February 2004

Simon Knight Monday 2 February 2004 comments

Scotland’s anti-social bill

A new law designed to keep kids off the streets will fragment communities further.

Mick Hume Monday 2 February 2004 comments

Bestie RIP

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on why we should exorcise the grisly ghost of football legend George Best.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 2 February 2004 comments

A tyranny of inquiries

The UK's disturbing tendency to leave politics to judges.

Daniel Ben-Ami Wednesday 4 February 2004 comments

Give us some credit

When it comes to understanding consumer debt, why do economists prefer pop psychology to statistics?

Josie Appleton Wednesday 4 February 2004 comments

Cannibalism is not a lifestyle choice

Killing and eating somebody is murder - whether the victim wanted it or not.

Graham Barnfield Wednesday 4 February 2004 comments

‘Man’s bullshit’ and other wars

Why Cold Mountain has gained a warm reception.

David Chandler Wednesday 4 February 2004 comments

‘Balancing’ liberty and security

The UK home secretary's proposal for 'pre-emptive justice' to deal with potential terrorists shows how fear undermines freedom.

Bill Durodié Wednesday 4 February 2004 comments

Blunkett jumps the gun

The laughable logistics of pre-empting terrorism.

Rob Lyons Friday 6 February 2004 comments

A poultry problem?

In dealing with avian flu, don't look to SARS for a model.

Martyn Perks Friday 6 February 2004 comments

Dean and not heard

Howard Dean's virtual network was a poor substitute for political conviction.

Mick Hume Friday 6 February 2004 comments

Hawking’s trouble and strife

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on why the police should butt out of Stephen Hawking's private life - and everyone else's.

Henry Joy McCracken Friday 6 February 2004 comments

Holes in the space mission

Forget Bush's short hop to the Moon - it's time to boldly go to Mars.

Jennie Bristow Friday 6 February 2004 comments

Britain’s gay (con)sensus

According to the UK Census, there are hardly any gay couples - but that won’t stop the state from courting them.

Patrick West Friday 6 February 2004 comments

Lifting the veil on Enlightenment values

The French ban is dumb - but you've got to admire it.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 6 February 2004 comments

As if AIDS isn’t bad enough

...the UNAIDS campaign in Africa is making it worse.

Dolan Cummings Friday 6 February 2004 comments

TV UK, 6 February

Drunk and Dangerous in Cardiff.

Mick Hume Monday 9 February 2004 comments

Maxine is not another Myra - or a Mary Bell

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the furore over Maxine Carr.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 10 February 2004 comments

How they won the war, but lost the plot

The coalition brought the WMD debacle upon itself.

Barbara Hewson Tuesday 10 February 2004 comments

The problem with family courts

Therapeutic jurisprudence has stripped parents of fundamental rights.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 10 February 2004 comments

The cot death controversy

There are prejudices on both sides of the argument about Professor Roy Meadow and the mothers accused of killing their babies.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 12 February 2004 comments

TV UK, 12 February

Angels in America was a ridiculously overblown, overhyped and self-consciously worthy luvviefest, but let's not hold that against it.

Josie Appleton Thursday 12 February 2004 comments

After Morecambe Bay

The cocklers' tragedy has been turned into a Dickensian melodrama.

Ann Furedi Thursday 12 February 2004 comments

Abortion, Motherhood and Mental Health

Ellie Lee's new book challenges the fashionable belief that motherhood makes you mad.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 12 February 2004 comments

Another nasty sex campaign

Why is the Department of Health getting its knickers in a twist about STIs?

Patrick West Thursday 12 February 2004 comments

The unspeakable is here to stay

Words can still shock us - even if Johnny Rotten's c-word rant couldn't.

Joe Kaplinsky Thursday 12 February 2004 comments

Bring back the weathermen

Controlling the weather is nearly within our grasp. We shouldn't shy away.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 12 February 2004 comments

Why is construction so backward?

The UK government should ditch the sustainababble and build the prefab houses Britain needs.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 13 February 2004 comments

Don’t ease the state’s burden of proof

Convicting an individual of a criminal offence is supposed to be difficult.

Mick Hume Friday 13 February 2004 comments

Blair’s long retreat into ‘lifestyle’ politics

New Labour's big idea for improving life in Britain? Ban happy hours in pubs.

Mick Hume Monday 16 February 2004 comments

Give me Jesus rather than this

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on proposals to include atheism in school religious education classes.

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 18 February 2004 comments

PC or not PC?

Rumours of a backlash against political correctness in social work have been greatly exaggerated.

Dave Perks Wednesday 18 February 2004 comments

What school rules?

Unless schools set high academic standards, they will never get the buggers to behave. A teacher writes.

Daniel Rathwell Wednesday 18 February 2004 comments

Raising development horizons

The education charity WORLDwrite aims to question orthodoxies during its upcoming Ghana exchange.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 18 February 2004 comments

Suffering for herself

What use is MP Jenny Tonge's 'empathy' to the Palestinians?

Sandy Starr Wednesday 18 February 2004 comments

The Creative Commons

Lawrence Lessig, world expert on internet law, is fighting to defend creativity.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 18 February 2004 comments

Rent-a-resistance

Both the coalition and its critics read what they want into the actions of the faceless insurgents in Iraq.

Patrick West Thursday 19 February 2004 comments

Whatever…

The cult of the Dice Man.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 19 February 2004 comments

Examination, examination, examination

Forget this endless exam reform - bring back education.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 23 February 2004 comments

MMR: Investigating the interests

Dr Andrew Wakefield isn't the only person with questions to answer following revelations that he failed to disclose a conflict of interest in his work linking MMR with autism.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 23 February 2004 comments

MMR: Investigating the interests

Dr Andrew Wakefield isn't the only person with questions to answer following revelations that he failed to disclose a conflict of interest in his work linking MMR with autism.

Helene Guldberg Tuesday 24 February 2004 comments

Why humans are superior to apes

The fashion for equating chimps with children is based on a degraded view of humanity and an ignorance about animals.

Helene Guldberg Tuesday 24 February 2004 comments

Why humans are superior to apes

The fashion for equating chimps with children is based on a degraded view of humanity and an ignorance about animals.

Eve-Ann Prentice Wednesday 25 February 2004 comments

Another side to the Balkans

The author of One Woman's War remains concerned about the consequences of Western intervention in the former Yugoslavia.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 25 February 2004 comments

Who made a mess of Haiti?

The last thing Haitians need is any more 'help' from Washington.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 25 February 2004 comments

The view from the prison cell

Where does feeling the pain of the Guantanamo prisoners get us?

Mick Hume Wednesday 25 February 2004 comments

A police state, without any police

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Patrick West Thursday 26 February 2004 comments

I’m an uncaring celebrity, get me out of here

Conspicuous Compassion: the author responds.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 26 February 2004 comments

Offside, 26 February

It's bad sport to snitch on the other teams' goal celebrations.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 26 February 2004 comments

The end of the affairs

Was Sex and the City's climax a triumph for romance, or did the girls simply grow up?