October 2004

Brendan O’Neill Friday 1 October 2004 comments

The politics of pick’n'mix

Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice, on why the consumerist ethos has no place in public life.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 1 October 2004 comments

Offside, 1 October

Red tape is tying up goal celebrations.

Tessa Mayes Friday 1 October 2004 comments

Princess of privacy

Caroline of Monaco went shopping for censorship at the European Court, and found just what she was looking for.

Jamie Douglass Friday 1 October 2004 comments

Arms-length policing

The Taser stun gun allows police to immobilise a suspect without getting their hands dirty.

Sandy Starr Friday 1 October 2004 comments

Saving me from myself?

A chocolate-lover mourns the passing of the King-Size Mars Bar.

Rob Lyons Friday 1 October 2004 comments

TV UK, 1 October

Good TV shouldn't have to double up as social work.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 5 October 2004 comments

Blowing up Zarqawi

How the coalition transformed a failed fringe fanatic into The World’s Most Dangerous Terrorist.

Dr Helene Guldberg Tuesday 5 October 2004 comments

The myth of ‘infant determinism’

Despite claims, science does not prove that our adult lives are determined by infant experiences.

Mick Hume Tuesday 5 October 2004 comments

They’re hatin’ it

Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the junk propaganda of the anti-McDonald's brigade.

Josie Appleton Thursday 7 October 2004 comments

Beware geeks bearing gifts

The claim that 900,000 Brits are the victims of stalking comes from conflating pests with psychopaths.

Stephen Bremner Thursday 7 October 2004 comments

Trying to change the world on the cheap

One thing that the much-feted 'We Are What We Do' campaign won't do is transform society.

Dr Liz Frayn Thursday 7 October 2004 comments

An unhelpful helpline

By referring the worried well to GPs and A&E, NHS Direct makes unnecessary work for already overstretched doctors.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 7 October 2004 comments

TV UK, 7 October

The truth about Sex Traffic.

Jamie Douglass Thursday 7 October 2004 comments

The thin white line

The 'war on drugs' is off its head.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 7 October 2004 comments

Offside, 7 October

On Palace's bouncebackability.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 7 October 2004 comments

Metro miserablists

Two new top-level reports only seem to see the downsides to life in a big city.

George Blecher Thursday 7 October 2004 comments

It’s mutual hatred, stupid

Both Democrats and Republicans are taking their disappointment with politics out on each other.

Daniel Rathwell Friday 8 October 2004 comments

The Qibla Cola path of resistance

London students are trying to fight the US hegemon through the drinks machine.

James Heartfield Monday 11 October 2004 comments

Deconstructing Derrida

The French philosopher is dead, but his legacy lives on in the age of unreason.

Mick Hume Monday 11 October 2004 comments

You can never find a policeman when you’re being murdered

Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the British police's stand-off approach to firearm incidents.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 12 October 2004 comments

Mourning the Man of Steel

The best tribute we could pay to the late Christopher Reeve is to champion medical science.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 12 October 2004 comments

Selling Afghans short

The ballot boxes were full, but the election was empty of meaning.

James Greenstein Tuesday 12 October 2004 comments

Gaps in the grid

How to build the energy system that we need.

Francis Boorman Tuesday 12 October 2004 comments

I’m a teenager, get me out of here

An 18-year-old ‘voter virgin’ is not impressed by the latest attempts to bring out the youth vote.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 12 October 2004 comments

Mourning the Man of Steel

The best tribute we could pay to the late Christopher Reeve is to champion medical science.

Mick Hume Wednesday 13 October 2004 comments

Who would choose ‘Ronseal politics’?

British politicians’ latest response to a crisis of trust is to promise...nothing.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 October 2004 comments

Can music incite murder?

Doctah X of the Black Music Council and Peter Tatchell of OutRage! put the case for and against hardcore Jamaican dancehall.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 15 October 2004 comments

Why Globalisation Works

Martin Wolf does a good demolition job on the economics of the anti-globalisation movement, but fails to excavate its foundations.

Phil Mullan Friday 15 October 2004 comments

Ageing: the future is affordable

The real problem in the 'pensions crisis' is not demographics, but our mean-spirited attitude towards the elderly.

Pauline Hadaway Friday 15 October 2004 comments

Trying to make waves on the Waterfront

Belfast's cultural authorities want landmark buildings - they just don’t know what to put in them.

