Stop doctoring the statistics on abortion
Claims that gynaecologists’ moral objections are pushing ‘late’ abortions outside the NHS are greatly exaggerated.
Raising a glass to freedom of choice
Suzy Dean of the Manifesto Club reports on Saturday’s drunken anti-Boris party on the London Underground.
A British bishop’s hysterical comparison of climate change deniers to Josef Fritzl shows how zealous the hunt for modern demons has become.
|Tuesday 3 June 2008|
Questioning the myth of food scarcity
World leaders are debating global hunger in Rome, yet French fishermen are giving away seafood stolen from supermarkets. What’s going on?
Freedom is not an academic discussion
The idea that British academics should boycott Israeli universities and their staff is a slap in the face to academic freedom and solidarity.
Hillary Clinton: a man in a woman’s world
There are 1,001 reasons to hate Hillary. The fact that she’s driven and ballsy is not one of them. PLUS: Sean Collins on Democratic dysfunction.
|Wednesday 4 June 2008|
Witch-hunting smokers out of polite society
In depicting smoking as a habit of the poor or insane, UK health campaigners are demonising ‘undesirable people’.
Boris and the ‘politics of misbehaviour’
The London mayor’s anti-booze ban and the inebriated protest against it reveal a lot about killjoyism and radicalism today.
Rule 12: An ‘action plan’ won’t stop teen drinking
The problem with teenage drinking is not their livers, but their lives: they’re sticking two blurred fingers up at today’s stifling adult culture.
|Thursday 5 June 2008|
A government u-turn we should welcome
It was a mad idea to make businesses that employ under-16 paperboys or interns submit to vetting - thank God it’s been scrapped.
Why ‘deradicalisation’ is not the answer
It's time Jacqui Smith realised that Islamist extremism is not a ‘foreign’ invader of Britain, but rather springs from our own bankrupt culture.
The Fortinbras Factor
David Cameron’s Conservatives are profiting from the demise of New Labour – but there is no ‘Tory revival’.
|Friday 6 June 2008|
Vet the world!
The fetish for vetting anybody who goes near ‘the vulnerable’ is becoming more perverse. Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times.
Big Brother: freakshow or social experiment?
Meet the geeks, freaks, orange bodybuilders, cookie monsters and twats who make up this year’s British Big Brother.
It just ain’t the same without England
‘Who will you support?’ asks the BBC in its Euro 2008 trailers. I have another question: ‘Does anyone give a monkey’s?’
Is it ethical to get old?
Who is Barack Obama?
From Harvard to the Washington Beltway: his meteoric rise signals the triumph of shallow personality politics over Politics with a capital P.
|Monday 9 June 2008|
In vitro fertilisation:
the miracle of life
Continuing our debate on the best and worst of medicine, a historian nominates IVF as one of the greatest breakthroughs.
A little less consultation, a bit more action please
In the run-up to a live spiked debate, Tim Black says Britain has become a world leader in dithering on nuclear power.
Barack Obama and the politicisation of lifestyle
The most striking thing about the 2008 race for the White House is the ‘blue’ elite’s unrestrained disdain for its ‘bitter’ moral inferiors.
|Tuesday 10 June 2008|
Anti-bullying therapists, you’re fired!
As The Apprentice comes to an end, let us challenge the idea that bullying bosses are making life hell for British workers.
Trapped in a prison of underdevelopment
High infant mortality, crippling disease, grinding poverty: this is tribal life, as celebrated by Survival International.
Ireland: know your place, you ungrateful wretch!
The bile-filled assault on Irish voters who are thinking of rejecting the Lisbon Treaty shows just how corrupt and undemocratic is the EU.
|Wednesday 11 June 2008|
Why the elite prefers Poles to proles
Praising the work ethic of immigrants has become a coded way of attacking Britain’s own white feckless ‘underclass’.
Immigration: attitudes are not the problem
Never mind changing ‘how the public thinks’ about immigration. How about changing immigration law?
The phoney 42 days war
Neither our security nor our liberty rests on whether police can detain terror suspects without charge for four or six weeks.
|Thursday 12 June 2008|
Gone, Baby, Gone: who’s fit to be a parent?
