Sudan: a platform for French grandstanding
France's new foreign minister, the arch-interventionist Bernard Kouchner, is using the crisis in Darfur to try to win France some respect in world affairs.
To the censors, we’re all Aboriginals now
Australia was rightly attacked when it banned porn amongst Aboriginals in order to protect them from themselves. New Labour is doing the same here.
Car bombs: packed with explosive nihilism
The attempted attacks in London and Glasgow show that contemporary terrorism is driven by a haughty disgust for society.
|Tuesday 3 July 2007|
What about a ‘right to bottle-feed’?
Meet the Norfolk-based mum who was shunned by a local mother-and-babies group because she fed her baby formula milk.
The IVF ‘miracle maker’ is vindicated
Three cheers for the High Court's ruling that the HFEA, Britain's fertility regulator, acted unlawfully in its witch-hunt against Dr Taranissi.
The gravedigger in Downing Street
Will Gordon Brown’s ‘revolution’ put the final nail in the coffin of political life?
|Wednesday 4 July 2007|
Achtung: if you’re fat, you’re anti-social
The German government’s new anti-obesity campaign seems designed to turn people’s weight into a measure of their moral integrity.
Kabbalah: therapy with a dash of mysticism
Nathalie Rothschild rubs shoulders with a sex-toy maker and other stressed Londoners seeking enlightenment in the hip 'Jewish' sect.
A handful of foreign doctors may have been involved with the terrorist incidents last week but that is no justification for imposing greater restrictions upon them.
‘The MMR-autism theory? There’s nothing in it’
Michael Fitzpatrick talks to Stephen Bustin, whose devastating testimony in a US court demolished the last shred of evidence against vaccines.
A leading professor argues that everybody but the EU is realising the foolishness of the Kyoto Protocol.
|Thursday 5 July 2007|
Is it ethical to stage a rock concert?
Our ethical columnist gives his views on the Live Earth events, and the people who'll be performing in them.
The planet’s burning. Let’s party!
The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook exposes the origins of environmentalism in the guilt-ridden twitches of the middle classes.
Let's improve life in the present, and the future
By focusing exclusively on future warming, Live Earth does a disservice to development and disease prevention in the here and now.
O Gore, deliver us from evil
Al Gore, whose Live Earth concerts rock the planet this weekend, has styled himself as a superstar prophet bringing salvation to mankind.
|Friday 6 July 2007|
No.1,002: stop making infantile lists
Down with fairytales for adults and the fertility police - read Mick Hume's columns in The Times London this week.
Wimbledon: sporting methadone
With no football on, footie fans have become the equivalent of tramps looking for discarded cigarette butts. Some are even turning to tennis.
The end of Ireland as we know it?
Irish TV and radio output suggests that a country once famed for rebelliousness, Tayto and talking bollocks is becoming more British every day.
Let technology set you free
The techophobes of the New Left emerged victorious over the technophiles of the Cold War era. It is time we took them down.
|Monday 9 July 2007|
The atrocity exhibition
Hostel Part II and other ‘torture porn’ flicks are not nearly as scary or nihilistic as the grindhouse movies of old.
Bash the rich-bashers
Why is everyone from Tatler to Toynbee (as in Polly) attacking the super-wealthy for their greed and spending habits?
The shocking truth about the 'Scooter' scandal
Republicans and Democrats are obsessively debating the fate of Lewis Libby because they have nothing of substance to say about Iraq.
|Tuesday 10 July 2007|
A sneaky attack on prosperity
Those who want to measure human wellbeing by 'happiness indicators' rather than GDP harbour a deep anxiety about the benefits of mass affluence.
Live Earth: a global pulpit of pop sanctimony
The problem with the concerts was not Madge's massive footprint and other rock-star hypocrisy. It was the apocalyptic message of the sermons.
Nathalie Rothschild says the promiscuous use of the term 'trafficking' to describe migration across borders is leading to new and stringent restrictions on free movement around the world.
Should ‘cyber-jihadists’ have free speech, too?
The jailing of three web geeks for publishing terrorism-cheering material sets a dangerous precedent. PLUS: 21/7 - a terror tantrum.
|Wednesday 11 July 2007|
The hidden dangers of the smoking ban
Could the ban on lighting-up in public in England and Wales lead to more dangerously polluted air in the home - and even to more house fires?
Who’s to blame for crazy house prices?
With NIMBYist sentiments enshrined in policy, and house-builders tied up by bureaucracy, it is little wonder people can’t afford to buy a home.
Al-Qaeda: after the culture of complaint comes the terrorism of complaint
Al-Zawahiri’s latest moaning confirms jihadism is the bloody wing of the politics of victimhood.
