Madeleine McCann: voyeurism at the Vatican
On alcohol advice for pregnant women and the latest in the search for 'Our Maddie': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
Big Donor: dismember me when I'm gone
Why did Jade Goody's mildly chauvinistic remarks about Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty attract more opprobrium than a Dutch death lottery?
Is it ethical to save Venice?
Our ethical columnist on why the Italian city should be left to sink beneath the waves.
Litvinenko: still blaming ‘backward Russia’
A Russian academic in London asks why British commentators are so keen to find Russia itself guilty of the dissident's murder.
Who would be a boys’ football coach?
A new survey shows many men are reluctant to work with children in case people think they're secret paedophiles.
Gaza: imprisoned by the peace process
The international community’s multicultural solution in the Middle East has achieved the remarkable feat of making things worse.
|Monday 4 June 2007|
Bloomberg’s ‘disinterested’ agenda
The mayor's reorganisation of New York schools - and his attack on 'special interests' - reveals a lot about how politics is conducted today.
The dislexia sceptik is onn to sumthing
Academic and supposed dyslexic James Panton thinks the professor who describes dyslexia as a 'social fig leaf' for the middle classes has a point.
Is THIS the most dangerous man in Europe?
Bernard Kouchner poses as a rule-breaking rebel determined to save the wretched of the Earth. In fact his 'humanitarianism' is a recipe for mayhem.
|Tuesday 5 June 2007|
Forget her singing, look at her ASS!
By putting a fat butt-naked Beth Ditto on its front cover, the NME has ensured that she is better known for her curves than her music – just like Girls Aloud.
No friend of the family
They pose as the chummy cohorts of mums and dads. Yet family liaison officers in British schools are undermining teachers and keeping a suspicious eye on parents.
Slumming it no more
Sadhavi Sharma reports from Bombay where thousands of slum dwellers are being moved into gleaming new flats, and asks: why are greens so down on this inspiring initiative?
|Wednesday 6 June 2007|
International tribunals: not fit for purpose?
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor refused to turn up to his trial in The Hague this week, claiming the court was a sham. He has a point.
Prohibition by stealth
First they came for the lager-drinkers; now they're coming for champagne socialists. New Labour's battle against booze is heralding a new era of miserabilist puritanism.
Blair’s other legacy:
the Un-Tory Non-Party
Some lessons of the grammar school debacle for the state of post-Blair politics.
|Thursday 7 June 2007|
‘It looks like Lisa Simpson giving head’
The bizarre squashed swastika that is the London 2012 Olympics logo perfectly captures the authorities' confusion about what the Games are for.
G8: who’s pulling Africa’s purse strings?
The 2005 summit was serenaded by pop stars and cheered by campaigners for cutting debt relief. So why is Africa still in an economic straitjacket?
G8: the myth of ‘them and us’
Sabine Beppler-Spahl visits the protest camps at the G8 summit and finds the grungy protesters have a lot in common with the suited and booted world leaders.
What’s behind the rise of ‘Tescophobia’?
Today's Tesco-bashers are a degenerate alliance of blue-blooded conservatives and cynical left-wingers. Their assaults should be resisted.
|Friday 8 June 2007|
A nasty outbreak of Islamophilia
On global warming hot air and Time Out turning all Islamist: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
The curious incident of the Scousers in the stadium
Did Liverpool fans really steal tickets from children at the Champions League Final? Unlikely, says Duleep Allirajah.
In defence of the offensive
From the squawks of protest over the airing of Diana's dying moments to accusations at Anfield, why are we all so righteously offended?
Is it ethical to own a car?
Our ethical columnist on the dangers of driving for the planet and its people.
Get this filth off our screens
Channel 4's transformation of the 'nigger incident' on Big Brother into a moral parable for the viewing public is the really offensive thing.
|Monday 11 June 2007|
Seeing the Diana crash through a new lens
Far from being in bad taste, the Channel 4 documentary about the paparazzi at Princess Diana's death scene brought home the importance of press freedom.
Spindoctors of Suicide
Call it ‘compassionate choice’, 'aid in dying' or whatever you want. But there’s no escaping the fact that legalised euthanasia would provide cultural approval for suicide.
Are children being held hostage by parental fears?
A new report calls on parents to let their kids venture out unsupervised. That might be easier if scaremongering officials put a sock in it.
|Tuesday 12 June 2007|
The Milosevic trial: a travesty of justice
A new book shows how the international community undermined every legal principle in its desperate bid to convict the former Yugoslav leader.
Innovation in a time of caution
The live launch of the spiked/Pfizer survey ‘What is the Greatest Innovation?’ took a critical look at the i-word - that buzzword of our age.
…the ivory trade?
…the ivory trade?
