Windmills of the mind
A minister’s pledge to make opposition to windfarms as unacceptable as refusing to wear a seatbelt is revealing.
Mixing with Malthusians
spiked editor Brendan O’Neill ventured into a pit of population-controllers, and found himself holding his nose.
The four twitterers of the apocalypse
A crack squad of spiked writers twittered live from the end-is-nigh protests against the G20 in London on Wednesday.
|Thursday 2 April 2009|
Put Politics First
Saturday’s pre-G20 demonstration featured a mish-mash of often contradictory ideas that was more confusing than inspiring.
Your guide to the ‘belly of the beast’
In this photo-essay, Brendan O'Neill and Nathalie Rothschild show you the sights and sounds of the anti-banker protest.
What the G20 should really be debating
As the G20 kicks off, Rob Killick sets out a three-point agenda that it – and the rest of us – should be talking about.
A caricature of a riot
Yesterday’s protest of poseurs against bankers confirmed that anti-capitalism itself has become an empty brand, like KFC or FCUK.
|Friday 3 April 2009|
Stayin’ alive in Pinochet’s Chile
With humour and violence, indie flick Tony Manero explores a world suppressed by dictatorship and fed on Hollywood mythology.
Unoriginal, sterotypical, geeky — and very funny
Cult comedy Red Dwarf, set on a spaceship, is returning to our TV screens, with an injection of postmodern irony.
Under Capello, only the selfless survive
Why hasn't Michael Owen been called up? Because, like all good strikers, he's too selfish for the new England team.
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 6 April 2009|
‘I never thought I would be a squatter’
Patrick Hayes reports from Visteon in Enfield, where sacked workers launched a surprise occupation of their factory.
‘This matters greatly to our public opinion’
Widespread opposition to a proposed Afghan law is less about liberating women than shoring up Western authority.
It’s time to stop this ‘miracle cure’ madness
In his speech to the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick said the ‘war on autism’ is dehumanising people with the condition.
|Tuesday 7 April 2009|
A Fu Manchu of the dot com age?
Claims that Chinese cyber-spies are plotting world domination through the World Wide Web are greatly exaggerated.
An attention-seeking missile
North Korea’s rocket launch was not a Team America-style evil plot, but the desperate act of an isolated state.
A people’s rebellion against the cancer cops?
If it’s true that the British public is ignoring cacophonous cancer warnings, that isn’t a sign of stupidity: it’s the height of rationality.
|Wednesday 8 April 2009|
‘Suicide is a marvellous possibility for humans’
The founder of the Swiss suicide clinic has unwittingly exposed the misanthropy of today’s ‘right to die’ lobby.
Calorie-counting is an eating disorder
Imploring restaurants to list calorific content won’t help people lose weight, but it will zap the pleasure from eating.
‘Polish plumber’: you’ll miss him when he’s gone
News of migrants leaving recession-hit Britain has caused panic, even amongst those who didn’t welcome them when they first arrived.
|Thursday 9 April 2009|
The world’s most deadly TV genre
As yet another ‘world’s toughest job’ show, Oil Riggers feels like a substandard rip-off with a Texan accent.
Still ‘the baddest man on the planet’?
Tyson was once regarded as the embodiment of terrifying black rage, yet a new film shows that his story is a very human one.
The New Atheists’ Easter message? ‘Grow up or die’
Religulous, Bill Maher’s religion-baiting documentary, confirms what modern atheists hate most about religion: its humancentricity.
|Tuesday 14 April 2009|
Don’t close the door to Asian students
Demonising Pakistani students because a handful have been arrested as terror suspects is mad, bad and dangerous.
An open letter to Gordon Brown
If you want to help families affected by autism, you shouldn’t be inviting Polly Tommey to No.10.
Turning Ian Tomlinson into the Princess Diana of protest
The campaign over the death of a bystander on the G20 protest has little to do with seriously challenging the police or defending liberty.
|Wednesday 15 April 2009|
Tamils and the limits of liberal outrage
A photo-essay by Nathalie Rothschild and Brendan O’Neill on the most under-reported demo of the decade.
The policing of fans is more insidious now
Before Hillsborough, football fans were treated like caged beasts. Today we are treated like wicked children.
The deaths of 96 Liverpool fans were not only a tragic accident; they were also the unintended consequence of a deliberate policy.
|Thursday 16 April 2009|
People are not to blame for earthquakes
The devastation of the Abruzzo region in Italy owes far more to an act of nature than modern building techniques.
A campaign to switch off modern society
The raid on climate protesters was disgraceful — but so was the protesters’ plan to shut down a power station.
‘Smeargate’ and the suicide of the elite
The rumour-mongering of top New Labour officials is only the most twisted expression yet of the institutional corrosion of the political class.
|Friday 17 April 2009|
A freakshow dressed up as documentary
Embarrassing Bodies is only a symptom of the deeper disease of dumbing down that now afflicts Channel 4.
Dwain Chambers: ‘I’m a determined little man’
One of the world's fastest men tells spiked about his battle with the UK's sanctimonious sporting establishment.
The slippery slope to freedom in Iran
Jessica Mudditt reports from Iran’s little-known skiing resorts, where young Iranians escape the petty restrictions of the Islamic theocracy.
|Monday 20 April 2009|
Ballard: explorer of catastrophe
The author of Empire of the Sun and Crash was no dystopian prophet; he used disaster to reimagine the world.
Why we need
A trustee of the Optimum Population Trust responds to Brendan O’Neill’s report on their recent conference.
