Not falling, dancing
Such is choreographer Russell Maliphant’s eye for discipline that he can even make a ‘broken fall’ into a work of art.
The EC’s message to the people of Europe: make do and mend
The latest European campaign on climate change is driven by killjoy arguments for rationing and restraint.
The meaning of football
In the run-up to next week’s spiked-debate on the World Cup, we muse over soccerism, Wayne’s toe, and how the Fall of Public Man has been offset by the Rise of Soccer Bloke.
|Friday 2 June 2006|
‘Animals are less valuable than human beings’
Leading researcher John Martin tells Helene Guldberg why it is morally justifiable to cause heart attacks in rats - and why he isn't scared of animal rights extremists.
|Monday 5 June 2006|
There’s more to life than avoiding death
Philip Roth’s new novel Everyman explores what happens when we obsess too much about life’s final ‘reality check’.
What’s wrong with ‘do-it-yourself’ abortions?
The abortion pill is safe and effective, says the chief executive of Britain’s largest specialist abortion provider. So why all the fuss about the fact that more women are taking it?
'We have some planes...and not much else'
Paul Greengrass' United 93 is chilling and tragic, but it also lays bare the essential smallness of 9/11.
|Tuesday 6 June 2006|
World Cup: now it’s the Football of Fear
Before a ball has been kicked, our festival of the beautiful game has already been depicted as an ugly carnival of all that is wrong with the world.
Offside, 6 June
The French don't deserve a great football team.
|Wednesday 7 June 2006|
Repeating the anti-terror soap opera
How did the police get a terror raid so wrong (again)?
‘Reparations are a substitute for progressive politics’
The author of a new book on the reparations industry, John Torpey, explains why payouts for past suffering are not the way forward.
Has the bella game gone brutta?
A crisis in Italian football? Don't believe the British hype.
|Thursday 8 June 2006|
Pay As You Eat
spiked-TV: Giles Coren's Tax the Fat was more facetious than factual.
A Great Aping of humans’ rights
Even Spain is starting to recognise apes’ rights. We should stop looking to chimps to renew human civilisation.
Offside, 9 June
Peter Crouch: just because he makes us laugh doesn't make him an international footballer.
Paranoid about the ‘risk supporter’
Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the UK government's World Cup crackdown.
|Friday 9 June 2006|
A tyranny of ‘respect’
The UK government's obsession with tackling antisocial behaviour is making society even more lonely and fragmented.
|Sunday 11 June 2006|
In the name of preventing terrorism, public bodies could get new powers to read our emails. But what about privacy?
The UK government wants to relax gambling restrictions - as long as we all agree to gamble sensibly.
|Monday 12 June 2006|
Don’t grass, take responsibility
The UK government's latest leaked initiative for dealing with antisocial behaviour seems designed to turn us into a nation of squealers.
On the enduring attraction of a quarrelsome German philosopher who went bananas.
|Tuesday 13 June 2006|
How self-interested students helped to undermine the industrial action by British university lecturers seeking more pay.
Zarqawi: Western fearmongering made flesh
Loretta Napoleoni, author of Insurgent Iraq: Al-Zarqawi and the New Generation, on how a nobody became the most notorious terrorist in the world.
|Wednesday 14 June 2006|
Making a minefield of motherhood
Why are fewer women having children? Exposure to endless panics about the dangers of parenting might have something to do with it.
The war on terror self-destructs
But we still need a Culture War on cynicism.
World Cup - the new political football
New Labour wants to use football as a form of national therapy.
|Thursday 15 June 2006|
East Timor: when nation-building destroys
The Pacific state’s slide into turmoil exposes the hollowness of the ‘independence’ granted to it by the UN.
Doctors cannot stop domestic violence
The campaign to get GPs to 'screen' their patients for signs of abuse is based on the poisonous idea that violence between partners is widespread.
Why we should save Venice
Ignore the doom-mongers and philistines – it is both possible and desirable to rescue Venice from sinking into the sea.
|Friday 16 June 2006|
The fear-and-terror circus comes to Forest Gate
The media are still looking for answers on Lansdown Road, but shouldn’t they be directing their enquiries elsewhere?
‘Now children, put yourselves in Osama’s shoes…’
Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on what schools are teaching teenagers about terrorism.
