The 'Snarling' Cup: when in doubt, start a fight
The Chelsea/Arsenal brawl was great entertainment, but it wasn't enought to revive the Carling Cup.
Bless me father, for I have shopped
In our era of ethical shopping, it's no longer a question of what's hot this season so much as what's right this season.
Pimp My Genocide
The prostitution of the G-word for cynical political ends has given rise to a grisly new international gameshow.
|Friday 2 March 2007|
Is it ethical to send my child to school?
Our ethical columnist gives advice on a proper education.
These Lilliputians make even Prescott look like a fat-gutted Gulliver
Read Mick Hume, in The Times (London), on the contest for the deputy leadership of the UK Labour Party.
American TV’s love-hate relationship with Brits
The Americans declared independence in 1776, yet their TV depictions of Britons show they're still emotionally attached.
Can't buy me justice
During Fairtrade Fortnight, ‘ethical shopping’ might reduce Western guilt but it does little to reduce Third World poverty.
|Monday 5 March 2007|
If we want open borders, we need open debate
The Oxford students calling for the censure of an anti-immigration professor are selling short both the case for open borders and academic freedom.
A demented approach to the ageing population
Scary headlines about a 'dementia timebomb' expose today's miserabilist view of the human success story that is longer life.
|Tuesday 6 March 2007|
Why they won’t leave lone parents alone
Plans to get more single mums off benefits are less about saving money and more about saving children from the 'wrong' kind of parental love.
Lib Dems: riding the waves of anti-political cynicism
Devoid of any real constituency or purpose, the 'third force' in British politics only succeeds when the big parties fail.
What’s behind the ‘new anti-Semitism’?
The game of ‘spot the anti-Semite’ currently being played in intellectual circles misses what is new in expressions of the oldest prejudice today.
|Wednesday 7 March 2007|
Out of Africa?
Described as the authentic voice of Africans, new film Bamako is actually more of an indulgent treat for guilt-ridden Westerners.
Forty metres of junk
Artist Mark Wallinger's recreation of Brian Haw's anti-war protest has been hailed as brave political art. In fact, it's not political, nor is it art.
...the Atkins diet?
It’s a scandal that this scandal is the news
We name the guilty parties in the latest 'UK government cover-up' story: the political class, the police, and the media.
|Thursday 8 March 2007|
A pick’n’mix attitude to free speech
Many have rallied around a Cambridge student disciplined for publishing an anti-Islamic cartoon. What about other instances of campus censorship?
Slave Britain: chained to an outdated label
Describing trafficking as the 'new slavery' might flatter the egos of those who campaign against it, but it does little to challenge today's injustices.
Is it ethical to write a book?
Our columnist suggests the fashion for writing eco-books may be wasteful.
In praise of big cities
Before next week’s spiked seminar on housing, a speaker carries out a controlled demolition of a new report that says cities make us sick.
|Friday 9 March 2007|
Time to abolish the House of Lords. Again
Read Mick Hume's columns from The Times (London) this week.
Life in Oz: nothing like Neighbours
Answer me this - if things are so great Down Under, why do so many Aussies leave?
Only losers say ‘it’s the taking part that counts’
Arsenal may play beautiful football, but there are no trophies for artistic merit.
‘Apocalypse my arse’
Martin Durkin, director of The Great Global Warming Swindle, on green intolerance, soft censorship and his ‘dodgy’ Marxist background.
|Monday 12 March 2007|
Turning children green with fear
A new survey claims many children stay awake at night worrying about apocalyptic climate disasters. Where could they have got ideas like that?
Injecting morality back into the drugs debate
The obsession with measuring the physical effects of drugs means never championing the joys of reality over the black hole of drug-induced fantasy.
Just Say No to this ‘radical rethink’ on drugs
The latest review of the drug problem peddles dangerous myths about helpless addicts, and suggests making the state drugdealer-in-chief.
|Tuesday 13 March 2007|
A war of words over the 'Yid Army'
Ignore the touchy PC brigade: the fans of north London football club Tottenham Hotspur should be allowed to call themselves whatever they like.
Silencing the ‘niggas’ of New York
In banning the n-word, New York City Council is driven by the dodgy notion that words make reality, rather than the other way around.
The Prince of Wales may have some wacky views - but they seem to be shared by government ministers.
After Hate Speech, the war against ‘Mate Speech’
As the language police turn their attention to banter between buddies and football-ground chants, no area of life is safe from the censors.
|Wednesday 14 March 2007|
Real Nappy Week stinks
Disposable nappies make an unpleasant part of childcare more bearable. So why is a womans' group campaigning against them?
An unbecoming view of Jane Austen
Oh, to read an Austen novel pre-1996, before theme-park Austen-mania turned her into an early-day Bridget Jones!
Any shade of politics you like, so long as it’s green
The dangers of the new consensus around the politics of global warming.
|Thursday 15 March 2007|
Australians are uncouth? Rack off!
Last week’s TV column by Patrick West, in which he called Australians ‘white trash’, caused an uproar Down Under. An Aus journalist responds.
Is it ethical to censor climate change deniers?
Give ‘Mayday for Nurses’ the red card
A patronising campaign encouraging Premiership footballers to hand over a day’s wage to hard-up nurses should be kicked into touch.
|Friday 16 March 2007|
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This month: Grumpiness
What's behind the fashion for labelling cultural critics who are dissatisfied with the present (such as himself) as ‘grumpy old men’?
