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Wednesday 1 October 2003 October 2003
Ellie Lee
University: Admission to what?
Giving students extra marks for being 'disadvantaged' does them no favours.

James Heartfield
What Edward Said
A reflection on the Palestinian theorist's strivings, insights and shortcomings.

Josie Appleton
Bournemouth dreaming
More self-delusion than socialism at the Labour Party conference.

Brendan O’Neill
Whatever happened to the anti-war movement?
Saturday's London march looked exhausted before it started.

Amol Rajan
Is there such a thing as harmful content?
Disagreements flowed freely at the spiked-seminar on internet regulation.

James Whicker
Meaning it
If hacks don't accept Blair's sincerity, they can't challenge his ideas.

Friday 3 October 2003
Mick Hume
If there is no alternative to this, we're all in reverse
Fear and pain at the Labour Party conference.

Patrick West
Other-wise admirable
Orientalism shines some light on British views of the Irish.

Josie Appleton
Needling suspicions
There are sound scientific reasons for refusing legal aid to anti-MMR campaigners, but it may help the junk science cause.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 3 October
This week, Gordon Brown imitated David Morrissey.

Jennie Bristow
Shaky foundations
The government's NHS reforms are a defensive attempt to nurse politics back to life.

Brendan O’Neill
Labour's phoney war
Both the pro- and anti-war camps used Iraq as a platform for conference posturing.

Jon Holbrook
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.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 3 October
Now Spurs fans have cast off their incompetent manager, perhaps they could stop moaning.

Raymond Perry
Judging liability
How do you limit the risk of swimming accidents? Dig up the public beaches!

Alan Miller
Enjoying the show
A Toronto Film Festival virgin delights in fine art, big stars and intimate conversation.

Alison Perrett
Imagining pornographers everywhere
How fears about the internet perverted my toddler's playtime.

Ciaran Guilfoyle
Inside out
Glass-walled, 'transparent' libraries won't help readers to see clearly.

Monday 6 October 2003
Mick Hume
Rape, rumours and justice
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the raping footballers allegations.

Tuesday 7 October 2003
Brendan O’Neill
Terror tactics
Israel namechecks the 'war against terror' to justify everything from incursions into Palestinian territory to the bombing of Syria.

Josie Appleton
Missing a trick
Derren Brown was firing a gun at his head - not at society's morals.

Thursday 9 October 2003
Alan Miller
The American Effect
Why are US writers and artists so down on the American dream?

Matt Warman
Flogging the boards
London theatres' cheap ticket schemes are a band-aid, not a cure.

Amol Rajan
Battle of the blogs
A recent spiked-seminar interrogated the hype over weblogs.

Grace Walker
New Labour gets frisky
Security was tight at the Bournemouth conference – and the delegates loved it.

Mick Hume
Have we all gone football crazy?
Some would prefer it if we could have the beautiful game without the ugly, oikish overpaid players.

Helen Searls
'I'll be blank'
Arnie's California victory shows the triumph of anti-politics.

Brendan O’Neill
Inspecting the truth
Those canonising UN weapons inspectors as the 'peace warriors' of Iraq have very short memories.

Jeremy Hazlehurst
Prozac's downer
Is the wonder drug of the 1990s just a jumped-up placebo?

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 9 October
Murduh, middle-youth and Hitler: the Rise of Evil.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 9 October
The charge that millionaire footballers have 'too much too young' is based on old-fashioned snobbery.

Patrick West
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
Jennie Bristow
The disability question
Dealing with disability requires resources, not rights.

Josie Appleton
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
Mick Hume
Can we have our ball back please?
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the middle-class soccerati.

Jennie Bristow
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
Jennie Bristow
'Biological' battery?
The case of the UK 'AIDS assassin' raises worrying questions about the relationship between sex and the law.

Austin Williams
Keeping up appearances
The UK government's new roads policy amounts to filling in pot-holes.

Josie Appleton
Policing differences
The Metropolitan Police's diversity policies have bred problems of their own.

