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Ice-cream for Darfur
From ‘Cookies and Scream’ to ‘Honeycaust’, an ice-cream company is looking for a tasty new flavour to raise awareness about genocide.
Is it time to build on the green belt?
Buy your tickets now for the live spiked debate on whether new homes should be built on the green and pleasant lands that circle towns and cities.
The recession: a boom in depression-mongering
The economic outlook remains uncertain, but the recessionary psyche is at the top of the market.
|Wednesday 2 April 2008|
London 2012: where’s the Olympic Spirit?
Officials don’t care about sport for sport’s sake: they want the Games to boost British self-esteem, fix public transport and solve global warming.
Is West Papua being
A student writer believes greens are trying to preserve West Papua as an archaic backgarden for Westerners disillusioned by modernity.
Immigration should be a political football
The evacuation of morality from the immigration debate has given rise to a dehumanised view of migrants as numbers on a spreadsheet.
|Thursday 3 April 2008|
The party’s over in India’s capital of fun
Sadhvi Sharma, a long-time vistor to Goa, reports on how the seaside resort has been remade as a mini police-state following the tragic murder of a British teenager.
Virtual nightmares about social networking
‘Children at risk online!’ declare two new British reports. Yet they seem to be based more on unfounded fears about web weirdos and ignorant parents than on hard facts.
Zimbabwe and the new Cowardly Colonialism
Western intervention against Robert Mugabe’s ‘evil regime’ put Zimbabwe into an economic straitjacket and disempowered its people.
|Friday 4 April 2008|
Welcome to the apocalypse auction
The dangerous game of my-risk’s-bigger-than-your-risk – and in praise of Ronaldo’s showboating: read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).
Resisting the new cookery conformity
The reported failure of Jamie, Gordon, Ainsley and the rest to change our culinary habits should be a source of national pride.
The downside of Becks’ 100th cap
Dragging ‘the Messiah’ out of semi-retirement to play his hundredth game for England only showed that the team lacks creativity and wit.
‘Mill is a dead white male with something to say’
Richard Reeves on JS Mill’s desire to inject public debate with truth, energy and freedom and to create a ‘whole society of heroes’.
|Monday 7 April 2008|
The Apprentice: arrogantly brilliant TV
Ignore the po-faced complaints about Alan Sugar’s cocky wannabe apprentices giving the green light to bullying. They should be seen as role models.
Gordon Brown’s Great Eco-Towns Con
The PM is proposing new zero-carbon towns to make up for his government’s kneejerk hostility to real housebuilding. It’s too little, too late.
Grown-up politics goes up in flames
Yesterday’s public grappling with the Olympic torch shone a light on the self-satisfied, cartoonish nature of contemporary China-bashing.
|Tuesday 8 April 2008|
Gunning for Chuck
Charlton Heston’s defence of gun ownership was far more honourable than the cynical fear-mongering of his elitist, liberal critics.
Who killed Henri Paul?
Both Al-Fayed’s mad conspiracy theories and the court’s official verdict miss who was ultimately responsible for the crash in Paris: Dodi and Diana.
Diana’s death: new myths for old
If you believe that this decade-long circus has all been Mr Al-Fayed’s fault, you’ll believe anything.
|Wednesday 9 April 2008|
The invasion of the robotic thugs
The attacks on the ‘horrible, ominous, retarded’ Chinese men guarding the Olympic flame are historical prejudice repeated as farce.
Taxing times for Gordon Brown
The current uproar over a small tax change announced a year ago shows how seriously crisis-ridden and adrift is Brown’s Labour government.
Witch-hunting steroid-users in baseball will do more to undermine the integrity of America’s national pastime than any amount of drug-taking.
|Thursday 10 April 2008|
This inquest is wrong: the paps are innocent
The verdict in the inquest into Princess Diana’s death is perverse, and it could give rise to new and ominous restrictions on the free press.
Africa and the White Madonna’s Burden
In adopting black babies and trying to ‘mother’ entire countries, have celebs created an image of Africa as a helpless, feckless child?
Rule 10: school choice is a myth
The schizophrenic promotion/demonisation of parental choice in schooling leaves parents dejected, and kids no better educated.
|Friday 11 April 2008|
Shannon Matthews: Prole Porn
Dewsbury becomes a modern Bedlam - and a 21-gun salute for Charlton Heston: read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times.
Back to the Dark Age
From celebrating the earth-loving Celts to the myth of Robin Hood as a merry old cove with loads of mates: medievalism is on the march.
