Seeing red over the Green Belt
Green Belt protectors cried ‘not an inch!’, while their opponents insisted that ‘people must come first’. Sparks flew at last night’s spiked debate.
Squabbling over a polluted fiefdom
All the candidates in today's mayoral elections view London as a smoggy city of disparate tribes. This is court politics, not democracy.
Is there a Josef Fritzl on your street?
The heinous cellar-incest crime is being turned into a metaphor for the dangers of family life.
|Friday 2 May 2008|
Making sense of Miley madness
Why did a photograph of a 15-year-old Disney star’s back cause a global storm of controversy?
When footballers attack!
The ‘Battle of the Buffet’, the ‘Battle of the Bridge’, China vs QPR... if there's one thing football fans enjoy more than a goal, it’s a mass brawl.
The unasked questions about Zimbabwe
Why do 40-plus per cent still vote for Mugabe? Read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).
Trash TV, trash people?
There’s one thing that the liberal left and the conservative right share in common: they hate soap operas and the stupid people who watch them.
‘Anything is possible!’ we cried. Yet was it radicalism from below or crisis at the top of society that provoked the Sixties upheaval?
|Tuesday 6 May 2008|
Guilt-tripping the feckless electorate
London Elects plastered the city with patronising posters imploring people to vote, unwittingly revealing the elite’s hateful view of the public.
Will the real Boris please stand up?
Contrary to what you might have read, the blonde buffoon and new mayor of London is neither a friend of liberty nor an evil Thatcherite.
You can’t revive a corpse
Forget the talk of Labour ‘renewal’ - its humiliation in the elections should mark the funeral rites for a party that died 25 years ago.
|Wednesday 7 May 2008|
You can’t impose ‘free speech’ on people
If the Turkish government’s tiny amendment to Article 301 is anything to go by, EU pressure for reform is making Turkey less free, not more.
New Labour’s schizo policy on cannabis
The government is happier punishing cannabis users than admitting it cannot inspire youth to do something more interesting than get stoned.
Trick or treatment? The truth about homeopathy
Continuing our debate on ‘The Best and Worst of Medicine’, Michael Baum and Edzard Ernst call for homeopathy to be put in the sin bin of history.
|Thursday 8 May 2008|
The truth about the ‘surveillance society’
Those complaining that CCTV cameras don’t cut crime are missing the point: these cams are fundamentally political rather than practical.
‘The wickedness of man was great in the earth’
Today, everyone from ITV to heavyweight politicians seems to believe in the Middle Ages idea that floods are punishment for mankind’s hubris.
Rule 11: Parents are allowed to get drunk on holiday
The mad reaction to the story of a mum and dad who got paralytic in Portugal reveals a snobbish and unforgiving attitude towards parents today.
And the word was whack
Today's cynical and savvy kids are unlikely to fall for Bible bull.
|Friday 9 May 2008|
Cannabis: Class ‘B’ for boring
Why the one thing duller than a dopehead is the reclassification debate: read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).
Every team wants to be promoted, right? Wrong
Today, many football fans dread their team making it to the Premiership, lest they be humiliated by the ‘big boys’.
Participants in rigged phone-in votes and flawed viewer competitions deserve no sympathy. Everyone knows it’s a mug’s game.
Is it ethical to support the BNP?
Our ethical columnist explains why the far-right party are greener than most - it's their dreadful supporters that are the problem.
Derry 1968: Ireland’s ‘moment of truth’
When people in Derry rose up to challenge their sectarian rulers, they were written-off and ignored by a British left fiercely loyal to the state.
|Monday 12 May 2008|
An iron fist in a velvet glove
Iron Man, the latest Marvel superhero story to get a big-screen outing, captures the crisis and contradictions in ‘humanitarian militarism’.
Burma: a deluge of moral posturing
Western governments seem more concerned with lecturing the Rangoon regime than offering assistance to those hit by Cyclone Nargis.
Let’s turn a new page in the world of reading
Teaching children that books are mere resources to be ‘consumed’ is having a baleful impact on reading, culture and the quality of public life.
|Tuesday 13 May 2008|
Seasonal food only?
F*** off, Gordon
Toilet-mouthed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has suggested we should only eat food ‘in season’. That would mean letting Nature tell us what to do.
London’s illiberal, intolerant new rulers
Boris Johnson’s ban on booze suggests we can expect more New Labourite privileging of ‘social rights’ over real freedom under his regime.
