December 2010

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 1 December 2010 comments

It’s a Kodak moment: the end of Kodachrome

The vice-president of the last place on Earth that still processes Kodachrome film talks to spiked.

Tim Black Wednesday 1 December 2010 comments

Resist this nudge towards sobriety

The UK government’s decision to raise duty on high-strength lager in order to change our behaviour diminishes us all.

Mick Hume Wednesday 1 December 2010 comments

Neither the FA nor the BBC

In the war of the World Cup between the England bid elite and Panorama, neither team of self-righteous Soccerists seems supportable.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 2 December 2010 comments

The tyranny of ‘the public interest’

The Wikileaks lobby’s idea of what is in the public interest has little to do with us, the living, breathing public.

Neil Davenport Thursday 2 December 2010 comments

Longing for the bad old days

For some greens, the problem with the recession is that it just isn’t deep enough to force people into eco-poverty.

Rob Lyons Thursday 2 December 2010 comments

Climate change: a practical problem, not a moral one

Has ‘skeptical environmentalist’ and scourge of Greenpeace Bjorn Lomborg really had a change of heart and turned green? Er, no, he tells spiked.

Patrick West Friday 3 December 2010 comments

Germany: don’t only mention the war

From Bratwurst to Brecht, the BBC’s German season was a welcome change from British TV’s obsession with Nazis.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 December 2010 comments

Australia: are you England in disguise?

No killer instinct, riddled with self-doubt and with the media on their backs, the Aussies are acting like Poms.

Graham Barnfield Friday 3 December 2010 comments

Catch 2022 for Qatar

The prospect of Qatar hosting a World Cup has prompted a whole lot of prejudice-venting against the Middle East.

Sean Collins Friday 3 December 2010 comments

Jonathan Franzen: the Great American Malthusian

Franzen’s deep misanthropy prevents Freedom from being a good novel: his characters’ lack of nobility means they just aren’t interesting.

Basham and Luik Monday 6 December 2010 comments

Treating people like lab rats

When it comes to UK health policy, dodgy Nudge-style psychology is just as oppressive as New Labour nannying.

Ellie Lee Monday 6 December 2010 comments

Breast is best? Let mothers decide

Why aren’t people angrier about the Lib-Con government’s desire to nudge new mums towards ‘good behaviour’?

Brendan O’Neill Monday 6 December 2010 comments

Tax inspectors against capitalism? Now that is rich

The rise of the radical tax inspectors, chasing after ‘tax dodgers’ Philip Green and Vodafone, reveals the parlous state of left-wing thinking.

Christopher Snowdon Tuesday 7 December 2010 comments

Ceci n’est pas une cigarette

What is the anti-smoking lobby’s response to a harmless pretend-cigarette? It wants to ban it, of course.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 7 December 2010 comments

After Phil Woolas: the threat to democracy

A barrister argues that an election whose results can be overturned by judges is not a democratic one.

Tim Black Tuesday 7 December 2010 comments

Wikileaks: a war of words against Johnny Foreigner

In leaking US diplomats’ bitchy gossip about foreign leaders, Julian Assange has helped make national chauvinism respectable once again.

Eero Iloniemi Wednesday 8 December 2010 comments

Cancun: islands in the climate storm

If Pacific islands are being washed away due to climate change-induced floods, how come land prices are stable?

Ben Pile Wednesday 8 December 2010 comments

Cancun: scavenging around for scientific fact

At a time of great doubt about climate change, policymakers must magic up more ‘evidence’ of manmade mayhem.

Mick Hume Wednesday 8 December 2010 comments

Nick Clegg is not a traitor!

After all, before you can betray a principle you first need to have one. The Clegg generation of politicians are conformists without a cause.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 9 December 2010 comments

Is this the Big Brother Society?

By encouraging the public to monitor CCTV footage, a new website promises to turn us all into armchair snoops.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 9 December 2010 comments

It’s Christmas, so watch out for rapists

A Xmas-hooked ad campaign designed to raise awareness about illegal cabs is exploiting women’s fear of rape.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 9 December 2010 comments

Fees debate: what next for the ‘Harry Potter uprising’?

