Iraqi WMD: new myths for old
Why is the anti-war side now spreading scare stories about 'loose nukes' and poisons threatening world peace?
Smoke without fire
A Euro-report warning of chemicals in scented candles crosses the line between scaremongering and self-parody.
A ticket to die
Behind the UK High Court's decision to allow a British woman to travel to a suicide clinic in Switzerland.
Rise of the robots
Loneliness, a desire for control, or just a bit of fun? Why young men are dreaming of a Robosapien for Christmas.
Ivory towers should be built on merit
It is patronising to working-class students to suggest that Oxbridge should 'positively discriminate' in their favour.
TV UK, 2 December
Hamming it up on The Medici and Panorama.
Offside, 2 December
Football's spitting wars.
|Friday 3 December 2004|
Galloway 1, free speech 0
Ex-Labour MP George Galloway was defamed, but his victory under English libel law is nothing to celebrate.
I’m the Home Secretary…Get Me Out of Here!
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Suffering the Democrat blues
The rise of Post-Election Selection Trauma in the USA shows just how personal the political has become.
Health in a sick society
The ‘public health’ agenda promotes powerlessness as the defining feature of our age.
|Tuesday 7 December 2004|
Can the Turner turn us on to politics?
It will take more than prize-winning arty videos to kickstart public life.
|Wednesday 8 December 2004|
Why the drugs don’t work
The problem isn't that doctors are too quick to prescribe anti-depressants, but that they have stretched the label of depression to cover the full range of human unhappiness.
Where’s the art in that?
A survey of lottery-funded arts centres finds that half a billion has been blown on 'buzz'.
Bringing the past to life
The pros and pitfalls of the BBC's attempt to digitise its archives.
|Thursday 9 December 2004|
It's good that childcare is on the political agenda – but what does the government mean by choice?
Offside, 9 December
Experts carp about the decline of football, while fans flood through the gates.
TV UK, 9 December
Christmas TV advertising: an irony-free zone.
|Friday 10 December 2004|
The ghost of Harold Shipman
The measures proposed in a report on Britain's first serial killer GP are likely to prove more damaging, to both doctors and patients, than the activities of one deranged doctor.
Taking the peace
Why have Northern Ireland's peace talks foundered on a spat over snapshots?
Rise of the victim-hero
spiked editor Mick Hume’s Notebook in The Times (London).
Constructing Global Civil Society
A new book asks why, from Iraq to Ukraine, Western politics is being played out everywhere but in the West.
Flying in the face of fear
British travellers are shirking terror warnings and taking to the skies in record numbers.
|Tuesday 14 December 2004|
Infectious diseases are still important
|Wednesday 15 December 2004|
Dumbing down? Don’t blame the media
The tendency to blame reality TV both trivialises and underestimates the problem.
Fundamentalism begins at home
A French author argues that new forms of Islam owe more to Western identity politics than to the Koran.
|Thursday 16 December 2004|
Offside, 16 December
The Semantic Inquisition haven't yet had their fill of Big Ron.
Disease becomes fetishised around individual behaviour and experience.
|Friday 17 December 2004|
The Blunkett debacle: bad news for democracy
What does any of this all-consuming grubby affair have to do with the business of politics?
Ten myths about assisted suicide
The flaws in the arguments for ending lives.
|Wednesday 22 December 2004|
Waste: a burning issue
A lot of rubbish is talked in the heated debate over Nottingham's incinerator.
|Thursday 23 December 2004|
Why the big issue of 2004 now leaves most people feeling bored
TV UK, 23 December
Finding joy in misery in the Shameless Christmas special.
House of Flying Daggers
The crisis of the Hollywood hero is forcing cinema audiences to look east for their superhumans.
|Wednesday 29 December 2004|
‘God save our tolerant Queen…’
The Queen's much-praised Christmas message on tolerance and diversity was an attempt to re-crown the monarch as defender of a new faith
Government incapacity on mental health
Why the introduction of the Mental Capacity Bill has been such a mad affair.
Offside, 29 December
Heavyweight boxing is almost out for the count.
What makes us exceptional?
New research could throw some light on the unique evolution of the human brain.