29 December 2008

The curious victory of Conor Cruise O’Brien

The arch revisionist of Irish history is now denounced as an intellectual eccentric. Yet his misanthropic vision governs modern Ireland; he was the Grandfather of the Peace Process.

The problem with Pinteresque politics

The same qualities that made Harold Pinter one of the great dramatists – free association, non-sequiturs, jarring juxtapositions, unreliable recollections – also made him a bad political activist.

6 November 2008

Michael Crichton, RIP

Farewell to the author who supported spiked spiritually and financially.

1 February 2008

Jeremy Beadle:
comic genius

Ignore the cant-fuelled attacks by envious members of the chattering classes on Jeremy Beadle. He was a man who ‘got’ humour.

11 September 2007

Anita Roddick: prophet of Green Capitalism

The founder of The Body Shop has died – but not before helping to move exhausted industrial capitalism towards a new life as ‘capitalism without growth’.

5 September 2007

Remembering Dave Hallsworth

An obituary by Mick Hume.

19 June 2007

Bernard Manning:
the oldest and truest punk in town

Some brief thoughts penned in sorrow upon hearing of the death of the foul-mouthed comedian.

24 April 2007

Yeltsin: the West’s hero-turned-scapegoat

From ‘warrior for democracy’ to drunken buffoon: the former Russian president’s reputation was made and broken by Western pundits.

10 April 2007

In memory of Gina Owens

Helene Guldberg and Wendy Earle pay tribute to a long-time supporter of spiked who died last month.

14 March 2006

After Milosevic

Why the international community turned the ineffectual, authoritarian former president of Yugoslavia into evil personified.