February 2002

Mick Hume Friday 1 February 2002 comments

The State of the War

What is Bush's game of fantasy foreign policy really all about?

Rob Lyons Friday 1 February 2002 comments

Dog's dinner in South Korea

When did sporting bodies acquire the right to lecture nations about their diets?

Josie Appleton Friday 1 February 2002 comments

Wishful thinking

Why are there so many versions of How 11 September Changed the World?

Professor Vivian Moses Tuesday 5 February 2002 comments

Chewing over GM foods

Nothing can ever be 100 percent safe. So why do we demand a risk-free life?

Sandy Starr Tuesday 5 February 2002 comments

A pox on scientific debate

Why is a BBC drama about 'smallpox terrorism' being taken so seriously by health experts, commentators and public bodies?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 5 February 2002 comments

All the world's a prison

David Blunkett's 'third way' for prisons risks making jailbirds of us all.

Tom Sanders Tuesday 5 February 2002 comments

Food science

Modern food production techniques are good for you - but let's stop obsessing on vitamins.

Michael Caines Tuesday 5 February 2002 comments

A tragic biopic

Instead of Iris Murdoch, the film gives us little 'Iris'.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 7 February 2002 comments

TV UK, 7 February

Gangsters are cool - so why aren't loyalist paramilitaries?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 7 February 2002 comments

Offside, 7 February

Spitting in football: 'the worst of all things'?

Sandy Starr Thursday 7 February 2002 comments

Moving on

For the mobile internet to succeed, innovators need to stop worrying about consumer concerns.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 7 February 2002 comments

School for scandal

Who's letting 'teachers' like Amy Gehring loose in the classroom?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 7 February 2002 comments

Giving race experts a Lasching

America's twin obsessions with race and therapy have proved 'nothing short of a disaster', argues author Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 7 February 2002 comments

Doctoring domestic violence

There is nothing GPs can do about violence in the home - and they shouldn't even try.

Brid hehir Tuesday 12 February 2002 comments

Head cases

Craniosacral system therapy claims to help relieve illnesses and injuries by manipulating the 'life forces' produced by the human skull. Where's the proof?

Tony Gilland Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

GM food: putting fear before facts

The Royal Society, the UK's premier scientific body, thinks GM food is safe. So why did its report spin such scary headlines?

Sandy Starr Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

Ripping yarn

How was the new Jack the Ripper film received at the scene of his crimes?

Ray Crowley Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

Pop go the Idols

Despite Pop Idol's 'talent required' banner, it became another 'feel sorry for me on a Saturday night' hour.

Tony Gilland Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

GM food: putting fear before facts

The Royal Society, the UK's premier scientific body, thinks GM food is safe. So why did its report spin such scary headlines?

Duleep Alliraja Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

Offside, 14 February

Witchcraft is the least of African football's problems.

Josie Appleton Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

The fundamentalist question

What turns unemployed youths from Tipton, a public school boy from Wanstead, and a West-Coast American liberal into Islamic terrorists?

Mick Hume Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

Why snob is a four-letter word

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Ellie Lee Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

ECPS: swallow the facts

How can taking emergency contraceptive pills still be a criminal offence in the UK?

Barbara Hewson Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

Abortion traffic

Why should Irish politicians rely on women travelling to the UK for an abortion to get them out of a hole?

Dolan Cummings Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

TV UK, 14 February

What would the great critic Adolf Eichmann have made of Jon Ronson's The Two Lives of Jonathan King?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

Debating the disease

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick replies to his critics on ME.

Aidan Campbell Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

Fanatic for 15 minutes

The strange convergence of Western pop culture and ethnic fundamentalism.

Rob Lyons Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

spiked-geist, 14 February

Twelve days in the life of a born-again blogger.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

Fluff and nonsense

You can send a Valentine to your 'super-duper girlfriend', your 'hunny bunny wife', or even to your 'No. 1 son'. What next: your lovely bubbly besty friend?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 14 February 2002 comments

Immune to the evidence

Four years after alleging a link between MMR and autism, Dr Andrew Wakefield has failed to persuade a single reputable authority. So why do so many still listen to him?

Chris Evans Monday 18 February 2002 comments

Copyright and wrongs

Traditional powers of copyright are a barrier to the internet's development, argues the founder of Internet Freedom.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 18 February 2002 comments

Myths of immunity

The imperilled 'immune system' is a metaphor for human vulnerability.

