July 2005

Mick Hume Friday 1 July 2005 comments

Ken Livingstone: taking the pee out of politics

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

Peter Martin Friday 1 July 2005 comments

Studying science for its own sake

Ignore philistine government officials: there’s nothing ‘nineteenth century’ about the pure science subjects.

Josie Appleton Friday 1 July 2005 comments

570,000 ‘illegal immigrants’: so what?

Britain is coping just fine with its new arrivals, and could take more still.

Mick Hume Friday 1 July 2005 comments

It’s too easy for everybody to love Live 8

Is this a political protest for Africa, or a charity for the benefit of the British elite?

James Heartfield Monday 4 July 2005 comments

Mao: The end of the affair

A new biography by former Maoists Jung Chang and Jon Halliday blames Mao for everything that has gone wrong in China. What are they trying to hide?

Dr Elizabeth Whelan Monday 4 July 2005 comments

Charges against Teflon don’t stick

The president of the American Council on Science and Health takes up dangerously overcooked health warnings.

Dolan Cummings Monday 4 July 2005 comments

The good, the bad and the arts

John Carey’s new book is wrong: there is a basis for artistic judgement.

Wendy Earle Tuesday 5 July 2005 comments

Searching for citizenship

Why are kids' online antics seen as the key to reviving democracy?

Adam Hibbert Tuesday 5 July 2005 comments

Building the houses we need

A new report seeks to demolish the excuses made for Britain's paltry housing stock.

Stuart Derbyshire Tuesday 5 July 2005 comments

Do video games train for violence?

A neuroscientist reports from the Human Brain Mapping conference in Toronto.

Sabine Reul Tuesday 5 July 2005 comments

Germany: the government defeats itself

The crisis of Gerhard Schröder's administration seems to have woken democracy from its slumber.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 6 July 2005 comments

Olympics: Let the real Games begin

Good news for London – but a pity that the bid relied on sustainababble rather than sporting excellence.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 7 July 2005 comments

TV UK, 7 July

Slaughterhouse tries to dissect the white working-class male.

Kevin Yuill Thursday 7 July 2005 comments

Assisted dying by the backdoor

Quiet developments are shifting the UK law on ending life.

Neil Davenport Thursday 7 July 2005 comments

Live 8: How did protests become love-ins?

Over the past 15 years, 'street politics' has lost its critical edge.

David Chandler Thursday 7 July 2005 comments

Saddam trial: A weak case for war

Western powers look to lawyers when they run out of political arguments.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 7 July 2005 comments

Who saved Birhan Woldu’s life?

Live Aid apparently saved the Ethiopian famine’s poster child in 1985, and 20 years later the UK media claims it ‘found’ her looking beautiful. Nice story - shame about the facts.

Mick Hume Friday 8 July 2005 comments

London bombs: We are many, they are few

It is the terrorists who are weak and desperate, and the people they target who are resilient and resolute.

Josie Appleton Friday 8 July 2005 comments

London rises again

The mood on the streets was grim, but determined.

Mick Hume Friday 8 July 2005 comments

A real display of human solidarity

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

Professor Simon Wessely Monday 11 July 2005 comments

The bombs made enough victims - let’s not make more

A leading psychiatrist argues that the last thing Londoners need now is trauma counselling.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 12 July 2005 comments

It’s not all about Iraq

Why is everyone from George Galloway's RESPECT to the British National Party blaming Tony Blair for the London bombs?

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 12 July 2005 comments

Moving images

The fascination with mobile phone footage of the London bomb attacks reflects a deeper cultural morbidity.

James Heartfield Tuesday 12 July 2005 comments

Revisiting the Blitz Spirit

Myths about the Second World War won't help us understand what is happening today.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 13 July 2005 comments

British-born bombers: not so shocking

From 9/11 to 7/7, nihilistic terror has its origins in the West.

Mick Hume Wednesday 13 July 2005 comments

After the London bombs: don’t let the culture of fear win either

It seems that some people want us all to remain stuck in those tunnels for as long as possible.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 13 July 2005 comments

Who’s whipping up Islamophobia?

The British elite seems almost as fearful of the white working class as it is of the terrorists.

Philip Stott Thursday 14 July 2005 comments

Global warming: Common sense prevails

The G8 declaration blows apart Green delusions.

Dominic Standish Thursday 14 July 2005 comments

Were Londoners told the truth?

A couple of hours after the bombs, Italian news agencies were reporting that 50 people had died - but the UK press took a lot longer to come clean.

Andrew Calcutt Thursday 14 July 2005 comments

The limits of Ultimatism

Below-the-bum trousers express the wearer's contempt for others.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 14 July 2005 comments

Offside, 14 July

The International Olympic Committee’s cull of dubious sports didn't go far enough.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 14 July 2005 comments

TV UK, 14 July

Escape to the Legion: reality legionnaires parade their hang-ups.

