October 2011

Tim Black Monday 3 October 2011 comments

The culture war over ‘Foxy Knoxy’

The pro-Amanda Knox campaign is far from saintly, what with its Italy-bashing and whispers about backward European men.

Nigel Scott Monday 3 October 2011 comments

Knox: victim of an Italian soap opera

A supporter of the Injustice in Perugia campaign reports on the absolute dearth of evidence against Amanda Knox.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 3 October 2011 comments

The Melancholia of the middle classes

Lars von Trier’s new film brilliantly teases out the link between the rot of the bourgeois mind and the rise of apocalyptic fantasies.

Richard de Lacy Tuesday 4 October 2011 comments

Face it, the FSB is just not that into you

Why do Western journalists working in Russia always end up convinced that the state is out to get them?

Rob Lyons Tuesday 4 October 2011 comments

This obsession with fat is really taxing

Denmark has introduced a ‘fat tax’ - but what business is it of governments to tell us what we should eat?

Mick Hume Tuesday 4 October 2011 comments

Euro-crisis: dictatorship of the bean-counters

The bankrupting of democracy is too high a price to pay for the Euro-elites’ scheme to save their system through more austerity and integration.

Niall Crowley Wednesday 5 October 2011 comments

Message to MOBOs:
ditch the victim act

Ahead of tonight’s awards, isn’t it time we stopped making a concrete distinction between ‘black’ and ‘white’ music?

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 5 October 2011 comments

A licence to kill freedom of expression

Licensing journalists was a bad idea in John Milton’s day - so why are politicians and editors keen to revive it now?

Frank Furedi Wednesday 5 October 2011 comments

Let’s stop kowtowing to the cult of transparency

The demand that every corner of officialdom be thrown open to public view has only made politics a more deceptive, less principled sphere.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 6 October 2011 comments

The wannabe tyrants of Wall Street

Disdainful and conspiracy-minded, the protesters claiming to speak for all Americans are acting like teenage despots.

Rob Lyons Thursday 6 October 2011 comments

A game of economic Pass the Parcel

Three years after the collapse of Lehmann Brothers, the debt crisis hasn’t been resolved, just reformulated.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 6 October 2011 comments

Meet the PC oligarchy that now rules Britain

The Tory conference confirmed that politics has been colonised by experts, hacks and snobs who are utterly insulated from the madding crowd.

David Bowden Friday 7 October 2011 comments

Why are C4 punishing teenagers with Hollyoaks?

This soap would just be laughably kitsch if it wasn’t so keen on getting teens to phone helplines afterwards.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 7 October 2011 comments

The limitations of the Barroom Bosman

The European court ruling that pubs can show cheap Greek coverage of English football wasn’t so significant after all.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 7 October 2011 comments

The iMourning for Steve Jobs

The reaction to the death of the Apple boss shows how thoroughly mainstream Princess Di-style public weeping has become.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 7 October 2011 comments

In defence of Steve Jobs

The idea that Jobs and his brilliant Apple gadgets were responsible for alienation in the West and for ‘slavery’ in the East is i-nonsense on stilts.

James Woudhuysen Monday 10 October 2011 comments

Is Britain drowning in too much packaging?

The wrapping that our food, mod-cons and medications come in is not ‘evil’ - it is a product of civilisation.

Tom Slater Monday 10 October 2011 comments

Warrior: a daft movie with a kick in the tale

It may be a hackneyed promo for mixed martial arts, but Gavin O’Connor’s film still moves you in the end.

Tim Black Monday 10 October 2011 comments

The global culture war over Amanda Knox

How did one woman become such a talking point? Because she got bound up in a clash between ‘louche America’ and ‘medieval Italy’.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 11 October 2011 comments

Dying to scare the life out of us

Life expectancy has shot up in recent years. Why are public-health miserabilists insisting it will soon start falling?

Basham and Luik Tuesday 11 October 2011 comments

David Cameron’s unpalatable nannying

A proposed ‘fat tax’ is not only illiberal but also daft - there’s ample evidence such taxes don’t improve health.

Mick Hume Tuesday 11 October 2011 comments

For Fox sake, call this politics? That's scandalous

Neither the idiot-abroad UK defence secretary nor scandal-mongering critics seem able to separate important public issues from personal sleaze.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 12 October 2011 comments

The rage of hip consumers

When Ben & Jerry’s, owned by Unilever, offers support to Occupy Wall Street, you know this ain’t no revolution.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 12 October 2011 comments

The Fukushima effect

The nuclear accident in Japan brought to the surface the Western world’s irrational fear of this most modern technology.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 12 October 2011 comments

Beware Malthusians posing as progressives

Don’t be fooled by the fashionable new crowd of Malthus-bashing greens: they’re as misanthropic as old-style population scaremongers.

