February 2005

George Blecher Tuesday 1 February 2005 comments

Healthier in lungs, poorer in spirit

A non-smoking New Yorker misses the illicit, adult camaraderie of smoke-filled bars.

Dr Liz Frayn Tuesday 1 February 2005 comments

Checking up on ourselves

Should we really be scrutinising our balls, breasts and bowels for signs of cancer?

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 1 February 2005 comments

Marriage and its malcontents

Why should you discuss your 'bits' with a vicar before tying the knot?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 1 February 2005 comments

David Widgery: did he lose faith?

A new biography of the renowned left-wing GP shows how political crisis spawned personal crisis.

JJ Charlesworth Tuesday 1 February 2005 comments

What has happened to art criticism?

The critic is becoming a dandified copywriter, producing 'beautiful writing about beautiful objects and their beautiful makers’.

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 3 February 2005 comments

Poor ambitions for the world

Despite its bold name, the new celebrity campaign won't Make Poverty History.

Josie Appleton Thursday 3 February 2005 comments

Politics on the shelf

By trying to 'harness consumerism', health secretary John Reid sells public life short.

Stuart Waiton Thursday 3 February 2005 comments

Tying teenagers down

Why does the UK government want to stop young people 'just hanging out' with their friends?

David Chandler Thursday 3 February 2005 comments

Holding nations in custody

Three new books consider trusteeship and other remedies for ‘failed states’.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 3 February 2005 comments

Offside, 3 February

Wenger v Ferguson: a matter for the Met?

James Woudhuysen Tuesday 8 February 2005 comments

Dresden: Don’t apologise - understand

The debate surrounding the sixtieth anniversary of the firestorming of Dresden shows how sober analysis of history is being distorted by angst about the world today.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 8 February 2005 comments

Why waste time tanning Kilroy’s hide?

The only thing lamer than Robert Kilroy-Silk is a professional Kilroy-basher.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 8 February 2005 comments

Offending for ourselves

Writers and actors campaigning against the UK government's attempts to outlaw 'religious hatred' deserve a large audience, and a round of applause.

Mick Hume Tuesday 8 February 2005 comments

Global warming: how ‘sceptic’ became a dirty word

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

Josie Appleton Wednesday 9 February 2005 comments

‘You feel alienated in your own backyard’

Today's concern about immigration seems to be less a story about them, than a story about us.

Nicholas Frayn Thursday 10 February 2005 comments

A blast from the past

Bush's stage-managed peace deal for the Middle East looks like Clinton's Camp David on replay.

David Clements Thursday 10 February 2005 comments

Accounting for community spirit

By promoting volunteering as good for your health, self-esteem or bank balance, the government sells it short.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 10 February 2005 comments

TV UK, 10 February

Germaine Greer: from Big Brother to bunny-boiler.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 10 February 2005 comments

Offside, 10 February

Cantona's kung-fu kick, 10 years on.

Patrick Marmion Thursday 10 February 2005 comments

Taking the pain out of ‘humane’

On art critics' use and abuse of the h-word.

Rob Lyons Friday 11 February 2005 comments

Cool heads required

As long as the climate change debate is fuelled by politics, the science will remain up in the air.

Mick Hume Friday 11 February 2005 comments

From immigration to Iraq, they are a political class apart

The gap between the public and politics is yawning - in every sense.

Mick Hume Friday 11 February 2005 comments

From Guildford to Guantanamo: how the world has changed

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

Shirley Dent Monday 14 February 2005 comments

Love’s arrow misses the mark

On Valentine's Day: have we become too uptight to fall head over heels?

Helene Guldberg Monday 14 February 2005 comments

Who will stand up for animal experiments?

We need fewer laws against animal rights activists, and more arguments in defence of vivisection.

Peter Marsh Wednesday 16 February 2005 comments

Fat and fiction

A new study finds that claims of a childhood obesity epidemic in the UK have been hugely overblown.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 16 February 2005 comments

Election 2005: a one-man show?

Blair's message for the British people: it's the Third Way or no way.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 17 February 2005 comments

Well, he started it

Under attack for his 'concentration camp guard' jibe, London mayor Ken Livingstone has fallen foul of the intolerant climate that he helped to create.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 17 February 2005 comments

Iraq: a peculiar peace

Post-election Iraq is neither a 'new democracy' nor an Islamic state in waiting, but a nation pacified by stasis.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 17 February 2005 comments

TV UK, 17 February

Blood on Our Hands: a Civil War morality tale about the perils of propaganda.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 17 February 2005 comments

Free speech in the dock

A European court has ruled that the McLibel Two should have received legal aid. But English libel law should be scrapped, not tweaked.

Jonny Thakkar Thursday 17 February 2005 comments

The End of the Future

After the nostalgic theatrics at the American Super Bowl, it’s clear why Fukuyama’s ‘End of History’ thesis hits home.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 17 February 2005 comments

Offside, 17 February

The end of the Arse-fixation.

Frank Furedi Thursday 17 February 2005 comments

The new Chief Inquisitor on campus

From ethics committees to ‘learning outcomes’, the threat to academic freedom comes from within the university as much as from without.

Mark Aldulaimi Friday 18 February 2005 comments

Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood’s new film shows the barbarity of boxing, but ignores its nobility.

Mick Hume Friday 18 February 2005 comments

How about an anti-wristband wristband?

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

Brendan O’Neill Monday 21 February 2005 comments

The mystery of the Guantanamo hookers

Did American guards really hire prostitutes to menstruate on detainees' faces?

Chris Bickerton Monday 21 February 2005 comments

Euro-elites desperately seeking demos

The EU constitution expresses the will of a phantom European public.

Elizabeth Whelan Monday 21 February 2005 comments

Chemophobia cleans up

The president of the American Council on Science and Health on how New York's governor fell for junk science.

David Perks Monday 21 February 2005 comments

We don’t need no thought control

The UK government sees schools as a weapon in its war against feckless parents and feral children.

Neil Davenport Monday 21 February 2005 comments

Can’t stand him now

How the tabloids turned ex-Libertine Pete Doherty into 'Potty Pete', their favourite edgy crackhead.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 23 February 2005 comments

Charles and Camilla: the sting in the fairytale

The British monarchy is so crisis-ridden that it can't even organise a wedding in a castle.

Sarah David Thursday 24 February 2005 comments

European debate takes a nosedive

Just why are Green MEPs campaigning for a ban on night flights?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 24 February 2005 comments

Offside, 24 February

Breakaway Man Utd fans, take note: 'authentic' clubs are for losers.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 24 February 2005 comments

TV UK, 24 February

Dispatches: Defend the Right to Blaspheme?

Jennie Bristow Thursday 24 February 2005 comments

Choice, liberty and the evil weed

Smoking is not a cause - but anti-smoking has become a crusade.

Scott Campbell Thursday 24 February 2005 comments

Failing the Tebbit test

Barracking for a sports team has little to do with ‘where you come from’.

Rob Lyons Friday 25 February 2005 comments

Making a meal out of school dinners

Jamie Oliver’s campaign for better grub for schoolkids promotes modern prejudices about food.

Norman Levitt Friday 25 February 2005 comments

Censoring the menu

The 'Fat Bitch' sandwich is the latest target of the language cops on one US campus.

Jamie Douglass Friday 25 February 2005 comments

Sir Ian Blair - a right Charlie

The new Met chief's crackdown on middle-class cokeheads is a PC stunt.