Josie Appleton Friday 15 July 2005 comments

London memorials: A show for whose benefit?

At yesterday’s official vigil and two minutes’ silence, the crowd at times became a stage army.

Mick Hume Friday 15 July 2005 comments

How about a 12-month silence?

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

Dolan Cummings Friday 15 July 2005 comments

Hideously bad TV

The BBC's latest bout of white, middle-class self-flagellation won't do anything for quality.

Jennie Bristow Monday 18 July 2005 comments

Harry Potter: pick on someone your own size

Many of those who thought the boy wizard would save our world are now complaining that he failed to fulfil their fantasies.

Sandy Starr Monday 18 July 2005 comments

Mobile politics

Do mobile phones invade our privacy? British MPs give their views.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 18 July 2005 comments

Creating the enemy

How a risk-averse West has inflamed the terrorism it fears.

Mick Hume Tuesday 19 July 2005 comments

Defend free speech - now more than ever

Laws against 'incitement to religious hatred' and 'indirect incitement' to terrorism can only make matters worse.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 19 July 2005 comments

Who’s in denial about the London bombs?

Whether they point the finger at Islamic clerics or Iraq, everyone seems to be looking for a foreign factor.

David Chandler Wednesday 20 July 2005 comments

Srebrenica: Prolonging the wounds of war

The international community's promise of justice in Bosnia has erected a barrier to reconciliation.

Andrew Mickel Wednesday 20 July 2005 comments

Masters in procrastination

Universities can feel like graduate factories

Lisa Brennan-Jobs Wednesday 20 July 2005 comments

Body and soul

In Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel about organ-donor clones, it is art that gives them a glimmer of their humanity.

Josie Appleton Thursday 21 July 2005 comments

Why the extremism taskforce will fail

Blair is naive to imagine that moderate Muslim institutions can soothe the breasts of disgruntled youth.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 21 July 2005 comments

Offside, 21 July

Football authorities tinker with the offside rule at their peril.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 22 July 2005 comments

Linking 7/7 and Iraq: a peculiar consensus

When everyone seems to agree with George Galloway, you know that something strange is going on.

Mick Hume Friday 22 July 2005 comments

Who needs to plant big bombs once you have planted fear?

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

Sandy Starr Friday 22 July 2005 comments

Do mobile phones invade our privacy?

A report on the live spiked-debate.

Ellie Lee Friday 22 July 2005 comments

Is bottle-feeding a mark of bad motherhood?

A new study investigates how women who use formula milk in the early months engage with the cultural expectation to breastfeed.

Rob Lyons Friday 22 July 2005 comments

TV UK, 22 July

So, Extras: is it as good as The Office?

Bruno Waterfield Friday 22 July 2005 comments

Europe: Where’s the spirit of liberty now?

EU elites are using the cover of recent terror attacks to take away our freedoms.

Helene Guldberg Monday 25 July 2005 comments

Why Roman picked London for his libel trial

How does a film director based in France who is a fugitive from the USA sue a US publisher and win? By taking his case to 'a town called Sue'.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 27 July 2005 comments

Fantasy terrorism: an incendiary device?

Chris Cleave, author of a novel about a suicide attack in London that was eerily published on 7/7, debates the relationship between culture and terror.

JJ Charlesworth Wednesday 27 July 2005 comments

A clever twenty-first century fool

Mark McGowan's 'running tap' artwork touched the raw nerve of environmental correctness.

Andrew Mickel Wednesday 27 July 2005 comments

Does CNN still rule the waves?

New international channels like Venezuela's Telesur claim to be a counter-hegemonic force.

Tessa Mayes Wednesday 27 July 2005 comments

Blanket coverage from Therapy News

In the wake of the London bombs, reporters gave us their feelings, not the facts.

Mick Hume Wednesday 27 July 2005 comments

After Stockwell: the threat of fear and defeatism

The response to the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes suggests that we are losing the ability to have a rational debate about terrorism.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 28 July 2005 comments

TV UK, 28 July

The New Al-Qaeda: more than a 'nightmare'?

Josie Appleton Thursday 28 July 2005 comments

London’s new superstition

The capital is carrying on - but commuters are inventing their own ways of trying to ward off the terrorists.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 28 July 2005 comments

Offside, 28 July

No Barmy Army at Lords? That just isn’t cricket.

Helene Guldberg Friday 29 July 2005 comments

Singer on ‘speciesism’: a specious argument

In his new book In Defense of Animals, Peter Singer reduces the value of human life to a tick-list of capabilities.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 29 July 2005 comments

IRA ceasefire: déjà news

The IRA has formally declared an end to its armed campaign. What, again?

Mick Hume Friday 29 July 2005 comments

Why would asylum seekers try to bomb Britain?

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

Phil Mullan Friday 29 July 2005 comments

Don’t raise the state pension age - scrap it

People should be able to choose when and how they retire.