December 2005

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 1 December 2005 comments

Offside, 1 December

On the fans who refused to stay schtum for Best.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 1 December 2005 comments

TV UK, 1 December

Ghost Squad: the best in a new breed of British cop shows.

Michael Gough Thursday 1 December 2005 comments

Dioxin: death for objectivity

Compensation schemes for vets exposed to Agent Orange fly in the face of the evidence.

Sarah David Thursday 1 December 2005 comments

REACHing an impasse

The new EU chemicals legislation shows the triumph of environmentalist thinking over common sense.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 1 December 2005 comments

Can George Best save the peace process?

In Belfast, politicians and community activists are trying to turn the late footballer into an anodyne 'symbol of unity'.

Mick Hume Friday 2 December 2005 comments

One murder doesn’t make a racist society

The response to the killing of Anthony Walker tells us more about Britain than the murder itself.

Mick Hume Friday 2 December 2005 comments

How ‘bestie’ made his comeback

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

Brendan O’Neill Friday 2 December 2005 comments

Muriel Degauque: Islamo-fascist, freedom fighter or what?

The Belgian brunette didn't only blow up herself in Baghdad - she also blew to bits the various stereotypes of Islamic terrorists.

William Melotti Monday 5 December 2005 comments

Down with ‘call-centre justice’

One writer explains why he thinks mechanised law enforcement is bad for justice - and bad for law and order.

Jennie Bristow Monday 5 December 2005 comments

Civil partnerships: let’s get one thing straight

The UK government has its own reasons for pushing a form of gay marriage - and it’s not about equality, or even being nice.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 6 December 2005 comments

Mobile phones and health, information and fear

Report on the spiked/O2 seminar.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 6 December 2005 comments

David Cameron: A blank slate

The Tory Party’s new leader has risen to the top by not saying much about anything.

Jonny Thakkar Wednesday 7 December 2005 comments

The winds of illiberalism blow through Chicago

From our man in the Windy City: the latest place to ban smoking in public.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 7 December 2005 comments

Why Saddam’s trial is so trying for the coalition

The 'trial of the century' has descended into a 'comedy show'.

Timandra Harkness Thursday 8 December 2005 comments

Homeopathy: diluting the evidence

The bold claims of a new study don't hold water.

Phil Mullan Thursday 8 December 2005 comments

Ageing and the ‘pensions crisis’

Never mind the Pensions Commission: we can afford the future without saving our pennies and keeping pensioners in poverty.

Josie Appleton Thursday 8 December 2005 comments

Drink-spiking scare: shots of anxiety

A new police study finds little evidence of drug-assisted rape. So why are awareness-raising campaigns getting into full swing?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 9 December 2005 comments

Offside, 9 December

Gazza: why we binge on this binge-drinker’s misfortunes.

Neil Davenport Friday 9 December 2005 comments

The elites, masses and racism

The aftermath of Anthony Walker's murder shows that it's working-class whites who are now seen as the scum of the earth.

Sandy Starr Friday 9 December 2005 comments

Pinter: good playwright, bad politician

Harold Pinter's Nobel speech highlighted the chasm between his literary insights and childish worldview.

Mick Hume Friday 9 December 2005 comments

Olympics 2012: sport-for-anything-but-sport’s-sake

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

Rob Lyons Friday 9 December 2005 comments

What about a Routemaster for the twenty-first century?

The shift from the old double decker to the new bendy-bus reveals officialdom's disparaging view of The People.

Jennie Bristow Monday 12 December 2005 comments

A dark day for whom?

The Buncefield blaze has set the British media ablaze with conspiracy theories and doomsday fantasies, while the news is reported by amateurs.

Shirley Dent Tuesday 13 December 2005 comments

Why polemics are killing poetry

Anti-war cod-poems 'silently beg you to SCREAM'.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 13 December 2005 comments

Bin Laden’s script: ghost-written in the West

One thing is clear from the new book Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden - the al-Qaeda leader doesn't have an original thought in his head.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 13 December 2005 comments

Keeping Kyoto on life support

Why world leaders bend their knee to the Protocol even as they fail to meet its demands.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 14 December 2005 comments

Bringing democracy into disrepute

The quangocracy’s case against London Mayor Ken Livingstone should be thrown out of court.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 15 December 2005 comments

TV UK, 15 December

Space Cadets: a comedy of cynicism.

