This Life will eat itself
The sequel to the trendsetting Nineties series was more self-regarding 'reality TV' than real-world drama.
‘Dangerous dogs’: code for underclass Britain
Behind the headlines about crazed pitbulls there's a salacious contempt for certain sorts of people.
|Thursday 4 January 2007|
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me The Facts!
A science charity explains why it has created a helpline for celebs to check their facts before endorsing dodgy campaigns.
Are you the Person of the Year?
Time's claim that we web surfers have 'changed the world' shows how low our aspirations for change have sunk.
What is the ethical way to detox?
Ask Ethan: Our eco-columnist offers advice on how to cleanse your mind, body and the planet in the New Year.
They couldn’t organise a hanging on a gallows
The furore over Saddam's 'X-ecution Factor' hanging reveals the state of Iraq – and the West's state of mind.
|Friday 5 January 2007|
My New Year’s Dis-Honours List
The gayest team, most po-faced censors and other Football Awards for 2006.
Sex at 16 - but no smoking afterwards
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.
There is no ‘paradox of prosperity’
So what if material progress doesn't always make us happy? It's still a good thing, and here's why.
|Monday 8 January 2007|
Perfume? It's a stinker
The big screen adaptation of Patrick Suskind's 'unfilmable' bestselling novel leaves a bad smell.
Who’s afraid of ‘Frankenbunnies’?
Scientists should vigorously oppose the UK authorities' clampdown on research involving 'hybrid' embryos.
The government is for turning
As U-turn follows U-turn, New Labour is looking more and more like a party devoid of direction.
|Tuesday 9 January 2007|
Testing times for literacy
Declining standards cannot be reversed in the classroom alone - we need to recreate a passion for words in society at large.
Ugly Betty, the global drama-comedy franchise, hammers a familiar message: it's the inside that counts.
‘Issue politics’? This is issue-avoidance politics
From Ruth Kelly's school choice to the footage of Saddam's hanging: why do we discuss everything but 'the thing' itself?
The truth about organic food
It’s not healthier or Greener, and it's incapable of feeding the world. So why is it back in fashion?
|Wednesday 10 January 2007|
‘Something here stinks’
A report from smelly Manhattan on the various conspiracy theories about that New York 'gas cloud'.
A queer rally
The torch-lit protest by religious groups against gay rights regulations looked like a game of 'victim one-upmanship'.
How to create Africa’s Afghanistan
Just when long-suffering Somalis think things cannot get worse, along come US helicopter gunships.
|Thursday 11 January 2007|
Apocalypto: Maya culpa
Mel Gibson's action-adventure depicting the fall of Mayan society is an anxious allegory about humanity today.
The EU’s post-industrial revolution
José Manuel Barroso's new energy policy represents a retreat from development driven by fear.
How can we bring people back down to Earth?
Ask Ethan: Our eco-columnist disagrees with Tony Blair – it is practical to stop flying.
|Friday 12 January 2007|
Special needs are universal now
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.
The FA Cup is little more than an enjoyable distraction from the serious business of League football.
‘If I am sent back, I will be jobless’
Emily Hill meets some of the highly skilled immigrants whose lives have been turned upside down by New Labour’s knee-jerkism.
The anti-MMR gravy train derailed
Revealed: How more than £15million of legal aid funding was spent by lawyers trying and failing to prove that the MMR vaccination causes autism.
|Monday 15 January 2007|
A very trying satire
Laughs and insight are thin on the ground in the wishful drama The Trial of Tony Blair, showing on More4 tonight.
Life’s too short to be ‘carbon neutral’
Measuring everything we do by how much carbon it produces is a contemporary form of penance.
Why I applauded the ‘BNP ballerina’
Who cares what Simone Clarke thinks in private? Her performance as Giselle was sprightly, springy and brilliant.
|Tuesday 16 January 2007|
Should we be afraid of State 2.0?
When it comes to state surveillance, the problem is not the computers but a climate of fear and insecurity.
Iraq: now it’s a ‘gesture invasion’
President Bush's surge of an extra 20,000 troops is a political stunt rather than a military tactic.
We’ve never had it so good
Interview: Indur Goklany, author of The Improving State of the World, slaps down today's voguish pessimists with some eye-opening facts.
|Wednesday 17 January 2007|
A United Kingdom of Britain and France?
Revelations that the British and French discussed a merger in 1956 have been greeted with guffaws. It’s not that shocking.
Ghosts in the immigration machine
Nick Broomfield’s film about the Morecambe Bay tragedy is emotive, but it fails to ask any probing questions.
