Let’s stagger to the barricades
All those who value choice, liberty and enjoying a pint should resist the killjoys’ war on ‘boozy Britain’.
Eco-lightbulbs: not such a bright idea
Npower’s decision to send out millions of mostly useless lightbulbs shows how demented climate-change targets can be.
How did Pantsman conquer the world?
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s promotion from loser to enemy of civilisation suggests the politics of fear is a bigger threat than bitter individuals.
|Tuesday 5 January 2010|
‘Some people want to see me beheaded’
Comedian and radio presenter Tom Binns tells spiked how he was sacked for the crime of ‘insulting the monarch’.
Avatar: misanthropy in three dimensions
James Cameron’s latest extravaganza is technically stunning yet promotes a bleak view of humanity.
Now they’re giving up more than cigarettes
Twenty years after kicking the habit, spiked’s editor-at-large Mick Hume bemoans the changed view of smokers and quitting.
|Wednesday 6 January 2010|
Why Copenhagen was bound to fail
With deep divisions within the green camp and little popular support without, Copenhagen could not succeed.
Down with these Malthusian MPs
A proposal to cap the UK population at 70million shows how mainstream miserabilist population control has become.
Why the Tories really hate Tesco
The Conservatives’ declaration of war on supermarkets shows just how elitist and snobby is today’s anti-Tesco sentiment.
Abortion: the freedom to make tough choices
Essay: The anti-choice lobby’s claim that abortions always impact on women’s mental health is moralism masquerading as science.
|Thursday 7 January 2010|
What’s wrong with towering ambition?
Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest manmade structure in history, stands in glorious contrast to the pessimism of the West.
Wootton Bassett: a
The clash between self-pitying Islamists and weeping military men is a perfect metaphor for the ‘war on terror’.
The Road: there’s more to life than biological survival
Those who welcome the film version of The Road as eco-propaganda for the masses have missed the point of McCarthy’s literary masterpiece.
|Friday 8 January 2010|
Punk music: never mind the cynicism
There was more to the punk scene than sneering, swearing and affected nihilism. There were some decent tunes, too.
Thou shalt respect the FA Cup!
Football’s overlords cannot comprehend fans’ lack of interest in the FA Cup. Truth is, we’ve simply outgrown it.
A crisis of the economy and a crisis of nerve
Many still believe that Obama’s people reacted to the recession with vision and decisiveness. A new book reveals a very different story.
|Monday 11 January 2010|
There was nothing edgy about Wossy
It is elite self-flattery to think Jonathan Ross was hounded out of the BBC by a Puritanical Middle-England lynch mob.
Yemen: taking another beating from the West
The post-Pantsman labelling of Yemen as a hotbed of terrorism is not the first time that nation has been unfairly demonised.
Labour Party: destroying itself with ‘H-Bombs’
The so-called Hewitt-Hoon ‘coup’ merely confirmed that the less public purpose Labour has, the more internally corrosive it becomes.
|Tuesday 12 January 2010|
The White Sports Writers’ Burden
The gun attack on the Togo football team has unleashed a torrent of fearmongering about the ‘Dark Continent’.
The pretend politics of a fantasy state
Created to frustrate the will of the people, Northern Ireland and its political parties barely function anymore.
After Irisgate: the future’s not Orange – or Green
However the scandal over the Robinsons unfolds, Northern Ireland politics will remain dominated by a one-party system: the Peace Process Party.
|Wednesday 13 January 2010|
Why they hate this ‘modern Machiavelli’
The idea that Alastair Campbell is single-handedly responsible for the disaster of Iraq is politically bonkers.
Put the lunch police back in their box
New research says children’s packed lunches are unhealthy. But what we feed our kids is no business of government.
Can we have our Voltaire back please?
Voltaire’s belief in freedom of speech has been so spectacularly abandoned by mainstream society that it can now be co-opted by radical Islamists.
|Thursday 14 January 2010|
‘Twelve angry men’ are better than one judge
The start of England’s first judge-only trial for 400 years is yet another blow to everyone’s democratic rights.
We owe children a good education
The proposal to teach financial responsibility to kids shows schools have replaced learning with social engineering.
How ‘Nature’s fury’ replaced God’s fury
Evangelist Pat Robertson’s real mistake was to describe the calamity in Haiti as God’s work rather than Gaia’s work.
Heavy snow: bad luck or divine displeasure?
‘Extreme weather’ is not so much a scientific category as a cultural metaphor, expressing humanity’s anxiety about its place in the world.
|Friday 15 January 2010|
Ian Dury: je t’adore, ich liebe dich
Sex & Drugs & Rock’n’Roll is a fantastic evocation of Seventies Britain and the funny, aggressive world of an unlikely pop star.
A minor hiccup for freakshow television
A film about a man trying to cope with a distressing condition suggested we’re only really moved by the truly weird.
How much longer can Rafa be the Gaffer?
Liverpool’s poor season just keeps getting poorer, but the sulky Spaniard is clinging on to his job.
Turning teachers into objects of suspicion
A new book argues that mistrust of adults and the erroneous belief that children always tell the truth are creating a minefield of abuse accusations.
|Monday 18 January 2010|
Earthquakes don’t have to be this devastating
Underdevelopment and lack of economic growth made the Haitian earthquake far worse than it might have been.
How did their tragedy become All About Us?
There’s a danger that giving to Haiti has become a way of advertising our decency rather than helping the desperate.
To rescue Haitians, we need to take risks
The slow delivery of aid to Haitians suggests that even the noble mission of saving lives has been subordinated to the dictates of risk-aversion.
|Tuesday 19 January 2010|
The myth of an ‘obesity tsunami’
Recent figures on both sides of the Atlantic suggest claims of an epidemic of weight-related illness are grossly exagerrated.