Israel is not what it was
Through 60 years of turmoil, only one thing remains constant: there can still be no external solution for the Middle East.
|Wednesday 14 May 2008|
How Hillary could split the Democrats in two
Clinton’s anti-elitist rhetoric won’t help her become president. But it could make Obama’s defeat at the hands of McCain more likely.
A lesson for Britain’s obesity hysterics
New evidence from America suggests that intervening in schools and forcing kids to eat, think and learn healthily does not make them slimmer.
Crusaders in search of a crusade
From Burma to China to Austria, why do Western observers always seek signs of human depravity? PLUS: Brendan O’Neill on ‘news as porn’.
|Thursday 15 May 2008|
The death of the ‘Zionist dream’
Contrary to the caricature of Israel as an expansionist and arrogant aggressor, the 60-year-old nation is suffering a severe identity crisis.
Mrs Blair’s confessional incontinence
In Downing Street she invoked the ‘right to privacy’ to keep the press at bay. Now she’s vomiting up details about her life as a mum and PM’s wife.
Abortion: get out the vote
An academic offers tips on how you can pressure your MP to turn up to Tuesday’s vote in parliament and defend the 24-week limit.
Abortion: 24 reasons to defend 24 weeks
A Tory MP has unveiled 20 reasons why the time limit for abortion should be lowered to 20 weeks. Here are 24 reasons why it should stay as it is.
|Friday 16 May 2008|
Your home is not your (bouncy) castle
Why the high court ruling that parents can be liable for injuries sustained on inflatables is a danger to all of us - read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).
Rangers after UEFA: just don’t call us plucky
We’d far rather stay as the team that everyone hates rather than be patronised as spirited, have-a-go heroes.
Why should we pay the Orwellian licence fee?
Threatening TV licence-dodgers with scary ads can’t disguise the fact that fewer people are watching the Beeb.
Is it ethical to be an ethical lifestyle adviser?
Our ethical columnist draws the attention of his fellow advisers to some basic rules of the trade.
Exploding the myth of trafficking
Controversial author Laura María Agustín tells spiked that those dedicated to combating the sex industry have criminalised migrant workers.
|Monday 19 May 2008|
Blurring the line between ‘normal’ and ‘disabled’
A charity despairs at public ignorance about people with learning problems. Yet it’s the constant redefinition of disability that sows confusion.
To see the future of the internet, look East
If Westerners could shake off their prejudices about ‘copycat’ Asians with ‘small hands’, they might just see the wonders of Asian web innovation.
‘Paedophile scares are always driven by the elite’
As the Jersey children’s home ‘bone’ turns out to be a piece of coconut, Richard Webster tells spiked the case reveals much about moral panics.
|Tuesday 20 May 2008|
Is the Dalai Lama a ‘religious dictator’?
As the world’s favourite giggling Buddhist arrives in Britain, a Buddhist nun tells spiked that he is denying people their religious freedom.
The dangers of ‘identity management’
The implementation of the UK government’s identity card scheme is being driven by a fundamental distrust of the populace.
Fear of the madding crowds
The hysterical backlash against Rangers fans reveals more about our society’s troubled state of mind than about the trouble in Manchester.
|Wednesday 21 May 2008|
The Duchess vs ‘white trash’ Britain
Yes, it was sickening to see Sarah Ferguson on TV lecturing a poor family about food. But all food-makeover shows come with a side order of snobbery.
Gordon Brown and the ghosts of innovation
James Heartfield reports from yesterday’s NESTA conference in London on the flailing PM’s vampiric relationship with the ‘innovation economy’.
Crewe by-election: Farce War, not Class War
The Labour Party’s nasty campaign in Crewe and Nantwich exposes the petty, personalised and chauvinistic strain in contemporary politics.
|Thursday 22 May 2008|
Can design cut crime?
Government attempts to ‘design out’ crime by sticking anti-theft, noise-emitting devices around the country will make us feel less secure.
A cruel and unusual ban
The smoking ban in psychiatric institutions means their patients are the only people in Britain forbidden from smoking ‘in their own homes’.
Abortion in Britain: the debate ain’t over yet
Ann Furedi welcomes British MPs’ defence of the 24-week time limit, but says much more can be done to free up and streamline abortion services.
|Friday 23 May 2008|
Kick fatalism out of football
It was Fergie’s iron fist wot won it, not the fickle foot of fate. Read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London).
