Gore, the greens and a pimped-out panic
Al Gore now says the Himalayan glaciers story was just ‘one small error’. In fact, it was every green’s trump card.
‘Footballers are fat cats with six packs’
Ashley Cole’s misdemeanours have unleashed a tsunami of snobbery against wealthy working-class footballers.
Turning a blind Eye to the truth
Private Eye’s feeble apology for its support for Dr Andrew Wakefield reminds us of the media’s uncritical complicity in the MMR-autism theory.
|Tuesday 2 March 2010|
How to save humanity from nature’s whims
The differences between the Haitian and Chilean earthquakes show why we need real development in the Third World.
Why society should not tolerate suicide
Suicide itself – ‘the right of anyone to take his life’ – is being legitimated by the assisted-suicide campaign.
How did the ‘right to die’ become the liveliest cause?
Some thoughts on what the assisted suicide debate tells us about our political life and times – and what Leon Trotsky might have made of it all.
|Wednesday 3 March 2010|
Infrastructure should be an electoral flashpoint
Both the government and the opposition are scared of big, slow-return, risky projects – but Britain needs modernisation.
The paedophile panic: a product of elite hysteria
The government’s sex offenders disclosure scheme should remind us that it isn’t ‘the mob’ who are obsessed with paedos.
Let’s reclaim the C-word
Labour and the Tories talk non-stop about ‘change’, but only because they would rather be in a state of perpetual flux than face up to political realities.
|Thursday 4 March 2010|
Britain’s national insecurity strategy
UK government policy is built on a long list of potential risks ‘out there’, but that’s no substitute for a political programme.
We don’t owe politicians our vote
Instead of raising awareness about how to vote, how about raising the political temperature and making voting worthwhile?
The last leader of the Labour Party
Two veterans of the revolutionary left, Michael Fitzpatrick and Mick Hume, opt out of the nostalgia-fest following Michael Foot’s death.
|Friday 5 March 2010|
So he slept with your ex. Get over it
Footballers like John Terry and Wayne Bridge need to man up and stop playing out their private dramas in public.
Why everyone laughs at Canada
With giant beavers and Alanis Morissette, the closing ceremony of the Winter Games was a feast of stereotypes.
Darfur: every celeb’s favourite African war
A new book reveals how celebrities’ and human rights activists’ simple-minded moral posturing on Darfur made the conflict even worse.
|Monday 8 March 2010|
What’s wrong with exploiting nature?
Shock-doc Dirty Oil wants us to hate the massive oil operation in Alberta, Canada. But I couldn’t help feeling awestruck.
Dubai: the warrior-victims strike again?
Israel’s policy of assassinating its enemies springs from its culture of victimhood rather than any political strength.
Jon Venables and the myth of public hysteria
It was not ‘the mob’ that turned James Bulger’s killer into a symbol of evil and moral decay – it was the decadent political elite and media.
|Tuesday 9 March 2010|
Live Aid: the White Pop Star’s Burden
The BBC’s critique of Live Aid replaces the view of Africans as victims with a view of them as corrupt.
Britons, why can’t you be more like Iraqis?
Political observers are cynically celebrating the Iraqi elections as a welcome contrast to dumb apathy here at home.
The real scandal is this obsession with scandal
As Republicans and Democrats squabble over who is most corrupt, the American people become more cynical about the entire political class.
|Wednesday 10 March 2010|
Google: a ‘frenemy’ of the internet generation
In the run-up to next week’s live spiked debate, Rob Killick says Google is neither ‘good’ nor ‘evil’ – it’s just a very big business.
The Miles Davis of anti-capitalism
Riffing off one glib observation after another, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story is his weakest film yet.
Don’t allow maniacs to shape the internet
Britain’s illiberal authorities are exploiting the tragic ‘Facebook murder’ to demonise social-networking sites.
Whoever wins, Britain will have a hung parliament
Size isn’t everything – history shows that it takes more than a majority of members of parliament to make a strong and purposeful government.
|Thursday 11 March 2010|
We are all in Google’s crossfire
Ahead of next week’s live spiked debate, Andrew Orlowski looks at how Google is securing profits and overriding copyright law.
Same new deal for Northern Ireland
Neither ‘momentous’ nor ‘historic’, the devolution deal is just more of the same in the neverending peace process.
How the state is a roadblock to progress
Red tape-obsessed, visionless governments are holding back the kind of big and risky innovation society needs.
