May 2005

Frank Furedi Wednesday 4 May 2005 comments

None of them knows what we’re thinking

The political class is running on empty.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 4 May 2005 comments

It’s not enough to not be Blair

Too many independents are carrying on complaining from their election platforms

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 4 May 2005 comments

Voting for me, me, me!

How did casting a ballot become an exercise in personal protest?

Jennie Bristow Thursday 5 May 2005 comments

Unwrapping the ‘cotton wool’ kids

It would take more than school lessons in risk-taking to challenge the culture that is stifling our children.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 5 May 2005 comments

‘Reality capitalism’ is no substitute for real entrepreneurship

Alan Sugar's The Apprentice was not a new dawn for British business: it was a gameshow.

Mick Hume Friday 6 May 2005 comments

An election that nobody won

It looked less like a vibrant contest than the night of the living dead.

Philip Cunliffe Friday 6 May 2005 comments

Downfall of humanity?

The response to a film about Hitler's final days suggests that some believe we're all to blame for the Holocaust.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 6 May 2005 comments

Postponing the ‘End of Poverty’

Economist Jeffrey Sachs' new book has an upbeat title, but the message inside is that underdevelopment is here to stay.

Dolan Cummings Friday 6 May 2005 comments

TV UK, 6 May

The Pop Idol election: looking for entertainment over transformation.

Nancy McDermott Friday 6 May 2005 comments

More than a ‘momoir’

Judith Warner's new book Perfect Madness tries to untangle the mess of motherhood.

Mick Hume Friday 6 May 2005 comments

Don’t lose your bottle in the face of militant lactivism

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

Duleep Allirajah Friday 6 May 2005 comments

Offside, 6 May

Liverpool: triumph of the mediocre.

Helene Guldberg Monday 9 May 2005 comments

How can we halt the ‘march of unreason’?

Dick Taverne on why we need to defend the Enlightenment against dodgy science and 'dogmatic environmentalists'.

Josie Appleton Monday 9 May 2005 comments

Tough lessons for The Edukators

The characters in a new German film find that rearranging the furniture is no way to change the world.

James Heartfield Monday 9 May 2005 comments

Second World War: The Battle of the Books

James Heartfield surveys the struggle to define the Second World War.

Chris Bickerton Wednesday 11 May 2005 comments

The end of the EU romance

Euro-elites can't decide whether enlargement is a new dawn, or if it's already exhausted.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 11 May 2005 comments

What did the turnout tell us?

Messing with the voting process hasn't boosted turnout - but it has cheapened the meaning of the vote.

Dolan Cummings Wednesday 11 May 2005 comments

No ‘Scottish solution’

Politics in Scotland suffers from the same ailments as politics in England.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 12 May 2005 comments

Fans: stop your sobbing

TV ghouls, weeping fans - it must be relegation weekend.

Neil Davenport Thursday 12 May 2005 comments

Respect: ‘the fourth force in British politics’?

George Galloway's party owes its isolated successes to the disgruntlement of Muslim youth.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 12 May 2005 comments

TV UK, 12 May

The Monastery: looking for the Big Brother in the sky.

Mick Hume Friday 13 May 2005 comments

Seven misconceptions about that election

Everybody in British politics seems to have joined the SDP - Self-Delusion Party.

Josie Appleton Friday 13 May 2005 comments

Michael Jackson trial: nobody’s innocent

Outside the Californian court, we're witnessing a show trial of the most sordid aspects of contemporary culture.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 13 May 2005 comments

Immigration isn’t the issue

Among the political class, ‘the immigration issue’ has become code for their own fear and loathing of the white working class.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 13 May 2005 comments

Mercury and autism: a damaging delusion

A new book by a New York journalist falls for some contagious myths about the dangers of vaccines.

Mick Hume Friday 13 May 2005 comments

Since when was a hot summer something to be scared of?

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

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 13 May 2005 comments

Mercury and autism: a damaging delusion

A new book by a New York journalist falls for some contagious myths about the dangers of vaccines.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 17 May 2005 comments

Guantanamo: truth goes down the toilet

Camp X-Ray is a disgrace - but so are unsubstantiated reports of Koran-abuse and other horror stories.

