October 2003

Ellie Lee Wednesday 1 October 2003 comments

University: Admission to what?

Giving students extra marks for being 'disadvantaged' does them no favours.

James Heartfield Wednesday 1 October 2003 comments

What Edward Said

A reflection on the Palestinian theorist's strivings, insights and shortcomings.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 1 October 2003 comments

Bournemouth dreaming

More self-delusion than socialism at the Labour Party conference.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 1 October 2003 comments

Whatever happened to the anti-war movement?

Saturday's London march looked exhausted before it started.

Amol Rajan Wednesday 1 October 2003 comments

Is there such a thing as harmful content?

Disagreements flowed freely at the spiked-seminar on internet regulation.

James Whicker Wednesday 1 October 2003 comments

Meaning it

If hacks don't accept Blair's sincerity, they can't challenge his ideas.

Mick Hume Friday 3 October 2003 comments

If there is no alternative to this, we're all in reverse

Fear and pain at the Labour Party conference.

Patrick West Friday 3 October 2003 comments

Other-wise admirable

Orientalism shines some light on British views of the Irish.

Josie Appleton Friday 3 October 2003 comments

Needling suspicions

There are sound scientific reasons for refusing legal aid to anti-MMR campaigners, but it may help the junk science cause.

Dolan Cummings Friday 3 October 2003 comments

TV UK, 3 October

This week, Gordon Brown imitated David Morrissey.

Jennie Bristow Friday 3 October 2003 comments

Shaky foundations

The government's NHS reforms are a defensive attempt to nurse politics back to life.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 3 October 2003 comments

Labour's phoney war

Both the pro- and anti-war camps used Iraq as a platform for conference posturing.

Jon Holbrook Friday 3 October 2003 comments

Too risky to care

A disabled woman slept in her wheelchair for over a year because the health authority banned staff from lifting her into bed.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 October 2003 comments

Offside, 3 October

Now Spurs fans have cast off their incompetent manager, perhaps they could stop moaning.

Raymond Perry Friday 3 October 2003 comments

Judging liability

How do you limit the risk of swimming accidents? Dig up the public beaches!

Alan Miller Friday 3 October 2003 comments

Enjoying the show

A Toronto Film Festival virgin delights in fine art, big stars and intimate conversation.

Alison Perrett Friday 3 October 2003 comments

Imagining pornographers everywhere

How fears about the internet perverted my toddler's playtime.

Ciaran Guilfoyle Friday 3 October 2003 comments

Inside out

Glass-walled, 'transparent' libraries won't help readers to see clearly.

Mick Hume Monday 6 October 2003 comments

Rape, rumours and justice

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the raping footballers allegations.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 7 October 2003 comments

Terror tactics

Israel namechecks the 'war against terror' to justify everything from incursions into Palestinian territory to the bombing of Syria.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 7 October 2003 comments

Missing a trick

Derren Brown was firing a gun at his head - not at society's morals.

Alan Miller Thursday 9 October 2003 comments

The American Effect

Why are US writers and artists so down on the American dream?

Matt Warman Thursday 9 October 2003 comments

Flogging the boards

London theatres' cheap ticket schemes are a band-aid, not a cure.

Amol Rajan Thursday 9 October 2003 comments

Battle of the blogs

A recent spiked-seminar interrogated the hype over weblogs.

Grace Walker Thursday 9 October 2003 comments

New Labour gets frisky

Security was tight at the Bournemouth conference – and the delegates loved it.

Mick Hume Thursday 9 October 2003 comments

Have we all gone football crazy?

Some would prefer it if we could have the beautiful game without the ugly, oikish overpaid players.

Helen Searls Thursday 9 October 2003 comments

'I'll be blank'

Arnie's California victory shows the triumph of anti-politics.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 9 October 2003 comments

Inspecting the truth

Those canonising UN weapons inspectors as the 'peace warriors' of Iraq have very short memories.

Jeremy Hazlehurst Thursday 9 October 2003 comments

Prozac's downer

Is the wonder drug of the 1990s just a jumped-up placebo?

Dolan Cummings Thursday 9 October 2003 comments

TV UK, 9 October

Murduh, middle-youth and Hitler: the Rise of Evil.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 9 October 2003 comments

Offside, 9 October

The charge that millionaire footballers have 'too much too young' is based on old-fashioned snobbery.

Patrick West Thursday 9 October 2003 comments

Chamber of horrors

If we took some real risks in life, we wouldn't need to watch Russian roulette on TV.

Jennie Bristow Friday 10 October 2003 comments

The disability question

Dealing with disability requires resources, not rights.

Josie Appleton Friday 10 October 2003 comments

The strange death of Tory England

The Conservative conference may be good to laugh at, but it's actually not that funny.

Mick Hume Monday 13 October 2003 comments

Can we have our ball back please?

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the middle-class soccerati.

Jennie Bristow Monday 13 October 2003 comments

Hooked on self-esteem

'Therapy culture is one of the greatest threats to public health.' Frank Furedi talks to Jennie Bristow about his new book.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 15 October 2003 comments

'Biological' battery?

