November 2011

Paul Seaman Tuesday 1 November 2011 comments

OWS: not a preoccupation of social-media users

Despite its claims to be 'the 99%', the Occupy movement has generated little interest on Facebook or Twitter.

Dave Clements Tuesday 1 November 2011 comments

Why feel charitable towards charities?

Charities in the UK have become far too dependent on state funding, at the cost of their independence.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 1 November 2011 comments

Why church officials worship these protesters

No attempt to depict Occupy London as a Second Coming of angry Jesuses can disguise the fact that it remains a shallow moral gesture.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 2 November 2011 comments

No more room for ‘the huddled masses’

While New York celebrates the anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, America shows little desire to welcome immigrants.

Bill Durodié Wednesday 2 November 2011 comments

How CSR became big business

Corporate social responsibility allows governments to avoid accountability and gives companies a sense of purpose.

Tim Black Wednesday 2 November 2011 comments

We need elected members, not the Wingnut of Windsor

The revelation that Prince Charles has the power to veto legislation is shocking, but UK democracy in general has fallen into disrepute.

Michael Baum Thursday 3 November 2011 comments

Does breast screening do more harm than good?

A new UK review of the benefits and harms of screening is welcome, but what we really need is better evidence.

Rob Lyons Thursday 3 November 2011 comments

An earthquake under Britain’s energy supply

Climate-obsessed greens are desperate to exploit two tiny tremors to scare the UK away from exploiting shale gas.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 3 November 2011 comments

Who needs demands when you can Occupy?

Patrick Hayes reports from a debate last night in London where Occupy supporters dismissed the need for politics.

Mick Hume Thursday 3 November 2011 comments

Beware of Greeks bearing votes!

The Euro-elites’ horror at the proposal to hold a Greek referendum on the bailout shows that Europe is at risk of democratic bankruptcy.

Tom Slater Friday 4 November 2011 comments

Hollywood and politics don’t mix

With his new thriller, The Ides of March, George Clooney shows Democrats can be personally flawed, too - just like his film.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 4 November 2011 comments

What’s said on the pitch should stay on the pitch

To all those footballers crying to the authorities over offensive remarks made in the heat of battle: man up.

Patrick Hayes Friday 4 November 2011 comments

Prohibition makes an evidence-based comeback

The Prohibitionists of 1920s America could only look in envy at the way that ban-happy moralists have stormed the corridors of power today.

Nick Thorne Monday 7 November 2011 comments

Let’s hear it for South America’s new highway

Why has a road that fulfils the dream of joining the Pacific and Atlantic coasts attracted scorn in the West?

David Perks Monday 7 November 2011 comments

There’s more to science than ridiculing fools

The science-led campaign against TV psychic Sally Morgan has the whiff of a modern-day witch hunt.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 7 November 2011 comments

Welcome to the era of the post-moral panic

In our morally unanchored society, elite fearmongers prefer to use so-called science rather than moralism to reshape our behaviour.

Patrick West Tuesday 8 November 2011 comments

Questo corso è molto prevenuto

Language courses always come with baggage, like the BBC one that teaches you to talk about climate change in Italian.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 8 November 2011 comments

Taking a knife to liberty and tolerance

A Dutch proposal to ban kosher and halal slaughter represents another assault on religious freedom in Europe.

Tim Black Tuesday 8 November 2011 comments

The ugly blame game over the M5 pile-up

There is something almost medieval, certainly opportunistic, in the shameless rush to find someone to blame for Friday's tragic car crash.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 9 November 2011 comments

Colonialism in weapons inspectors’ clothing

Far from being politically neutral, nuke-hunting weapons inspectors are thoroughly in hock to Western interests.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 9 November 2011 comments

Jacko’s death: who’s really bad?

In the rush to nail Jackson’s ‘killer’, everyone’s overlooking the fact that no one forced the singer to down all those pills.

Mick Hume Wednesday 9 November 2011 comments

Berlusconi: don’t turn a scoundrel into a scapegoat

Whatever else he might have done, Italy’s prime minister is hardly to blame for Europe’s crisis of capitalism and political leadership.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 10 November 2011 comments

Our society is hooked on harm reduction

We should approach the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs as a moral question, not as a clinical or legal matter.

Bruno Waterfield Thursday 10 November 2011 comments

Eurocrisis: the politics of no-longer-great powers

ESSAY: The EU’s problems stem from a destructive attempt by its leaders to save out-of-date institutions.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 10 November 2011 comments

Greece's austerity junta: Regime of the Technocrats

Brendan O’Neill reports from Athens on how the EU is using financial blackmail to force cash-
strapped Greece to suspend democratic politics.