In praise of the IVF ‘miracle maker’
A mother treated at Mohamed Taranissi’s groundbreaking clinic in London defends him against the Panorama/HFEA witch-hunt.
|Thursday 18 January 2007|
Is it ethical to build a new bathroom?
Our columnist offers advice on the green alternative to wasteful washing, brushing and flushing.
Beck where he belongs
Los Angeles is filled with people who are more famous than talented. David Beckham should fit right in.
Look at the State they're in
Why is the Home Office demonstrating all the smooth-running efficiency of an Iraqi hangman?
|Friday 19 January 2007|
Get a First Life
The desire to escape the real world and 'live' in online games like Second Life is no longer limited to lonely geeks.
All the world’s a reality TV studio
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's columns this week in The Times (London).
Celebrity Big Brother: a Zzzz-list scandal
What’s behind the international handwringing over ‘Jade v Shilpa’?
Behind the IVF ‘trial by television’
There is more to the HFEA regulators' pursuit of top infertility doctor Mohamed Taranissi than meets the viewer's eye.
|Monday 22 January 2007|
Tagged as a nuisance
Following the death of two ‘taggers’ in east London, chattering graffitists want a clampdown on those who give their art a bad name.
The open-air health scare
BBC TV's Street Doctor shows that there's nowhere to hide from today's tyranny of health advice.
Gambling addiction: a panic at odds with reality
Top doctors, business consultants and officials reckon we could all end up enslaved by the slot machines. Wanna bet?
|Tuesday 23 January 2007|
Time to evict official anti-racism
The row over Celebrity Big Brother shows that hysterically witch-hunting 'racists' is a new British sport. Plus: Brendan O'Neill on Pete Burns.
Kevin Yuill’s enlightening new book shows that ‘affirmative action’ arose not from an optimistic vision of the future, but from despair.
Get the police out of politics
…and put some politics back in.
|Wednesday 24 January 2007|
Serbia votes, the West decides
The people have marked their ballots, yet the region's future is more likely to be decided in New York than Belgrade.
Why the baby boomers have bombed
Michael Bywater's rage against the infantilism of modern life is insightful, but ultimately immature.
Collusion ‘revelations’: disturbing but not shocking
Ten-year-late handwringing admissions that the NI security forces were in cahoots with loyalist gunmen are like therapy for the British state.
|Thursday 25 January 2007|
Skins: a skinful of stereotypes
E4's new teen drama Skins is, unfortunately, all it's cracked up to be: teen TV made by a committee of teenagers.
Fantasy football racism
Football provided the template for the racialisation of trivial incidents that led to the 'Jade v Shilpa' debacle.
Is it ethical to commemorate just one Holocaust?
Ask Ethan: Our eco-columnist offers advice on how to make Holocaust Memorial Day less speciesist and blinkered.
|Friday 26 January 2007|
Salvage some sense from Branscombe Beach
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Another small freedom goes up in smoke
Some American states are now banning smoking in cars, as legislators creep ever further into our once-private lives.
A red light against enjoying food
Do the Food Standards Agency’s ‘traffic-light’ labels take the pleasure out of eating? We ask some grocery shoppers.
A diet of misinformation
John Luik, co-author of Diet Nation, tells Rob Lyons that the obesity panic is being fattened by savvy interest groups and junk science.
|Monday 29 January 2007|
Mick Hume moves on – new editor for spiked
Six years after we launched spiked, I am vacating the editor’s chair.
|Tuesday 30 January 2007|
Over-protecting children? Bleurgh!
Interview: Kids’ TV icon Timmy Mallett hammers today's sanitisation of children's programming, but swallows the ban on junk food ads.
Wanna be a worker?
Describing yourself as 'working class' has become a way of snobbishly dismissing materialism.
Hands up if you’re suffering from Islamofatigue
Why spiked takes neither side in the ‘great political divide’ over whether Islamophobia or Islamofascism is the biggest threat.
|Wednesday 31 January 2007|
'Popcorn politics'? It sticks in the throat
Blood Diamond, the Hollywood human rights thriller set in war-torn Sierra Leone, patronises both Africans and Western cinemagoers.
In search of a 'good death'
More people may support the 'right to die', but they often change their views when their own time comes.
There is a secular inquisition that stigmatises free thinking.
Mediating the Muslim experience
The co-author of a report that caused a transatlantic stir over Britain’s ‘militant Muslim youth’ puts some of the explosive headlines in perspective.
Why the Home Office can't keep its house in order
A paranoid government that wants to put every citizen on a list and every criminal in a cell? No wonder the system seems swamped.