January 2004

Mick Hume Monday 5 January 2004 comments

Why Diana died

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the inquest into the death of Princess Di.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 5 January 2004 comments

Chatter, chatter everywhere

By going public about every potential terror threat, America and Britain are fostering a climate of paranoia.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 5 January 2004 comments

A New Year prescription

The government should stop trying to improve people's health by telling them how to live their lives.

Mick Hume Monday 5 January 2004 comments

Taking the P out of politics

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Josie Appleton Tuesday 6 January 2004 comments

Howard's ends

The Tory leader copies the words of great American leaders - and captures so little of their spirit.

Richard A Shweder Thursday 8 January 2004 comments

Tuskegee re-examined

A cultural anthropologist offers a counter-narrative to the infamous story of US government scientists allowing black men to suffer from untreated syphilis.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 8 January 2004 comments

The London mayor affair

Blair and Livingstone deserve each other.

Josie Appleton Thursday 8 January 2004 comments

Growing family trees

Why are so many people living their lives through their ancestors?

Sandy Starr Thursday 8 January 2004 comments

Giddy over Google

The world's biggest search engine is slated and feted for the wrong reasons.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 8 January 2004 comments

Offside, 8 January

Reflections on football's Annus horribilis.

Peter Smith Thursday 8 January 2004 comments

Flying lows

The airline industry has been forced to the frontline in the 'war on terror'.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 8 January 2004 comments

TV UK, 8 January

Lord Winston's cowboy child psychology.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 9 January 2004 comments

A feeble excuse for politics

Britain's 'battle royal' over tuition fees is a pseudo-clash between a defensive government and its cowardly critics.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 13 January 2004 comments

A fishy tale

The suspicions that lurk beneath the UK's salmon panic.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 13 January 2004 comments

The Kilroy side-show

How did a silly, smarmy TV presenter get to pose as a martyr for free speech?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 13 January 2004 comments

Picking over the Parthenon

The cooling of national passions reveals the real reason why the Elgin Marbles belong in Bloomsbury.

Mick Hume Tuesday 13 January 2004 comments

Indecency in the eye of the beholder

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the crusade against the spectre of child porn.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 13 January 2004 comments

A safe stirrer

Kilroy-Silk and the limits of populist punditry.

David Chandler Wednesday 14 January 2004 comments

Rigging other countries' votes

OSCE monitors now deem elections 'irregular' if people vote for the 'wrong' parties.

James Panton Wednesday 14 January 2004 comments

Selling out universities

Having accepted the marketisation of higher education, critics of top-up fees have lost the argument.

Sandy Starr Wednesday 14 January 2004 comments

The Naked Crowd

A new book by US legal theorist Jeffrey Rosen explains how risk-aversion threatens our freedom, technology, and security.

Patrick West Wednesday 14 January 2004 comments

Darting about

Kilroy, darts, and the respectable working class.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 16 January 2004 comments

After Shipman

Medical practice should not be reorganised in response to its only ever serial killer.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 16 January 2004 comments

The space where the argument should be

Battles of ideas will have to be won on Earth to make people feel positive about going to Mars.

Helene Guldberg Friday 16 January 2004 comments

Bodily harm

The UK government's Human Tissue Bill will benefit nobody.

Dolan Cummings Friday 16 January 2004 comments

TV UK, 16 January

Wall of Silence: a two-dimensional docudrama, but it works.

Frank Furedi Monday 19 January 2004 comments

A danger to the nation's children

The NSPCC's new 'Someone To Turn To' campaign will poison family relations, says the author of Paranoid Parenting.

Mick Hume Monday 19 January 2004 comments

Disneyfying everyday life

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on society's celebration of the animal and denigration of the human.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 21 January 2004 comments

Seeds of suspicion

What's driving the UK government's decision to ditch anonymity for sperm donors? Not the wishes of parents or donors, or the best interests of children.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 21 January 2004 comments

Trapped in Guantanamo Bay

Why the Cuban camp has become an asset to the anti-war movement.

