October 2005

Kevin Yuill Monday 3 October 2005 comments

Killing trust between doctors and patients

The Assisted Dying Bill would make a peaceful, dignified death less likely, not more.

Graham Barnfield Monday 3 October 2005 comments

Happy decapitations?

It was preposterous to jail a man for 60 days for showing someone an Iraqi beheading on his mobile phone. Everyone's at it.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 4 October 2005 comments

Taking it out on Turkey

The tortured discussion about the Turks joining the EU is a product of crises in the West more than the East.

Philip Cunliffe Tuesday 4 October 2005 comments

Serbia: from ‘people power’ to public passivity

If the ousting of Milosevic really was a revolutionary moment, why is the country in a state of stagnation a mere five years later?

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 5 October 2005 comments

School meals - get real

The real scandal is the government’s unwholesome attitude to parents.

Nancy McDermott Wednesday 5 October 2005 comments

Did love conquer marriage?

Stephanie Coontz's history of marriage gives a useful insight into the rise and fall of intimacy.

Alan Miller Wednesday 5 October 2005 comments

The law on terror

A debate at the New York Public Library between Richard Posner and Geoffrey Stone revealed a legalistic disregard for civil liberties on both sides.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 6 October 2005 comments

Tory Party: change the record

All of the wannabe leaders agree that the party needs to change - but into what, and why?

Patrick West Thursday 6 October 2005 comments

The Poverty of Multiculturalism

The author of a new pamphlet on multiculturalism offers his critique of the liberal-left’s celebration of difference.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 6 October 2005 comments

Playing with fire

David Edgar's new play on riots and race relations makes a surprisingly lively drama out of local government reform.

Paul Campos Friday 7 October 2005 comments

The Obesity Myth

The 'war on fat' is a witch-hunt masquerading as a public health initiative.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 7 October 2005 comments

Patient power can harm your health

A breast cancer patient has won the right to be prescribed an unlicensed drug. This doctor isn't cheering.

Bruno Waterfield Friday 7 October 2005 comments

Turkish discontent

The EU debate is both anti-Turkish and anti-European.

Mick Hume Friday 7 October 2005 comments

Let’s call a full stop to NSPCC propaganda

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

Duleep Allirajah Friday 7 October 2005 comments

Offside, 7 October

Don’t listen to the motley crew of malcontents who say football is becoming boring.

Dolan Cummings Friday 7 October 2005 comments

TV UK, 7 October

Why live TV is rubbish.

Alex Gourevitch Monday 10 October 2005 comments

Miersery for Bush

Bush's controversial Supreme Court appointment reveals that the president was never the neocon his supporters and opponents thought he was.

William Davis Monday 10 October 2005 comments

Freshers in a knot over nothing

Student guides on starting university suggest deep-breathing exercises and making lists of your problems. They should say: chill out

George Blecher Monday 10 October 2005 comments

The hidden face of America’s poor

A trip through the Northwest reveals that rich states have more than their fair share of destitute.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 11 October 2005 comments

Disaster tourists’ should stay at home

South Asia needs emergency relief, not Western soul-searching.

Shirley Dent Tuesday 11 October 2005 comments

A Howl against performance poetry

By elevating energy and gusto over talent and judgement, performance poetry is strangling the real thing.

Grace Chua Tuesday 11 October 2005 comments

Schooled in the ways of the Blogosphere

Student bloggers in Singapore are being chastised for making juvenile jibes about their teachers. But they’re only doing what the big bloggers do.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 12 October 2005 comments

Who wants six months’ paternity leave (unpaid)?

Not mums, not dads - but the government is pushing it anyway.

Norman Levitt Wednesday 12 October 2005 comments

Academic strife: the American University in the slough of despond

By preaching the virtues of 'cultural competence', the academy betrays its lack of confidence.

Neil Davenport Thursday 13 October 2005 comments

Channel 4: grow up

By offloading its only good stuff on to More4, Channel 4 is ghettoising TV for grown-ups.

Sheila Lewis Thursday 13 October 2005 comments

China: threat or opportunity?

The rise of China could be good for the West, if only it would rise to the challenge.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 13 October 2005 comments

Constructive ideas from the East

China needs new homes - don't we all?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 13 October 2005 comments

Offside, 13 October

On the waning fortunes of Sven and Becks.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 13 October 2005 comments

TV UK, 13 October

i>The Fifty Greatest Documentaries. Oh yeah?

Alan Miller Thursday 13 October 2005 comments

New York gets the jitters

We shouldn't organise our lives around dodgy terror alerts.

Thinking big in the Big Apple Thursday 13 October 2005 comments

Thinking big in the Big Apple

A report on the New York Salon's debate, 'Reflections on the Future'.

