November 2001

Professor Sir Colin Berry Thursday 1 November 2001 comments

Risk, science and society

One of the UK's top scientists explains why the precautionary principle - the substitution of prejudice for data - leads to irrational convictions.

Timandra Harkness Thursday 1 November 2001 comments

Schooling drivers

A GCSE in how to ride a moped? It might be funny if it wasn't real.

Ray Crowley Thursday 1 November 2001 comments

The perils of post

Safety guidelines on opening mail are likely to make people more nervous, not less.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 1 November 2001 comments

Offside, 1 November

On the first Saturday of the new football season two million more people chose to watch The Weakest Link rather than The Premiership. Where did it all go wrong for ITV football?

spiked readers Thursday 1 November 2001 comments

Reactions 7

Excusing the Taliban, religious hate speech, and fighting for freedom: more spiked readers give their views.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 1 November 2001 comments

TV NY, 1 November

American TV is acknowledged by anybody with half a brain to be the best in the world - but it is the adverts that are most striking for a visitor.

Mark Ramsden Thursday 1 November 2001 comments

Too much timid teaching

The separation of research from teaching at UK universities undermines student independence and downgrades academic excellence.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 2 November 2001 comments

The fear within

After some delay following 11 September and the outbreak of anthrax, I can now report that at my health centre in Hackney we are in a state of maximum alert for all possible manifestations of terrorist attack.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 2 November 2001 comments

Beefing up the debate

How a public health consultant challenged the orthodoxy on mad cows and CJD.

spiked-bites, 2 November

What is the true death toll of 11 September?; Seeing possible terrorist targets everywhere.

Rob Lyons Friday 2 November 2001 comments

spiked-geist, 2 November

Suggestion-boxed in; FBI candy; The 'other side' of war; Joint initiative; Top titles

Josie Appleton Monday 5 November 2001 comments

Value-free Britain

Why the contemporary virtues of multiculturalism and respect fail to claim the allegiance of Muslim youth.

Jennie Bristow Monday 5 November 2001 comments

Potty over Potter

Harry Potter premiere: Is JK Rowling the new Shakespeare?

Shirley Dent Tuesday 6 November 2001 comments

Who killed God?

Cardinals and Christians should calm down about South Park, and learn to love its parables and earthy transience.

Mick Hume Tuesday 6 November 2001 comments

Muslim alienation has home-grown roots

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Sandy Starr Tuesday 6 November 2001 comments

A tale of two dot.bombs

Investment, optimism, decadence, collapse….Where did it all go wrong for the dotcoms of the late 1990s?

Stuart Blackman Tuesday 6 November 2001 comments

Is old the new young?

How 'The Way of All Flesh' by biologist Midas Dekkers paints death and decay in a positive light.

James Heartfield Wednesday 7 November 2001 comments

Friends, allies and enemies

How the West has abandoned old friends and embraced one-time enemies since the end of the Cold War.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 7 November 2001 comments

Cutting more than daisies

The USA is whipping up the prospect of nuclear war and the destruction of civilisation to justify blasting Afghanistan with the 'world's biggest bomb'.

George Blecher Thursday 8 November 2001 comments

Notes from the rubble

Wisecracks at airports, psychotherapists working overtime, the collapsing American Empire….New York writer George Blecher on his city after the attacks.

Jonathan Calder Thursday 8 November 2001 comments

Bonfire fright

Jonathan Calder reports from the famous Lewes bonfire on firework night's fight for survival.

Josie Appleton Thursday 8 November 2001 comments

Museums for the People?

The politicisation of museums is a disaster. So why have they so readily adopted the social inclusion agenda?

Ray Crowley Thursday 8 November 2001 comments

Spooked about sex

Tennessee teenagers had their pants scared back on with a special sex educational Halloween house.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 8 November 2001 comments

Offside, 8 November

Loyalty, or rather its absence, has been the subject on every Palace fan's lips this week after manager Steve Bruce decided to quit the club after only five months in charge.

Sandy Starr Thursday 8 November 2001 comments

Stargazing sociologist

Manuel Castells' book The Internet Galaxy has some uplifting moments - but its desire to separate, categorise and interrelate everything means it often misses the mark.

Munira Mirza Thursday 8 November 2001 comments

Culture: the word on the street

Can local arts projects really change the world?

