February 2006

Alex Gourevitch and Nicholas Frayn Thursday 2 February 2006 comments

Avoiding the state of the union

Bush's Middle Eastern policy is in chaos - so why was it the centrepiece of his presidential address?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 2 February 2006 comments

Offside, 2 February

The police are cracking down on badge-kissing celebrations.

Ben Walford Thursday 2 February 2006 comments

There’s more to life than security

If ‘freedom from harm’ is the ultimate right, liberty loses out.

Niall Crowley Thursday 2 February 2006 comments

That joke isn’t funny anymore

What's the point of satire when comedians fail to tackle the new taboos?

Neil Davenport Thursday 2 February 2006 comments

Who skews crime reporting?

Before fantasising about institutional racism in the media, police chief Sir Ian Blair should read some newspapers - and the Met's own press releases.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 2 February 2006 comments

The making of Mozart

spiked-TV: Let's wind up the nature/nurture debate about musical genius. Life is more complicated than that.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 2 February 2006 comments

Transport trends: the good news

A new government report shows that the British public is more mobile than ever before. But policy-makers see that as a problem.

Munira Mirza Friday 3 February 2006 comments

The press should be free to ridicule Islam

On the European controversy about those Danish cartoons.

Mick Hume Friday 3 February 2006 comments

Free speech, not ‘Me! Me! Me! speech’

Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the religious hatred bill.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 6 February 2006 comments

A sickening White Paper

The government's proposed 'health MOTs' will merely encourage more and more people to see themselves as ill.

Mick Hume Monday 6 February 2006 comments

Those cartoons: a caricatured argument

All of this heat about the Danish cartoons is shedding no light on the important questions of free speech, genuine tolerance, multiculturalism and society today.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 7 February 2006 comments

Herceptin: The politics of ‘Her Too’

The ongoing controversy over the breast cancer 'wonder drug' has become divisive and dangerous.

Austin Williams Thursday 9 February 2006 comments

New Orleans and the New Urban vision

Progressive architects have left the building.

Emilie Bickerton Thursday 9 February 2006 comments

Hidden: Guilty viewing

spiked-film: Is Michel Haneke's new film worth seeking out?

Peter Smith Thursday 9 February 2006 comments

Flight pledge: Grounding passengers

Who wants to sign an agreement to limit the number of flights we take a year?

Mike Clough Thursday 9 February 2006 comments

Lotto killjoys

Experts warn that winning millions could ruin your life. Chance would be a fine thing.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 9 February 2006 comments

Offside, 9 February

There is a gulf between Geordie delusions of grandeur and Newcastle's woeful under-achievement.

Chris Pile Thursday 9 February 2006 comments

Chimps and humans: what’s in a name?

Whether we classify chimpanzees as pan or homo is a matter for evolutionary biology - not morality.

Josie Appleton Thursday 9 February 2006 comments

Can technology make us more or less human?

A new publication explores the hopes and fears for smart pills, life extension and cosmetic surgery.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 9 February 2006 comments

Abu Hamza: imprisoned for talking rubbish

His incarceration for incitement is the political equivalent of a panto villain being booed off stage by excitable kids.

Mick Hume Friday 10 February 2006 comments

How could this ranting crank ‘brainwash’ anybody?

Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on Abu Hamza.

Josie Appleton Monday 13 February 2006 comments

A tale of two demos

Saturday's demonstration of moderate Muslims was presented as a peaceful counter to last week's aggressive gathering. In fact, similar resentments seemed to simmer beneath both.

David Perks Tuesday 14 February 2006 comments

Testing adult authority

The UK government wants to turn teachers into shock troops against kids' bad behaviour. Not surprisingly, teachers aren't too keen.

Alan Miller Tuesday 14 February 2006 comments

New York debates Iraq

A series of debates about US foreign policy ranged from dull predictability to childish ranting. Isn't there another way?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 14 February 2006 comments

Gordon Brown’s tyranny of security

What life, liberty and politics would be like if he were to become prime minister.

