May 2003

Peter Smith Thursday 1 May 2003 comments

Holiday plans

In a patronising new campaign, the UK Foreign Office warns young travellers off drinking and having sex.

Mick Hume Friday 2 May 2003 comments

Blair’s hardest battle is for hearts and minds in Britain

The British prime minister's 'Baghdad Bounce' is a pale shadow of Margaret Thatcher's Falklands Factor.

Sandy Starr Friday 2 May 2003 comments

Pushing the wrong buttons

E-voting pilot schemes at the UK local elections are a hi-tech way to make politics passive.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 2 May 2003 comments

Roadmap to nowhere

Will America’s ‘goal-driven and performance-based strategy’ bring peace to the Middle East?

Mick Hume Tuesday 6 May 2003 comments

Disciplining adults

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 7 May 2003 comments

Gulf War Syndrome - the sequel

Every major conflict is now followed by its own syndrome, threats of legal action and claims of everlasting stress.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 7 May 2003 comments

SATs - screwed-up arguments

National school tests might have problems - but that doesn’t make them child abuse.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 7 May 2003 comments

Suicidal tendencies

What makes a British Muslim blow himself up for Palestine?

Daniel Ben-Ami Wednesday 7 May 2003 comments

The cost of SARS

What a health panic can do to the global economy.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 7 May 2003 comments

Teaching victimhood

Why words are hurting in the staffroom.

Joe Kaplinsky Wednesday 7 May 2003 comments

Nanotechnology: a slippery debate

Scientists are unlikely to turn the world into 'grey goo' - but that hasn't stopped the scaremongers.

Jeremy Hazlehurst Wednesday 7 May 2003 comments

Replicating concerns

Fanciful worries over nanotechnology express our modern ambivalence about change.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 8 May 2003 comments

Offside, 8 May

In the race for the title, Arsenal tripped over their own vanity.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 8 May 2003 comments

Fishing for theories

Do trout feel pain - or do we just feel sorry for them?

Patrick West Thursday 8 May 2003 comments

The Battle of Trafalgar Square

Why Londoners just can't fill that fourth plinth.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 8 May 2003 comments

TV UK, 8 May

Channel 4's 100 Greatest Movie Stars leaves nobody satisfied.

Mick Hume Monday 12 May 2003 comments

Dead body politics

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 13 May 2003 comments

‘Stakeknife’ cuts both ways

Now that the war in Northern Ireland is over, the British establishment is finding it harder to hold the line.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 13 May 2003 comments

Cut Short

Clare Short's resignation showed off all the New Labour vices that she criticised.

Dolan Cummings Tuesday 13 May 2003 comments

No meaning to knowledge

In the twenty-first century, 'knowledge' is talked about everywhere but found nowhere.

Paul Kane Tuesday 13 May 2003 comments

Watching on the dark side

Sci-fi's fascination with dystopia.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 14 May 2003 comments

Reading everything into Riyadh

The response to the Saudi bombings shows al-Qaeda's hold on the Western imagination.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 14 May 2003 comments

Who needs Breastfeeding Awareness Week?

The breast v bottle debate has turned a practical issue into a moral guilt-trip, starved of compassion or common sense.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 14 May 2003 comments

Euros from heaven

The Euro debate has been taken out of politics, and given over to the Gods of the Five Economic Tests.

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 14 May 2003 comments

Panic Attack

spiked's London conference debated the dangers of risk-aversion.

James Heartfield Wednesday 14 May 2003 comments

A house of cards

America's tense relations with Saudi Arabia.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 15 May 2003 comments

TV UK, 15 May

The Day Britain Stopped - except that it didn't, really.

Patrick West Thursday 15 May 2003 comments

Trying times

Journeys between the 'two cultures' of football and rugby.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 15 May 2003 comments

Kick public weeping out of football

The modern trend for emotionalism is even infecting football fans. And it ain’t pretty.

