January 2006

Mick Hume Wednesday 4 January 2006 comments

My miserabilists of the year

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Neil Davenport Wednesday 4 January 2006 comments

The ‘Hitlerisation’ of history teaching

The problem with the teaching of the past today is that it makes universalism history.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 4 January 2006 comments

‘Thumb Culture’ and the meaning of mobiles

A thought-provoking new book asks: 'What is a mobile phone...?'

Josie Appleton Thursday 5 January 2006 comments

Searching for their own personal Palestine

Why middle-class Westerners like Kate Burton are queuing up to get into Gaza.

Wendy Earle Thursday 5 January 2006 comments

Pretending that youth apathy doesn’t exist

The authorities’ attempts to reinvent and ‘remix’ citizenship ignore the real problem.

Donald Winchester Thursday 5 January 2006 comments

Losing a grip on reality

Why do some people get so obsessed with video games?

Brendan O’Neill Friday 6 January 2006 comments

Choice on the sickbed

New Labour's new Patient Choice initiative suggests it doesn’t know the meaning of the c-word.

Helen Searls Friday 6 January 2006 comments

The double tragedy in West Virginia

How the media helped to make a bad situation worse.

James Heartfield Friday 6 January 2006 comments

Who’s afraid of the Thames Gateway?

Why government proposals to build 200,000 new homes in London and Kent are causing a stink in certain circles.

Mick Hume Friday 6 January 2006 comments

Try the detosh diet

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Jamie Douglass Friday 6 January 2006 comments

Charles Clarke’s bad trip

The home secretary says the public is confused about the legal status of cannabis. It's his government that is confused.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 6 January 2006 comments

Offside, 6 January

Football's balance of power has shifted to west London.

Mick Hume Monday 9 January 2006 comments

What Kennedy and Galloway tell us about politics now

Their recent antics reveal the shallow (show-) business that political leadership has become.

Andrew Calcutt Monday 9 January 2006 comments

I drink, therefore I am

Charles Kennedy's public confession of alcoholism was not so far removed from the Saturday night antics of teenage binge-drinkers.

Josie Appleton Monday 9 January 2006 comments

Why the great and the good are ‘going organic’

Unearthing the origins of the Soil Association's meteoric rise.

Joe Kaplinsky Monday 9 January 2006 comments

Down with catastrophism

James Howard Kunstler's new book, The Long Emergency, depicts humans as parasites who might benefit from a mass die-off. Speak for yourself.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 10 January 2006 comments

A lesson in conformity for parents

Forget 'respect': the UK government’s National Parenting Academy is based on contempt for mums and dads everywhere.

Phil Mullan Tuesday 10 January 2006 comments

The state, the economy and the politics of fear

De-regulation means more red tape, and simplification means increasing complexity. What is the state up to?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 12 January 2006 comments

Who’s on life support: Sharon or Israel?

The response to Ariel Sharon's stroke suggests that some think a nation is dying rather than its leader.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 12 January 2006 comments

A full stop to the Satanic panic

A BBC documentary reminds us how irrational were the fears of ritual abuse in the 80s and 90s. Yet the view that parents can't be trusted lives on.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 12 January 2006 comments

Offside, 12 January

Alan Green - free speech martyr or sanctimonious windbag? Discuss.

Nancy McDermott Friday 13 January 2006 comments

‘They sure did dress nice’

spiked-film: A descendant of the American West on the gay cowboys of Brokeback Mountain.

Rob Lyons Friday 13 January 2006 comments

Time to tear up the Sex Offenders Register?

The fears stoked by the register are a bigger problem than most of the people on it.

Dr Liz Frayn Friday 13 January 2006 comments

The dangers of prostate testing

A new study suggests that examining men for prostate cancer can do more harm than good.

Mick Hume Friday 13 January 2006 comments

I’m Not Really a Politician, Vote for Me…

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

Neil Davenport Friday 13 January 2006 comments

Is religion the root of all evil?

spiked-TV: Richard Dawkins' attack on religion ended up giving atheist humanism a bad name.

Alom Shaha Friday 13 January 2006 comments

The root of all anti-science?

A scientist's view of Richard Dawkins' televised assault on religion.

Helene Guldberg Monday 16 January 2006 comments

‘This is like a badly written Greek tragedy’

Stephen Minger of King's Stem Cell Biology Laboratory on the fall from grace of South Korean scientist Woo Suk Hwang.

Tiffany Jenkins Monday 16 January 2006 comments

Dying to be on the box

Corpses are the new stars in TV documentaries.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 16 January 2006 comments

Why do we carry on screening?