The case of the UK 'AIDS assassin' raises worrying questions about the relationship between sex and the law.

Austin Williams Wednesday 15 October 2003 comments

Keeping up appearances

The UK government's new roads policy amounts to filling in pot-holes.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 15 October 2003 comments

Policing differences

The Metropolitan Police's diversity policies have bred problems of their own.

Martyn Perks Thursday 16 October 2003 comments

Dark-sky thinking

If only the World Creative Forum's ideas matched the ambition of its title.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 16 October 2003 comments

The fence that 'peace' built

Israel's wall around the West Bank is the most stark expression of the peace process.

Alan Miller Thursday 16 October 2003 comments

Shooting history

Two films at the New York Film Festival show individuals coming to terms with the past - and despairing of the future.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 16 October 2003 comments

TV UK, 16 October

The Pardoner's Tale for our times: what do you have to do these days to deserve being beaten to death or poisoned?

Patrick West Thursday 16 October 2003 comments

A sorry state of affairs

The Fijians plan to apologise for eating the British; and the British plan another Bonfire Night panic.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 16 October 2003 comments

Offside, 16 October

Football's snobs learn the correct way to express their prejudice.

Neil Davenport Thursday 16 October 2003 comments

A flagging identity

What's behind Labour's cosmetic attachment to flat caps and old songs?

Tony Gilland Friday 17 October 2003 comments

GM crop trials: Why?

The GM issue is not about how many butterflies can fit on a beet leaf.

Mick Hume Monday 20 October 2003 comments

Out of his box

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on David Blaine's celebrity stunt.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 21 October 2003 comments

Schooling Mum

The UK government's campaign to make parents learn with their children is patronising, illiterate and dumb.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 21 October 2003 comments

Mysticism and murder

Has the police investigation into the 'torso in the Thames' been led astray by obsessions with witchdoctory?

Graham Barnfield Tuesday 21 October 2003 comments

Killing Kill Bill

Why critics and fans alike are attacking Tarantino's fourth film.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 21 October 2003 comments

After Theory...what?

Terry Eagleton's new book draws out the absurdities of cultural theory - but cannot move beyond it.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 21 October 2003 comments

Sleeping with the enemy

Bush and bin Laden need each other as much as they despise each other.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 22 October 2003 comments

Copping it

What's the point of outing a few racist policemen on TV?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 23 October 2003 comments

Di another day

The reaction to Princess Diana's car-crash note shows a nation in thrall to conspiracy theories.

Chris Gilligan Thursday 23 October 2003 comments

All process and no politics

For all the recurring crises, Northern Ireland's peace process seems to go on forever.

James Heartfield Thursday 23 October 2003 comments

Axis of influence

Asian-Pacific states signed up to Bush's war on terror - but they're more interested in trading with China.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 23 October 2003 comments

Offside, 23 October

Call me Caligula, but what exactly is wrong with footballers engaging in group sex?

Patrick West Thursday 23 October 2003 comments

Motordead

Lemmy and friends look more and more like a tribute band.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 23 October 2003 comments

TV UK, 23 October

The Secret Policeman was as empty-headed as the racist recruits it featured.

Mick Hume Friday 24 October 2003 comments

The phoney moral crusade against racism

In an age when the old certainties have been eroded, ‘anti-racism’ has become a new etiquette.

Mick Hume Monday 27 October 2003 comments

A dopey debate

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the furore about drugs in sport.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 28 October 2003 comments

Terrifying Iraq

The coalition's war has given rise to terrorism.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 28 October 2003 comments

Pulling their putsches

Whether MPs back or sack Iain Duncan Smith, things can only get worse for the Tories.

David Wainwright Tuesday 28 October 2003 comments

Is Blair suffering from PMS?

After his heart scare, the myth of Prime Ministerial Stress.

Peter Martin Tuesday 28 October 2003 comments

Shaping our diet

The US Food Guide Pyramid used to reflect what the public ate. Now it's trying to change it.

Mischa Moselle Tuesday 28 October 2003 comments

Fundamental misconceptions

Is Indonesia an Islamic hotbed that threatens the West? Mischa Moselle reports from Java, home of the Bali bombers.

Raymond Parry Tuesday 28 October 2003 comments

Judging the judges

As judges get more power, they should expect more criticism.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 30 October 2003 comments

Storm in an E-cup

Working mothers don't need breastfeeding rights at work, but real choices in life.

Phil Mullan Thursday 30 October 2003 comments

Old Misers

The 'pensions crisis' is not a result of an ageing population, but of a mean-minded political and business class.

Dominic Standish Thursday 30 October 2003 comments

Behind the lines of the general strike

A report from Italy on the 'part-time protest' over pension reforms.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 30 October 2003 comments

TV UK, 30 October

Kenan Malik exposes the muddled thinking of diversity policy.

Patrick West Thursday 30 October 2003 comments

Binning self-control

Who's responsible for rubbish?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 30 October 2003 comments

Offside, 30 October

When it comes to drugs policy, the Football Association is off its head.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 31 October 2003 comments

Hooray Howard?

Claims of a Tory leadership solution have been greatly exaggerated.