June 2011

Tim Black Wednesday 1 June 2011 comments

Racist chocolate bar ads? Gimme a break

When offence is in the eye of the beholder, even an advert for a Cadbury's chocolate bar can be deemed hateful.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 1 June 2011 comments

Are orthodox Jews colonising Israeli towns?

Nathalie Rothschild talks to secular liberal campaigners who are stoking up fear about ‘orthodox invasions’.

Ann Furedi Wednesday 1 June 2011 comments

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum

Giving Life a seat on the Sexual Health Forum is a bit like including Jehovah’s Witnesses on a panel to discuss blood-transfusion services.

Abigail Ross-Jackson Thursday 2 June 2011 comments

What's up with these Bunny boilers?

Feminists saying ‘Eff Off Hef’ to a new Playboy club are belittling women, not empowering them.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 2 June 2011 comments

The culture war on toffs and chavs

Today’s liberal smart set hates the posh and the poor, seeing both as blasts from a best-forgotten past.

Frank Furedi Thursday 2 June 2011 comments

Nuclear vs climate change: the clash of the alarmists

Germany’s hysterical decision to shut down all its nuclear power plants exposes the dangers of competitive fearmongering.

David Bowden Friday 3 June 2011 comments

Amnesty: it ain’t easy being righteous

The BBC film on Amnesty International’s fiftieth birthday was documentary as corporate hagiography.

Patrick West Friday 3 June 2011 comments

Don’t they remember Elvis the Pelvis?

Far from suddenly using ‘faux porn’ to sell records, pop stars have always been sexist and, well, sexy.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 June 2011 comments

Blatter-battering: a bad case of sour grapes

English football’s administrators cannot compute that it was their own failings, not FIFA corruption, that lost the 2018 World Cup bid.

Sean Collins Monday 6 June 2011 comments

‘Mediscare’: the US politics of fear

The debate over Medicare shows that both Republicans and Democrats now rely on panic over principle.

Mark Piggott Monday 6 June 2011 comments

It shouldn’t be treason to criticise the NHS

Until we stop treating the NHS with reverence, we'll never have an honest discussion about improving healthcare.

Tim Black Monday 6 June 2011 comments

Trying to rein in the Arab Spring

Saudi Arabia’s physical and financial war on the uprisings reveals the shakiness of the House of Saud and the impotence of American power.

Kevin Yuill Tuesday 7 June 2011 comments

The sad life of
‘Doctor Death’  

The assisted suicide entrepreneur may be dead, but the misanthropic culture on which he thrived survives him.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 7 June 2011 comments

How dare you set up a new university!?

The intolerant response to AC Grayling’s New College is driven by hostility towards educational experimentation.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 7 June 2011 comments

Killer cucumbers and evil bean sprouts? Chill out

Yes, the E. coli outbreak in Germany is serious, but the panic-fuelled overreaction to it has ended up making things even worse.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 8 June 2011 comments

Is this just ‘ID cards without the cards’?

The Lib-Cons' proposal for an Identity Assurance Service confirms that privacy counts for little in the corridors of power.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 8 June 2011 comments

I’ve had enough of Katy Perry’s cleavage

David Cameron is right that our society is saturated with sexual imagery – but his proposals won’t solve the problem.

Mick Hume Wednesday 8 June 2011 comments

UK capitalism: ‘Plan B’? A Plan A might be a start

Britain's Tory chancellor basks in worthless IMF approval, yet neither his government nor the opposition has an idea beyond A for Austerity.

Sean Collins Thursday 9 June 2011 comments

Weiner: what a rubbish sex scandal

The Anthony Weiner incident shows that politicians are now so lame that they don’t even do scandal well.

Rob Lyons Thursday 9 June 2011 comments

Too many mouths to feed? Get stuffed

Food prices aren’t rising because the Earth is full. But Malthusian commentators are certainly full of BS.

Frank Furedi Thursday 9 June 2011 comments

‘Western parents need to chill out about their kids’

The author of Paranoid Parenting says that far from needing a stricter ‘Asian’ approach, Western parenting is already way too intensive.

David Bowden Friday 10 June 2011 comments

Angry Boys: a smart and funny pop at PC

Aussie comic Chris Lilley’s new mockumentary is a crude but well-observed swipe at illiberal modern society.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 10 June 2011 comments

Playing for England: glory or chore?

Why more and more Premier League players just aren't that fussed about playing international football.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 10 June 2011 comments

Who’s really afraid of the working classes?

Thatcher isn’t to blame for modern-day chav-baiting. It was fashionable anti-Thatcherites who made a mockery of the lower orders.

Angus Kennedy Monday 13 June 2011 comments

Higher education should be free – of state control

In the row about AC Grayling’s new college, the suffocating effect of state funding has been overlooked.

