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Thursday 1 May 2003 May 2003
Peter Smith
Holiday plans
In a patronising new campaign, the UK Foreign Office warns young travellers off drinking and having sex.

Friday 2 May 2003
Mick Hume
Blair’s hardest battle is for hearts and minds in Britain
The British prime minister's 'Baghdad Bounce' is a pale shadow of Margaret Thatcher's Falklands Factor.

Sandy Starr
Pushing the wrong buttons
E-voting pilot schemes at the UK local elections are a hi-tech way to make politics passive.

Brendan O’Neill
Roadmap to nowhere
Will America’s ‘goal-driven and performance-based strategy’ bring peace to the Middle East?

Tuesday 6 May 2003
Mick Hume
Disciplining adults
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Wednesday 7 May 2003
Brendan O’Neill
Gulf War Syndrome - the sequel
Every major conflict is now followed by its own syndrome, threats of legal action and claims of everlasting stress.

Jennie Bristow
SATs - screwed-up arguments
National school tests might have problems - but that doesn’t make them child abuse.

Josie Appleton
Suicidal tendencies
What makes a British Muslim blow himself up for Palestine?

Daniel Ben-Ami
The cost of SARS
What a health panic can do to the global economy.

Joanna Williams
Teaching victimhood
Why words are hurting in the staffroom.

Joe Kaplinsky
Nanotechnology: a slippery debate
Scientists are unlikely to turn the world into 'grey goo' - but that hasn't stopped the scaremongers.

Jeremy Hazlehurst
Replicating concerns
Fanciful worries over nanotechnology express our modern ambivalence about change.

Thursday 8 May 2003
Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 8 May
In the race for the title, Arsenal tripped over their own vanity.

Stuart Derbyshire
Fishing for theories
Do trout feel pain - or do we just feel sorry for them?

Patrick West
The Battle of Trafalgar Square
Why Londoners just can't fill that fourth plinth.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 8 May
Channel 4's 100 Greatest Movie Stars leaves nobody satisfied.

Monday 12 May 2003
Mick Hume
Dead body politics
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Tuesday 13 May 2003
Brendan O’Neill
‘Stakeknife’ cuts both ways
Now that the war in Northern Ireland is over, the British establishment is finding it harder to hold the line.

Josie Appleton
Cut Short
Clare Short's resignation showed off all the New Labour vices that she criticised.

Dolan Cummings
No meaning to knowledge
In the twenty-first century, 'knowledge' is talked about everywhere but found nowhere.

Paul Kane
Watching on the dark side
Sci-fi's fascination with dystopia.

Wednesday 14 May 2003
Brendan O’Neill
Reading everything into Riyadh
The response to the Saudi bombings shows al-Qaeda's hold on the Western imagination.

Jennie Bristow
Who needs Breastfeeding Awareness Week?
The breast v bottle debate has turned a practical issue into a moral guilt-trip, starved of compassion or common sense.

Josie Appleton
Euros from heaven
The Euro debate has been taken out of politics, and given over to the Gods of the Five Economic Tests.

Helene Guldberg
Panic Attack
spiked's London conference debated the dangers of risk-aversion.

James Heartfield
A house of cards
America's tense relations with Saudi Arabia.

Thursday 15 May 2003
Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 15 May
The Day Britain Stopped - except that it didn't, really.

Patrick West
Trying times
Journeys between the 'two cultures' of football and rugby.

Duleep Allirajah
Kick public weeping out of football
The modern trend for emotionalism is even infecting football fans. And it ain’t pretty.

Ray Crowley
Surfing policeman
Government anti-crime websites do not pay.

Bill Thompson
Blog eats blog
The rise of the blogeoisie.

Mick Hume
Who wants to live under a system of Organised Paranoia?
The principle of safety first has become the major barrier to social advance.

Friday 16 May 2003
Brendan O’Neill
Grounded by caution
The Kenya warnings show how terror alerts can bring everything down.

Monday 19 May 2003
Mick Hume
Blowing al-Qaeda out of proportion
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Tuesday 20 May 2003
Rob Lyons
WHO's to blame for the SARS panic?
The World Health Organisation's precautionary warnings ran ahead of the actual cases.

Josie Appleton
A (really) private affair
JFK's intern 'Mimi' demonstrates the virtue of oral restraint.

Brendan O’Neill
Wild weapons chase
In the search for Saddam's arsenal, the US elite is losing the plot.

Wednesday 21 May 2003
Ellie Lee
Treating soldiers as victims
Former British troops claiming to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder have lost their battle for compensation. But how did the case get to court in the first place?

Thursday 22 May 2003
Helene Guldberg
Scaring into space
A new book by Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, gives humanity a 50/50 chance of survival.

Joe Kaplinsky
Protecting superstition
Patents on indigenous knowledge are blocking development.

Jennie Bristow
Suspicious policy
Why is Downing Street so bothered about whether people trust each other?

Rob Lyons
Eurovision loses its focus
The Song Contest has been spoiled by acts that actually want to have a proper music career.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 22 May
Non-competitive sports days aren't 'political correctness gone mad' - they're government policy.

Patrick West
Withering the EU
The single currency really is a very exciting and important question.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 22 May
The Killing Zone: emoting over the Middle East.

Benjamin Hunt
Economic misery
Does money really make us unhappy?

Bill Durodié
Communicating the War on Terror
An open public debate is key to striking the right note in the war on terror.

Stuart Derbyshire
Hitler's youth
Hitler: The Rise of Evil tried to 'understand' the personality, by ignoring history.

Friday 23 May 2003
Bill Durodié
Houses of Precaution
Will the concrete blocks installed to protect Parliament from terror make the UK feel secure, or scared?

Tuesday 27 May 2003
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Immune to the facts
Is the UK media to blame for the anti-MMR scare?

Mick Hume
Making war a war crime
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the strange case of Colonel Tim Collins.

Wednesday 28 May 2003
Jennie Bristow
Abusing privacy
Domestic violence register: should the state vet your sexual partner?

Josie Appleton
Blunkett's justice
The Criminal Justice Bill presumes defendants to be criminals.

Jon Holbrook
Wigged off
Why is the Lord Chancellor getting his knickers in a twist over courtroom dress?

Sandy Starr
Risky business
A new book examines the pitfalls of corporate risk-aversion.

Thursday 29 May 2003
Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 29 May
TV dramas can make the most unattractive lifestyles look alluring.

Brendan O’Neill
Unravelling Iraq
The coalition's war exposed a hole at the heart of the West, and left a hole in the heart of Iraq.

Patrick West
Happy daze
Buddhism in the West: the Classic FM of faiths.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 29 May
Italian football is back, but nobody outside Italy is cheering (except me).

Donna Maria Loh
Beijing blues
A British schoolteacher tells how SARS put a downer on her Chinese adventure.


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