April 2005

Elizabeth Whelan Friday 1 April 2005 comments

Blackballing sections of the science community

The new US protocol that says scientists with corporate connections are unfit to judge drug safety smacks of modern-day McCarthyism.

Mick Hume Friday 1 April 2005 comments

Stop this salivating over celebrity paedophiles

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

David Chandler Friday 1 April 2005 comments

Rough justice, EU-style

By forcing countries to trade alleged war criminals for accession rights, the EU puts politics at the heart of the Hague Tribunal.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 4 April 2005 comments

Pope John Paul II: fast-tracked to celebrity sainthood?

How he became 'the Greatest Pope' - by dying.

Alan Buckingham Tuesday 5 April 2005 comments

Running isn’t just for fun

A long-distance runner on how events like the London Marathon are being sanitised and slowed down.

Philip Cunliffe Tuesday 5 April 2005 comments

After Kennan’s ‘containment’

The late George Kennan's big idea sought to define America's 'spiritual vitality' against a rotting USSR - and laid the basis for today's crisis of US foreign policy.

Paul Sorene Thursday 7 April 2005 comments

Ode to a mistress

How to tackle the tricky job of writing a royal poem for Charles and Camilla.

Liz Frayn Thursday 7 April 2005 comments

Ducking life-and-death decisions

In supporting living wills, are doctors offloading responsibility for guiding patients and their families through tough choices?

Joe Kaplinsky Thursday 7 April 2005 comments

Global warming won’t save nuclear power

The case for nuclear power won't be won by those hiding behind doomsday fears.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 7 April 2005 comments

TV UK, 7 April

Two elections, a wedding and a funeral: history as a spectator sport.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 7 April 2005 comments

Offside, 7 April

Chill out: the Bowyer/Dyer bout was top-notch entertainment.

Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 8 April 2005 comments

After John Paul II

Catholicism-lite has become a refuge for Western leaders bereft of moral and spiritual authority.

Mick Hume Friday 8 April 2005 comments

Election 2005: we do have a choice

...but it's not about which party to vote for.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 8 April 2005 comments

Did the Pope spread AIDS in Africa?

The evidence is less than compelling.

Mick Hume Friday 8 April 2005 comments

It’s as if the English Revolution never happened

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the petty debate around the royal wedding.

Helene Guldberg Friday 8 April 2005 comments

All in the hormones?

Vivienne Parry, author of The Truth About Hormones, questions whether chemicals control our destinies.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 12 April 2005 comments

Government by opinion poll

Surveys have expanded to plug the hole in representative democracy.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 April 2005 comments

Lunatics take over asylum

It's hard to know which side is worse in Britain's pre-election immigration debate.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 13 April 2005 comments

The Dinner Lady

Jeanette Orrey's practical cookbook is spoiled by the half-baked prejudices of the Soil Association.

Alex Gourevitch Wednesday 13 April 2005 comments

After Terri Schiavo: is there life in US politics?

Congress and the President showed that they are more interested in gestures than government.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 13 April 2005 comments

Tying WiFi down

Wireless broadband is the latest casualty of burgeoning regulation in the workplace.

Bill Durodié Thursday 14 April 2005 comments

Al-Qaeda: a conspiracy of dunces?

The real story of the 'ricin plot' is that Britain's would-be terrorists are a bunch of losers.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 14 April 2005 comments

Voter turnout: Size isn’t everything

How do you solve low turnout? How about by focusing on something less boring instead.

James Heartfield Friday 15 April 2005 comments

British manufacturing: they think it’s all Rover

The collapse of the Birmingham-based car company points to deep structural faults in British industry.

Mick Hume Friday 15 April 2005 comments

That’s enough mourning sickness

spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London) on the 'culture of death'.

George Blecher Friday 15 April 2005 comments

Speak no evil

As Harvard President Lawrence Summers has learned, public figures are being pressured to keep schtum.

Dolan Cummings Friday 15 April 2005 comments

TV UK, 15 April

The Impressionists make today's enfants terribles of art look like dullards.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 15 April 2005 comments

Offside, 15 April

On Fergie's sackability.

Stuart Blackman Friday 15 April 2005 comments

Where’s the rocket science?

