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Monday 1 November 2004 November 2004
Mick Hume
White-trash bashing
Read spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the trashy politics of the Bushophobics.

Tuesday 2 November 2004
Jonny Thakkar
The medium and the message
Why is American political debate so lame?

Wednesday 3 November 2004
Mick Hume
Four more years of what? The debate starts here
The US election campaign showed that politics has become a dangerously passive spectator sport - spiked wants to change that.

Josie Appleton
Bonfire of our sanity
Safety regulations have taken the sparkle out of fireworks night.

Brid Hehir
The pregnancy police
Telling midwives to quiz pregnant women about domestic violence is an abuse of their position of trust.

Philip Cunliffe
Blacking up in Darfur
African Union troops are being enlisted to give a respectable face to Western intervention.

There needs to be a reappraisal of what the gap year has to offer
Give me a break
A student taking a year out thinks African villages could do without the 'help' of middle-class gappers.

Friday 5 November 2004
Helene Guldberg
Boy in a non-plastic bubble?
We can't shut our kids away from environmental chemicals.

Neil Davenport
Capitalism in ‘unfair’ shock!
The Corporation is a crushingly dull movie full of 'Frank Beard facts'.

Dolan Cummings
A feel-smug movie
The Corporation allows you to criticise capitalism from the safety of your sofa.

Andrew Calcutt
John Peel died in 1998
With Home Truths, he crossed the fine line between Scouse-ish wit and cloying sentimentality.

Mick Hume
Putting a banger in the works
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 5 November
Adrian Mutu might have saved his skin if he'd joined Coke Snorters Anonymous.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 5 November
Murder Prevention: the Metropolitan Police go sci-fi.

Tuesday 9 November 2004
Mick Hume
Bush whacking: It’s the mythology, stupid
It's been a week of dishonesty and denial about why Bush won.

Austin Williams
Off the rails
Reactions to the crash at Ufton Nervet will make our transport system even slower.

Shirley Dent
Are you being served?
London’s Selfridges used to showcase the splendours of the world. Today it feeds the fantasy of ‘me’.

Wednesday 10 November 2004
David Chandler
Why the north-east assembly went south
A vote against too many politicians, too few powers, or what?

Chris Bickerton
No ‘spectator nation’
Turmoil in the Ivory Coast puts paid to the claim that France is anti-war.

Joanna Williams
Those who can’t teach, socially include
Education or social inclusion? A teacher argues that you can't have both.

Brendan O’Neill
Fallujah: a theatre of war
Both the US forces and insurgents are playing war games.

Brendan O’Neill
After the American election
Read the responses to the spiked debate.

Thursday 11 November 2004
James Heartfield
Arafat’s tragedy
He helped to found the idea of Palestinian independence, but ended up as a mouthpiece of great power politics.

Josie Appleton
Wearing your heart on your lapel
As the remembrance poppy is emptied of meaning, phoney protests against it blossom.

Alex Standish
Did the kids rock or suck?
Breaking down America’s rising youth vote.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 11 November
Grotesque caricatures and ritual humiliation: comedy, Channel 4 style.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 11 November
Why is Scottish fitba in such wretched health?

Friday 12 November 2004
Josie Appleton
Bottling up for the party season
A new stopper to protect against drink-spiking mixes 'awareness raising' with product promotion.

Mick Hume
Suicide isn’t painless
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Monday 15 November 2004
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
We have ways of making you stop smoking
The parallels - and differences - between Nazi Germany's 'war on cancer' and New Labour's crusade against the evil weed.

Tuesday 16 November 2004
Elizabeth Salter Green
The threats are grave
'There is a toxic soup cocktail, which can undermine the very biological processes that are fundamental to the viability of all species.'

Bill Durodié
A question of fear, not chemistry
'Many of the concerns about chemicals can best be described as conclusions in search of data.'

Wednesday 17 November 2004
Neil Addison
Divided before the law
A barrister tells a cautionary tale from Australia, on the dangers of creating a crime of incitement to religious hatred.

Dr Liz Frayn
Endoscopies for all?
British plans for a national bowel cancer screening programme could do as much harm as good.

Jennie Bristow
What future for the family?
Behind the 'mommy wars' and the new politics of the family.

Robert Latona
Fumbling for government
Spain's prime minister may look like Mr Bean - is he also behaving like him?

Thursday 18 November 2004
Josie Appleton
Hate-Crime Chic
What's behind the authorities' obsession with outing homophobia?

Richard Bailey
Lessons of the great unknown
An educational expert on how adventure holidays teach kids to cope with risk.

Jamie Douglass
Fag-bashing
Smokers are the new lepers.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 18 November
In praise of the tannoy shock jocks.

Friday 19 November 2004
Mick Hume
An epidemic of epidemics
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill
‘Informed choice’ is no choice at all
The UK government’s White Paper Choosing Health makes a mockery of the c-word.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
How did the doctor get away with it?
Brian Deer's investigative documentary on MMR went some way towards redeeming the reputation of the media.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
How did the doctor get away with it?
Brian Deer's investigative documentary on MMR went some way towards redeeming the reputation of the media.

Dave Clements
Holding the line
It's a disoriented adult society that needs ASBOs to discipline youth.

Tuesday 23 November 2004
Brendan O’Neill
Feed the West’s ego
It's Christmas time, and there is a need to be afraid: the sanctimonious Band Aid brigade is back.

Josie Appleton
Bully for who?
Anti-bullying policies confuse serious abuse with the rough and tumble of childhood.

Wednesday 24 November 2004
Anthony Stavrianakis
A design for life
America's latest creationist theory relies less on Biblical absolutes than on appeals to today's cultural relativism.

Mick Hume
Who isn’t exploiting the politics of fear?
Blair's one-eyed critics are making the same mistake as Bush's opponents.

Kunal Dutta
Pulling Private Ryan
Pacifism, censoriousness or post-Janet Jackson caution - what made 20 US TV stations withdraw the Veterans Day screening of Spielberg's patriotic war flick?

Francis Boorman
Talking nonsense
Why is the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority teaching secondary-school pupils about words like 'mmmm'?

Austin Williams
Charity by extortion
Should speeding motorists pay off the victims of other people's crimes?

Thursday 25 November 2004
Josie Appleton
The Ukraine takes the strain
This is less a civil war, than a tug-of-war between Washington and Moscow.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 25 November
Looking for roots in I Won't Marry White.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 25 November
Sanctimonious jeering at Spaniards won't tackle racism.

Friday 26 November 2004
Helene Guldberg
Stop apologising for animal experiments
We don't need more laws against animal rights activists, but a more robust defence of animal experimentation.

Mick Hume
A moral crusade against monkey-chanters?
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Sandy Starr
Watching what we watch
An event on 'media literacy' gave a glimpse into the twilight world of Ofcom, the UK media regulator.

Tuesday 30 November 2004
Josie Appleton
Blunkett made his bed
The government wants to keep the home secretary's affair out of the papers, but it helped to erode the boundary between public and private life in the first place.


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