University: Admission to what?
Giving students extra marks for being 'disadvantaged' does them no favours.
What Edward Said
A reflection on the Palestinian theorist's strivings, insights and shortcomings.
More self-delusion than socialism at the Labour Party conference.
Whatever happened to the anti-war movement?
Saturday's London march looked exhausted before it started.
Is there such a thing as harmful content?
Disagreements flowed freely at the spiked-seminar on internet regulation.
If hacks don't accept Blair's sincerity, they can't challenge his ideas.
|Friday 3 October 2003|
If there is no alternative to this, we're all in reverse
Fear and pain at the Labour Party conference.
Orientalism shines some light on British views of the Irish.
There are sound scientific reasons for refusing legal aid to anti-MMR campaigners, but it may help the junk science cause.
TV UK, 3 October
This week, Gordon Brown imitated David Morrissey.
The government's NHS reforms are a defensive attempt to nurse politics back to life.
Labour's phoney war
Both the pro- and anti-war camps used Iraq as a platform for conference posturing.
Too risky to care
A disabled woman slept in her wheelchair for over a year because the health authority banned staff from lifting her into bed.
Offside, 3 October
Now Spurs fans have cast off their incompetent manager, perhaps they could stop moaning.
How do you limit the risk of swimming accidents? Dig up the public beaches!
Enjoying the show
A Toronto Film Festival virgin delights in fine art, big stars and intimate conversation.
Imagining pornographers everywhere
How fears about the internet perverted my toddler's playtime.
Glass-walled, 'transparent' libraries won't help readers to see clearly.
|Monday 6 October 2003|
Rape, rumours and justice
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the raping footballers allegations.
|Tuesday 7 October 2003|
Israel namechecks the 'war against terror' to justify everything from incursions into Palestinian territory to the bombing of Syria.
Missing a trick
Derren Brown was firing a gun at his head - not at society's morals.
|Thursday 9 October 2003|
The American Effect
Why are US writers and artists so down on the American dream?
Flogging the boards
London theatres' cheap ticket schemes are a band-aid, not a cure.
Battle of the blogs
A recent spiked-seminar interrogated the hype over weblogs.
New Labour gets frisky
Security was tight at the Bournemouth conference – and the delegates loved it.
Have we all gone football crazy?
Some would prefer it if we could have the beautiful game without the ugly, oikish overpaid players.
'I'll be blank'
Arnie's California victory shows the triumph of anti-politics.
Inspecting the truth
Those canonising UN weapons inspectors as the 'peace warriors' of Iraq have very short memories.
Is the wonder drug of the 1990s just a jumped-up placebo?
TV UK, 9 October
Murduh, middle-youth and Hitler: the Rise of Evil.
Offside, 9 October
The charge that millionaire footballers have 'too much too young' is based on old-fashioned snobbery.
Chamber of horrors
If we took some real risks in life, we wouldn't need to watch Russian roulette on TV.
|Friday 10 October 2003|
The disability question
Dealing with disability requires resources, not rights.
The strange death of Tory England
The Conservative conference may be good to laugh at, but it's actually not that funny.
|Monday 13 October 2003|
Can we have our ball back please?
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the middle-class soccerati.
Hooked on self-esteem
'Therapy culture is one of the greatest threats to public health.' Frank Furedi talks to Jennie Bristow about his new book.
|Wednesday 15 October 2003|
The case of the UK 'AIDS assassin' raises worrying questions about the relationship between sex and the law.
Keeping up appearances
The UK government's new roads policy amounts to filling in pot-holes.
The Metropolitan Police's diversity policies have bred problems of their own.
|Thursday 16 October 2003|
If only the World Creative Forum's ideas matched the ambition of its title.
The fence that 'peace' built
Israel's wall around the West Bank is the most stark expression of the peace process.
Two films at the New York Film Festival show individuals coming to terms with the past - and despairing of the future.
TV UK, 16 October
The Pardoner's Tale for our times: what do you have to do these days to deserve being beaten to death or poisoned?
A sorry state of affairs
The Fijians plan to apologise for eating the British; and the British plan another Bonfire Night panic.
Offside, 16 October
Football's snobs learn the correct way to express their prejudice.
A flagging identity
What's behind Labour's cosmetic attachment to flat caps and old songs?
|Friday 17 October 2003|
GM crop trials: Why?
The GM issue is not about how many butterflies can fit on a beet leaf.
|Monday 20 October 2003|
Out of his box
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on David Blaine's celebrity stunt.
|Tuesday 21 October 2003|
The UK government's campaign to make parents learn with their children is patronising, illiterate and dumb.
Mysticism and murder
Has the police investigation into the 'torso in the Thames' been led astray by obsessions with witchdoctory?
Killing Kill Bill
Why critics and fans alike are attacking Tarantino's fourth film.
Terry Eagleton's new book draws out the absurdities of cultural theory - but cannot move beyond it.
Sleeping with the enemy
Bush and bin Laden need each other as much as they despise each other.
|Wednesday 22 October 2003|
What's the point of outing a few racist policemen on TV?
|Thursday 23 October 2003|
Di another day
The reaction to Princess Diana's car-crash note shows a nation in thrall to conspiracy theories.
All process and no politics
For all the recurring crises, Northern Ireland's peace process seems to go on forever.
Axis of influence
Asian-Pacific states signed up to Bush's war on terror - but they're more interested in trading with China.
Offside, 23 October
Call me Caligula, but what exactly is wrong with footballers engaging in group sex?
Lemmy and friends look more and more like a tribute band.
TV UK, 23 October
The Secret Policeman was as empty-headed as the racist recruits it featured.
|Friday 24 October 2003|
The phoney moral crusade against racism
In an age when the old certainties have been eroded, ‘anti-racism’ has become a new etiquette.
|Monday 27 October 2003|
A dopey debate
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the furore about drugs in sport.
|Tuesday 28 October 2003|
The coalition's war has given rise to terrorism.
Pulling their putsches
Whether MPs back or sack Iain Duncan Smith, things can only get worse for the Tories.
Is Blair suffering from PMS?
After his heart scare, the myth of Prime Ministerial Stress.
Shaping our diet
The US Food Guide Pyramid used to reflect what the public ate. Now it's trying to change it.
Is Indonesia an Islamic hotbed that threatens the West? Mischa Moselle reports from Java, home of the Bali bombers.
Judging the judges
As judges get more power, they should expect more criticism.
|Thursday 30 October 2003|
Storm in an E-cup
Working mothers don't need breastfeeding rights at work, but real choices in life.
The 'pensions crisis' is not a result of an ageing population, but of a mean-minded political and business class.
Behind the lines of the general strike
A report from Italy on the 'part-time protest' over pension reforms.
TV UK, 30 October
Kenan Malik exposes the muddled thinking of diversity policy.
Who's responsible for rubbish?
Offside, 30 October
When it comes to drugs policy, the Football Association is off its head.
|Friday 31 October 2003|
Claims of a Tory leadership solution have been greatly exaggerated.