The militant and lively student protests against university fees could soon be exhausted without some clearer political objectives to guide them.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 10 December 2010 comments

Hosting the World Cup is not a birthright

England should start focusing on winning the World Cup and stop moaning about not getting the chance to host it.

David Bowden Friday 10 December 2010 comments

Still entertaining after 50 years

Coronation Street’s popularity rests on avoiding ‘ishoos’ in favour of camp humour and pints-of-bitter nostalgia.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 10 December 2010 comments

Ungoverned by the left, unpoliced by the state

Yesterday’s political violence in London provided a striking snapshot of the flailing authority of both the traditional left and the police.

Johannes Richardt Monday 13 December 2010 comments

Accidents are a fact of a life lived well

The cheap, politician-led exploitation of an accident on a German TV show is a threat to our freedom to take risks.

Alex Standish Monday 13 December 2010 comments

Education in NYC: it’s business as usual

Mayor Bloomberg’s selection of a glossy magazine publisher as New York City school chancellor is bizarre, but not surprising.

Tim Black Monday 13 December 2010 comments

There is little noble about this Nobel award

What a fate Liu Xiaobo has suffered: outrageously imprisoned by the Chinese and cynically exploited by Westerners keen to bash Beijing.

Tim Black Tuesday 14 December 2010 comments

Hacktivism: the poison gas of cyberspace

The Anonymous hackers waging ‘cyber war’ in defence of Wikileaks are, ironically, acting censoriously.

Wendy Kaminer Tuesday 14 December 2010 comments

The assault on Assange is an assault on liberty

A desire to prosecute Assange has become a rare point of consensus in America’s hyperpartisan political scene.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 14 December 2010 comments

Why Wikileaks is now splitting the liberal elite

It is not ‘the Empire’ that is swallowing up Julian Assange – it is the very politics of exposé that he himself did so much to institutionalise.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 15 December 2010 comments

A nihilistic attack on the modern world

The idea that Sweden’s first suicide bombing was a logical consequence of Muslim oppression is mad.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 15 December 2010 comments

Individual liberty is in serious jeopardy

Why is no one in Britain outraged that this week a man was found guilty of a murder he was previously acquitted of?

Mick Hume Wednesday 15 December 2010 comments

When the state and anarchists fought gun battles in London

The centenary of the Siege of Sidney Street is a reminder of a rather different age of radicalism.

Jason Walsh Thursday 16 December 2010 comments

There’s more to economics than tinkering with tax

The obsession with Ireland’s corporation tax rate is a distraction from the serious business of creating new wealth.

Rob Lyons Thursday 16 December 2010 comments

The many myths of Erin Brockovich

The town featured in that Julia Roberts film may have been sickened more by lawyers than by a power company.

Tim Abrahams Thursday 16 December 2010 comments

The skyline’s the limit for London

The Shard shows we’re more than capable of building big if we elbow aside conservative views of the capital.

Frank Furedi Thursday 16 December 2010 comments

Hating Wills’n’Kate: the new conformism

The smart set’s disdain for the royal engagement is driven less by republicanism than by a desire to prove their superiority to the masses.

David Bowden Friday 17 December 2010 comments

From The Two Cultures to no culture

The Tools of Science showed the beauty in maths, but hiding it on BBC4 suggests that big ideas are not for the masses.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 17 December 2010 comments

The most boring league in the world?

As the Man Utd-Arsenal snoozefest revealed, the Premier League is in danger of losing its lustre.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 17 December 2010 comments

Our Brave New World of Malthusian madmen

From Burgess’s Wanting Seed to Huxley’s Brave New World, the wacky Malthusian ideas of dystopian literature are now everyday beliefs.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 20 December 2010 comments

A queer take on Italian family life

Loose Cannons is an uplifting film about Italian traditions and sexuality, but it ends up looking like a clichéd pasta ad.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 20 December 2010 comments

Freakonomics: more self-help than economics

The movie of the best-selling book is a popular taster of a worrying obsession with individual behaviour.