When will the IPCC melt away?
News that Himalayan glaciers are not receding as quickly as claimed shows we need new ways to assess the evidence.
A Savage attack on free speech
The UK government’s border ban on an American shock jock reveals its utter disdain for freedom of speech and its fear of a volatile public.
|Wednesday 20 January 2010|
Now they want to stub out fake cigarettes
Anti-tobacco campaigners want to make Britain ‘smokefree’ - so what have they got against smokeless e-cigarettes?
A mad campaign to scare us into sobriety
The Home Office-backed charity Drinkaware might just be the most patronising public health initiative ever.
Last orders for public liberties?
The all-party support for yet another crackdown on drinkers is a sign of the illiberal times – and a far cry from past battles over booze.
|Thursday 21 January 2010|
A romcom with an anti-capitalist touch
Yes, ‘money can’t buy you happiness’ is a cliché, but it’s made to feel fresh in the new George Clooney film Up in the Air.
Straw the Younger vs King Tony of Islington
Will Straw’s tantrums about Blair’s betrayal of his father confirm New Labour’s descent into mafia-style infighting.
A pants response to the terrorism threat
Gordon Brown’s stringent security measures in response to one failed bombing show the madness of the ‘war on terror’.
What the ‘Mass mutiny’ shows about the Obama era
A win for a Republican unknown not only spoiled Obama’s one-year anniversary in office – it also exposed a deeper crisis of American politics.
|Friday 22 January 2010|
Sports commentary: they think it’s all over
The death of ‘the voice of rugby’ Bill McLaren has prompted too much nostalgia for an era that never was.
Banning footballers from Twitter? OMFG
Football clubs’ semi-Orwellian efforts to keep their players off Twitter will further alienate footballers from their fans.
Who killed EastEnders?
A new book reveals the behind-the-scenes soap opera in which BBC suits continually tried to emasculate EastEnders’ working-class characters.
|Monday 25 January 2010|
Do these people look like terrorists to you?
PHOTO ESSAY: spiked joined a mass photographers’ protest against Britain’s freedom-sapping terrorism laws.
After the war on salt, the battle against butter
Healthy-living killjoys now even want to ban the yellow creamy stuff that makes food so tasty and enjoyable.
Bashing the bankers is making Obama go blind
Obama’s plan to reform the big banks is rank political opportunism and will do little to address the underlying problems of the financial crisis.
|Tuesday 26 January 2010|
The Holocaust: it could happen to YOU
Holocaust Memorial Day rips the slaughter of millions out of its historical context to teach us that we are all capable of evil.
The opportunism of a caveman
By latching on to the ‘heroic’ Pantsman, bin Laden proved he is an attention-seeking exploiter of Western anxiety.
Free speech on campus? Yes. A free ride? No
There should be full freedom of speech for ‘extremists’ in British universities – and also for those who want to slate or ridicule them.
|Wednesday 27 January 2010|
Just monkeying around with a camera
A BBC film ‘made’ by chimpanzees at Edinburgh Zoo only confirms how different humans and apes really are.
Putting free men under house arrest
Banning ‘football hooligans’ from going abroad during the World Cup is a shocking violation of free movement.
UK plc: a 0.1% chance of success at this rate
The ‘end of the recession’ in Britain? An honest debate about how to confront the malaise and restructure the economy has not even begun.
|Thursday 28 January 2010|
You’re not solvent anymore
Administration might spell the end of the Crystal Palace football club, but it won’t crush the supporters’ spirit.
The BBC: there is no agenda
A question for all those who think the Beeb is just one big liberal-left conspiracy: have you actually watched TV lately?
Haiti: an all-singing, all-dancing, celebrity disaster
How did Haiti so quickly become a conduit for celebrity emoting, celebrity gossip and even celebrity rescue operations?
Music for the masses: could it work here?
It would be brilliant if El Sistema, Venezuela’s social movement for classical music education, came to Britain. But there are obstacles.
|Friday 29 January 2010|
Do we need a more venturesome economy?
It is true that in the world economy, R&D, laboratories and national competitiveness aren’t everything – but they count for more than Amar Bhidé suggests.
Thank Evans for Harry
Harold Evans’ autobiography doesn’t only reveal the sparkle of his long career in journalism and publishing – it also sheds light on what is (and is not) behind today’s crisis of reporting.
A foodie’s guide to the history of humanity
Tom Standage’s fascinating new book reveals how central were the production, transportation and consumption of food to the creation of human societies and human progress.
At least we still have the freedom to shop...
John Kampfner’s account of the erosion of freedom following the end of the Cold War is written with verve and clarity. But is he right that we were all bought off by consumerism?
Why Salinger still speaks to us
He may not have published very much, but Salinger’s contribution to modern literature was enormous: the creation of a new kind of literary character struggling with the crisis and corrosion of The Individual.
‘We wanted to change the social order of things’
She is best known as the girl on the cover of Bob Dylan’s album The Freewheelin’, yet her memoir of her full and rebellious youth suggests there is far more to Suze Rotolo.
The attack dog of mainstream misanthropy
With his hatred of nightclubs and blokes, his constant carping about what’s on TV, and his recent campaign to censure a newspaper columnist, Charlie Brooker is the closest thing we have to a modern-day Mary Whitehouse.
Juicy politico-porn that also reveals much about America
It’s not surprising that Game Change became such a speedy bestseller and is the talk of America – its revelations about what happened behind the scenes in the 2008 presidential race are toe-curlingly fascinating.
In defence of abundance
Today’s critics of prosperity are guarded about expressing their views directly, instead hiding behind climate change, ideas about ‘moral limits’, and the elevation of happiness over GDP. This makes it even more important to oppose them.