The Bailout Fallout: Drinking their one-dollar coffees, the patrons of a DC diner refused to believe that they’re to blame for the financial crisis.
A Capitol crisis
The Bailout Fallout: The failure of America’s leaders to hatch a plan for the financial crisis exposes the emptiness of their ‘politics of change’.
Jamie Oliver’s unpalatable ministry to the poor
Once again the celebrity chef, cheered by the media, is adopting a missionary position as he sticks it to the junk-eating lower orders.
|Thursday 2 October 2008|
ID cards: a badge to prove you’re ‘one of us’
New Labour’s ID cards scheme is a desperate attempt to magic up some sense of British togetherness.
Warning: anti-smoking damages public health
The new cigarette-pack photos send a clear message: conform to Healthy Living or face a life of state-sponsored mockery.
A licence to be offended
The case of The Jewel of Medina shows that the real threat to free speech comes not from Islamic radicalism but from elite cultural cowardice.
|Friday 3 October 2008|
Is it ethical to laugh at the financial crisis?
Our ethical columnist does a jig at the downfall of the anthropocentric, wealth-generating nightmare that is the world economy.
Cigarette pack pictures: horror porn for prigs
Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on how the state wants to nationalise our bodies as well as the banks.
Who’s afraid of xenotransplantation?
Using pig organs in humans could save thousands of lives. So why is Britain driving research away?
Venturing into the
scrum of Jonny’s life
Jonny Wilkinson’s Buddha-praising biography reveals a man worn out - physically and mentally - by his own drive.
The dialectic of wearing an iPod
Michael Bull’s new book says we wear iPods in order to escape alienation and ‘chilly’ urban landscapes. Maybe, but it’s not the whole story.
|Monday 6 October 2008|
The proposed ‘Age of Austerity’ is not a rational response to the financial crisis. It is a political campaign to ration our passions.
The ‘credit crunch’ and the crisis of meaning
The key problem today is not so much the banking meltdown, as our inability to understand the threat as a prelude to managing it.
|Tuesday 7 October 2008|
Boris: making himself London’s top copper
Boris Johnson’s hounding of Sir Ian Blair reveals the London mayor’s own authoritarian and arbitrary approach to politics.
India’s economic progress left in Tatas
The campaign to shut down a cheap car factory is driven by elite green angst more than the Indian people’s interests.
The whole presidential election is a sideshow
Many now look upon the Palin-Biden clash as a ‘sideshow’. In truth, this entire contest has become irrelevant to real-world events.
|Wednesday 8 October 2008|
Childhood obesity is not a form of child abuse
Public health zealots have no business putting fat kids on the at-risk register. Plus: Listen to Rob Lyons debate Tam Fry.
How the anti-smokers are stubbing out liberty
A new report by YouGov and ASH confuses acquiescence to the smoking ban with support for official interference.
Blow EU Jacques, I’m not all right
The crisis has shattered the façade of European unity, as governments turn back to the nation state to defend their own brands of capitalism.
|Thursday 9 October 2008|
Down with the filthy rich misanthropes
Recent events confirm that anti-human super-wealthy capitalists are in the vanguard of climate change hysteria.
Are Britain’s schools full of ‘little terrors’?
The government’s view of pupils as potential bombers says more about its own incoherence than a rise in extremism.
This digital utopianism is glorified piracy
The chattering classes’ passion for free file-sharing and disdain for creators’ rights is a betrayal of art and its practitioners.
|Friday 10 October 2008|
How the ‘right’ to 28 days’ detention was won
Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London) on the impending end of Britain’s phoney 42 days war.
to This Morning
Trite, inconsequential, and aimed at bored women: why celebrate this show?
Football: the last haven of X-rated freedom
Yes, that Sol Campbell chant is tasteless, obscene and cruel. But ban it? F**k off.
Ethan sings the Humanity Blues
Our ethical columnist performs his classic protest song, ‘Why Can't the Humans Die Out?’
From ‘Supercapitalism’ to the bailout debacle
Robert Reich’s book on big business and democracy shows that the top-down desire to lower living standards predated the credit crunch.
|Monday 13 October 2008|
Why the bear markets are talking bull
Hysterical coverage of falling share prices rests on the fallacy that they are a good indicator of economic health.
