December 2003

Ann Furedi Monday 1 December 2003 comments

Whose choice?

The difficult decision whether to abort a fetus with a cleft palate should lie with the pregnant woman, not a vicar or a judge, says the chief executive of the UK's leading abortion and advice charity.

Ann Furedi Monday 1 December 2003 comments

Whose choice?

The difficult decision whether to abort a fetus with a cleft palate should lie with the pregnant woman, not a vicar or a judge, says the chief executive of the UK's leading abortion and advice charity.

Mick Hume Monday 1 December 2003 comments

Top-up fees and useless degrees

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Joe Kaplinsky Tuesday 2 December 2003 comments

No-clear policy

From dithering over nuclear power to promoting the virtues of wind, the UK government's energy policy is running out of steam.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 2 December 2003 comments

Policing parents-to-be

In recommending a ban on sex selection, the UK authority that regulates reproductive technology reveals its deep distrust of infertile couples.

Barbara Hewson Tuesday 2 December 2003 comments

Judging abortion

A barrister warns against judges intervening in decisions about unwanted pregnancies.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 2 December 2003 comments

The blindness of AIDS 'awareness'

The festivities of World AIDS Day obstruct the fight against the disease.

Joe Kaplinsky Wednesday 3 December 2003 comments

No-clear policy

From dithering over nuclear power to promoting the virtues of wind, the UK government's energy policy is running out of steam.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 4 December 2003 comments

Hear the Silence

A GP explains why he will not be staying quiet about Channel Five's 'scientifically dishonest and emotionally manipulative' MMR drama.

Bill Durodié Thursday 4 December 2003 comments

An arresting sight

Why does it take 26 armed police units to detain one terrorist suspect?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 4 December 2003 comments

Electing to disagree

What happened when the people of Northern Ireland forgot their place in the peace process.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 4 December 2003 comments

Never mind the league tables

What about education?

Ellie Lee Thursday 4 December 2003 comments

Divorcing 'responsibly'?

A new book examines the attempt to transform UK divorce from a legal decree into a lifelong counselling session.

Jon Holbrook Thursday 4 December 2003 comments

Judging democracy

Judges are neither elected nor politically independent - so they should not be treated as such.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 4 December 2003 comments

TV UK, 4 December

Charles II captures contemporary misgivings about democracy.

Patrick West Thursday 4 December 2003 comments

Christmas is coming down

'Tis the season to be moaning.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 4 December 2003 comments

Offside, 4 December

The 'football chant laureate' competition is deaf to the creativity of the terraces.

Mick Hume Friday 5 December 2003 comments

Hollow victory parade

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on why Britain feels more comfortable celebrating a tinpot rugby trophy than a war.

Mick Hume Monday 8 December 2003 comments

Celebrity anti-abortionist

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the narcissistic self-indulgence behind Reverend Jepson's campaign against late abortion.

Ellie Lee Tuesday 9 December 2003 comments

Abortion: Whose right?

The furore around an abortion for cleft palate shows that British law does not give women the right to choose.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 9 December 2003 comments

'Writing an article is not the same as using an Uzi'

Last week three Rwandan media executives were found guilty of genocide for publishing 'hateful content'. One of their lawyers talks to Brendan O'Neill about the implications for international press freedom.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 11 December 2003 comments

MMR: Fact and fiction

How television made a melodrama out of the UK's vaccination crisis.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 11 December 2003 comments

MMR: Fact and fiction

How television made a melodrama out of the UK's vaccination crisis.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 11 December 2003 comments

Toll story

Why Birmingham’s new motorway is mired in miserablism.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 11 December 2003 comments

Offside, 11 December

Lofty's live blunder proves that there's no place for niceties in football fandom.

Patrick West Thursday 11 December 2003 comments

A degree of cynicism

New Labour's lessons, and the Church's Liz Hurley.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 11 December 2003 comments

TV UK, 11 December

Bedsitcom blues.

Josie Appleton Thursday 11 December 2003 comments

Poverty of debate

Barnardo’s child poverty ads may have been tasteless, but they should not have been banned.

Mick Hume Friday 12 December 2003 comments

Phoney rebellions against Blair's empty policies

The Labour Party’s rows over issues like top-up fees make the foxhunting fiasco look deep and meaningful.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 12 December 2003 comments

A lean, mean, skills-and-training machine

The new British military seems to be ready for everything - except fighting a full-scale war.

Sandy Starr Friday 12 December 2003 comments

Netting paedophiles

What kind of minds could think up a child porn computer amnesty?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 15 December 2003 comments

Medicine on trial

The scandal of lawyers spending millions in legal aid, on research trying to prove that MMR causes autism.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 15 December 2003 comments

After Saddam

The Iraqi leader's capture won't bring 'closure' to the coalition.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 15 December 2003 comments

Medicine on trial

The scandal of lawyers spending millions in legal aid, on research trying to prove that MMR causes autism.