Tom Slater Friday 11 November 2011 comments

The Future: toying with the indie formula

In her latest feature, Miranda July barely strays from the staples of indie flicks: quirky sets, handheld cameras and off-beat music.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 11 November 2011 comments

Don’t let big clubs poach the game-hunters

The top Premier League clubs rarely develop young homegrown talent, they just stockpile it and waste it.

David Bowden Friday 11 November 2011 comments

How long before it’s The Ex Factor?

Despite an entertaining ‘transitional’ series, ITV’s talent show is losing credibility faster than Silvio Berlusconi.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 11 November 2011 comments

Things can only get better with economic growth

As a new book shows, human welfare has not improved over the past 200 years in spite of economic growth but because of it.

Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 14 November 2011 comments

Social democracy is dead. Now let’s move on

Across Europe, labour parties are reinventing themselves to stay relevant, but they’ve been redundant for decades.

Tim Black Monday 14 November 2011 comments

These charmless
commentators

Their hissyfit over the use of a Smiths song in a John Lewis ad shows how much middle-aged Moz-heads loathe other people.

Wendy Kaminer Monday 14 November 2011 comments

We can’t be free without the right to be offensive

In Washington DC, anti-bullying campaigners want to restrict ‘offensive speech’ in public. That would be a disaster for liberty and progress.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 15 November 2011 comments

Occupy: the Tea Party, with better press?

The media has covered these often-eccentric reactions to America’s economic and political crises very differently.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 15 November 2011 comments

Occupy London in cahoots with coppers

Far from being enemies of the state, the St Paul’s occupiers are helping the police arrest political undesirables.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 15 November 2011 comments

Occupy movement: all process and no principle

ESSAY: If the occupiers are so opposed to ‘the one per cent’, why do they keep ripping off its soul-destroying managerial style of politics?

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 16 November 2011 comments

Putting the Syrian Spring on ice

From EU sanctions to Arab League posturing, external meddling in Syria is weakening the democratic uprising.

Stuart Waiton Wednesday 16 November 2011 comments

Singing freely across the Old Firm divide

Both Celtic and Rangers fans need to come together to oppose the Scottish government’s sectarianism bill.

Mick Hume Wednesday 16 November 2011 comments

The UK press is on trial for its freedom...

… and the tabloids have already been found guilty by Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry/inquisition.

Tiffany Jenkins Thursday 17 November 2011 comments

Close the doors on The Public

A Midlands arts centre offers a cautionary tale of what happens when social policy trumps artistic content.

Angus Kennedy Thursday 17 November 2011 comments

Leonardo da Vinci: a curious humanist

The National’s blockbuster show of the Renaissance master’s paintings is a great tribute to human genius and creativity.

Rob Lyons Thursday 17 November 2011 comments

Smoking in cars: the BMA’s dodgy dossier

The campaign against lighting up in vehicles is as underpinned by misinformation as Blair's bluster on Iraq was. Why isn't there more scepticism?

Tom Slater Friday 18 November 2011 comments

There’s nothing Gonzo about this slapstick romcom

Despite the best efforts of both star and director, The Rum Diary does little justice to Hunter S Thompson’s prose.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 November 2011 comments

Beating the best by parking the bus

England’s ultra-defensive victory over Spain merely papered over many on-going problems.

David Bowden Friday 18 November 2011 comments

Pan Am: an airline drama that never takes off

The sad thing about the BBC’s glossy new import is that we need a nostalgia-trip to make air travel seem exciting.

Tim Black Friday 18 November 2011 comments

These occupiers are so 1990s

A novel about the anti-roads protesters of the early 1990s reveals the roots of the radical snobbery behind today’s Occupy movement.

Ken McLaughlin Monday 21 November 2011 comments

The use and abuse of vulnerable babies

In these austere times, the race for funds leads groups like the NSPCC to issue shocking stats that don't add up.

Ben Pile Monday 21 November 2011 comments

Not the BEST way to debate climate

A study prompted by ‘Climategate’ has been held up as proof that sceptics are wrong. The truth is far murkier.

Mick Hume Monday 21 November 2011 comments

That’s enough anti-racist blather about Blatter

The obnoxious FIFA president had a point for once – and the real targets of the moral backlash are the masses who watch and play football.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 22 November 2011 comments

Occupy London really are Blair's babes

Judging by their Safer Space policy, the occupiers are big fans of Blair-style, PC petty authoritarianism.

Kevin Rooney Tuesday 22 November 2011 comments

Celtic fans: you’re not singing anymore

In what country was a 17-year-old recently arrested for singing an outlawed song? Iran? China? No, it was the UK.

