‘We are all Gazans now’
The anti-war protests against Israel have been based less on the brotherhood of man than on the victimhood of man.
The first Twitterwar
‘Respect R rt 2 live...’ The Web 2.0 battle being fought alongside the war in Gaza reveals Israel’s defensiveness.
War without ends?
Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians appear to be pursuing any clear strategic aims in their clash in Gaza.
Whose war is it anyway?
The projection of the West’s Culture Wars on to the Middle East turns it into a permaconflict, depriving all sides of an incentive to compromise.
|Tuesday 6 January 2009|
A member of the Football Supporters’ Federation says fans have had enough of being zealously over-policed.
Gazza as metaphor
Once the herald of the New Emotionalism, Paul Gascoigne has now become its most debased product.
The antithesis of anti-imperialism
Anyone who cares about Palestinian self-determination should steer clear of the Israel-bashing lobby; there’s nothing progressive in it.
|Wednesday 7 January 2009|
Change4Life: change we can’t believe in
The UK government’s latest war on obesity is the most cartoonish public-health propaganda in living memory.
All aboard the atheist bus? No thanks
The plastering of God-doubting adverts on buses and trains captures the preachy attitude of the New Atheists.
New Year, new low
Seven days into 2008, the great and the good are ‘welcoming the credit crunch with open arms’ in the hope that it will correct our greed.
|Thursday 8 January 2009|
Who made Gaza into a bloody trap?
Blaming ‘Israeli insanity’ for imprisoning Gazans overlooks the central role of the polite, Western peace process.
There is no such thing as a ‘good lie’
Hoax horror stories do no favours for Palestinians, instead turning them into objects of Western pity.
Gaza is not Warsaw
The comparison of Israel to the Nazis sums up the childish and dangerous ‘binary thinking’ that is rife in international affairs today.
|Friday 9 January 2009|
Putting snobbery on hold
The ban on mobile phones in hospitals had nothing to do with safety. It was born of a sniffish disdain for the oiks who use them.
A shooting star in the comedy firmament
True or false: the one-off Christmas special of Vic and Bob’s cult quiz show proved it still has comedy cache?
How Stevie G let down the soccerati
Gerrard’s passion for Phil Collins is sneeringly taken as evidence that footballers are ill-educated philistines.
Sam Adams: the first professional revolutionary
It’s high time we reclaimed and celebrated this rabble-rouser of the first order, without whom the American Revolution might not have occurred.
|Monday 12 January 2009|
It’s a Digestive, Jim, but not as we know it
Anti-fat Whitehall functionaries have managed to ruin the British biscuit that even Hitler failed to crush.
The CFLs are on, but nobody’s home
The mad green war on light bulbs won’t save much electricity - it’s about enforcing moral rectitude in the home.
Why rate cuts stir so little interest
The problem facing British capitalism is not just a shortage of credit, but the lack of profitable and productive new sectors in which to invest it.
|Tuesday 13 January 2009|
The importance of being honest
The wild claim that Oscar Wilde sexually abused children is just another bout of hero-bashing.
Yanking up the spending spree
Why the New York Yankees are being attacked for flashing the cash during a recession.
Prince Harry and the thought police
The implication behind the public hounding of ‘racist Harry’ is that all words, even those uttered in private, must be policed and punished.
|Wednesday 14 January 2009|
Creating their own private Gazas
The fancy-dress protest in London was fuelled by narcissism rather than real solidarity with the Palestinians.
Sanctions did not liberate South Africa
And whatever the vainglorious campaigners against Israel say, boycotts and sanctions won’t liberate Palestinians either.
Israel, Starbucks and the new irrationalism
In that coffee shop gutted by Gaza protesters, on the basis of rumour and prejudice, we can glimpse the emergence of cultural anti-Semitism.
|Thursday 15 January 2009|
India’s ‘festival of
As British eco-activists fly into a fury over the Third Runway, millions of Indians are exploring the skies on cheap flights.
Dati and the morality of working mums
If we’re serious about choice, then why shouldn’t the French justice minister take only five days’ maternity leave?
Preachiness at Obama’s inauguration
Wendy Kaminer recalls her run-ins with (and creepy emails from) the right-wing preacher who is giving the invocation at Obama's inauguration.
|Friday 16 January 2009|
Ernesto Guevara: the man behind the t-shirt
Che: Part One captures brilliantly the determination of the rebels and the cowardliness of Batista that led to the events of 1959.
The boring but
We should resist demands to ‘sex up’ snooker: this sport requires patience, silence, decency and dickie bows.
Why Chelsea will never be loveable
The Make Chelsea Loveable campaign underestimates the power - and joy - of football’s politics of hatred.
The definitive guide to ‘white people’
Christian Lander talks to spiked about the self-important, ironic, Tibet-pitying, Wire-loving American liberals that he parodies in his book.
|Monday 19 January 2009|
The politics of anti-Zionism
Today’s widespread attacks on Zionism as ‘expansionist and racist’ are historically illiterate, and not as radical as they sound.
After Gaza: what’s behind 21st-century anti-Semitism?
Anti-Israel sentiment is morphing into anti-Jewish sentiment, as more and more people project their disdain for the modern world on to ‘the Jew’.
|Tuesday 20 January 2009|
By medicalising reading problems, we suggest to children that they can’t overcome their difficulties.
A fishy campaign
PETA’s attempt to rebrand fish as ‘sea kittens’ takes anthropomorphism to an unfathomable new low.
Why they might miss Dubya when he’s gone
Many of those still bashing Bush as an idiot indulged in some political idiocy of their own over the past eight years. PLUS: Who’s the poodle?
|Wednesday 21 January 2009|
The ‘messiah’ and the art of the possible
Guy Rundle reports on the party in Washington and how Obama’s speech marked a positive break with America’s recent past.
