Not showing at a cinema near you
The BBFC’s effective banning of A Serbian Film shows that we still aren’t trusted to judge movies for ourselves.
This is a story of resilience, not despair
Why was the mental-health lobby so quick to diagnose depression in the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground?
Cheating? To be fair, it is cricket
There is nothing new nor alien about cricketing scandals; the sport of Empire has always been torn between high morals and low tactics.
|Thursday 2 September 2010|
What a misanthropic bunch of stunts
Greenpeace’s latest stunt in the Arctic suggests that what it really fears is human exploration and expansion.
The US withdrew from Iraq a long time ago
The removal of US troops isn’t that significant. Politically and emotionally, Washington left Iraq some time around 2004.
Never mind the leadership contest — look at me!
That Blair has published his bitchy memoirs at a time when Labour is picking a new leader speaks volumes about the end of grown-up politics.
|Friday 3 September 2010|
A Pitbull signs up
for the Eagles
I know he’s 37 and his best days are behind him, but I’m stupidly excited that Palace have signed Edgar Davids.
Farewell The Bill, south London will miss you
By introducing weekly gangland killings and bent coppers, The Bill thought it could become Croydon’s answer to The Wire.
The Tarantino of food writing
Still raucous, hedonistic and BS-intolerant, author and celeb chef Anthony Bourdain serves up more scrumptious food stories in Medium Raw.
|Monday 6 September 2010|
Decent drinkers vs demon drinkers
The campaign to ramp up the price of booze is an unspoken class war by wine-quaffers against cider-consumers.
Proving you’re an adult turns you into a child
Twentysomething Brits shouldn’t have to provide state-backed ID in order to purchase a glass of wine or can of beer.
A licence to interfere in our everyday lives
The Lib-Cons’ proposed reforms to the licensing laws would make them even more authoritarian and killjoy than they already are - no mean feat.
|Tuesday 7 September 2010|
How ‘relevance’ killed the public library
For fear of being branded elitist, British libraries have ruinously sacrificed silence and good books for cafés and DVDs.
Fighting against slavery? Pull the other one
Anti-traffickers promiscuously use the s-word in order to present themselves as heroic rescuers of fallen women.
Turning the pope into an Antichrist for atheists
The great irony of the campaign against the pope is that it uses the same process of demonology that the Catholic Church once excelled at.
|Wednesday 8 September 2010|
Britain’s neverending school-meals saga
The relentless politicisation of the humble school dinner has been bad for parents, teachers and children.
New York, New York, don’t turn the lights off
A new New York resident says it is mad for skyscrapers to dim their lights just to save the lives of migrating birds.
This seems like news of another world entirely
Is reheating an old scandal about a Tory spindoctor and phone tapping at the News of the World really the best the Opposition can offer?
|Thursday 9 September 2010|
Can’t we chuck the ASA on the bonfire, too?
We don’t need a prudish and unaccountable watchdog to decide how products and services are presented to us.
Meadows, please come back to the future
This Is England 86 confirms that the 1980s are now the most mythologised decade of the twentieth century.
Why 9/11 gave rise to a carnival of confusion
The massive, unnecessary storm over the US pastor planning to burn some Korans speaks to the post-9/11 disarray of Western society.
|Friday 10 September 2010|
Fans and football: another marriage on the rocks?
It’s not only Coleen and Cheryl who have fallen out of love with England players - the supporters are cheesed off, too.
Mad Men: set in the Sixties, all about today
Never mind the history nerds, the hit US show reflects a modern ambivalence towards consumerism.
Me human, you chimp
In a sparkling, erudite polemic, Helene Guldberg demolishes the idea that apes are anything as intelligent or emotional as human beings.
|Monday 13 September 2010|
How the New Atheists are abusing the truth
Did Catholic priests really rape 10,000 children over the past 50 years, as respectable media outlets claim? No, they didn't.
