The key lesson of the BP oil spill? Don’t panic
spiked’s prediction that this was not ‘the worst environmental disaster’ in US history has been proven right.
Hands off tribespeople, because ‘progress kills’
The Westerners campaigning to preserve tribes such as India’s Jarawa are driven by anti-modern misanthropy.
This is a ‘digital deluge’, not the Pentagon Papers
Some are comparing Wikileaks’ 92,000 Afghan documents to the internal US study of Vietnam leaked in 1971. But the differences are striking.
|Tuesday 3 August 2010|
‘If anything, this milk will be better quality’
In the wake of the NYT revelations, a genetics expert tells spiked that it’s foolish to cry over cloned cows’ milk.
An exhausted approach to the energy issue
The Lib-Cons ‘energy policy’ is to encourage people to use less of it rather than to generate more of it.
David Cameron and the death of diplomacy
The PM’s Israel-upsetting, Pakistan-isolating world tour shows that celebrity-style badmouthing has taken the place of diplomatic nicety.
|Wednesday 4 August 2010|
Why shouldn’t we have the right to pack heat?
It’s almost blasphemy to say this, but it needs to be said: Britain’s gun laws should be massively relaxed.
No, Gisele, breast is not always best
The supermodel’s call for a law forcing mums to breastfeed takes ‘militant lactivism’ to its crazy conclusion.
We’ll only listen to you if you’ve been peer-reviewed
The decree that all future debate about The Spirit Level should take place in peer-reviewed journals highlights a new censorious dynamic.
|Thursday 5 August 2010|
Google: a nerds-eye view of the world
The engineers who design Google's services see humans as little more than nodes between which information passes.
Google and the great privacy contradiction
Why are we perturbed when a picture of our house appears on Google Maps but not when we’re filmed by state CCTV?
Don’t call us fat or obese. Just leave us alone
The spat over how officialdom should refer to plump people overlooks the fact that it should be none of its business how much we weigh.
|Friday 6 August 2010|
The Norman conquest
of the TV schedule
At last, a serious documentary puts those funny Frenchmen loathed by British schoolboys in historic perspective.
Why they hate to see Rooney having fun
Why did the 24-year-old footballer’s normal night out become the focus for so much handwringing and bile?
Hot goss: what Naomi said to the weird African prez!
The cynical hauling of Naomi Campbell into The Hague shows that it is the powers-that-be, not the little people, who are most in thrall to celebs.
|Monday 9 August 2010|
Pity the fool who doesn’t enjoy this film
A remake of The A-Team, with catchphrases and mad action scenes, was bound to be rubbish, right? Wrong.
Putting the ‘underclass’ on a tighter leash
Dangerous dogs are back in the news, and as always it’s their allegedly dangerous owners who are being demonised.
Cutting ContactPoint is the easy part
Of course the dismantling of the ‘database state’ should be welcomed, but it’s naive to believe that a new era of freedom will automatically follow.
|Tuesday 10 August 2010|
Barnardo’s, butt out of the law
The children’s charity wants to ‘fast track’ court cases that could result in the removal of a child from its family. No way.
Stop smoking or your children will die
The redefinition of smoking in cars as ‘child abuse’ is about guilt-tripping parents into changing their behaviour.
The milk of human kindness? Hardly
The defence of free school milk springs from a view that only the state, not parents, can be trusted to feed kids properly.
Parenting isn’t a bunch of skills that can be taught
Frank Field’s proposal to have a GCSE in parenting would denigrate both what it means to be a parent and the purpose of education.
|Wednesday 11 August 2010|
The defeat of Prop 8 is a Pyrrhic victory
Driven by a snooty desire to avoid engaging with the public, the pro-gay marriage campaign has only isolated itself further.
‘A modern-day Mother Teresa of Africa’
The most bizarre idea to emerge from the star-studded Sierra Leone trial is that Mia Farrow is a true warrior for justice.
Why is the bible of capitalism cheering on Chinese workers?
Daniel Ben-Ami is not convinced by the outbreak of workers’ solidarity in The Economist, the FT and amongst writers normally so fond of austerity.
|Thursday 12 August 2010|
Don’t let the miserabilists clip humanity’s wings
Flight is one of man’s greatest achievements. Let’s challenge the greens and officials who want to snuff it out.
You can stir up fear – just don’t cause offence
The banning of a police ad on the dangers of terrorism exposes the schizophrenia of Britain’s ‘war on terror’.
An economic manic depression
Sudden mood swings in the debate on recoveries and double-dip recessions are symptoms of a more profound economic and political malaise.
|Friday 13 August 2010|
Are the Reds really going to buy ‘the Reds’?
Commentators are outraged that China might buy Liverpool, but fans don’t care so long as Beijing shows us the money.
Being Simon Amstell is no laughing matter
A new Simon Amstell sitcom starring Simon Amstell as ‘Simon Amstell’ is self-indulgently unfunny.
A public intellectual vs
the privacy infringers
A combination of official snooping and our own self-revelation has left privacy battered and bruised. Wolfgang Sofsky wants to rescue it.
|Monday 16 August 2010|
This is a 24-carat disaster for Africa
A former diamond-digger in the Congo explains how the ‘blood diamonds’ scare has made life tougher for Africans.
Sierra Leone and the White Shoppers’ Burden
The idea that Western consumers can prevent African wars by saying no to ‘blood diamonds’ is pure self-flattery.
Apocalypse looms – again
Before you fall for the scare about antibiotic-resistant plagues, just consider how insanely wrong the authorities were about swine flu.
|Tuesday 17 August 2010|
Are we facing a second ‘Battle of Kingsnorth’?
The Lib-Cons are finally realising that green rhetoric is all well and good, but it doesn’t keep the lights on.
