The Day After Tomorrow
A brilliantly made piece of sci-fi hokum.
Vivisection: Put human welfare first
Scientists who support a new centre for researching alternatives to animal testing have their priorities all wrong.
Postmodernity goes to war
Contemporary warfare is more about images and effects than bombs and battles.
How Liberty was lost on the internet
A recent research project found that even John Stuart Mill's libertarian classic wasn't safe from private internet censors.
|Wednesday 2 June 2004|
Coalition withdrawal symptoms
In its eagerness to usher in a new interim government, the coalition is disavowing political responsibility for Iraq.
|Thursday 3 June 2004|
Inflaming the oil crisis
There seems to be no danger of running out of pessimistic predictions about the end of oil.
Offside, 3 June
Palace fans need to lose their fear of Premiership heights.
Cranking up the cranks
Pre-election paranoia is allowing fringe parties to make the front pages.
Obesity and gross insults
British politicians think that we are powerless to resist the temptations of convenience food.
TV UK, 3 June
Indecent exposure by BBC3 and BB5.
The problem with mail suffrage
Democracy cannot be delivered through the letterbox.
The limits of ‘localism’
Politicians can't get closer to the electorate by talking about refuse collection.
|Friday 4 June 2004|
Whatever happened to RIP?
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on society's unhealthy obsession with dead bodies.
|Monday 7 June 2004|
Choking on the facts
The death of an obese toddler in a London hospital has been discussed as an open-and-shut case of death by gluttony. It was nothing of the sort, say experts.
Kicking against the new conformist pricks
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on why Gary Lineker out-rebels Big Brother's Kitten.
|Tuesday 8 June 2004|
Looking back in envy
What will the political elite do without D-Day – and Ronald Reagan?
No beating about the Bush
Why so few demonstrators rumbled the American president in Rome.
Blow the House down
Could terrorist groups really topple the Saudi elite?
Commuting: The life sentence?
Travelling to work shouldn't make us so hot under the collar.
|Friday 11 June 2004|
Nanotechnology - the next GM?
Green fears about 'self-replicating nano-bots' and 'grey goo' risk subverting rational discussion of a useful new technology.
Offside, 11 June
Euro 2004: The public health zealots come out to play
End of the Empire myth
The coalition left Iraq in spirit long ago - the new UN resolution suggests it wants out in body, too.
TV UK, 11 June
Niall Ferguson is a geopolitical Jeremy Clarkson, out to wind up bienpensant viewers.
|Monday 14 June 2004|
Why Good Lies are bad news
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).
The fad for flags
The popularity of the St George's Cross looks more like a display of multicultural identity politics than old-fashioned nationalism.
Construction and transport: Victorian Britain lives on
Risk-aversion, short-termism and technophobia are holding back the UK’s roads, railways and buildings.
Europe: ‘We blame the government - whoever they are’
The election results reveal that many of those who do bother to vote are at least as alienated as those who don't.
|Wednesday 16 June 2004|
The UK government's demand that patients should read doctors’ correspondence with each other will end in tears.
More sorry than safe
Professor Sir Colin Berry says our obsession with the precautionary principle is making life more dangerous.
Making the geopolitical personal
Anti-globalisation author Paul Kingsnorth seems more interested in self-discovery than radical politics.
Compulsory voting: turnout is not the problem
You can lead voters to the ballot box, but you can't make them vote how you want them to.
|Friday 18 June 2004|
Big Brother gets therapeutic
How did a silly drunken spat between the BB 11 come to make national news as a 'near riot'?
Offside, 18 June
Scratch the national euphoria surrounding every major football tournament and self-loathing lurks just beneath.
TV UK, 18 June
Hijabs, eye-patches and other fashion statements.
|Monday 21 June 2004|
Return of the working-class hero
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on Wayne Rooney.
|Wednesday 23 June 2004|
Shopping in the NHS
Promising patients the choice between St Thomas' or Barts does not amount to a political debate over healthcare.
Al-Qaeda: blowing up the numbers
Why both sides of the war debate choose to perpetuate myths about bin Laden's '18,000' terrorists.
MMR, autism and politics
The MMR issue has split families and friends as they were once divided 'over Thatcher and the miners'. Dr Michael Fitzpatrick talks about his new book.
Whatever happened to the flying car?
Low expectations keep personal flying vehicles grounded in the age of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Smiley unhappy people
A new guide for university staff promotes yellow badges and tea parties as an antidote to work stress.
What’s wrong with a National DNA Register?
A personal view on why centrally storing everyone's DNA is a 'flawless' idea.
|Friday 25 June 2004|
After Soham: taking liberties
The Bichard Inquiry replaces the presumption of innocence with the assumption that there is a bit of Ian Huntley in us all.
An epidemic of epidemiology
Yes, a seminal study proves the link between smoking and lung cancer. That does not mean we should swallow dubious statistics about other 'dangerous' lifestyles.
TV UK, 25 June
Clinton's garden shed.
Offside, 25 June
Wuz we robbed?
|Monday 28 June 2004|
Death is not a solution to the problems of living
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on voluntary euthanasia for the depressed.
|Tuesday 29 June 2004|
Get-out policy in Iraq
The US-led coalition has conjured up a phantom Iraqi government behind which it can hide its embarrassment.
Work till you want
Older people should be freed from the chains of a fixed retirement age.
Who’s our S.O.B. now?
The strange career of Ahmed Chalabi shows that America's henchmen are not what they were.
The loaded scales of ‘international justice’
Trials and tribulations at the International Criminal Court.
|Wednesday 30 June 2004|
There was good and bad fruit at the Big Apple’s film festival.
Fahrenheit 9/11 sparks Bush fires
Michael Moore's new film raises the temperature by appealing to the guts, not the head.