Nick Thorne Thursday 13 October 2011 comments

From snap happy to ban happy

The farce of a dad who was told not to photograph his daughter shows that we’re not always better safe than sorry.

Tim Black Thursday 13 October 2011 comments

The imaginary plot against higher education

The Lib-Con government has no ideological axe to grind against Britain’s universities - it’s way too superficial for that.

Frank Furedi Thursday 13 October 2011 comments

We don’t need experts to teach us how to be civil

A new report calls on officialdom to ‘nudge’ the masses towards civilised behaviour. It isn’t only a patronising idea, but a dangerous one.

Tom Slater Friday 14 October 2011 comments

Red State: it’s one sermon versus another

Kevin Smith’s darkly humorous horror film is spoiled by tacking on a hamfisted message about American politics.

David Bowden Friday 14 October 2011 comments

Craftivism: how pottery became sexy

BBC4’s Story of Clay showed how rewarding it can be to turn a substance that is ‘literally earth’ into an object of beauty.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 14 October 2011 comments

Stop giving Wayne Rooney a kicking

So what if he sometimes boots opposing players and says the f-word to the cameras? Football’s a passionate sport.

Kevin Rooney Friday 14 October 2011 comments

Let’s stand up for the 90-minute bigots

Far from being a symbol of ‘deep hatreds’ in Scottish society, sectarian abuse at Celtic/ Rangers games is just footballing fun.

Jacob Mchangama Monday 17 October 2011 comments

Lars von Trier and the dogma of hate speech

Yes, the Danish director’s comments about Hitler were dumb. But no one should be prosecuted for what they say.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 17 October 2011 comments

Ka-pow! The intolerant reaction to a PC comic

The US furore around Islam-inspired The 99 suggests we need superheroes who can do battle against censorship.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 17 October 2011 comments

These Fox-hunters can’t see the wood for the trees

The anti-Liam Fox lobby didn’t stop to ask: what does it say about today’s civil service that many ministers now fall back on their friends?

Matthias Heitmann Tuesday 18 October 2011 comments

How Germany’s Pirates might sink the mainstream

The recent electoral success for the Pirate Party highlights the inability of the major parties to inspire voters.

Tim Black Tuesday 18 October 2011 comments

Booker Prize: trusting the public would be novel

While literary types have arid debates about ‘readability’, the rest of us seem excluded from the conversation.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 18 October 2011 comments

Note to NHS: stop treating the public with contempt

With nothing to say about the paternalism and authoritarianism of the UK health system, the Save Our NHS protests seem wilfully out of touch.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 19 October 2011 comments

We don’t need saving from moronic speech

The decision to uphold the convictions of the Facebook rioters marks a dangerous new stage in the free-speech wars.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 19 October 2011 comments

Gilad Shalit and the ‘war of tears’

It’s great that the Israeli soldier is free after five years. Now maybe Israel can escape the politics of emotionalism.

Mick Hume Wednesday 19 October 2011 comments

The unhidden truth about Hillsborough

The political reasons why 96 Liverpool fans died in the football disaster of 1989 have always been clear enough to those who want to see.

Tim Black Thursday 20 October 2011 comments

V for Vacuous

From the Occupy protests to the anti-tuition fees protest, you’ll always find someone disguised as Guy Fawkes. What’s going on?

Wendy Kaminer Thursday 20 October 2011 comments

The disenfranchised majority kicks back

Occupy Wall Street may be incoherent, but it’s a long overdue reaction to an out-of-touch political class.

Sean Collins Thursday 20 October 2011 comments

Turning protest into a freakfest

Why do the great and good of America want to be best friends with the Occupy Wall Street oddballs?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 20 October 2011 comments

Occupy London: a ragbag of political conformists

The occupiers think that by eschewing leaders and ideology they become immune to dogmatic thinking. The precise opposite is the case.

Tom Slater Friday 21 October 2011 comments

Tyrannosaur: it’s time these class clichés died out

Middle-class charity shop volunteer finds unlikely companion in gruff estate-dweller. How corny can a film get?

Patrick West Friday 21 October 2011 comments

Stone Roses reunion would be Fool’s Gold

The doyens of Madchester have announced a comeback, but they should stay where they belong: in our memories.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 21 October 2011 comments

Rugby union: a thug’s game watched by snobs

Rugger’s halo may have slipped during the World Cup, but feeling superior to football is still rugby fans’ favourite sport.

Derbyshire and Powell Friday 21 October 2011 comments

The Lady Gaga school of gender delusion

Cordelia Fine’s new book skewers the trendy idea that men and women act differently because we are ‘born that way’.

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert Monday 24 October 2011 comments

Behaviour checklists: a ‘ticking’ timebomb

Giving UK schools yet more guidelines to follow won't improve behaviour, but will undermine teachers’ authority.

