Law lords lose plot over ‘lotto rapist’
Why abolishing time limits for sex crime compensation claims may not be a victory for justice - and why Muslim mania is the new British disease. Read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).
Ignore the cant-fuelled attacks by envious members of the chattering classes on Jeremy Beadle. He was a man who ‘got’ humour.
‘Underwear model excluded from team!’
There was something desperately contrived about the frontpage fuss over David Beckham’s absence from Fabio Capello’s first England squad.
Is it ethical to pray for recession?
Never mind the unemployment, poverty and homelessness - an economic slowdown would be good for the planet.
The rise and fall of anti-MMR mania
Journalists once fawned over ‘brave’, ‘glossy-haired’ anti-MMR crusaders; now they denounce them as quacks. What happened?
|Monday 4 February 2008|
I agree with Ethan: bring on the recession!
The ‘quite well off’ Valerie Stevens of the Optimum Population Trust says spiked’s spoof columnist is right to pray for economic downturn.
Stalked by an overblown fear of crime
The latest British Crime Survey show that the authorities are now lumping together minor acts of annoyance with serious cases of sexual assault.
Decimation of the polar bear: bearfaced lies?
A leading expert in forecasting tells spiked that research into the impact of climate change on polar bears has been shockingly shoddy.
|Tuesday 5 February 2008|
The routine vetting of everyone who works with kids will sow suspicion and discourage volunteering. So why aren't volunteering groups worked up about it?
Spit in the face of this patronising proposal!
The government wants to educate immigrants about the ‘British way of life’: don’t spit in public; don’t feel people up; don’t forget to put out your rubbish...
Kick the police out of politics
One of Sadiq Khan’s young voters is outraged that secret police bugged his MP. But who invited the cops into politics in the first place, he asks?
|Wednesday 6 February 2008|
Republicans: a party in pieces
The McCain, Huckabee and Romney roadshows showed that the GOP ain’t so grand anymore.
The search for a feelgood president
An Oz writer on the campaign trail watches Huckabee’s bass-playing, Obama’s mythmaking, and the retreat of all candidates into ‘fantasy politics’.
Why this year’s Super Tuesday was different
Media confusion, changeable voters, distrust in voting technology… yesterday’s ‘Tsunami Tuesday’ highlighted some big changes in US politics.
Now we know what US voters don’t want
It is already clear that the elections mark a landslide win for the abstract demand for ‘change’ and a crushing defeat for the past.
|Thursday 7 February 2008|
Facebook and the death of privacy
In order for public and private life to thrive, we need spaces that are absolutely free from the prying eyes of officialdom and others.
Taking the ash out of Ash Wednesday
An Australian writer flagellates the green-leaning CofE bishops who want to turn Lent into 40 days and 40 nights of conserving energy.
Cloverfield: 9/11 meets Godzilla
With its wobbly camera work and spoilt-twentysomethings storyline, Hollywood’s new monster movie leaves one shaken but not stirred.
Cheaper chickens: a slap in the face of food snobs
The outraged reaction to Tesco’s decision to sell chickens for £1.99 is stuffed with an unpalatable mix of snobbery and fearmongering.
|Friday 8 February 2008|
I don’t want the right to kill my wife
Why we don’t need a euthanasia law – and why there’s too much noise about Munich silence. Read Mick Hume’s column in the The Times (London).
Goodbye to the only kids who didn’t say ‘f***’
Everything went wrong for Grange Hill when they turned it into a state-sponsored celebration of minoritydom – and changed the theme music.
It’s time to take African football seriously
The Africa Cup of Nations has provided plenty of goals, skill, excitement... a far cry from the stale, over-hyped tournaments we Europeans are used to.
Is it ever ethical to eat chicken?
Midwife of miserabilism
How John Kenneth Galbraith’s The Affluent Society - which celebrates its fiftieth birthday this year - anticipated today’s grinchy green politics.
|Monday 11 February 2008|
Who’s afraid of the Church of Scientology?
It’s Sunday morning, and 300 young people in Guy Fawkes masks have gathered in central London to protest against a ‘creepy cult’. What’s going on?
Tying us up with even more red tape
Many hailed the UK government’s new risk advisory committee as a challenge to the ‘cotton wool culture’. It is nothing of the sort.
Hiding behind the veil of Sharia law
The Archbishop’s real agenda is to boost the standing of religion itself by cynically piggybacking on the forward movement of Islam.
|Tuesday 12 February 2008|
Al-Qaeda: heirs of Mahatma Gandhi?
As six men are charged with murdering 3,000 on 9/11, Faisal Devji tells an audience in London that bin Laden has a lot in common with Gandhi.
‘Sustainable’ power to the people?
