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Monday 5 January 2004 January 2004
Mick Hume
Why Diana died
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the inquest into the death of Princess Di.

Brendan O’Neill
Chatter, chatter everywhere
By going public about every potential terror threat, America and Britain are fostering a climate of paranoia.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
A New Year prescription
The government should stop trying to improve people's health by telling them how to live their lives.

Mick Hume
Taking the P out of politics
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Tuesday 6 January 2004
Josie Appleton
Howard's ends
The Tory leader copies the words of great American leaders - and captures so little of their spirit.

Thursday 8 January 2004
Richard A Shweder
Tuskegee re-examined
A cultural anthropologist offers a counter-narrative to the infamous story of US government scientists allowing black men to suffer from untreated syphilis.

Jennie Bristow
The London mayor affair
Blair and Livingstone deserve each other.

Josie Appleton
Growing family trees
Why are so many people living their lives through their ancestors?

Sandy Starr
Giddy over Google
The world's biggest search engine is slated and feted for the wrong reasons.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 8 January
Reflections on football's Annus horribilis.

Peter Smith
Flying lows
The airline industry has been forced to the frontline in the 'war on terror'.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 8 January
Lord Winston's cowboy child psychology.

Friday 9 January 2004
Brendan O’Neill
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
Jennie Bristow
A fishy tale
The suspicions that lurk beneath the UK's salmon panic.

Brendan O’Neill
The Kilroy side-show
How did a silly, smarmy TV presenter get to pose as a martyr for free speech?

Josie Appleton
Picking over the Parthenon
The cooling of national passions reveals the real reason why the Elgin Marbles belong in Bloomsbury.

Mick Hume
Indecency in the eye of the beholder
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the crusade against the spectre of child porn.

Neil Davenport
A safe stirrer
Kilroy-Silk and the limits of populist punditry.

Wednesday 14 January 2004
David Chandler
Rigging other countries' votes
OSCE monitors now deem elections 'irregular' if people vote for the 'wrong' parties.

James Panton
Selling out universities
Having accepted the marketisation of higher education, critics of top-up fees have lost the argument.

Sandy Starr
The Naked Crowd
A new book by US legal theorist Jeffrey Rosen explains how risk-aversion threatens our freedom, technology, and security.

Patrick West
Darting about
Kilroy, darts, and the respectable working class.

Friday 16 January 2004
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
After Shipman


Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
After Shipman
Medical practice should not be reorganised in response to its only ever serial killer.

Brendan O’Neill
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.

Helene Guldberg
Bodily harm
The UK government's Human Tissue Bill will benefit nobody.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 16 January
Wall of Silence: a two-dimensional docudrama, but it works.

Monday 19 January 2004
Frank Furedi
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.

Mick Hume
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
Jennie Bristow
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.

Josie Appleton
Trapped in Guantanamo Bay
Why the Cuban camp has become an asset to the anti-war movement.

Thursday 22 January 2004
Sandy Starr
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.

Bill Durodié
Britain's bunker mentality
What kind of message does the UK's fortification of its overseas missions send to the world - and to terrorists?

Rob Lyons
Start spreading the blues
New year's eve in New York - how risk-aversion turns pleasure into a chore.

Patrick West
Not nice - but not a Nazi
Nietzsche's racist sister gave him his bad reputation.

Sandy Starr
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
Mick Hume
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.

Brendan O’Neill
'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.

David Wainwright
Sick of work?
Why millions of Britons have made the 'sicky' into a way of life.

Monday 26 January 2004
Mick Hume
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.

Tana Dineen
What Bethany did
Is a 13-year-old surfer's recovery from a horrific shark attack a blow to therapists peddling victimhood?

James Heartfield
'This is the hangover of a major bubble'
Doug Henwood discusses his new book, After the New Economy.

Tuesday 27 January 2004
Brendan O’Neill
WMD: 'Wasn't My Decision'
As the coalition finds no 'shiny, pointy things' in Iraq, everyone is dodging responsibility for the decision to invade.

Helene Guldberg
Monkeying around
With official equivocation over animal experiments, it isn't surprising that plans for a world-class primate research lab at Cambridge have been axed.

Jon Holbrook
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
Michael Baum
What mammography misses
A breast cancer specialist questions the wisdom of the UK government’s screening programme.

Josie Appleton
A blurred vision
Why the UK government has trouble drawing the line on drugs.

Jennie Bristow
Who needs parents?
When the body that regulates UK fertility treatment asks 'what are fathers for?', it is really questioning the point of parents.

Patrick West
Tools of War and Peace
Anti-globalisation protesters hate landmines - but what will they make of a genetically modified landmine detector?

Alan Miller
Nazi name-calling
Mentioning the N-word has become a cowardly way of shutting down debate.

Nico Macdonald
ICT wusses
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
Mick Hume
After Hutton
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
Jennie Bristow
BBC: cut the crap
The BBC is a broadcaster, not a political opposition.

Tessa Mayes
The chilling of investigative journalism
Law lords should not judge what reporters can and cannot say.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 30 January
Two documentaries on the miners' strike give a window on another age.


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