Modern society’s jaded view of life
As Jade Goody’s slow death in public shows, dying is celebrated as one of the few things that still seems to unite us.
After the Convention, what next for liberty?
Saturday’s gathering of ‘freedom fighters’ was a welcome start, but it raised as many problems as solutions.
Should private tragedies be for public consumption?
Reactions to the untimely death of the Tory leader’s young son reveal much about the problems with the media and politics today.
|Tuesday 3 March 2009|
Women, keep drinking
Why was a flimsy study apparently showing a link between booze and breast cancer so uncritically accepted?
Taxing the sinners
The Scottish proposals to eradicate cheap alcohol are coercive attempts to control our choices and behaviour.
Seeing red over ‘Fred the Shred’
Incapable of having an honest debate about the economy, New Labour witch-hunts bankers instead. PLUS: Sean Collins on the politics of pay.
|Wednesday 4 March 2009|
It’s not the end of the world as we know it
Hysterical claims that we have only 93 months to ‘save our climate’ are based on ignorance of human ingenuity.
‘Out of the loop’ on the battlefield
The author of Cyburbia says recent wars in the Middle East show that techno-savviness is no substitute for purpose.
Pathologising dissent? Now that’s Orwellian
Ahead of a conference on the psychology of climate change denial, Brendan O’Neill says green authoritarians are treating debate as a disorder.
|Thursday 5 March 2009|
Irish people are angry about the recession, but there's little evidence that the land of green is turning red.
The new French film The Class offers some profound insights into the crisis of legitimacy of the Fifth Republic.
Is this another war on ‘Jewish science’?
The elite protest against today’s Israel Day of Science in London is built on double standards and a deep disdain for academic freedom.
|Friday 6 March 2009|
The spurious case of Benjamin Button
It is fitting that this soulless Brad Pitt vehicle won gongs for visual effects and make-up but nothing for acting, story, direction.
The reality show that supersizes on cruelty
Channel 4’s Supersize vs Superskinny turns both fat and thin people into freakshow-style figures of horror.
Perfecting the art of losing ugly
Since their World Cup win in 2003, the England rugby team has become one of the dirtiest, most tedious in the world.
From Nixonland to Obamaland
A study of how Richard Nixon exploited the Culture Wars in the 1960s sheds new light on his political era - and on the Obama era, too.
|Monday 9 March 2009|
A downturn in moral values?
Watch out: the recession could turn you into a fat fascist wife-beater with anger-control issues. Allegedly.
Whatever happened to ‘affluenza’?
The therapeutic elite has slyly shifted from blaming wealth to blaming poverty for our alleged mental instability.
Diseasing the recession
The UK government’s offer of free therapy to victims of the slump turns a socioeconomic crisis into a mental health issue.
|Tuesday 10 March 2009|
The hidden dangers of the migrant amnesty
Boris Johnson’s proposal of an ‘earned amnesty’ for illegal immigrants sounds progressive. Until you read the small print.
Still squeamish about stem cells
Obama’s extension of federal funding to stem-cell research is good news. But Bush was not the only barrier to progress.
The Zombie IRA
The attacks in Northern Ireland are not a rerun of the past but rather an Irish variant of the inchoate terrorism of the twenty-first century.
|Wednesday 11 March 2009|
Northern Ireland: policing self-esteem
The insistence that all parties clearly and continually condemn the splinter IRA attacks reveals much about the peace process.
‘The leaders of the EU are so uninspiring’
Declan Ganley, hated by the Irish elite for opposing the Lisbon Treaty, makes some good points about democracy.
They f*** you up, your kids
The furore over Julie Myerson’s book about her drug-using son marks a downward spiral from childhood misery memoirs to misery mum-oir.
|Thursday 12 March 2009|
IRA splinter groups: ghosts from history?
It is not the Real or Continuity IRA that is plunging Northern Ireland back into the past. It is the ‘peace process’.
Gun control: a useless shot in the dark
Germany has some of the tightest gun controls in the world, but that didn’t stop yesterday’s school shooting.
Indicting Bashir won’t bring peace or justice
Predictably, the ICC’s arrest warrant for Sudan’s president has created a backlash against aid workers and crippled hopes of an end to war.
|Friday 13 March 2009|
Watchmen and the tyranny of fandom
Zack Snyder's big-screen version of the graphic novel comes with baggage: cultish fans who could make or break the movie.
Marr on Darwin
Andrew Marr’s documentary on Origins was not nearly as irritating or Christian-baiting as I expected it to be.
Ingrid’s first game
spiked’s resident football columnist faces a parental rite of passage: taking his young daughter to a match.
The Art Instinct
What sets Denis Dutton’s book apart from others is not his use of Darwin to explain our cultural needs, but his insistence on art’s universality.
|Monday 16 March 2009|
Students deserve more than ‘crippling simplicity’
Why independent schools are rebelling against the UK government’s dumbed-down national exams.
Punishing us for that packet of Maltesers
The proposal that officials should tax chocolate is further evidence of the moralism driving the ‘war on obesity’.
Stupid, feckless, greedy: that’s you, that is
spiked reports from the premiere of The Age of Stupid, a cretinous film that unwittingly exposes the elitism and dodgy science of the green lobby.
|Tuesday 17 March 2009|
The state of the Union
What can ‘Brits Out!’ mean today when Britain has withdrawn from Northern Ireland emotionally and spiritually, if not physically?
No continuity in Northern Ireland
Forget the fears of a return to the past. History has moved on, that war is over, and it ain’t coming back.
|Wednesday 18 March 2009|
Giving competitive dads the red card
With its new ‘Respect’ agenda, the Football Association is demonising a key figure in youth sport: demanding dads.
