Obituaries
obituaries

Obituaries

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.

23 August 2005

Mo Mowlam and the politics of disgruntlement

Everyone agrees that she was a 'breath of fresh air', but what exactly did she stand for?