November 2005

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 1 November 2005 comments

This is no way to bring down Bush and Blunkett

The scandal-mongering that passes for politics on both sides of the Atlantic means no one is ever truly held to account.

James Heartfield Wednesday 2 November 2005 comments

They should have dropped the Code of Conduct, not the minister

The manufactured scandal over David Blunkett's earnings shows up the problem of over-regulation.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 2 November 2005 comments

A shell of a memorial

The 7/7 remembrance service turned London's response to the bombs into a media cliché.

Dr Elizabeth Whelan Wednesday 2 November 2005 comments

Science goes down the river

US environmental authorities have forced General Electric to remove a type of 'cancer-causing' chemical from the Hudson River. On what evidence?

Helene Guldberg Thursday 3 November 2005 comments

Man is more than a beast

The primatologist Frans de Waal says we should get in touch with 'our inner ape'. Speak for yourself.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 3 November 2005 comments

Mobile MPs: the health debate

What do members of parliament think about the UK's precautionary approach to mobile phones and masts?

Dolan Cummings Thursday 3 November 2005 comments

TV UK, 3 November

Legless: the dangers of mixing your genres.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 3 November 2005 comments

Offside, 3 November

What was all that about the Premiership being predictable?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 4 November 2005 comments

When quackery kills

The tragic death of a five-year-old autistic boy in the USA following treatment with mercury chelation reveals the dangers of alternative therapies.

Rob Lyons Friday 4 November 2005 comments

Global warming treaty goes cold

Blair and others might be casting doubt on the Kyoto Protocol, but the broader consensus on global warming goes unchallenged.

Mick Hume Friday 4 November 2005 comments

An invitation to wannabe celebrity suicide bombers

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

Donald Winchester Friday 4 November 2005 comments

Pick’n'mix citizenship

The questions in the proposed UK nationality test are bizarrely random.

Neil Davenport Friday 4 November 2005 comments

Breeding divisions in Lozells

The riots in Birmingham bore all the hallmarks of today's grim political culture.

Robert Latona Friday 4 November 2005 comments

Resurrecting Franco

Spain's political leaders are dusting off the old dictator as a panto villain to distract an increasingly disgruntled public.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 8 November 2005 comments

French lessons for us all

The riots reveal the political exhaustion of Europe.

James Heartfield Tuesday 8 November 2005 comments

Who’s fanning the flames?

It is not that assimilation has failed, but that France only pays lip service to assimilation.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 9 November 2005 comments

Too much sex talk

Government policy keeps teenagers’ sex lives a secret from their parents - but not from the police. So much for confidentiality.

Chris Gilligan Wednesday 9 November 2005 comments

‘What was it all for?’

Why are former Royal Ulster Constabulary officers seeking compensation for stress now, 10 years after the end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland?

Grace Chua Friday 11 November 2005 comments

In a huff about Hu

Human rights activists protest against the visiting Chinese PM more loudly than they do against Blair's erosion of civil liberties at home.

Mick Hume Friday 11 November 2005 comments

Blair, Bush, Chirac: in power, but in paralysis

Why can't any government face up to a political challenge these days?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 11 November 2005 comments

The death agony of the anti-MMR campaign

Even after a Cochrane review found 'no credible evidence' of a link between MMR and autism, sections of the British media just won't let it lie.

Mick Hume Friday 11 November 2005 comments

Herceptin: Nanny Hewitt doesn’t know best

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

Duleep Allirajah Friday 11 November 2005 comments

Offside, 11 November

We'll stop booing lanky Crouch when he starts scoring some goals.

Dolan Cummings Friday 11 November 2005 comments

TV UK, 11 November

The Thick of It: a nastier version of The Office.

Alan Miller Friday 11 November 2005 comments

A lame-horse race

The 'city that never sleeps' was lulled into slumber by Tuesday’s mayoral elections.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 11 November 2005 comments

A bad day for Blair - an even worse one for liberty

MPs may have given the prime minister a bloody nose, but they knocked freedom out for the count.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 11 November 2005 comments

Unethical committees

A burgeoning ethical infrastructure can mean that scientists take less care of their research subject.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 11 November 2005 comments

The death agony of the anti-MMR campaign

Even after a Cochrane review found 'no credible evidence' of a link between MMR and autism, sections of the British media just won't let it lie.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 14 November 2005 comments

Exploiting our nuclear fears

It's alleged that three Australian terror suspects were thinking about targeting a nuclear reactor. Where could they have got an idea like that?

Patrick Belton Monday 14 November 2005 comments

Letter from a burning banlieue

As the dust settles over Aulnay-sous-Bois, an Oxford student asks the rioters what all that was about.

Rob Lyons Monday 14 November 2005 comments

Greenhouse kids throw a tantrum

Tony Blair’s decision to talk down the Kyoto agreement really got environmentalists' backs up.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 15 November 2005 comments

Knee-jerk rebellion

Tony Blair's parliamentary no-men are little more than political saboteurs.

Shirley Dent Tuesday 15 November 2005 comments

No rhyme or reason to poem panic

How did a 14-year-old's not-very-good poem about Hitler provoke handwringing about anti-Semitic teachers warping our kids' minds?

Jamie Douglass Wednesday 16 November 2005 comments

Licensing Bill: the morning after

The 24-hour drinking debate has descended into the gutter.

