In Calais, solidarity with the sans papiers
PHOTO ESSAY: Jessica Mudditt reports on a protest for open borders at the wasteland migrant shanties in France.
What next, ‘British women for British men’?
Brown’s promise of social housing for local people shows that he thinks the way to beat the BNP is to steal its policies.
Brown’s Britain: the Mr Bean of diplomacy?
The irony of the embassy controversy is that the UK has been singled out for attack by the Iranian regime because it lacks influence there today.
|Thursday 2 July 2009|
You say Dilli, I say Delhi
Rebranding Indian cities, streets and landmarks with ‘authentic’ Hindi names is parochial and chauvinistic, says Bombayite Sadhvi Sharma.
Desperately seeking an economic revival
The British government seems more interested in saving its own skin than devising an economic strategy.
Labour: the ghost of government past
The Brown regime’s U-turns on Royal Mail, ID cards and education reveals something shocking: Britain currently has no real government.
|Friday 3 July 2009|
NASA: ‘Risk is the price of progress’
A brilliant documentary on the Apollo missions reminds us that, yes, going to space is a risky business, but it's worth it.
Andy Murray: better than a loveable loser
He’s got a reputation as a self-obsessed, grumpy brat, but at least he’s got a chance of winning Wimbledon.
The grisly memoirs of a bad mother
Ayelet Waldman’s memoir may be solipsistic, but it is far more enlightening than the reams of mummy lit written over the past 10 years.
|Monday 6 July 2009|
A monument to Big Brother culture
PHOTO ESSAY: spiked reports from the unveiling of Antony Gormley’s reality-sculpture One and Other in Trafalgar Square.
Austerity is not the only solution
Ahead of tomorrow’s live spiked debate on the future of business, Tim Black laments the lack of vision on the recession.
When public health becomes a public nuisance
The bizarre advice given to us doctors on how to deal with swine flu confirms that top-down scaremongering is destroying medical practice.
|Tuesday 7 July 2009|
The sustainability con
Multinationals in China flag up their green credentials in order to dodge a far more serious matter: labour rights.
The green man’s burden
Why is Greenpeace calling on the UK to lecture nations like China, when the Chinese are cleaning up faster than us?
Taking a stand against the hyper-regulation of life
When everything from looking after kids to dancing in pubs requires a licence, Josie Appleton suggests a summer rebellion against regulation.
|Wednesday 8 July 2009|
Suspicion of social workers is healthy
Social workers are trying to improve their image post-Baby P, but the fact is they will always be controversial.
Let’s have a bonfire of the quangos
The rise and rise of quasi non-governmental organisations reflects the diminution of democracy and debate.
Let’s face it: things can get worse
Those who are too afraid to admit the dimensions of the economic crisis even to themselves are unlikely to come up with any new solutions.
|Thursday 9 July 2009|
Why greens love to evoke the Holocaust
Al Gore is only the latest environmentalist to use the spectre of Nazism to try to scare people green.
Vote ‘Yes’ or the economy gets it
Officials are using financial threats to get the right result in the second Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
Who’s afraid of billions of people?
In the run-up to the UN’s World Population Day, spiked argues against all attempts to cajole, coerce or convince people into having fewer kids.
Caught in the .NET
Does Microsoft's Passport system invade our privacy?
|Friday 10 July 2009|
The year British sport got serious
From the subdued transfer market to the meritocracy of Wimbledon, UK sport seems to have opted out of silly season.
British TV’s sci-fi inferiority complex
Swearier, flashier, gayer and set in Cardiff, BBC’s Dr Who spin-off Torchwood shows UK sci-fi can’t take itself seriously.
Al-Qaeda: it’s not big and it’s not clever
What do suicide bombers and environmentalists have in common? Faisal Devji explains in his daring new book on contemporary terrorism.
|Monday 13 July 2009|
Why I broke the law
Investigative journalist Tessa Mayes bought heroin from a drug cartel and faked an ID to get hired in a brothel – because the stories were worth it.
Rip up the RIP Act
For journalists to demand that other journalists be investigated under the RIP Act is like turkeys marching for more Christmases.
