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Wednesday 5 January 2005 January 2005
Jennie Bristow
Riding the wave of compassion
Why has the UK media turned the Asian tsunami into a story All About Us?

Josie Appleton
When silence isn’t golden
The EU’s three minutes’ silence for the tsunami victims shows a competitive approach to grief.

Thursday 6 January 2005
Frank Furedi
How we deal with disasters
From 'Acts of God' to 'Acts of Nature' and 'Acts of Man' - humanity's reading of catastrophes has changed through the ages.

Friday 7 January 2005
Phil Mullan
It’s capitalism, but not as we know it
Economic cycles aren't what they used to be.

Mick Hume
Child abductions and urban legends
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Scott Campbell
Tall mall tales
Pre-teens 'addicted to shopping'? Don't buy it.

Dave Clements
Turning out the bright lights in big cities
Debating the UK government's dim vision for civic life.

Robert Latona
Scraps over terrorism
A journalist living in Spain wearies of politicians' post-Madrid finger-pointing.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 7 January
The BBC's Drugland is off its head.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 7 January
2004’s additions to the footballing lexicon.

Monday 10 January 2005
Tom Addiscott
DDT - okay in Africa after all?


Tuesday 11 January 2005
Josie Appleton
Politics gets personal
Far from being a media invention, the Blair/Brown spat reflects the malaise at the heart of political life.

Thursday 13 January 2005
Jennie Bristow
A bit of bingeing can be good for you
Binge-drinking goes against every uptight principle of our therapeutic society.

Josie Appleton
Taking the spark out of science
Health and safety fears are squeezing practical experiments out of the classroom.

Ed Barrett
The making of London’s ‘white trash’
Michael Collins' chronicle of South-East London looks for the roots of today's chav-bashing.

Tara McCormack
Not all votes are equal
The West's different responses to elections in Ukraine, Macedonia and Kosovo suggests that it only supports the will of the people when the people do as they're told.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 13 January
Vote for Me: can reality TV save democracy?

Russell Seitz
Why don’t we all have cancer?


Pauline Hadaway
No surrender to the censors
The director of a Belfast photography gallery on a recent spat over ‘blasphemous’ art.

Paula Baillie-Hamilton
Toxic chemicals cause numerous diseases


Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 13 January
Showing the red card to Robo-refs.

Friday 14 January 2005
Brendan O’Neill
A disastrous way to oppose war
Anti-war activists are demanding an equality of pity between Iraqis and the victims of the Asian tsunami.

Mick Hume
Prince Harry is not the only one belittling the Holocaust
spiked editor Mick Hume’s Notebook in The Times (London).

Ann Furedi
When Vera Drakes were everywhere
Abortion was a part of women’s lives long before it was made legal.

Mark Harrop
Our aversion to chemicals is a harmful distraction


David Haviland
Vera Drake
Mike Leigh's story of a working-class abortionist in Fifties London treads a fine line between storytelling and polemicising.

Monday 17 January 2005
John Leeson
We should reduce reliance on potential allergens


Joe Kaplinsky
Space cadets
If environmentalists had their way, probes would never have touched down on Titan, Saturn's moon.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Development should mean more than survival
'Sustainable development' leaves the poor vulnerable to natural disasters.

Rob Lyons
Excessive precaution is unnecessary and may be harmful


Georgina Downs
Precautionary approach needed to pesticides


Mick Hume
How the world has turned the tsunami rubble into a pulpit
Everybody wants to use the disaster as a platform for their own agenda.

Tuesday 18 January 2005
Jennie Bristow
What’s wrong with the World’s Oldest Mum?
It might be selfish and unnatural - but a woman in her 60s should have the choice to have a child.

Thursday 20 January 2005
Adam Burgess
Dial-a-scare
The mobile phone panic is fuelled by politics, not science.

Andrew Calcutt
Long live the King
Why Elvis is still Number One.

Josie Appleton
Putting the photos in perspective
Susan Sontag’s 28-year-old book On Photography gives a better take on the Iraq torture snaps than most of today’s commentaries.

James Heartfield
Pitting parent against parent
Official intervention in disputes over children encourages mums and dads to fight to the bitter end.

Tana Dineen
Keep ‘closure’ out of the courts
Justice shouldn't be about helping victims of crime 'come to terms' with what happened to them.

Rob Lyons
Offside, 20 January
FA Cup shock: some commentators think it still matters.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 20 January
War reporters: wearing their hearts on their bullet-proof vests.

Friday 21 January 2005
Mick Hume
Reality Torture in Basra
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Mischa Moselle
Nature’s revenge?
The religious, irrational and reactionary who argued that Asia's poor brought the tsunami upon themselves.

Monday 24 January 2005
Brendan O’Neill
Electing to cut and run
For coalition officials, the Iraqi election on Sunday is another opportunity to wash their hands of the mess their war created.

Munira Mirza
It’s not so grim up north
A new film about British Asians, Yasmin, is middle-class prejudice masquerading as social concern.

Timandra Harkness
Lording it over 4x4s
Are SUVs the new face of urban evil?

Wednesday 26 January 2005
James Heartfield
All talk and no bricks
Britain needs new homes - but the government just makes proposals.

Jennie Bristow
Wooing the property virgins
Can New Labour connect with the thirtysomething voter through feeling the pain of the first-time buyer?

Thursday 27 January 2005
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Fearing flu
Nobody knows whether or when there will be a new flu pandemic - but the panic about it is certainly bad for us.

Josie Appleton
Truly blue Tories
Whatever happened to the 'natural party of government'?

Norman Levitt
Hypothesis as thought-crime
Are women worse at maths than men? An American professor gives his view on the dispute engulfing Harvard.

Rob Lyons
Falling down
Jared Diamond’s new book, Collapse, offers fantasies about 'ecocide' instead of an understanding of history.

Jamie Douglass
Charles Clarke’s CV
The new man at the Home Office is more bad news for civil liberties.

Bruce Ames and Lois Swirsky Gold
Risk, cancer and manmade chemicals
Blaming synthetic chemicals for a 'cancer epidemic' is flawed science that makes for dubious policy.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 27 January
Teacher training ads appeal to Big Kids who like Little Kids.

Rob Lyons
Offside, 27 January
Rodney Marsh falls foul of victim culture.

Friday 28 January 2005
Mick Hume
The most dangerous ‘ism’ now is the new cynicism
The assumption that they are 'all lying bastards' easily extends into acceptance that there is no cause worth believing in today.

Mick Hume
Burying graveyard humour would be a grave loss
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).


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