Is it ethical to get married?
Is it ethical to get married?
Forcing Africans to ‘adapt’ to poverty
By blaming climate change for Africa's problems, green groups have become apologists for inequality and underdevelopment.
Davos 2007: ‘Waging’ war on China
Behind their feigned concern for falling Western wages, the elites at the World Economic Forum are really worried about the rise of Asian economies.
Freedom should not be for sale
Liberty is far too precious to sacrifice in the name of tackling hoodies, ASBO kids and cranky Islamists.
The truth about lie detectors
Why is the UK government keen to introduce polygraphic tests for sex offenders, when they’re about as reliable as reading tea leaves?
|Friday 2 February 2007|
Beheading plot: the video is mightier than the sword
Read Mick Hume's columns in The Times this week.
Not quite Party Animals
The drama about political twentysomethings isn’t really the This Life replacement the Beeb was hoping for.
Platini for the People?
Claims that Michel Platini, new president of UEFA, is some kind of Robin Hood of footie are greatly exaggerated.
You’re so vain, Nick, you think this war is about you
Nick Cohen’s What’s Left? shows he is the Princess Diana of journalism, always reducing political comment to personal psychodrama.
|Monday 5 February 2007|
‘Your planet needs you!’
Food rationing, Blitz spirit, the Doomsday Clock...everyone from Prince Charles to radical greens is talking about climate change as a warlike emergency.
Corrupting the curriculum
Why is it ‘brainwashing’ when faith schools teach values but ‘raising awareness’ when the state teaches the pieties of environmentalism?
A man-made morality tale
How the IPCC’s fairly sober summary of climate science has been spun to tell a story of Fate, Doom and human folly.
|Tuesday 6 February 2007|
Kosovo gains independence - again?
Under the guise of granting sovereignty, the UN is dumping responsibility for its mess in Kosovo on to the European Union.
Fanning the child abuse controversy
Both the makers and critics of Hounddog, a film that depicts child rape, reveal America's unhealthy obsession with paedophilia.
'Genocide denial laws will shut down debate'
She's one of the best-known warriors against Holocaust denial. Yet Deborah Lipstadt thinks EU plans to ban 'genocide denial' are a disaster.
|Wednesday 7 February 2007|
Notes on an adaptation
Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal is a brilliant film based on a middling novel. So why are so many critics still banging on about the book?
Game Over for mankind?
In the BBC computer game Climate Challenge you become the president of a Europe facing disease, death and disaster. So fun all round, then.
Are we all racists and victims now?
Those who want to turn everything into a race issue today are desperate to impose a phoney new national morality.
|Thursday 8 February 2007|
With deadpan Midlands delivery, and a hilarious line in 'anti-jokes', Ted Chippington was the Eighties comedian that got away. Now he's back.
Bring down the House
The half-hearted proposed reform of the House of Lords shows that our governing class has precious little instinct for democracy.
A tale of two panics
Why are we in less of a flap about bird flu now that it has arrived in Britain than we were 18 months ago when it was a ‘spectre’ in Asia?
|Friday 9 February 2007|
A soul musical, without the soul
Girl-group biopic Dreamgirls is a decent movie, but it fails to capture the drama and energy of Sixties Detroit.
While Italy's authorities want to copy England's hooligan crackdown, our fans are trying to get beyond the power of police and stewards.
Is it ever ethical to use packaging?
Stop agonising over the pyrotechnic prig
On the mysterious letter-bomber and the bird flu outbreak: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.
Why we’re standing by our un-PC pie
A Tipton pub serving something called ‘The Michael Barrymore Pie – Faggots Swimming in Gravy’ explains itself to spiked.
Is breast milk a ‘junk food’?
Food representatives tell spiked that the Food Standards Agency's clumsy new 'scientific model' is demonising perfectly healthy grub.
|Monday 12 February 2007|
Let the death camps die
Guy Rundle reports from former Nazi camps, where ever-more morbid attempts are being made to preserve buildings, ash pits, even human hair.
Through a lens cynically
New coffee-table books offer stunning snapshots of our planet from space. Just ignore all the guff about humanity's impact being a ‘scar’.
Just how ‘charitable’ is Greenpeace?
Thomas Deichmann reports from Germany, where Greenpeace looks set to lose its charity status over its explicitly political campaigning.
|Tuesday 13 February 2007|
Massacring Valentine's Day
Now environmentalists are campaigning against 'flower miles', showing that even gifts between loved ones have been added to their killjoy hitlist.
War and deception in the Netherlands
Black Book, Paul Verhoeven’s thriller about the Dutch Resistance to Nazi rule, is a cracking movie – and it raises important questions, too.
Peckham: a suburb apart?
Claims that the South London district is a ‘war zone’ are wide of the mark, though residents recognise their lives could be far better.
|Wednesday 14 February 2007|
… ‘Dr’ Gillian McKeith?
Is Wikipedia part of a new ‘global brain’?
Everyone from Time to TV networks is singing the praises of user-generated ‘people’s content’ on the worldwide web. But is it reliable?
Mother Teresa and the ‘me, me, me’ culture
The new book Mother Teresa: Saint or Celebrity? shows that the nun was as ruthless as any other celeb in protecting her public image.