‘Militant lactivism’: question it at your peril
A US journalist caused a storm when she dared to challenge some of the scientific claims of the breast-is-best lobby. She talks to spiked.
|Tuesday 21 April 2009|
‘Why we’re standing in the EU elections’
The British head of Libertas tells spiked about their campaign to fix Europe’s ‘democratic deficit’.
The 10 craziest things about Boylemania
Yes she’s a good singer, but there’s no excuse for turning Susan Boyle into a theological, moral and political symbol.
The castration of Cheryl Cole
The Geordie blubberer is set fair to take over Princess Di’s conspicuous compassion job, if all personality isn’t ironed out of her first.
Why are the police in a state?
Neither police brutality nor anti-police sentiment are what they once were in British society - yet the crisis of authority appears worse than ever.
|Wednesday 22 April 2009|
A harsh wind for economic recovery
Today’s UK Budget won’t create millions of green jobs in Britain’s windpower industry, because we barely have one.
In the thick of British warmongering
In the Loop avoids the lazy notion that Blair was Bush’s poodle and instead satirises Britain’s own war games.
Pass the death sentence on mandatory sentencing
The United States has five per cent of the world’s population yet 25 per cent of the world’s known prison population. What is going on?
|Thursday 23 April 2009|
Comedy’s man of steel
Mark Steel's sharp and self-deprecatory humour shines through in his new laugh-out-loud radio show.
‘Fair play’ is overrated
Teaching children the values of good sportsmanship is a mistake: sport requires ruthlessness.
A downturn in imaginative thinking
Alistair Darling’s plan is to kickstart a ‘low-carbon recovery’. This is code for: ‘We have run out of ideas.’
Even by New Labour standards, yesterday’s Budget was an unusually disturbing attempt by our leaders to evade economic responsibility.
|Friday 24 April 2009|
Could Jake Myerson sue his mother?
A barrister wonders if Julie Myerson, in writing about her son’s drug-taking and bad behaviour behind closed doors, may have crossed a legal line as well as a moral one.
After the recession, a New World Order?
Following the ‘credit crunch’, and now full-blown recession, the big story of the twenty-first century is likely to be the shift in the balance of power between the indebted West and the credited East.
It is not only New Labour that is assaulting liberty
Dominic Raab has written a swashbuckling tirade against New Labour illiberalism, but his sycophantic devotion to the Conservative Party means he has missed the broader problem of unfreedom today.
It’s time to move beyond the nature/nurture divide
In advising parents to ignore hectoring experts, Judith Rich Harris’s book still packs a punch 10 years on. But its use of evolutionary theory and social psychology to explain how people are ‘shaped’ leaves much to be desired.
The deification of Earth
James Lovelock’s argument that Gaia is a living organism with its own interests — which it will ‘pursue’ against humans — exposes the mystical, anti-human streak in contemporary environmentalism.
Trapped in ‘Cyburbia’
A fascinating new book argues that today’s internet culture springs from the anti-authority, anti-objectivity outlook of the 1960s counterculture, and puts the case for people escaping from their all-consuming ‘Second Lives’.
After the fatwa, the free speech wars
In the 20 years since the Rushdie affair, many on the left and right have failed to learn the most important lesson: if you invite the state to define the boundaries of acceptable speech, it will impact on you as well as your opponents.
The ‘credit crunch’: another Great Depression?
In the first part of his essay on the 1930s and today, Sean Collins puts the case for going beyond Keynesianism and monetarism and the obsession with finance to look at the deeper structural problems of capitalism.
|Monday 27 April 2009|
Bamboo Joint: raided by the junk food cops
Patrick Hayes reports from the first fast-food outlet in Britain to be shut down because it is too close to a school.
More evidence that trafficking is a myth
A major Irish investigation has failed to find proof of people-smuggling, puncturing the ‘new slavery’ scare.
How to beat up chavs
Tim Black reports on the London gym offering people lessons in headbutting hoodies and duffing up ‘the scourge’ of society.
Why I am still a screening sceptic
Essay: A leading cancer experts explains why, despite the ‘Jade Goody effect’, he has severe doubts about the benefits of cancer screening.
|Tuesday 28 April 2009|
The great malarial
Ceri Dingle explains why her charity has made a film exposing the piety of the ‘Save Africa’ bed-net campaign.
The day I was tested for swine flu
Tessa Mayes reports from Mexico City on what it's like to fall ill in the world capital of the new influenza strain.
Swine flu and the dramatisation of disease
Recent events show that, while society has the scientific know-how to cope with outbreaks of flu, it still sees disease as a harbinger of apocalypse.
|Wednesday 29 April 2009|
Displaying their ignorance on smoking
Why does New Labour want to ban cigarette displays in shops when there's no evidence it will impact on smoking habits?
Give it a rest: fish do not feel pain
Yet another research project claims to show that fish are capable of feeling pain. It’s as wrongheaded as all the rest.
Old Labour for New? No chance
The UK government’s tax rise for the better off does not mark a return to Labour’s socialist past – it is a classic New Labour stunt for today.
|Thursday 30 April 2009|
At least the recession will ‘slow down London’
Why the well-heeled, slow-witted campaigners of the Slow Movement are welcoming the economic downturn.
The myth that New Labour is pro-nuclear
Everyone from big business to greens imagines that British government policy favours nuclear energy. It doesn’t.
Swine flu: official panic is making things worse
The gap between the reality of swine flu and officialdom’s hysteria is widening every day, with potentially dangerous consequences.