Scepticism is not an ‘attack on science’
Scientific institutions undermine their own authority when they say we should ‘take sides’ over climate change.
Stop trying to balance liberty with security
Exaggerated fear of terrorism should not be allowed to water down our most fundamental freedoms.
Tommy Sheridan: hoist with the left’s own petard
The imprisonment of Scottish socialist Sheridan is a disgrace to justice – and a sign of the danger of having illusions in the state.
|Wednesday 2 February 2011|
Message to America: Hands off Egypt!
After decades of backing autocrats, the best thing Washington can do for the cause of Egyptian democracy is to butt out.
This is so much more than a ‘webolution’
Egyptian bloggers talk exclusively to spiked about why an uprising takes more than technology.
The truth about the Muslim Brotherhood
Secularist politics is weak in Egypt partly because the Brotherhood was often used as an attack dog against it.
This yearning for freedom will not lead to theocracy
The fear that the Egyptian uprising will create ‘another Iran’ reveals the extent to which 1979 still haunts the Western imagination.
|Thursday 3 February 2011|
There is no epidemic of childhood mental illness
The UK government’s new strategy for mental health is a patronising waste of money based on dodgy statistics.
Gasland: how to turn good news into bad
Shale gas might help solve a global energy shortage. So why is Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated doc so down on it?
Crime View: thou shalt fear thy neighbour
The crime-mapping website launched by the police and lauded by the media doesn’t empower us - it turns us into panicked netizens.
|Friday 4 February 2011|
Thin Lizzy and Platonic essentialism
What's the point of Thin Lizzy when Phil Lynott is dead? A band is just a brand without its creative founders.
Why the ‘transfer madness’ makes sense
To ask whether injury-prone Fernando Torres is worth £50million is to mistake the world of football for business.
Channel 4’s big fat TV ratings winner
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings is a hit, not because it mocks travellers, but because it is camp and tacky fun.
Pinkie is peerless, so why update his story?
A new film version shifts Brighton Rock, Graham Greene’s classic gangster story, from the 1930s to the Swinging Sixties. Bad move.
|Monday 7 February 2011|
Rape-law reforms are poisoning relationships
A recent case in England highlighted the dangers of turning bad teenage sex into a criminal matter.
Our ‘darling children’ are the new Suffragettes!
Students, could there be anything more embarrassing than the militant mummies cheering your protests on?
Don’t blame tolerance for this multicultural mess
David Cameron is right to slam multiculturalism, but wrong to blame tolerance for fostering today’s lily-livered non-judgmentalism.
|Tuesday 8 February 2011|
Peddling ancient prejudices about Egypt
Rumours about looting and beheaded mummies give credence to the idea that Egyptians don’t respect our global cultural heritage.
For America, stability trumps freedom
In echoing Mubarak’s call for an ‘orderly transition’, the US is undermining the fight for democratic rights.
A kick in the NADS for democracy
Meet the all-party Western lobby to halt the Egyptian uprising: the New Authoritarian Democrats.
The Egyptian uprising: ‘why now?’ and ‘what next?’
Those two questions are torturing observers, who are so obsessed with the mechanics of the revolt that they have missed its historic importance.
|Wednesday 9 February 2011|
Liberal snobbery moves into ‘top gear’
The fuss over a joke about Mexican cars shows how the elite’s disdain for Jeremy Clarkson fans has turned nasty.
A global conspiracy against St Julian?
Julian Assange’s supporters don’t know who to fear most: the Great Satan that is America or ‘feminazi’ Sweden.
How 400 rabbis are wrong about Glenn Beck
Yes, the cranky Fox talkshow host should be criticised and mocked for his anti-Semitic rants - but he shouldn’t be forced off air.
|Thursday 10 February 2011|
A library shouldn’t be a glorified Starbucks
In order to defend libraries from government cuts we must first clarify what these institutions are actually for.