From global warming alarmism dressed up as Geography to 'happiness teaching' through yoga: the classroom has been hijacked by zealous campaigners who care little for pedagogy.
|Wednesday 13 June 2007|
The pitter-patter of tiny 'footprints'
Women in Britain are having more children. And for some green miserabilists that can only mean more mouths to feed and more carbon to clean up.
The death of foreign policy
What will foreign policy be like under Gordon Brown, or David Cameron? Similar to what it was like under Blair: a desperate search for purpose overseas.
Welcome to the People's Republic of Bono
The G8 should be renamed the G9: the pompous U2 singer had a stately presence and an obscene amount of influence at the latest summit.
|Thursday 14 June 2007|
Whose Britain is it anyway?
How We Are, a sweeping exhibition at the Tate that covers 170 years of photography, provides a snapshot of today's British identity crisis.
School tests: a little bit of stress is good for you
The only thing worse than the UK government’s conveyor-belt testing of schoolkids is the anti-testing argument that says exams are evil and children 'can't cope'.
Castrate this sick debate
Not another British paedophile panic? The unhealthy obsession with child sexual abuse should stop. Full stop.
|Friday 15 June 2007|
Why is it ‘safe’ for Danes to drink more than Brits?
Politicising the Olympics and Europe's unequal treatment of 'binge-drinkers': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
The Samsonite demise of heavy metal
BBC2's Seven Ages of Rock reminded us how great metal was, before it merged with grunge and emo to become yet another outlet for teen angst.
Lewis Hamilton: the new king of Bore-mula One
The 22-year-old driving sensation has taken motor racing by storm. It's just a shame that it's such a deadly dull dud of a sport.
Why we must stop deferring to authority
In the run-up to next week’s spiked debate on the ‘surveillance society’, speaker Dolan Cummings sorts fact from science-fiction.
Is it ethical to buy goods from China and India?
Our ethical columnist on why these two new economic powers need to de-develop as soon as possible.
How to be a ‘hippy fascist’
James Delingpole, author of a ‘guide to making lefty liberals history’, talks to spiked about greens, Glastonbury and his revolution-phobia.
|Monday 18 June 2007|
Attack of the billboard brutalists
Murder, rape, torture, gang warfare: the billboard headlines for local newspapers are an assault on the senses.
How the left is living off Latin America
John Pilger's new film rightly slates US intervention - but its fawning over Chavez substitutes fantasy for political analysis.
This month: Population control
How can there possibly be too many of us?
|Tuesday 19 June 2007|
Do we need the ‘right to breastfeed’?
The proposal to enshrine a woman's 'right' to nurse in public is another attempt to spread the propagandistic message: 'breast is best'.
the oldest and truest punk in town
Some brief thoughts penned in sorrow upon hearing of the death of the foul-mouthed comedian.
Nathalie Rothschild asks why a drug that has no proven serious side-effects - except for making its users feel hung over - has attracted the ire of the anti-drug lobby.
EU better watch out
Try to stay awake during this week’s EU summit, because the debate reveals a Euro elite united in its contempt for the continent’s peoples.
|Wednesday 20 June 2007|
‘No stars’ for this unpalatable judgement
The Australian court that classified an unfavourable restaurant review as 'defamation' has dealt a blow to critical thinking.
What Thames Gateway development?
Tristram Hunt is repeating an old scare story when he says the Estuary is 'beautiful, historic and doomed'. He's wrong on all three counts.
Gaza: a plaything of the international community
Hamas points the guns and Abbas appoints the governments. But it is the US and the EU that are determining the fate of the Palestinians.
London, keep the lights on!
Tomorrow night, Harrods, the Ritz, Buckingham Palace and millions of Londoners will be asked to take part in a mass ‘switch-off’ to save electricity. Don’t do it, says Josie Appleton.
|Thursday 21 June 2007|
A mind-numbing work of staggering dullness
Dave Eggers’ new non-fiction novel about a former child soldier is boring, bullying and besotted with its own moral probity.
Is the Red Dragon a green threat?
Ignore the scaremongering of environmentalist writers and thinkers: China should be free to develop as it wishes.
Of spiders and men
The building behaviour of animals is fascinating (spiders can even weave webs in outer space!) But contrary to the claims of Gould and Gould, it's no feat of engineering, artistry or complex thinking.
The globalisation of miserabilism
Paul Mason's new book tells some scintillating stories of working-class resistance. Yet it ends up endorsing the anti-development prejudices of today's sourpuss greens.
Let technology set you free
In today’s Technology Wars, the techophobes of the New Left have emerged victorious over the technophiles of the Cold War era – and that is bad indeed for humanity.
‘I was the greatest writer of the twentieth century’
Colin Wilson, one of the original Angry Young Men, talks to spiked about the time Kingsley Amis tried to kill him, glimpsing Marilyn Monroe's tits, and why he's so cocky.