Making a Balls-up of education
As schools minister Ed Balls calls for lessons in emotional and economic wellbeing, it’s clear the Brown government is as philistine as the Blairites.
|Thursday 12 July 2007|
Oh Angelina, Jolie be
The Hollywood starlet has been slated for her diva-like behaviour in interviews. Yet her diva-like ‘celebrity colonisation’ of Africa is cheered.
Let's fight back against the new Model Army
Like voodoo forecasts, computer models of climate change are being used to stifle political discussion and resign man to his Fate.
Is it ethical to farm cows?
Our ethical columnist discusses methane belches and udder stories.
An allergic reaction to 'fat cats'
The super-rich of the private equity sector are a symptom, not the problem with capitalism today.
|Friday 13 July 2007|
Paradise lost and self-pity found
The 21/7 plotters' Ali G plea and the EC's summer funblock: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
Wimbledon: a festival of self-flagellation
You think Wimbledon is a sporting event? Actually it's a yearly reminder that Britons want to be winners but don't fancy the sacrifices involved.
The welcome return of the ‘stage Irishman’
Dara O Briain of Mock the Week shows that Irish funnymen are no Uncle Toms. Throughout history they've been challenging, virile and, well, mocking.
Baiting the devout
Intellectuals who have lost their belief in progress are turning venomously on those who retain a vision of the good society: the religious.
|Monday 16 July 2007|
How China respects
With 144million over-60s, China is having to devise new ways to care for its elderly. Chris Dalby reports from a retirement home near Beijing.
The tie: a millstone around our necks?
British newsreaders are tying themselves in knots over whether to sport formal neckwear. Andrew Calcutt untangles a crisis of identities.
Denial should be defeated by facts, not laws
In the run-up to a debate in London, the American warrior against Holocaust denial explains why she’s opposed to censoring deniers.
|Tuesday 17 July 2007|
Lunatics about asylum
Why are both sides of Britain's immigration debate scaremongering about our allegedly overpopulated island?
A 'fat tax'? Get stuffed
Rob Lyons gives a big fat finger to those who would add taxes to junk food in order to save the masses from themselves.
Proposals to slap a tax on carrier bags will have little effect on the environment - they're all about politicians being seen to be green.
The dark art of the MMR-autism panic
As Andrew Wakefield appears at the GMC, spiked traces the efforts of a shabby scaremongering caravanserai to continue peddling a panic.
|Wednesday 18 July 2007|
‘MY PAIN’, by the Duchess of Pork
Celebrity therapist Pamela Connolly turns psychoanalysis into light entertainment on Channel 4's Shrink Rap. This week: Fergie.
Hands off George Galloway!
Whatever you may think of the permatanned MP, the recommendation by a bureaucratic watchdog that he be suspended from parliament is an affront to democracy.
Black's fall: 'a morality play for us all'?
Even if you cheered Conrad Black's demise last week, you should be worried by the deeply conservative message about wealth and ambition that was spun from his trial.
Brown’s vision for the future? A new Cold War
The PM's expulsion of four Russian diplomats captures in pure, undiluted form his conservative, misty-eyed, dinosaurian tendencies.
|Thursday 19 July 2007|
America, resist the Beckham bandwagon
For all the British sneering at Yanks who don’t ‘get’ football, there are aspects of sport that the US do far better than us.
Ealing Southall: a comedy of errors
A Tory candidate who gives cash to Labour? Today's west London by-election shows up the volatile nature of British politics.
Is it ethical to carry out 'supermarket scares'?
Our ethical columnist on it will take direct action to start stopping the shopping.
So farewell then, Tony and Harry
The author of The Irresistible Rise of Harry Potter traces the parallel journeys of a political wizard and a schoolboy wizard.
Boris, Ken and the cult of personality
So the bumbling nincompoop is challenging the killjoy Stalinist for mayorship of London. Emily Hill doesn’t care who wins, so long as it isn’t Ken.
|Friday 20 July 2007|
Woody’s imploding universe
Populated by ruthless producers with names like E. Coli and characters who panic about the expansion of the universe, Mere Anarchy is classic Allen. But isn’t it all a bit too familiar?
Intrusion, intrusion, intrusion
When education becomes about turning young people into obedient, healthy-eating, environmentally aware conformist-citizens, then it is not really education at all.
Selling out the ‘bottom billion’
Paul Collier’s book makes astute points about the predicament of the world’s poorest people. But his proposed solutions would likely make their lives even worse.
‘Constitutions are created by revolutions, not by jurists’
In our era of legalistic nitpicking over dull charters of rights, the republication of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence should make your heart beat faster.