Five reasons why CBOs are worse than ASBOs
The Lib-Cons aren’t merely rebranding anti-social behaviour measures – they are intensifying them.
How the vetting frenzy alienates adults from kids
ESSAY: The state’s vetting of adults working with children suggests it no longer trusts us to use our judgement to socialise the next generation.
|Friday 11 February 2011|
The roots of a musical movement
BBC4’s Reggae Britannia shows how Jamaican music provided a joyous soundtrack to political rebellion.
Why I don’t buy this ‘People’s Supermarket’
Channel 4’s latest one-man mission to change consumer habits has little to do with the interests of The People.
Laughing in the face of The Big C
The US show’s tumour humour is entertaining, but doesn’t kill off the idea that ‘positive thinking’ is the key to survival.
Snoods aren’t dangerous, they’re just poncey
Snoods may be a crime against fashion but, whatever FIFA says to the contrary, they are not a health-and-safety issue.
The chasm between great apes and people
For all the claims that apes and humans are genetically ‘98.5 per cent the same’, there is still an unfathomable gap between us.
|Monday 14 February 2011|
Gary Moore: the bebop guitarist
An appreciation of the Thin Lizzy guitarist who died last week.
Dogs must be banned from all public places
Dogs are a filthy habit, taken up by filthy people who clearly have no respect for those who don’t like dog hair.
Freedom Bill: good news and bad news
The Lib-Cons’ overhaul of the vetting of adults who work with children doesn’t go nearly far enough.
How Britain’s abortion law punishes women
The UK High Court will rule today on whether women should be free to carry out ‘early medical abortion’ at home. Jennie Bristow reports.
|Tuesday 15 February 2011|
Ashton’s shallow view of ‘deep democracy’
A member of the UN press corps reports on the EU foreign minister’s undemocratic plans for North Africa.
Obama on Egypt: more confused than cool
The idea that Obama played it ‘brilliantly cool’ on Egypt represents a spectacular rewriting of history.
Egyptians don’t need yet more lectures...
…whether from Western politicians telling them they aren’t ready for democracy or radicals praising them for resurrecting ‘real politics’.
|Wednesday 16 February 2011|
Prisoners of their own self‑importance
The campaign to win the right to vote for prisoners has exposed the hollowness of the human rights cabal.
Prisoners shouldn’t have the right to vote
Even radicals who struggled for democracy did not think convicts should be enfranchised – and with good reason.
‘Big Society’: catchphrase for an age of small politics
UK prime minister David Cameron’s bs Big Society ‘mission’ can carry on because neither government nor opposition has any bigger ideas.
|Thursday 17 February 2011|
Why does the EU prefer predators to people?
A Swedish hunter tells spiked that Brussels bureaucrats don’t understand why it’s good to cull wolves and foxes.
EDL: a wet dream for purposeless lefties
The English Defence League has provided an easy target for politicians and campaigners in search of a cause.
Our 10-year struggle to improve abortion care
‘Not so much Yes Minister as The Thick of It…’ Ann Furedi of BPAS reports on her fight with health officials for sensible abortion services.
|Friday 18 February 2011|
Denmark’s answer to The Wire
A recipient of whispered and tweeted praise, marvellous new cop drama The Killing deserves to be more than cult viewing.
Rooney: the greatest goal of all time?
That overhyped goal showed that British football pundits are world beaters at losing all sense of perspective.
The twitch-hunting of Kenneth Tong
The man who caused a storm and outraged Rihanna with his pro-anorexia tweets tells spiked why he did it – and why he has no regrets.
|Monday 21 February 2011|
Big Pharma, small ambition
Pfizer’s decision to close its UK research facility was born of an industry-wide angst about medical discovery.
A fitting tribute to the ‘forgotten Suffragette’
A brilliant new documentary about democracy-loving Sylvia Pankhurst reminds us that Everything is Possible.