Investigating the infra-ordinary
A new batch of books on everyday life in Everytown – where literary types deign to mix with the natives – shows just how disconnected ‘they’ have become from ‘us’.
Stop Planet Chicken, I want to get off
To complain about the ‘injustice’ done by humans to chickens – those cannibalistic balls of faeces and feathers – is to call into question the entire basis of human civilisation.
Baiting the devout
It is because secular intellectuals have lost their own belief in progress and liberation that they are turning venomously on those who retain a vision of the good society: the religious.
|Friday 22 June 2007|
The perma-tanned prince of Palace
Rent-a-gob chairman Simon Jordan is certainly entertaining. If only he was as successful at generating points as he is column inches...
Is it ethical to eat ice cream?
Our ethical columnist provides us with a 'scoop' on the pros and cons of eating our favourite dessert.
Heard the one about the dead comedian and the sports presenter?
Honesty and an appreciation of banter: two things that Bernard Manning and Adrian Chiles have in common.
Sir Salman Rushdie? Why not Sir Bernard Manning?
Why the EU is a dead weight around the neck of civilisation and the latest 'Rushdie affair': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
Rave with mother
Glastonbury used to be about getting wasted to music. Now it's a heavily-policed, fenced-off, no-fun wet weekend for Devonshire tax advisers.
|Monday 25 June 2007|
Bugged by the Bugaboo parents
Why are so many commentators throwing their toys out of their prams over the right-on mums and dads who live in Park Slope, Brooklyn?
Put your money where your ‘myth’ is
Meet the Ivy League professor and expert on forecasting who is challenging Al Gore to a $20,000 bet that he is wrong on global warming.
Let us decriminalise abortion altogether
It's high time we had a frank inquiry into England's Abortion Act, which remains, on paper, one of the most restrictive in the Western world.
|Tuesday 26 June 2007|
You wouldn’t credit it
Why should cinemagoers have to endure the narcissistic display of endless opening credits? They're distracting, artistically unacceptable mood-killers.
Iraq was Harriet Harman’s war, too
The deputy leader may have made a u-turn on apologising for Iraq, but the real scandal is her claim that she was 'duped' into supporting the war.
10 reasons why Gordon Brown is not fit to be
Illiberal, miserly, curmudgeonly and a coward: under our new PM, things can only get bitter.
|Wednesday 27 June 2007|
Seeing through the smoking ban
All those countless No Smoking signs make a fitting epitaph to the Blair years in British politics, and a signpost to the future.
Offside, 27 June
Anyone can perform a step-over today. So why do we continue to treat Brazil with such reverence?
800 years of hurt
An Englishman goes north to see if the World Cup has fuelled Scottish wrath.
TV as judge and executioner
BBC2's Hunt for Britain’s Paedophiles was a sordid show.
Putting the queue in football
'A surreal and frustrating experience….' The second World Cup instalment from our man in Japan.
TV UK, 27 June
People only invoke the 'Golden Age of television' sarcastically, to justify the rubbish that is broadcast today.
I don’t know whether it’s the intrinsic beauty of the music or the fact that it reminds me of my childhood, but somehow the them
Why US football fans are watching Spanish-speaking TV commentators go gaga over goals.
Why US football fans are watching Spanish-speaking TV commentators go gaga over goals.
Take care with labels
A one-off tragedy is no reason to mark a product with a health warning.
|Thursday 28 June 2007|
The White Liberal Democrat's Burden
Paddy Ashdown may have been a failed politician in Britain, but the former Lord of Bosnia now fancies himself as a free-floating colonialist who can fix the world's problems.
Europe: whose Treaty is it anyway?
The people of Europe should have the ultimate say over any EU Treaty. Yet some of those calling for a referendum on the matter are driven by an anti-democratic impulse.
Digging up the roots of the IPCC
The UN's all-powerful climate change panel is no straightforward scientific body. It is a deeply political organisation that was born out of disenchantment with progress.
|Friday 29 June 2007|
After New Labour, Noah Labour?
Floods as God's punishment and the Newspeak of 'Smokefree': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
The damned departed
'I said I was going to be a Gunner for life', said Thierry Henry, and now he's gone. Gone to get his va-va-voom back in Barcelona.
What should our ethical government ban next?
With public smoking about to be banned, our ethical columnist suggests what should come next.
The global crusade against the ‘evil weed’
As a smoking ban comes into force in England, writers in Paris, Rome, Brisbane, New York, Stockholm and Ireland report on the impact of enforced stubbing-out across the globe.
The return of Mass Observation
A new batch of books on everyday life in Everytown shows just how disconnected ‘they’ have become from ‘us’.