A bloody exciting sport
It may have been branded ‘human cock-fighting’ by Senator John McCain, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship is a compelling spectacle.
Is it ethical to vote for Sian Berry?
Our ethical columnist discusses the London mayoral elections.
Hallucinations of Empire
In his brilliant new book, Olivier Roy shows that Iraq was no war for oil or war for Israel: it was an unwieldy product of the new ‘politics of chaos’.
|Monday 14 April 2008|
Slitty eyes and buck teeth? It must be China
In its rush to denounce Chinese militarism and pollution, is the British Free Tibet Campaign disseminating dubious stereotypes of Chinese people?
A colourful panic about food additives
The UK's food watchdog has demanded that six artificial colours be banned from food - despite weak evidence linking them to hyperactivity.
The truth about music
There is no ‘truer truth’ than that which comes through music, said Robert Browning. Which makes today’s transformation of music into a tool of social policy all the more tragic.
|Tuesday 15 April 2008|
Funny Games and
the end of narrative
Michael Haneke’s blood-spattered parody-of-a-thriller unwittingly captures bourgeois European fears of ‘the American virus’.
The seventh circle
Abductors, bombers, kids hanged from trees, crucified men... apparently Dewsbury has them all. Or is the media just making it up?
Food price crisis: feasting on apocalyptic porn
Observers and officials are using reports of a food crisis to scaremonger about everything from population growth to modern technology.
|Wednesday 16 April 2008|
The faulty ‘2020’ vision of Australian liberals
The ‘national conversation’ organised by Kevin Rudd shows that Australian left-liberals have more faith in the state than the people.
Why Berlusconi beat the ‘Italian Obama’
What a third term for the ‘Jesus Christ’ of Italian politics reveals about democracy, corruption and the cult of personality.
Don’t blame Brown…
‘What happened to Our Gordon?’ wail writers. Yet it was self-deluded Brown-nosers who sowed illusions in this empty vessel of a political leader.
|Thursday 17 April 2008|
Who killed Glastonbury?
Maybe ticket sales are down, not because of Jay-Z, but because this music fest has become a dayout for geriatrics and poshos.
A plastic ban for dummies
Canadian health authorities look set to label a chemical used in food containers and baby bottles as 'dangerous' - despite no convincing evidence of risk.
London: what kind of city do we want?
Pubs for the public, free childcare, no more Green Belt... Manifesto Club members offer some words of advice to the next mayor of London.
What ‘Bittergate’ reveals about the 2008 race
Barack Obama’s views about rednecks clinging to guns and God are certainly offensive. But he isn’t the only Democrat who holds them.
|Friday 18 April 2008|
Did modernity spring from the Middle Ages?
TV’s Medieval Season reminds us that, from the Middle Ages to the Daily Mail Age, the battle between Reason and Superstition never ends.
Arsenal: the ‘beautiful losers’ of football
If he wants the Gooners to stop being perpetual bridesmaids, Arsene Wenger must forget about playing pretty and try playing to win.
Let’s blame it
all on China
We are suffering a mad fit of Olympian proportions when Peter Mandelson sounds like the voice of reason: read Mick Hume’s column in The Times.
Immigrants: the more the merrier
Forget all the talk of scroungers, trafficked victims or migrant-polluters: two new films show us the human face of mass migration.
A catfight over consciousness
Ignoring all the piss and vinegar about Ted Honderich and his difficult personality, is his book On Consciousness any good? Well, yes and no.
|Monday 21 April 2008|
An epidemic of ‘emotional bulimia’
Now even gruff John Prescott has joined the ranks of public figures who vomit up their private woes in the press.
Turning China into a whipping boy
A debate about the Olympics sent out a clear message: Britain may no longer be Great, but at least we aren’t China.
It’s official: it is now a crime to be arrogant
The imprisonment of Abu Izzadeen for the ‘criminal offence’ of Talking Bollocks In A Mosque represents a grave assault on free speech.
|Tuesday 22 April 2008|
Keep the Green Belt buckled
Ahead of next week’s spiked debate on the future of the Green Belt, one speaker appeals for its continued preservation. Buy your tickets now.
Using Mugabe as a stick to beat Africa
Western observers are using Robert Mugabe’s refusal to stand down as an excuse to lambast the disobedient, failing nations of southern Africa.
‘Bold’ Bank of England? Don’t credit it
The UK authorities’ ‘historic’ scheme to bail out the finance system only confirms the poverty of the capitalist imagination today.
|Wednesday 23 April 2008|
I’d like to teach the world to think...