Clybourne Park: taking racism at face value
A new hit play about US racial sensitivities would have been better as a tragedy rather than a comedy of manners.
Only intellectual cowards demand ‘gross intolerance’
The modern men of science who want to silence quacks are ironically on the same side as pre-Enlightenment religious dogmatists.
|Tuesday 22 February 2011|
Keeping ‘ignorant Africans’ out of Europe
Don’t fall for the EU’s crocodile tears over Libya - it conspired with Gaddafi to restrict Libyans’ freedom of movement.
Cynically playing the ‘1979 card’ in Bahrain
Bahraini royals and the US are wrong to depict the uprising as a harbinger of Iran-style extremism.
Five reasons why Libya’s revolt will shake the world
Even more than Tunisia and Egypt, the inspiring rebellion against Colonel Gaddafi’s regime shows that nothing is permanent.
|Wednesday 23 February 2011|
The politics of The People’s Supermarket
A visit to the reportedly radical store reveals that it doesn’t quite live up to its posh backers’ expectations.
The King’s Speech: it doesn’t speak for me
A film lecturer from Down Under slams the portrayal of the monarchy as decent and Aussies as submissive.
Overdue end to the old world order
The Arab uprisings shocked us all – but perhaps the even bigger surprise is that these empty regimes have taken so long to crumble.
|Thursday 24 February 2011|
Banksy: the joke is the message
Nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar, Exit Through the Giftshop might just be a big hoax. But does it matter?
Life’s more fun with the ‘Porkmeister’
Mike Parry’s debut on Five Live’s 606 provoked outrage, but he’s the kind of wind-up merchant the show needs.
The making of the King James Bible
When God Spoke English: why everyone from Richard Dawkins to Boris Johnson worships the KJB.
Eco-towns: a parable of a wet and wimpy state
Eco-towns, we were told, would help to ‘save the planet’ and provide thousands of new homes. Tim Black investigates why they were never built.
|Friday 25 February 2011|
Giving women ‘constrained choice’, not real choice
Joan Wolf's new book is a brilliant broadside against the pseudo-scientific dogmatism of today's pro-breastfeeding lobby.
The political use and abuse of metaphor
Author James Geary talks to spiked about the explosion of metaphors around the economic crisis and the Arab uprisings and what they reveal about the attitudes of commentators and politicians.
The bitter taste of war
Lizzie Collingham’s book on the role of food during the Second World War is well researched. But it’s far too kind about Britain’s scorched-earth tactics in Asia and the impoverishment of the working class at home.
Who’s afraid of stuff?
The latest anti-consumerist tract to roll off the factory line slams people’s obsession with ‘stuff’. But this so-called stuff has transformed our lives.
Yes, reading is out of fashion. But don’t blame the internet
Nicholas Carr’s book gives a witty, stirring history of the rise of book-led thinking - but he’s too technologically deterministic in the way he explains its current demise.
The allure of The Feminine Mystique
This wonderful new book explains why, despite some of the weaknesses in Betty Friedan’s myth-busting classic of the 1950s, it stirred up women of all classes and helped to change the world.
The rise and rise of anti‑vaccine agitators
There have always been people opposed to vaccination, but the new anti-vaccine lobby is different: 'meaner, cruder, more strident' and possessed of great celebrity clout.
Wikileaks vs the world: you couldn’t make it up!
Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy presents itself as a serious book penned by real Guardian journalists... but it is surely the greatest spoof ever written about the self-obsessed media.
|Monday 28 February 2011|
‘The artist formerly known as global warming’
Two new plays show that climate change is better understood as a moral issue rather than a scientific one.
‘Please be aware, I might hit you now’
The British police’s bizarre new ‘riot brochure’ gives the lie to the idea that they’re more Orwellian than ever.
Lady Gaga’s crazy anthem to biological determinism
The pop megastar’s pro-gay hit ‘Born This Way’ confirms that even this manic queen of reinvention buys into modern notions of fate.