March 2002

Mick Hume Saturday 2 March 2002 comments

State of the unions

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Matthew Carroll Saturday 2 March 2002 comments

Why attack Iraq?

A US student in the UK thinks the last thing we need is Gulf War Take Two.

Jennie Bristow Saturday 2 March 2002 comments

Telling stories

Why is novelist Sue Miller being spun as the American Joanna Trollope?

Ray Crowley Saturday 2 March 2002 comments

The munching monologues

supershagland.com uses obscene language to promote a puritan message.

Josie Appleton Saturday 2 March 2002 comments

The anti-Bloomsbury set

The Elgin Marbles are more at home in the British Museum than they would be in Athens.

Helene Guldberg Saturday 2 March 2002 comments

From ABC to ICT

The UK government's obsession with 'digital literacy' in schools shows a misreading of child development.

Fenno Outen Saturday 2 March 2002 comments

Critics in two minds

A victim-driven script about mental health doesn't necessarily make A Beautiful Mind a bad film. Just as it doesn't make it a good one.

Aidan Campbell Saturday 2 March 2002 comments

The decline and fall of haute couture

Paris: Capital of the Arts 1900 to 1968 at the Royal Academy suggests that art thrives when it is despised by politicians.

Dolan Cummings Saturday 2 March 2002 comments

TV UK, 28 February

BBC4 could be good for TV - but it won't save politics.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 5 March 2002 comments

America's axis-tential crisis

President Bush's 'axis of evil' tells us far more about the USA than about Iraq, Iran or North Korea.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 6 March 2002 comments

In praise of the Pill

The oral contraceptive pill has done great things for women. So why the endless supply of complaints?

Helen Searls Wednesday 6 March 2002 comments

An Englishwoman in Washinton

Now you should 'Just say no' - not only for the good of your health but also for the good of America.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 8 March 2002 comments

Offside, 8 March

A Season with Verona by Tim Parks is an entertaining way of acquainting yourself with Italian profanity - and with the soul of its football.

Dolan Cummings Friday 8 March 2002 comments

TV UK, 8 March

24 is hopelessly pre-9/11 - but so what?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 12 March 2002 comments

A very strange time capsule

New York's cultural institutions are collecting everything to do with 11 September - bits of rubble, dust masks, pictures, poems, even the aspirins sent in for relief workers. Why?

Neil Selwyn Tuesday 12 March 2002 comments

Idolising IT

Can information technology solve social, political and cultural problems? It's good, but not that good.

Timandra Harkness Tuesday 12 March 2002 comments

To timidly go?

TV's trendy explorer Benedict Allen on conquering the world without upsetting the locals.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 March 2002 comments

Sex, cars, crimes and...vaccines

A round-up of February's health scares, lifestyle panics and other blown-up fears.

Mick Hume Wednesday 13 March 2002 comments

The 'war on terror' takes on a life of its own

The momentum towards conflict with Iraq has little to do with 11 September or Saddam Hussein.

Sandy Starr Thursday 14 March 2002 comments

Self-regulation makes us all blind

The industry acts as judge, jury and executioner when it comes to removing content from the internet.

Frank Furedi Friday 15 March 2002 comments

Epidemic of fear

We were scared to death long before 11 September.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 15 March 2002 comments

An overdose of medical ethics

Doctors are expected to play God, but seem unwilling to play doctor.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 15 March 2002 comments

Offside, 15 March

Magistrates must be the only people in Britain who don't think the World Cup is a special occasion.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 15 March 2002 comments

Paddywhackery goes global

On St Patrick's Day, being green is the new black - and everyone from Prince Charles to Tony Blair to Bill Clinton has declared their Irishness. A real O'Neill wants no part of it.

Neil Davenport Friday 15 March 2002 comments

Murdering the dancefloor

Who would want to go to a government-approved 'safe' nightclub?

Ray Crowley Friday 15 March 2002 comments

Red in tooth and claw

While a woman is killed by a crocodile in Africa, UK supermarkets get eco-chic.

Dolan Cummings Friday 15 March 2002 comments

TV UK, 15 March

Ally McBeal is one of those women that PC men disparage in the hope of improving their chances with fat girls.

Josie Appleton Friday 15 March 2002 comments

Decency on trial

Three cheers for the UK judges who defended our right to view dismembered fetuses.

David Chandler Tuesday 19 March 2002 comments

Human rights trump democracy

The USA is recasting its international dominance as a global defence of human rights.

Brandon Robshaw Wednesday 20 March 2002 comments

No more Straw

If I never hear Jack Straw's grim tones over the radio again, it will be too soon.