Ben Walford Thursday 15 December 2005 comments

New Toryism: easy listening politics

David Cameron's 'big challenges' get some young Londoners humming along - but does that mean he's 'the future'?

Kevin Yuill Thursday 15 December 2005 comments

Treating doctors like murder suspects

The trial of Dr Howard Martin shows how the process of dying is becoming a sordid battleground.

Mick Hume Thursday 15 December 2005 comments

David Cameron and the demise of Conservatism

We now have a non-Tory leading the Conservative Party, to go with our non-Labourite leader of the Labour Party.

Mick Hume Friday 16 December 2005 comments

After Hemel Hempstead: Attack of the Killer News Headlines!

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

James Heartfield Friday 16 December 2005 comments

Humanitarian interventionists dig in

In his new book Anti-Totalitarianism, Oliver Kamm makes a shrill and inconsistent defence of the Iraq war.

Neil Davenport Friday 16 December 2005 comments

The other Outback trial

Joanne Lees was found guilty by the media for refusing to play the role of traumatised victim.

Shirley Lawes Monday 19 December 2005 comments

What’s lost in translation

Promoting foreign language learning as a functional business skill won't inspire anybody to go beyond 'au revoir'.

Jennie Bristow Monday 19 December 2005 comments

Reservoir Dolls?

A new study finds that little girls torture their Barbies. At least they know the difference between fantasy and reality.

Munira Mirza Wednesday 21 December 2005 comments

Teaching adults about ‘scary Santa’

How did patronising advice for parents about the perils of Christmas end up on a government-funded website?

Nancy McDermott Wednesday 21 December 2005 comments

Don’t mention the C-word

The word 'Christmas' is conspicuous by its absence in NYC.

Stephen Bremner Wednesday 21 December 2005 comments

Eat, drink and be merry

Pay no heed to seasonal advice from official gloom-merchants.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 21 December 2005 comments

Who Killed Christmas

There's no 'war on Christmas' from without – only a lack of belief within.

Josie Appleton Thursday 22 December 2005 comments

In search of utopia

Does utopian thinking offer a route out of today's political doldrums?

Daniel Ben-Ami Thursday 22 December 2005 comments

Capitalism as if the world matters more than we do

In his new book, Jonathon Porritt dresses up a demand for austerity in the language of environmentalism.

Grace Chua Friday 23 December 2005 comments

The Blue Man Group

A great show - if you're a five-year-old.

Dolan Cummings Friday 23 December 2005 comments

TV UK, 23 December

What's Really in Your Christmas Dinner: bingeing on food snobbery.

Neil Davenport Friday 23 December 2005 comments

Worth more than a Peep

You know that Peepshow is cutting-edge comedy when it gets ignored by the boring conformists of the British Comedy Awards.

Mick Hume Friday 23 December 2005 comments

From mistletoe and wine to misanthropy and whingeing

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

Rob Lyons Friday 23 December 2005 comments

No room at the inn for smokers

...or even in their own homes, if health officials have their way.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 28 December 2005 comments

March of the Penguins

How did a National Geographic documentary spark discussions about everything from God to climate change?

Alan Miller Wednesday 28 December 2005 comments

Free thinking?

A report on the recent Cato Institute conference in New York.

Dolan Cummings Wednesday 28 December 2005 comments

TV UK, 28 December

And it's good night from him: Dolan Cummings' last TV column.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 28 December 2005 comments

The story of myself

A new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, pictures the rise and fall of individual identity.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 28 December 2005 comments

An unholy marriage

Catholic reactionaries and secular miserabilists have joined forces to spoil our fun.

Mick Hume Wednesday 28 December 2005 comments

2005: No ‘Annus Horribilis’ for humanity

Why use the Asian tsunami as the defining image of life this year?