What JD and Co. reveal about real life
‘Realistic’ hospital shows like Casualty are actually unrealistic, and painfully moralistic. The weird and surreal Scrubs is much closer to the truth.
Who do you hate most: Chelsea or United?
For us ‘neutrals’, choosing who to support in the Champions League Final was like a man on death row choosing between the chair or an injection.
After Crewe: where is the positive politics?
The by-election result was less a victory for Cameron’s hollow Conservatives than an angry, tired rejection of the failed political elite.
|Tuesday 27 May 2008|
Nul points for Terry Wogan’s outburst
The complaints about Saturday night’s Eurovision Song Contest stink of sour grapes with a dash of anti-Eastern prejudice.
A Kamikaze attack on manmade flight
A new exhibition charts the history of aviation from the suicidal Pioneer Age to the bold Jet Age to the drab ‘Eco Age’.
The Great American Baby Bottle Scare
Cynical official scaremongering about a harmless plastic in baby bottles has panicked moms and dads throughout America and Canada.
|Wednesday 28 May 2008|
China: ‘so pernicious, so malign, so vile’
Tim Black reports on the outbursts of borderline Sinophobic sentiment at last night’s London debate on boycotting Beijing.
Body Mass Index: a big fat lie
Continuing our debate on ‘The Best and Worst of Medicine’, Patrick Basham and John Luik argue that BMI has led to a needless ‘war on obesity’.
Why knife crime cuts us to the quick
The deep insecurity in our society has fuelled a national panic, despite the UK having one of the world’s lowest youth homicide rates.
|Thursday 29 May 2008|
John Terry joins football’s Hall of Tears
The mocking of ‘Mr Chelsea’ for blubbing like a baby does not show that public emotionalism is on the retreat - it just shows that everyone hates Chelsea.
Terror’s Advocate: a trial in itself
Barbet Schroeder’s documentary about the rogue French lawyer Jacques Vergès is a confusing study of a man with questionable principles.
A great day for democracy
The abolition of the monarchy in Nepal should put the fear of god – or rather the fear of man – into Britain’s own crumbling House of Windsor.
|Friday 30 May 2008|
History: it's just one bloody thing after another
Having jettisoned political and historical frameworks, Michael Burleigh's story of terrorism combines a lack of insight with excessive prejudice about curry-eating loyalists and headbutting Glaswegians.
‘are not awful’ shock!
Yes, the 400-page tome is full of gynaecological goo and bimbo-style twittering about getting her hair done. Yet Speaking for Myself is also a surprisingly endearing narrative on the incoherence of New Labour.
Jim Crow dressed up in multicultural drag
It’s more than 50 years since the landmark Brown case challenged the segregation of blacks and whites in American schools. Yet under the yoke of multiculturalism, new, liberal-justified forms of segregation are rife.
You can’t care for kids unless you touch them
Under new guidelines, teachers can be chastised for patting a boy on the head or for putting a plaster on a girl’s knee. A stirring new book says these mad anti-touch measures are killing the spirit of teaching and caring.
Shooting down the enemies of progress
Environmentalists argue that the debate about global warming is done and dusted, and we now have no choice but to rein in development and shrink the ‘human footprint’. Two powerful new books beg to differ.
Obama: a man of no substance
He launched his political career in 1995 with a candid memoir, and kickstarted his presidential bid with a ‘political treatise’ stuffed with embarrassing personal anecdotes. Obama takes the politics of personality to a new low.
The reactionary firebrands of ‘Real England’
Paul Kingsnorth’s Nietzschean call for the ‘watchful ones’ to defend proud England from the ‘slaves’ of mass modern society is about as liberal or left-wing as Genghis Khan.
Thou shalt not ask awkward questions
A new book shows that some of those labelled ‘the deniers’ of global warming, and depicted as oil-funded crooks, are in fact sensible, respectable scientists. Why have they been made into heretics?
The rise and rise of the New Malthusianism
Fatal Misconception is a thorough study of the history of the population-control lobby – but it fatally underestimates how influential the new green-leaning Malthusianism has become.
Taking a political placebo
The radical backlash against alternative medicine allows liberals to imagine a return to their glory days of fighting against ‘menaces to civilisation’. But it sheds little light on the real problem with the politics of health today.