Timandra Harkness Wednesday 17 December 2003 comments

Flying for lightweights

A novice microlighter takes inspiration from the Wright brothers.

Julian Grenier Wednesday 17 December 2003 comments

Playing games with nurseries

New Labour has poured cash into childcare - so why is it still such a mess?

Josie Appleton Wednesday 17 December 2003 comments

Veiled concerns

The French state's proposed ban on schoolgirls' headwear seems unlikely to make Muslims feel more French.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 17 December 2003 comments

Developing IT

For all the concern about the 'digital divide', there is little sense of the real difference IT could make to the developing world.

Andrew Calcutt Wednesday 17 December 2003 comments

Does it matter if you're black or white?

How Jacko's creeping whiteness coloured perceptions of the popstar, long before he was accused of anything else.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 18 December 2003 comments

The Soham story

Starstruck police and a narcissistic media turned this rare tragedy into a sordid circus.

Dominic Standish Thursday 18 December 2003 comments

Kyoto COP out

Report from Milan on the UN conference on climate change.

Rob Lyons Thursday 18 December 2003 comments

Global warnings

It's the political significance of the Kyoto Protocol that should bother us, not its legal standing.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 18 December 2003 comments

Offside, 18 December

Behind the 'boring' Premiership.

Patrick West Thursday 18 December 2003 comments

Sloppy writing, sloppy minds

Why a guide to correct punctuation is flying off the shelves.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 18 December 2003 comments

TV UK, 18 December

Hear the Silence: bad science, worse drama.

Mick Hume Friday 19 December 2003 comments

'Loopholes' and liberties

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on freedom and the fallout from Soham.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 22 December 2003 comments

'Tis the season to be jolly... frightened?

Ignore the seasonal scaremongers and have yourselves a very happy holiday.

Jennie Bristow Monday 22 December 2003 comments

Pop Idols go large

Is the 'Big Girl with the Big Voice' a triumph for fat sex or a bad advert for obesity?

Mick Hume Monday 22 December 2003 comments

Noel, no faith, no fun

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill Monday 22 December 2003 comments

Trying Saddam

Why the capture of Iraq's Ace of Spades is causing a headache for Bush and Blair.

JJ Charlesworth Monday 22 December 2003 comments

'One aesthetic banality is added to another'

Art critic Matthew Collings on the controversy of contemporary art, and why Perry's Turner Prize-winning pots are mundane kitsch.

Timandra Harkness Monday 22 December 2003 comments

Reaching the red planet

Switch off the Queen's annual message, and listen for news from outer space instead.

Josie Appleton Monday 22 December 2003 comments

Christmas in denial

What's this holiday all about?

Dave Hallsworth Monday 22 December 2003 comments

Rich pickings

Like antique furniture, organic foods have become a status symbol for the well-off.

Helene Guldberg Tuesday 23 December 2003 comments

Dishonouring scientists

Professor Colin Blakemore explains why his knighthood snub shows the government's spinelessness on animal research.

Dolan Cummings Tuesday 23 December 2003 comments

TV UK, 23 December

The spirit of 'Christmas Specials'.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 23 December 2003 comments

Big Read, small vision

Who needs another 'best of' list?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 23 December 2003 comments

'Tis the season to be jolly... frightened?

Ignore the seasonal scaremongers and have yourselves a very happy holiday.

Mick Hume Tuesday 30 December 2003 comments

Why be paranoid about puppy fat?

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on our unhealthy obsession with childhood obesity.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 30 December 2003 comments

Through Enlightened eyes

The British Museum's new exhibition captures the spirit of the age of reason.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 30 December 2003 comments

Adopting the blame game

Should adoptive parents be able to sue for their child's bad behaviour?

Mick Hume Tuesday 30 December 2003 comments

No Honour among worthies

It seems that you are nobody in UK society unless you have turned down an award from the Queen.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 30 December 2003 comments

Marshalling public fears

America and Britain are running the skies as if every plane were a potential missile and every passenger a potential terrorist.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 30 December 2003 comments

Playing with truants

What does the UK government hope to achieve by fining parents for taking their kids on holiday in term-time?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 30 December 2003 comments

Health visitors

Why the British government's crackdown on NHS 'tourists' seems to be running out of breath.

Dolan Cummings Tuesday 30 December 2003 comments

TV UK, 30 December

Amidst the furniture sale ads, thank God for The Office.

Patrick West Tuesday 30 December 2003 comments

Crisis of faith

One midnight mass too many has darkened this atheist's view of Christianity.

Martn Perks Tuesday 30 December 2003 comments

'Ethnography' exposed

Why do political and business leaders want to immerse themselves in our everyday lives?

Mark Lythgoe Tuesday 30 December 2003 comments

Bridging the 'two cultures'

Science and art together can capture the different dimensions of human experience.