April 2006

Tara McCormack Tuesday 4 April 2006 comments

What ever happened to the Orange Revolution?

Last year we were told that a popular uprising in Ukraine had ousted a fraudulent leader. So why has that fraudulent leader now been voted into power?

Stuart Derbyshire Tuesday 4 April 2006 comments

We need more drugs testing - on animals and humans

We mustn't let the disastrous trials at Northwick Park hospital blind us to the need for further medical innovation.

James Heartfield Tuesday 4 April 2006 comments

Farewell to the city?

Ignore the New Urbanists and 'Londonostalgics' - the end of the boundary between town and country is a liberation, not a loss, says a writer on urban issues.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 4 April 2006 comments

Stop blurring the line between rape and sex

New Labour's rewriting of the rape laws is being guided by the ideas of 1970s man-hating feminism.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 6 April 2006 comments

Offside, 6 April

Do we really need a campaign to stop footballers diving?

Chris Pile Thursday 6 April 2006 comments

Food labelling wars

Labelling was once a dull technical matter. How did it get so controversial?

Neil Davenport Thursday 6 April 2006 comments

If it’s not easy being green, why do it?

spiked-TV: The rat race looks heavenly compared with BBC 2's peek into one family’s attempt to go eco.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 6 April 2006 comments

Decommission the Electoral Commission

These nobodies and know-it-alls have replaced the dusty old lords as a block on popular democracy.

Kevin McCullagh Thursday 6 April 2006 comments

Creative economics

The UK government is kidding itself if it thinks designers can revive the economy.

Rob Lyons Thursday 6 April 2006 comments

Are packed lunches the ‘biggest evil’?

After school dinners, Jamie Oliver is turning his attention to 'shit' packed lunches. The message seems clear: parents can’t be trusted to feed their kids properly.

James Heartfield Tuesday 11 April 2006 comments

Attacking Berlusconi for all the wrong reasons

His bank balance, foul language, rumoured plastic surgery: the left focused on Berlusconi's personal foibles because politically they aren't that different to him.

Dominic Standish Tuesday 11 April 2006 comments

Prodi v Berlusconi: Italy’s ugliest election?

In the absence of any big ideological differences, Romano Prodi and Silvio Berlusconi traded barroom insults instead.

David Chandler Tuesday 11 April 2006 comments

Saddam’s trial: playing the genocide card

The coalition is trying to win back some moral authority in Iraq by uttering the G-word.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 11 April 2006 comments

Sticks, stones and hate speech

The case of a schoolboy prosecuted for calling a playmate 'Paki' has shown up the childish streak in Britain's speech laws.

Dave Hallsworth Thursday 13 April 2006 comments

The Bible story: holy shit

Conception through the left earhole, a 14-year-old virgin impregnated by God, and other wacky Easter tales.

Suchandrika Chakrabarti Thursday 13 April 2006 comments

Inside Man: just a heist movie?

spiked-film: There is racial politics aplenty in Spike Lee's latest.

Shirley Dent Thursday 13 April 2006 comments

Speak for yourself

spiked-TV: It's not just the two mute children in Help Me to Speak who fear the reaction their words might get.

Neil Davenport Thursday 13 April 2006 comments

Doffing the Burberry cap to nihilism

The photo of Prince William done up like a chav shows how mainstream slumming it (and slating working-class youth) has become.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 13 April 2006 comments

Avian flu: this is not 1918

The discovery of a dead infected swan in Fife has led to warnings of another 1918-style flu epidemic. Let’s have some historical and scientific perspective.

Alex Standish Thursday 13 April 2006 comments

Half-open door policy

Why America can't make up its mind about illegal immigrants.

Chris Bickerton Thursday 13 April 2006 comments

In the shadow of the Fifth Republic

The French student protests might be lively, but they have failed to break free of the politics of the past.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 13 April 2006 comments

Offside, 13 April

Wayne Rooney may be a bad gambler but let's not turn him into a therapy case.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 13 April 2006 comments

Stop fighting a fantasy war over Iran

Both the Bush administration and its critics are talking war with Iran because they are struck dumb by events in Iraq.

Mick Hume Thursday 13 April 2006 comments

The politics of abuse, and the abuse of politics

Today, the more acrimonious an argument or election contest appears to be, the less likely it is that anything of principle is really at stake.

James Panton Tuesday 18 April 2006 comments

Animal rights protesters: don’t ban them, beat them

A leading member of the pro-vivisection group Pro-Test argues that animal rights activists should be defeated through debate, not legal injunctions.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 18 April 2006 comments

Who’s afraid of the British National Party?