The introduction of ‘thinking skills’ in British schools treats educational thought as a learned behaviour. But children are not dogs to be trained.
The rights and wrongs of ‘the right to die’
To mark the release of the controversial big-screen comedy Three And Out, spiked is hosting a debate in London on euthanasia.
Small is not beautiful
A new report on the ‘way forward for agriculture’ has been used to justify dragging farming backwards – to the detriment of the poor.
|Thursday 24 April 2008|
Prezza: the politics of trifles
John Prescott’s bulimia ‘confession’ is a Man-Bites-Pie story, but it does throw up a problem with public life. Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).
The harsh truth of the camera eye
When Esther Rantzen complains that Simon Cowell, Alan Sugar et al are too cruel when judging participants, she forgets one thing: that’s life.
If you’re happy and you know it...
Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky strikes a brilliant blow against today’s grey, miserabilist hostility towards life, love and work.
After Pennsylvania: demography is destiny
With neither Clinton nor Obama offering a compelling political vision, the primaries are becoming a deeply entrenched war of identities.
|Friday 25 April 2008|
Fascism: it ain’t what it used to be
Jonah Goldberg makes some salient points about the left’s authoritarian tendencies today — but his use of the ‘f-word’ is no more convincing than when it was used by Sixties dropouts.
Nothing that is human is alien to Price
In Lush Life, Richard Price - one of the co-writers of the brilliant TV series The Wire - has written a truly humanistic novel which captures the essence of life and longing in Lower East Side New York.
Is environmentalism the opiate of the liberals?
In this extract from his new book, Iain Murray argues that greens – who worship both a Weather God (the climate) and an Earth Mother (Gaia) and who brook no dissent – have become hectoring, intolerant religionists.
Three cheers for China’s economic miracle
Development in China has lifted tens of millions of people out of poverty, and in the past decade alone Shanghai has built more skyscrapers than already exist in New York. Listen carefully: this is a good thing.
Modernism and the ‘lure of heresy’
Peter Gay’s authoritative and lively history of the modernists captures their personalities and heretical approach. But it fails to place them in their profound historical context.
Exploding the myth of trafficking
Controversial author Laura María Agustín tells spiked that feminists, NGOs and government bodies dedicated to combating the sex industry have ended up criminalising migrant workers.
The cultural contradictions
Once, society celebrated money-making chancers and lauded prudent hard workers. Today, says a new book, it is plying us with dumbed-down ‘stuff’ in order to keep us infantilised.
How the ’68ers
From their days as denim-wearing radicals manning the barricades to politicians in positions of power, Bernard Kouchner and Joschka Fischer have been fighting fantasy battles against fantasy fascism.
How the British left
betrayed Ireland’s 1968
When people in Derry, inspired by the international radicalism of 1968, rose up to challenge their sectarian rulers, they were ignored, written off and condescended to by a British left fiercely loyal to the British state.
As student radicals who believed ‘Anything Is Possible’, we rattled our elders in the heady year of 1968. But looking back, it seems the real driving force of Sixties radicalism was the crisis and cowardice of the elite itself.
|Monday 28 April 2008|
Quilliam Foundation: a thoughtful think-tank?
Two writers debate the merits of a new Muslim-and-secular collective that aims to ‘revive Western Islam and unite against extremism’.
Can we hector parents? Yes we can!
By making parental attitudes central to his vision for education, Barack Obama is blaming moms and dads for the US State’s school failures.
REVEALED: the truth about the Jersey skull
The discovery of a bone fragment at a former kids' home in Jersey led to a media frenzy about paedophiles. The facts tell a different story.
|Tuesday 29 April 2008|
Turn on, tune in, drop out
What’s with all the mythologising about Rock Against Racism? Those self-congratulatory concerts demobilised a generation.
A dignified debate about death
Following the release of the Brit-comedy Three And Out, spiked hosted a lively debate at BAFTA last night on the rights and wrongs of ‘the right to die’.
The really embarrassing thing is that the clownish Ken’n’Boris show in London appears to be the best that British democracy can offer.
|Wednesday 30 April 2008|
More than a black-and-white story
The screen adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis intelligently shows us the impact of the Iranian revolution on one bright, ambitious girl.
‘I’ve been labelled the world’s worst mom’
New York Sun columnist Lenore Skenazy tells spiked about the barrage of abuse she got for letting her nine-year-old ride the subway alone.
‘Healthy living’ zaps the fun from life
Kicking off a brand new debate about medicine, GP and author Michael Fitzpatrick says there’s more to life than ‘bovine contentment’.