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Monday 3 March 2008 March 2008
Nancy McDermott
Move over Soccer Mom — meet Ecomom
‘Eco-motherhood’, which encourages a morbid preoccupation with waste and guilt about having kids, won’t save the planet – but it might just drive you crazy.

Tessa Mayes
A potted history of media deference
The ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between editors and royals about Harry’s stint in Afghanistan is not the first time the media have bowed and scraped before royalty.

Mick Hume
The phoney war over Harry of Afghanistan
While both bombastic defenders and shrill critics of the pact of silence are firing blanks, nobody wants to debate Britain’s real Afghan war

Tuesday 4 March 2008
Brendan O’Neill
The Independent, Big Oil and me
A gossip columnist’s libel against spiked in a national newspaper unwittingly revealed a lot about contemporary politics and debate.

Nathalie Rothschild
The student doth protest too much
Teachers should not backslap a group of teenage girls who refused to sit an exam on Shakespeare in protest against his anti-Semitism.

Sean Collins
Clinton v Obama: the identity wars
With Hillary as ‘put-upon woman’ and Obama as ‘race victim’, the Democrat contest is all about Who You Are rather than what you believe.

Wednesday 5 March 2008
Dolan Cummings
Why we need a Humanist Reformation
Our response to religious radicalism should not be to plea for moderation, but rather to inject some real radicalism into politics.

John Browne
The myth of the Latino voting bloc
Clinton, Obama and McCain are frantically courting Hispanics - but in an era of fluid, fly-by-night politics, blocs are unpredictable.

Frank Furedi
History-as-Therapy
In an era when suffering is celebrated and we all must ‘Believe the Victim’, is it any wonder people make up wild stories about wolves and Nazis?

Thursday 6 March 2008
Guy Rundle
The lingering death of American conservatism
In defining American conservatism against overblown enemies, William F Buckley Jr, who died last week, gave birth to a weak and disparate grouping.

Angus Kennedy
A Hodge-podge approach to high culture
With Margaret Hodge slamming the Proms as too posh, and schools spoonfeeding children ‘quality culture’, it's clear New Labour doesn’t know its arts from its elbow.

Brendan O’Neill
Brown’s ‘Manchurian’ attack on democracy
Last night’s debate on the Lisbon Treaty finally exposed the New Labour government’s deep-seated fear of consulting the public.

Friday 7 March 2008
Duleep Allirajah
Putting the cuffs on free expression
This month's Much Ado About Nothing Moral Furore Award goes to the killjoys who kicked up a fuss over Tim Cahill’s ‘handcuffs’ goal celebration.

Mick Hume
‘24-hour booze culture’: the sober truth
Britain’s anti-social pub closing hours and the barrage of guff about Prince Harry – read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).

Kevin Yuill
Colin Norris and the ‘ageing timebomb’
Was the murder of four pensioners by a British nurse a savage expression of today’s devaluation of older people’s lives?

Patrick West
Why shouldn’t suicide be stigmatised?
BBC1’s Surviving Suicide was poignant, but its non-judgementalism was symptomatic of today’s ambivalence about human life.

Ethan Greenhart
Is it ethical to home-school my kids?
Regular schools are full of anthropocentric notions of human rationality and superiority - and feral children driven mad by processed foods.

Tony Gilland
The King of ‘Climate Porn’
A new book by David King, the UK government’s former chief scientific adviser, sheds more heat than light on the global warming debate.

Monday 10 March 2008
Angus Kennedy
Chinese workers? Let them pick up litter
The hysterical campaign against plastic bags in the West is causing massive job losses in the East, and leaving people on the scrap heap.

Brendan O’Neill
Why Tibetophilia won’t set Tibet free
Western pro-Tibet campaigning is driven less by a passion for freedom, than by disgust with modernity - and a view of the Chinese as ‘subhuman’.

Daniel Ben-Ami
The Chinese: from Yellow Peril to Green Peril?
The slandering of China as a sooty, smoggy ‘destroyer of the planet’ overlooks the sweeping historic benefits of Chinese growth.

Tuesday 11 March 2008
Michael Cook
Obesity7


Daniel Trilling
Rambo


Brendan O’Neill
A ‘legal war’ would have been even worse
Five years on, the non-stop nitpicking over the legality of Iraq exposes the moral turpitude of the anti-war cynics.

Tim Black
Shannon: overshadowed by Our Maddie
Why hasn’t the missing working-class girl Shannon Matthews received the same attention as Madeleine McCann?

Jennie Bristow
Rule 9: Concerns about older mothers are based on moralism, not medicine.
Let us challenge the ‘procreational ageism’ that labels teen mums as feckless Vicky Pollards and older mums as selfish career-obsessives.

Wednesday 12 March 2008
Sean Collins
Spitzer is down, but Spitzerism remains
The Governor of New York State has been reduced to ‘Client Number 9’ in a prostitution case, but his cynical approach to politics lives on.