Ken McLaughlin Monday 13 June 2011 comments

The unhelpful myth that we’re all a bit mad

The notion that everyone is in some way mentally ill distracts attention from those who really need help.

Tim Black Monday 13 June 2011 comments

Putting Palin on the rack, twenty-first-century style

The liberal media’s gleeful ogling of Sarah Palin’s private emails captures what lies at the heart of today’s leaking culture: low political prurience.

Abigail Ross-Jackson Tuesday 14 June 2011 comments

The double standards of prudish Slutwalkers

Who’d want to live in a world where women can wear what they want but men are never allowed to woo or whistle?

Rob Lyons Tuesday 14 June 2011 comments

The Pipe: a liberal pantomime in the bogs

A film about local resistance to a Shell gas pipeline off Ireland's west coast invites us to boo at the big, bad corporation.

Mick Hume Tuesday 14 June 2011 comments

Must we watch this political death show on our TVs?

All the highly publicised ‘revelations’ of personal spats confirm that the body formerly known as the Labour Party is fit only for a private burial.

Nikos Sotirakopoulos Wednesday 15 June 2011 comments

No politics please, we’re trying to protest!

A Greek student reports on how ideology has been expelled from the anti-government protests in Athens and elsewhere.

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 15 June 2011 comments

Terry Pratchett and the new ritual of death

The author’s film about assisted suicide focused on the act of dying to the exclusion of the life that precedes it.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 15 June 2011 comments

Why so many hacks fell for the ‘gay girl in Syria’

Fake blogger Tom MacMaster is not the only person who has magicked up an identity by morally leeching off other people’s conflicts.

Ellie Lee Thursday 16 June 2011 comments

FAS: the gestation of a dubious idea

It is moralism, not evidence, that underpins the advice that pregnant women should abstain from alcohol.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 16 June 2011 comments

The Mossad man who can’t keep a secret

An ex-Mossad chief’s frank public statements have punctured the myth of relentless Zionist expansionism.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 16 June 2011 comments

Is the Archbishop still having sleepless nights?

Moralists who were outraged by America’s killing of bin Laden have said diddly-squat about subsequent assassinations.

Tim Black Thursday 16 June 2011 comments

Stop the press: new boss for irrelevant organisation!

Al-Qaeda’s attempt to hype up the appointment of al-Zawahiri as its leader shows how childishly desperate it is for attention.

Tessa Mayes Friday 17 June 2011 comments

This film review is brought to you by POM Wonderful

Morgan Spurlock’s hilarious new documentary about product placement is not the anti-corporate exposé it thinks it is.

David Bowden Friday 17 June 2011 comments

When emotionalism trumps journalism

The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka was concerned more with shedding tears than light on a brutal civil war.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 17 June 2011 comments

Britain could win gold in synchronised moaning

Why were so many people outraged at missing out on London 2012 tickets for sports they don’t even care about?

Helene Guldberg Friday 17 June 2011 comments

Animals don’t have morality, people do

In his attempt to prove that beasts have morals, Dale Peterson airbrushes away all the things that make humans unique in the animal kingdom.

Andrew Calcutt Monday 20 June 2011 comments

The ghost of
‘Ghost Town’

Thirty years after The Specials’ iconic single was released, an old friend explains its significance.

Tim Black Monday 20 June 2011 comments

The narcissism of the Primark haters

Panorama’s faked footage of Indian child labour shows how ethical consumerism is always about us, not them.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 20 June 2011 comments

Don’t tinker with the NHS. Completely rethink it

Why do both the right and left champion Britain’s health system when it remains inefficient, bureaucratic and sometimes inhumane?

Kevin Rooney Tuesday 21 June 2011 comments

No free speech for football fans

Celtic and Rangers supporters should unite in fury against repressive new laws being passed in Scotland.

Jason Smith Tuesday 21 June 2011 comments

Telling porkies about big pig farms

Dubious arguments about large-scale agriculture are threatening a proposed megafarm in Derbyshire.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 21 June 2011 comments

Protests in Greece: the politics of ‘waaah’!

The lesson of Athens is that protesters who disavow ideology and embrace spontaneity end up sounding like they’re from another planet.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 22 June 2011 comments

In defence of animal experimentation

It’s time that medical researchers were unequivocal in putting human need ahead of animal-welfare concerns.

Tiffany Jenkins Wednesday 22 June 2011 comments

Turning museums into cultural ghettos

The proposed Latino museum in Washington DC looks set to further partition history along racial lines.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 22 June 2011 comments

Is Ryan Giggs a Lothario or a sick man in need of help?