Che Obama: the new cult of personality
Why does no one else find it creepy that Obama’s image now adorns everything from t-shirts to hats to train tickets?
Standing up to the ‘sapping of confidence’
The speech was perceptive, but Obama won’t be able to ‘renew America’ until he can properly define its crises and enemies.
Now it’s time to put the ‘we’ into ‘Yes we can’
The inauguration of Barack Obama as the Forty-Fourth President captured people’s yearning for historic momentum, and Obama’s lack of it.
|Thursday 22 January 2009|
A right-on guide to imprisoning children
Preventing adults from adopting because they’re too fat or the wrong ethnicity means children will be left in the care system.
Israel, Gaza and the politics of victimhood
Are we seeing the rise of ‘humanitarian’ anti-Semitism, with Israelis treated as the new Serbs? One author thinks so.
Football fans must have freedom of speech, too
In the past, officialdom fenced in football fans like animals. Now it treats them like children, curtailing their speech and rapping their knuckles.
|Friday 23 January 2009|
Wrestling with the contradictions of fame
There’s a lot more to The Wrestler than Mickey Rourke’s stellar, art-imitating-life performance.
The changing climate of weather forecasts
From isobars and trained meteorologists to 3-D graphics and pretty faces, the evolution of weather forecasts is telling.
Going ga-ga over the Kaká deal
If Manchester City’s Arab owners want to pay silly money for the Brazilian star, what’s morality got to do with it?
‘Autistic children are now seen as a burden’
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick talks about how raising an autistic child is made infinitely harder by the charlatans waging the ‘war on autism’.
|Monday 26 January 2009|
Dale Farm rebellion against eco-elitism
The gypsies in Basildon, England, are being evicted for sinning against that sacred cow: the English Countryside.
I breastfeed, therefore I am a good mother
Yes, it’s wrong for Facebook to censor breastfeeding photos – but why do some moms make such a public display of nursing?
‘A nasty little piece of smug class warfare’
A Green holiday firm’s promise of ‘chav-free holidays’ for the middle classes exposes the snobbery that underpins radical eco-tourism.
|Tuesday 27 January 2009|
In this film, it’s every Slumdog for himself
Danny Boyle’s Mumbai melodrama reduces humanity to a collection of brutal oppressors and helpless victims.
The House of Lords is unreformable
The shock-horror over alleged corruption in the Lords misses the point — this institution is inherently corrupt.
Gaza and the White Journalist’s Burden
The BBC is being attacked over the DEC appeal on the super-arrogant basis that it is reporters' job to save the wretched of the Earth.
|Wednesday 28 January 2009|
No Platform for anyone called Rothschild
I know how Douglas Murray feels after being disinvited from a university debate. I was once rejected due to my surname.
Valkyrie: the Dubya version of history
Why is Tom Cruise idolising a Reich-sympathising aristocrat who described Jews as a ‘rabble’ who should be lashed?
Emperor in new no-clothes shock!
Only those suffering from the Brown delusion could be surprised to discover that he has not saved New Labour, never mind the world.
|Thursday 29 January 2009|
Expletives: the good, the bad and the crude
Yes, swearing can be a substitute for real humour. But used wisely and judiciously it can also be subversively witty.
Hooliganism: making a meal out of a melee
Despite the fighting at Hull City last week, the ‘English disease’ of football violence is largely a thing of the past.
The Troubles: a product of ‘virulent’ madness?
The proposal to give £12,000 ‘recognition pay’ to the families of all of those killed in Northern Ireland is a subtle way of rewriting history.
|Friday 30 January 2009|
The world needs abundant, cheap, clean energy
In an extract from their new book, Energise!, James Woudhuysen and Joe Kaplinsky argue that climate change is real, but the answer is to invest boldly in new forms of power supply not moralise about personal consumption.
A dimestore novel that reveals India’s beating heart
One Night @ the Call Center, still a bestseller in India four years after it was published, perfectly captures young Indians’ disdain for tradition and foreign snootiness, and their desire for prosperity and liberty.
The culture war behind the ‘credit crunch’
There seems to be a diametric divide between economic theories of under-consumption and over-consumption. In fact, both camps – with their focus on consumer habits rather than productive forces – share a common currency.
An Aussie in Obamaland
spiked contributor Guy Rundle spent 2008 reporting on the race to the White House, taking the political pulse in diners, town halls, motels, bars. The resulting book is a heartfelt, insightful document of an historic American year.
Blimey, he’s dead Dickensian and a lot like us!
Russell Brand’s footie columns for the Guardian reveal what the commissioning elite loves about him: they think he’s the perfect combo of working-class edginess and high intellectual wit. In truth, he possesses neither quality.
The making of a
modern-day witch hunt
The publication of the paperback version of Richard Webster’s The Secret of Bryn Estyn is a powerful reminder of who is driving today’s hysterical anti-paedophile witch hunts: police, judges, politicians… the elite, not the mob.
‘A society out of joint’
Those calling for more austerity to combat consumer greed are historically illiterate and morally warped. The last time austerity ruled Britain, it increased hunger, ill-health and authoritarianism, and seriously harmed community spirit.
Bully for childhood
Teasing, conflict and even fighting are all normal and necessary parts of children’s lives, shows Helene Guldberg in her brilliant new book. It’s the safety-first attitude of adults that risks doing far more damage to children’s development.
The boys in the bubble
Blaming selfish bankers, bridge-playing CEOs and greedy consumers for the financial crisis might provide economic commentators with a fix of moralistic self-satisfaction. But it means overlooking the larger systemic forces at work.