Mick Hume
The Budget: a cheap excuse for politics
The narcoleptic discussion of New Labour’s financial plans should act as a wake-up call about the crisis of democratic debate.

Frank Furedi
The seven deadly personality disorders
With lust relabelled ‘sex addiction’ and gluttony turned into an ‘eating disorder’, it’s no wonder Catholics are unsure about the seven deadly sins.

Thursday 13 March 2008
Tim Black
Swearing an oath of allegiance to me
The attacks on the proposal that schoolkids should swear an oath to Queen Elizabeth II were driven more by narcissism than republicanism.

Brendan O’Neill
Blasphemy is dead!
Long live blasphemy!

England’s dusty, archaic and unpopular blasphemy laws look set to be abolished, but Ofcom and others are keeping their censorious spirit alive.

Rob Lyons
Food Price Crisis: the world won’t starve just yet
Prices have leapt due to growing demand, but we can feed the world if we refuse to allow irrational ideas – like environmentalism – to get in the way.

Friday 14 March 2008
Duleep Allirajah
A Cup half empty
As thrilling as last weekend's FA Cup matches were, it'll take more than pitch invasions and the absence of the Big Four to restore the magic of the cup.

Mick Hume
In defence of Delia
Why frozen potatoes are now heresy, and New Labour’s nuclear impotence – read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).

Patrick West
Do mention the war
'Allo 'Allo may have featured predatory homo-Germans, idiotic French resistance fighters and posturing Italians, but it mocked we Brits, too.

Alka Sehgal
Escape white culture – put on the hijab!
The BBC’s White Girl was stuffed with prejudices about the scum of the earth (white working-class families) and the salt of the earth (Muslims).

Ethan Greenhart
Is it ethical to watch Delia Smith?


Munira Mirza
Who are the real dons of counterknowledge?
Blaming the demise of Enlightenment thinking on poo-inspecting nutritionists and one-eyed Islamists gets things the wrong way round.

Monday 17 March 2008
Neil Davenport
Why they still fear
‘rivers of blood’

Today’s elite shares many of the prejudices about immigration expressed by Enoch Powell in 1968. PLUS: Shirley Dent on Liam Byrne.

Sean Collins
Bear Stearns: politicians bail out
The collapse of another bank shows the credit crunch is spreading from ‘contamination’ to ‘contagion’. Why isn’t the political class paying attention?

Brendan O’Neill
Using Tibet to settle scores with China
Tibetans want to be free. But they’ve been given a green light to riot by Western elements driven more by spite and envy than a love for liberty.

Tuesday 18 March 2008
Michael Cook
Obesity in Australia


Gerry Feehily
Waiting for Sarko
The local elections in France confirmed that Sarkozy has turned French politics into a bitter, sub-Beckettian pantomime.

David Chandler
Humanising Haditha
By showing all sides as victims of war, Nick Broomfield’s Battle for Haditha can only find ‘common humanity’ in our ability to suffer.

Nathalie Rothschild
Let’s challenge this diseased view of migration
The scare about Eastern European construction workers spreading STDs in Britain is infused with old and new prejudices about migrants.

Wednesday 19 March 2008
John Marr
Cruel to Be Kind
Michael Gondry’s latest film features his usual whimsy and other-worldliness — but what he really needs is a good screenwriter.

Tim Black
Beijing 2008: choking on China-bashing
Claims that the great Beijing smog will possibly kill Western athletes are based more on hot air than hard facts.

Basham and Luik
Censorship built on
junk arguments

The global campaign to ban junk food ads is based on junk science: there's little evidence children 'eat what they watch'.

Mick Hume
Britain: the incapacity capital of Europe
Our society is healthier and longer-living than ever before. So why are millions of Britons seen as too ill, stressed-out or unhappy to work?

Thursday 20 March 2008
Mick Hume
The unhappy marriage of public and private
Why, unfortunately, the McCartney divorce circus matters – read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah
You only sing when there’s no music
No buzz, no hostility and no home advantage - why piped music at football grounds ruins the match.

Patrick West
Tears of the clowns
BBC4’s season, ‘The Curse of Comedy’, labours an old point about the depressive tendencies of comedians, but the end result has been excellent.

Brendan O’Neill
Why haven’t they learned the lesson of Iraq?
On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, spiked’s criticisms of the war and the anti-war movement have been vindicated.

Friday 21 March 2008
Frank Furedi
Is environmentalism a capitalist project?
A new essay shows how big business has been won round to the idea of a 'green economy' - but it's wrong to suggest they were always so keen.

Tuesday 25 March 2008
Tessa Mayes
After that divorce, what now for privacy?
ESSAY: Heather Mills and Paul McCartney's very public spat throws up some intriguing questions about privacy, public space and liberty today.

Kevin Yuill
The tragic death of Chantal Sebire
The public parading of a severely disfigured French woman who wanted the ‘right to die’ was the equivalent of a modern-day freak show.