Patrick Hayes Monday 24 October 2011 comments

Occupy LSX: London’s revolting campers

PHOTO ESSAY: Patrick Hayes reports from the recycling-obsessed, ideas-lite ‘tent city’ by St Paul’s Cathedral.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 24 October 2011 comments

The leeches and legalists squabbling over Gaddafi

Neither Western leaders trying to wring moral mileage out of Gaddafi's death, nor UN officials denouncing it as illegal, deserve our backing.

Adrian Hart Tuesday 25 October 2011 comments

Who’s afraid of Basildon Man?

The Dale Farm clash allowed the commentariat to resuscitate their long-standing loathing for Essex men and women.

Kevin Rooney Tuesday 25 October 2011 comments

We need free speech for all – even bigots

A football fan has been jailed for posting sectarian comments on the internet. Why aren’t civil libertarians alarmed?

Tim Black Tuesday 25 October 2011 comments

So, it wasn’t the gangs wot dunnit

New Home Office figures confirm that the craven attempt to blame England’s August riots on well-organised, evil gangs was pure fantasy.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 26 October 2011 comments

The decline and fall of British Conservatism

The Conservative Party may still live on, but its pragmatic defence of authority, tradition and autonomy are dead.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 26 October 2011 comments

The horrors of Halloween advice

Why is the US health-and-safety brigade scaring kids about everything from inflammable costumes to poisonous treats?

Mick Hume Wednesday 26 October 2011 comments

EU referendum: democracy is not a ‘distraction’

We cannot suspend democratic debate about Europe’s future while watching the political elites bungle the economic crisis.

Justine Brian Thursday 27 October 2011 comments

Jamie’s Great Britain: processed food-TV

Jamie Oliver’s latest formulaic cookery show: it’s not that great and it’s not that ‘British’.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 27 October 2011 comments

Too soon to gloat over ‘demolition derby’

Manchester City may have put six past local rivals United, but the Premier League race is far from over yet.

Patrick Marmion Thursday 27 October 2011 comments

Marat/Sade:
‘no holes barred’

The RSC’s revival of Peter Weiss’ gratuitously graphic play is well worth seeing, in all its gory glory.

Frank Furedi Thursday 27 October 2011 comments

It’s 100% certain that they don’t represent 99%

The occupiers’ claim to speak for ‘the 99%’ exposes how determined they are to avoid hard political debate in favour of cheap moralising.

Richard Swan Friday 28 October 2011 comments

A giant leap for stargazing

An entertaining and exciting new book conveys well the human longing to discover and know more about planets outside our solar system

Kevin Rooney Friday 28 October 2011 comments

Why we should stand up for the 90-minute bigots

Far from being a symbol of ‘deep hatreds’ in Scottish society, sectarian abuse at Celtic/Rangers games is just part of the game - and banning it is an affront to free speech.

Derbyshire and Powell Friday 28 October 2011 comments

The Lady Gaga school of gender delusion

Cordelia Fine’s new book skewers the trendy idea that men and women act differently because we are ‘born that way’.

Alex Standish Friday 28 October 2011 comments

A shocking portrait of the academy adrift

With US students now expected to spend more time at the bar than at their desks, a new book asks why universities are so palpably failing to educate the young.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 28 October 2011 comments

How one woman’s cells revolutionised science

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a fascinating story of how a black woman’s unwitting sacrifice in racially-torn 1950s America ended up benefiting the whole of humanity.

Rob Lyons Friday 28 October 2011 comments

Putting people back at the heart of cities

A new collection of essays challenges both pessimists who see urbanisation as a human disaster and eco-footprint obsessives who want to corral as many people into towns as possible.

Jennie Bristow Friday 28 October 2011 comments

We don’t need to talk about hating kids

Lionel Shriver’s Orange Prize-winning novel turned award-winning film about a woman who can’t love her son has been hailed for revealing a hidden truth about motherhood. This mum isn’t empathising.

Tim Black Friday 28 October 2011 comments

The ongoing appeal of this ‘libel against the human race’

The reason why such an army of present-day miserabilists are drawn to the gloomy reverend has far more to do with Malthus’s thorough-going social pessimism than his supposed laws of population growth.

Tom Slater Monday 31 October 2011 comments

We need to talk
about suspense

Lynne Ramsay's film adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin manages to make a school shooting look tedious.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 31 October 2011 comments

Happy birthday, baby seven billion!

Ignore the population doom-mongers and dive into spiked’s archives for a celebration of human life and ingenuity.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 31 October 2011 comments

Call off this culture
war against ‘the poor’

In a speech for the Liberty League in London, Brendan O’Neill denounced the dictatorship of
do-gooders colonising poor communities.