Ann Furedi Monday 20 December 2010 comments

A moral defence of late abortion

ESSAY: The chief executive of bpas urges faltering pro-choice campaigners to rediscover their respect for women’s moral autonomy.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 21 December 2010 comments

Whatever happened to the ‘obesity timebomb’?

The latest figures suggest that Britain’s waistlines are no longer expanding. Why are there no celebratory headlines?

Tim Black Tuesday 21 December 2010 comments

Politics doesn’t need the stamp of state approval

The BNP may be racist, but it should still have the right to decide who can join and what it stands for.

Mick Hume Tuesday 21 December 2010 comments

Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will

Reviving the motto of the old Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci provides a starting point for tackling the crisis of politics today.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 22 December 2010 comments

Another year of mocking the masses

The TV-viewing hordes are said to have no taste, but it’s Oxbridge graduates who come up with rubbish shows.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 22 December 2010 comments

Conformism dressed up as radical edginess

In 2010, liberal campaigners convinced themselves that their everyday prejudices were daring political positions.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 22 December 2010 comments

Let’s make 2011 the year of free speech

We should take to task the film censors, advert-banners and political blacklisters who think they know better than us.

Tim Black Wednesday 22 December 2010 comments

The return of the population panickers

In 2010, more and more of the supposedly great and good signed up for the misery-fest that is neo-Malthusianism.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 22 December 2010 comments

There is no ‘right to be a scholar’

In 2010, both mask-wearing anarchists and polite MPs argued that higher education is a right not a privilege. They were both wrong.

Various authors Wednesday 22 December 2010 comments

A year of intellectual rebels and misanthropic moaners

spiked readers and writers name some of the men and women who helped to improve humanity’s lot in 2010 – and some of those who didn’t.

Viral Shah Wednesday 29 December 2010 comments

Turning football fans into mere spectators

Two new books provide a fascinating, funny and sometimes emotional view of modern football and how commercialisation is shutting out lifelong supporters.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 29 December 2010 comments

Better Red Plenty than Green Austerity

As entertaining and refreshing as Francis Spufford’s collection of USSR-set short stories is, it is underpinned by a deep, green-tinted rejection of any striving for material prosperity.

Tiffany Jenkins Wednesday 29 December 2010 comments

Museum professionals: Hands off our mummies!

The author of a new book on human remains in museums says campaigning curators who try to repatriate or cover up mummies and skeletons in their collections are stifling research and ruining our museum-going experiences.

Sean Collins Wednesday 29 December 2010 comments

This is a crisis of the state as well as the market

While some good books were written in the immediate aftermath of the financial crash, those authors who spent more time reflecting before writing offer us the best insights.

Stephen Bowler Wednesday 29 December 2010 comments

Taking the absurdity of Nazism seriously

Jonathan Littell’s revelatory tale of an SS officer - ‘a man like other men’ - sheds light on the Nazi era and also on the willfully inhuman, people-hating tendencies of our own times.

Tim Black Wednesday 29 December 2010 comments

Making sense of Modernism

Gabriel Josipovici’s Whatever Happened to Modernism? caused a media storm with its attacks on Amis, Barnes, McEwan and Co. But there’s far more to this important and irritating book than bitter literary criticism.

Nancy McDermott Wednesday 29 December 2010 comments

Is ‘who we are’ really determined in the womb?

The idea that a person’s destiny is fixed during those nine months of gestation takes us back to a pre-Enlightenment notion of sealed fates that we can do little to change.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 29 December 2010 comments

Send in the clowns: Britain’s bizarre new laws

The hyperregulation of everyday life – from clown shows to live-music events to sipping wine in a park – speaks to a profound reorganisation of the relationship between state and society.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 29 December 2010 comments

The truth about tolerance

Frank Furedi, author of the forthcoming On Tolerance: A Defence of Moral Independence, takes to task Tariq Ramadan, who wants to bury the Enlightenment virtue of toleration and replace it with recognition.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 30 December 2010 comments

RIP Denis Dutton

A friend and fan of spiked who took ideas and the world wide web seriously.