December 2004

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 2 December 2004 comments

Iraqi WMD: new myths for old

Why is the anti-war side now spreading scare stories about 'loose nukes' and poisons threatening world peace?

Sarah David Thursday 2 December 2004 comments

Smoke without fire

A Euro-report warning of chemicals in scented candles crosses the line between scaremongering and self-parody.

Kevin Yuill Thursday 2 December 2004 comments

A ticket to die

Behind the UK High Court's decision to allow a British woman to travel to a suicide clinic in Switzerland.

Kunal Dutta Thursday 2 December 2004 comments

Rise of the robots

Loneliness, a desire for control, or just a bit of fun? Why young men are dreaming of a Robosapien for Christmas.

Francis Boorman Thursday 2 December 2004 comments

Ivory towers should be built on merit

It is patronising to working-class students to suggest that Oxbridge should 'positively discriminate' in their favour.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 2 December 2004 comments

TV UK, 2 December

Hamming it up on The Medici and Panorama.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 2 December 2004 comments

Offside, 2 December

Football's spitting wars.

Helene Guldberg Friday 3 December 2004 comments

Galloway 1, free speech 0

Ex-Labour MP George Galloway was defamed, but his victory under English libel law is nothing to celebrate.

Mick Hume Friday 3 December 2004 comments

I’m the Home Secretary…Get Me Out of Here!

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

Helen Searls Friday 3 December 2004 comments

Suffering the Democrat blues

The rise of Post-Election Selection Trauma in the USA shows just how personal the political has become.

Stephen Bowler Friday 3 December 2004 comments

Health in a sick society

The ‘public health’ agenda promotes powerlessness as the defining feature of our age.

Aidan Campbell Tuesday 7 December 2004 comments

Can the Turner turn us on to politics?

It will take more than prize-winning arty videos to kickstart public life.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 8 December 2004 comments

Why the drugs don’t work

The problem isn't that doctors are too quick to prescribe anti-depressants, but that they have stretched the label of depression to cover the full range of human unhappiness.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 8 December 2004 comments

Where’s the art in that?

A survey of lottery-funded arts centres finds that half a billion has been blown on 'buzz'.

Alison Perrett Wednesday 8 December 2004 comments

Bringing the past to life

The pros and pitfalls of the BBC's attempt to digitise its archives.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 9 December 2004 comments

Choosing childcare

It's good that childcare is on the political agenda – but what does the government mean by choice?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 9 December 2004 comments

Offside, 9 December

Experts carp about the decline of football, while fans flood through the gates.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 9 December 2004 comments

TV UK, 9 December

Christmas TV advertising: an irony-free zone.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 10 December 2004 comments

The ghost of Harold Shipman

The measures proposed in a report on Britain's first serial killer GP are likely to prove more damaging, to both doctors and patients, than the activities of one deranged doctor.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 10 December 2004 comments

Taking the peace

Why have Northern Ireland's peace talks foundered on a spat over snapshots?

Mick Hume Friday 10 December 2004 comments

Rise of the victim-hero

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

James Heartfield Friday 10 December 2004 comments

Constructing Global Civil Society

A new book asks why, from Iraq to Ukraine, Western politics is being played out everywhere but in the West.

Kunal Dutta Friday 10 December 2004 comments

Flying in the face of fear

British travellers are shirking terror warnings and taking to the skies in record numbers.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 15 December 2004 comments

Dumbing down? Don’t blame the media

The tendency to blame reality TV both trivialises and underestimates the problem.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 15 December 2004 comments

Fundamentalism begins at home

A French author argues that new forms of Islam owe more to Western identity politics than to the Koran.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 16 December 2004 comments

Offside, 16 December

The Semantic Inquisition haven't yet had their fill of Big Ron.

Shirley Dent Thursday 16 December 2004 comments

Needling diabetics

Disease becomes fetishised around individual behaviour and experience.

Mick Hume Friday 17 December 2004 comments

The Blunkett debacle: bad news for democracy

What does any of this all-consuming grubby affair have to do with the business of politics?

Kevin Yuill Friday 17 December 2004 comments

Ten myths about assisted suicide

The flaws in the arguments for ending lives.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 22 December 2004 comments

Waste: a burning issue

A lot of rubbish is talked in the heated debate over Nottingham's incinerator.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 23 December 2004 comments

Iraq? Whatever

Why the big issue of 2004 now leaves most people feeling bored

Dolan Cummings Thursday 23 December 2004 comments

TV UK, 23 December

Finding joy in misery in the Shameless Christmas special.

Graham Barnfield Thursday 23 December 2004 comments

House of Flying Daggers

The crisis of the Hollywood hero is forcing cinema audiences to look east for their superhumans.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 29 December 2004 comments

‘God save our tolerant Queen…’

The Queen's much-praised Christmas message on tolerance and diversity was an attempt to re-crown the monarch as defender of a new faith

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 29 December 2004 comments

Government incapacity on mental health

Why the introduction of the Mental Capacity Bill has been such a mad affair.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 29 December 2004 comments

Offside, 29 December

Heavyweight boxing is almost out for the count.

Sandy Starr Wednesday 29 December 2004 comments

What makes us exceptional?

New research could throw some light on the unique evolution of the human brain.