Blair and Cameron talkin' 'bout a revolution?
On the greening of politics and the truth about Trident: read Mick Hume's column in The Times (London) this week.
Bad cop or good cop?
Watching Life on Mars we’re supposed to look down our noses at racist, sexist, Paddy-bashing Gene Hunt. But, hey, he gets the job done.
The bear necessities of climate change politics
A photo of two polar bears seemingly stranded on an ice floe has come to symbolise man’s destruction of nature. But is it all that it seems?
|Monday 19 March 2007|
London: still stuck in a jam
Four years on, the Congestion Charge hasn't got Londoners moving faster. It is a failure of policy, and a failure of imagination.
Are immigrants eating our identity?
In debates about citizenship, health and education, the government is displacing its own crisis of identity on to newcomers.
Rule 1: you and your child have the same interests
Our monthly column on parenting.
A tick-box attitude to toddlers
When even infants are expected to achieve ‘69 early learning goals’, you know that no area of life is free from New Labour’s tyranny of targets.
|Tuesday 20 March 2007|
Shaddup your Facebook
The social networking site for twentysomethings is churning out a generation of navel-gazing pseudo-celebs.
Black to the future
The Good German, a new film noir, shows that recycling old techniques passes for cinema experimentalism today.
Give us some focking answers, Bob
In 2004, Bob Geldof was crowned chief of development in a Ghanaian town. Now the town chief wants to know: where's the development?
|Wednesday 21 March 2007|
Keeping the research in an embryonic state
For research using human embryos to move forward, and to reap benefits for humanity, scientists will have to break free of overregulation.
Scientific consensus: the starting point of debate
A science writer argues that discussions of the political and economic options on climate change must be informed by the best scientific knowledge.
Gordon Brown – a very ‘little Stalin’
The fact that a 2p cut in income tax can be greeted as ‘dramatic’ shows how low public expectations of economic change have sunk.
|Thursday 22 March 2007|
Air travel: the skies, the limits
If poor people have less opportunity to fly, then surely the answer is to tackle poverty rather than to limit other people's travel.
Is dieting good for you?
The authors of Diet Nation argue that efforts to lose weight are generally doomed to failure - and may possibly cause more harm than good.
Zimbabwe: talking up a revolution
Western governments are using the myth of a strong internal opposition to Mugabe's regime to conceal their own weakness.
Keep politics out of science – and vice versa
Whether it is right or wrong, true or junk, science should never be prostituted for political ends.
Is it ethical to be against immigration?
Our ethical columnist on the need to start reducing the population.
|Friday 23 March 2007|
Still in denial over DDT
How to beat malaria, and why sportsmen are not 'role models': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.
I have a cunning plan: kill the catchphrase
An end to juvenile and lazy catchphrase comedy would be a real Comic Relief.
Salad days are over at Stamford Bridge
The po-faced guardians of public safety have banned the harmless sport of celery chucking at Chelsea.
Chaining black youth to the victim culture
Are the commemorations of the abolition of the slave trade helping to foster fatalism amongst young black Britons?
'Our anger is being ironed out of us'
Adam Curtis, director of BBC2's The Trap, on conspiracy theories, why Isaiah Berlin was wrong, and his biggest influence: Starship Troopers.
|Monday 26 March 2007|
A witness to cheap self-flagellation
The 'Walk of Witness' to apologise for the slave trade captured today’s use and abuse of past atrocities for political (and religious) ends.
Who's not sorry now?
The bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade has become a field day for the new politics of apologism.
|Tuesday 27 March 2007|
All ‘quiet’ on the Middle Eastern front
Britain has been loudly demonising Iran for months. Why has it quietened down now that the Iranians have seized 15 British troops?
Another fine mess by the education authorities
The British government's proposal to fine teenagers who drop out of school further criminalises youth and degrades education.
Why has the US rapper been banned from the UK?
Paisley and Adams: the ghosts of politics past
The new deal in Northern Ireland is built on the decommissioning of political debate.
|Wednesday 28 March 2007|
A gay day in Thermopylae
Frank Miller's 300 has lashings of homoeroticism and violence. But he's read his Plutarch and Homer.
Flattering the photographer of freaks
A new film about Diane Arbus imagines her as compassionate. Have the filmmakers seen her photos?
A shrunken view of Truth and Knowledge
What's behind the latest bout of handwringing over the display of shrunken human heads in a museum in Oxford?
|Thursday 29 March 2007|
Panicked parents need pacifying
How a dubious story about baby pacifiers set off an anxiety attack among New York mums.
Telling toxic tales about GM food
A Greenpeace-financed study claims GM corn is bad for us. Why did the media swallow it?
‘Evil’ Iran vs a British mum
The outraged reaction to the Iranian TV footage of Leading Seaman Faye Turney exposes Britain’s impotence after Iraq.
Is it ethical to donate sperm?
Is it ethical to donate sperm?
|Friday 30 March 2007|
Gordon Brown - the Steve McClaren of politics?
Read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.
A ‘cheese-brained dunderhead’
Why do football bureaucrats like Brian Mawhinney always come up with idiotic schemes to make the game 'more exciting'?
Night of the Dead Living
spiked sent its staff writer Emily Hill to a three-night rave with weirds, Goths and pagans in Norfolk. She survived to tell the tale.
The poverty of politics
Ripped from any wider debate about living standards, the discussion of ‘child poverty’ is as much to do with controlling adults as helping kids.