Putting the human back into humanism
The real threat to humanism today does not come from religious cranks and creationists, but from an army of secular misanthropes.
|Thursday 2 November 2006|
You can’t make heritage hip
Why are organisations like the National Trust trying to get uninterested yoof into their historic houses?
Got a problem? Blame global warming!
From allergies to maple syrup shortages to yellow fever: apparently every contemporary ill is caused by climate change.
Abort these lazy anti-choice arguments
How a tentative study from New Zealand about abortion and mental health was turned into cast-iron evidence that abortion makes women mad.
|Friday 3 November 2006|
Bonfire night: an annual display of pyrotechnical correctness
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times.
Don’t stand for it
West Ham have banned fans for 'persistent standing': another restriction on our freedom to support teams the way we want to.
A degree of small-mindedness
If students keep demanding that education should be about ‘value for money’, they should stop whingeing about top-up fees.
Eastern Europeans: the new ‘white niggers’
Scare stories about criminal gangs from Romania and Bulgaria fit perfectly with today's anti-racist racism.
Why do we submit to the ‘surveillance society’?
Britain's over-surveillance is about more than spycams and ID cards - it is part of a broader culture of deference to authority.
|Monday 6 November 2006|
Mine your own business
A new film on the 'dark side of environmentalism' exposes some of the myths used to block the building of mines and hold back development.
U TXTing 2 me?
The joys and perils of mobile phone use: a report on the live spiked/O2 debate on young people and their mobiles.
The Coalition has been ‘Saddamned’ by this trial, too
America and Britain's claims to moral authority look set to be buried alongside Saddam Hussein.
|Tuesday 7 November 2006|
Nursing a grudge against smokers
The increasing intolerance of smoking by health workers is manipulative and moralistic, argues a London-based nurse.
The joke is on the
'US and A'
He's been condemned by Kazhakstan and Gypsy and Jewish pressure groups, yet the real butt of Borat’s gags are rushing to the cinemas.
A march of middle-class miserabilists
Strip away the singing and dancing, and Saturday's climate change demo was a demand for less debate and more authoritarianism.
|Wednesday 8 November 2006|
The big issue in NY? Mid-term mechanics
Opinion polls, surveys, voter registration patterns: in the absence of politics everyone is obsessing over the technical process instead.
Bush is far from the only lame duck today
America's mid-term elections reveal a political class adrift in midstream.
|Thursday 9 November 2006|
Banksy woz ere - unfortunately
Why does the 'guerrilla artist' beloved of fashionistas paint on the street? So that he can insult the man in the street.
Adults behaving badly
The real problem today is not that 'yoofs' are running riot, but that grown-ups lack the confidence to engage with them.
The ‘school meals revolution’: a dog’s dinner
Scare stories about kids eating 'shit' have created a crisis in school dinners. What a shock.
|Friday 10 November 2006|
Give us this day our daily organic loaf
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook on the new eco-religion in The Times (London).
More political buffoon than military hardman
Donald Rumsfeld has a lot to answer for. So do the neocons and commentators currently cheering his demise.
The myth of ‘anti-white racism’
The presentation of the murder of a white boy in Glasgow as racially motivated distorts the facts for cynical political gain.
What next, a tomb of the unknown pigeon?
From sniffer dogs to glow-worms: why society is celebrating the ‘sacrifices’ of animals in war.
Blogs: the future of political journalism?
A New York debate about blogging was big on buzz but short on ideas.
|Monday 13 November 2006|
Setting the Poles apart
What does the European Union do when accused of collaborating with the CIA on human rights abuses? Blame Poland.
Why did they put me in a cardigan?
In my first-ever depiction on the London stage the actor gets my words right, but my look wrong.
If there’s one thing far worse than the BNP…
...it is using a botched political prosecution of that far-right party as another stick to beat free speech and jury trials.
|Tuesday 14 November 2006|
Tempted by terror
To lose a few citizens to radical Islam is unfortunate. To lose as many as 1,600 (according to the MI5 boss) could be considered careless.
Get off the couch!
In the run-up to a debate in New York this week, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick says we should stop surrendering our sovereignty to the 'therapeutic state'.
How the condom became a metaphor for caution
In promoting ‘barrier’ contraceptives to the young, the British government is spreading a risk-averse message: Think Before You Act!
|Wednesday 15 November 2006|
Every silver lining has a cloud
A freelance science writer asks why greens seem so opposed to one scientist’s proposal for stabilising global temperatures.
Overthrowing the father
Bettina Aptheker accuses her Communist dad of sexual abuse, in a depressing memoir of the descent from free speech campaigner to victim-feminist.
Queen’s speech: an appointment with fear
Blair's legacy will be a government defined by insecurity, internal confusion and the petty regulation of our lives.
|Thursday 16 November 2006|
Behind Blair’s ‘bigging up’ of science
There's more to scientific endeavour than meeting confused government targets.
Let fans deal with the ref
Referees are still 'the wankers in the black', but the game will suffer if we over-regulate their antics.
