on Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel Freedom, it actually reveals the people-hating, anti-freedom essence of the modern liberal mindset.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 26 November 2010 comments

Our brave new world of Malthusian madmen

Much of the wacky authoritarianism of twentieth-century dystopian literature is now coming to life, from the promotion of homosexuality as a check on population growth to the celebration of childfree women as superior to ‘breeders’.

Rob Lyons Monday 29 November 2010 comments

Falling fowl of the food snobs

Bernard Matthews became a culinary Antichrist for the chattering classes who never shop anywhere but Waitrose.

Mark Blackham Monday 29 November 2010 comments

So when should we risk our lives?

The New Zealand mine disaster revealed the extent to which caution has elbowed aside humanistic heroism.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 29 November 2010 comments

The pushy parents of modern-day radicalism

Showbiz mums who make their daughters do tapdance don’t have a patch on the middle-class parents dropping their kids off at student demos.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 30 November 2010 comments

Lesbians: the new smug marrieds?

The lesbo-mum comedy The Kids Are All Right implies that super-domesticated same-sex parents are the new normal.

Tim Black Tuesday 30 November 2010 comments

Al-Qaeda supporters on campus – so what?

If there’s one place where people should be tested and provoked by all sorts of ideas, it’s the academy.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 30 November 2010 comments

Wikileaks: this isn’t journalism ‑ it’s voyeurism

High-minded newspapers’ celebration of the latest Wikileaks revelations is a cynical attempt to turn voyeurism into a virtue.