Munira Mirza Wednesday 20 March 2002 comments

The offended university

The row in Harvard's African-American studies department reveals the thin skins of US academics.

Wendy Earle Wednesday 20 March 2002 comments

Why Ireland said No

The defeat of the latest abortion referendum shows that tradition and Catholicism no longer hold sway in modern Ireland - but that nothing new has taken their place.

Ray Crowley Wednesday 20 March 2002 comments

Golden slumber

Forget the Golden Jubilee - let's give the Queen a retirement do.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 20 March 2002 comments

Creationism teaching: who started it?

The debate over Emmanuel City Technology College shows that the UK government can defend neither faith nor science.

Barrie Collins Wednesday 20 March 2002 comments

Zero tolerance for Zimbabwe

If Zimbabwe's elections had been free and fair, how much difference would it have made?

Dolan Cummings Thursday 21 March 2002 comments

TV UK, 28 March

As the BBC boss tunes into teenagers from Leicester, Channel 5 goes for quality TV.

Sandy Starr Thursday 21 March 2002 comments

Hollywood Redux

Hasn't Steven Spielberg got better things to do than sanitising ET?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 21 March 2002 comments

Offside, 21 March

They call it the beautiful game, but there's nothing like a mass brawl to spice up a dull Saturday afternoon.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 22 March 2002 comments

The strange battle of Shah-i-Kot

Was Operation Anaconda an 'absolute success' – or a 'big mistake'?

Jennie Bristow Friday 22 March 2002 comments

Rambling on

The neverending foxhunting debate shows New Labour’s disdain for the countryside, and its lack of excitement about the Town.

Jon Holbrook Friday 22 March 2002 comments

Why the Hague is not Nuremberg

The international tribunal trying Slobodan Milosevic lacks the legitimacy needed to punish war crimes.

Josie Appleton Monday 25 March 2002 comments

Degrees of bribery

Degrees of bribery

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 25 March 2002 comments

Tobin or not tobin?

The idea that a 'Tobin tax' on international financial speculation will solve global poverty is more fairytale than Robin Hood.

Mick Hume Monday 25 March 2002 comments

If this is another Vietnam, then I'm a therapist

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Dermot O’Gara Monday 25 March 2002 comments

Irishness: More than a flag of convenience

Dermot O'Gara, editor of the Irish Abroad website, responds to Brendan O'Neill's 'Paddywhackery goes global'.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 25 March 2002 comments

Tobin or not Tobin?

The idea that a 'Tobin tax' on international financial speculation will solve global poverty is more fairytale than Robin Hood.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 26 March 2002 comments

An anti-independence culture

The 'boomerang kids' who won't leave home are a product of the times - but they could put up more of a fight.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 26 March 2002 comments

Making a spectacle of ourselves

Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds exhibition in London is as degrading as it is fascinating.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 26 March 2002 comments

Factory or fiction?

Tony Wilson, Manchester's Mr Music, on the film of his life: 'I think I should at least be a twat, instead of being demoted to prat. Who wants to be a prat?'

Stuart Blackman Tuesday 26 March 2002 comments

Music to scaremongers' ears

How dangerous is drum'n'bass while driving?

Andrew Cox Tuesday 26 March 2002 comments

Talking bollocks

Why are Welsh men being pressed to open up about their testicles?

Mick Hume Tuesday 26 March 2002 comments

They are all Blairites now - whatever that means

There seems about as much chance of Labour MPs kicking out Blair as there is of the Taliban toppling Bush.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 28 March 2002 comments

TV UK, 28 March

BBC1's new red 'idents' celebrate everything from the Maori Haka to disabled basketball - but not foxhunting.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 28 March 2002 comments

Offside, 28 March

Has the Worst Striker in English Football finally found his feet?

Martyn Perks Thursday 28 March 2002 comments

Excuse-ability

Businesses that feel out of touch with their customers are focusing on usability at the expense of innovation and design.

Patrick West Thursday 28 March 2002 comments

And then there was postmodernism...

If creationism is on the rise in the UK, blame the academic left as much as the religious right.

Allison Felus Thursday 28 March 2002 comments

Oscars: better to laugh than weep

Of course non-white actors and actresses should be lauded for their work when they deserve it; but doing it all in one fell swoop seems just as racist as denying them the awards outright.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 28 March 2002 comments

Parent v children v teachers

Far from breaking any 'cycle of disrespect' among school children, the UK education secretary is encouraging a cycle of blame between parents and teachers.

Rob Lyons Thursday 28 March 2002 comments

'Over the moon' in June

A World Cup watcher prepares for his trip to Japan. This week: the barbarian hordes head east…if the missus will let them.