‘Citizen’ Ken Livingstone’s London energy plan might sound ambitious, but it simply repeats many of the fairytales about green energy.
Doctors without borders: let foreign medics in!
In barring non-EU doctors from training in the UK, the government is scapegoating immigrants for its own screw-ups in medical practice.
|Wednesday 13 February 2008|
Keeping a cool head about hot weather
Ignore the panicky headlines about a new government report on higher temperatures in Britain - it actually contained good news.
Crowbarring their way into the family home
The UK government’s campaign to colonise family life is nearly complete: it is now telling parents to remove video games from their children’s bedrooms.
Why we should swat The Mosquito
The launch of the Buzz Off campaign to rid Britain’s streets of a screeching ‘anti-youth gadget’ should be welcomed - and built on.
Democracy is not New Labour’s to command
The UK foreign secretary’s big speech, ‘The Democracy Imperative’, restates the case for intervention post-Iraq. So much for change…
|Thursday 14 February 2008|
Unwrapping Turkey’s turban troubles
To understand Turkey, we need to look beyond the black-and-white reactions to the lifting of the headscarf ban in universities.
Why Dwain Chambers is treated like a leper
Cocky, tattooed and not very apologetic: Chambers' real offence was not to take banned substances, but to refuse to be contrite about it.
Desperately seeking the authentic president
With little meat in the US elections, voters are looking longingly into the eyes of the candidates hoping to glimpse the 'real' person within.
And the gold medal for China-bashing goes to…
The Beijing Olympics have been turned into an all-purpose platform for panicmongering about the Yellow Peril. We name the culprits.
|Friday 15 February 2008|
Shock news: youth suicide rates reach new low
The really dangerous ‘epidemic’ is one of miserabilism, not suicide - read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).
Why the ‘39th step’ is a step too far
Adding a match abroad to the 38 games in the English Premier League can only exclude fans and further sanitise the game.
Attila the Hun and some barbaric stereotypes
The rules of casting: decadent imperialists are always played by effete English actors and warrior heroes by Yanks or coarse Celts.
Is it ethical to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
‘Counterknowledge’: when fiction masquerades as fact
From 9/11 to homeopathy, ‘counterknowledge’ thrives thanks to a mad mixture of postmodern political correctness and capitalist greed.
|Monday 18 February 2008|
Cambodia: whose tribunal is it anyway?
The West is turning the trial of surviving members of the Khmer Rouge - its former allies - into a piece of self-promoting political theatre.
The nasty history of supermarket-bashing
Nobody would label today’s critics of big chainstores as ‘Nazis’. Yet their arguments bear a striking resemblance to those of the Third Reich.
Kosovo: the obedient child of Europe
Kosovo has not ‘declared independence’. It has slavishly submitted to the rule of UN officials, NATO troops and dictatorial modern-day viceroys.
|Tuesday 19 February 2008|
Aboriginal apology: a sorry spectacle
Kevin Rudd’s celebrated utterance of the S-word for past wrongs against aboriginal communities was deeply paternalistic.
The big bang implosion of Physics
In cutting their funding of the physical sciences, and devaluing science education, the US and UK governments are committing ‘scientific vandalism’.
The return of the paedophile panic
By granting people access to info about sex offenders, the Home Office is institutionalising fear of adults and paranoia about ‘the mob’.
|Wednesday 20 February 2008|
This case could make losers of us all
A British man is suing William Hill because they allowed him to gamble away £2.1million. But who is really responsible for what gamblers do?
Kosovo and the end of national liberation
The doublespeak in Kosovo’s ‘supervised independence’ sets a dangerous precedent, dressing up occupation as ‘freedom’ and interference as ‘democracy’.
Britain: an island without a story
The latest UK report on terrorism is different to all the rest: it shows that Britain is making itself a target by advertising its vulnerability.
|Thursday 21 February 2008|
Will China and India conquer the world?
Essay: We should celebrate the spread of wealth and modernity in the developing world, while recognising that a great shift in global power is not imminent.
Annie Leibovitz: more than a celebrity snapper
She's best known for her nude Demi Moore and for putting Whoopie Goldberg in a bath of milk. But Annie Leibovitz is a documentarist, too.
Replacing the Fatropolis with Fit Towns
New ‘healthy towns’ that encourage people to walk more, eat the right kind of food and stay forever fit take repression to a new level.
Why they’re scared of Obamamania
Those who slander Obama supporters as ‘brainwashed, deranged cultists’ are blind to what’s positive about the Obama Phenomenon.
|Friday 22 February 2008|
Playing politics with abortion
Dominic Standish reports from Italy on how politicians are jumping on an anti-abortion bandwagon in the run to April’s elections.