The Edinburgh International Science Festival sold itself as light entertainment, but there were still a few scientists who could blow your mind.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 19 April 2005 comments

Playing politics with cancer

Cancer specialist Michael Baum says Labour’s targets for a speedier diagnosis of breast and cervical cancer could do more harm than good.

Phil Mullan Tuesday 19 April 2005 comments

Pensions policy: same old story

For all the bluster over pensions, both the Tories and Labour agree that the real problem is too many elderly people.

Philip Cunliffe Wednesday 20 April 2005 comments

The papacy in a post-political world

How the Pope became an all-purpose Ethical Prince of international relations.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 20 April 2005 comments

Where have all the good slogans gone?

These are not party manifestos, but annual reports.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 20 April 2005 comments

How will women vote?

On the basis of their intuition and concerns about osteoporosis, reckons a panel of leading feminists.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 21 April 2005 comments

Behind the ‘Battle of Bethnal Green’

Neither Oona King nor George Galloway deserves the respect of east London voters.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 21 April 2005 comments

ASBOs: Politicians behaving badly

Why 'kids hanging around' in hoodies have become a key focus for public policy.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 21 April 2005 comments

A manifesto for badly-behaved football

Free supporters, let players be players, and lose the fancy dress.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 21 April 2005 comments

TV UK, 21 April

Is Blair really a spin Svengali?

Mick Hume Friday 22 April 2005 comments

The real reason why it doesn’t matter who you vote for

Which party stands for humanity's history-making potential?

Neil Davenport Friday 22 April 2005 comments

After Rover: Who needs middle-class pity?

Longbridge car workers once sparked fear and loathing in the elite – now they are sentimentalised.

Mick Hume Friday 22 April 2005 comments

MRSA: a metaphor for the diseased body politic

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

Alex Gourevitch Friday 22 April 2005 comments

Missing the mark on Bolton

We know that Bush's nominee for UN ambassador has a bad temper - but what about his politics?

Tiffany Jenkins Friday 22 April 2005 comments

Obelisks for all

The decision to return a 1,700-year-old stone from Italy to Ethiopia was motivated by narrow cultural determinism.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 25 April 2005 comments

Dead funny?

New York columnist Matt Taibbi on why he wrote an infantile pisstake of a dying Pope.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 26 April 2005 comments

That’s a ‘REAL alternative’?

The Lib Dems are little more than a dustbin for everyone's frustrations with mainstream politics.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 27 April 2005 comments

Poor kids

What if bog-standard education for all turned out to be more elitist than the 11-plus?

Michele Ledda Thursday 28 April 2005 comments

A French lesson

Three new books by teachers in France expose the fallacies of the popular 'child-centred' model of education.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 28 April 2005 comments

Iraq still isn’t an election issue

Debating the legality of the war is not the same thing as debating the war.

Martyn Perks Thursday 28 April 2005 comments

Political blogging: logging on, dropping out

It will take more than a web diary or two to drag the Tories out of crisis.

Jessica Durkin Thursday 28 April 2005 comments

A culture of copy-and-paste

When US students see their degree as little more than a route to a job, is it any wonder that plagiarism is rife?

Graham Barnfield Thursday 28 April 2005 comments

Happy Slaps: fact and fiction

Rumours of an epidemic of videophone violence have been greatly exaggerated.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 28 April 2005 comments

Offside, 28 April

'They stopped us from playing football': the losers' complaint.

Rob Lyons Thursday 28 April 2005 comments

TV UK, 28 April

Who's responsible for Classroom Chaos?

Joe Kaplinsky Thursday 28 April 2005 comments

No clear policies on nuclear energy

From global warming to 'war for oil', the political debate about energy has become a morally loaded rather than a technical one.

Toby Marshall Thursday 28 April 2005 comments

What is education for?

None of the political parties seems to have a clue.

Mick Hume Friday 29 April 2005 comments

We should keep our noses out of the Beckhams’ bedroom

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

Josie Appleton Friday 29 April 2005 comments

Why does New Labour stand for nothing?

Blair-bashers ignore New Labour's roots in both its party, and its times.

James Heartfield Friday 29 April 2005 comments

The end of Blairism?

Personality looms large in New Labour because it is a marketing initiative, not a movement.