Todd Seavey Thursday 13 October 2005 comments

When swing was again the thing

A jazz enthusiast recalls the time when New Orleans came to New York.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 14 October 2005 comments

A tale of two scares

President Bush wants us to fear bin Laden; everyone else wants us to fear bird flu. We should tell both sets of apocalypse-mongers to get a grip.

Mick Hume Friday 14 October 2005 comments

Wake up, the Tories are telling us something

The crisis of leadership is not the preserve of the Conservative Party.

Sandy Starr Friday 14 October 2005 comments

Getting in a flap over bird flu

We need to put the disease in perspective.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 18 October 2005 comments

Why do we fear freedom?

The first casualty of the politics of fear is open debate.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 18 October 2005 comments

When it comes to politics, can we have a Pinteresque silence?

The same qualities that make Harold Pinter a great dramatist also make him a bad activist.

Mick Hume Tuesday 18 October 2005 comments

Nato targets football fans - nobody protests

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

Josie Appleton Wednesday 19 October 2005 comments

Londoners aren’t in a flap

While official bird flu warnings reach fever pitch, the public seems to be keeping a cooler head.

David Chandler Thursday 20 October 2005 comments

Saddam trial: whose ‘demons’ are they anyway?

The coalition is focusing on Saddam's crimes of 23 years ago in order to disclaim responsibility for present failures.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 20 October 2005 comments

Stem cells: don’t dodge the debate

Even if scientists didn't have to destroy embryos, that wouldn't end the ethics war.

Peter Smith Thursday 20 October 2005 comments

Aftershock of the beach bombs

Western governments' response to attacks on tourists can make or break places like Bali.

Josie Appleton Friday 21 October 2005 comments

Cruising for hate-crimes

The recent murder of a gay man in London was tragic. But how could anybody seriously claim that homophobia is on the rise?

James Woudhuysen Friday 21 October 2005 comments

All’s quiet on the Trafalgar front

Why the British elite won't utter the v-word on the bicentennial of Nelson's battle.

Mick Hume Friday 21 October 2005 comments

A bad case of epidemic-itis

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

James Heartfield Friday 21 October 2005 comments

Conservation’s Conservative streak

We shouldn’t be surprised that the Green Zac Goldsmith has turned Blue.

Dolan Cummings Friday 21 October 2005 comments

TV UK, 21 October

i>A Very Social Secretary: putting the tire in satire.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 21 October 2005 comments

Offside, 21 October

One can only feel pity for a football club that nobody hates.

David Chandler Monday 24 October 2005 comments

How ‘state-building’ weakens states

The new focus on the international community’s ‘responsibility to protect’ failing states is external meddling by another name.

Philip Cunliffe Monday 24 October 2005 comments

Ethical imperialism

Five new publications reveal the political atrophy of foreign policy today.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 24 October 2005 comments

Osama bin Laden: more media whore than guerrilla warrior

The author of a refreshing new book says al-Qaeda has more in common with new global movements than with nationalist armies of old.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 25 October 2005 comments

The parent power cop-out

Tony Blair's new plan for schools is not a bold reform, but an exercise in cowardly politics

Toby Marshall Tuesday 25 October 2005 comments

Do children need ‘learning to learn’?

The promotion of learning styles over knowledge is a recipe for ignorance

Josie Appleton Wednesday 26 October 2005 comments

What’s behind the battle of Lozells?

The black v Asian riots in Birmingham have roots in the politics of multiculturalism.

Grace Chua Thursday 27 October 2005 comments

Banksy: King Rat

The graffiti artist's vermin-ridden London exhibition is cleaner and more respectable than it appears.

Nicholas Frayn Thursday 27 October 2005 comments

Making Syria sorry

The UN report blaming Syria for the assassination of a Lebanese politician is a piece of political theatre.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 27 October 2005 comments

TV UK, 27 October

Gritty, garish and political: Rome is historical drama as it ought to be.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 27 October 2005 comments

Offside, 27 October

Can we please hate Chelsea for all the right - and irrational - reasons?

Brendan O’Neill Friday 28 October 2005 comments

When body-counts kill

Our obsession with numbers of casualties in Iraq encourages the insurgents to make even more.

Mick Hume Friday 28 October 2005 comments

Why do we believe these anti-human horror stories?

From Lozells to New Orleans, unsubstantiated rumours of rape, murder and depravity are now being spread as hard fact.

Helen Searls Friday 28 October 2005 comments

How low can Bush go?

The president’s retreat on Miers leaves him and his party in a lose-lose situation.

Mick Hume Friday 28 October 2005 comments

Parent power’ in education? No thanks

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

How divided is America?

Two US commentators give opposing views.