Alexandra Jackson Thursday 16 February 2006 comments

Making a novelty of youth

Is our obsession with instant celebrity cutting off young novelists in the bud?

Stephen Bremner Thursday 16 February 2006 comments

Yes Man? No thanks

Danny Wallace’s popular cod-philosophy that it’s good to say yes is more conservative than it sounds.

Neil Davenport Thursday 16 February 2006 comments

It’s not a fair cop, guv

spiked-TV: How Life on Mars, the BBC’s send-up of Seventies cop-show The Sweeney, missed the mark.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 16 February 2006 comments

A victory for the inner teacher’s pet

There’s much more at stake here than the ‘right to smoke’.

Rob Lyons Thursday 16 February 2006 comments

Smoking out the facts

The ban on public smoking is justified as a measure to protect workers from second-hand smoke. But how big is the risk?

Brendan O’Neill Friday 17 February 2006 comments

George Clooney’s black-and-white politics

spiked-film: Good Night and Good Luck, Clooney's tribute to broadcasters who stood up to Joseph McCarthy, is a deeply conservative movie.

Mick Hume Friday 17 February 2006 comments

Why Labour begrudges grammar schools

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

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 21 February 2006 comments

Free speech in Europe: it’s all or nothing

As British historian David Irving is imprisoned in Austria for Holocaust denial, read this spiked article first published in December last year.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 21 February 2006 comments

How-to politics

Geoff Mulgan's new organisation Involve seeks to 'put people at the heart of decision-making'. But what decisions, and why?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 21 February 2006 comments

The stigma of smoking

As the smoker has become a pariah, sufferers from lung cancer have become the lepers of the twenty-first century.

Grace Chua Thursday 23 February 2006 comments

Municipal why fi?

Will Islington Council's wireless internet connections really 'promote social inclusion'?

Graham Barnfield Thursday 23 February 2006 comments

Death in the Ozon layer

spiked-film: Unlike other films, François Ozon’s Le Temps Qui Reste manages to do ‘dying with dignity’ well.

Alexandra Jackson Thursday 23 February 2006 comments

Frey’s fictional memory syndrome

Does it matter if misery memoirs are not absolutely true?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 23 February 2006 comments

Offside, 23 February

The FA may be pawning the family silverware, but sponsorship is not the reason the Cup has been devalued.

Kristina Cook Thursday 23 February 2006 comments

Pro-Test: supporting animal testing

A new campaign by Oxford students makes the case for scientific progress and medical research.

Josie Appleton Thursday 23 February 2006 comments

Speciesism: a beastly concept

Why it is morally right to use animals to our ends.

Philip Cunliffe Thursday 23 February 2006 comments

Balkanisation by another name

In the talks about Kosovo's future, the former Yugoslavia is being treated as a carcass to be dissected by Western diplomats.

Rob Lyons Thursday 23 February 2006 comments

Bird flu: an infectious panic

Even if bird flu does transform into a human pandemic, we are better placed to tackle it than ever before in history.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 23 February 2006 comments

Gossip dressed up as investigative journalism

Conspiracy theories about everything from Iraq to Hurricane Katrina to spiked writers are polluting the mainstream media.

Mick Hume Thursday 23 February 2006 comments

Bird flu and Chicken Little culture

Why are critics of the politics of fear turning into scaremongers about the threat of an avian flu pandemic?

Mick Hume Friday 24 February 2006 comments

Animal testing: Qui vive?

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

Brendan O’Neill Friday 24 February 2006 comments

My co-dependent relationship with daytime TV

spiked-TV: How I got lured into that twilight world of white trash-baiting and gay conformism.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 28 February 2006 comments

Gender pay gap: what’s it worth?

There's more to life than equal pay.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 28 February 2006 comments

Don’t touch those kids!

New research reveals why teachers and childcare workers now avoid putting a plaster on a child's leg - even though they know the rules are ridiculous.