February 2012

Tom Finn-Kelcey Wednesday 1 February 2012 comments

One cheer for Ofsted’s new standards

The education watchdog has finally recognised the importance of knowledge. But it’s still too target-obsessed.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 1 February 2012 comments

Don’t replace the drug laws with therapy laws

Campaigners who claim they want to liberalise the drug laws are in fact demanding more state control over drug-users.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 1 February 2012 comments

How atheism became a religion in all but name

It was only a matter of time before someone proposed an ‘atheist temple’, given the religious-
like zealotry and dogma of the New Atheists.

Para Mullan Thursday 2 February 2012 comments

Turning workplace worries into maladies

New guidelines suggesting bosses watch out for mental-health problems end up medicalising normal emotions.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 2 February 2012 comments

All this carbon-cutting is a waste of energy

Neither Boris Johnson nor Ken Livingstone is willing to deliver the uninterrupted, cheap energy London needs.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 2 February 2012 comments

Banker-bashers: a lynch mob with PhDs

The mad political pursuit of ‘evil’ Fred Goodwin confirms that bankers are to posh commentators what paedos are to tabloid hacks.

Tom Slater Friday 3 February 2012 comments

If a film is this pretty, who cares if it’s true?

In Bombay Beach, Alma Har’el uses artistic licence to tell the melancholy tale of an abandoned wannabe boomtown.

David Bowden Friday 3 February 2012 comments

Adapting Birdsong and finding gay footballers

This week, the long-awaited TV version of Faulks’ war epic was trumped by a surprisingly sweet invective against footie fans.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 February 2012 comments

Football’s thin-skinned culture of complaint

The willingness of fans to take offence risks destroying the freedom to engage in no-holds-barred terrace banter.

Sean Collins Friday 3 February 2012 comments

The corruption of American politics

From Occupy to the Tea Party, the obsession with corruption is far more damaging to democracy than politicians' alleged shady dealings.

John Conroy Monday 6 February 2012 comments

The New Brazil vs
anti-modern celebs

James Cameron and other wealthy Hollywooders are wrong if they think they can carry on bossing Brazil about.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 6 February 2012 comments

Turning public places into mourning spaces

If New York’s prospective AIDS memorial park is anything to go by, it seems 9/11 now infuses everything in this city.

Mick Hume Monday 6 February 2012 comments

No Jubilee for republicans
– or royalists

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee throws the spotlight on royalty that is not very regal, and critics who are not really republican.

Gabrielle Shiner Tuesday 7 February 2012 comments

Circumnavigating the authorities

Why were the parents of the Dutch teen who sailed the world deemed incapable of deciding what's best for their child?

Tim Black Tuesday 7 February 2012 comments

A politician resigns and no one cares

The fall of Chris Huhne may have thrilled the Westminster village, but for the rest of us it barely registered.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 7 February 2012 comments

Let’s veto the West’s moral posturing on Syria

There is more logic to Russia’s and China’s veto of the UN resolution condemning Assad than there is to William Hague’s sixth-former antics.

Timandra Harkness Wednesday 8 February 2012 comments

A sober reflection on ‘dangerous drinking’

You’d have to be completely hammered to take seriously the government’s latest bizarre claims about booze.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 8 February 2012 comments

‘Stop! You’re entering a restricted space!’

spiked talks to the Londoner who campaigned to switch off a Robocop-style talking CCTV camera in Camden.

Bruno Waterfield Wednesday 8 February 2012 comments

The Eurocratic assault on democracy

In the eyes of the EU elite, the greatest impediment to ‘the European project’ is the continued existence of the pesky electorate.

Luke Gittos Thursday 9 February 2012 comments

A perverted ruling that degrades us all

A bizarre court order banning an autistic woman from having sex dehumanises people with learning difficulties.

Ceri Dingle Thursday 9 February 2012 comments

‘You can be a European and be against the EU’

A young camera crew took to the streets and found opposition to the EU is not just for ‘little Englanders’.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 9 February 2012 comments

Freedom of religion is not a right-wing thing

The debate about Obama’s ruling on birth control in healthcare packages shows that many liberals are now worryingly sniffy about religious liberty.

Tom Slater Friday 10 February 2012 comments

Cartoonish characters can’t create true carnage

The paper-thin characters in Roman Polanski’s new film means this satire of middle-class mores quickly loses its bite.

David Bowden Friday 10 February 2012 comments

The boycottistas didn’t end Apartheid

At long last, a TV documentary on how South Africans, not PC Western shoppers, ended Apartheid.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 10 February 2012 comments

Kick moralism out of football

Racism isn’t a big problem in British football anymore. But the thought-policing of players and fans is.