Rob Lyons Friday 15 October 2004 comments

TV UK, 15 October

Batman and Geldof on fathers and justice.

Kevin Yuill Friday 15 October 2004 comments

Will baby Charlotte’s be a ‘good death’?

An argument for why the quality of a life should not be decided in the High Court.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 15 October 2004 comments

Offside, 15 October

Kick 'anti-racism' out of football.

Dolan Cummings Monday 18 October 2004 comments

TV UK, 18 November

Victorian moral conflicts were so much more straightforward.

Jan Bowman Monday 18 October 2004 comments

Cruel to be kind

Making animals suffer is generally a bad thing - unless it's done for the good of humanity.

Mick Hume Monday 18 October 2004 comments

Stub out that fact and extinguish that opinion

Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the new moral orthodoxy on smoking.

Chris Bickerton Tuesday 19 October 2004 comments

The cultural curtain

Europe's tortured debate about Turkey exposes the fragile state of the EU.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 19 October 2004 comments

Uncle Sam doesn’t want you

...so why is fear of military conscription so widespread in America?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 19 October 2004 comments

Hans off Iraq!

How Hans Blix and other weapons inspectors paved the way for war.

Francis Boorman Tuesday 19 October 2004 comments

Another debate is possible

Everything was tolerated at the European Social Forum - except an argument.

Josie Appleton Thursday 21 October 2004 comments

Supermarket sweep

Is the rise of Tesco such a terrible thing?

Jamie Douglass Thursday 21 October 2004 comments

Turning curtain-twitchers into cops

Britain's plans for 25,000 Community Support Officers will put busybodies on the beat.

Rob Lyons Thursday 21 October 2004 comments

TV UK, 21 October

Himalaya: one man and his mountain.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 21 October 2004 comments

Offside, 21 October

Never mind the Beckhamology.

Alex Standish Thursday 21 October 2004 comments

What’s rocking the youth vote?

A British lecturer in America finds his students committed to voting in the presidential election, but lacking in political commitment.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 22 October 2004 comments

No shooting please, we’re British

The storm over the movement of Black Watch troops in Iraq suggests the British elite is happy to support a war so long as it doesn't have to fight one.

Sandy Starr Friday 22 October 2004 comments

Progress doesn’t just ‘emerge’

By championing spontaneous collectivism, internet geeks and gurus are giving up on human agency.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 22 October 2004 comments

The dismal quackery of eco-economics

The notion that economic growth has to be curtailed is tragic when billions still live in dire poverty.

David Wainwright Friday 22 October 2004 comments

Boris in the stocks

Johnson's penitential trip to Liverpool suggests that British politics is in a sorry state.

Mick Hume Monday 25 October 2004 comments

Defend the Right to Be Offensive

Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the fallout from Borisgate.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 26 October 2004 comments

The new dirty mac brigade

Who are the real sad gits - those who seek some quick relief from a dirty video, or the cultural and literary elite who now think that porn is profound?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 26 October 2004 comments

The great asylum game

Why big plans for a joint EU immigration policy floundered at Dover.

Alex Gourevitch Wednesday 27 October 2004 comments

X marks the…what?

Why it appears so difficult to predict the presidential victor.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 27 October 2004 comments

Right decisions, made by the wrong people

Doctors and parents both want what's best for terminally ill babies - so why are they clashing in the High Court?

Tana Dineen Wednesday 27 October 2004 comments

The feeling man’s president

A psychologist analyses Bush’s gut appeal.

Frank Furedi Thursday 28 October 2004 comments

The politics of fear

President Bush isn’t the only one who plays the scare card.

Rob Lyons Thursday 28 October 2004 comments

Saturday night, Sunday mourning

Rob Lyons reports from Nottingham on the public grieving that followed the tragic shooting of a teenage girl.

Francis Boorman Thursday 28 October 2004 comments

Uneducated reforms

For this recent A-level graduate, the Tomlinson Report makes uninspiring reading.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 28 October 2004 comments

TV UK, 28 October

Bush imitates Bartlet.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 28 October 2004 comments

Offside, 28 October

It takes more than a bad food fight to ruin good football.

Helen Searls Thursday 28 October 2004 comments

Divided States of America

The fewer differences there are between the candidates, the more bitter the Republican/Democrat divide seems to become.

Phil Mullan Friday 29 October 2004 comments

Turner report: an old story

The 'pensions crisis' is not the result of demographics, but of our leaders' miserly attitude towards the elderly.