December 2001

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 4 December 2001 comments

Peace process gone wrong?

The upsurge in violence between Israel and Palestine is not a deviation from the Middle Eastern process, but a result of it.

Howard Fienberg and Iain Murray Tuesday 4 December 2001 comments

Faith in the figures

Seven million, three million or one million: how many Muslims are there in the USA?

Norman Levitt Thursday 6 December 2001 comments

The pedants' revolt

A New York professor on Ibsen, Chekhov and Broadway's unsubtle touch.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 6 December 2001 comments

Out in the cold

Why have a few hundred rough sleepers become the Big Issue?

Kevin Yuill Thursday 6 December 2001 comments

Life before death

Diane Pretty has taken her appeal for the 'right to die' from the UK House of Lords to the European Court of Human Rights - but wouldn't it be better to keep the taboo surrounding suicide?

Dolan Cummings Friday 7 December 2001 comments

TV UK, 7 December

Serious TV's lesson for today: why privatisation and violent men are 'very bad things'.

Josie Appleton Friday 7 December 2001 comments

Sisters doing it for themselves?

Women's equality in Afghanistan cannot be created by Western diktat.

Rob Lyons Friday 7 December 2001 comments

spiked-geist, 7 December

Vlad a wonderful world; Bin making history; Dangers of the party season.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 7 December 2001 comments

Offside, 7 December

Is the epoch of Manchester United's dominance of football about to end?

Mick Hume Friday 7 December 2001 comments

Bore us no more about sleaze, please

The most sleazy politician is better than the most squeaky clean commissioner.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 10 December 2001 comments

‘It has nothing to do with finding the truth’

Irish political activist Bernadette McAliskey on how the Bloody Sunday Inquiry is like therapy for Derry.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 13 December 2001 comments

NHS in traction

More money won't save the UK health service. Its problems come from the remorseless politicisation of health under New Labour.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 13 December 2001 comments

Time at the bar

Lager-life has its limits for women - but it won't kill us.

Neil Davenport Thursday 13 December 2001 comments

Acquaintances rediscovered

Is the Friends Reunited website really about finding old mates - or is it more of a sad CV swap shop?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 13 December 2001 comments

Offside, 13 December

A British junior football league has devised a new way to alleviate the pain of defeat - by doing away with competition altogether.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 13 December 2001 comments

TV UK, 13 December

Judge Deed's combination of personal empathy and state power is unnerving. After a brief heart-to-heart with his secretary, he'll pop on the old wig and pass sentence.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 13 December 2001 comments

Dancing your worries away?

Brendan O'Neill dug out his old school tie to swing his pants with 3000 clubbers at London's School Disco.

Mick Hume Friday 14 December 2001 comments

Sarah’s Law can’t protect us from fear

The horrific murder of Sarah Payne should not be turned into a reason for suspending the norms and standards of a civilised society.

Mick Hume Friday 14 December 2001 comments

Sarah's Law can't protect us from fear

The horrific murder of Sarah Payne should not be turned into a reason for suspending the norms and standards of a civilised society.

Mick Hume Monday 17 December 2001 comments

Judging us all

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Para Teare Monday 17 December 2001 comments

Forced marriages: no simple solution

Asian weddings are none of the UK government's business.

Fran O’Leary Tuesday 18 December 2001 comments

Old Skool nostalgia

Why buy a compilation of 1990s dance tracks? If you liked the music, you'd have it already.

Ciaran Guilfoyle Tuesday 18 December 2001 comments

Who cares about mayors?

Whatever government ministers and local councillors say, a mayoral movement is not sweeping the UK.

Kenan Malik Tuesday 18 December 2001 comments

The trouble with multiculturalism

Official multicultural policies have been even more divisive than old-fashioned racism.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 18 December 2001 comments

Have yourself a very scary Christmas

Vicars want it banned, police warn of its hidden dangers, and charities reckon it can drive us to drink and distraction - why is everybody so down about Christmas?

Piers Hellawell Tuesday 18 December 2001 comments

In defence of technique

A British composer tunes into the debate about the decline in musical literacy.

Munira Mirza Tuesday 18 December 2001 comments

'Sensible celebrating'

A UK government department says the challenge of Christmas is to 'indulge, but not excessively'. I'd rather be at work.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 20 December 2001 comments

Scared of being Mother

Why has procreation become such a turn off?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 20 December 2001 comments

A creaky theory

Whatever the war in Afghanistan is about, it's not about oil.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 20 December 2001 comments

Kicking footballers

How did the trial of two Leeds United players and their mates put football itself in the dock?

Sandy Starr Thursday 20 December 2001 comments

Restricted mobility

What ever happened to internet access on the go?

Dolan Cummings Thursday 20 December 2001 comments

TV UK, Christmas 2001

At Christmas we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Not.

Rob Lyons Thursday 20 December 2001 comments

spiked-geist, Christmas 2001

Weird gifts, exploding marzipan and bomb 'em with cake - the festive season has arrived.

Ian Walker Friday 21 December 2001 comments

Good film, shame about the book

Lord of the Rings: the greatest book of the twentieth century or dull pseudo-mythology?

John Pender Friday 21 December 2001 comments

Why shouldn't Tanzania have air traffic control?

The furore over the UK's licence export for an air traffic control system in Tanzania reveals the impoverished vision of sustainable development.

Jennie Bristow Friday 28 December 2001 comments

Back to the asylum

England's Lord Chief Justice wants to lock up paedophiles before they have committed any crime. It's a mad idea - and will do nobody any good.

Rob Lyons Friday 28 December 2001 comments

New Year 2002: Where's the party?

Why have the authorities turned public celebrations into a damp squib?

Mick Hume Friday 28 December 2001 comments

One thing that did not change in 2001

A dramatic year has not revitalised the moribund politics of the West.

Phil Mullan Friday 28 December 2001 comments

Recession: from fantasy to reality

How a nervous business world has talked itself into a recession.

Josie Appleton Friday 28 December 2001 comments

The bomber from Bromley

The 'shoe bomber' Richard Reid is another example of how radical Islam is finding a fertile home in countries like Britain.

Virginia Hume Friday 28 December 2001 comments

Food: Executive Relief, post-Christmas

Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This menu for the post-Christmas holidays.

Sandy Starr Friday 28 December 2001 comments

A Tolkien fan talks

Never mind the cynics - The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece

Dolan Cummings Friday 28 December 2001 comments

TV UK, New Year 2002

Impressions galore, EastEnders as pantomime and Christmas dramas that bash both science and religion.