June 2004

Sandy Starr Tuesday 1 June 2004 comments

The Day After Tomorrow

A brilliantly made piece of sci-fi hokum.

Stuart Derbyshire Tuesday 1 June 2004 comments

Vivisection: Put human welfare first

Scientists who support a new centre for researching alternatives to animal testing have their priorities all wrong.

Philip Hammond Tuesday 1 June 2004 comments

Postmodernity goes to war

Contemporary warfare is more about images and effects than bombs and battles.

Christian Ahlert Tuesday 1 June 2004 comments

How Liberty was lost on the internet

A recent research project found that even John Stuart Mill's libertarian classic wasn't safe from private internet censors.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 2 June 2004 comments

Coalition withdrawal symptoms

In its eagerness to usher in a new interim government, the coalition is disavowing political responsibility for Iraq.

Joe Kaplinsky Thursday 3 June 2004 comments

Inflaming the oil crisis

There seems to be no danger of running out of pessimistic predictions about the end of oil.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 3 June 2004 comments

Offside, 3 June

Palace fans need to lose their fear of Premiership heights.

Josie Appleton Thursday 3 June 2004 comments

Cranking up the cranks

Pre-election paranoia is allowing fringe parties to make the front pages.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 3 June 2004 comments

Obesity and gross insults

British politicians think that we are powerless to resist the temptations of convenience food.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 3 June 2004 comments

TV UK, 3 June

Indecent exposure by BBC3 and BB5.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 3 June 2004 comments

The problem with mail suffrage

Democracy cannot be delivered through the letterbox.

Munira Mirza Thursday 3 June 2004 comments

The limits of ‘localism’

Politicians can't get closer to the electorate by talking about refuse collection.

Mick Hume Friday 4 June 2004 comments

Whatever happened to RIP?

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on society's unhealthy obsession with dead bodies.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 7 June 2004 comments

Choking on the facts

The death of an obese toddler in a London hospital has been discussed as an open-and-shut case of death by gluttony. It was nothing of the sort, say experts.

Mick Hume Monday 7 June 2004 comments

Kicking against the new conformist pricks

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on why Gary Lineker out-rebels Big Brother's Kitten.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 8 June 2004 comments

Looking back in envy

What will the political elite do without D-Day – and Ronald Reagan?

Dominic Standish Tuesday 8 June 2004 comments

No beating about the Bush

Why so few demonstrators rumbled the American president in Rome.

Nick Frayn Tuesday 8 June 2004 comments

Blow the House down

Could terrorist groups really topple the Saudi elite?

David Clements Tuesday 8 June 2004 comments

Commuting: The life sentence?

Travelling to work shouldn't make us so hot under the collar.

Martin Livermore Friday 11 June 2004 comments

Nanotechnology - the next GM?

Green fears about 'self-replicating nano-bots' and 'grey goo' risk subverting rational discussion of a useful new technology.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 11 June 2004 comments

Offside, 11 June

Euro 2004: The public health zealots come out to play

Brendan O’Neill Friday 11 June 2004 comments

End of the Empire myth

The coalition left Iraq in spirit long ago - the new UN resolution suggests it wants out in body, too.

Dolan Cummings Friday 11 June 2004 comments

TV UK, 11 June

Niall Ferguson is a geopolitical Jeremy Clarkson, out to wind up bienpensant viewers.

Mick Hume Monday 14 June 2004 comments

Why Good Lies are bad news

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Neil Davenport Monday 14 June 2004 comments

The fad for flags

The popularity of the St George's Cross looks more like a display of multicultural identity politics than old-fashioned nationalism.

James Woudhuysen Monday 14 June 2004 comments

Construction and transport: Victorian Britain lives on

Risk-aversion, short-termism and technophobia are holding back the UK’s roads, railways and buildings.

Mick Hume Monday 14 June 2004 comments

Europe: ‘We blame the government - whoever they are’

The election results reveal that many of those who do bother to vote are at least as alienated as those who don't.

Liz Frayn Wednesday 16 June 2004 comments

Sick notes

The UK government's demand that patients should read doctors’ correspondence with each other will end in tears.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 16 June 2004 comments

More sorry than safe

Professor Sir Colin Berry says our obsession with the precautionary principle is making life more dangerous.

David Chandler Wednesday 16 June 2004 comments

Making the geopolitical personal

Anti-globalisation author Paul Kingsnorth seems more interested in self-discovery than radical politics.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 16 June 2004 comments

Compulsory voting: turnout is not the problem

You can lead voters to the ballot box, but you can't make them vote how you want them to.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 18 June 2004 comments

Big Brother gets therapeutic

How did a silly drunken spat between the BB 11 come to make national news as a 'near riot'?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 June 2004 comments

Offside, 18 June

Scratch the national euphoria surrounding every major football tournament and self-loathing lurks just beneath.

Dolan Cummings Friday 18 June 2004 comments

TV UK, 18 June

Hijabs, eye-patches and other fashion statements.

Mick Hume Monday 21 June 2004 comments

Return of the working-class hero

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on Wayne Rooney.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 23 June 2004 comments

Shopping in the NHS

Promising patients the choice between St Thomas' or Barts does not amount to a political debate over healthcare.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 23 June 2004 comments

Al-Qaeda: blowing up the numbers

Why both sides of the war debate choose to perpetuate myths about bin Laden's '18,000' terrorists.

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 23 June 2004 comments

MMR, autism and politics

The MMR issue has split families and friends as they were once divided 'over Thatcher and the miners'. Dr Michael Fitzpatrick talks about his new book.

Paul Reeves Wednesday 23 June 2004 comments

Whatever happened to the flying car?

Low expectations keep personal flying vehicles grounded in the age of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 23 June 2004 comments

Smiley unhappy people

A new guide for university staff promotes yellow badges and tea parties as an antidote to work stress.

Brandon Robshaw Wednesday 23 June 2004 comments

What’s wrong with a National DNA Register?

A personal view on why centrally storing everyone's DNA is a 'flawless' idea.

Jennie Bristow Friday 25 June 2004 comments

After Soham: taking liberties

The Bichard Inquiry replaces the presumption of innocence with the assumption that there is a bit of Ian Huntley in us all.

Rob Lyons Friday 25 June 2004 comments

An epidemic of epidemiology

Yes, a seminal study proves the link between smoking and lung cancer. That does not mean we should swallow dubious statistics about other 'dangerous' lifestyles.

Dolan Cummings Friday 25 June 2004 comments

TV UK, 25 June

Clinton's garden shed.

Rob Lyons Friday 25 June 2004 comments

Offside, 25 June

Wuz we robbed?

Mick Hume Monday 28 June 2004 comments

Death is not a solution to the problems of living

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on voluntary euthanasia for the depressed.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 29 June 2004 comments

Get-out policy in Iraq

The US-led coalition has conjured up a phantom Iraqi government behind which it can hide its embarrassment.

Phil Mullan Tuesday 29 June 2004 comments

Work till you want

Older people should be freed from the chains of a fixed retirement age.

Philip Cunliffe Tuesday 29 June 2004 comments

Who’s our S.O.B. now?

The strange career of Ahmed Chalabi shows that America's henchmen are not what they were.

David Chandler Tuesday 29 June 2004 comments

The loaded scales of ‘international justice’

Trials and tribulations at the International Criminal Court.

Alan Miller Wednesday 30 June 2004 comments

Tribeca UncuT

There was good and bad fruit at the Big Apple’s film festival.

Helen Searls Wednesday 30 June 2004 comments

Fahrenheit 9/11 sparks Bush fires

Michael Moore's new film raises the temperature by appealing to the guts, not the head.