That joke isn’t funny anymore
Yes Horne and Corden was ‘excruciating’ and ‘puerile’, but why are we only noticing the rot of British comedy now?
The modern university: you get what you pay for
It is the marketisation of higher education, its transformation into a glorified job-training scheme, that sustains the case for tuition fees.
|Thursday 19 March 2009|
Gilad Shalit and the politics of weeping
On the one-thousandth day of his capture, the young soldier has become a symbol of Israel’s disorientation.
The recession and the Politics of Fumbling
The consistent incompetence of politicians is no accident: it is testament to their lack of a cohering ideology.
Chimps are like humans? Stop monkeying around
This week it was revealed that chimps use sticks to smash open beehives. But there’s nothing remotely ‘human-like’ in such behaviour.
|Friday 20 March 2009|
Robert Peston: the most annoying man on TV?
Forget Fred the Shred: in his weird, garbled tones, it’s the BBC’s business editor who’s been talking us into a recession.
How English football conquered Europe
As English domination shows, money can’t buy you love, but it can give you a better chance of winning the Champions League.
Energising the debate about climate change
Energise! eschews the misanthropic green ideology of restraint and explains how human action can solve a human-made problem.
|Monday 23 March 2009|
Jade and the dangers of smear testing
Cancer charities hope that ‘Jade’s legacy’ will be more uptake of cervical smear tests. This might not be a good thing.
Jade and the tyranny of ‘anti-racism’
Everyone remembers the tabloid witch-hunting of Jade Goody. But the broadsheet witch hunt was far more terrifying.
After Jade, whose death will we watch next?
The salacious reports of Jade Goody’s physical demise confirm that death is the new sex: a form of voyeuristic entertainment.
|Tuesday 24 March 2009|
When is a war crime not a war crime?
When it is devised and defended by whiter-than-white Clare Short rather than by evil Israel or George W Bush.
The rise of the laptop bombardier
Journalists and editors did more than simply cheer NATO’s bombing of Belgrade: they wrote the script for it.
The legacy of Kosovo? International paternalism
The transformation of Kosovo into a colonial-style protectorate exposes the authoritarianism behind Western governments’ ‘ethical’ foreign policies.
|Wednesday 25 March 2009|
Blaming Karzai for the West’s failures
It is not the Afghan PM’s corruption that has wrecked Afghanistan, but the disarray of the invading powers.
The war between rights and responsibilities
Jack Straw’s new bill of rights is nothing like the Magna Carta: it would erode rather than enhance our liberty.
The politics of gay marriage
The referendum in California that banned gay marriage raises tortuous questions about the clash between majority rule and minority rights.
|Thursday 26 March 2009|
Red Riding: is it
that grim up north?
Channel 4’s dramatisation of David Peace’s novels was compelling TV, but its grimness bordered on caricature.
Inside Old Big ’Ead’s
old big head
David Peace’s The Damned Utd might not be factually airtight but it gets to the truth about gobby genius Cloughie.
Beware the Freds under the bed!
The attack on Fred Goodwin’s home is the result of an out-of-control anti-banker witch hunt that was cynically kickstarted by the elite.
|Friday 27 March 2009|
‘There is no “right way”
to rear a child’
On the tenth anniversary of the publication of her provocative book The Nurture Assumption, Judith Rich Harris talks to the spiked review of books about prescriptive parenting, playground bullies and grandmotherly advice.
Distorting the spirit of equality
The Spirit Level, a new book on why equal societies are better than unequal ones, fancies itself in the tradition of the French Revolution. In truth, it turns equality from a political goal into a therapeutic imperative.
The Reagan factor in American politics
An insightful new book puts Ronald Reagan in a proper historic perspective, but it overplays the strength of his political ideology and his role in creating a new world order.
Self-obsessed blogger goes native in the Middle East
Seth Freedman’s collection of columns and anecdotes about his travels in Israel and Palestine is more a juvenile journey of self-discovery than an exercise in eyewitness reporting.
A Green New Deal for saving America’s soul
Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded captures the extent to which green thinking is ingrained in the psychology of the Western elite, especially in that seat of has-been power: the United States.
The tyranny of
The critique of Frank Furedi’s Therapy Culture in the current British Social Attitudes survey misunderstands the thrust of Furedi’s argument, and the extent to which emotional conformism has gripped modern Britain.
‘I’m a determined little man’
Dwain Chambers, one of the fastest men on Earth who six years ago was embroiled in a drug scandal, tells Tim Black that he is determined to stand up to the vitriol of the Great and the Good and return to athletics.
Remembering Britain’s forgotten civil war
The history of the 1984-85 miners' strike has been either rewritten or erased altogether. The miners, and history, deserve better.
|Monday 30 March 2009|
Argumental and the comedy of superiority
Marcus Brigstocke and Rufus Hound talk to spiked about free speech, Bernard Manning and Daily Mail readers.
The tyranny of ‘international justice’
Philip Hammond reports from a conference that cross-examined the prosecution of presidents by international tribunals.
Sleaze: time for some ‘adult’ debate
As the UK government is thrown into turmoil by the home secretary’s claim for £10 worth of porn films, how much lower can politics go?
|Tuesday 31 March 2009|
Shopping and the Stone Age brain
More and more evolutionary psychologists claim we are driven to consume by cavemen instincts. We don’t buy it.
The ‘sustainable development’ con
Yesterday’s report from the UK Sustainable Development Commission shows what the S-word really means: no growth.
No, the economic crisis is not good for America
When even Time hopes the downturn will teach ‘childish, irresponsible, fat’ Americans a lesson, it’s clear recession porn has gone mainstream.