What daytime TV ads reveal about Britain
Forced to move in with my parents in Kent, I’m slowly turning into a Daily Mail reader – helped along by some depressing intercessions on TV.
The rise and tragic demise of Gazza
Frontpage splashes about Paul Gascoigne’s sectioning suggest he has completed his journey from professional footballer to professional failure.
Are anti-malarial bed nets ethical?
Alexander Cockburn tells spiked that when he dared to question the climate change consensus he was met by a tsunami of self-righteous fury.
|Monday 25 February 2008|
From sensationalism to sensitivity
Bridgend: The BBC’s decision to pull a drama about the suicide of a teenage girl shows how little faith the authorities have in young people.
Venturing into the pro-suicide pit
Bridgend: The most startling thing about the vile, venal websites that promote suicide is that their language and outlook appear entirely mainstream.
Challenge the ‘culture of death’ — choose life
Bridgend: When newborns are seen as ‘polluters’ and death is described as ‘dignified’, it’s not surprising some youth don’t value their lives.
|Tuesday 26 February 2008|
Castro’s Cuba: made in America
Fidel Castro was a by-product of the Cold War, his regime more the creation of external pressures than of any internal ideology.
|Wednesday 27 February 2008|
You cannot teach people to be happy
Forget force-feeding kids ‘positive psychology’: teachers have more chance of producing happy pupils if they inspire them with knowledge.
Pre-emptive censorship is a cross we all bear
London Underground has banned posters for the play Fat Christ, just in case they cause offence. This safety-first attitude is crucifying free speech.
Why museums should dump the ‘Disposal Toolkit’
Contrary to the advice of the Museums Association, preserving collections is not a ‘burden’ — it’s the whole purpose of museums.
|Thursday 28 February 2008|
The rebellion will not be downloaded
While digital downloads allow the likes of Radiohead or Macca to strike seditious poses, for smaller acts record label support is still vital.
Heart disease: we need medicine not moralism
Fear of rising heart deaths is unfounded. And if we're serious about lowering the death rate even further, we need better treatment not lifestyle lectures.
Let us tackle the ‘risk-free football’ brigade
TV images of Eduardo da Silva’s sickening leg injury inspired new knee-jerk calls to outlaw dangerous tackles. Forget about it.
Pop goes the European Union
It claims to unite the continent through the power of music, yet the Eurovision Song Contest is really all about ‘Dustin’ off nationalist rivalries.
Choking on the congestion charge
Look out, New York: London’s failed, car-baiting, bossy road-toll scheme is heading your way.
|Friday 29 February 2008|
Death of the warrior ethos
Weaving a path from Achilles to Rambo via Shakespeare and Tolstoy, Christopher Coker’s insightful new book captures the increasing demonisation of war – even ‘good wars’ – and the denigration of honour, duty and glory.
Woody Allen meets the
With Gentlemen of the Road, a hilarious pastiche adventure tale about medieval Jews with swords, Michael Chabon confirms that he is the master of genre-bending novel-writing.
Defending Rangers from football’s Thought Police
A lifelong supporter of Celtic explains why he’s opposed to the intensified policing of Rangers fans’ chants and behaviour by a gang of moralistic politicians, cops and commentators.
What makes humans special?
When both trendy authors and top psychologists claim that man should accept his ‘rightful position in the cosmos’ as ‘just another animal’, it pays to revisit George Herbert Mead’s humane attempts to explain human consciousness.
Put the ‘human’ back
in the humanities
Romantic individualism and political correctness have robbed university humanities departments of their ‘love of man’, that ‘amusing, tragic, contradictory creature who yearns to be the master of his fate and transform the world’.
Who are the real dons of ‘counterknowledge’?
Damian Thompson’s fiery polemic against conspiracy theories has much to recommend it. But we can’t blame the demise of Enlightenment thinking on diet doctors and Islamists alone.
The King of ‘Climate Porn’
A new book by the UK government’s former chief scientific adviser sheds yet more heat than light on the global warming debate – despite its promises of balance.
Blood is thicker than Oil!
Paul Thomas Anderson’s sweeping, grimy, brutal epic There Will Be Blood was ‘inspired’ by Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel Oil!. But it strips out and burns off the novel’s humour, humanity and socialist shenanigans.
The greening of capitalism
A striking new essay exposes the pretensions of ethical consumers and explores the emergence of a seemingly green economy. But in claiming that canny capitalists have ‘manufactured scarcity’, it risks reading history backwards.
Down with ‘enoughism’
Two new books claim that our blinged-up, fast-car consumer society is laying people low with compulsive acquisition disorder, harried women syndrome and various other sicknesses of the mind. Don’t buy it.