November 2004

Mick Hume Monday 1 November 2004 comments

White-trash bashing

Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the trashy politics of the Bushophobics.

Jonny Thakkar Tuesday 2 November 2004 comments

The medium and the message

Why is American political debate so lame?

Mick Hume Wednesday 3 November 2004 comments

Four more years of what? The debate starts here

The US election campaign showed that politics has become a dangerously passive spectator sport - spiked wants to change that.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 3 November 2004 comments

Bonfire of our sanity

Safety regulations have taken the sparkle out of fireworks night.

Brid Hehir Wednesday 3 November 2004 comments

The pregnancy police

Telling midwives to quiz pregnant women about domestic violence is an abuse of their position of trust.

Philip Cunliffe Wednesday 3 November 2004 comments

Blacking up in Darfur

African Union troops are being enlisted to give a respectable face to Western intervention.

Give me a break

A student taking a year out thinks African villages could do without the 'help' of middle-class gappers.

Helene Guldberg Friday 5 November 2004 comments

Boy in a non-plastic bubble?

We can't shut our kids away from environmental chemicals.

Neil Davenport Friday 5 November 2004 comments

Capitalism in ‘unfair’ shock!

The Corporation is a crushingly dull movie full of 'Frank Beard facts'.

Dolan Cummings Friday 5 November 2004 comments

A feel-smug movie

The Corporation allows you to criticise capitalism from the safety of your sofa.

Andrew Calcutt Friday 5 November 2004 comments

John Peel died in 1998

With Home Truths, he crossed the fine line between Scouse-ish wit and cloying sentimentality.

Mick Hume Friday 5 November 2004 comments

Putting a banger in the works

spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah Friday 5 November 2004 comments

Offside, 5 November

Adrian Mutu might have saved his skin if he'd joined Coke Snorters Anonymous.

Dolan Cummings Friday 5 November 2004 comments

TV UK, 5 November

Murder Prevention: the Metropolitan Police go sci-fi.

Mick Hume Tuesday 9 November 2004 comments

Bush whacking: It’s the mythology, stupid

It's been a week of dishonesty and denial about why Bush won.

Austin Williams Tuesday 9 November 2004 comments

Off the rails

Reactions to the crash at Ufton Nervet will make our transport system even slower.

Shirley Dent Tuesday 9 November 2004 comments

Are you being served?

London’s Selfridges used to showcase the splendours of the world. Today it feeds the fantasy of ‘me’.

David Chandler Wednesday 10 November 2004 comments

Why the north-east assembly went south

A vote against too many politicians, too few powers, or what?

Chris Bickerton Wednesday 10 November 2004 comments

No ‘spectator nation’

Turmoil in the Ivory Coast puts paid to the claim that France is anti-war.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 10 November 2004 comments

Those who can’t teach, socially include

Education or social inclusion? A teacher argues that you can't have both.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 10 November 2004 comments

Fallujah: a theatre of war

Both the US forces and insurgents are playing war games.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 10 November 2004 comments

After the American election

Read the responses to the spiked debate.

James Heartfield Thursday 11 November 2004 comments

Arafat’s tragedy

He helped to found the idea of Palestinian independence, but ended up as a mouthpiece of great power politics.

Josie Appleton Thursday 11 November 2004 comments

Wearing your heart on your lapel

As the remembrance poppy is emptied of meaning, phoney protests against it blossom.

Alex Standish Thursday 11 November 2004 comments

Did the kids rock or suck?

Breaking down America’s rising youth vote.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 11 November 2004 comments

TV UK, 11 November

Grotesque caricatures and ritual humiliation: comedy, Channel 4 style.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 11 November 2004 comments

Offside, 11 November

Why is Scottish fitba in such wretched health?

Josie Appleton Friday 12 November 2004 comments

Bottling up for the party season

A new stopper to protect against drink-spiking mixes 'awareness raising' with product promotion.

Mick Hume Friday 12 November 2004 comments

Suicide isn’t painless

spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 15 November 2004 comments

We have ways of making you stop smoking

The parallels - and differences - between Nazi Germany's 'war on cancer' and New Labour's crusade against the evil weed.