'What is the most ethical way to commit suicide?'
New on spiked: 'Ask Ethan'. Our columnist Ethan Greenhart answers your soul-searching questions about how to live the green and ethical life.
|Friday 17 November 2006|
Eavesdropping on Owen
On BBC Radio 3 this weekend British General Richard Dannatt cynically uses the poetry of Wilfred Owen to try to connect with the common squaddie.
Personally, I’d take her by the left leg and throw her down the stairs
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Back to skool
When officials offer parents lessons in singing nursery rhymes, it's no wonder some are losing confidence in their abilities.
Who should be crowned King of the Killjoys?
From turning off the Christmas lights to cutting down conker trees: we want your nominations for Miserabilist of the Year.
|Monday 20 November 2006|
Abortion: some messages can’t be massaged
It's time to ditch the spin and tell the truth about why women have abortions, and what would happen if they were denied them.
Shop till global injustice drops!
Can you change the world by changing your brand of skinny latte? Two new films give very different views.
‘There are weird men out there…’
'Drug rape' has been exposed as an urban myth, yet some London students say they'll still be putting a thumb over the top of their Becks.
Drink-spiking: a morality tale for our times
Despite a dearth of evidence, the authorities are still promoting scare stories about the dangers of being 'spiked' and raped. Why?
|Tuesday 21 November 2006|
Who’s afraid of extremism on campus?
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's column in The Times (London).
Multiculturalism: there is no alternative
A conference in London exposed the authoritarian bent to diversity policies.
A green bill of health?
Natural England's claim that 'contact with nature' can improve mental and physical wellbeing is both silly and sinister.
|Wednesday 22 November 2006|
Stemming scientific endeavour
Research involving the transfer of a nucleus from a human cell into an animal cell is being stifled by religious and government officials.
Now that’s what I call binge-drinking
Never mind the alcopops: Paul Watson's film Rain in my Heart showed that alcohol abuse is rarer and more complex than some people think.
The age of PR imperialism
From Afghanistan to Darfur, all the world's a stage for image-conscious statesmen.
|Thursday 23 November 2006|
Diversity is divisive
A new manifesto looks set to kickstart a debate about how multiculturalism fosters tribalism and political victimhood.
Why do we have such naff nicknames?
European footballers are called ‘The Divine Ponytail’ or ‘The Vulture’. We have Gazza and Scholesy. We need a Nickname Tsar.
'Is it ethical to give money to African charities?'
Ask Ethan: Our columnist Ethan Greenhart offers more advice on how to live the green and ethical life.
Down with the Supernanny State
When ministers and TV gurus constantly bang on about the pitfalls of parenting, it is little wonder that some mums and dads feel they 'can't cope'.
|Friday 24 November 2006|
Bully and the beasts
Anti-bullying initiatives show that schoolyard relations are now viewed through the prism of animal behaviour.
Why wi-fi phobia makes me sick
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Neither shaken nor stirred
Forget Q, tits, ass, Aston Martins, cocked eyebrows and post-killing quips: Bond’s been in therapy.
Advertising is a free speech issue
The ban on junk food ads on British TV is far more 'mind-controlling' than anything a cynical adman could come up with.
|Monday 27 November 2006|
Give cardiac a rest
A campaign coaxing men to dial 999 if they feel a pain in the chest will make more 'worried well', and possibly delay treatment for the really ill.
Toynbee and the tossers
The Tories' adoption of Guardianista Polly Toynbee as their latest guru shows how degraded is contemporary thinking on equality.
Alexander Litvinenko: a murder mystery, not a Cold War thriller
Why are some in the West using the death of a former spy to redraw the East-West divide?
|Tuesday 28 November 2006|
Time to stop monkeying around
One supporter of vivisection says a BBC documentary revealed the benefits of animal research - and the need for tough arguments to defend it.
Slaves to self-flagellation
Tony Blair's half-apology for the slave trade has been hailed as noble. In fact it was more for his benefit than anyone else's.
Who killed the school trip?
The UK government wants children to get out and about - but it was its own suspicious regulation of adults that cast a cloud over such adventures.
|Wednesday 29 November 2006|
A photographer’s life
From the formal portrait to the casual family snapshot, Annie Leibovitz always manages to reveal her subject’s humanity.
Creativity by numbers
The UK Creative Partnerships scheme for deprived schools seems more interested in exercising children’s bodies rather than their minds.
Why I still love Cosmo Kramer
Comedian Michael Richards might be a ranting ass, but that doesn’t mean we can never laugh at Seinfeld again.
|Thursday 30 November 2006|
Is it ethical to go Down Under for the Ashes?
Ask Ethan: Our columnist offers more advice on how to live the green and ethical life.
Putting Russia in the frame
The response to Alexander Litvinenko’s death implies that all Russians are collectively guilty of skulduggery.
Time to ‘talk turkey’ about Turkey – and the EU
The controversies over Turkey and the West will not be resolved by people hiding their arguments behind the Pope, the Greek Cypriots or the EU.