A bad free press is better than the alternative
The overblown media furore about alleged phone-hacking by News of the World reporters reveals the danger of ill-judged moral crusades.
|Tuesday 14 July 2009|
Museums are not playgrounds
Museums are good for children, but campaigns to make them more ‘family-friendly’ are bad for kids, adults and culture.
Brüno is irreverent? Yah, vassever
For all its daring pretensions, Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno ends up in bed with the very celebrities it mocks.
This politicisation of swine flu is bad for our health
There are two swine flus: the real disease, which is proving manageable, and the fantasy catastrophic disease invented by officialdom.
|Wednesday 15 July 2009|
The return of the aristocrats
Radical greens who encourage Prince Charles to butt into politics are setting history back hundreds of years.
The defeatism of the anti-war movement
Instead of opposing the war in Afghanistan on principle, the anti-war movement has merely exploited Western failures.
Afghanistan: the war for New Labour’s soul
All of those who are suddenly asking ‘Why are we in Afghanistan?’ should look for the answer, not in Helmand or Kabul, but at home.
|Thursday 16 July 2009|
Watch TV instead of having sex
Sadhvi Sharma reports from Bombay on one Indian official’s mad scheme for reducing the number of poor people.
I Have A Dream: no more flights!
Patrick Hayes joined a rabble of radical greens in London demanding a 55mph speed limit and an end to stag nights.
‘Low carbon’ is code for low ambitions
The UK’s new climate change plan shows how the green ethos is used to add a gloss of respectability to economic and visionary failure.
|Friday 17 July 2009|
My Sister’s Keeper: stranger than reality
Juliet Tizzard of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on Hollywood’s view of ‘saviour siblings’.
The greatest sporting draws in history
The England cricket team’s draw against the Aussies reminds us that, sometimes, not losing is everything.
Why we should support this writers’ revolt
Josie Appleton of the Manifesto Club hails Philip Pullman and other children’s authors who are refusing to submit to criminal records checks.
|Monday 20 July 2009|
‘Memoir is the twin sister of fiction’
Upon the death of Frank McCourt, described by some as the inventor of the misery memoir, read spiked’s interview with him from 2001.
Ireland’s bizarre war on blasphemy
The new criminalisation of blasphemy is not a return to the pious past, but rather is underpinned by a very modern suspicion of offensiveness.
The fearmongers preying on pregnant women
It was only a matter of time before the swine-flu scare lobby turned its attention to those who are seen as an easy target for fear: mums-to-be.
|Tuesday 21 July 2009|
Who’s afraid of electric vehicles?
Green opposition even to eco-friendly electric cars shows that what environmentalists really dislike is travel itself.
Banning alcohol ads won’t cure alcoholism
The campaign to restrict the advertising of booze in order to save the public could end up driving us to drink.
Scanning hoodies’ brains: eugenics by the back door?
Is children’s charity Kids Company really planning to send a mobile scanner to examine tearaways’ brains? Yes and no, says the charity’s founder.
|Wednesday 22 July 2009|
Taking sides in the Vestas dispute
Patrick Hayes reports from the Vestas factory occupation on the Isle of Wight where greens and workers made uncomfortable bedfellows.
The bunkum of Body Mass Index
The BMI measurement is crude and unscientific, yet the government loves it because it draws almost everyone into its anti-obesity orbit.
What good’s an election without alternatives?
In the hands of the UK’s non-political parties, the historic crisis of the system is in danger of becoming an historic missed opportunity.
|Thursday 23 July 2009|
This invention really does suck
The LifeStraw allows Africans safely to drink filthy water. Is it the most degrading gadget ever invented?
Birth pains are nothing to celebrate
It was degenerate feminists, not ignorant men, who first argued that childbirth should be a painful rite of passage.
Older people are more than ‘food for worms’
Why this week’s revelation that there will soon be more over-65s than under-fives provoked another bout of hysterical anxiety about ageing.
|Friday 24 July 2009|
Why does everyone want to be Irish?
From Angela's Ashes to Who Do You Think You Are?, the Emerald Isle is still a reliable source of self-pity.
