January 2012

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 3 January 2012 comments

Using tabloid tactics to slay the tabloids

The Guardian's retraction of the Charlotte Church story brings to 40 the number of anti-Murdoch articles it has had to correct.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 3 January 2012 comments

Welcome to the Nagging Health Service

Some health fanatics want everyone from GPs to hospital porters to lecture to us about our lifestyles.

Tim Black Tuesday 3 January 2012 comments

The Syrian uprising: it isn’t all about us

The vanity of those calling for the West to intervene is matched only by the navel-gazing of those who claim to be opposed to intervention.

Patrick West Wednesday 4 January 2012 comments

When instrumental music strikes a false chord

When music is used as a weapon, a shopping aid or an educational tool, we lose sight of its ability to move us.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 4 January 2012 comments

The Iowa caucuses: politics as spectacle

The Republican showdown at Iowa confirms how much spin and personality now dominate US politics.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 4 January 2012 comments

Lawrence verdict: this isn’t justice – it’s politics

The cultural elite has exploited and politicised the murder of Stephen Lawrence to a degree that would have made Machiavelli blush.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 5 January 2012 comments

Down with feminist fearmongering!

Feminists are exploiting the ‘exploding breasts’ panic in the name of having a pop at cosmetic surgery.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 5 January 2012 comments

Lawrence case: the elephant in the room

The double-jeopardy rule survived the Dark Ages, but it could not survive the New Labour years.

Mick Hume Thursday 5 January 2012 comments

Official anti-racism: the new nationalism?

Once the establishment preached the doctrine of race and nation - now the elites have redefined racism as ‘a secular sin’.

David Bowden Friday 6 January 2012 comments

Hard times ahead: a whole year of Dickens

Over Christmas, TV got off to a flying start in celebrating the bicentenary of the author’s birth - with mixed results.

Tom Slater Friday 6 January 2012 comments

The girl who was hard to take seriously

David Fincher’s slick adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestseller fails to do justice to its central character.

Tim Black Friday 6 January 2012 comments

Bozza: a conformist in eccentric clothing

A new biography is too obsessed with skewering Boris’s personality to expose his real failing: his embrace of Livingstone-like miserabilism.

Theresa Clifford Monday 9 January 2012 comments

It’s time to mine New Zealand’s potential

Theresa Clifford reports from New Zealand, where environmentalists prefer to save snails than dig for minerals

Kevin Yuill Monday 9 January 2012 comments

Put this campaign out of its misery

A report by the Commission for Assisted Dying exposes just how confused the euthanasia camp is.

Frank Furedi Monday 9 January 2012 comments

Declaring war against bluster and rhetoric

Frank Furedi kicks off his new monthly column on Hollow Thoughts by reclaiming the word ‘conversation’ from our illiberal rulers.

Tim Black Tuesday 10 January 2012 comments

Executive pay and the assault on aspiration

The consensus that top bosses get paid too much is really a way of selling the idea that all society is too greedy.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 10 January 2012 comments

Divorcing marriage from morality

By promoting it as a least worst lifestyle option, modern defenders of marriage are undermining its best aspects.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 10 January 2012 comments

This isn’t anti-racism – it’s the policing of passion

The campaign to excise offensive language from football games is a class war masquerading as an anti-racist initiative.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 11 January 2012 comments

High-speed rail,
snail's-pace building

The HS2 link between London and Birmingham will do wonders for Britain, but why will it take til 2026 to build the thing?

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 11 January 2012 comments

Taking risks in pursuit of the truth

The jailing of two Swedish journalists in Ethiopia is a powerful reminder of the need for investigative reporting.

Wendy Kaminer Wednesday 11 January 2012 comments

Wanted: a president who believes in liberty

Aside from kooky Ron Paul, all the Republican candidates, as well as President Obama himself, have a very un-American attitude to freedom.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 12 January 2012 comments

Treating Libya like a troublesome child

Who gave Amnesty International and other human rights groups the authority to boss about the new Libyan government?

Tim Black Thursday 12 January 2012 comments

SNP: world-beaters in authoritarianism

The SNP claims to be concerned about Scottish people’s freedom. So why is it always legislating against it?

Mick Hume Thursday 12 January 2012 comments

Cameron and Salmond: like kids playing with matches

The row over a Scottish referendum looks less a struggle between Unionism and Nationalism than a dangerous game of all-party opportunism.

Tom Slater Friday 13 January 2012 comments

The Artist: giving film fans the silent treatment

Michel Hazanavicius’ black-and-white movie manages to be both a homage to Hollywood’s past and wittily original.

