January 2005

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 5 January 2005 comments

Riding the wave of compassion

Why has the UK media turned the Asian tsunami into a story All About Us?

Josie Appleton Wednesday 5 January 2005 comments

When silence isn’t golden

The EU’s three minutes’ silence for the tsunami victims shows a competitive approach to grief.

Frank Furedi Thursday 6 January 2005 comments

How we deal with disasters

From 'Acts of God' to 'Acts of Nature' and 'Acts of Man' - humanity's reading of catastrophes has changed through the ages.

Phil Mullan Friday 7 January 2005 comments

It’s capitalism, but not as we know it

Economic cycles aren't what they used to be.

Mick Hume Friday 7 January 2005 comments

Child abductions and urban legends

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

Scott Campbell Friday 7 January 2005 comments

Tall mall tales

Pre-teens 'addicted to shopping'? Don't buy it.

Dave Clements Friday 7 January 2005 comments

Turning out the bright lights in big cities

Debating the UK government's dim vision for civic life.

Robert Latona Friday 7 January 2005 comments

Scraps over terrorism

A journalist living in Spain wearies of politicians' post-Madrid finger-pointing.

Dolan Cummings Friday 7 January 2005 comments

TV UK, 7 January

The BBC's Drugland is off its head.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 7 January 2005 comments

Offside, 7 January

2004’s additions to the footballing lexicon.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 11 January 2005 comments

Politics gets personal

Far from being a media invention, the Blair/Brown spat reflects the malaise at the heart of political life.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 13 January 2005 comments

A bit of bingeing can be good for you

Binge-drinking goes against every uptight principle of our therapeutic society.

Josie Appleton Thursday 13 January 2005 comments

Taking the spark out of science

Health and safety fears are squeezing practical experiments out of the classroom.

Ed Barrett Thursday 13 January 2005 comments

The making of London’s ‘white trash’

Michael Collins' chronicle of South-East London looks for the roots of today's chav-bashing.

Tara McCormack Thursday 13 January 2005 comments

Not all votes are equal

The West's different responses to elections in Ukraine, Macedonia and Kosovo suggests that it only supports the will of the people when the people do as they're told.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 13 January 2005 comments

TV UK, 13 January

Vote for Me: can reality TV save democracy?

Pauline Hadaway Thursday 13 January 2005 comments

No surrender to the censors

The director of a Belfast photography gallery on a recent spat over ‘blasphemous’ art.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 13 January 2005 comments

Offside, 13 January

Showing the red card to Robo-refs.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 14 January 2005 comments

A disastrous way to oppose war

Anti-war activists are demanding an equality of pity between Iraqis and the victims of the Asian tsunami.

Mick Hume Friday 14 January 2005 comments

Prince Harry is not the only one belittling the Holocaust

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

Ann Furedi Friday 14 January 2005 comments

When Vera Drakes were everywhere

Abortion was a part of women’s lives long before it was made legal.

David Haviland Friday 14 January 2005 comments

Vera Drake

Mike Leigh's story of a working-class abortionist in Fifties London treads a fine line between storytelling and polemicising.

Joe Kaplinsky Monday 17 January 2005 comments

Space cadets

If environmentalists had their way, probes would never have touched down on Titan, Saturn's moon.

Daniel Ben-Ami Monday 17 January 2005 comments

Development should mean more than survival

'Sustainable development' leaves the poor vulnerable to natural disasters.

Mick Hume Monday 17 January 2005 comments

How the world has turned the tsunami rubble into a pulpit

Everybody wants to use the disaster as a platform for their own agenda.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 18 January 2005 comments

What’s wrong with the World’s Oldest Mum?

It might be selfish and unnatural - but a woman in her 60s should have the choice to have a child.

Adam Burgess Thursday 20 January 2005 comments

Dial-a-scare

The mobile phone panic is fuelled by politics, not science.

Andrew Calcutt Thursday 20 January 2005 comments

Long live the King

Why Elvis is still Number One.

Josie Appleton Thursday 20 January 2005 comments

Putting the photos in perspective

Susan Sontag’s 28-year-old book On Photography gives a better take on the Iraq torture snaps than most of today’s commentaries.

James Heartfield Thursday 20 January 2005 comments

Pitting parent against parent

Official intervention in disputes over children encourages mums and dads to fight to the bitter end.

Tana Dineen Thursday 20 January 2005 comments

Keep ‘closure’ out of the courts

Justice shouldn't be about helping victims of crime 'come to terms' with what happened to them.

Rob Lyons Thursday 20 January 2005 comments

Offside, 20 January

FA Cup shock: some commentators think it still matters.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 20 January 2005 comments

TV UK, 20 January

War reporters: wearing their hearts on their bullet-proof vests.

Mick Hume Friday 21 January 2005 comments

Reality Torture in Basra

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

Mischa Moselle Friday 21 January 2005 comments

Nature’s revenge?

The religious, irrational and reactionary who argued that Asia's poor brought the tsunami upon themselves.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 24 January 2005 comments

Electing to cut and run

For coalition officials, the Iraqi election on Sunday is another opportunity to wash their hands of the mess their war created.

Munira Mirza Monday 24 January 2005 comments

It’s not so grim up north

A new film about British Asians, Yasmin, is middle-class prejudice masquerading as social concern.

Timandra Harkness Monday 24 January 2005 comments

Lording it over 4x4s

Are SUVs the new face of urban evil?

James Heartfield Wednesday 26 January 2005 comments

All talk and no bricks

Britain needs new homes - but the government just makes proposals.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 26 January 2005 comments

Wooing the property virgins

Can New Labour connect with the thirtysomething voter through feeling the pain of the first-time buyer?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 27 January 2005 comments

Fearing flu

Nobody knows whether or when there will be a new flu pandemic - but the panic about it is certainly bad for us.

Josie Appleton Thursday 27 January 2005 comments

Truly blue Tories

Whatever happened to the 'natural party of government'?

Norman Levitt Thursday 27 January 2005 comments

Hypothesis as thought-crime

Are women worse at maths than men? An American professor gives his view on the dispute engulfing Harvard.

Rob Lyons Thursday 27 January 2005 comments

Falling down

Jared Diamond’s new book, Collapse, offers fantasies about 'ecocide' instead of an understanding of history.

Jamie Douglass Thursday 27 January 2005 comments

Charles Clarke’s CV

The new man at the Home Office is more bad news for civil liberties.

Bruce Ames and Lois Swirsky Gold Thursday 27 January 2005 comments

Risk, cancer and manmade chemicals

Blaming synthetic chemicals for a 'cancer epidemic' is flawed science that makes for dubious policy.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 27 January 2005 comments

TV UK, 27 January

Teacher training ads appeal to Big Kids who like Little Kids.

Rob Lyons Thursday 27 January 2005 comments

Offside, 27 January

Rodney Marsh falls foul of victim culture.

Mick Hume Friday 28 January 2005 comments

The most dangerous ‘ism’ now is the new cynicism

The assumption that they are 'all lying bastards' easily extends into acceptance that there is no cause worth believing in today.

Mick Hume Friday 28 January 2005 comments

Burying graveyard humour would be a grave loss

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