‘New Britain’ was built on James Bulger’s grave
For the liberal intelligentsia to accuse Denise Fergus of warping law, justice and morality is blame-shifting of epic proportions.
|Friday 12 March 2010|
Sons of Cuba: a knockout doc
Andrew Lang’s moving and punchy debut film is a tale of young pugilists’ triumph over adversity in Havana.
Going all Jesus freaky over the solar system
Professor Brian Cox is an engaging guide to the wonders of space. But he might be just a bit too wide-eyed.
This isn’t racism. It’s just kids being kids
A new book explodes the myth of racist children and reveals how anti-racist initiatives in British schools have split pupils into ethnic camps.
|Monday 15 March 2010|
Are we heading for ‘a privacy Chernobyl’?
Ahead of a live spiked debate, Simon Davies of Privacy International says Google should stop treating privacy as a pain.
Crazy Heart: another Hollywood sermon
Musician Joe Jackson on why drinking, smoking singers are now depicted as dangerous rather than glamorous.
Smash the People’s Senate!
Jack Straw’s proposal for a fully elected second chamber is motivated by a desire to limit and frustrate real, direct, passionate democracy.
|Tuesday 16 March 2010|
Google: an anti-capitalist scapegoat?
In the run-up to this week’s live spiked debate, Jason Walsh of forth magazine asks if Google's behaviour really is abnormal.
Is it ‘deplorable’ to stand up for yourself?
It is job-cutting, wage-freezing British Airways that has behaved deplorably, not its action-taking cabin crew.
The dangers of health-and-safety hysteria
Louise Turnbull reports from Scotland where rule-following firemen failed to rescue a woman trapped in a mine shaft.
Education: you can’t buy and sell intellectual capital
ELECTION ESSAY: Frank Furedi explains why the mighty mess Labour made of education won’t be fixed by privatisation or parental pressure.
|Wednesday 17 March 2010|
Google: a company of contradictions
Ahead of this week’s live spiked debate, David Crow of City AM offers his thoughts on Google’s current predicament.
New Labour’s Iron Curtain for artists
Ludicrously strict visa rules for artists and academics from overseas are strangling cultural life in the UK.
‘Jihad Jane’ and the politics of fear
Far from ‘keeping America safe’, the elite’s depiction of the US as fragile and at-risk makes even lonely weirdos seem like a deadly threat.
|Thursday 18 March 2010|
Stop this illicit trade in bullshit stories
Apparently 40,000 ‘hookers’ will be trafficked to South Africa for the World Cup. Where have we heard that story before?
This tax on fizzy drinks stinks
Whether it is cigarettes, booze or soda, it’s not the place of the taxman to dissuade us from our enjoyable bad habits.
Why we were right to fight
Ten years after a libel trial closed LM magazine, its former editor reflects on how that case foreshadowed the battles over free speech today.
|Friday 19 March 2010|
Bang goes that dumbing down theory
Science on TV has had low expectations of audiences for too long, but a couple of new programmes have bucked the trend.
Vive la cuisine
Le Big Mac may be on the rise, but a French woman explains why her country’s food culture is still alive and well.
RIP: the footballing life of David Beckham
When Becks snapped that tendon, it ended an era marked by public tears, metrosexuality and great corners.
A depletionist view of history and humanity
What a shame that David Willetts, one of the few intellectual parliamentarians, has written such a wrongheaded book on the baby boomers.
|Monday 22 March 2010|
There is an alternative to austerity
Despite what politicians say, the way to reduce the UK’s fiscal deficit is to boost production, not curb consumption.
Google: the Godzilla of the World Wide Web?
Tim Black reports from last Thursday’s spiked debate at the Royal Society of Arts, which asked: ‘Is Google too big?’
This is not History with a capital H
The health reforms in the US are neither historic nor disastrous. They simply show what ‘Change’ means under Obama: tinkering on the edges.
|Tuesday 23 March 2010|
Will Ireland become an anti-Catholic tyranny?
Attacks on the church are less likely to foster a free, secular society than a suspicious, state-dominated one.
Candid Camera for the Westminster clique
No normal people care about the Byers-Hewitt-Hoon scandal, proving that sleaze-hunting is now an utterly elite pursuit.
Turning immigration into a tool of social engineering
ELECTION ESSAY: The elite now expresses its snobbery and authoritarianism by being ‘pro-immigration’ rather than anti-immigration.
|Wednesday 24 March 2010|
Politics is clearly in trouble and strife
The leaders’ wives – Serious Sarah, Sexy Sam, Anonymous Miriam – are taking the politics of personality to a new low.