David Bowden Friday 13 January 2012 comments

The vices of post-holiday telly

Sex, smoking and drinking: the past week’s TV schedule was filled with investigations into simple pleasures.

Robin McMichael Friday 13 January 2012 comments

Thierry Henry: once a Gooner, always a Gooner

The French striker’s spectacular return was a reminder of just how much Arsenal have missed him.

Patrick Hayes Friday 13 January 2012 comments

Running scared of the English Defence League

‘We talk about apathy, then these guys get into politics and we shit ourselves.’ The author of a new report on the EDL talks to spiked.

Manick Govinda Monday 16 January 2012 comments

Licensed to censor performance art

By treating adults like children, the 2003 Licensing Act is being used to undermine the freedom of both artists and audiences.

Patrick Hayes Monday 16 January 2012 comments

Putting tribespeople in a human zoo

In demanding the utter isolation of Third World tribes, Survival International turns communities into freakshows.

Helene Guldberg Monday 16 January 2012 comments

Ignore these pedlars of panic – the kids are all right

Report after report tells us that children are sad, lost and in need of expert intervention. Real-world evidence suggests otherwise.

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 17 January 2012 comments

Making a molehill out of a mountain

Clint Eastwood’s biopic of J Edgar Hoover is more about the man’s personal identity than his historical significance.

Niall Crowley Tuesday 17 January 2012 comments

Let’s all be more like The Greatest

We should celebrate Ali’s 70th birthday by ditching trendy self-pity and aiming to be as brash as he was.

Tim Black Tuesday 17 January 2012 comments

Costa Concordia: a vessel for anti-consumerist angst

Some observers are tastelessly leaping on board the sunken ship to pontificate about the decadence and folly of big, brassy cruise-liners.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 18 January 2012 comments

The future of internet freedom left in the dark

Opponents of the US web regulations that inspired the Wikipedia blackout have some pretty illiberal tendencies, too.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 18 January 2012 comments

First they came for the smokers...

The remorseless illiberal logic of the ‘we don’t like it, so ban it’ lobby is now leeching its way into the lives of meat-eaters.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 18 January 2012 comments

Let’s have a proper debate about the welfare state

Hooked on poverty porn, getting the unelected Lords to do their dirty work... there’s little progressive about today’s welfare-defenders.

Sadhvi Sharma Thursday 19 January 2012 comments

India’s inspiring war on polio

The massive human effort that helped make India polio-free shows that greater wealth brings greater health.

Luke Gittos Thursday 19 January 2012 comments

Trial by jury: the case for the defence

We should fight hard to defend the right to a jury trial, which remains the ‘lamp that shows that freedom lives’.

Mick Hume Thursday 19 January 2012 comments

The shared delusions of Labour and the unions

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband versus the British trade union bosses? A plague on both their empty houses.

Tom Slater Friday 20 January 2012 comments

What a Shame: taking sex addiction at face value

Steve McQueen’s latest film offers an unconvincing portrayal of a promiscuous yuppie at the mercy of his sexual urges.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 20 January 2012 comments

Football’s longstanding tradition of change

From Leeds United’s all-white strip to terrace chanting, many of the traditions fans take for granted are not so very old.

Patrick Hayes Friday 20 January 2012 comments

Don’t give way to the Top Gear-bashers

What Clarkson’s audience understands that his shrill critics do not is that he is not to be taken seriously.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 20 January 2012 comments

The Obamas: from ‘Yes we can!’ to ‘No we can’t!’

Jodi Kantor’s gossipy account of America’s first couple reveals their struggle to adjust to the anti-climatic reality of government.

Nick Thorne Monday 23 January 2012 comments

Putting plankton before people

Eco-warriors who campaign against the building of dams are damning the poor to live at nature’s mercy.

Dominic Standish Monday 23 January 2012 comments

Riding the waves of a cruise crash

Dominic Standish reports from Italy on how anti-ship agitators are milking the Concordia tragedy.

Frank Furedi Monday 23 January 2012 comments

Message to EU meddlers: Hands off Hungary!

Brussels’ culture war against the ‘white savages’ of Hungary is destroying democracy and helping to boost reactionary right-wingers.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 24 January 2012 comments

‘This is becoming an
anti-tabloid witch-hunt’

Read the transcript of CBC’s interview with Brendan O’Neill about Leveson, lies and press freedom.

