July 2004

Dolan Cummings Friday 2 July 2004 comments

TV UK, 2 July

The moral crisis of cops and vampires.

Rob Lyons Friday 2 July 2004 comments

Offside, 2 July

Euro 2004 wasn't the best occasion to try and reinvent the football.

Mick Hume Friday 2 July 2004 comments

Warning: smoking bans can damage the body politic

Where once New Labour sought foreign distractions from domestic difficulties, now it is falling back on personal health issues.

Josie Appleton Friday 2 July 2004 comments

He said, she said

Political journalism is starting to read like a modern version of court gossip.

Sandy Starr Friday 2 July 2004 comments

‘Communication ethics’ and the new censorship

The threat to media freedom today comes not from bans, but from regulation in the name of promoting 'diversity' and 'media literacy'.

Sandy Starr Friday 2 July 2004 comments

Culture warrior

American legal theorist Lawrence Lessig takes on the regulation that is hampering our use of books, music and film.

Mick Hume Monday 5 July 2004 comments

The fag end of radical politics

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on smoking bans and passive politics.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 7 July 2004 comments

Punishing parents

The campaign against smacking is based on the poisonous notion that children need to be saved from their parents.

Bríd Hehir Wednesday 7 July 2004 comments

Power to the patients?

The government's plans for patient-centred healthcare are going in the wrong direction.

Andrew Calcutt Wednesday 7 July 2004 comments

Elvis and Marlon

Fifty years on, why we bow down to the King more than the Wild One.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 7 July 2004 comments

Crucifying public debate

If we aren't free to 'incite religious hatred', we aren't free.

Austin Williams Wednesday 7 July 2004 comments

The long lens of the law

There's something shifty about the Police Federation’s u-turn on speed cameras.

Dolan Cummings Friday 9 July 2004 comments

TV UK, 9 July

The blind spots in a doctor's-eye view of the NHS.

Ellie Lee Friday 9 July 2004 comments

We still need abortion as early as possible, as late as necessary

Technological advances in fetal care are no reason for retreating on a woman's right to choose.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 9 July 2004 comments

Offside, 9 July

Bad at taking penalties, good at making excuses.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 9 July 2004 comments

Unanswered questions about the ‘barbecue killings’

Neighbours want to know why two women were left to bleed to death while police with machine guns carried out a 'risk assessment' from four miles away.

Josie Appleton Friday 9 July 2004 comments

Ground Zero: rebuild to the skies

New York should worry less about preserving its ashes, and concentrate on rising from them.

Mick Hume Monday 12 July 2004 comments

Don’t you just hate the Illiberati?

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on why we should be free to say who we hate.

Paul Campos Tuesday 13 July 2004 comments

The lock-up diet

As the authorities in Derbyshire, England, threaten to remove an obese nine-year-old from her parents, Paul Campos tells the chilling tale of how an overweight toddler was taken from her family in the USA.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 13 July 2004 comments

Meet the al-Qaeda archetype

Educated, professional, married and sane. In fact, says terrorism expert Marc Sageman, a lot like us.

Dr Helene Guldberg Tuesday 13 July 2004 comments

The day-care scare

Are nurseries really turning toddlers into thugs?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 13 July 2004 comments

Men behaving badly

What is it about happy hours that gives the UK government the shakes?

Dolan Cummings Tuesday 13 July 2004 comments

Devolved authoritarianism

Through Antisocial Behaviour Orders, New Labour thinks it can police its way to a better society.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 14 July 2004 comments

What the Butler saw

...had little to do with the war itself.

Sandy Starr Wednesday 14 July 2004 comments

Cinema of cynicism

Michael Moore brings anti-politics to the big screen.

James Harkin Wednesday 14 July 2004 comments

Growing old ungracefully

Why the baby boomer generation is clinging to its youth.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 16 July 2004 comments

Ruining cats and dogs

The UK government's Animal Welfare Bill could turn having a pet into a pain.

Mick Hume Friday 16 July 2004 comments

Iraq war: why all the shock and awe now?

Bush and Blair find themselves in more trouble than their predecessors faced over much more blatant war lies.

Dolan Cummings Friday 16 July 2004 comments

TV UK, 16 July

Throwing flip-flops from the heart in the BB house.

Sandy Starr Friday 16 July 2004 comments

Blowing up the BNP

Media exposés like the BBC’s The Secret Agent have helped to transform a ragbag party into the talking point of British politics.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 July 2004 comments

Offside, 16 July

Greece has shown that the noble art of defending is not dead.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 19 July 2004 comments

Straw nanny

Britain under New Labour is not a nanny state, but a therapeutic state - a much bigger threat to our freedom.