Taking the Mickey out of football transfers
With his glossy brochure and glass legs, Michael Owen’s move to Man Utd is the strangest deal of a mad year.
Restating the case for human uniqueness
Despite all the media hype about ‘clever chimps’ using tools and feeling emotions, in truth there is nothing remotely human about primates.
|Monday 27 July 2009|
From work ethic to workaholicism
On John Calvin's five-hundredth birthday, Para Mullan traces how work has come to be seen as a Bad Thing.
Hands off India’s carbon emissions!
Hillary Clinton’s pressure on India to shrink its ‘carbon footprint’ is little more than eco-imperialism.
The by-election that nobody won
Yes, the Tories came first – largely by default – but the only real victor in last week’s Norwich North by-election was anti-politics.
|Tuesday 28 July 2009|
The ever-expanding world of mental illness
Redefining everyday problems and personality quirks as psychiatric problems is bad news for us all - and democracy.
Fiddling with loans while Rome burns
Darling’s attack on banks for failing to make credit available shows he still has no big ideas for overcoming the recession.
Obama: the king of low expectations
Healthcare controversies, dumb comments about the arrest of a Harvard professor, and ‘frumpy jeans’: is Obama losing his Midas touch?
|Wednesday 29 July 2009|
Bullying the public
The latest NSPCC/ChildLine initiative on bullied children presents both adults and kids as toxic beings.
The politics police
The bureaucratic watchdogs charged with disciplining elected politicians are bringing democracy into disrepute.
Down with ‘Damon AllBran’
After writing an opera about monkeys, Britpop’s answer to Tim Henman is back with his old chums.
It is the EHRC itself that is autocratic
It wasn’t Trevor Phillips who made the Equality and Human Rights Commission ‘dictatorial’ - by its very nature the EHRC is authoritarian.
|Thursday 30 July 2009|
Why I prefer to Wake Up To Wogan
The Irish veteran's warm-hearted whimsy is far preferable to the quarrelsome heavyweight news on Today.
Aussies reduced to whinging like Poms
Why is the Australian cricket team turning its back on sledging, sexual slurs and competitiveness?
After smoking and booze, now sunbeds are demonised
The media went wild over a new report claiming that sunbeds are ‘carcinogenic to humans’. But dermatology expert Sam Shuster is not convinced.
|Friday 31 July 2009|
How social work helped to undermine our sense of self
Once a way for radicals to feel they could do some good, social work now thrives parasitically on the notion that people are incapable of dealing with everyday problems.
In defence of autonomy
A fascinating new collection of essays spells out the threat to individual autonomy in the areas of sex, reproduction and family life, and puts the case for trusting people to make and take rational decisions.
Question everything — even environmentalism
A new book on the importance of being sceptical about received wisdom and simplistic spindoctoring mysteriously leaves out one area of life where scepticism is thoroughly frowned on today: climate change.
A downturn in imaginative thinking
A new book claims that people’s psychology and ‘animal spirits’ bring about economic downturns. It’s an argument that is both economically vulgar and politically unconvincing.
Anti-consumerist tracts: so many to choose from!
Neal Lawson’s All Consuming – yet another book that bashes the consumerist society – sums up the flimsy intellectualism and elitist disdain for the masses that courses through the veins of today’s anti-shopping lobby.
In defence of A-Rod
Yankees fan Sean Collins is not impressed by a book which asserts – but never proves – that Alex Rodriguez is a self-absorbed, high-maintenance, long-time drug-taker. When did sports writers get so moralistic?
At last, a serious debate on ‘social evils’
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has celebrated its 100th birthday not by throwing a party or patting itself on the back, but by publishing a challenging book on how individuation and therapy culture have eaten away at the social fabric.
The depraved genius of John Calvin
‘Calvinist’ has become a dirty word, used to describe especially dour people. We have forgotten that John Calvin was not only a severe Christian but also a key figure in the intellectual making of the modern world.
‘We want to determine the world, not be determined by it’
Susan Neiman talks to spiked about the death of philosophy, the need for moral reasoning, and how the Enlightenment taught us to live without absolute certainty.