Yet another study has confirmed the uselessness of the test for prostate cancer, but that won't stop men trooping into my surgery asking for it.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 17 January 2006 comments

Rebranding Britishness: the last refuge of the vacuous

Gordon Brown's speech to the Fabian Society showed that our rulers are in the grip of an identity crisis.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 17 January 2006 comments

The suspicious characters in the Department for Education

Teacher vetting scandals are a crisis of the government's own making.

Graham Barnfield Tuesday 17 January 2006 comments

Violence on the brain

What's behind the media's fascination with the theory that video games cause violence?

Sandy Starr Thursday 19 January 2006 comments

Who cares about Celeb BB? You decide

spiked-TV: Has-beens, hissy fits and a competition of victimhoods make Celebrity Big Brother grimly compelling.

Kevin Yuill Thursday 19 January 2006 comments

Euthanasia: scaring us to death

Those who support the legalisation of assisted suicide have become the chief fearmongers in the debate.

Stuart Waiton Thursday 19 January 2006 comments

Antisocial behaviour: the construction of a crime

Now the New Labour government has revealed its 'respect' agenda, the problem of 'antisocial behaviour' has moved to the forefront of political debate. But what is it?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 19 January 2006 comments

Jarhead: a war movie without a war

spiked-film: Sam Mendes' satire about the first Gulf War reveals more about modern warfare than his critics have twigged.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 19 January 2006 comments

Offside, 19 January

Sending Arjen Robben off for celebrating a goal shows how petty football's laws have become.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 20 January 2006 comments

Iran: an irrational war of words

The spat between the West and Iran highlights the dangers of making up foreign policy as you go along.

Mick Hume Friday 20 January 2006 comments

Who will vet the vetters?

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

James Greenstein Friday 20 January 2006 comments

Financial regulation: passing the bucks

The lack of any principle behind banking rules is short-changing everyone.

Stanley Feldman Friday 20 January 2006 comments

Concrete over the railways

The combustion engine is streets ahead of the obsolete piece of Victorian engineering that is the British rail system.

Frank Furedi Monday 23 January 2006 comments

The curious rise of anti-religious hysteria

It is the Anglo-American cultural elites' insecurity about their own values that encourages their frenzied attacks on religion.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 24 January 2006 comments

Government by bribery

It's a sign that politics is bankrupt when the government pays the public to comply with its policies.

Rob Lyons and Kevin Yuill Tuesday 24 January 2006 comments

Wailing for ourselves

Two writers reflect on the whale-in-the-Thames story that went on and on.

Bruno Waterfield Tuesday 24 January 2006 comments

Nul points for Blair’s EU presidency

Why the British PM failed to make political capital from his time at the EU helm.

Neil Davenport Tuesday 24 January 2006 comments

Why are coppers stalking celebrities?

The police are taking their lead from reality TV shows and gossip columns.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 26 January 2006 comments

Can you feel a Holocaust victim’s pain?

The emphasis on empathy at the New Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem makes a visit emotionally draining, but intellectually vacuous.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 26 January 2006 comments

Diminishing the Holocaust

Having turned the Nazi genocide into a platform for cheap moral posturing, the UK government can't be surprised that everyone else wants a piece of the action.

Mick Hume Friday 27 January 2006 comments

Whatever happened to the anti-war movement?

The fall of George Galloway reveals that neither side is winning the battle over Iraq.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 27 January 2006 comments

The dangers of the crusade against cancer

Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres may have been set up with the best of intentions, but they give sanction to the backward notion that cancer is the wages of sin.

Nicholas Frayn Friday 27 January 2006 comments

All quiet on the Middle Eastern front

Hamas may have won the Palestinian elections, but Western predictions of war and bloodshed are wide off the mark.

Mick Hume Friday 27 January 2006 comments

Euthanasia and the grisly theatre of death

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

Graham Barnfield Friday 27 January 2006 comments

What the ‘Man in Black’ means today

spiked-film: The Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line shows that Cash is popular because he is not a man for our times.

Rob Lyons Friday 27 January 2006 comments

How to Live Longer

spiked-TV: Why do TV bosses have an insatiable appetite for diet makeover shows?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 27 January 2006 comments

Offside, 27 January

Forget Faria and Ulrika. We were all seduced by Sven.

Helene Guldberg Monday 30 January 2006 comments

Chemical stories can make you blind

A new report washes away some of the myths about ‘potentially deadly’ chemicals.

Josie Appleton Monday 30 January 2006 comments

Who’s obsessed with homosexuality?

It is the liberal elite, not the public, that kicks up a fuss about gay MPs.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 31 January 2006 comments

Guilt by emission

A new UK government book about climate change only sees humans as the problem, never the solution.

Daniel Ben-Ami Tuesday 31 January 2006 comments

Munich: a fantasy view of the Middle East

spiked-film: Steven Spielberg's 'prayer for peace' suggests that if only the Israelis and Palestinians would talk, everything would be okay. He needs a history lesson.