July 2003

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 1 July 2003 comments

Out of Africa

Big Brother Africa is better than Big Brother Britain only because it's the first series rather than the fourth.

Helene Guldberg Tuesday 1 July 2003 comments

Challenging the precautionary principle

How has society come to be governed by the maxim 'better safe than sorry'?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 1 July 2003 comments

Seize the day, save the vermin

What made foxhunting into a 'totemic' issue for the Labour backbenches?

Jennie Bristow Thursday 3 July 2003 comments

A marriage that dare not speak its name

The UK government's 'Civil Partnership' scheme for gay couples makes an institution of inequality.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 3 July 2003 comments

Recipe for austerity

George Monbiot's The Age of Consent is a caveman's manifesto.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 3 July 2003 comments

Offside, 3 July

How does Rude-eski's Wimbledon performance compare to the great tirades of history?

Martyn Perks Thursday 3 July 2003 comments

‘A mob for no reason’

Email gangs come together - and go away again.

Carlton Brick Thursday 3 July 2003 comments

Beckham-mournia

Why the boy David's transfer to Real Madrid got Britain grieving.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 3 July 2003 comments

TV UK, 3 July

It is obvious that Alastair Campbell is behind the bomb plot in 24.

Patrick West Friday 4 July 2003 comments

Don’t paint the town red

Confessions of a late-night graffiti-remover.

Naseem Khan Wednesday 9 July 2003 comments

Change the whole agenda

'The infrastructure of the arts is invisibly conditioned - there are many "keep out" signs. Arts organisations have to point out this discrimination.'

Jon Holbrook Wednesday 9 July 2003 comments

Can a company kill?

The UK government's proposed new offence of 'corporate killing' looks like a return to medieval law.

Phil Mullan Wednesday 9 July 2003 comments

Ageism is not the problem

Britain needs proper employment opportunities for older people, not a government consultation on 'age discrimination'.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 9 July 2003 comments

Knocking equal opportunities

People think women are equal now - so why won't feminists believe them?

Mick Hume Wednesday 9 July 2003 comments

Health chiefs use kids as sticks to beat us

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the UK government's war on fatty food and fags.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 9 July 2003 comments

The body piercing project

Why some people are staking their Being on their bellybutton ring.

Jason Burton Wednesday 9 July 2003 comments

Open source adhocracy

When it comes to software development, the cathedral could be a better model than the bazaar.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 10 July 2003 comments

Little girl lost (not)

A child abduction that wasn’t sparked an alert system that failed. How is this a 'brilliant success'?

Dolan Cummings Thursday 10 July 2003 comments

TV UK, 10 July

Michael Wood's search for Shakespeare forgets that the bard went beyond his own biography.

Patrick West Thursday 10 July 2003 comments

Light out of Darkness

Rock bands, empires and 'stupid Americans'.

Dominic Standish Thursday 10 July 2003 comments

When il capo met kapo

Dominic Standish reports from Italy on why Europe failed to get Silvio Berlusconi's 'ironic joke'.

Josie Appleton Friday 11 July 2003 comments

Trials of the ‘war on terror’

What's driving the British reaction against Guantanamo Bay?

Mick Hume Friday 11 July 2003 comments

It’s the authority crisis, stupid

And it's doing more damage than WMD.

Austin Williams Friday 11 July 2003 comments

Transport and its discontents

Critics of the UK government’s roads policy say nothing radical, new...or even critical.

Rob Lyons Monday 14 July 2003 comments

Hot air

The UK government's commitment to wind power is an expensive gesture, at odds with the nation's needs.

Mick Hume Monday 14 July 2003 comments

Addiction addicts

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 15 July 2003 comments

Iraq and the uranium: a fake debate

In the latest clash over the evidence, both sides are passing the buck.

Dolan Cummings Tuesday 15 July 2003 comments

Badging the British

The UK government hopes ID cards will give the nation an identity.

Ellie Lee Tuesday 15 July 2003 comments

Whatever happened to the university?

Higher education has come to mean everything - except intellectual endeavour.

James Panton Tuesday 15 July 2003 comments

Stressing out students

Students are encouraged to experience university challenges as traumas.

Sandy Starr Wednesday 16 July 2003 comments

Google hogged by blogs

By linking to insubstantial and random content, personal websites are strangling search engines.