Only a clapped-out political class could see Nick Griffin and his band of nobodies as a threat.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 18 April 2006 comments

Confronting the New Misanthropy

The big question today is not whether humans will survive the twenty-first century, but whether our faith in humanity will survive it.

Tara McCormack Thursday 20 April 2006 comments

Transamerica: dysfunction by numbers

spiked-film: Duncan Tucker’s road movie about a transsexual substitutes revelations of abuse for character or plot development.

Sandy Starr Thursday 20 April 2006 comments

The Time Lord of Love

spiked-TV: The new Doctor Who's emotional incontinence is light years away from the chaste original.

Rob Lyons Thursday 20 April 2006 comments

Offside, 20 April

With all the major issues settled already, the domestic football season is ending on an anti-climax.

Nancy McDermott Thursday 20 April 2006 comments

Beyond Roe vs Wade: let the debate begin

A pro-choice South Dakotan investigates her home state's decision to prohibit abortion.

David Perks Thursday 20 April 2006 comments

The creation of a phantom enemy

It is the scientific establishment's own self-doubt that lies at the root of the furore over creationism.

David Chandler Thursday 20 April 2006 comments

Bosnia: whose state is it anyway?

The European Union is in denial about its undemocratic domination of this tiny Balkan republic.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 20 April 2006 comments

So, can a fetus feel pain?

A new study showing that premature babies launch a ‘brain response’ following a heel lance is cited as evidence that fetuses feel pain. One expert begs to differ.

Alexander Zaitchik Thursday 20 April 2006 comments

India: where a movie star is more than a movie star

Why did 60,000 film fans riot in Bangalore following the death of an old actor? Alexander Zaitchik reports from New Delhi.

Rob Lyons Thursday 20 April 2006 comments

Climate change: a model cock-up

A climate model program downloaded by thousands of PC users had an internal error that meant it overstated how hot the world might get. Oops.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 20 April 2006 comments

‘Gambling is a pastime, not a disease’

American addiction expert Stanton Peele chastises British commentators who see gamblers as fickle victims.

Mick Hume Monday 24 April 2006 comments

I will never vote for a leader who makes an ethical spectacle of himself

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

Frank Furedi Monday 24 April 2006 comments

Courtroom therapy makes a mockery of justice

UK courts will soon give the family of murder victims their say in court. Frank Furedi, author of Therapy Culture, says that is bad news for all concerned.

Nathalie Rothschild Tuesday 25 April 2006 comments

Unknown White Male: focusing on the future

spiked-film: For once, a documentary about amnesia that isn’t obsessed with excavating personal history.

Dolan Cummings Tuesday 25 April 2006 comments

No surrender to UEFA bureaucrats

What is UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body based in Nyon, Switzerland, doing debating the content of Rangers FC's chants?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 25 April 2006 comments

Nepal: now that’s what I call democratisation

Why are those who bang on about bringing 'people power' to foreign lands so ambivalent about the people demanding power on the streets of Nepal?

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 27 April 2006 comments

Offside, 27 April

Alan Shearer, the hero of modern football? Pass the sick bag.

Véronique Campion-Vincent Thursday 27 April 2006 comments

Scaring by numbers

France was once immune to news stories based on dodgy statistics. No longer.

Rob Lyons Thursday 27 April 2006 comments

From King of Chavs to object of pity

spiked-TV: Keith Allen's defence of 'Lotto lout' Michael Carroll came with some dodgy prejudices of its own.

Peter Marsh Thursday 27 April 2006 comments

Fattened statistics

What’s behind the shock-horror headlines about child obesity doubling in a decade?

Mick Hume Thursday 27 April 2006 comments

Who’s afraid of the working class?

Once, the political elite was gripped by fear and loathing of workers. Now it just loathes them.

James Heartfield Thursday 27 April 2006 comments

Interdependent we stand, divided we fall

The New Economics Foundation’s report on 'ecological debt' is a fascinating picture of Britain's exploitation of the world's resources. But it is frustratingly one-sided.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 27 April 2006 comments

Blowing up Chernobyl

Twenty years on from the explosion, the anti-nuclear lobby is still playing fast and loose with the facts about casualties.

Josie Appleton Thursday 27 April 2006 comments

Barking: the land that Labour lost

White east Londoners' votes for the BNP seem to be more about resignation than racism.

Sandy Starr Sunday 30 April 2006 comments

Exercise in futility

Getting fit the Department of Health way turns out to be a full-time occupation.