Avoiding the state of the union
Bush's Middle Eastern policy is in chaos - so why was it the centrepiece of his presidential address?
Offside, 2 February
The police are cracking down on badge-kissing celebrations.
There’s more to life than security
If ‘freedom from harm’ is the ultimate right, liberty loses out.
That joke isn’t funny anymore
What's the point of satire when comedians fail to tackle the new taboos?
Who skews crime reporting?
Before fantasising about institutional racism in the media, police chief Sir Ian Blair should read some newspapers - and the Met's own press releases.
The making of Mozart
spiked-TV: Let's wind up the nature/nurture debate about musical genius. Life is more complicated than that.
Transport trends: the good news
A new government report shows that the British public is more mobile than ever before. But policy-makers see that as a problem.
|Friday 3 February 2006|
The press should be free to ridicule Islam
On the European controversy about those Danish cartoons.
Free speech, not ‘Me! Me! Me! speech’
Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the religious hatred bill.
|Monday 6 February 2006|
A sickening White Paper
The government's proposed 'health MOTs' will merely encourage more and more people to see themselves as ill.
Those cartoons: a caricatured argument
All of this heat about the Danish cartoons is shedding no light on the important questions of free speech, genuine tolerance, multiculturalism and society today.
|Tuesday 7 February 2006|
Herceptin: The politics of ‘Her Too’
The ongoing controversy over the breast cancer 'wonder drug' has become divisive and dangerous.
|Thursday 9 February 2006|
New Orleans and the New Urban vision
Progressive architects have left the building.
Hidden: Guilty viewing
spiked-film: Is Michel Haneke's new film worth seeking out?
Flight pledge: Grounding passengers
Who wants to sign an agreement to limit the number of flights we take a year?
Experts warn that winning millions could ruin your life. Chance would be a fine thing.
Offside, 9 February
There is a gulf between Geordie delusions of grandeur and Newcastle's woeful under-achievement.
Chimps and humans: what’s in a name?
Whether we classify chimpanzees as pan or homo is a matter for evolutionary biology - not morality.
Can technology make us more or less human?
A new publication explores the hopes and fears for smart pills, life extension and cosmetic surgery.
Abu Hamza: imprisoned for talking rubbish
His incarceration for incitement is the political equivalent of a panto villain being booed off stage by excitable kids.
|Friday 10 February 2006|
How could this ranting crank ‘brainwash’ anybody?
Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on Abu Hamza.
|Monday 13 February 2006|
A tale of two demos
Saturday's demonstration of moderate Muslims was presented as a peaceful counter to last week's aggressive gathering. In fact, similar resentments seemed to simmer beneath both.
|Tuesday 14 February 2006|
Testing adult authority
The UK government wants to turn teachers into shock troops against kids' bad behaviour. Not surprisingly, teachers aren't too keen.
New York debates Iraq
A series of debates about US foreign policy ranged from dull predictability to childish ranting. Isn't there another way?
Gordon Brown’s tyranny of security
What life, liberty and politics would be like if he were to become prime minister.
|Thursday 16 February 2006|
Making a novelty of youth
Is our obsession with instant celebrity cutting off young novelists in the bud?
Yes Man? No thanks
Danny Wallace’s popular cod-philosophy that it’s good to say yes is more conservative than it sounds.
It’s not a fair cop, guv
spiked-TV: How Life on Mars, the BBC’s send-up of Seventies cop-show The Sweeney, missed the mark.
A victory for the inner teacher’s pet
There’s much more at stake here than the ‘right to smoke’.
Smoking out the facts
The ban on public smoking is justified as a measure to protect workers from second-hand smoke. But how big is the risk?
|Friday 17 February 2006|
George Clooney’s black-and-white politics
spiked-film: Good Night and Good Luck, Clooney's tribute to broadcasters who stood up to Joseph McCarthy, is a deeply conservative movie.
Why Labour begrudges grammar schools
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
|Tuesday 21 February 2006|
Free speech in Europe: it’s all or nothing
As British historian David Irving is imprisoned in Austria for Holocaust denial, read this spiked article first published in December last year.
Geoff Mulgan's new organisation Involve seeks to 'put people at the heart of decision-making'. But what decisions, and why?
The stigma of smoking
As the smoker has become a pariah, sufferers from lung cancer have become the lepers of the twenty-first century.
|Thursday 23 February 2006|
Municipal why fi?
Will Islington Council's wireless internet connections really 'promote social inclusion'?
Death in the Ozon layer
spiked-film: Unlike other films, François Ozon’s Le Temps Qui Reste manages to do ‘dying with dignity’ well.
Frey’s fictional memory syndrome
Does it matter if misery memoirs are not absolutely true?
Offside, 23 February
The FA may be pawning the family silverware, but sponsorship is not the reason the Cup has been devalued.
Pro-Test: supporting animal testing
A new campaign by Oxford students makes the case for scientific progress and medical research.
Speciesism: a beastly concept
Why it is morally right to use animals to our ends.
Balkanisation by another name
In the talks about Kosovo's future, the former Yugoslavia is being treated as a carcass to be dissected by Western diplomats.
Bird flu: an infectious panic
Even if bird flu does transform into a human pandemic, we are better placed to tackle it than ever before in history.
Gossip dressed up as investigative journalism
Conspiracy theories about everything from Iraq to Hurricane Katrina to spiked writers are polluting the mainstream media.
Bird flu and Chicken Little culture
Why are critics of the politics of fear turning into scaremongers about the threat of an avian flu pandemic?
|Friday 24 February 2006|
Animal testing: Qui vive?
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
My co-dependent relationship with daytime TV
spiked-TV: How I got lured into that twilight world of white trash-baiting and gay conformism.
|Tuesday 28 February 2006|
Gender pay gap: what’s it worth?
There's more to life than equal pay.
Don’t touch those kids!
New research reveals why teachers and childcare workers now avoid putting a plaster on a child's leg - even though they know the rules are ridiculous.