September 2005

Neil Davenport Thursday 1 September 2005 comments

Extras? Special

The genius of Gervais and Merchant owes more to American comedies of manners than to Fawlty Towers.

Josie Appleton Thursday 1 September 2005 comments

Muslim students: taught to complain

A conference of young Muslims played up their victimhood to an audience of political and media luminaries.

Mick Hume Friday 2 September 2005 comments

After Katrina, another putrid deluge

Some of the commentary almost seems to be rubbing its hands in ‘we-told-you-so’ glee.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 2 September 2005 comments

Ken Clarke and the suicide bomber

Should critics of Blair's foreign policy take their lead from an old Tory and an Islamist fantasist?

Mick Hume Friday 2 September 2005 comments

Ape genetics won’t reveal what makes us human

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

Philip Pettifor Friday 2 September 2005 comments

The decline of the public library

Libraries are being filled up with drama groups, crèches and slimming clubs, while books are pushed to the margins.

Sara Selwood and Maurice Davies Friday 2 September 2005 comments

Museums: after the Lottery boom

National Lottery cash for museums was justified in terms of increased visitors. But do the sums add up?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 2 September 2005 comments

Offside, 2 September

That’s enough middle-class whingeing about Murdoch getting his mitts on the cricket.

Dolan Cummings Friday 2 September 2005 comments

TV UK, 2 September

Rum, Sodomy and the Lash: racy memoirs as historical sources.

Jennie Bristow Friday 2 September 2005 comments

The wrong signals

A major new study rejects the notion that mobile phones cause cancer. That the health authorities tell us to worry anyway shows that there's more to this debate than the science.

Jennie Bristow Monday 5 September 2005 comments

Parents: we are not the law

The government's attempts to turn parents into policemen are deeply dysfunctional.

Kate Abley Monday 5 September 2005 comments

Passing the book

Who's to blame for kids' bad behaviour in schools?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 6 September 2005 comments

BBC: get back in your box

The controversy over John Humphrys' after-dinner speech reveals some unappetising truths about journalism.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 6 September 2005 comments

Indecent proposals

It's not just perverts who should be worried about the government's proposed ban on violent pornography.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 7 September 2005 comments

Fat chance of making kids healthier

There’s no need for the government to micromanage school meals.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 7 September 2005 comments

More than just a SHAM

Self-help gurus might be fakes - but why do so many people fall for them?

Rob Lyons Wednesday 7 September 2005 comments

Fat chance of making kids healthier

There’s no need for the government to micromanage school meals.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 8 September 2005 comments

Was New Orleans flooded to make way for a new Las Vegas…?

Gossip, rumours and conspiracy theories about Katrina are spreading through the Blogosphere.

Josie Appleton Thursday 8 September 2005 comments

New Orleans police go AWOL

Did state forces collapse along with the flood barriers?

Mick Hume Friday 9 September 2005 comments

Time to stop playing ‘pin the blame on the donkey’

Everybody seems to want to use Katrina to settle old scores.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 9 September 2005 comments

Why people hate fat Americans

Today's attacks on obese Yanks are motivated by a broader unease with affluence.

Mick Hume Friday 9 September 2005 comments

The death tolls that don’t make many headlines

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

Matt Warman Friday 9 September 2005 comments

Stars get in your eyes

The 'star system' provides a poor measure of a play’s quality.

Rob Lyons Friday 9 September 2005 comments

Offside, 9 September

Great managers are either brilliant tacticians or supreme motivators. Sven is neither.

Dolan Cummings Friday 9 September 2005 comments

TV UK, 9 September

No Sex, Please – We're Teenagers: spunky teens meet Christian do-gooders.

James Heartfield Monday 12 September 2005 comments

Concreting over the facts

That's enough handwringing about 'the end of the countryside': the vast majority of Britain is greenfield, and it's likely to stay that way.

Austin Williams Monday 12 September 2005 comments

Lessons from Chicago

Over a hundred years ago, the entire city of Chicago was lifted up above the waterline. Why can't we do the same with New Orleans today?

Elizabeth Whelan Monday 12 September 2005 comments

Juicing the truth

A new ad by US orange juice promoters tries to scare consumers away from 'chemical-packed' rivals.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 13 September 2005 comments

Target practice for the police

British police forces have been given target numbers of arrests - and they're offered points and bonuses to reach them.

Sean Bell Tuesday 13 September 2005 comments

Gentlemen of leisure

We should question the assumptions made about the need for a new masculinity before we give up on men.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 14 September 2005 comments

Riots for ‘recognition’

The clashes in Northern Ireland expose the dangerous side to the politics of identity.

Helen Searls Wednesday 14 September 2005 comments

Government collapses, Americans come through

Katrina's winds exposed the holes in the second-term Bush administration.

Timandra Harkness Wednesday 14 September 2005 comments

There’s more to roads than safety

A transport policy with the sole aim to cut deaths to zero - where’s the vision in that?

Jennie Bristow Thursday 15 September 2005 comments

Politics of Fear

Frank Furedi talks about his new book.

Rob Lyons Thursday 15 September 2005 comments

Offside, 15 September

Even people who don't know their 'Owzat?' from their lbw joined in the post-Ashes party. Why?

