Bollywood meets arthouse
Peepli [Live], the first Bollywood film to be accepted on the international film circuit, is a stinging social satire.
Money didn’t destroy sport. It liberated it
It was only the much maligned professionalisation of sport that allowed the working classes to get involved.
The TV show for people who hate TV
Seven Days is a super-meta reality TV show that allows the audience to interact. And it’s shit, of course.
Geoffrey Robertson’s ‘humanitarian’ infallibility
The QC’s belief that the West can liberate people by bombing their countries makes the pope’s delusions look almost rational by comparison.
|Monday 4 October 2010|
Don’t let a war ruin your movie
Buried could have been a fresh and peculiar thriller if only it didn’t shoehorn in the Iraq War.
The myth of male postnatal depression
Dr Ellie Lee picks apart the social and media construction of a biological impossibility.
‘Red Ed’ can’t disguise the fact that Labour is dead
Don’t let the flurry of debate about what Ed Miliband will do next distract from the real story: the historic crisis of social democracy.
|Tuesday 5 October 2010|
Not just a factory-
made feelgood film
Made in Dagenham eschews the fashionable disdain for the working classes to remind us how equality is really won.
Turning the workplace into a school playground
The new UK Equality Act treats all workers as pathetic victims who need the state as a big, caring brother.
There’s nothing Enlightened about the new equality law
John Locke will be turning in his grave when he hears his liberal descendants demanding more state intervention into religious affairs.
|Wednesday 6 October 2010|
Playing politics with terror alerts
President Obama’s anti-terror advice to Americans in Europe was actually about rebuking European governments.
How Ireland became a giant Ponzi scheme
The fall of the Irish economy throws some much-needed light on what lies behind the current economic recession.
Wall Street 2: we’re all Gordon Gekkos now
In Oliver Stone’s sequel, released in British cinemas today, it’s no longer only the pinstriped bankers who are sinfully greedy - it’s all of us.
|Thursday 7 October 2010|
A very conservative approach to innovation
ESSAY: The Lib-Con coalition is more concerned with controlling behaviour than forging a brave, hi-tech future.
Removing the red tape is the easy part
The Lib-Cons’ war on the health-and-safety cult is welcome. But the problem runs deeper than they think.
Well, that proves Cameron is not the ‘new Thatcher’
The Cameron set’s bizarre handling of the child-benefit backlash shows that it lacks both the ethos and experience to govern decisively.
|Friday 8 October 2010|
Turning celebrity breakdown into art
I'm Still Here documents Joaquin Phoenix’s journey from Hollywood star to obese, beardy rapper. Or is he just messing with us?
Liverpool: desperately seeking a saviour
The idea that Kenny Dalglish could be Liverpool’s Messiah is as idiotically sentimental as it is desperate.
X-Factor: the show snobs love to hate
Malaria outbreak, auto-tune scandal, race row, some brilliant singing... thank God The X-Factor is back.
A textbook myth-buster
Robert Paarlberg’s introduction to the politics of food flambés many of today’s Malthusian myths and puts that food-price crisis in perspective.
|Monday 11 October 2010|
Ireland’s Labour party: popular by default
Anyone who thinks the seeming rise of Irish Labour represents a rebirth of social democracy is sorely mistaken.
Save us all from ‘alcohol awareness’
Save Dave, the latest government anti-drinking campaign, imagines the British everyman as a drunk simpleton.
Inviting us to bow down before the god of fortune
Today’s deification of fear encourages us to succumb to fate. But we should learn from the Romans and seek to subdue Fortuna.
|Tuesday 12 October 2010|
Don’t give him the Nobel – he’s right-wing!
Swedish leftists are outraged that Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize for literature, because he isn’t ‘one of us’.
A fearful separatism in the Middle East
The new Israeli loyalty oath is not a product of Zionist racism but of Israel’s politics of insecurity.
Turning the Ivory Towers into a skills factory
Today’s yawn-inducing debate about how higher education should be funded reflects a profound uncertainty about what higher education is for.
|Wednesday 13 October 2010|
Another day, another attack on smokers
The latest study says smokers are more likely to drink and less likely to eat fruit than non-smokers. Quelle surprise.
‘I’ve been bombed and it’s bloody frightening’
A look back at Claire Rayner’s wise words to spiked about war, freedom and modern-day buffoonery.
Chile: solidarity wins out over psychobabble
The 33 miners have not only had to endure seclusion, but also the mean-spiritedness, censorship and disdain of the therapy industry.
|Thursday 14 October 2010|
The truth about the Currency Wars
America should get its own economic house in order rather than blame the slump on China’s currency antics.
The sad decline of
la femme fantastique
Proposing an online register of ‘rapists’ is the maddest thing Germaine Greer’s done since she puked on Big Brother.
The welfare state is not our ‘guardian angel’
Both the critics and defenders of welfarism are blind to the detrimental impact it is having on autonomy and the human spirit.
|Friday 15 October 2010|
Australia: the end of a cricketing empire
Now the Aussies are having to engage in another sport that Britain gave to the world: national self-flagellation.
