‘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.
|Wednesday 18 August 2010|
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 4 March 2010|
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 29 January 2010|
Why Salinger still speaks to us
He may not have published very much, but Salinger’s contribution to modern literature was enormous: the creation of a new kind of literary character struggling with the crisis and corrosion of The Individual.
|Friday 18 September 2009|
Keith Floyd and the end of an era
It’s not the death of the wine-soaked celebrity chef that has been changing TV cookery shows, but the recession.
|Monday 14 September 2009|
Norman Borlaug, RIP
As spiked launches a new debate about the future of food, we mourn the man who fed the world.
|Monday 20 April 2009|
Ballard: explorer of catastrophe
The author of Empire of the Sun and Crash was no dystopian prophet; he used disaster to reimagine the world.
|Monday 29 December 2008|
The curious victory of Conor Cruise O’Brien
The arch revisionist of Irish history is now denounced as an intellectual eccentric. Yet his misanthropic vision governs modern Ireland; he was the Grandfather of the Peace Process.
|Monday 29 December 2008|
The problem with Pinteresque politics
The same qualities that made Harold Pinter one of the great dramatists – free association, non-sequiturs, jarring juxtapositions, unreliable recollections – also made him a bad political activist.
|Thursday 6 November 2008|
Michael Crichton, RIP
Farewell to the author who supported spiked spiritually and financially.
|Friday 1 February 2008|
Ignore the cant-fuelled attacks by envious members of the chattering classes on Jeremy Beadle. He was a man who ‘got’ humour.
|Tuesday 11 September 2007|
Anita Roddick: prophet of Green Capitalism
The founder of The Body Shop has died – but not before helping to move exhausted industrial capitalism towards a new life as ‘capitalism without growth’.
|Wednesday 5 September 2007|
Remembering Dave Hallsworth
An obituary by Mick Hume.
|Tuesday 19 June 2007|
the oldest and truest punk in town
Some brief thoughts penned in sorrow upon hearing of the death of the foul-mouthed comedian.
|Tuesday 24 April 2007|
Yeltsin: the West’s hero-turned-scapegoat
From ‘warrior for democracy’ to drunken buffoon: the former Russian president’s reputation was made and broken by Western pundits.
|Tuesday 10 April 2007|
In memory of Gina Owens
Helene Guldberg and Wendy Earle pay tribute to a long-time supporter of spiked who died last month.
|Tuesday 14 March 2006|
Why the international community turned the ineffectual, authoritarian former president of Yugoslavia into evil personified.
|Tuesday 23 August 2005|
Mo Mowlam and the politics of disgruntlement
Everyone agrees that she was a 'breath of fresh air', but what exactly did she stand for?
|Friday 4 March 2005|
We’re all gonzo now
Hunter S Thompson's penchant for putting himself in the story is today what passes for mainstream journalism.
|Friday 5 November 2004|
John Peel died in 1998
With Home Truths, he crossed the fine line between Scouse-ish wit and cloying sentimentality.