Elizabeth Salter Green Tuesday 16 November 2004 comments

The threats are grave

'There is a toxic soup cocktail, which can undermine the very biological processes that are fundamental to the viability of all species.'

Bill Durodié Tuesday 16 November 2004 comments

A question of fear, not chemistry

'Many of the concerns about chemicals can best be described as conclusions in search of data.'

Neil Addison Wednesday 17 November 2004 comments

Divided before the law

A barrister tells a cautionary tale from Australia, on the dangers of creating a crime of incitement to religious hatred.

Dr Liz Frayn Wednesday 17 November 2004 comments

Endoscopies for all?

British plans for a national bowel cancer screening programme could do as much harm as good.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 17 November 2004 comments

What future for the family?

Behind the 'mommy wars' and the new politics of the family.

Robert Latona Wednesday 17 November 2004 comments

Fumbling for government

Spain's prime minister may look like Mr Bean - is he also behaving like him?

Josie Appleton Thursday 18 November 2004 comments

Hate-Crime Chic

What's behind the authorities' obsession with outing homophobia?

Richard Bailey Thursday 18 November 2004 comments

Lessons of the great unknown

An educational expert on how adventure holidays teach kids to cope with risk.

Jamie Douglass Thursday 18 November 2004 comments

Fag-bashing

Smokers are the new lepers.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 18 November 2004 comments

Offside, 18 November

In praise of the tannoy shock jocks.

Mick Hume Friday 19 November 2004 comments

An epidemic of epidemics

spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill Friday 19 November 2004 comments

‘Informed choice’ is no choice at all

The UK government’s White Paper Choosing Health makes a mockery of the c-word.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 19 November 2004 comments

How did the doctor get away with it?

Brian Deer's investigative documentary on MMR went some way towards redeeming the reputation of the media.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 19 November 2004 comments

How did the doctor get away with it?

Brian Deer's investigative documentary on MMR went some way towards redeeming the reputation of the media.

Dave Clements Friday 19 November 2004 comments

Holding the line

It's a disoriented adult society that needs ASBOs to discipline youth.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 23 November 2004 comments

Feed the West’s ego

It's Christmas time, and there is a need to be afraid: the sanctimonious Band Aid brigade is back.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 23 November 2004 comments

Bully for who?

Anti-bullying policies confuse serious abuse with the rough and tumble of childhood.

Anthony Stavrianakis Wednesday 24 November 2004 comments

A design for life

America's latest creationist theory relies less on Biblical absolutes than on appeals to today's cultural relativism.

Mick Hume Wednesday 24 November 2004 comments

Who isn’t exploiting the politics of fear?

Blair's one-eyed critics are making the same mistake as Bush's opponents.

Kunal Dutta Wednesday 24 November 2004 comments

Pulling Private Ryan

Pacifism, censoriousness or post-Janet Jackson caution - what made 20 US TV stations withdraw the Veterans Day screening of Spielberg's patriotic war flick?

Francis Boorman Wednesday 24 November 2004 comments

Talking nonsense

Why is the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority teaching secondary-school pupils about words like 'mmmm'?

Austin Williams Wednesday 24 November 2004 comments

Charity by extortion

Should speeding motorists pay off the victims of other people's crimes?

Josie Appleton Thursday 25 November 2004 comments

The Ukraine takes the strain

This is less a civil war, than a tug-of-war between Washington and Moscow.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 25 November 2004 comments

TV UK, 25 November

Looking for roots in I Won't Marry White.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 25 November 2004 comments

Offside, 25 November

Sanctimonious jeering at Spaniards won't tackle racism.

Helene Guldberg Friday 26 November 2004 comments

Stop apologising for animal experiments

We don't need more laws against animal rights activists, but a more robust defence of animal experimentation.

Mick Hume Friday 26 November 2004 comments

A moral crusade against monkey-chanters?

spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Sandy Starr Friday 26 November 2004 comments

Watching what we watch

An event on 'media literacy' gave a glimpse into the twilight world of Ofcom, the UK media regulator.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 30 November 2004 comments

Blunkett made his bed

The government wants to keep the home secretary's affair out of the papers, but it helped to erode the boundary between public and private life in the first place.