Paying Lip Service to proper drama
BBC3’s dire new show recycles every dating and relationship cliché known to man, only with lesbians.
A slap in the face to the bourgeoisie
Why Christos Tsiolkas’s romp-of-a-novel about a suburban Australian hitting someone else’s child has got the literary classes in a flap.
|Monday 18 October 2010|
There’s more to science than making money
Pro-science protesters are playing a dangerous game by arguing against government cuts on economic grounds only.
Facebook: the heart in a heartless world
David Fincher’s brilliant The Social Network teases out what is driving the FB juggernaut: our need for narrative.
India: making history or living in the past?
A trip to Bangalore gives spiked’s editor-at-large a glimpse of the capitalist law of uneven development at work.
|Tuesday 19 October 2010|
Decoding the truth about cyberterrorism
Where exactly is this ‘cyber-warfare’ that Theresa May claims is threatening our civilisation?
Stay sane by fighting climate change!
One of Britain’s top psychiatrists says being eco-friendly is good for our mental health. Is he bonkers?
The British elite prefers polite Malthusianism
The American woman paying British drug addicts to stop breeding is only saying out loud what respectable people normally say in code.
|Wednesday 20 October 2010|
Campaigning to keep Joan voluptuous
Womankind won’t spiral into depression just because Christina Hendricks from Mad Men is going on a diet.
In between comedy and nostalgia
The secret of the success of The Inbetweeners – the anti-Skins – is that it’s both hilarious and old-fashioned.
Five BS arguments that should be cut
George Osborne’s spending review is neither a Thatcherite assault on ‘the vulnerable’ nor a sparkling solution to our economic woes.
|Thursday 21 October 2010|
The Lib-Cons’ national insecurity strategy
Just like the New Labour government, the Lib-Con coalition has no idea which interests to pursue or protect.
It’s not just Tories who want austerity
We can’t make a convincing case against austerity without challenging today’s cultural aversion to prosperity.
Meet the Spaniards fighting to stub out authoritarianism
Spanish thinkers, drinkers, smokers and non-smokers are rebelling against their government’s smoking ban. Let’s back them.
|Friday 22 October 2010|
The masturbatory world of the mockumentary
The Taking of Prince Harry was Channel 4’s latest attempt to dress up liberal fantasy as serious inquiry.
No longer ‘the greatest club in the world’
The Ferguson-Rooney spat is more than a PR war - it’s a sign that Manchester United’s empire is crumbling.
It’s time we learned: footballers are not fans
This United fan says Wayne Rooney is neither a traitor nor a symbol of moral decay – he’s just another passing pro, grasping for gold and glory.
|Monday 25 October 2010|
In defence of factory farming
The celebs campaigning against a mega-dairy in Lincolnshire don’t know which side their bread is buttered on.
The intolerant legacy of multiculturalism
Germany’s angry debate about immigration has its roots in the multiculturalist emphasis on difference.
Don’t ban the burqa - but don’t celebrate it, either
Both Europe’s burqa-banners and burqa-defenders are denigrating tolerance by inviting the state to police our beliefs and thoughts.
|Tuesday 26 October 2010|
Something about this smoking confession stinks
Desperate to appear cooler than the office-supplies manager he fundamentally is, Nick Clegg has outed himself as a Smoker.
Sweden: a hostage to fear and paranoia
The panic over an allegedly racist gunman in Malmö reveals a great deal about modern-day Sweden.
Kings can swear, factoryhands can’t
Some films that use the f-word get a 15 rating and others get a 12A. What’s going on at the BBFC?
The Mama Grizzlies: ‘manning up’ for a fight
For all the muscular femininity of Mama Grizzlies like Sarah Palin, they actually take their cue from the 20th-century women’s temperance crusade.
|Wednesday 27 October 2010|
A sideways step from climate panic to Malthus
Recent statements by the Royal Society shows that it has turned from a scientific institution into a nakedly ideological one.
Want to fix the climate? Cut the carbon obsession
Roger Pielke Jr, author of The Climate Fix, tells spiked why it’s wrong to focus on cutting emissions.
France: a ‘revolution’ to preserve the status quo
In the past, youthful rebels were heroically indifferent to their long-term security. The French protesters are obsessed with theirs.
|Thursday 28 October 2010|
Rooney: role model for another sort of striker
The United star’s hard bargaining shows we shouldn’t meekly accept the crumbs from the bosses’ table.
An indictment of the
Demands for the prosecution of Tony Blair only legitimise the use of international courts against weak states.
A very unpopular movement for democratic reform
The current campaign to overhaul the electoral system is motored more by the needs of a disconnected elite than by popular demand.
|Friday 29 October 2010|
There’s still life in the hospital drama
By putting nurses and sordid bodies at its centre, Getting On offers a dark and funny twist on an often-clichéd TV genre.
Time to kick back against the kickbacks
We football fans shouldn’t just cynically shrug our shoulders in response to allegations of FIFA corruption.
A fireworks-free society?
First they came for Guy Fawkes Night, then for Halloween. The sanitisation police risk turning autumn festivals into pretty damp squibs.