Tim Black Friday 10 February 2012 comments

‘Comedians have a right to be offensive. But they should also be funny’

The father of a girl with Down syndrome talks to spiked about prejudice, liberty and Frankie Boyle.

Tom Slater Monday 13 February 2012 comments

There's more to hip-hop
than the n-word

Offence-seeking critics should get over the swearing, and see hip-hop as one of the most vibrant musical genres.

Tim Black Monday 13 February 2012 comments

Man of the people versus The Man

That the state thought a jury would favour the taxman against Harry Redknapp shows just how deluded it is.

Mick Hume Monday 13 February 2012 comments

‘Anti-racist’ censorship that should make us all see Red

When Manchester police can confiscate the Red Issue fanzine over a ‘potentially offensive’ joke, it is time to stand up for free speech in football.

Luke Gittos Tuesday 14 February 2012 comments

The biggest problem with Qatada? He’s innocent

Abu Qatada has been incarcerated for nine years, and not once has he been found guilty of anything illegal.

Ben Pile Tuesday 14 February 2012 comments

Climate-change alarmism: fuelled by fantasy

As a study of the state of the world’s glaciers indicates, climate catastrophists are still making it up as they go along.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 14 February 2012 comments

The real reason we should cut aid to India

When Britain begs India to keep taking handouts, you know aid is more about nourishing soulless Westerners than feeding hungry Southerners.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 15 February 2012 comments

Maybe the jobless should get on their bikes

No self-respecting working-class youth should choose the dole, live with mum and dad and while away his free time.

Norman Lewis Wednesday 15 February 2012 comments

Facebook valuation: $100 billion for what?

Yes, if FB were a country it would be the third largest. It would also be the most unproductive country ever.

Tim Black Wednesday 15 February 2012 comments

The pursuit of Lansley is a masterclass in cliquishness

Anyone who thinks the Tory infighting over Andrew Lansley’s NHS bill is a clash of principles should think again. It is class-A bitchiness.

Wendy Kaminer Thursday 16 February 2012 comments

No, Barack Obama is not Torquemada

Religious people’s rights to follow their conscience must not impinge on women’s rights to access contraceptives.

Sean Collins Thursday 16 February 2012 comments

Why the contraception controversy matters

American liberals are wrong: Obama’s contraception rule is a violation of important religious liberties.

Bruno Waterfield Thursday 16 February 2012 comments

The destruction of the demos in Greece

The crisis in Greece is born of the Euro elite’s blatant attempt to replace democracy and politics with bureaucratic rules and procedures.

David Bowden Friday 17 February 2012 comments

The BBC and its misanthropic mates

A gushing documentary about the Earth Liberation Front was blind to the group’s many, massive problems.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 17 February 2012 comments

Fabio Capello’s Mission Impossible

Even a manager as decorated as Capello was going to struggle to turn England’s chokers into world-beaters.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 17 February 2012 comments

New York, New York, still capital of the world

Spanning 400 years, Teresa Carpenter’s selection of snippets from New Yorkers’ diaries reveals both the magic and tragedy of this great city.

Tom Slater Monday 20 February 2012 comments

If they gave out Oscars for mediocrity...

Clooney is okay in The Descendants, but the rest of the movie is a shallow and schmaltzy affair.

Patrick Hayes Monday 20 February 2012 comments

The new tyranny of temperance

Some government officials will only be happy when Britain resembles a giant Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

Josie Appleton Monday 20 February 2012 comments

Are tree surgeons really a threat to children?

For all the Lib-Cons’ attempts to rein in Britain’s crazy vetting regime, still millions of adults are being treated as potential paedophiles.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 21 February 2012 comments

When it comes to grub, think global

Becoming a ‘locavore’ won’t save the planet, make you healthier, revive communities or improve food security.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 21 February 2012 comments

The Penn is mightier than the sword

Argentina's use of Sean Penn to goad Britain over the Falklands confirms the terrifying power of celebrity today.

Mick Hume Tuesday 21 February 2012 comments

Who’s afraid of the Sun rising on a Sunday?

Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid has already been branded a ‘creature from the swamp’ – let’s hope it is the News of the World with knobs on.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 22 February 2012 comments

Terrence Malick is no Tarkovsky

The Oscar-nominated epic The Tree of Life is ambitious, but it takes more than ambition to make a masterpiece.

Brid Hehir Wednesday 22 February 2012 comments

Time to be charitable towards ‘chuggers’

Better a street in which face-to-face fundraisers are free to annoy us than one in which they have been banned.

Patrick West Wednesday 22 February 2012 comments

That’s for the American Revolution!

Cor blimey, guv, Adele’s only gone and shown them flash buggers across the pond what talent really sounds like.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 22 February 2012 comments

Who’s afraid of the big bad ‘lone wolf’?

