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Monday 2 February 2004 February 2004
Simon Knight
Scotland’s anti-social bill
A new law designed to keep kids off the streets will fragment communities further.

Mick Hume
Bestie RIP
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on why we should exorcise the grisly ghost of football legend George Best.

Brendan O’Neill
A tyranny of inquiries
The UK's disturbing tendency to leave politics to judges.

Wednesday 4 February 2004
Daniel Ben-Ami
Give us some credit
When it comes to understanding consumer debt, why do economists prefer pop psychology to statistics?

Josie Appleton
Cannibalism is not a lifestyle choice
Killing and eating somebody is murder - whether the victim wanted it or not.

Graham Barnfield
‘Man’s bullshit’ and other wars
Why Cold Mountain has gained a warm reception.

David Chandler
‘Balancing’ liberty and security
The UK home secretary's proposal for 'pre-emptive justice' to deal with potential terrorists shows how fear undermines freedom.

Bill Durodié
Blunkett jumps the gun
The laughable logistics of pre-empting terrorism.

Friday 6 February 2004
Rob Lyons
A poultry problem?
In dealing with avian flu, don't look to SARS for a model.

Martyn Perks
Dean and not heard
Howard Dean's virtual network was a poor substitute for political conviction.

Mick Hume
Hawking’s trouble and strife
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on why the police should butt out of Stephen Hawking's private life - and everyone else's.

Henry Joy McCracken
Holes in the space mission
Forget Bush's short hop to the Moon - it's time to boldly go to Mars.

Jennie Bristow
Britain’s gay (con)sensus
According to the UK Census, there are hardly any gay couples - but that won’t stop the state from courting them.

Patrick West
Lifting the veil on Enlightenment values
The French ban is dumb - but you've got to admire it.

Stuart Derbyshire
As if AIDS isn’t bad enough
...the UNAIDS campaign in Africa is making it worse.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 6 February
Drunk and Dangerous in Cardiff.

Monday 9 February 2004
Mick Hume
Maxine is not another Myra - or a Mary Bell
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the furore over Maxine Carr.

Tuesday 10 February 2004
Brendan O’Neill
How they won the war, but lost the plot
The coalition brought the WMD debacle upon itself.

Barbara Hewson
The problem with family courts
Therapeutic jurisprudence has stripped parents of fundamental rights.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
The cot death controversy
There are prejudices on both sides of the argument about Professor Roy Meadow and the mothers accused of killing their babies.

Thursday 12 February 2004
Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 12 February
Angels in America was a ridiculously overblown, overhyped and self-consciously worthy luvviefest, but let's not hold that against it.

Josie Appleton
After Morecambe Bay
The cocklers' tragedy has been turned into a Dickensian melodrama.

Ann Furedi
Abortion, Motherhood and Mental Health
Ellie Lee's new book challenges the fashionable belief that motherhood makes you mad.

Jennie Bristow
Another nasty sex campaign
Why is the Department of Health getting its knickers in a twist about STIs?

Patrick West
The unspeakable is here to stay
Words can still shock us - even if Johnny Rotten's c-word rant couldn't.

Joe Kaplinsky
Bring back the weathermen
Controlling the weather is nearly within our grasp. We shouldn't shy away.

James Woudhuysen
Why is construction so backward?
The UK government should ditch the sustainababble and build the prefab houses Britain needs.

Friday 13 February 2004
Brendan O’Neill
Don’t ease the state’s burden of proof
Convicting an individual of a criminal offence is supposed to be difficult.

Mick Hume
Blair’s long retreat into ‘lifestyle’ politics
New Labour's big idea for improving life in Britain? Ban happy hours in pubs.

Monday 16 February 2004
Mick Hume
Give me Jesus rather than this
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on proposals to include atheism in school religious education classes.

Wednesday 18 February 2004
Ken McLaughlin
PC or not PC?
Rumours of a backlash against political correctness in social work have been greatly exaggerated.

Dave Perks
What school rules?
Unless schools set high academic standards, they will never get the buggers to behave. A teacher writes.

Daniel Rathwell
Raising development horizons
The education charity WORLDwrite aims to question orthodoxies during its upcoming Ghana exchange.

Josie Appleton
Suffering for herself
What use is MP Jenny Tonge's 'empathy' to the Palestinians?

Sandy Starr
The Creative Commons
Lawrence Lessig, world expert on internet law, is fighting to defend creativity.

Brendan O’Neill
Rent-a-resistance
Both the coalition and its critics read what they want into the actions of the faceless insurgents in Iraq.

Thursday 19 February 2004
Patrick West
Whatever…
The cult of the Dice Man.

Jennie Bristow
Examination, examination, examination
Forget this endless exam reform - bring back education.

Monday 23 February 2004
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
MMR: Investigating the interests
Dr Andrew Wakefield isn't the only person with questions to answer following revelations that he failed to disclose a conflict of interest in his work linking MMR with autism.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
MMR: Investigating the interests
Dr Andrew Wakefield isn't the only person with questions to answer following revelations that he failed to disclose a conflict of interest in his work linking MMR with autism.

Tuesday 24 February 2004
Helene Guldberg
Why humans are superior to apes
The fashion for equating chimps with children is based on a degraded view of humanity and an ignorance about animals.

Helene Guldberg
Why humans are superior to apes
The fashion for equating chimps with children is based on a degraded view of humanity and an ignorance about animals.

Wednesday 25 February 2004
Eve-Ann Prentice
Another side to the Balkans
The author of One Woman's War remains concerned about the consequences of Western intervention in the former Yugoslavia.

Brendan O’Neill
Who made a mess of Haiti?
The last thing Haitians need is any more 'help' from Washington.

Josie Appleton
The view from the prison cell
Where does feeling the pain of the Guantanamo prisoners get us?

Mick Hume
A police state, without any police
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Thursday 26 February 2004
Patrick West
I’m an uncaring celebrity, get me out of here
Conspicuous Compassion: the author responds.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 26 February
It's bad sport to snitch on the other teams' goal celebrations.

Jennie Bristow
The end of the affairs
Was Sex and the City's climax a triumph for romance, or did the girls simply grow up?


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