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Tuesday 1 February 2005 February 2005
George Blecher
Healthier in lungs, poorer in spirit
A non-smoking New Yorker misses the illicit, adult camaraderie of smoke-filled bars.

Dr Liz Frayn
Checking up on ourselves
Should we really be scrutinising our balls, breasts and bowels for signs of cancer?

Jennie Bristow
Marriage and its malcontents
Why should you discuss your 'bits' with a vicar before tying the knot?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
David Widgery: did he lose faith?
A new biography of the renowned left-wing GP shows how political crisis spawned personal crisis.

JJ Charlesworth
What has happened to art criticism?
The critic is becoming a dandified copywriter, producing 'beautiful writing about beautiful objects and their beautiful makers’.

Thursday 3 February 2005
Daniel Ben-Ami
Poor ambitions for the world
Despite its bold name, the new celebrity campaign won't Make Poverty History.

Josie Appleton
Politics on the shelf
By trying to 'harness consumerism', health secretary John Reid sells public life short.

Stuart Waiton
Tying teenagers down
Why does the UK government want to stop young people 'just hanging out' with their friends?

David Chandler
Holding nations in custody
Three new books consider trusteeship and other remedies for ‘failed states’.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 3 February
Wenger v Ferguson: a matter for the Met?

Tuesday 8 February 2005
James Woudhuysen
Dresden: Don’t apologise - understand
The debate surrounding the sixtieth anniversary of the firestorming of Dresden shows how sober analysis of history is being distorted by angst about the world today.

Brendan O’Neill
Why waste time tanning Kilroy’s hide?
The only thing lamer than Robert Kilroy-Silk is a professional Kilroy-basher.

Jennie Bristow
Offending for ourselves
Writers and actors campaigning against the UK government's attempts to outlaw 'religious hatred' deserve a large audience, and a round of applause.

Mick Hume
Global warming: how ‘sceptic’ became a dirty word
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Wednesday 9 February 2005
Josie Appleton
‘You feel alienated in your own backyard’
Today's concern about immigration seems to be less a story about them, than a story about us.

Thursday 10 February 2005
Nicholas Frayn
A blast from the past
Bush's stage-managed peace deal for the Middle East looks like Clinton's Camp David on replay.

David Clements
Accounting for community spirit
By promoting volunteering as good for your health, self-esteem or bank balance, the government sells it short.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 10 February
Germaine Greer: from Big Brother to bunny-boiler.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 10 February
Cantona's kung-fu kick, 10 years on.

Patrick Marmion
Taking the pain out of ‘humane’
On art critics' use and abuse of the h-word.

Friday 11 February 2005
Rob Lyons
Cool heads required
As long as the climate change debate is fuelled by politics, the science will remain up in the air.

Mick Hume
From immigration to Iraq, they are a political class apart
The gap between the public and politics is yawning - in every sense.

Mick Hume
From Guildford to Guantanamo: how the world has changed
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Saturday 12 February 2005
Anthony Stavrianakis
Should we leave it to experts to worry about disease epidemics?


Monday 14 February 2005
Shirley Dent
Love’s arrow misses the mark
On Valentine's Day: have we become too uptight to fall head over heels?

Helene Guldberg
Who will stand up for animal experiments?
We need fewer laws against animal rights activists, and more arguments in defence of vivisection.

Wednesday 16 February 2005
Peter Marsh
Fat and fiction
A new study finds that claims of a childhood obesity epidemic in the UK have been hugely overblown.

Josie Appleton
Election 2005: a one-man show?
Blair's message for the British people: it's the Third Way or no way.

Thursday 17 February 2005
Jennie Bristow
Well, he started it
Under attack for his 'concentration camp guard' jibe, London mayor Ken Livingstone has fallen foul of the intolerant climate that he helped to create.

Brendan O’Neill
Iraq: a peculiar peace
Post-election Iraq is neither a 'new democracy' nor an Islamic state in waiting, but a nation pacified by stasis.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 17 February
Blood on Our Hands: a Civil War morality tale about the perils of propaganda.

Helene Guldberg
Free speech in the dock
A European court has ruled that the McLibel Two should have received legal aid. But English libel law should be scrapped, not tweaked.

Jonny Thakkar
The End of the Future
After the nostalgic theatrics at the American Super Bowl, it’s clear why Fukuyama’s ‘End of History’ thesis hits home.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 17 February
The end of the Arse-fixation.

Frank Furedi
The new Chief Inquisitor on campus
From ethics committees to ‘learning outcomes’, the threat to academic freedom comes from within the university as much as from without.

Friday 18 February 2005
Mark Aldulaimi
Million Dollar Baby
Clint Eastwood’s new film shows the barbarity of boxing, but ignores its nobility.

Mick Hume
How about an anti-wristband wristband?
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Monday 21 February 2005
Brendan O’Neill
The mystery of the Guantanamo hookers
Did American guards really hire prostitutes to menstruate on detainees' faces?

Chris Bickerton
Euro-elites desperately seeking demos
The EU constitution expresses the will of a phantom European public.

Elizabeth Whelan
Chemophobia cleans up
The president of the American Council on Science and Health on how New York's governor fell for junk science.

David Perks
We don’t need no thought control
The UK government sees schools as a weapon in its war against feckless parents and feral children.

Neil Davenport
Can’t stand him now
How the tabloids turned ex-Libertine Pete Doherty into 'Potty Pete', their favourite edgy crackhead.

Wednesday 23 February 2005
Josie Appleton
Charles and Camilla: the sting in the fairytale
The British monarchy is so crisis-ridden that it can't even organise a wedding in a castle.

Thursday 24 February 2005
Sarah David
European debate takes a nosedive
Just why are Green MEPs campaigning for a ban on night flights?

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 24 February
Breakaway Man Utd fans, take note: 'authentic' clubs are for losers.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 24 February
Dispatches: Defend the Right to Blaspheme?

Jennie Bristow
Choice, liberty and the evil weed
Smoking is not a cause - but anti-smoking has become a crusade.

Scott Campbell
Failing the Tebbit test
Barracking for a sports team has little to do with ‘where you come from’.

Friday 25 February 2005
Rob Lyons
Making a meal out of school dinners
Jamie Oliver’s campaign for better grub for schoolkids promotes modern prejudices about food.

Norman Levitt
Censoring the menu
The 'Fat Bitch' sandwich is the latest target of the language cops on one US campus.

Jamie Douglass
Sir Ian Blair - a right Charlie
The new Met chief's crackdown on middle-class cokeheads is a PC stunt.


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