Shirley Dent Thursday 15 September 2005 comments

A hymn to wishful thinking

Why is everyone singing the praises of Blake's 'Jerusalem', the official anthem to England's Ashes victory?

David Chandler Friday 16 September 2005 comments

UN: rhetoric without responsibility

Today's United Nations is little more than a bloated international think-tank.

Mick Hume Friday 16 September 2005 comments

‘My Holocaust is bigger than your Holocaust’

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

Sandy Starr Friday 16 September 2005 comments

Making public debate history

Why should the authorities have the right to shut up both Make Poverty History and the BNP?

James Heartfield Friday 16 September 2005 comments

Disability on a pedestal

Marc Quinn's sculpture of Alison Lapper in Trafalgar Square creates a tension between what we are supposed to think, and what we really feel.

Dolan Cummings Friday 16 September 2005 comments

TV UK, 16 September

Self Portraits: from Dürer to Opie.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 19 September 2005 comments

Iran’s nukes: Jack’s straw man

Why did the British foreign secretary get so hot under the collar over Iran's desire for nuclear technology?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 20 September 2005 comments

German election: Was ist das?

On the gap between the pre-election predictions and the post-election mess.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 20 September 2005 comments

Trevor Phillips: ghetto blaster?

The chair of the Commission for Racial Equality might worry about racial segregation in Britain's cities, but his proposed solutions will only push people further apart.

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 21 September 2005 comments

Scientific research: the sky’s the limit

The head of the Wellcome Trust has raised a welcome challenge to the UK government's instrumental approach to scientific research.

Chris Bickerton Wednesday 21 September 2005 comments

Learning from les rosbifs?

You know the political malaise in France is bad when they start looking to moribund Britain for inspiration.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 22 September 2005 comments

A Sure Start for the therapeutic state

It's official: New Labour's scheme for deprived children does nothing for the under-fives. But then the government has always been more bothered about the parents.

Andrew Calcutt Thursday 22 September 2005 comments

When Harry met Marlon

Getting the Prince to pose like Brando in The Wild One was a bad case of the blind leading the bland.

Mick Hume Friday 23 September 2005 comments

Where have all the political parties gone?

Across the Western world, parties are fragile, anchorless and out of touch.

Rob Lyons Friday 23 September 2005 comments

Grounded by low horizons

Killjoys want to reduce the number of cheap flights to sunny destinations, in pursuit of questionable targets on carbon emissions.

Mick Hume Friday 23 September 2005 comments

Cocaine Kate and the PR-conscious cops

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

Sandy Starr Friday 23 September 2005 comments

The virtual library

How the publishing industry is stalling Google’s attempt to put all the books in the world on the web.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 23 September 2005 comments

Offside, 23 September

Dangerous, demanding and chaotic: bull coursing puts fashionable 'extreme sports' to shame.

Dolan Cummings Friday 23 September 2005 comments

TV UK, 23 September

No Sex Please: We’re Teenagers: a 'discombobulating' experience.

Reflections on the future

In New York this Friday, three leading intellectuals will interrogate and debate politics in the twenty-first century. Here, they outline their views.

Frank Furedi Monday 26 September 2005 comments

The market in fear

Politics has become a contest between different brands of doom-mongering.

Russell Jacoby Monday 26 September 2005 comments

Making possible the impossible

Politics is alive and well, in the age-old search for the best society and government.

Richard Sennett Monday 26 September 2005 comments

Fragmented politics, fragmented lives

The insurgents of my Sixties youth got what they wanted - in a perverse form.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 27 September 2005 comments

Free speech on campus

There should be no 'No Platform' policy for Hizb ut-Tahrir - or anybody else.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 29 September 2005 comments

Taking politics out of the gun

Today's protests against arms and the arms trade are shot through with childish naivety - and more than a smattering of chauvinism

Rob Lyons Thursday 29 September 2005 comments

The Battle of Walter’s Heckle

You know the Labour Party conference is in a bad way when this year's political highlight was the ejection of an 82-year-old, mild-mannered heckler.

Elizabeth Whelan Thursday 29 September 2005 comments

Erin Brockovich: Ivy League star?

Harvard University’s School of Public Health should know better than to give its highest award to the poster girl for junk science.

Mick Hume Friday 30 September 2005 comments

After New Labour, what’s left?

Whatever else the left might have lost, it retains its unsurpassed capacity for self-delusion.

Sandy Starr Friday 30 September 2005 comments

Anti-science lessons

UK schools’ new dumbed-down, issues-led science curriculum will inculcate students with suspicion about scientific endeavour.

Mick Hume Friday 30 September 2005 comments

Fucking thin-skinned syndrome…

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

Austin Williams Friday 30 September 2005 comments

Micro-aspirations

The fashion for microgeneration reveals a sluggish approach to the future.

Steve Gibson Friday 30 September 2005 comments

Hurricane Katrina: Location, Relocation, Abandonment…

Why have risk managers been so quick to give up on New Orleans?

Dolan Cummings Friday 30 September 2005 comments

TV UK, 30 September

The Closer: death files of the rich and famous.

Rob Lyons Friday 30 September 2005 comments

Offside, 30 September

'Boring, boring Chelsea' aren't that boring - and neither is the Premiership.