Sandy Starr Thursday 22 January 2004 comments

Phoney basis to panic

Again the UK authorities find no evidence that mobile phones are a threat to health - and again they warn us to be cautious anyway.

Bill Durodié Thursday 22 January 2004 comments

Britain's bunker mentality

What kind of message does the UK's fortification of its overseas missions send to the world - and to terrorists?

Rob Lyons Thursday 22 January 2004 comments

Start spreading the blues

New year's eve in New York - how risk-aversion turns pleasure into a chore.

Patrick West Thursday 22 January 2004 comments

Not nice - but not a Nazi

Nietzsche's racist sister gave him his bad reputation.

Sandy Starr Thursday 22 January 2004 comments

The Last Samurai

The battle scenes in Tom Cruise's latest blockbuster are superb - so long as you ignore their moral message.

Mick Hume Friday 23 January 2004 comments

Don't cheer if Hutton brings down Blair

It would only be a triumph for the Cynicism Party and another setback for any prospect of radical change.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 23 January 2004 comments

'You are only allowed to see Bosnia in black and white'

Dutch intelligence expert Cees Wiebes tells how America allowed Iran to provide the Bosnian Muslims with weapons and Mujihadeen - and why so few in the Western media reported it.

David Wainwright Friday 23 January 2004 comments

Sick of work?

Why millions of Britons have made the 'sicky' into a way of life.

Mick Hume Monday 26 January 2004 comments

The fame game

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on how silly celebs have filled the gap where public life used to be.

Tana Dineen Monday 26 January 2004 comments

What Bethany did

Is a 13-year-old surfer's recovery from a horrific shark attack a blow to therapists peddling victimhood?

James Heartfield Monday 26 January 2004 comments

'This is the hangover of a major bubble'

Doug Henwood discusses his new book, After the New Economy.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 27 January 2004 comments

WMD: 'Wasn't My Decision'

As the coalition finds no 'shiny, pointy things' in Iraq, everyone is dodging responsibility for the decision to invade.

Helene Guldberg Tuesday 27 January 2004 comments

Monkeying around

With official equivocation over animal experiments, it isn't surprising that plans for a world-class primate research lab at Cambridge have been axed.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 27 January 2004 comments

Body parts scandal comes to court

Two thousand UK families are suing the NHS over the removal and retention of deceased family members' body parts - but do they have a case?

Michael Baum Wednesday 28 January 2004 comments

What mammography misses

A breast cancer specialist questions the wisdom of the UK government’s screening programme.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 28 January 2004 comments

A blurred vision

Why the UK government has trouble drawing the line on drugs.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 28 January 2004 comments

Who needs parents?

When the body that regulates UK fertility treatment asks 'what are fathers for?', it is really questioning the point of parents.

Patrick West Wednesday 28 January 2004 comments

Tools of War and Peace

Anti-globalisation protesters hate landmines - but what will they make of a genetically modified landmine detector?

Alan Miller Wednesday 28 January 2004 comments

Nazi name-calling

Mentioning the N-word has become a cowardly way of shutting down debate.

Nico Macdonald Wednesday 28 January 2004 comments

ICT wusses

With its low-key focus on the developing world, the World Summit on the Information Society suffered from a poverty of ideas.

Mick Hume Thursday 29 January 2004 comments

After Hutton

Those who pinned their hopes on the Hutton Inquiry have pulled off the remarkable achievement of making the Blair government look good.

Jennie Bristow Friday 30 January 2004 comments

BBC: cut the crap

The BBC is a broadcaster, not a political opposition.

Tessa Mayes Friday 30 January 2004 comments

The chilling of investigative journalism

Law lords should not judge what reporters can and cannot say.

Dolan Cummings Friday 30 January 2004 comments

TV UK, 30 January

Two documentaries on the miners' strike give a window on another age.