Panic is not the normal ‘human reaction’
There is no financial crisis so bad that it cannot be made worse by the intervention of the fear industry.
Britain vs Iceland: after the Cod Wars, the ‘Wad Wars’
London’s aggression towards Reykjavik sheds light on the short-termism and immaturity driving the authorities’ response to the crisis.
|Tuesday 14 October 2008|
Bigga Than Ben: from Russia with fraud
A comedy about two ‘pieces of Russian scum’ shows that scrounging off the system in the UK is neither easy nor lucrative.
British forces: a token army of occupation
The Iraqi PM’s attack on Britain’s lack of commitment in Basra has shot a hole in the government’s ‘Iraq Story’.
Republican rallies: the myth of a crazed mob
The liberal media’s depiction of McCain supporters as a Weimar-like gang of rednecks shows their own fear of the white working class.
|Wednesday 15 October 2008|
This Marxist isn’t laughing
I won’t be joining the ‘bloody pinko liberals’ to drool over the demise of capitalism.
I don’t predict a riot
The passivity of public reactions to the financial turmoil is a symptom of the other crisis: of democratic politics.
The state won’t be the saviour of the economy
Having spent 30 years depoliticising economic issues, state institutions are now spearheading an apolitical form of nationalisation.
|Thursday 16 October 2008|
Liberty vs liberty
Campaign group Liberty seems more interested in proposing an alternative authoritarianism than defending freedom.
A ticket to deride
Having a pop at the Fab Four for being ‘capitalists’ is a cover for slating the dynamism and materialism of the 1960s.
The de-moralisation of a woman’s right to choose
Isolated by popular opinion, the anti-choice lobby now uses psuedo-science rather than moral outrage to try to curb access to abortion.
|Friday 17 October 2008|
Apollo 13: a triumph over adversity
A TV doc reminds us that even failed space missions can be inspiring. Surely it’s time we returned to the moon?
Football is pantomime for grown-ups
Why shouldn’t we boo Cole? Footie is one arena where men still have the right to behave like pillocks for 90 minutes.
‘Climate change denial is a mental disorder’
Ethan Greenhart, author of Can I Recycle My Granny?, scraps with spiked over the recession, breastfeeding and ‘anti-science speech crimes’.
|Monday 20 October 2008|
It’s time to ditch
the two-doctors rule
Sally Sheldon on why she and 84 other academics have launched a campaign to reform Britain’s paternalistic abortion law.
New UK immigration minister goes bananas
Phil Woolas is exploiting the economic crisis – and a boy nicknamed ‘Banana’ – to clamp down on immigration.
Why the crisis-rattled elite is banking on Obama
The endorsement of Obama by every liberal’s favourite Republican, Colin Powell, springs from disarray and desperation in DC circles.
|Tuesday 21 October 2008|
How ‘Black September’ will redraw the contours of fear
After an era of pick’n’mix scares, from obesity to eco-doom, will the economic crisis encourage more collective forms of fearing?
|Wednesday 22 October 2008|
Rule 16: Strong families need more than money
With both the state and market proving unreliable, maybe families will look to each other for support in hard times.
A Capital investment
Even if reports of renewed interest in Karl Marx’s great work are exaggerated, it remains well worth the effort of reading today.
|Thursday 23 October 2008|
A nation of winners?
From tennis to motor racing, individual Brits are triumphant. But collectively, winning still comes second best.
Your spin-off for 10…
From The Colbys to Joey, TV is known for its dodgy spin-offs. Now even a quiz show is spawning new versions.
‘Racially stereotyping’ the white working class
Minister lets slip New Labour’s fear and mistrust of its own traditional voters. Read Mick Hume in The Times (London).
A shocking betrayal of women’s rights
The chief executive of BPAS slams the UK government’s refusal to allow a free vote on abortion in parliament.
Sarah Palin: a gift from god for East Coast comics
Tina Fey’s zany skits on Sarah Palin unwittingly expose the anti-smalltown, redneck-baiting beliefs of America’s big-city liberals.
|Friday 24 October 2008|
Dubai: the Gulf between development and freedom
With its soaring architecture, the Arab emirate is a two-fingered salute to sustainability. But Christopher Davidson's book, while supporting economic growth, reveals little sympathy for the workers building the post-oil economy.
