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Friday 1 October 2004 October 2004
Brendan O’Neill
The politics of pick’n'mix
Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice, on why the consumerist ethos has no place in public life.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 1 October
Red tape is tying up goal celebrations.

Tessa Mayes
Princess of privacy
Caroline of Monaco went shopping for censorship at the European Court, and found just what she was looking for.

Jamie Douglass
Arms-length policing
The Taser stun gun allows police to immobilise a suspect without getting their hands dirty.

Sandy Starr
Saving me from myself?
A chocolate-lover mourns the passing of the King-Size Mars Bar.

Rob Lyons
TV UK, 1 October
Good TV shouldn't have to double up as social work.

Tuesday 5 October 2004
Brendan O’Neill
Blowing up Zarqawi
How the coalition transformed a failed fringe fanatic into The World’s Most Dangerous Terrorist.

Dr Helene Guldberg
The myth of ‘infant determinism’
Despite claims, science does not prove that our adult lives are determined by infant experiences.

Mick Hume
They’re hatin’ it
Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the junk propaganda of the anti-McDonald's brigade.

Thursday 7 October 2004
Josie Appleton
Beware geeks bearing gifts
The claim that 900,000 Brits are the victims of stalking comes from conflating pests with psychopaths.

Stephen Bremner
Trying to change the world on the cheap
One thing that the much-feted 'We Are What We Do' campaign won't do is transform society.

Dr Liz Frayn
An unhelpful helpline
By referring the worried well to GPs and A&E, NHS Direct makes unnecessary work for already overstretched doctors.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 7 October
The truth about Sex Traffic.

Jamie Douglass
The thin white line
The 'war on drugs' is off its head.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 7 October
On Palace's bouncebackability.

James Woudhuysen
Metro miserablists
Two new top-level reports only seem to see the downsides to life in a big city.

George Blecher
It’s mutual hatred, stupid
Both Democrats and Republicans are taking their disappointment with politics out on each other.

Friday 8 October 2004
Daniel Rathwell
The Qibla Cola path of resistance
London students are trying to fight the US hegemon through the drinks machine.

Monday 11 October 2004
James Heartfield
Deconstructing Derrida
The French philosopher is dead, but his legacy lives on in the age of unreason.

Mick Hume
You can never find a policeman when you’re being murdered
Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on the British police's stand-off approach to firearm incidents.

Tuesday 12 October 2004
Sandy Starr
Mourning the Man of Steel
The best tribute we could pay to the late Christopher Reeve is to champion medical science.

Josie Appleton
Selling Afghans short
The ballot boxes were full, but the election was empty of meaning.

James Greenstein
Gaps in the grid
How to build the energy system that we need.

Francis Boorman
I’m a teenager, get me out of here
An 18-year-old ‘voter virgin’ is not impressed by the latest attempts to bring out the youth vote.

Sandy Starr
Mourning the Man of Steel
The best tribute we could pay to the late Christopher Reeve is to champion medical science.

Wednesday 13 October 2004
Mick Hume
Who would choose ‘Ronseal politics’?
British politicians’ latest response to a crisis of trust is to promise...nothing.

Brendan O’Neill
Can music incite murder?
Doctah X of the Black Music Council and Peter Tatchell of OutRage! put the case for and against hardcore Jamaican dancehall.

Friday 15 October 2004
Daniel Ben-Ami
Why Globalisation Works
Martin Wolf does a good demolition job on the economics of the anti-globalisation movement, but fails to excavate its foundations.

Phil Mullan
Ageing: the future is affordable
The real problem in the 'pensions crisis' is not demographics, but our mean-spirited attitude towards the elderly.

Pauline Hadaway
Trying to make waves on the Waterfront
Belfast's cultural authorities want landmark buildings - they just don’t know what to put in them.

Rob Lyons
TV UK, 15 October
Batman and Geldof on fathers and justice.

Kevin Yuill
Will baby Charlotte’s be a ‘good death’?
An argument for why the quality of a life should not be decided in the High Court.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 15 October
Kick 'anti-racism' out of football.

Monday 18 October 2004
Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 18 November
Victorian moral conflicts were so much more straightforward.

Jan Bowman
Cruel to be kind
Making animals suffer is generally a bad thing - unless it's done for the good of humanity.

Mick Hume
Stub out that fact and extinguish that opinion
Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the new moral orthodoxy on smoking.

Tuesday 19 October 2004
Chris Bickerton
The cultural curtain
Europe's tortured debate about Turkey exposes the fragile state of the EU.

Brendan O’Neill
Uncle Sam doesn’t want you
...so why is fear of military conscription so widespread in America?

Brendan O’Neill
Hans off Iraq!
How Hans Blix and other weapons inspectors paved the way for war.

Francis Boorman
Another debate is possible
Everything was tolerated at the European Social Forum - except an argument.

Thursday 21 October 2004
Josie Appleton
Supermarket sweep
Is the rise of Tesco such a terrible thing?

Jamie Douglass
Turning curtain-twitchers into cops
Britain's plans for 25,000 Community Support Officers will put busybodies on the beat.

Rob Lyons
TV UK, 21 October
Himalaya: one man and his mountain.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 21 October
Never mind the Beckhamology.

Alex Standish
What’s rocking the youth vote?
A British lecturer in America finds his students committed to voting in the presidential election, but lacking in political commitment.

Friday 22 October 2004
Brendan O’Neill
No shooting please, we’re British
The storm over the movement of Black Watch troops in Iraq suggests the British elite is happy to support a war so long as it doesn't have to fight one.

Sandy Starr
Progress doesn’t just ‘emerge’
By championing spontaneous collectivism, internet geeks and gurus are giving up on human agency.

Daniel Ben-Ami
The dismal quackery of eco-economics
The notion that economic growth has to be curtailed is tragic when billions still live in dire poverty.

David Wainwright
Boris in the stocks
Johnson's penitential trip to Liverpool suggests that British politics is in a sorry state.

Monday 25 October 2004
Mick Hume
Defend the Right to Be Offensive
Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the fallout from Borisgate.

Tuesday 26 October 2004
Brendan O’Neill
The new dirty mac brigade
Who are the real sad gits - those who seek some quick relief from a dirty video, or the cultural and literary elite who now think that porn is profound?

Josie Appleton
The great asylum game
Why big plans for a joint EU immigration policy floundered at Dover.

Wednesday 27 October 2004
Alex Gourevitch
X marks the…what?
Why it appears so difficult to predict the presidential victor.

Jennie Bristow
Right decisions, made by the wrong people
Doctors and parents both want what's best for terminally ill babies - so why are they clashing in the High Court?

Tana Dineen
The feeling man’s president
A psychologist analyses Bush’s gut appeal.

Thursday 28 October 2004
Frank Furedi
The politics of fear
President Bush isn’t the only one who plays the scare card.

Rob Lyons
Saturday night, Sunday mourning
Rob Lyons reports from Nottingham on the public grieving that followed the tragic shooting of a teenage girl.

Francis Boorman
Uneducated reforms
For this recent A-level graduate, the Tomlinson Report makes uninspiring reading.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 28 October
Bush imitates Bartlet.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 28 October
It takes more than a bad food fight to ruin good football.

Helen Searls
Divided States of America
The fewer differences there are between the candidates, the more bitter the Republican/Democrat divide seems to become.

Friday 29 October 2004
Phil Mullan
Turner report: an old story
The 'pensions crisis' is not the result of demographics, but of our leaders' miserly attitude towards the elderly.


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