Dolan Cummings Monday 18 February 2002 comments

Spit back in anger

John Lloyd, the man behind Spitting Image and Blackadder, thinks today's TV comedy is no laughing matter.

Aidan Campbell Monday 18 February 2002 comments

Sex, lies and photography

Between Mario Testino's glamour heaven and Nan Goldin's urban hell, where's the reality?

Ayse Feriel Monday 18 February 2002 comments

Initial differences

Scratch the surface, and the agendas of the World Economic Forum and the World Social Forum are closer than they seem.

Howard Fienburg Tuesday 19 February 2002 comments

Don't blame it on the Accutane

Whatever it was that made 15-year-old Charles Bishop fly into a Florida skyscraper, it wasn't the spot cream.

Marilyn Mason Tuesday 19 February 2002 comments

No faith in faith schools

Why not get rid of the lot of them?

Alan Miller Tuesday 19 February 2002 comments

California dreaming

Making telly in La-La Land.

Mick Hume Tuesday 19 February 2002 comments

This sleazy obsession is a scandal

It was inevitable that once New Labour cloaked politicians in the pure robes of the priesthood, they would not remain unsullied.

Barrie Collins Friday 22 February 2002 comments

'This time, Bob, it's personal'

Why is the international community so hung up about democracy in Zimbabwe?

Jennie Bristow Friday 22 February 2002 comments

Post-radical depression

The Sixties generation should come off the guilt-trip about its thirtysomething kids.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 22 February 2002 comments

Jacking the facts

Carjacking is a 'very rare occurrence', and the police don't even recognise it as a specific crime. So what's with the armed marksmen?

Josie Appleton Friday 22 February 2002 comments

Ban first, speak later

Campaigners at a London university want to stop a secret British National Party member from getting a politics degree. What are they afraid of?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 February 2002 comments

Offside, 22 February

What are Crystal Palace doing spending a king's ransom on The Worst Striker in English Football?

Ray Crowley Friday 22 February 2002 comments

Old on a minute

Ali G's language, complaining crumblies and nu-metal goes soft.

Dolan Cummings Friday 22 February 2002 comments

TV UK, 22 February

Manchild isn't a patch on the Buffy episode where Giles is infantilised by magic cake, but what can you expect?

Helene Guldberg Friday 22 February 2002 comments

Global warming: rating the debate

A summary of the spiked-science debate on global warming.

Ciuran Guilfoyle Monday 25 February 2002 comments

Forging democracy

The 'ordinary people' in New Labour's Community Forum aren't so ordinary.

Mark Birbeck Monday 25 February 2002 comments

Standard questions

Do universal standards in IT stifle innovation?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 26 February 2002 comments

Screening wars

Anybody who questions the value of screening tests for cancer risks provoking the wrath of powerful vested interests.

Barbara Hewson Tuesday 26 February 2002 comments

A joke too far

An English Bar Disciplinary Tribunal went over the top when dealing with a racial harassment case.

Joe Kaplinsky Tuesday 26 February 2002 comments

Who owns ideas?

How the expansion of intellectual property law puts a brake on new developments.

Munira Mirza Tuesday 26 February 2002 comments

Culture at the crossroads

A new book calls for cultural institutions to run society. Bad idea.

Virginia Hume Tuesday 26 February 2002 comments

Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This menu from Para Mullan.

Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This menu from Para Mullan.

Peter L Winkler Wednesday 27 February 2002 comments

Dirty rats

Lazy, talentless, opportunistic and rude - the Rat Pack weren't as cool as we think.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 27 February 2002 comments

Welcome to the Wind Age

The passing of the Nuclear Age symbolises the explosion of self-doubt, and the slow death of ambition.

Daniel Ben-Ami Wednesday 27 February 2002 comments

Accounting for Enron

Risk-managers and bean-counters have taken over the corporate world.

Ray Crowley Wednesday 27 February 2002 comments

Texting your way to TMI

Another scare to get teenagers off those cursed mobiles.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 27 February 2002 comments

spiked-geist, 27 February

Exploding teddy bears, 'Your NHS', and Bush's verbal diarrhoea causes a run.

Mick Hume Thursday 28 February 2002 comments

New Labour goes hunting for a cause

Just when you thought it could go no lower, the UK government puts foxhunting at the top of its agenda.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 28 February 2002 comments

Offside, 28 February

Curling, figure skating, ski jumping...where's the sport in the Winter Olympics?