August 2003

Mick Hume Monday 4 August 2003 comments

Heaven protect us

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on Labour's New Age posturing.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 5 August 2003 comments

Too many people?

A new campaign for population control in Britain sees humans as a problem, rather than the solution.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 5 August 2003 comments

Sitting in judgement on democracy

The Hutton Inquiry into the suicide of Dr David Kelly should be thrown out of court.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 5 August 2003 comments

Shevaun and the scaremongers

How the elopement of a 12-year-old girl became a morality tale about the dangers of the internet.

Katharine Edgar Tuesday 5 August 2003 comments

Stream on

Outdoor swimming is not as risky as the summer killjoys claim.

Tessa Mayes Tuesday 5 August 2003 comments

Who needs a privacy law?

A government committee proposes regulating the media regulators - and still claims to believe in a free press.

Stephen Gardner Tuesday 5 August 2003 comments

Dumb intelligence, dumber strategy

The disgrace of US intelligence in the WMD saga should spell the demise of Bush's pre-emptive strategy.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 7 August 2003 comments

Chill out

On the hottest day of the year, don't let the fear brigade bring you out in a sweat.

Josie Appleton Thursday 7 August 2003 comments

Flying scared

Air rage, DVT, in-flight radiation - these are flimsy reasons for staying out of the skies.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 7 August 2003 comments

Offside, 7 August

Teams should stop moaning about Chelsea’s Russian cash, and start beating them at football.

Patrick West Thursday 7 August 2003 comments

Irish ways and Irish laws

Modern Ireland's stifling political correctness betrays a peasant mindset that fears dissent.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 7 August 2003 comments

TV UK, 7 August

From the Edinburgh Fringe: Falklands nostalgia, the war on terror, and painting Saddam.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 7 August 2003 comments

Putting the IT into politics

A little more conviction and a little less 'compulsion' might get people interested in e-government.

Mick Hume Friday 8 August 2003 comments

Why should we trust leaders who believe in nothing?

Today's degraded excuse for politics only exacerbates cynicism and mistrust.

Mick Hume Monday 11 August 2003 comments

Buying justice for Omagh?

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 August 2003 comments

David Kelly - what can you say?

The Hutton Inquiry is exhibiting the stifling effects of emotional correctness.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 13 August 2003 comments

Carry on flying

In praise of budget holidaymakers.

Sandy Starr Wednesday 13 August 2003 comments

Hot dogs and cool heads

The RSPCA should stop hounding us with advice on how to avoid cooking our pets.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 August 2003 comments

Old whine in new bottles

The 'adverse health effects' of summer drinking sound a lot like drunkenness.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 13 August 2003 comments

What restorative justice loses

Encouraging offenders to make amends to their victims is a step back to pre-modern law.

Suzanne Miller Wednesday 13 August 2003 comments

The Swarm: the sequel

How real-life Texans cope with Africanised killer bees.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 14 August 2003 comments

Offside, 14 August

Women's footballing judgement is clouded by a player's phwoar factor.

Patrick West Thursday 14 August 2003 comments

Minority Mosleys

On daft-looking fascists and Cockney Liverpool supporters.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 14 August 2003 comments

Exam failures

A-level students deserve a challenging education, not a patronising pat on the back.

Mia Nybrant Thursday 14 August 2003 comments

Confusion over chemical safety

A new poll for the Scientific Alliance finds that scare stories have left the public unsure who to trust.

Timandra Harkness Thursday 14 August 2003 comments

Motogiro d'Italia

A British biker joins Italy's classic motorcycle road race.

Philip Stott Thursday 14 August 2003 comments

Heatwave: is global warming to blame?

A professor of biogeography pours cold water on myths about the hot summer.

Josie Appleton Thursday 14 August 2003 comments

Sun spots

Sunburn might hurt, but it's unlikely to kill you.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 19 August 2003 comments

Who's sabotaging Iraq?

Why attacks on oil and water supplies have struck fear into the heart of the coalition.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 19 August 2003 comments

Fad panics

The nonsense talked on both sides of the Atkins diet debate shows the spread of our unhealthy obsession with food.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 19 August 2003 comments

A viral hurricane?

West Nile Virus is unlikely to make it up the Thames.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 22 August 2003 comments

Hiding behind Hutton

Having abandoned democracy and debate, Blair's critics hope that a law lord will fight their battles for them.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 August 2003 comments

Offside, 22 August

The teenage hooligan phenomenon is more hearsay than hard fact.

Joe Kaplinsky Friday 22 August 2003 comments

After the US blackout

It's time to think bigger about the electricity grid, not retreat into home generation.

Josie Appleton Friday 22 August 2003 comments

The Dream in one dimension

America-bashing makes for bad shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Patrick West Friday 22 August 2003 comments

Commonsensical mysticism

Astrology doesn't connect us with the stars - but it does keep our feet on the ground.

Jon Holbrook Friday 22 August 2003 comments

The trouble with Making Amends

The UK government's proposals to reform the handling of clinical negligence cases risk boosting our compensation culture.

Dolan Cummings Friday 22 August 2003 comments

TV UK, 22 August

Ewan McGregor's surly intellectual in Young Adam sounds like a recruitment officer at Glasgow Caledonian University.

David Chandler Friday 22 August 2003 comments

The UN - just there to help?

The Baghdad terrorist attack led to a remarkable rewriting of the history of the UN's role in Iraq.

Mick Hume Tuesday 26 August 2003 comments

Hutton's 'transparency' is a threat to democracy

Should the government be judged according to its actions in the public arena, or on the contents of its gossipy internal emails?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 26 August 2003 comments

Out-of-control freaks

What the Hutton Inquiry does and doesn't tell us about New Labour.

Mick Hume Tuesday 26 August 2003 comments

The Decline and Faliraki of civilisation?

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on Brits behaving badly in Greece.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 26 August 2003 comments

All the square's a stage

Can Ken Livingstone's 'amazing parade of giant giraffe puppets' reclaim Trafalgar Square for Londoners?

Sandy Starr Tuesday 26 August 2003 comments

The worm turns on Gates

Microsoft is being attacked for the wrong reasons.

Graham Barnfield Tuesday 26 August 2003 comments

From one extreme to another

A film aficionado has had it up to here with blood, guts and gore.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 27 August 2003 comments

Fertility symbols

The discussion about IVF funding in the UK raises broader concerns about our attitudes towards sex, pregnancy and parenthood.

Peter Smith Thursday 28 August 2003 comments

The latest resort

Why did the international media get so hot under the collar about the antics of drunk British teenagers in Faliraki?

Josie Appleton Thursday 28 August 2003 comments

Anti-war before the law

As the prime minister turns up to testify, what are the protesters shouting about?

Dolan Cummings Thursday 28 August 2003 comments

TV UK, 28 August

Cinderella, thesps and socialists: the unreality of the Edinburgh Festival.

Josie Appleton Thursday 28 August 2003 comments

The victim and the judge

The two heroic characters to emerge from Hutton's morality play deserve no applause.