No sense please, we’re British
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the new Sexual Offences Act.
|Wednesday 5 May 2004|
A picture of uncertainty
What the torture snaps from Iraq reveal about the coalition.
Can technology can spam?
IT companies do battle with bulk email.
Pain and prejudice
Our understanding of pain has improved dramatically - so why are we no better at alleviating it?
Don’t blame me, blame my stress
A Canadian politician claimed that work worries made him steal a $50,000 ring - and everybody bought it.
‘War on terror’ games
While acts of international terrorism are on the decline, fantasy terrorism is booming in the West.
|Thursday 6 May 2004|
From Iraq to Europe, the media spins the spinners
What goes on in the pages of the Daily Mirror is deemed far more important than what goes on behind the closed doors of detention centres.
|Friday 7 May 2004|
Who Runs This Place?
Anthony Sampson, long-time dissector of Britain’s political anatomy, has trouble working out where the head is these days.
An Englishwoman in Washington on why, despite a lack of serious political opposition, the Bushies can’t do right for doing wrong.
Offside, 7 May
The fall of Leeds United was down to bad management, not over-ambition.
TV UK, 7 May
A grotesque morality tale masquerading as a teenage musical? Whatever.
|Monday 10 May 2004|
Promoters of Ireland's official anti-drinking campaign aren't thinking straight.
|Tuesday 11 May 2004|
Building for the future
The new book Why is Construction so Backward? puts the case for bigger, better housing.
Shadowboxing with the past
Why New Labour is dressing Michael Howard up as Thatcher-in-drag.
|Wednesday 12 May 2004|
New Labour makes the Jesuits look like liberals
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on parenting policy and 'infant determinism'.
|Thursday 13 May 2004|
Offside, 13 May
The chant laureate is shit, and he knows he is.
TV UK, 13 May
Are murderers made in trailer parks?
Waking up after the enlargement party
The new EU members have fallen under the dead hand of bureaucracy.
The Abu Ghraib torture scandal was pushed into the media by disgruntled military men, not campaigning journalists.
|Friday 14 May 2004|
Football Factory fodder
The response to a new film about hooligans suggests that while the soccerati might like football, they don’t like its fans.
Maxine Carr: Victim, villain - or what?
Misogynists and feminists are both using double standards to judge her.
Iraqi pictures: a fake is not a ‘fact’
We are in danger of descending into a world of anything-goes journalism.
From radical campaigning to blockading Italian docks in the name of EU agricultural legislation.
In a new photography exhibition, the remnants of the Troubles remain stuck between past and present.
|Monday 17 May 2004|
Down with soccerism
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on why football is not a role model for real life.
|Tuesday 18 May 2004|
UK Supreme Court: an empty shell?
The government has postponed its big idea for constitutional reform - because it can't find the right building to put it in.
|Wednesday 19 May 2004|
Science, and fiction
The Day After Tomorrow confuses fact with fiction. That's fine for Hollywood. But why are scientists going along with the story?
Not in front of the parents
The 14-year-old's 'secret' abortion shows that professionals now see Mum and Dad as the problem.
Fears of a personal debt crisis look more inflated than interest rates.
That joke isn’t funny anymore
How eternal misfit Morrissey became a man of our times.
Children Bill: monitoring problems
While the state spies on families to 'see what services they need', parents who ask for help are ignored.
Additions to the Saatchi Gallery suggest that there's life in young British art yet.
|Friday 21 May 2004|
Reading the marriage bans
Why does President Bush think a constitutional ban on gay marriage will solve his domestic problems?
Women: are we equal now?
And if so, so what?
TV UK, 21 May
Why are TV shows about buying, building or bettering our homes dominating the schedules?
Behind the shock results of India's elections.
|Monday 24 May 2004|
A ticking timebomb in us all?
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the scare tactics of the health promotion industry.
|Wednesday 26 May 2004|
A brief history of bollocks
Francis Wheen talks to Brendan O'Neill about creationism, McDonald's and the new anti-Enlightenment.
If people don't want children, a government grant is unlikely to change their mind.
Euro-smugness gets a free ride
European leaders are making the most of America's crisis over Iraq.
Two new books attempt to rethink intellectual property for the information age.
Not enough Culture Online
State-sponsored chatrooms don't increase public access to culture.
Conspicuous consumption, a century on
The owner of a new tweed jacket revisits Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class.
Play now, pay later?
Report on the spiked-seminar.
|Friday 28 May 2004|
A diet of hysteria
A new book suggests that the panic about obesity has been super-sized.
Passing the buck in Iraq
Bush and Blair are 'transferring sovereignty' to shirk responsibility for the consequences of their actions.
TV UK, 28 May
History documentaries get personal.
Is Abu Ghraib the military version of reality TV?
Those pictures of US soldiers abusing Iraqis are snapshots of our degenerate culture at home.
Offside, 28 May
Only a loser would abolish draws.
Bonfire of the investment opportunities
What were so many contemporary artworks doing in a warehouse in Leyton?