Tim Black Tuesday 22 November 2011 comments

Olympics: forget the legacy and enjoy the spectacle

The transformation of 2012 into a vehicle for regenerating east London and re-engineering the populace is bad for sport, and bad for politics.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 23 November 2011 comments

Legal justice: too fine a pursuit for Libyans

The International Criminal Court’s insistence on controlling the trial of Saif Gaddafi reeks of neo-colonialism.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 23 November 2011 comments

It isn’t only Romney who’s lost for words

The coverage of Republican hopefuls’ gaffes hides the fact that the entire US political class has little to say.

Sean Collins Wednesday 23 November 2011 comments

Occupy: the sad reality and the mad fantasies

Far from being clear-eyed, Occupy Wall Street is a blank slate on to which every opportunistic op-ed writer is scribbling his or her pet concerns.

Tom Slater Thursday 24 November 2011 comments

When reality is horrific enough

A chilling film about the ‘Bodies in the Barrels’ murders in Australia favours realism over sensation.

David Bowden Thursday 24 November 2011 comments

It takes more than a dwarf to make a show funny

Life’s Too Short, the latest mockumentary from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, goes for easy laughs.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 24 November 2011 comments

Anti-bullying campaigns: doing more harm than good?

ESSAY: Of course extreme cases of bullying should be tackled, but let’s not pathologise normal childhood relationships.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 24 November 2011 comments

Three cheers for the second Egyptian uprising

Those confused by the return of the masses in Cairo have failed to learn a key lesson of history: democratic protesters are not easily placated.

Tim Black Friday 25 November 2011 comments

These occupiers are so 1990s

A novel about the anti-rat race, anti-roads protesters of the early 1990s reveals the origins of the radical snobbery behind today’s Occupy movement.

Abigail Ross-Jackson Friday 25 November 2011 comments

Honey Money: Who says selling sex is degrading?

Apart from the silly sociological categories and sex ed lessons, Catherine Hakim’s book is a cocky retort to today’s patronising strand of feminism.

Patrick Hayes Friday 25 November 2011 comments

Prohibition makes an
evidence-based comeback

The Prohibitionists of 1920s America could only look in envy at the way that ban-happy moralists have stormed the corridors of power today.

Tom Bailey Friday 25 November 2011 comments

A tourist’s guide to economic disaster

Michael Lewis brings the economic events of the past three years to life in Boomerang, but his analysis is as superficial as a guidebook.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 25 November 2011 comments

Things can only get better with economic growth

As a new book by Charles Kenny shows, human welfare has not improved over the past 200 years in spite of economic growth but because of it.

Neil Davenport Friday 25 November 2011 comments

Shelagh, take a bow

With A Taste of Honey, Shelagh Delaney succeeded where others had merely pitied – she portrayed working-class men and women as they were, not as others wished them to be.

James Heartfield Friday 25 November 2011 comments

Don’t get misty-eyed over the British Empire

Two new books on the Empire, by Jeremy Paxman and Richard Gott, may have different takes on its legacy and impact, but both are too easily seduced by its civilising mission.

Tim Black Friday 25 November 2011 comments

The liberal betrayal of freedom

Domenico Losurdo, the author of Liberalism: A Counter-History, tells spiked that the principle of liberty continues to be too important to be left in the hands of liberals.

Nick Thorne Monday 28 November 2011 comments

The whole country needs high speed, too

Rather than debating the need for one fast rail line, the UK government should be steaming ahead with an entire network.

Ann Furedi Monday 28 November 2011 comments

Abortion: how late is ‘too late’?

Policymakers should butt out of late abortion and trust women to work out what’s in their best interests.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 28 November 2011 comments

Why we’ll need spiked more than ever in 2012

Next year, spiked will pursue an Olympian struggle against political groupthink - but to do that, we need the help of people like you.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 29 November 2011 comments

‘Sometimes a police state is a good thing’

The Twitterati’s unhinged hounding of ‘racist tram lady’ confirms how intolerant the tweeting herd can be.

Tim Black Tuesday 29 November 2011 comments

The exploitation of Gary Speed’s death

Details of the Wales manager’s suicide are unknown, yet it’s still being turned into a lesson about mental illness.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 29 November 2011 comments

How the EU oligarchy has downsized democracy

ESSAY: So-called liberals and leftists have become obsessed with constructing a political firewall between the elite and the multitude.

Patrick West Wednesday 30 November 2011 comments

Classical music ain’t just for snobs

Demanding and ambitious, the BBC’s Symphony series recalls a time when Haydn and Mozart were pop.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 30 November 2011 comments

George Osborne’s autumn of discontent

The chancellor’s autumn statement exposed a dearth of future-oriented thinking in economic circles.

Mick Hume Wednesday 30 November 2011 comments

Evoking the ghost of general strikes past

The day of industrial action over UK public sector pensions is a gesture, not a general strike – and both sides know it.