Why Grossman still matters
A brilliant new biography of Polish historian and economist Henryk Grossman shows us the man – complete with silk white gloves and cane – behind the cutting Marxist analysis.
‘Parents take parenting far too seriously’
The widow of Dr Benjamin Spock – author of the Bible of parenting guides: Baby and Child Care – says he would be horrified by today’s avalanche of advice for mums and dads.
Why political thought is imprisoned in the present
Two important new books offer striking insights into the suspicion of the public and fear of the future that underpins contemporary political analysis.
Unleashing nature’s terror
Sidewalks strangled by weeds; bloodsucking mosquitoes everywhere; the Mona Lisa turned to soggy pulp. Greens, take note: this is what the world would look like without the guiding hand of human rationality.
|Monday 23 July 2007|
Harry Potter and the Culture of Paranoia
Spellbinding, impish, but with a few too many deaths: an 11-year-old fan of the Potter books gives his verdict on the last (really?) in the series.
Stop romanticising council housing
Those calling for more ‘social housing’ could do with a history lesson: council estates have always been authoritarian tools for social control.
Rule 4: Get real about nappies (and dustbins)
Guide to Subversive Parenting, Rule No.4: Ignore the worthy exhortations to use ‘real nappies’ and wash clothes in cold water.
|Tuesday 24 July 2007|
Unmasking Daft Punk’s human side
In the cultural wilderness that is pop cinema (Spiceworld, anyone?), Daft Punk's arthouse film about robots in the desert is a delicious treat.
Let's remake America the 'Land of the Free'
Immigrants to the US are no threat to jobs or security: they're citizens-in-waiting who should be welcomed by all who care for liberty and progress.
Three cheers for China’s ‘economic miracle’
Ignore the Yellow Peril view of Chinese economic growth as dirty and dangerous. There are good reasons to welcome China’s leaps forward.
|Wednesday 25 July 2007|
The ‘culture of vetting’ is destroying trust
Video comment: It is insane that grandmothers voluntarily helping at a facepainting party have to undergo a criminal records check first.
David Cameron’s Rwandan distraction
Why the Tory leader prefers to pontificate about poverty 4,000 miles away rather than tackle problems in his constituency: washed-out Witney.
...faked TV shows?
While faked cookery shows and phone-ins cause controversy, the degradation of truth and objectivity on the news channels attracts little comment.
Floods: God’s punishment for our eco-sins?
Even secular commentators seem to have welcomed the floods in England as a sign of divine displeasure with man’s arrogant ways.
|Thursday 26 July 2007|
Reducing cities to a statistical sprawl
The Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern – all warnings about overpopulation and eco-doom – shows architects have lost their ‘utopian drive’.
The war on obesity is a war on the poor
The news that rich kids are as large as their poorer peers caused shockwaves only because the myth of the fat, feckless poor is so prevalent.
‘New Labour flushed liberty down the toilet’
Chris Atkins, director of Taking Liberties, talks about freedom, fear and how the government is making us all ‘stand in the naughty corner’.
|Friday 27 July 2007|
In defence of golf (really)
Environmentalists claim that golf is a rich man's game that is scarring the planet. Is no sport safe from the eco-moralising of the whingerati?
Rehab? No, no, no!
Britney and Amy Winehouse are right to refuse rehabilitation, a process designed to neuter the edgy and turn them into Lily Allen-style pop dolls.
Is it ethical to stop floods?
Our ethical columnist discusses the recent bad weather and flooding in England.
‘Constitutions are created by revolutions, not jurists’
In our era of nitpicking over dull charters of rights, the republication of the Declaration of Independence should make your heart beat faster.
|Monday 30 July 2007|
Who’s teaching China’s next generation?
The influx of foreign teachers into China is both a boon and a problem, reports Chris Dalby from Beijing.
An irritating truth
The Simpsons Movie, in ridiculing greens while defending the Everyman who’s under attack everywhere else, is the sharpest satire around.
Let the puritans protest
A ban on the Climate Camp at Heathrow would be a disgrace: even no-fun, anti-flying eco-miserabilists should have the right to assemble.
|Tuesday 31 July 2007|
The fuss over a few gas heaters for the garden demonstrates that environmentalism is all about training us to live morally acceptable lives.
Let Le Tour competitors take drugs
As the Tour de France ends in druggy chaos, a German journalist says it's time to relax the rules on performance-enhancing substances.
Death in Venice
War, rubber skulls kicked around like footballs, an exhibit that intones 'I will die...' This year's prestigous Venice Biennale arts fair is dominated by death and doom.
Beware the ‘Campus Stasi’ at British universities
Demands that lecturers monitor students for signs of Islamic radicalism pose a bigger threat to academic freedom than Islamo-cranks do.