The notion that people who sleep around are sex addicts, powerless before lust, screws over the Enlightenment idea of human reason.

David Bowden Thursday 23 June 2011 comments

A grown-up, grossout approach to history

Mixing facts with bodily fluids, kids’ show Horrible Histories shows that teaching history needn’t be patronising.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 23 June 2011 comments

It’s possible to go from choker to champ

Rory McIlroy’s bounce-backability confirms that choking is not a congential defect. Andy Murray, take note.

Mick Hume Thursday 23 June 2011 comments

British trade unions: General Shrug now!

Unions claim that protests over public-sector pension reform will be the biggest since the General Strike. Dream on, brothers.

James Howell Friday 24 June 2011 comments

A bit of youthful struggle never hurt anyone

Ross Perlin’s exposé of the world of internships has some grim tales of unpaid, often futile work, but there’s still no reason why interns should see themselves as victims.

James Heartfield Friday 24 June 2011 comments

The ramshackle British Empire

In two houses on Downing Street, with a staff of just 62, the Colonial Office ran nearly a quarter of the world in the late nineteenth century. How?

Patrick Hayes Friday 24 June 2011 comments

The British National Party thrives on hype

With its ceaseless posturing against the alleged rise of neo-fascism, the political class did more to boost the BNP's fortunes than ‘thick’ working-class voters did.

Rob Lyons Friday 24 June 2011 comments

Britain makes more things than you think

Evan Davis’s TV tie-in book has some surprising stats on the state of British manufacturing. But our political class lacks the cojones to invest seriously in infrastructure and innovation.

Helene Guldberg Friday 24 June 2011 comments

Animals don’t have morality, people do

In his attempt to prove that beasts have morals, Dale Peterson airbrushes away all the things that make humans unique in the animal kingdom.

Nancy McDermott Friday 24 June 2011 comments

Why parents can’t cut the apron strings

There’s a reason parents now get intensively involved in their kids’ lives: it’s because society is incapable of socialising young people, heaping more and more responsibility on to families.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 24 June 2011 comments

Who’s really afraid of the working classes?

Thatcher isn’t to blame for modern-day chav-baiting and anti-working class sentiment. It was fashionable anti-Thatcherites who made a mockery of the lower orders.

Tim Black Friday 24 June 2011 comments

Hollowing out the ivory tower

Alison Wolf tells Tim Black that the now orthodox view of universities as engines of economic growth is making us lose sight of their primary purpose: the pursuit of knowledge.

Rob Lyons Monday 27 June 2011 comments

A day in the life of the lonely crowd

Life in a Day editor Joe Walker tells spiked about the making and meaning of his innovative crowdsourced movie.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 27 June 2011 comments

What’s wrong with Israelis’ cheesy protest?

A rebellion against cottage cheese prices may seem trivial, but there’s more to life here than the Middle East conflict.

Frank Furedi Monday 27 June 2011 comments

An unholy marriage of snobbery and snideyness

The cultural elite’s support for gay marriage is more about distinguishing themselves from homophobic plebs than fighting for equal rights.

Jan Bowman Tuesday 28 June 2011 comments

The barbarians within the arts establishment

The drive to use art to change people’s behaviour is as contemptuous of us as it is of culture.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 28 June 2011 comments

An eight-year-old cannot commit rape

The Daily Mail report on the rise of ‘child criminals’ actually reveals that British adults have lost the plot.

Tim Black Tuesday 28 June 2011 comments

Mission accomplished? What mission, exactly?

It’s fitting that the aimless, pointless Afghan War is being wound down according to a timetable drawn up in a White House backroom.

Tim Black Wednesday 29 June 2011 comments

Free speech vs privacy? There’s only one winner

Recent coverage of celebrities’ sexual antics has been puerile, but it should not be judges who decide what we read.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 29 June 2011 comments

How to prolong a conflict, ICC-style

The ICC warrant for Gaddafi may make Western powers feel good, but it will make things a whole lot worse in Libya.

Mick Hume Wednesday 29 June 2011 comments

The death of the Tory Party is announced at Glasto

Forget the conspiracy theories – the story should be the obituary for Conservatism Cameron’s ally wrote before he died in the Glastonbury toilets.

Matthias Heitmann Thursday 30 June 2011 comments

The trouble with the Women’s World Cup

The sanitisation of football in the name of feminine values is bad news for women's football. And for society.

Patrick West Thursday 30 June 2011 comments

Father Kit: neither monster nor saint

It’s a shock to the system when you discover that an old family friend was once a ‘paedophile priest’.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 30 June 2011 comments

Gaza flotilla: riding on a wave of narcissism

Gaza-bound do-gooders claim they only want to send ‘love’ to Palestinians. The evidence suggests they’re more in love with themselves.