Thilo Sarrazin: the dark side of multiculturalism
Sarrazin’s claim that people are imprisoned by their ethnicity is not that different from PC notions of ‘diversity’.
Why Sarkozy has declared war on his own population
The expulsion of the Roma is not a simple case of racism. Rather, this act of aggression speaks to the profound crisis of the French Republic.
|Tuesday 14 September 2010|
Oh god, not another Greenpeace guilt-trip
Green advertising campaigns are aimed at scaring adults witless and turning kids into Mao-style mum-policing spies.
My name is Austin, I hate underage drinking laws
A 20-year-old American student warns Britain not to adopt America’s puritanical and invasive alcohol policies.
The Koran controversy: what was that all about?
It was the profound jitteriness of Western society that allowed one cranky pastor from Florida with 50 followers to hold the whole world to ransom.
|Wednesday 15 September 2010|
Kevin the Teenager takes over Britain
Today’s incessant intellectual attacks on the baby boomers are really just a pubescent cry of ‘I HATE YOU!’.
They don’t give a dam about development
Greens must have very hard hearts if they can look at flood-hit Ethiopia and still say ‘don’t build dams’.
Shock news: it’s not 1979 – or 1990
Those comparing the unions’ campaign to the Winter of Discontent or the poll tax protests are living in the past, or cloud cuckoo land.
Come out from under the comfort blanket of class politics
Why both the left and right are fantasising about a new Winter of Discontent, and why spiked isn’t.
|Thursday 16 September 2010|
Bringing blasphemy back from the dead
As the pope arrives in Britain, the Advertising Standards Authority bans an anti-Catholic advert. Where are the protests?
What really gets their goat about Catholicism
The current Catholic-baiting springs from the cultural elite’s suspicion of anyone who, unlike them, has strong beliefs.
The White Atheists’ Burden: save the savages
The idea that the pope is responsible for spreading AIDS in Africa is built on some very dodgy, colonial-style prejudices.
Crusade against the pope: an Inquisition-in-Reverse
The campaigners against the pope’s visit have more in common with the fanatical Inquisitors of old than with Enlightened liberal humanists.
|Friday 17 September 2010|
Being a schoolboy is not a special need
In his new BBC show, affable choirmaster Gareth Malone joins the chorus of complaints about underachieving lads.
No longer just an armchair supporter
After 36 years, loyal Liverpool fan Rob Lyons finally gets to sing ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’ at the Spion Kop.
Could anybody bend it like Beckham?
Maybe – if they practised for 10,000 hours. Mick Hume reviews a book by a former Olympian that challenges the myth of natural-born talent.
|Monday 20 September 2010|
as publicity stunt
Saturday’s elections were more about giving a shot in the arm to Western politicians than giving control to Afghanis.
Everyone is special in the therapy culture
A new report blames teachers for overdiagnosing kids with special needs. But the whole of society is playing this game.
‘Pope Benedict is an enemy of the state’
Saturday’s demo against the pope confirmed that he has been transformed into an Emmanuel Goldstein figure for so-called humanists to hate.
|Tuesday 21 September 2010|
Social democracy is
dying – even in Sweden
The Swedish elections confirm that even in every leftist’s idea of political paradise, labourism is on its last legs.
There’s more to war than moral dilemmas
A new play on Afghanistan exposes the ideological nature of our apparently neutral ways of seeing the world.
Tea Party: the American right’s political tantrum
Its demands for tax cuts for billionaires and an end to the tyranny of bicycle paths make the Tea Party seem nuts. So why is it so popular?
|Wednesday 22 September 2010|
Hands off our testicles!
Two men have been found guilty of ‘providing sperm without a licence’. But is there a man in Britain who hasn’t done that?
Who’s really scaring girls?
When politicians bang on about feral boys and wear stab-proof vests, it’s not surprising young women are fearful.
From Cleggmania to crisis in four months flat
By entering into government, the Lib Dems have lost their USP: being an ‘anti-establishment’ receptacle for disgruntled middle-class votes.
|Thursday 23 September 2010|
Why it’s now safe for Spooks to spook us
After 9/11, the BBC1 spy show used to be high-minded and gritty. Now it's absurd and consequently far more fun.