ESSAY: Frank Furedi on how Western society’s panic about ‘lone-wolf terrorists’ ends up empowering sad individuals who want to do harm.

David Bowden Thursday 23 February 2012 comments

D’oh! The rise and
fall of The Simpsons

The 500th episode, starring Julian Assange, proved the cartoon is no longer edgy but still kinda funny.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 23 February 2012 comments

Should Arsene and Arsenal split up?

Trophy drought, gutlessness on the pitch, and now Arsenal is no longer even loved by the commentariat.

Tom Slater Thursday 23 February 2012 comments

Making a fairytale of the First World War

He may have replaced the gore of war with the goo of War Horse, but somehow Spielberg pulls it off.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 23 February 2012 comments

Woody Allen and the perils of nostalgia

Midnight in Paris, about a novelist transported to the 1920s, shows Allen’s romantic imagination at its best.

Tim Black Thursday 23 February 2012 comments

Exploding the myth
of the Iranian Bomb

How much evidence is there that Iran is developing deadly WMDs, as Western leaders constantly claim? Not much at all. None, in fact.

Helen Reece Friday 24 February 2012 comments

Giving up too much ground to Supernanny

The Claims of Parenting is a welcome to challenge to pseudo-scientific approaches to child rearing, but the authors also overmoralise adult-child relations.

Kirk Leech Friday 24 February 2012 comments

Why moralism spoils the appetite

Adam Gopnik makes a powerful and entertaining case for why we shouldn’t ruin the aesthetic pleasure of food by adding a side order of moralism.

Kevin Rooney Friday 24 February 2012 comments

This is a grand old book to read

Richard Wilson has done something very brave in today’s anti-fan atmosphere: provided a joyous account of the fierce rivalry between Glasgow’s football giants, Celtic and Rangers.

Tim Black Friday 24 February 2012 comments

‘Comedians have a right to be offensive. But they should also be funny’

The father of a girl with Down syndrome talks to spiked about prejudice, liberty and Frankie Boyle.

Nathalie Rothschild Friday 24 February 2012 comments

New York, New York, still capital of the world

Spanning 400 years, Teresa Carpenter’s selection of snippets from New Yorkers’ diaries reveals both the magic and tragedy of this great city.

Sean Collins Friday 24 February 2012 comments

The corruption of US politics

From Occupy to the Tea Party, the obsession with corruption is far more damaging to democracy than politicians' alleged shady dealings.

Patrick Hayes Friday 24 February 2012 comments

Occupy: the farce of protest without politics

An unintentionally hilarious new book celebrating the rise of the Occupy movement exposes the flaws that have already led to Occupy’s swift demise.

James Heartfield Friday 24 February 2012 comments

A surreal commitment to Stalinism

Román Gubern and Paul Hammond’s excellent new biography of the surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel reveals the reactionary impulses behind his anarchical facade.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 24 February 2012 comments

Delving into the mind of the technocrat

Robert H Frank’s The Darwin Economy tells us little useful about the economy, but it does provide a frightening glimpse into the democracy-averse mindset of our rulers.

Gabrielle Shiner Monday 27 February 2012 comments

Feminists, leave our tits alone!

Feminist writers like Naomi Wolf are peddling pure panic in their moralistic campaigns against cosmetic surgery.

Tim Black Monday 27 February 2012 comments

How Leveson has chilled the Sun

The first Sun on Sunday is proof that elite hysteria about ‘tabloid culture’ is taming and dulling the tabloids.

Mick Hume Monday 27 February 2012 comments

The danger of reporters becoming ‘crusaders’

The death of courageous war reporter Marie Colvin in Syria was a tragedy – but not a justification for further Western intervention.

Ben Pile Tuesday 28 February 2012 comments

Greens, face it: we’re just not that into you

As ‘Fakegate’ inconvenient truth for greens is there is no denialist conspiracy blocking climate-change action.

Kate Prengel Tuesday 28 February 2012 comments

It’s not all about
human-rights abuses

China possesses one of the world’s hottest, most vibrant art scenes – if only Westerners could see it.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 28 February 2012 comments

The war on workfare is worse than workfare itself

The pity and tears of the anti-workfare lobby are far more insulting to working-class youth than asking them to stack shelves in Tesco.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 29 February 2012 comments

Let’s call it quits on the equality law

The Equality Act is less about ending oppression and more about enforcing state-approved behaviour.

Tom Finn-Kelcey Wednesday 29 February 2012 comments

Teach knowledge,
not work-life skills

For too long, vocational qualifications at schools have been used to lower the horizons of working-class kids.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 29 February 2012 comments

Obama is out-Bushing Bush, and no one minds

That Obama has received so little flak over police spying on Muslims suggests Democrats can get away with far more than Republicans.