Dam these patronising Western campaigns
The environmentalists fighting to stop the construction of a huge dam in Ethiopia must have no regard for human life.
Criticising gays: a secular form of blasphemy?
It’s not enough for libertarians to defend free speech for gay groups and others they agree with. They must defend it for their opponents, too.
|Thursday 25 March 2010|
P Diddy: putting the Cristal into Palace?
If nothing else, the rumour about the hip-hop star taking over at Selhurst Park has blinged up a dismal season.
An alien perspective on the human race
In his last TV column for spiked, Patrick West muses on the idea that extraterrestrials watch human TV shows.
The new priesthood of meddling experts
Whether they’re marshalling ‘science’ to stop us from smoking or from eating meat, we should all be more sceptical of the new expert class.
|Friday 26 March 2010|
The power of Solar
Novelist Ian McEwan is clearly not a climate-change sceptic, but as a writer he cannot resist showing up the humbug in the heavily ideological field of contemporary environmentalism.
In search of the meaning behind Oz
A biography of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author, L Frank Baum, speculates about the weird and wonderful characters in the children’s classic, and why Baum was a one-hit wonder.
A novel approach to the New Atheism
Maybe human beings are fundamentally irrational – why else did I read Rebecca Goldstein's clunky, academic, atheistic novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God from cover to cover?
Whatever happened to citius, altius, fortius?
A fascinating new collection of essays examines how the commercialisation and politicisation of the Olympic Games have made them less and less about ‘swifter, higher, stronger’.
Don’t bring back the Ministry of Food
Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall (yes, Hugh’s mum) has written an interesting history of food rationing during the Second World War. But bizarrely, she is nostalgic for that period.
The trials and tribulations of the ‘perfect mother’
The controversial French philosopher Elisabeth Badinter has stirred up a storm with her critique of the Anglo-American eco-mums whose values are now invading France.
What is the point of evil?
If Terry Eagleton is right that evil is literally, supremely pointless, and also reassuringly rare in a world full of human purpose, then why are we discovering it everywhere we look?
It is now blasphemy to criticise Darwin
Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, co-author of What Darwin Got Wrong (reviewed in this issue of the spiked review of books), says Darwinism has become a new secular faith that you transgress at your peril.
The party poopers at Darwin’s 200th birthday
Following mainstream scientists’ celebration of Darwin’s big birthday last year, two new books argue that Darwin’s theory is not all it’s cracked up to be. Are they on to anything?
Burying Malthus to save Malthusianism
The so-called ‘progressive greens’ challenging the idea that the planet is overpopulated are actually only interested in making Malthusian thinking more palatable and PC.
|Monday 29 March 2010|
It’s time the UK had some atomic ambition
Britain might soon face power cuts if it doesn’t invest in new energy generation - and, yes, that means embracing nuclear.
Mephedrone: what about freedom of choice?
With authoritarian politicians on one side and elitist experts on the other, the public is shunted from the drugs debate.
Why humanists shouldn’t join in this Catholic-bashing
The reaction to the paedophile priest scandal is as guilty of scaremongering, illiberalism and elitism as the Catholic Church has ever been.
|Tuesday 30 March 2010|
The end of the Berlusconi show?
Guy Rundle reports from Rome on how the disarray of the left has helped to keep the man they love to hate in power.
The Russian revolution as zombie story
Can a play depicting Bolsheviks as a menace and royalists as victims reveal any truths about the revolution?
Rise up against ‘King Vince’!
Vince Cable’s performance in last night’s debate confirmed that he is the unofficial spokesman for a nasty petit-bourgeois outlook.
An audience with the bean-counters
Ask the Chancellors showed that the economy, for so long a flashpoint ideological issue, is now utterly divorced from Politics with a capital P.
|Wednesday 31 March 2010|
Thou shalt not criticise homosexuals
What kind of country arrests religious preachers in the streets and drags them to court? Britain, actually.
How to make a mockery of politics
‘Gorvid Camerown’, the ‘Labservative party’... The Lib Dems’ spoof election campaign is neither big nor clever.
Google: a data-liberation army?
Google’s passion for the free flow of information, including in China, is based on business interests and naive politics.
‘Climategate’: what a pointless investigation
The aim of the MPs’ investigation was not to uncover the truth, but to defend the moral authority of climate-change alarmism.