Thanks for the memories, Freddie...
But one glorious Ashes series five years ago and falling off a pedalo in 2007 does not make you an all-time great.
A country for old men?
ESSAY: Why our desperate leaders try but fail to hide behind the elderly heroes of the Few and some pensionable Second World War myths.
|Friday 24 September 2010|
Cardinal Newman and the joys of ‘thinking uselessly’
John Cornwell’s biography reminds us what an inspiring thinker Newman was, and shows that he has far more to offer real humanists today than do the likes of Richard Dawkins.
Raging diplomatically against the dying of the light
Dismissed as a politically inoffensive populist, Seamus Heaney shows in his latest elegiac collection why he deserves to be considered a titan of poetry.
Battle of Britain: empires at war
On the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain, it’s worth looking back at Richard Overy’s cutting-edge revisionist history, which shoots down many a myth.
How to ask awkward questions and annoy people
In his endless, often exasperating pursuit of Truth, Socrates made many enemies. Yet his ideas and his questioning outlook remain invaluable to understanding the present.
Serving up some home truths about food
Although it is more of a textbook than a polemic, Robert Paarlberg’s Food Politics flambés many of the myths about the food price crisis and the Malthusian lobby’s fearmongering about mass hunger.
Is Sarah Silverman going all identity crisis-y?
In her autobiography, the normally taboo-busting comedian flat-out refuses to break certain new taboos. So maybe she’s not as ballsy as her fans – including me – thought she was.
The case against Geoffrey Robertson
The celebrity QC’s war against Vatican sovereignty is motivated less by liberal-humanist instincts than by a desire finally to finish off the principle of non-intervention in other states’ affairs.
A slap in the face to modern niceties
Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap has scandalised the middle classes with its critical examination of everything from intergenerational breakdown to the pieties of multiculturalism.
|Monday 27 September 2010|
In the Tea Party debate, who’s really acting crazy?
Liberal activists’ dismissal of the Tea Party as ‘insane’ only shows how cut-off they are from the American masses.
In the Milibore era, pity the poor satirists
With Cameron, Clegg and Ed running the show, political dramatists and comedians face tough times ahead.
A make-believe leader for a make-believe party
The weird victory of Ed Miliband reveals that there’s no rhyme or reason to the inner workings of the British Labour Party today.
|Tuesday 28 September 2010|
Are we invading the Pharaohs’ privacy?
The idea that we shouldn’t carry out research on Egyptian mummies because we don’t have their consent is bonkers.
Yes, Vince Cable is an anti-capitalist…
...but of the narrow-minded, misanthropic, austerity-loving variety, not the future-oriented Marxist kind.
Bringing up baby is not an exact science
Okay, I’m not a neuroscientist or a psychologist, but I’m going to trust my gut feeling that most ‘parenting science’ is utter rubbish.
|Wednesday 29 September 2010|
Sexual enslavement at the Ryder Cup?
After spreading mad scares during the Olympics and World Cup, now anti-traffickers are turning their attentions to golf.
Google’s unhappy twelfth birthday
The web giant was once seen as a saviour of society and now it is branded as evil. But it is neither of those things.
Dirty tricks at the Commonwealth Games
These days it seems the Empire can only strike back at its uppity former colonial subjects in India with health-and-safety lectures.
|Thursday 30 September 2010|
Let’s make the ‘human footprint’ even bigger
In a speech in Gothenburg, spiked’s editor called for a rebellion against the ethics of environmentalism.
Suppressing freedom to preserve democracy
The editor of a Finnish weekly is alarmed by the Swedish left’s desire to censor the right-wing Sweden Democrats.
After that election, Sweden is in denial
Nathalie Rothschild on how Sweden’s cultural elite is scaremongering about the far right to avoid facing up to the collapse of social democracy.