Breast- and bottle-feeding: Is ‘better’ always best?
When new mothers find that 'informed choice' is no choice at all, it's time for a real debate.
Fathers 4 Justice: Design-a-movement
The leader of Britain's high-profile campaign group tells how he constructed its image.
Creationism, pluralism and the compromising of science
The trouble with 'teaching the controversy'.
|Friday 4 March 2005|
Questioning the New Conformism
Our potential to make greater choices today is continually thwarted.
Sold short in the Short Strand
What's behind the anti-IRA protests in republican Belfast?
Why should 60m Britons live in fear of one West Country weird-beard?
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times.
No Beirut Spring
The anti-Syria protests in Lebanon have been packaged as a glossy good-news story - but the truth is more troubling.
We’re all gonzo now
Hunter S Thompson's penchant for putting himself in the story is today what passes for mainstream journalism.
Architect of the Year 2004
Blueprint magazine decides its design awards by public ballot.
Offside, 4 March
Barring foreigners won't raise the level of the British game.
TV UK, 4 March
Guantanamo - from realpolitik to reality TV.
Walking among the lonely crowd
Ian McEwan’s new novel, Saturday, takes the temperature of Britain’s biggest-ever anti-war demo.
|Tuesday 8 March 2005|
Keeping black boys in the ghetto?
For all the sound and fury, the CRE's proposal for segregated lessons is the logical outcome of mainstream multicultural policy.
|Thursday 10 March 2005|
‘Agents of persuasion’? Just say no
GPs should defy government orders to 'reshape unhealthy behaviour'.
Anti-terror bill: a hollow debate
The clash over the UK government's Prevention of Terrorism Bill is not the 'fight for freedom' some imagine it to be.
What’s behind the State of Fear?
Michael Crichton's latest blockbuster asks some good questions, but shoots at the wrong target.
Making learning uncool
The establishment disses education as much as hip-hop ‘playas’.
Offside, 10 March
Are foul-mouthed footballers corrupting our youth?
Michael Winterbottom's sexually explicit 9 Songs ends up reproducing the anti-humanism of pornography.
TV UK, 10 March
Casanova and the culture of smut.
|Tuesday 15 March 2005|
Whose Choice is it Anyway?
Report on the spiked conference.
|Wednesday 16 March 2005|
Should abortion be an election issue? Vote no!
The UK abortion debate promotes emotion over political principle, and forgets about women's rights.
McCartneys: how the personal became political
From the Short Strand to the White House - the internationalisation of a local campaign for justice.
Jack Straw’s global gun law
Why should we trust the UK foreign secretary to decide which countries can and cannot be trusted with arms sales?
Throwing salt on ‘the scar of Africa’
Tony Blair's Commission for Africa Report is a recipe for further underdevelopment.
Assisted dying should be legalised
A representative of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society responds to criticisms of the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill made on spiked.
Late abortion and the ‘fetal pain’ fallacy
The USA's ban on 'partial-birth abortion' rests on flawed arguments about fetal development.
|Friday 18 March 2005|
What’s left to vote for?
We ask author John Harris why the main aim of his anti-New Labour tactical voting campaign is to keep Labour in power.
Hard to swallow
Jamie Oliver's hit TV show Jamie's School Dinners seemed to endorse some 'porkies' about modern food.
Welcome to Chicken Little Britain
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Offside, 18 March
Refs who can't handle a bit of vilification are in the wrong game.
Keep your eyes on the road
New police powers could turn motorists into outlaws.
TV UK, 18 March
The Government Inspector: a sentimental morality play.
|Wednesday 23 March 2005|
Our unhealthy obsession with sickness
Why is being ill now embraced as a positive part of the human experience?
Jamie Oliver’s recipe for an unappetising election
How has the fat content of school dinners come to top the political agenda?
Private tragedy as political farce
Both sides of the sordid legal scrap over Terri Schiavo devalue the meaning of life.
Shopping for love
Online dating sites provide a sanitised cyber world for those who want to avoid the 'risks' of face-to-face flirting.
Cultural myth-making at the Met
Police campaigns against 'forced marriages' and 'honour killings' are a pretext for intervening in immigrant communities.
Nurses sans frontiers
How ethical is it to stop healthcare workers from the developing world from living and working in the UK?
It wasn’t me wot done it
Former Mirror editor Piers Morgan tries to laugh off his role in lowering journalistic standards.
|Thursday 24 March 2005|
The making of a modern witch hunt
Richard Webster's investigation into the North Wales children's home scandal raises crucial questions about how our society deals with allegations of child abuse.
Red Lake: a tragedy, not a lesson
Overreacting to high-school shootings causes more harm than good.
The cannabis debate: puff and nonsense
What's behind the UK government's 'rethink' of the dope laws?
TV UK, 24 March
MacIntyre’s Underworld: Mancunian gangsters defy middle-class stereotypes.
Offside, 24 March
Supporting England is like having a relationship with an average-looking woman.
|Thursday 31 March 2005|
The fag-end of the Republic
Why Ireland made a bigger deal of the first anniversary of the smoking ban than the anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Who’s to blame
A lifelong Doctor Who fan thinks the Tardis has been knocked off course by 'fanwankery'.
Faith in the abortion debate
Forget the clergy: the question is whether we have faith in the ability of women and their doctors to make moral choices.
Who wants to be an Expert Patient?
The UK government's self-help programmes for the long-term sick blur the boundary between medical and social problems.
Offside, 31 March
Is Mourinho the new Old Big Ead?
TV UK, 31 March
The French headscarves ban: you couldn't make it up.
An invitation to morbidity
Overstating the extent of chronic illness encourages us to focus more on our bodily ills, and less on pursuing our valued goals.
Regulating reproductive technology - less is more
A UK government committee has concluded that more trust should be put in parents, doctors and scientists. And this is an 'extreme libertarian' position?
Tory Party takes Flight
Howard’s naming-and-shaming approach to party reform is less likely to bring about a New Tory Party, than to hasten the fragmentation of the old.