Norman Lewis Wednesday 16 November 2005 comments

Innovation in an era of caution

A technology researcher argues that while business buzzes on about 'innovation', there's a dearth of real invention.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 17 November 2005 comments

Don’t give food alerts the green light

In seeking to label food as 'good' or 'bad', the UK authorities risk treating pizza like poison, and consumers like children.

James Heartfield Thursday 17 November 2005 comments

Cox Report: creative accounting

Designers and admen aren't going to save the British economy.

Grace Chua Thursday 17 November 2005 comments

A misdiagnosed generation

US teens find that popping one kind of pill soon means that you need another kind.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 18 November 2005 comments

Christopher Meyer: what a creep

In his controversial memoirs DC Confidential, the former British ambassador to the US comes off far worse than those 'pygmies' and 'pandas' in government.

Malcolm Kendrick Friday 18 November 2005 comments

The Great Cholesterol Myth

We all know that a high cholesterol diet is bad for you, right? Wrong, says this medical writer.

Mick Hume Friday 18 November 2005 comments

Little Britain: the comedy of conformism

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

Josie Appleton Friday 18 November 2005 comments

Latin America rising?

Westerners' talk of a Latin American 'revolution' replaces political analysis with pure fantasy.

Dolan Cummings Friday 18 November 2005 comments

TV UK, 18 November

Rome: for men only? Bollocks.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 November 2005 comments

Offside, 18 November

England is caught between Rooneymania and Pa-roo-noia.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 21 November 2005 comments

The absurdity of a ‘patient-led’ NHS

What next: a lunatic-led asylum?

David Perks Monday 21 November 2005 comments

Faith no more

The spat over faith schools reveals the rotten core of British education.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 22 November 2005 comments

After the Bradford police murder

The overblown sentimentalism that has greeted the tragic killing of Sharon Beshenivsky reveals a police force in denial.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 22 November 2005 comments

Rape surveys: a reality gap

What's behind the claim that 'A third of Britons blame flirty women for rape'?

Donald Winchester Tuesday 22 November 2005 comments

The death of the LP

In an era of pick’n’mix iPodding, who needs a 45-minute player?

David Chandler Wednesday 23 November 2005 comments

Ten years on: who’s running Bosnia?

The only people freed up by Bosnia’s ‘democratic’ reforms will be EU administrators.

Joe Kaplinsky Thursday 24 November 2005 comments

What happened to the positive case for nuclear power?

The UK government is trying to promote nuclear by stoking up fears about the future. Bad move.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 24 November 2005 comments

Stop this ‘urban regeneration’ roadshow

We need some tall thinking on city planning.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 25 November 2005 comments

Pandemic flu: turning a drama into a crisis

UK health secretary Patricia Hewitt blames the ‘worried well’ for creating a shortage of flu vaccines. But who made the well worried?

Mick Hume Friday 25 November 2005 comments

The proof that not everything is a conspiracy

Recent scandals over Iraq show that today’s leaders are incapable of covering their own backsides, never mind covering up a war.

Josie Appleton Friday 25 November 2005 comments

Drunken consent is still consent

Reports of a recent court judgement claimed that 'binge-drink women may lose right to claim rape'. Some sobriety is required.

Nicholas Frayn Friday 25 November 2005 comments

Behind Sharon’s pragmatism

The Israeli leader's resignation from his own Likud party shows up the superficiality of contemporary Israeli politics.

Mick Hume Friday 25 November 2005 comments

Licensing laws: what’s all the binge-whingeing about?

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

Dolan Cummings Friday 25 November 2005 comments

TV UK, 25 November

A brief history of TV pubs.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 25 November 2005 comments

Offside, 25 November

There's only one Keano - and that's the problem.

Rob Lyons Monday 28 November 2005 comments

George Best: grief shouldn’t be a national sport

Alongside the celebrations of a great footballer, the response to the death of Best brought out the worst in contemporary society.

Phil Mullan Monday 28 November 2005 comments

Still procrastinating over pensions

We're all likely to be a lot older before we see any meaningful reform of Britain's pension policy.

Stuart Derbyshire Monday 28 November 2005 comments

Bush isn’t the only one who’s anti-science

The Republican War on Science is on the money about the Bush administration. But it neglects to mention the sins of Democrats and even scientists themselves.

Michael Savage Tuesday 29 November 2005 comments

If you’re happy and you know it…

Why has happiness become a matter for public policy?

Ken McLaughlin Wednesday 30 November 2005 comments

‘One-in-10 kids are mentally ill’? That’s madness

Can you spot the three with disorders in your kid's nursery?

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 30 November 2005 comments

Killing Thinking

Professor Mary Evans' critique of 'the death of the universities' has breathed new life into the higher education debate.

James Heartfield Wednesday 30 November 2005 comments

City, suburbs and snobs

Richard Rogers' warnings about middle-class flight to the countryside are wide of the mark.

David Perks Wednesday 30 November 2005 comments

Hard science

How can teenagers hope to study physics, when the educational establishment thinks that abstract thought is beyond them?

Josie Appleton Wednesday 30 November 2005 comments

Is abuse an excuse for murder?

The new law on provocation creates one law for 'angry men', and another for 'fearful women'.