This bullying of Blyton is jolly trying
Top-down tinkering with Enid Blyton’s books implies children can’t cope with difficult and offensive words. But they can.
The Culture War over the Ground Zero mosque
It’s hard to know who’s worse in the NYC mosque debate: the opportunistic, anti-Muslim right or the Muslim-loving, masses-fearing liberals.
|Wednesday 18 August 2010|
We can’t blame mum and dad for everything
A recent graduate slams his peers for their constant whining about how the baby boomers ruined their lives.
Serge and the soul
of modern France
By celebrating Gallic daring and flashing back to anti-Semitism, Gainsbourg captures France’s identity crisis.
Tory David Cameron’s debt to Red Jimmy Reid
How the 1971 UCS ‘work-in’, led by the recently deceased firebrand, helped to pave the way for today’s all-in-it-together response to the crisis.
|Thursday 19 August 2010|
Pakistan’s floods and ‘disaster narcissism’
How the deluge in Asia was turned into an opportunity for Western preening and political oneupmanship.
Orang-utans are not remotely like humans
Experts should know better than to claim that great apes can communicate in a similar way to human beings.
Nick Clegg takes ‘parental determinism’ to a new low
It is mad to claim, as the deputy PM does, that poor parenting is more important than poverty in screwing up children’s life chances.
The chattering classes’ favourite conspiracy theory
The idea that David Kelly was murdered is as baseless as the idea that Bush crashed planes into the Twin Towers. So why is it so respectable?
|Friday 20 August 2010|
Welcome to the wacky world of Irish TV
Where else could you get a minute’s religious devotion and a show in which contestants cook their own takeaways?
MLS: a very successful league of their own
Now that soccer in America has got bags of money and bountiful supplies of young talent, can world domination be far behind?
East Germans don’t have a monopoly on nostalgia
Yes, getting misty-eyed over the old Stasi state seems mad - but others in the West also have a hankering for long-gone pasts.
|Monday 23 August 2010|
Gagging orders keep the rumour mill running
Yes it’s a problem that society is obsessed with celebs’ private lives, but that won’t be fixed by issuing superinjunctions.
Who made a mess of modern Rwanda?
ESSAY: Western leaders and human rights groups are now slating Paul Kagame’s authoritarianism. Yet they nurtured and facilitated it for years.
|Tuesday 24 August 2010|
Aussies shouldn’t have to wait for a republic
Julia Gillard is right that Australia should ditch the monarchy. But it should do it now, not when the queen dies.
What is Julia Gillard the leader of, exactly?
Guy Rundle reports on how Australian Labor, cut off from its social roots, is now little more than a husk.
Down Under: the danse macabre of labourism
The political quake in Australia echoes what is also occurring in Britain and across Europe: the final demise of social democracy.
|Wednesday 25 August 2010|
Wyclef, don’t phunk with celebrity politics
Why did media outlets campaign for Joanna Lumley to be PM but laugh at Wyclef’s desire to be president?
University just isn’t
right for everyone
If you’re going to university simply to improve your CV or ‘find yourself’, maybe it’s time for a rethink.
Stop these Cameron-
Clegg fantasies, please!
Contrary to the imaginings of both critics and fans, the hundred-day-old Lib-Con coalition is neither falling apart nor leading a revolution.
|Thursday 26 August 2010|
A televised escape from economic woe
A blend of Miss World and Mastermind, the Rose of Tralee’s appeal defies the snobbery of the Dublin 4 set.
The Sex Pistols of the German football league
With anarchists and prostitutes among their smoking and drinking fans, FC St Pauli are the punk rockers of footie.
Après le deluge, the ghoulish opportunists
Everyone from anti-terror crusaders to end-of-the-world greens is exploiting the Pakistani floods to revive their own flagging careers.
|Friday 27 August 2010|
Is the motor car driving the world to destruction?
Two Billion Cars, like many modern green tracts, mixes demands for restraint with celebrations of techno-solutions to the problems we face. And as always, the restraint wins out.
Playing the genocide card
The Politics of Genocide, an unflinching attack on Western meddling in foreign affairs, challenges the idea that external intervention can be a force for good.
The Tarantino of food writing
Still raucous, hedonistic and bullshit-intolerant, Kitchen Confidential author and celeb chef Anthony Bourdain serves up more scrumptious food stories in Medium Raw.
‘Lifestyles will have
to be redesigned’
A Guardian journalist’s ranting about the ‘neglect, greed and human filth’ of modern China shows that new prejudices about a Green Peril have replaced old fears of the ‘Yellow Peril’.
The word of the Lord
The trouble with Lord Mandelson’s autobiography is that the thing he tries to paint as tragedy – the thwarting of his and Tony’s big plans – is enjoyed by most sane people as comedy.
The man from Stratford
wrote these works of genius
In this entertaining book, James Shapiro shows that the rush to discover who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays is underpinned by modern prejudices rather than historic fact.
Could anybody bend it like Beckham?
Maybe – if they practised for about 10,000 hours. An Olympic sportsman turned award-winning sports writer argues that the idea of natural talent is overrated.
Me human, you chimp
In a sparkling, erudite polemic, Helene Guldberg demolishes the idea that apes are just like humans, and puts the case for rescuing, and celebrating, the story of our uniqueness.
|Tuesday 31 August 2010|
First the flood, then the condescension
Five years after Hurricane Katrina struck, New Orleans now finds itself drowning under a deluge of liberal pity.
Are Pentagon-paid goons crushing Wikileaks?
The idea that the molestation charges against Julian Assange were a dirty tricks campaign looks like pure political fantasy.
David vs Ed? It’s the end of politics as we knew it
Labour should be charged under the Trade Descriptions Act for describing this spat between flat-packed oligarchs as a ‘leadership contest’.