Thursday 16 October 2003
Martyn Perks
Dark-sky thinking
If only the World Creative Forum's ideas matched the ambition of its title.

Brendan O’Neill
The fence that 'peace' built
Israel's wall around the West Bank is the most stark expression of the peace process.

Alan Miller
Shooting history
Two films at the New York Film Festival show individuals coming to terms with the past - and despairing of the future.

Dolan Cummings
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?

Patrick West
A sorry state of affairs
The Fijians plan to apologise for eating the British; and the British plan another Bonfire Night panic.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 16 October
Football's snobs learn the correct way to express their prejudice.

Neil Davenport
A flagging identity
What's behind Labour's cosmetic attachment to flat caps and old songs?

Friday 17 October 2003
Tony Gilland
GM crop trials: Why?
The GM issue is not about how many butterflies can fit on a beet leaf.

Monday 20 October 2003
Mick Hume
Out of his box
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on David Blaine's celebrity stunt.

Tuesday 21 October 2003
Jennie Bristow
Schooling Mum
The UK government's campaign to make parents learn with their children is patronising, illiterate and dumb.

Josie Appleton
Mysticism and murder
Has the police investigation into the 'torso in the Thames' been led astray by obsessions with witchdoctory?

Graham Barnfield
Killing Kill Bill
Why critics and fans alike are attacking Tarantino's fourth film.

Sandy Starr
After Theory...what?
Terry Eagleton's new book draws out the absurdities of cultural theory - but cannot move beyond it.

Brendan O’Neill
Sleeping with the enemy
Bush and bin Laden need each other as much as they despise each other.

Wednesday 22 October 2003
Josie Appleton
Copping it
What's the point of outing a few racist policemen on TV?

Thursday 23 October 2003
Brendan O’Neill
Di another day
The reaction to Princess Diana's car-crash note shows a nation in thrall to conspiracy theories.

Chris Gilligan
All process and no politics
For all the recurring crises, Northern Ireland's peace process seems to go on forever.

James Heartfield
Axis of influence
Asian-Pacific states signed up to Bush's war on terror - but they're more interested in trading with China.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 23 October
Call me Caligula, but what exactly is wrong with footballers engaging in group sex?

Patrick West
Motordead
Lemmy and friends look more and more like a tribute band.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 23 October
The Secret Policeman was as empty-headed as the racist recruits it featured.

Friday 24 October 2003
Mick Hume
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
Mick Hume
A dopey debate
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the furore about drugs in sport.

Tuesday 28 October 2003
Brendan O’Neill
Terrifying Iraq
The coalition's war has given rise to terrorism.

Josie Appleton
Pulling their putsches
Whether MPs back or sack Iain Duncan Smith, things can only get worse for the Tories.

David Wainwright
Is Blair suffering from PMS?
After his heart scare, the myth of Prime Ministerial Stress.

Peter Martin
Shaping our diet
The US Food Guide Pyramid used to reflect what the public ate. Now it's trying to change it.

Mischa Moselle
Fundamental misconceptions
Is Indonesia an Islamic hotbed that threatens the West? Mischa Moselle reports from Java, home of the Bali bombers.

Raymond Parry
Judging the judges
As judges get more power, they should expect more criticism.

Thursday 30 October 2003
Jennie Bristow
Storm in an E-cup
Working mothers don't need breastfeeding rights at work, but real choices in life.

Phil Mullan
Old Misers
The 'pensions crisis' is not a result of an ageing population, but of a mean-minded political and business class.

Dominic Standish
Behind the lines of the general strike
A report from Italy on the 'part-time protest' over pension reforms.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 30 October
Kenan Malik exposes the muddled thinking of diversity policy.

Patrick West
Binning self-control
Who's responsible for rubbish?

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 30 October
When it comes to drugs policy, the Football Association is off its head.

Friday 31 October 2003
Brendan O’Neill
Hooray Howard?
Claims of a Tory leadership solution have been greatly exaggerated.


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