August 2011

Patrick Hayes Monday 1 August 2011 comments

E-Petitions: first as tragedy, then as farce

The resurrection of the idea that the UK's citizens should appeal for political change online confirms how cut off the elite is today.

Tim Black Monday 1 August 2011 comments

Defending the right to be anonymous online

We should be able to use the web as we want, even if those who hide their identities sometimes act childishly.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 1 August 2011 comments

‘Did I cause the Norway massacre? That’s just silly’

Thilo Sarrazin, controversial author of Germany Abolishes Itself, tells spiked that those blaming him for Norway are ‘insane’.

Angus Kennedy Tuesday 2 August 2011 comments

The elitist struggle against Mein Kampf

Why are some people so frightened by Hitler's book? It's so tedious the only thing it's likely to induce is snoozing.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 2 August 2011 comments

Panorama’s addiction to pisspoor journalism

Last night’s edition of the BBC’s current-affairs show was a one-sided showcase for the anti-alcohol lobby.

Sean Collins Tuesday 2 August 2011 comments

The real cause of the US debt crisis? Slow growth

The pantomime political debate about the debt ceiling is distracting attention from the parlous state of the productive economy.

Tim Black Wednesday 3 August 2011 comments

ASA and Ofcom: you’re not worth it

We don’t need quangos to protect us from ‘misleading’ L’Oreal adverts or bad soap-opera storylines.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 3 August 2011 comments

‘In the Public Interest’? Yeah, right.

A motley crew of left-wingers is using the fallout from recent scandals to grab a bit of influence for themselves.

Mick Hume Wednesday 3 August 2011 comments

How British politics became trivial pursuits

What's really behind the summer headlines about David Cameron, that Italian waitress, Rupert Murdoch and Amy Winehouse?

Rob Lyons Thursday 4 August 2011 comments

Mubarak is gone, but Mubarakans still rule

The public humiliation of the former president is an attempt to show the New Egypt as free and over its past. But it isn’t.

Neil Davenport Thursday 4 August 2011 comments

When social mobility meant something

Stan Barstow, author of A Kind of Loving, captured the inner world of working-class people who left the mines behind.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 4 August 2011 comments

The myth of a crazy,
all-powerful PC army

In a speech in Sydney, Brendan O’Neill called on critics of PC to stop playing the victim and to start acting like proper, self-respecting heretics.

Viral Shah Friday 5 August 2011 comments

Back at Ajax:
the Cruyff re-turn

The Dutch club’s most famous son has come back, but will his famously huge ego get in the way of success?

David Bowden Friday 5 August 2011 comments

Caught in a web of love and lies

A Channel 4 film on Nigerian internet-dating scams posed questions about trust today, but provided few answers.

Tim Black Friday 5 August 2011 comments

‘Man is more than an overdeveloped monkey’

Raymond Tallis tells spiked why he has declared a war of words on the trendy ideas that underpin ‘neuromania’ and ‘Darwinitis’.

Jane Sandeman Monday 8 August 2011 comments

They f*** you up, your Parenting Classes

Despite the views of the UK government, parents don’t need experts to teach them to care for their own children.

Heather Piper Monday 8 August 2011 comments

Daring to criticise child protection policies

As a researcher into ‘no touch’ policies discovered, you criticise child-protection quangos at your peril.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 8 August 2011 comments

Syria and the hole at the heart of the Arab revolts

Events in Syria suggest that nobody has the authority to resolve the Arab crisis – not the US, not the regimes, and sadly not the rebels either.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 9 August 2011 comments

How the West hijacked the Libyan uprising

Libya’s National Transitional Council has been blessed by Western leaders because it is politically compliant.

Tim Black Tuesday 9 August 2011 comments

Famine in Somalia: it’s not all about us

From climate change to guilt-tripping about donations, the Somalian famine has been framed by Western concerns.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 9 August 2011 comments

London’s burning: a mob made by the welfare state

Yes, there’s a ‘political context’ to the riots: it is that British youth have been so suckled by the state they have zero sense of community spirit.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 10 August 2011 comments

‘The police are just scratching their arses’

Patrick Hayes joined an anti-riot vigilante group in Enfield and discovered that they are not all racist louts.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 10 August 2011 comments

This spinelessness is an invitation to riot

By shutting down normal life in response to some hooded youth, the authorities actually inflamed the instability.

Mick Hume Wednesday 10 August 2011 comments

Why the police are in a state of impotence

The British authorities’ confused and fearful response to the recent urban rioting has exposed the crisis of state authority today.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 11 August 2011 comments

Making a crime of forthright criticism

A libel-court victory against a book reviewer who was ‘spiteful’ will have a chilling effect on literary criticism.