Allison Felus Thursday 8 November 2001 comments

O no

O, the gun-toting, blood-spattered, modernised movie adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, turns out to be soulless and cold.

Mick Hume Friday 9 November 2001 comments

A war that nobody wants to fight

The carpet bombing in Afghanistan confirms the dreadful power of the American military machine. But it also reveals a sense of powerlessness within the US (and British) political elites.

Jeff Nicolich Friday 9 November 2001 comments

Scared silly over Halloween

Poisoned candy, murder, automobile accidents, molestation, fire, suffocation: an American reports on the new panic.

Dolan Cummings Friday 9 November 2001 comments

TV UK, 9 November

The idea that we need a charismatic individual to interest us in history assumes that we want embarrassing reconstructions involving actors in period costume.

Rob Lyons Friday 9 November 2001 comments

spiked-geist, 9 November

The cost of war-reporting; Britney's boobies; Members of the library; Restricted moo-vement

Helene Guldberg Monday 12 November 2001 comments

Qualifying free speech

The UK Court of Appeal might have restrained England's stringent libel laws - but it's long way from a free press.

Andrew Calcutt Monday 12 November 2001 comments

George Harrison: did the world gently weep?

The death of former Beatle George Harrison was greeted with predictable eulogies from on high - but the people were as quiet about Harrison’s death as he was in life.

Shirley Dent Monday 12 November 2001 comments

Turning art into peepshow

The Turner Prize 2001 captured a culture that has nothing to say about anything.

Howard Fienberg Monday 12 November 2001 comments

Is computer security a goner?

Firewall protection is fine - but the best safeguard against email viruses, goners and worms is common sense.

Irene Miller Monday 12 November 2001 comments

Star bores

Is Star Wars the greatest movie of all time? Not in a million light years.

Josie Appleton Monday 12 November 2001 comments

Oath of allegiance to what?

We do need a proper discussion about who we are and where we are going in Britain. But David Blunkett's phoney debate about race, culture and civic identity is not it.

Mick Hume Monday 12 November 2001 comments

Are we all meant to be Mujahideen now?

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Mick Hume Tuesday 13 November 2001 comments

The more they talk about ‘choice’, the less we get

Whether it's selecting the sex of their baby or smoking in public, people should have the right to make the 'wrong' choices.

Bill Durodié Tuesday 13 November 2001 comments

Judging Pop Idol

ITV's new series following the creation of a Pop Idol is not nice - and that's its appeal.

spiked readers Tuesday 13 November 2001 comments

Reactions 8

Shades of Vietnam, women and the Taliban, and military strategy: more spiked readers give their views.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 13 November 2001 comments

Fear goes sky-high

Many seem relieved that the plane crash of 12 November looks like an accident, not a terrorist attack. Either way, it's a disaster for America's national psyche.

Josie Appleton Thursday 15 November 2001 comments

Our boys in Kabul

The West's shifting attitude towards the Northern Alliance reflects the confusion behind its war aims in Afghanistan.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 15 November 2001 comments

'We can never be safe - but at least we can be free'

The UK home secretary might dismiss civil liberties as 'airy-fairy' - but for Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, the case for liberty remains rock-solid.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 15 November 2001 comments

Hitchens vs Hitchens

Brothers Christopher and Peter disagree on everything from terrorism and the Taliban to secularism and safety - but both would like to see a clash of civilisations.

Sabine Reul and Thomas Deichmann Thursday 15 November 2001 comments

'The one measure of true love is: you can insult the other'

The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek talks about subjectivity, multiculturalism, sex and terrorism.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 November 2001 comments

Offside, 16 November

The football authorities' interest in women's football is driven less by egalitarian concerns than by their desire to outlaw aggressive play.

Dolan Cummings Friday 16 November 2001 comments

TV UK, 16 November

BBC2's War Zone: why should rolling around in the mud for a few days change your political outlook?

Fran O’Leary Friday 16 November 2001 comments

Plane facts

We shouldn't let recent events blind us to the fact that flying is one of the safest forms of transport.

Piers Benn Friday 16 November 2001 comments

The sex selection question

The decision of whether parents should be able to use fertility treatment to select the sex of their offspring should be left to individual choice rather than rigid principle

Sandy Starr Friday 16 November 2001 comments

Two cheers for Yahoo!