Frank Furedi
Gordon Brown’s register of risks? Rip it up
By labelling everything from terror to flu as a ‘security threat’, the PM is nurturing a jittery nation. PLUS: Rehabilitating Western meddling.

Wednesday 26 March 2008
Frank Furedi
A Rumsfeldian attack on mothers-to-be
The new warning that pregnant women should avoid booze is not evidence-based – rather it springs from the relentless moralisation of pregnancy.

Tim Black
How the Church exploits secular uncertainty
Catholic opposition to creating hybrid embryos is a pain. But doubt about experimentation and 'playing god' is rife in secular circles, too.

Mick Hume
London calling — and we all ought to listen
The celebrity mayor show, featuring Ken, Boris and Brian talking about bendy-buses, provides a capital snapshot of where politics is heading.

Thursday 27 March 2008
Duleep Allirajah
It’s time to red card this call for ‘respect’
We don’t need new rules to deal with player dissent on the pitch. Refs should decide when a footballer is letting off steam or losing the plot.

Patrick West
Are we nostalgic for the gentlemen of the IRA?
A new documentary suggests some people are misty-eyed for the ‘respectable terrorists’ of Northern Ireland over today’s tantrum-throwing jihadists.

Basham and Luik
Take away the junk or we take away your kids
Removing obese children from their family homes won’t make them any healthier, but it will undermine parental rights and wreck families.

Rob Lyons
Why there’s no mileage in ‘food miles’
At last, people are questioning the eco-parochialism of the local-food lobby. But what we need now is a loud defence of modernised food production.

Brendan O’Neill
This war against anger makes me see red
The powers-that-be promote happiness and demonise anger because they prefer us to be little lambs rather than assertive firebrands.

Friday 28 March 2008
Justine Brian
Defending Delia from the food fanatics
The food snobs slating Delia Smith over her new convenience cookbook seem not to realise that cooks and chefs have always cheated – with very tasty results.

Rob Lyons
Who will defend processed food?
Michael Pollan’s In Defence of Food makes some salient points about our screwed-up attitude to what we eat. But in lionising ‘natural foods’, he and his ilk have contributed to today’s wild and rotten worries about what’s on our plates.

Stuart Derbyshire
Honderich: the thinking man’s unthinking man?
Ignoring all the piss and vinegar about philosopher Ted Honderich – who has been labelled by fellow academics as rambling, bumbling, bombastic, hateful and stupid – is his book On Consciousness actually any good? Well, yes and no.

Philip Hammond
From Somalia to Iraq: the hack as collaborator
In this extract from his new book, Philip Hammond says the media-ignited fuss over Bush and Blair’s destruction in Iraq should not blind us to the fact that throughout the 1990s, and still today, journalists collaborated with Western warmongers.

Philip Cunliffe
Hallucinations of Empire
In a penetrating analysis head-and-shoulders above most other books on al-Qaeda, Iraq and Islamism, Olivier Roy shows that the ‘politics of chaos’, not the ‘politics of Empire’, rules the roost in the Middle East.

John Fitzpatrick
Against conformity
Alongside its classic defence of liberty, John Stuart Mill’s most famous tract issues a clarion call to the celebration of individuality and the rejection of uniformity in thought and practice. It’s a call that rings through the ages.

Tessa Mayes
‘Mill is a dead white male with something to say’
Richard Reeves, author of a brilliant new biography of JS Mill, talks to Tessa Mayes about Mill’s desire to inject public debate with truth, energy and freedom and give rise to a ‘whole society of heroes’.

Michael Baum
Man’s unending war
against cancer

Michael Baum, one of Britain’s leading experts on cancer, says a new history of mankind’s battle against the disease has flashes of brilliance, but is ultimately undermined by the author’s shrillness and self-serving manipulation of the facts.

Sean Collins
The hole at the heart
of the Democratic Party

Billionaire funders demanding cabinet jobs, clueless bloggers advising party bigwigs… the hollowed-out, ill-disciplined Democratic Party looks set to be overrun by opportunistic gatecrashers.

Jennie Bristow
Untying the ‘ribbon culture’
A brilliant new book explores what the relentless rise of awareness-raising ribbons – kitsch fashion items that express the wearer’s fear of disease or empathy with victims – reveals about our morbid, narcissistic society.

Monday 31 March 2008
Sandy Starr
Should we stamp out ‘designer deafness’?
Sandy Starr of the Progress Educational Trust asks why the UK government is legislating against something as rare as pro-deaf embryo selection.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
I’m backing Boris for London mayor
Where Ken Livingstone cynically postured against MMR, risking the health of London’s children, Boris Johnson at least defended the vaccine.

Ann Furedi
Why rising abortion rates are not a problem
Let’s welcome the fact that women take motherhood so seriously that, with the aid of abortion, they put it off till they’re ready.


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