With echoes of recent high-profile child abductions, Ben Affleck’s crime drama poses a modern moral dilemma.
Let’s rebel against the new referees
From reality TV to school sports, faked activities controlled by outside judges have replaced real competition.
Mancunian motorists, say ‘No’ to this sin tax
The proposal for a road-pricing scheme in Greater Manchester shows what is driving today’s anti-car zealotry: distrust of the people.
|Friday 13 June 2008|
What price your independence?
Adult children don’t need a mortgage to leave home, argues Mick Hume in his column in The Times (London).
In an ugly world, we need ugly newsreaders
The rise of the husky-voiced, coquettish female newsreader mirrors the decline of that ‘masculine’ value: objectivity.
Euro 2008: football minus the self-loathing
England’s absence means we can enjoy watching football without chattering-class panics about hooliganism and ‘bling’.
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’.
|Monday 16 June 2008|
‘The Irish are not fun-loving goblins’
PARIS: An Irish writer in France tells of his heated TV debates with the Sarkozian critics of Ireland’s child-like voters.
‘The plan now is to quarantine Ireland’
BRUSSELS: The Brussels correspondent for the Daily Telegraph reports on the EU’s plans to forge ahead.
‘After all the money you got. Ungrateful b*stards’
DUBLIN: Kevin Rooney reports on the Irish elite’s fury at the ‘unspeakable’ mass who dared to reject the Treaty.
Now it’s clear: the EU is an alien imposition in Europe
They have been libelled as an uneducated ‘horde’, yet Irish voters’ rejection of the Lisbon Treaty is a brilliant blow against the EU oligarchy.
|Tuesday 17 June 2008|
Two cheers for David Davis
The Tory is hardly the historic freedom fighter claimed by some, but he looks like a hero next to the rest of the illiberal, spineless political class.
Let’s make life harder for the state and easier for the individual
spiked’s 10-point plan for defending our legal rights in illiberal times.
|Wednesday 18 June 2008|
One thousand new nuclear stations?
Gordon Brown says we must go nuclear to prevent climate change - what do you say? Get tickets now for the big spiked debate on the future of energy.
The perils of being big in Japan
Millions of Japanese face health ‘re-education’ if they don’t slim down - and all because of bogus claims about the dangers of a large waistline.
‘It’s The Emperor’s New Clothes, with swearing’
Neil Rafferty tells spiked about creating Britain’s top satirical site, the Daily Mash, and the serious business of making fun of the elite.
|Thursday 19 June 2008|
Design can cut crime
The director of the Design Against Crime Centre responds to Martyn Perks’ claim that designers are bowing down to the UK government’s authoritarian agenda.
The way to save tigers is to farm tigers
Conservationists seem happier to restrict the lives of poor people in India than find a solution that benefits both animals and humans.
If 42 days detention was wrong, how about 548?
A new directive allowing EU states to detain immigrants for 18 months makes Britain’s new anti-terrorism laws seem liberal.
|Friday 20 June 2008|
Why I don't care if Ronaldo’s the Real thing
The Portuguese winger may be brilliant, but to this United nut, he was always more of a holiday romance than a lifelong commitment.
When swearing on TV is big and clever
Relentless cursing is ignorant and unfunny, but using profanity judiciously - like Joan Rivers did this week - can be hilarious.
Policing ‘touch’ in schools
Measures that prohibit patting a boy on the head or putting a plaster on a girl’s knee are killing the spirit of teaching and caring.
|Monday 23 June 2008|
Disenfranchising the people of Zimbabwe
Morgan Tsvangirai’s withdrawal from the presidential run-off is understandable – but it exposes the undemocratic dynamic to Western interference.
What’s Happening to our view of humanity?
M Night Shyamalan’s latest blockbuster is an all-too-familiar lecture about the destructiveness of mankind. (Warning: spoilers ahead!)