US court has rejected a French court's attempts to clamp down on internet content - but free speech online is still not guaranteed.

Sandy Starr Friday 16 November 2001 comments

Significant Others

Nicole Kidman's latest film The Others is a one-off in today’s Hollywood - reaching back to a time when horror was formal, sincere, and truly frightening.

Mick Hume Friday 16 November 2001 comments

How did we get from Manhattan to Kabul?

What has the West's war in Afghanistan got to do with 11 September?

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 20 November 2001 comments

Anti-terrorism bill: MPs aren't revolting

MPs are not really battling against David Blunkett's anti-terrorism law - but they should be.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 20 November 2001 comments

Nothing to lose but their burqas?

Cherie Blair's campaign to free the spirit of Afghan women is more likely to help her husband than it is anybody in Afghanistan.

Helen Searls Tuesday 20 November 2001 comments

An Englishwoman in Washington

The anthrax attacker remains a bigger concern to most Americans than the war being fought thousands of miles away.

Dr Peter Marsh Thursday 22 November 2001 comments

In praise of bad habits

The dangers of 'healthism' - and the good thing about risk.

David Murray Thursday 22 November 2001 comments

Media modesty versus meltdown

What does it mean to say that a catastrophe is virtually certain - and how should the US media respond?

spiked readers Thursday 22 November 2001 comments

Reactions 9

Daisy cutters, carpet bombing and the Western will to fight: more spiked readers give their views.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 23 November 2001 comments

Don't buy it

Buy Nothing Day won't tackle global poverty, but it might annoy Christmas shoppers.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 23 November 2001 comments

Offside, 23 November

Spurs fans were duty-bound to give Sol Campbell a torrid reception on his return to White Hart Lane in enemy colours.

Dolan Cummings Friday 23 November 2001 comments

TV UK, 23 November

Far from simply locking up villains, or even keeping the peace, policing today seems to be nothing short of missionary work.

Mick Hume Monday 26 November 2001 comments

Nation-building? Let's start at home

Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

David Chandler Tuesday 27 November 2001 comments

Faking democracy in Kosovo

The provincial elections in Kosovo on 17 November were hailed as a 'step forward to democracy'. David Chandler, who observed the elections for the Council of Europe, wonders why.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 27 November 2001 comments

Kosovo's multiethnic experiment

Those currently debating a multiethnic government for Afghanistan should look at Kosovo - where this kind of experiment has deepened divisions.

Duleep Allirajah Wednesday 28 November 2001 comments

Who wants a footballer for a role model?

As long as footballers can deliver the goods on the pitch, we shouldn't care less what they do in their free time.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 28 November 2001 comments

Defending dissent

Joan Bertin, executive director of the US National Coalition Against Censorship, tells how 11 September changed things for freedom of speech.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 29 November 2001 comments

Stop stemming the research

For stem cell research to fulfil its potential, US scientists need to develop more backbone.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 29 November 2001 comments

Blair's Babes hit puberty

Paul Marsden, Shrewsbury's rebel MP, might seem like New Labour's worst nightmare. But he's the creation of its politics.

John Gillott Thursday 29 November 2001 comments

Phoney debate about cloning

The main problem is not the law, but the boo-word culture that surrounds the cloning issue.

Ken McLaughlin Thursday 29 November 2001 comments

Stressing vulnerability

A senior lecturer in social work wonders who gains from the preoccupation with workplace stress.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 29 November 2001 comments

Policing the medical profession

While outgoing General Medical Council president Sir Donald Irvine attacks 'arrogant' doctors, in the real world medics are already on their knees.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 29 November 2001 comments

Offside, 29 November

Burchill on Beckham is entertaining, but so wrong.

spiked readers Thursday 29 November 2001 comments

Reactions 10

Trivialising liberty, Western values and not-so-smart bombs: more spiked readers give their views.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 29 November 2001 comments

TV UK, 29 November

Worldly goods on The Heaven and Earth Show.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 29 November 2001 comments

Stop stemming the research

For stem cell research to fulfil its potential, US scientists need to develop more backbone.

Josie Appleton Friday 30 November 2001 comments

USA: 'Sorry about the slaughter'

The massacre of several hundred Taliban prisoners in a fortress outside Mazar-e-Sharif shows that a confused war is not a soft war.