Why Diana died
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the inquest into the death of Princess Di.
Chatter, chatter everywhere
By going public about every potential terror threat, America and Britain are fostering a climate of paranoia.
A New Year prescription
The government should stop trying to improve people's health by telling them how to live their lives.
Taking the P out of politics
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).
|Tuesday 6 January 2004|
The Tory leader copies the words of great American leaders - and captures so little of their spirit.
|Thursday 8 January 2004|
A cultural anthropologist offers a counter-narrative to the infamous story of US government scientists allowing black men to suffer from untreated syphilis.
The London mayor affair
Blair and Livingstone deserve each other.
Growing family trees
Why are so many people living their lives through their ancestors?
Giddy over Google
The world's biggest search engine is slated and feted for the wrong reasons.
Offside, 8 January
Reflections on football's Annus horribilis.
The airline industry has been forced to the frontline in the 'war on terror'.
TV UK, 8 January
Lord Winston's cowboy child psychology.
|Friday 9 January 2004|
A feeble excuse for politics
Britain's 'battle royal' over tuition fees is a pseudo-clash between a defensive government and its cowardly critics.
|Tuesday 13 January 2004|
A fishy tale
The suspicions that lurk beneath the UK's salmon panic.
The Kilroy side-show
How did a silly, smarmy TV presenter get to pose as a martyr for free speech?
Picking over the Parthenon
The cooling of national passions reveals the real reason why the Elgin Marbles belong in Bloomsbury.
Indecency in the eye of the beholder
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the crusade against the spectre of child porn.
A safe stirrer
Kilroy-Silk and the limits of populist punditry.
|Wednesday 14 January 2004|
Rigging other countries' votes
OSCE monitors now deem elections 'irregular' if people vote for the 'wrong' parties.
Selling out universities
Having accepted the marketisation of higher education, critics of top-up fees have lost the argument.
The Naked Crowd
A new book by US legal theorist Jeffrey Rosen explains how risk-aversion threatens our freedom, technology, and security.
Kilroy, darts, and the respectable working class.
|Friday 16 January 2004|
Medical practice should not be reorganised in response to its only ever serial killer.
The space where the argument should be
Battles of ideas will have to be won on Earth to make people feel positive about going to Mars.
The UK government's Human Tissue Bill will benefit nobody.
TV UK, 16 January
Wall of Silence: a two-dimensional docudrama, but it works.
|Monday 19 January 2004|
A danger to the nation's children
The NSPCC's new 'Someone To Turn To' campaign will poison family relations, says the author of Paranoid Parenting.
Disneyfying everyday life
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on society's celebration of the animal and denigration of the human.
|Wednesday 21 January 2004|
Seeds of suspicion
What's driving the UK government's decision to ditch anonymity for sperm donors? Not the wishes of parents or donors, or the best interests of children.
Trapped in Guantanamo Bay
Why the Cuban camp has become an asset to the anti-war movement.
|Thursday 22 January 2004|
Phoney basis to panic
Again the UK authorities find no evidence that mobile phones are a threat to health - and again they warn us to be cautious anyway.
Britain's bunker mentality
What kind of message does the UK's fortification of its overseas missions send to the world - and to terrorists?
Start spreading the blues
New year's eve in New York - how risk-aversion turns pleasure into a chore.
Not nice - but not a Nazi
Nietzsche's racist sister gave him his bad reputation.
The Last Samurai
The battle scenes in Tom Cruise's latest blockbuster are superb - so long as you ignore their moral message.
|Friday 23 January 2004|
Don't cheer if Hutton brings down Blair
It would only be a triumph for the Cynicism Party and another setback for any prospect of radical change.
'You are only allowed to see Bosnia in black and white'
Dutch intelligence expert Cees Wiebes tells how America allowed Iran to provide the Bosnian Muslims with weapons and Mujihadeen - and why so few in the Western media reported it.
Sick of work?
Why millions of Britons have made the 'sicky' into a way of life.
|Monday 26 January 2004|
The fame game
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on how silly celebs have filled the gap where public life used to be.
What Bethany did
Is a 13-year-old surfer's recovery from a horrific shark attack a blow to therapists peddling victimhood?
'This is the hangover of a major bubble'
Doug Henwood discusses his new book, After the New Economy.
|Tuesday 27 January 2004|
WMD: 'Wasn't My Decision'
As the coalition finds no 'shiny, pointy things' in Iraq, everyone is dodging responsibility for the decision to invade.
With official equivocation over animal experiments, it isn't surprising that plans for a world-class primate research lab at Cambridge have been axed.
Body parts scandal comes to court
Two thousand UK families are suing the NHS over the removal and retention of deceased family members' body parts - but do they have a case?
|Wednesday 28 January 2004|
What mammography misses
A breast cancer specialist questions the wisdom of the UK government’s screening programme.
A blurred vision
Why the UK government has trouble drawing the line on drugs.
Who needs parents?
When the body that regulates UK fertility treatment asks 'what are fathers for?', it is really questioning the point of parents.
Tools of War and Peace
Anti-globalisation protesters hate landmines - but what will they make of a genetically modified landmine detector?
Mentioning the N-word has become a cowardly way of shutting down debate.
With its low-key focus on the developing world, the World Summit on the Information Society suffered from a poverty of ideas.
|Thursday 29 January 2004|
Those who pinned their hopes on the Hutton Inquiry have pulled off the remarkable achievement of making the Blair government look good.
|Friday 30 January 2004|
BBC: cut the crap
The BBC is a broadcaster, not a political opposition.
The chilling of investigative journalism
Law lords should not judge what reporters can and cannot say.
TV UK, 30 January
Two documentaries on the miners' strike give a window on another age.