Dennis Hayes Thursday 11 August 2011 comments

Speaking freely in the Middle East

The Doha Debates suggest that people in the Arab world could teach Westerners a thing or two about freedom of speech.

Tim Black Thursday 11 August 2011 comments

Climate-change alarmism: you couldn’t make it up

Not content with haranguing us with The Science, now green campaigners want to scare us silly with The Stories of climate change, too.

Hayley Watson Friday 12 August 2011 comments

No, it was not the Blackberry wot dunnit

The smart-phone riots? Technology is about as capable of causing riots as a car is of driving a man.

David Bowden Friday 12 August 2011 comments

Watching my hometown burn

Croydon-boy David Bowden reflects on a week in which his old stomping ground was back on the box once more.

Tim Black Friday 12 August 2011 comments

Bigmouth tweets again

Ever ready with a quote from Kant, Joey Barton’s Twitter account confounds those who expect working-class footballers to be thick.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 12 August 2011 comments

Never mind the looters, what about the ‘fascists’?

The moral assaults on the Enfield ‘vigilantes’ confirm that the cultural elite fears the white working classes more than it does riotous youth.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 15 August 2011 comments

These rioters are not ‘Thatcher’s offspring’

To blame neoliberalism (whatever that is) for the riots is to provide an Idiot’s Guide to Social Decay.

Mick Hume Monday 15 August 2011 comments

Theatrical ‘fightback’ turns to farce

In their post-riot crackdown, the UK authorities looked like scared schoolboys acting tough once the fight is over.

Frank Furedi Monday 15 August 2011 comments

Rioting in England: was it just a bad dream?

The elite’s claim that this was just another facet of the ‘culture of greed’ shows how incapable they are of addressing urban implosion.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 16 August 2011 comments

Schooled in
self-obsession

A teacher asks whether an education system which over-flatters the young contributed to the riots.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 16 August 2011 comments

Policing the innocent, ignoring the riotous

ASBOs, CCTV, dispersal zones and a whole host of other petty powers did nothing to prevent the looting.

Tim Black Tuesday 16 August 2011 comments

Attacking press freedom in the name of privacy

Having made private conduct central to politics, it’s a bit rich for MPs now to slate the press for being obsessed with private peccadilloes.

Tom Slater Wednesday 17 August 2011 comments

Clichéd encounters of the Spielberg kind

By paying loving homage to the movie-making era of ET, Super 8 only flags up its own lack of magic.

Tiffany Jenkins Wednesday 17 August 2011 comments

How not to organise a museum

The new National Museum of Scotland is let down by the fact you can’t find the entrance let alone what’s in the collections.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 17 August 2011 comments

After the Arab Spring, the Israeli Summer?

Nathalie Rothschild reports from the Tahrir-style tent city in Tel Aviv, where a mish-mash of middle-class grievances is rocking Israeli society.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 18 August 2011 comments

Sterilise yourself and win a car!

The bribing of Indians to stop having babies is not that different to the moral blackmail used by Western Malthusians.

Tim Black Thursday 18 August 2011 comments

Why the US is still stuck in Iraq

The interminable occupation of Iraq exposes the crazy idea that Western forces can liberate foreign peoples.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 18 August 2011 comments

Riotous youth: hang ’em high or hug ’em hard?

Why spiked is taking neither side in the great national handwringing over whether looters should get jail time or tough love.

Patrick West Friday 19 August 2011 comments

Love the music, hate the artist

Wagner may have been a vile anti-Semite and Bono might be a self-righteous plonker, but their music can still be great.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 19 August 2011 comments

Kick the police out of football

If we’re serious about forging civic responsibility, then let's allow football fans to steward their own games.

David Bowden Friday 19 August 2011 comments

Is it coz I is
David Starkey?

By blaming last week’s events on the ‘blacking up’ of white culture, the posh historian jumped the shark.

Rob Lyons Friday 19 August 2011 comments

The state or the free market? What a choice...

Yes, capitalists are increasingly risk-averse and lethargic – but let's not fantasise that the state has the cojones to reinvigorate innovation.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 22 August 2011 comments

Burnt Oak: it ain’t all doom and gloom

Brendan O’Neill thinks a play about his hometown is overly concerned with titillating middle-class theatregoers.

Tim Black Monday 22 August 2011 comments

There’s more to this movie than misanthropy

The critics leaping for joy over the sneering at humanity in Rise of the Planet of the Apes have missed the point.

Sean Collins Monday 22 August 2011 comments

President Obama’s Summertime Blues

Yes, his approval ratings have plummeted, but Republicans shouldn’t gloat: Americans have had it with the whole political class.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 23 August 2011 comments

Society falling apart? Blame it on The Gang!