Theresa Clifford Tuesday 24 January 2012 comments

A mega attack on internet freedom

You don’t have to be a fan of the juvenile people behind Megaupload to be worried by the crackdown against it.

Sean Collins Tuesday 24 January 2012 comments

A political fiasco of historic proportions

Obama is ailing, yet the bunch of political misfits posing as Republican presidential candidates can’t make any mileage from that.

Sally Millard Wednesday 25 January 2012 comments

How about butting out of family life?

With its latest guilt-tripping wheeze, the anti-smoking lobby seems intent on turning our children against us.

Ben Pile Wednesday 25 January 2012 comments

Greens to sceptics: show us the money!

The campaign to get a tiny charity to reveal its backers is driven by a desire to stamp out any eco-criticism.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 25 January 2012 comments

What’s up with the bees?

Two researchers tell spiked that green activists have been a little too keen to blame pesticides for the not-so-great bee die-off.

Mick Hume Wednesday 25 January 2012 comments

The Leveson Inquiry is the enemy of a free press

Now it's out: Lord Justice Leveson wants quasi-state regulation - in the name of 'press freedom'.

Tom Slater Thursday 26 January 2012 comments

The timeless power of the Bard

Coriolanus won’t tell us much about contemporary politics but it does reveal Shakespeare’s take on the human condition.

David Bowden Thursday 26 January 2012 comments

The roots of the riots: found in translation

Forget British TV’s feeble attempts to explain urban disarray - look to Scandinavian drama instead.

Tim Black Thursday 26 January 2012 comments

Don't lobby the Lords. Demolish it instead

It is unseemly for so-called progressives to bow and scrape before the second chamber, pleading with it to punish the Lib-Cons.

Jason Walsh Friday 27 January 2012 comments

There’s more to progress than biology

Steven Pinker’s new book certainly does much to suggest that humanity is progressing rather than regressing. It’s puzzling then that he gives people so little credit.

Dominic Standish Friday 27 January 2012 comments

Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition

In this extract from his new book, Dominic Standish explores how Venice has gone from symbolising brash human vision to being viewed as a victim of eco-degradation.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 27 January 2012 comments

From 'Yes we can!' to 'No we can't!'

Jodi Kantor’s gossipy account of America’s first couple reveals their struggle to adjust to the anti-climatic reality of government.

Tim Black Friday 27 January 2012 comments

Bozza: a conformist in eccentric clothing

A new biography is too obsessed with skewering Boris’s personality to expose his real failing: his embrace of Livingstone-like miserabilism.

Patrick Hayes Friday 27 January 2012 comments

Running scared of the English Defence League

‘We talk about apathy, then these guys get into politics and we shit ourselves.’ The author of a new report on the EDL talks to spiked.

Lexy Barber Friday 27 January 2012 comments

The latest draft of The Jeanette Winterson Story

In her new autobiography, the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit revisits old ground, mixing misery porn, madness and self-deprecation in an attempt to explain herself.

James Heartfield Friday 27 January 2012 comments

With ‘enemies’ like these, who needs friends?

Again and again, the official Italian Communist party helped to prop up Italy’s ruling class, saving it from its potential gravediggers.

Rob Lyons Friday 27 January 2012 comments

Calories and Corsets: why dieting never went out style

From vomiting and food abstention to mastication and ‘reducing salons’, a new book shows that weight-loss regimes have a long, weird and unhealthy history.

Gabrielle Shiner Monday 30 January 2012 comments

The misogyny of the
anti-Page 3 brigade

The prudes trying to strip the tabloids of topless pics belittle women far more than any male reader could.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 30 January 2012 comments

Hey, why shouldn’t we go to the moon?

Yes, Gingrich’s idea of turning the moon into the 51st state is wacky, but why is everyone so down on space exploration?

Brendan O’Neill Monday 30 January 2012 comments

The moral hijacking of Bloody Sunday

On the 40th anniversary of the paratroopers’ massacre in Derry, it is remarkable how much Britain has exploited this event to its advantage.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 31 January 2012 comments

Liberated from the ‘idiocy of rural life’

Over half of China’s population – 691million people – now live in cities. It’s a mind-boggling achievement for mankind.

Tim Black Tuesday 31 January 2012 comments

Still getting off on
banker-bashing

Given that it lets the state off the hook for the current economic mess, what's radical about baiting the rich?

Mick Hume Tuesday 31 January 2012 comments

What about a rescue deal for Euro-democracy?

A ‘secret’ German proposal for a commissioner to veto Greek budgets sparked outrage. But the EU has already usurped Greece’s sovereignty.