Ray Crowley Thursday 15 May 2003 comments

Surfing policeman

Government anti-crime websites do not pay.

Bill Thompson Thursday 15 May 2003 comments

Blog eats blog

The rise of the blogeoisie.

Mick Hume Thursday 15 May 2003 comments

Who wants to live under a system of Organised Paranoia?

The principle of safety first has become the major barrier to social advance.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 16 May 2003 comments

Grounded by caution

The Kenya warnings show how terror alerts can bring everything down.

Mick Hume Monday 19 May 2003 comments

Blowing al-Qaeda out of proportion

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Rob Lyons Tuesday 20 May 2003 comments

WHO's to blame for the SARS panic?

The World Health Organisation's precautionary warnings ran ahead of the actual cases.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 20 May 2003 comments

A (really) private affair

JFK's intern 'Mimi' demonstrates the virtue of oral restraint.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 20 May 2003 comments

Wild weapons chase

In the search for Saddam's arsenal, the US elite is losing the plot.

Ellie Lee Wednesday 21 May 2003 comments

Treating soldiers as victims

Former British troops claiming to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder have lost their battle for compensation. But how did the case get to court in the first place?

Helene Guldberg Thursday 22 May 2003 comments

Scaring into space

A new book by Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, gives humanity a 50/50 chance of survival.

Joe Kaplinsky Thursday 22 May 2003 comments

Protecting superstition

Patents on indigenous knowledge are blocking development.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 22 May 2003 comments

Suspicious policy

Why is Downing Street so bothered about whether people trust each other?

Rob Lyons Thursday 22 May 2003 comments

Eurovision loses its focus

The Song Contest has been spoiled by acts that actually want to have a proper music career.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 22 May 2003 comments

Offside, 22 May

Non-competitive sports days aren't 'political correctness gone mad' - they're government policy.

Patrick West Thursday 22 May 2003 comments

Withering the EU

The single currency really is a very exciting and important question.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 22 May 2003 comments

TV UK, 22 May

The Killing Zone: emoting over the Middle East.

Benjamin Hunt Thursday 22 May 2003 comments

Economic misery

Does money really make us unhappy?

Bill Durodié Thursday 22 May 2003 comments

Communicating the War on Terror

An open public debate is key to striking the right note in the war on terror.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 22 May 2003 comments

Hitler's youth

Hitler: The Rise of Evil tried to 'understand' the personality, by ignoring history.

Bill Durodié Friday 23 May 2003 comments

Houses of Precaution

Will the concrete blocks installed to protect Parliament from terror make the UK feel secure, or scared?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 27 May 2003 comments

Immune to the facts

Is the UK media to blame for the anti-MMR scare?

Mick Hume Tuesday 27 May 2003 comments

Making war a war crime

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the strange case of Colonel Tim Collins.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 28 May 2003 comments

Abusing privacy

Domestic violence register: should the state vet your sexual partner?

Josie Appleton Wednesday 28 May 2003 comments

Blunkett's justice

The Criminal Justice Bill presumes defendants to be criminals.

Jon Holbrook Wednesday 28 May 2003 comments

Wigged off

Why is the Lord Chancellor getting his knickers in a twist over courtroom dress?

Sandy Starr Wednesday 28 May 2003 comments

Risky business

A new book examines the pitfalls of corporate risk-aversion.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 29 May 2003 comments

TV UK, 29 May

TV dramas can make the most unattractive lifestyles look alluring.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 29 May 2003 comments

Unravelling Iraq

The coalition's war exposed a hole at the heart of the West, and left a hole in the heart of Iraq.

Patrick West Thursday 29 May 2003 comments

Happy daze

Buddhism in the West: the Classic FM of faiths.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 29 May 2003 comments

Offside, 29 May

Italian football is back, but nobody outside Italy is cheering (except me).

Donna Maria Loh Thursday 29 May 2003 comments

Beijing blues

A British schoolteacher tells how SARS put a downer on her Chinese adventure.