After the Irish ‘No’ vote: pathologising populism
The EU elites’ Mugabe-style disdain for their populist opponents only shows how cut off they are from the people of Europe.
|Tuesday 24 June 2008|
Boris Johnson: London’s new PC crusader
The mayor’s sacking of a political adviser over a ‘race phrase row’ shows that he has more in common with bossy Blairites than people think.
This year’s must-have fashion: pity for Indians
Recent TV documentaries exposing that Primark’s clothes are made by Indian child labourers have been nauseatingly elitist.
Homosexuality: it isn’t natural
Ignore those researchers who claim to have discovered a ‘gay gene’, says Peter Tatchell: gay desire is not genetically determined.
|Wednesday 25 June 2008|
Let’s unmask this travesty of justice
The use of anonymous witnesses in criminal trials is an assault on open justice and the presumption of innocence.
Who’s afraid of drugs in sport?
Drugs are useless in interactive sports like tennis, but they may help to extend athletes’ careers. So let’s un-ban them.
Zimbabwe: whose crisis is it anyway?
There can be no democratic solution until the struggle to oust Mugabe is separated from the moral posturing of the international community.
|Thursday 26 June 2008|
Dodgy international team? Get a Brazilian!
With Poles playing for Germany and a London boy playing for Turkey, national identities are blurred at Euro 2008.
The funny side of food and cars
You don’t have to be a foodie or petrolhead to enjoy watching the big-ego, un-PC hosts of The Supersizers Go... and Top Gear.
No defender of liberty should use the libel laws
England’s law of defamation is the enemy of free speech. So why did the head of Liberty threaten a minister with a writ?
And a little child shall lead them
Children are being educated to re-educate parents in the ways of ‘healthy living’. Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times.
Now you need a licence to interact with children
A new pamphlet, published today, argues that the UK government’s hysterical vetting of adults who work with kids is strangling social solidarity.
|Friday 27 June 2008|
The dangerous rise of therapeutic education
In an extract from their new book, Kathryn Ecclestone and Dennis Hayes argue that the relentless introduction of emotional literacy into the school curriculum is opening young people’s minds to the policing of the authorities.
Depoliticising the war in Northern Ireland
With its lurid descriptions of the 'feral youth' and fat 'toothless slatterns' of Belfast, Kevin Myers’ vicious attack on Irish Republicanism is an attempt to rewrite the history of the Troubles and absolve Britain of colonial guilt.
The myth of the ‘good war’ goes up in smoke
Nicholson Baker's historical montage has got many reviewers spitting blood, yet all he has done is remind us that the motives and behaviour of the Allies in the Second World War were often far from decent.
The high cost of invasive parenting advice
A striking new book argues that ‘invasive parenting’, ‘hyper parenting’ and even ‘death-grip parenting’ are turning out a nation of wimps: young adults who can’t cope without having mommy on call. Is it true – and how did it happen?
How do we break free of the rules of biology?
Chris Fernyhough has written a sometimes touching book on his daughter’s mental development in the first three years. But he fails to get to the heart of the infant’s transition from biological machine to human agent.
The truth about our
Fareed Zakaria, author of the hot political book of the moment, is like a weather vane for America’s foreign policy establishment: his own twists and turns expose the deep disarray running through elite circles in the US.
George Monbiot’s Kafkaesque transformation from green hysteric to ‘man of science’ shows how environmentalism is adding a gloss of ‘scientific truth’ to elite prejudices and fears.
How both left and right are naturalising ‘racial feelings’
In this extract from his new book Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate, Kenan Malik says twenty-first century sociobiologists have turned divisive identity politics into a natural feature of the human condition.
Why we need a parents’ liberation movement
In this new essay Jennie Bristow traces the origin of the ‘woman question’, victim feminism, and the therapeutic state.
|Monday 30 June 2008|
The future of nuclear
Last week’s rowdy spiked/CMP debate pitted die-hard greens against nuclear representatives in a clash of moralities.
Recession? Bring it on!
In the name of ‘saving the planet’, many in the chattering classes are praying for an economic slump.
Prior to a live spiked debate on the ‘internet crunch’, Rob Killick slams the scaremongering of those who claim the internet might soon collapse.