Dolan Cummings Friday 18 July 2003 comments

TV UK, 18 July

The Money Programme couldn't decide whether people are sick of McDonald's, or addicted to it.

Julian Spalding Wednesday 23 July 2003 comments

They shock too much

Modern art requires the audience's reaction, but can't abide its judgement.

Jon Holbrook Wednesday 23 July 2003 comments

The law and the 'one in four'

A barrister takes issue with the UK government's 'shock-and-awe' approach to domestic violence statistics.

Barbara Hewson Wednesday 23 July 2003 comments

Treating women like children

The proposed changes to the law on domestic violence are degrading.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 24 July 2003 comments

Give us a break

Summertime - and the pleasure police come out to play.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 24 July 2003 comments

TV UK, 24 July

It is an achievement that a 'drama' of Philip Larkin's life is even remotely watchable.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 24 July 2003 comments

Cross-border terrorism: a mess made by the West

How 'humanitarian intervention' made a world in which stateless terror could flourish.

Neil Davenport Thursday 24 July 2003 comments

Dead poets' society

Why Philip Larkin's private misdemeanours have become a public obsession.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 24 July 2003 comments

Offside, 24 July

Twenty20 is cricket for people who don't like cricket.

Patrick West Thursday 24 July 2003 comments

Surface treatment

The NHS is treating 'low self-esteem' with tummy tucks.

Suzanne Miller Thursday 24 July 2003 comments

Summer of the shark?

Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water...it is.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 25 July 2003 comments

Liberation by snapshot?

The killing of Uday and Qusay, and the photos to prove it, are the latest gestures in the coalition’s war of symbols.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 29 July 2003 comments

The children who won’t grow up

Peter Pan-demonium, kidults, boomerang kids.... A sociologist examines the phenomenon of lost boys and girls hanging out on the edge of adulthood.

Mick Hume Tuesday 29 July 2003 comments

Politics isn't brutal enough

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the fallout from the David Kelly affair.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 29 July 2003 comments

Unfree Liberia

Western intervention is inflaming tensions in the civil war.

Mick Hume Tuesday 29 July 2003 comments

Why sunburn is not a burning issue

spiked editor Mick Hume shines some light on the seasonal skin cancer scare, in The Times (London).

Josie Appleton Tuesday 29 July 2003 comments

Ritual allegiance

Giving British citizenship more trappings won't increase its value.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 29 July 2003 comments

'Duties of care' to the careless and criminal

The expansion of negligence law throws personal responsibility out of the window.

Raymond Perry Tuesday 29 July 2003 comments

Law begets law

The Human Rights Act is encouraging a culture of litigation. A solicitor writes.

Alan Miller Tuesday 29 July 2003 comments

Capturing the Friedmans

One US documentary shows why it is imperative to pursue the truth - even in the ugliest situations.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 30 July 2003 comments

Barbecue panic - transcript from the Today programme

A transcript from a radio item about the dangers of barbecues.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 31 July 2003 comments

Trafficking in dubious numbers

UNICEF's campaign against 'child traffic' is based on questionable evidence and a barely concealed contempt for people in the third world.

Jon Holbrook Thursday 31 July 2003 comments

Keep the courts out of family life

Regardless of the merits of the MMR jab, the ruling that two children must receive it against their mothers' wishes represents a worrying expansion of the law.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 31 July 2003 comments

A curse on all his houses

John Prescott's 'affordable housing' project should create decent homes where people want to live, rather than nasty soulless boxes that don’t disturb the weeds.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 31 July 2003 comments

Offside, 31 July

Nasser Hussain is seen as an outdated autocrat - but he put some steel back into English cricket.

Josie Appleton Thursday 31 July 2003 comments

Jabs through the backdoor

Parents should be won around to MMR by medical argument, not legal injunction.

Patrick West Thursday 31 July 2003 comments

Brits behaving nicely

Tourists to Dublin have stopped vomiting into the Liffey.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 31 July 2003 comments

TV UK, 31 July

Faultlines documents not so much the rise of religion as the demise of politics.

Martyn Perks Thursday 31 July 2003 comments

Blog-standard politics

Could blogging MPs reinvigorate the electorate?

Priscilla Alderson Thursday 31 July 2003 comments

Making kids 'special'

'Special needs' is not a medical reality, but an administrative device that harms children, argues a professor of childhood studies.