Jeffrey Rosen Monday 19 July 2004 comments

The Naked Crowd

America's culture of self-revelation spells the end of privacy and the promotion of a smothering conformity

Josie Appleton Tuesday 20 July 2004 comments

Making capital out of punishment

For the UK government, criminal justice is just another arm of its social inclusion policy.

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 21 July 2004 comments

Class divisions

Who benefits from the 'personalised learning' strategy of dividing school pupils into sub-sets?

Dr Liz Frayn Wednesday 21 July 2004 comments

Smoking out the facts

The British Medical Association's public health campaigns on passive smoking and junk food might ruin its reputation in the long run.

Daniel Rathwell Wednesday 21 July 2004 comments

The fat of the brand

Report on the spiked seminar.

Sean Topham Wednesday 21 July 2004 comments

Beyond the end of the line

London's decrepit Tube system could do with a dose of Victorian vision.

Sean Topham Wednesday 21 July 2004 comments

Beyond the end of the line

London's decrepit Tube system could do with a dose of Victorian vision.

Nico Macdonald Wednesday 21 July 2004 comments

Scamming the spammers

Junk mail is becoming as much a pain for its senders as for its receivers.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 23 July 2004 comments

‘They have vilified the sun - and me’

Professor Michael Holick, author of The UV Advantage, tells Brendan O’Neill how he was turned into a pariah for suggesting that a little bit of sunlight can be good for you.

Graham Barnfield Friday 23 July 2004 comments

The Peter Parker in us all

Spider-Man 2: why we like our superheroes to flaunt their flaws.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 23 July 2004 comments

Offside, 23 July

Palace fans might welcome Gaddafi if he could sort out the cold burgers.

Dolan Cummings Friday 23 July 2004 comments

TV UK, 23 July

Are there more undercover filmmakers than fascists in the BNP?

Sandy Starr Friday 23 July 2004 comments

Who wants to read an MP’s musings?

Politics-by-blogging is a sorry substitute for parliamentary debate.

Fiona Mason Friday 23 July 2004 comments

Vetting pet owners

Vets care for animals - but they should show respect for people, too.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 28 July 2004 comments

Sudan: why now?

Britain's proposed intervention is a post-Iraq political stunt.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 28 July 2004 comments

Science that dare not speak its name

The UK government threatens to defend Oxford's new animal research lab with guns because it can't do it with words.

Dolan Cummings Wednesday 28 July 2004 comments

A hole in Holyrood

The Piegate scandal - involving mutton pies, lies and beans - confirms the irrelevance of the Scottish Parliament.

David Chandler Wednesday 28 July 2004 comments

Building bridges in Bosnia

Reconciliation ceremonies sponsored by the UN won't heal Bosnia's ethnic divisions. David Chandler reports from Mostar.

Austin Williams Wednesday 28 July 2004 comments

Getting us nowhere fast

Think-tanks and pundits are now in the driving seat of Britain's transport policy.

Conrad Lichtenstein Wednesday 28 July 2004 comments

We reap as we sow

Genetic modification is the latest step in humanity's attempt to control our environment, argues one scientist, and it's a step we must take.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 28 July 2004 comments

Science that dare not speak its name

The UK government threatens to defend Oxford's new animal research lab with guns because it can't do it with words.

Helene Guldberg Friday 30 July 2004 comments

Keep taking the tablets

Forget the scare stories, says Diarmuid Jeffreys, author of a history of aspirin – the little white pill is 'one of the most amazing creations in medical history'.

Richard Bailey Friday 30 July 2004 comments

Gattaca calling?

High achievement comes from hard work, not from our genetic make-up, says a professor of education.

Graham Barnfield Friday 30 July 2004 comments

Copycat arguments

Claims that videogames such as Manhunt can provoke players to commit violence have been made many times before – but they remain unproven.

Rob Lyons Friday 30 July 2004 comments

You aren’t what you eat

Dr Gillian McKeith's diet, as seen on TV, is pure quackery.

Bill Durodié Friday 30 July 2004 comments

They warn too much

Why the UK government's booklet on ‘preparing for emergencies' backfired.

Dolan Cummings Friday 30 July 2004 comments

TV UK, 30 July

Old men get grumpy about the sixties.

Peter Sammonds Friday 30 July 2004 comments

Breaking the waves

Coastal cities are more than a match for rising sea levels.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 30 July 2004 comments

Offside, 30 July

Sven is going down because of his performance on the field rather than in the bedroom.