Out of Africa
Big Brother Africa is better than Big Brother Britain only because it's the first series rather than the fourth.
Challenging the precautionary principle
How has society come to be governed by the maxim 'better safe than sorry'?
Seize the day, save the vermin
What made foxhunting into a 'totemic' issue for the Labour backbenches?
|Thursday 3 July 2003|
A marriage that dare not speak its name
The UK government's 'Civil Partnership' scheme for gay couples makes an institution of inequality.
Recipe for austerity
George Monbiot's The Age of Consent is a caveman's manifesto.
Offside, 3 July
How does Rude-eski's Wimbledon performance compare to the great tirades of history?
‘A mob for no reason’
Email gangs come together - and go away again.
Why the boy David's transfer to Real Madrid got Britain grieving.
TV UK, 3 July
It is obvious that Alastair Campbell is behind the bomb plot in 24.
|Friday 4 July 2003|
Don’t paint the town red
Confessions of a late-night graffiti-remover.
|Tuesday 8 July 2003|
Change the whole agenda
'The infrastructure of the arts is invisibly conditioned - there are many "keep out" signs. Arts organisations have to point out this discrimination.'
|Wednesday 9 July 2003|
Can a company kill?
The UK government's proposed new offence of 'corporate killing' looks like a return to medieval law.
Ageism is not the problem
Britain needs proper employment opportunities for older people, not a government consultation on 'age discrimination'.
Knocking equal opportunities
People think women are equal now - so why won't feminists believe them?
Health chiefs use kids as sticks to beat us
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the UK government's war on fatty food and fags.
The body piercing project
Why some people are staking their Being on their bellybutton ring.
Open source adhocracy
When it comes to software development, the cathedral could be a better model than the bazaar.
|Thursday 10 July 2003|
Little girl lost (not)
A child abduction that wasn’t sparked an alert system that failed. How is this a 'brilliant success'?
TV UK, 10 July
Michael Wood's search for Shakespeare forgets that the bard went beyond his own biography.
Light out of Darkness
Rock bands, empires and 'stupid Americans'.
When il capo met kapo
Dominic Standish reports from Italy on why Europe failed to get Silvio Berlusconi's 'ironic joke'.
|Friday 11 July 2003|
Trials of the ‘war on terror’
What's driving the British reaction against Guantanamo Bay?
It’s the authority crisis, stupid
And it's doing more damage than WMD.
Transport and its discontents
Critics of the UK government’s roads policy say nothing radical, new...or even critical.
|Monday 14 July 2003|
The UK government's commitment to wind power is an expensive gesture, at odds with the nation's needs.
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).
|Tuesday 15 July 2003|
Iraq and the uranium: a fake debate
In the latest clash over the evidence, both sides are passing the buck.
Badging the British
The UK government hopes ID cards will give the nation an identity.
Whatever happened to the university?
Higher education has come to mean everything - except intellectual endeavour.
Stressing out students
Students are encouraged to experience university challenges as traumas.
Google hogged by blogs
By linking to insubstantial and random content, personal websites are strangling search engines.
|Friday 18 July 2003|
TV UK, 18 July
The Money Programme couldn't decide whether people are sick of McDonald's, or addicted to it.
|Wednesday 23 July 2003|
They shock too much
Modern art requires the audience's reaction, but can't abide its judgement.
The law and the 'one in four'
A barrister takes issue with the UK government's 'shock-and-awe' approach to domestic violence statistics.
Treating women like children
The proposed changes to the law on domestic violence are degrading.
|Thursday 24 July 2003|
Give us a break
Summertime - and the pleasure police come out to play.
TV UK, 24 July
It is an achievement that a 'drama' of Philip Larkin's life is even remotely watchable.
Cross-border terrorism: a mess made by the West
How 'humanitarian intervention' made a world in which stateless terror could flourish.
Dead poets' society
Why Philip Larkin's private misdemeanours have become a public obsession.
Offside, 24 July
Twenty20 is cricket for people who don't like cricket.
The NHS is treating 'low self-esteem' with tummy tucks.
Summer of the shark?
Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water...it is.
|Friday 25 July 2003|
Liberation by snapshot?
The killing of Uday and Qusay, and the photos to prove it, are the latest gestures in the coalition’s war of symbols.
|Tuesday 29 July 2003|
The children who won’t grow up
Peter Pan-demonium, kidults, boomerang kids.... A sociologist examines the phenomenon of lost boys and girls hanging out on the edge of adulthood.
Politics isn't brutal enough
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the fallout from the David Kelly affair.
Western intervention is inflaming tensions in the civil war.
Why sunburn is not a burning issue
spiked editor Mick Hume shines some light on the seasonal skin cancer scare, in The Times (London).
Giving British citizenship more trappings won't increase its value.
'Duties of care' to the careless and criminal
The expansion of negligence law throws personal responsibility out of the window.
Law begets law
The Human Rights Act is encouraging a culture of litigation. A solicitor writes.
Capturing the Friedmans
One US documentary shows why it is imperative to pursue the truth - even in the ugliest situations.
|Wednesday 30 July 2003|
Barbecue panic - transcript from the Today programme
A transcript from a radio item about the dangers of barbecues.
|Thursday 31 July 2003|
Trafficking in dubious numbers
UNICEF's campaign against 'child traffic' is based on questionable evidence and a barely concealed contempt for people in the third world.
Keep the courts out of family life
Regardless of the merits of the MMR jab, the ruling that two children must receive it against their mothers' wishes represents a worrying expansion of the law.
A curse on all his houses
John Prescott's 'affordable housing' project should create decent homes where people want to live, rather than nasty soulless boxes that don’t disturb the weeds.
Offside, 31 July
Nasser Hussain is seen as an outdated autocrat - but he put some steel back into English cricket.
Jabs through the backdoor
Parents should be won around to MMR by medical argument, not legal injunction.
Brits behaving nicely
Tourists to Dublin have stopped vomiting into the Liffey.
TV UK, 31 July
Faultlines documents not so much the rise of religion as the demise of politics.
Could blogging MPs reinvigorate the electorate?
Making kids 'special'
'Special needs' is not a medical reality, but an administrative device that harms children, argues a professor of childhood studies.