Swiss cheesy humour
Our man in Germany soaks up the sun and Europeans’ idea of fun at the France-Switzerland game.
The beautiful game, and the blame game
After ugly wins over Paraguay and Trinidad, Sven is devoting his energies to thinking up (rubbish) excuses for England’s poor performances.
Achtung! Kick politics and morality out of football
A Frankfurt-based journalist and football fan tackles the German government for trying to reinvent the nation around the World Cup.
|Monday 19 June 2006|
Can we have our punditry balls back please?
TV commentary on the World Cup has been disappointingly cosy and conformist.
Animal research: it’s time to open this can of worms
Universities should go public about their experiments on animals, and win society over.
Stop witch-hunting Wakefield
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick has been a staunch critic of Dr Andrew Wakefield, who kickstarted the MMR-autism scare. So why is he defending him against the General Medical Council?
|Tuesday 20 June 2006|
Long live the queens
After those worthy mid-West cowboys, it’s almost a relief to see bitchy homos back on the big screen in Colour Me Kubrick.
Deciding the ‘common good’ by committee
At the Compass conference in London, elitist conservatism marched under the banner of the old left.
Hawking, we have a problem
Surely Stephen Hawking could have made a better case for space travel than by arguing that humans face certain disaster on Earth?
|Wednesday 21 June 2006|
The politics of a paedophile panic
Why supporters and opponents of 'Sarah's Law' are as bad as one another.
|Thursday 22 June 2006|
Ronaldo: the new Big Ron
What should be the abiding memory of World Cup 2006? The renaissance of the fat footballer.
Stop weeping over whaling
The attack on Japan for continuing to hunt whales is cultural imperialism dressed up in PC lingo.
Trafficking in dubious horror stories
Meet the unholy alliance of Bushies, Christians and feminists trying to convince us that World Cup 2006 is a cesspit of trafficked women and sex-slavery.
|Friday 23 June 2006|
Two sessions at a recent event hosted by the New York Times Magazine provided insights into the coverage of the Iraq war, and the state of US politics.
From Sarah’s Law to Sven’s Law: politicians desperate to connect
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
It’s cynicism that is corrupting politics
Widespread accusations of corruption in American business and politics are filling the gap left by the decline of genuine debate.
Somalia: killed by ‘kindness’
The east African state is a case study in how today's humanitarian intervention can be even more lethal than the old White Man's Burden.
|Monday 26 June 2006|
A taste of their own medicine?
Don’t rejoice in the irony that social workers are now having their private lives interrogated by an unaccountable body – it’s an ominous sign of the times.
Aussie rules in the Pacific
Why Australian prime minister John Howard is slated for supporting the war in Iraq but cheered for reconquering the Solomon Islands and East Timor.
Is the West committing suicide?
Former British minister Chris Smith spurned the offer of after-dinner speeches to write about the crisis of civilisation instead. So, was it worth it?
|Tuesday 27 June 2006|
Meet the Malthusians manipulating the fear of terror
From climate change doom-mongers to population alarmists, every kind of fear entrepreneur is piggy-backing on the ‘war on terrorism’.
|Wednesday 28 June 2006|
You can’t tackle divisions by promoting diversity
Where does the Commission for Racial Equality, official celebrator of difference, get off blaming parents for racial segregation in schools?
A rights kerfuffle
New Labour's Human Rights Act and the Tories' proposed British Bill of Rights share the same elitist prejudice: that ‘rights’ are gifts granted by governments and judges.
|Thursday 29 June 2006|
Who’s afraid of the God squad?
From God’s Next Army to The Convent - why TV is so suspicious of religious conviction.
The ‘shock and awe’ of a lanky footballer
Why every World Cup team wants its very own beanpole like Peter Crouch.
A miserabilist history of the twentieth century
Niall Ferguson’s War of the World is shot through with a negative view of progress and some dubious socio-biological thinking.
A terrifying confection
By reversing the roles of abuser and victim, Hard Candy sheds light on the paedophile panic and fears of the mob.
|Friday 30 June 2006|
Charlie and the Chocolate Panic
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Turning Palestinians into the basket cases of the world
The ‘friends of Palestine’ in the West have reduced Palestinians to the status of children, incapable of running their own lives much less an independent state.