You’d never know it from listening to politicians or perusing the press, but there’s no ‘gang culture’ in Britain.

Mick Hume Tuesday 23 August 2011 comments

A hole in more than a windscreen

What an act of petty vandalism on a Salford estate reveals about British society after the recent riots.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 23 August 2011 comments

Cameron’s cure will make society sicker

The PM's post-riots promise of more intervention into troubled families is mad – it is precisely such intervention that devastated parental authority.

Ellie Lee Wednesday 24 August 2011 comments

The tyranny of parental determinism

The Lib-Con government is using junk neuroscience to claim that bad parenting causes all of society’s ills.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 24 August 2011 comments

Health and safety gone mad? Don’t blame us!

The Health and Safety Executive loves peddling the myth that it isn’t to blame for our risk-averse culture.

Tim Black Wednesday 24 August 2011 comments

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: a modern-day scapegoat

In the past, backward villagers would invest a goat with the sins of the village and then cast it out. Feminists tried the same trick with DSK.

Tim Black Thursday 25 August 2011 comments

No shooting events in front of the kids

Boris wants to stop yoof from watching Olympic shooting events because of their gun-glorifying effect. Is he joking?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 25 August 2011 comments

England’s cricketers: good but not invincible

The test series whitewash of India shows England are a good team, but they haven’t got the aura of a great team.

Tom Slater Thursday 25 August 2011 comments

Taking the talent out of a music show

Sordid backstories, ineffably crap auditions and no Cheryl Cole – The X Factor’s back and it’s better than ever.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 25 August 2011 comments

It’s a civil war, Jim, but not as we know it

The rebel forces in Libya have not so much won Tripoli as they have tiptoed into a vacuum left by the disintegration of the Gaddafi regime.

Angus Kennedy Friday 26 August 2011 comments

La mort de l’Europe

David Marquand wants to sound an alarm about the state of the EU, but his hostility to the ideals of the West only serves to express the cancer at the heart of the European project.

Tom Slater Friday 26 August 2011 comments

A story in which everything has already happened

Julian Barnes’ masterful retelling of a life lived in retrospect is also an exploration of the human desire to give life meaning and order.

Tim Black Friday 26 August 2011 comments

The unfunniest arse in God’s universe

This is a meandering, wittering book that claims to be about faith but reveals far more about its comedian-author Marcus Brigstocke’s nasty prejudices.

Patrick Hayes Friday 26 August 2011 comments

A short history of predicting the future

Dan Gardner rightly skewers failed forecasts, past and present, but he relies on a few dubious ideas himself when he tries to explain why so many experts get it wrong.

Stuart Waiton Friday 26 August 2011 comments

Glasgow: from industrial giant to traumatised child

Given that she has been a stinging critic of the obsession with self-esteem, it is sad that Carol Craig is now providing a therapeutic explanation for Glasgow’s problems.

Rob Lyons Friday 26 August 2011 comments

The state or the free market? What a choice...

Yes, capitalists are increasingly risk-averse and lethargic – but let's not fantasise that the state has the cojones to reinvigorate innovation.

Tim Black Friday 26 August 2011 comments

‘Man is more than an overdeveloped monkey’

Raymond Tallis tells spiked why he has declared a war of words on the trendy ideas that underpin ‘neuromania’ and ‘Darwinitis’.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 26 August 2011 comments

Why the Third World poor must continue living in shit

A new book about the world in 2050 says explicitly what other green-leaning tomes hint at: that fixing global poverty will only harm the planet.

Sean Collins Tuesday 30 August 2011 comments

What the hurricane hype reveals about NYC

City Hall’s overreaction to Irene suggests New York City is losing its reputation for toughness and swagger.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 30 August 2011 comments

Anna Hazare: apostle of political hygiene

James Woudhuysen reports from India on why the middle-class warriors against corruption aren’t so heroic.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 30 August 2011 comments

These riots were not a product of permissiveness

Blaming the looting on the ‘liberal experiment’ of the 1960s is not only wrong - it could also make the real problems in urban communities worse.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 31 August 2011 comments

Do growing economies cause bigger bellies?

New obesity figures seem designed to scare us out of our greedy ways, and not just when it comes to what we eat.

Tim Black Wednesday 31 August 2011 comments

The politics of fear blows into New York

The world’s greatest city was brought to a standstill not by Hurricane Irene, but by politicians’ worst-case thinking.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 31 August 2011 comments

Libya and the shameless rewriting of history

The repackaging of NATO’s reckless intervention as a clever war for liberty would make Orwell’s Ministry of Truth beam with pride.