Not in her name
The sharp arguments and choice quotations in Burchill’s new book on hypocrisy – a scathing assault on chav-bashers and posh greens – suggest she’s been reading the most enlightened magazine in Britain: spiked.
Geriatrics Do It Better
Ignore the prudish old feminists who slam Madonna for still wearing a leotard and dry-humping Justin Timberlake in her fifties. The woman is wily, committed and scarily muscular: the Ayn Rand of pop.
A history of quantum weirdness
Manjit Kumar’s new book charts the historic clash between Einstein and Bohr over quantum mechanics, and the science and philosophy that shaped their arguments.
Demeaning Waugh’s hateful, beautiful novel
The new film version of Brideshead Revisited turns Evelyn Waugh’s masterpiece of light satire and heavy sentiment into a hymn to a suffocatingly woolly liberalism.
Land of the free, or land of the free market?
Let Them In makes an unapologetic case for open borders in the US. But in discussing migrants alongside goods and services, it allows the market’s narrow economic needs to trump the case for unfettered freedom.
Darfur: the dangers of celebrity imperialism
From having talks with Blackwater to trying to fly unmanned aerial vehicles over Darfur, the war-hungry celebrities and activists of the Save Darfur lobby have taken leave of their senses.
Tackling the epidemic of ‘bad science’
Ben Goldacre’s new book offers an entertaining romp through the wacky world of homeopathy, nutritionism and other assorted quackeries. Yet he gives an easy ride to more influential forms of pseudoscience.
John McCain: the myth, the maverick, the man
From his therapeutic recollections of wartime suffering to his anti-ideological political campaigning, the ascendancy of John McCain reveals much about the state of American politics.
|Monday 27 October 2008|
‘One at a Time’: an attack on choice
The HFEA’s campaign to reduce multiple births in IVF treatment reveals its elitist disdain for prospective parents.
The collapse of the HFEA’s bizarre vendetta
The regulators should cheer the achievements of Britain’s most successful fertility doctor, rather than try to ruin him.
Liberty and democracy are at stake in this election
Obama may be a pragmatist likely to disappoint liberals, but he will do far more than McCain to undo Bush’s damage to freedom in America.
|Tuesday 28 October 2008|
A real Hunger for change
Steve McQueen says his film is not political, yet it still shows us what people are capable of in pursuit of freedom and justice.
Bobby Sands was nobody’s victim
The debate provoked by Hunger is a chance to remind ourselves there’s a difference between a sacrifice for a cause and victim politics.
|Wednesday 29 October 2008|
Putting a forcefield around Britain
Jacqui Smith’s plan to keep out of Britain anyone who is not ‘conducive to the public good’ is both illiberal and impractical.
‘Corfu Uncovered’: the fall of the political class
The Osborne/Mandelson scandal suggests the obsession with sleaze, more than sleaziness itself, is killing politics.
‘Crusade against autism’: doing more harm than good
The author of the new book Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion asks why autism has sidelined even Joe the Plumber in the US election.
|Thursday 30 October 2008|
Why shouldn’t money and politics mix?
Liberals once complained about candidates ‘buying elections’. Yet now that Obama is raking it in, they’ve shut up.
‘Brandgate’: turning crudity into a crisis
What the Brand/Ross affair reveals about standards at the Beeb, media self-obsession and Ofcom’s lust for censure.
Capitalism after the ‘credit crunch’: what is it good for?
In the run-up to a debate at the Battle of Ideas, Frank Furedi takes on capitalism’s half-hearted advocates and its misanthropic critics.
|Friday 31 October 2008|
In defence of the ‘unaccounted for’ life
Those ‘lost’ mountain marathon runners could look after themselves. Read Mick Hume in The Times (London).
Why bar chocolate from the Games?
The campaign to stop Cadbury sponsoring the 2012 Games is based on the idea that we’re all slaves to ‘junk food’.
How the soap kills the murder plot
Murder mysteries are titillating and intriguing in literary and cinematic forms, but TV just can’t seem to pull them off.
The McCainiac let loose in Johnstown
Guy Rundle reports from Pennsylvania, a state divided by the culture wars which McCain and Palin are desperate to win.
McCain and Obama: products of therapy politics
From his recollections of wartime suffering to his anti-ideological campaigning, McCain reveals much about the state of American politics.