Exposed: the myth of the World Cup ‘sex slaves’
It was widely claimed that 40,000 women would be trafficked into Germany as prostitutes during the 2006 World Cup. New EU reports seen by spiked suggest that nothing of the sort happened.
|Thursday 15 February 2007|
Everyone loves Dopey Dave
David Cameron's schoolboy drug-taking appeals to those immature enough to still believe that smoking dope is rebellious.
Is it ethical to celebrate Valentine's Day?
Romantic advice from our ethical columnist.
Delivering a guilty verdict against juries
In BBC2’s reality-TV legal trial, The Verdict, it is the celebrity jury that is really on trial, rather than the defendants.
The wisdom of Noel Gallagher
Last night’s Brit Awards confirmed that the Oasis badboy has become a rare voice of reason in Britain’s preening and conformist pop scene.
The road to nowhere
Amid all the honking about congestion charges and anti-road pricing petitions, Britain's need for more roads is not even on the political map.
|Friday 16 February 2007|
A sad addiction to anti-smoking
On anti-smoking crusades and outlawing accidents: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.
My name is Patrick. I am a Top Gear viewer
In his new TV column, Patrick West confesses to having a soft spot for Jeremy Clarkson.
The England cricket team may have lost the coveted Ashes but, hey, at least they won the big shiny wotsit trophy.
America, Iran and ‘impotent imperialism’
America's stand-off with Iran shows that no one is calling the shots in the Middle East today, though all sides are firing them.
|Monday 19 February 2007|
Steering the debate in the wrong direction
For a government whose transport policy is to punish motorists, the 1.5million who signed a petition against road-pricing are a political pollutant.
Just another brick in the wall?
Lynsey Hanley’s book Estates: An Intimate History titillates the Guardian-reading class’s fascination with a poor and excluded ‘underclass’.
Censoring students at Oxford? That is so gay
Welcome to the Oxford college where students can use the word gay to refer to a homosexual man but not to describe a rubbish pool shot.
|Tuesday 20 February 2007|
A pre-emptive anti-war movement?
Why President Bush’s critics seem more convinced that America will attack Iran than does the President himself.
Nuke the consultation - let’s have a debate!
Greenpeace and the courts have delayed New Labour’s energy white paper. That’s no victory – for you, me or the planet.
Shooting down the myth of the ‘gun culture’
For all the hysterical claims about ‘teen gun gangs’ holding whole suburbs hostage, gun crime in Britain remains very rare.
|Wednesday 21 February 2007|
The other e-petition
A Hampshire photographer has taken a stand against the suspicion and restrictions snappers face due to the 'paedophile panic'.
Can you trust NHS Direct?
Following a strange incident involving toddlers, Tixylix and a visit from the authorities, one family has its doubts.
Britney: a tale of our ‘Toxic’ times?
Now even a celebrity breakdown has to be staged in public for the cameras.
|Thursday 22 February 2007|
Lighten up, and let the patients light up
Banning smoking in psychiatric institutions - where patients can't just step outside for a fag - is madness.
HFEA in 'sensible decision' shock!
Britain's fertility regulator has decided that women should be free to donate their eggs for genetic research. About time.
It’s marriage, Jim, but not as we know it
The focus on the falling marriage rate misses the point that even when people do get hitched today, they're often still fearful of intimacy.
|Friday 23 February 2007|
The rehab don't work, so don't go, go, go
On road-pricing and how rehab became the 'the new black': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.
Is it ethical to send letter bombs?
Our ethical columnist on how to make protest part of your everyday life.
Morning TV: it’s awful but I love it
Why waste your mornings making smoothies and reading the Guardian when you could be watching trash telly?
A film about sleep that makes you yawn
In exploring the weird world of the subconcious, Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep snoozes on plot and character.
Congratulations, you’ve got junk mail worth reading
Two commonsense, anti-killjoy chain letters are making the rounds on the web. spiked traced their origins and spoke to the authors.
|Monday 26 February 2007|
Worshipping a Bollywood actress? How backward
A Bombay-based writer is shocked by the British elite’s transformation of Shilpa Shetty into a high priestess of unity.
Tyranny of the individual
House of Fraser’s removal of an ‘offensive’ ad following a single complaint shows that any sensitive soul can play the chief censor these days.
Oliver James' new book: it could f*** you up
In Affluenza, the clinical psychologist argues that money is driving us insane. In fact, he's the one who seems a few cents short of a dollar.
|Tuesday 27 February 2007|
A snuff movie for the arthouse crowd
The Bridge, which shows 23 people jumping to their deaths from Golden Gate Bridge, teeters on the edge of celebrating suicide.
Naming and shaming ‘enviro-criminals’
Like a poor man’s FBI Most Wanted List, Gloucester Council in England is publishing photos of those it deems guilty of anti-green crimes.
Weighing into family life
The case of Connor McCreaddie, a fat eight-year-old from Newcastle, shows that the obesity panic is taking away our rights - and even our children.
|Wednesday 28 February 2007|
Red Ken’s green tyranny
A 50-Year Plan of petty rules: the London mayor's climate change proposals show you can justify anything in the name of 'saving the planet'.
There should be no covering-up in court
A barrister argues that allowing Muslim women to wear the veil in courtrooms is an affront to open justice.
No, the Conservatives still can’t win an election
...but New Labour could lose against Cameron’s Not-the-Tory-Party.