James Heartfield Tuesday 17 May 2005 comments

Abolish the DCMS

A cultural critic argues that arts funding should not be a matter for government.

Phil Mullan Tuesday 17 May 2005 comments

It’s not the economy, stupid

Why it wasn't Gordon Brown wot won it.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 18 May 2005 comments

Uzbekistan: ‘War on terror’ bears bitter fruit

The crisis shows how America creates its own enemies.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 19 May 2005 comments

Respect for what?

Tony Blair's 'culture of respect' is as antisocial as it is illiberal.

Tiffany Jenkins Thursday 19 May 2005 comments

Memorial museums: cabinets of misery

There is an unhealthy obsession with showcasing the dark side of history.

Chris Gilligan Thursday 19 May 2005 comments

Northern Ireland: a return to ‘extremes’?

The increased vote for Ian Paisley's DUP reflects a new mood of disengagement, not a resurgence of 'tribal loyalties'.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 19 May 2005 comments

Offside, 19 May

United’s anti-Glazer drama queens need to take a bow.

Craig O’Malley Thursday 19 May 2005 comments

The rise in crime

It is only relatively recently that crime became a political issue.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 19 May 2005 comments

TV UK, 19 May

Operation Muslim Vote: two blokes from Ilford take on the foreign secretary.

Kevin Yuill Friday 20 May 2005 comments

Leslie Burke: life, death and law

Laws preventing doctors from withdrawing patients' food and drink are no way to reassert a culture of life.

Graham Barnfield Friday 20 May 2005 comments

How I unwittingly helped to start the Happy Slaps panic

A modern media tale: my 15 minutes of fame commenting on those 15-second videos.

Mick Hume Friday 20 May 2005 comments

The anti-Glazer camp’s allegiance to Cloud Cuckoo Land

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

Chris Bickerton Monday 23 May 2005 comments

The European ‘social model’ - non merci!

Measures such as the Working Time Directive make a virtue out of economic exhaustion.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 24 May 2005 comments

‘Every parent’s nightmare’

A little girl's claim that she was raped in her bedroom turned out to be a childish fabrication. Why did the police get it so wrong?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 24 May 2005 comments

George Galloway: an accidental hero

It says something about the degraded state of the global anti-war movement when the Swiss Toni of British politics can become its figurehead.

David Wainwright Tuesday 24 May 2005 comments

Workers behaving sadly

The UK government is mobilising an army of psychotherapists to get people off Incapacity Benefit. Will it work?

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 25 May 2005 comments

The ethical case for animal research

A new report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics makes a virtue out of 'muddying the water'.

Josie Appleton Thursday 26 May 2005 comments

Is Britain a teenage ‘baby factory’?

Behind the national outcry over the young Derby mothers lies a concern about the 'wrong kinds' of people breeding.

Josie Appleton Thursday 26 May 2005 comments

MRSA: the making of a ‘superbug’

How an everyday infection came to be seen as the biggest problem facing the health service.

Sandy Starr Thursday 26 May 2005 comments

Why we need free speech online

In their crusade against 'hate speech', regulators want to subject all internet users to a system of parental controls.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 26 May 2005 comments

TV UK, 26 May

Gordon Ramsay 'Galloways' another intake of dopey chefs.

Lisa Brennan-Jobs Thursday 26 May 2005 comments

Fashion’s youth fixation

When it comes to style, teenagers rule OK.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 26 May 2005 comments

Offside, 26 May

Kick joyless health zealots out of football!

Mick Hume Friday 27 May 2005 comments

We’re all Scousers now? Count me out

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Adam Burgess Friday 27 May 2005 comments

Dialling up an old panic

What's behind the claims that it's riskier to use a mobile in the country than it is in the city?

Rob Lyons Friday 27 May 2005 comments

Nil points for Eurovision whiners

Who cares about 'political' voting bias?

Frank Furedi Tuesday 31 May 2005 comments

The reawakening of European democracy

The French people's rejection of the EU Constitution represents a positive political event.

What is science for?

Four experts offer their thoughts, as part of spiked's Einstein survey.

Bruno Waterfield Tuesday 31 May 2005 comments

No means no

The EU is governance without government