Hiding behind the weapons
Why is the anti-war lobby obsessed with the coalition's pre-war evidence rather than the postwar debacle?
Treating labour as a trauma does not help new mothers.
'Natural' isn't better
It's time to dish some dirt on the myths about organic food.
|Wednesday 4 June 2003|
Signing away the NHS
Doctor-patient contracts replace treatment and trust with surveillance and suspicion.
Taking creativity to task
A new book by Barbican director John Tusa gives the lie to the UK government's assertion that 'everyone is creative'.
We're all conspiracy theorists now
Brits are closer to those Rocky Mountain nutters than we like to admit.
|Thursday 5 June 2003|
People don't believe Blair - or anybody else
Public mistrust has become an automatic, unthinking response.
Weapons of self-destruction
The WMD debacle is a crisis of the British elite's own making.
Reader, I disparaged him
How cynicism poisoned the romantic dream.
TV UK, 5 June
The producers of Big Brother are only mildly nefarious compared with the politicians who fawn over them.
Will the Capital of Culture award regenerate run-down Liverpool?
Offside, 5 June
Sufferers of End of Season Affective Disorder should discover life outside the stadium.
Democracy by default?
Twaddle over the EU constitution misreads the continent's muddled history.
Capital of Complaints
Liverpool's unique cultural signature dwells on a sense of victimhood.
Smoking saves lives, hunting kills foxes, and things were never better in the old days.
An attendee at the UK government's first 'public debate' on GM food came away none the wiser.
|Tuesday 10 June 2003|
The draft European Constitution reveals a deep political malaise at the heart of the EU.
Looking back in anger
John Harris, author of The Last Party, on New Labour's fleeting flirtation with Britpop
What Kinnock did next
Why are Western politicians restyling themselves as global advocates for those 'without a voice'?
The UK Home Office is going global in its search for police constables.
|Wednesday 11 June 2003|
The 'Roadmap to Peace' has transformed the Middle East into a platform for international posturing. Update, 13 June: The peace process and violence go hand-in-hand.
Every loser wins
Competitive sport has been chased out of Britain's schools.
Fertility treatment: abolish the 'welfare principle'
People seeking fertility treatment in the UK should have the freedom to decide to conceive.
|Thursday 12 June 2003|
Why Fergie's out of favour
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the David Beckham transfer tiff.
|Friday 13 June 2003|
A climate of fear and paranoia is making men wary of joining the childcare profession.
Why do we fear things that are as rare as getting struck by lightning?
Offside, 13 June
Britain is plagued by BSE: Beckham Speculation Ennui.
Flagging up difference
Putting some black in the Union Jack would cause more problems than it would solve.
TV UK, 13 June
Gang Wars: believing the bullshit bragging of adolescents.
|Tuesday 17 June 2003|
Pickling the Nineties
The new Saatchi Gallery preserves the near past in formaldehyde.
Bashing the bosses for the wrong reasons
Vilified as vulgar, greedy and selfish - who'd want to be a CEO?
Software geeks are turning into social engineers.
Big Brother - why bother?
The annual Big Brother row is becoming a summer fixture, like football transfer speculation and rainy barbecues.
|Thursday 19 June 2003|
Harry Potter and The Meaning of Life
Our obsession with the boy wizard reveals the dark side of cultural infantilism.
Iraq 2003 is a world away from Germany 1945.
Spinning the constitution
Why Blair's separation of the powers was a hash job.
Will the disabled Olympics cure modern Ireland's ills?
Offside, 19 June
The pros and cons of pre-match Eminem.
TV UK, 19 June
The writer of State of Play appeals to 'the paranoid nature of the British public'.
|Tuesday 24 June 2003|
IVF babies: life chances
The birth of IVF ‘saviour sibling’ Jamie Whitaker in the USA should prompt the UK to re-think how it regulates fertility treatment.
Why are we getting intimate with our mobiles?
Big Brother and the ballot box
Text voting won't resuscitate the body politic.
Who wants a stress-free life?
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).
Eminem's critics take him far more seriously than he takes himself.
|Wednesday 25 June 2003|
Crisis is a way of life for Blairism.
Spam: put a lid on it
The proposed cures for email spam are often worse than the disease.
Greg Critser's Fat Land blows the obesity issue out of proportion.
Don't trip and drive
The UK Department for Transport gets groovy for Glastonbury.
|Friday 27 June 2003|
After Majar al-Kabir
Why the deaths of six British soldiers in Iraq caused such a storm at home.
Down with the 'slippery slope' argument
The prevalence of this nonsense speaks volumes about society’s loss of faith in the human subject.
Whatever the problems with affirmative action in the USA, the campaign against it is more damaging.
TV UK, 27 June
From Wimbledon to Damascus: weathering TV's summer schedule.
Losing its religion
The Church of England has become Britain’s most openly divided public institution.
|Monday 30 June 2003|
Is Alastair Campbell so all-powerful that he can dupe ministers and start wars?
A right royal Charlie
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).