Blackballing sections of the science community
The new US protocol that says scientists with corporate connections are unfit to judge drug safety smacks of modern-day McCarthyism.
Stop this salivating over celebrity paedophiles
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Rough justice, EU-style
By forcing countries to trade alleged war criminals for accession rights, the EU puts politics at the heart of the Hague Tribunal.
|Monday 4 April 2005|
Pope John Paul II: fast-tracked to celebrity sainthood?
How he became 'the Greatest Pope' - by dying.
|Tuesday 5 April 2005|
Running isn’t just for fun
A long-distance runner on how events like the London Marathon are being sanitised and slowed down.
After Kennan’s ‘containment’
The late George Kennan's big idea sought to define America's 'spiritual vitality' against a rotting USSR - and laid the basis for today's crisis of US foreign policy.
|Thursday 7 April 2005|
Ode to a mistress
How to tackle the tricky job of writing a royal poem for Charles and Camilla.
Ducking life-and-death decisions
In supporting living wills, are doctors offloading responsibility for guiding patients and their families through tough choices?
Global warming won’t save nuclear power
The case for nuclear power won't be won by those hiding behind doomsday fears.
TV UK, 7 April
Two elections, a wedding and a funeral: history as a spectator sport.
Offside, 7 April
Chill out: the Bowyer/Dyer bout was top-notch entertainment.
|Friday 8 April 2005|
After John Paul II
Catholicism-lite has become a refuge for Western leaders bereft of moral and spiritual authority.
Election 2005: we do have a choice
...but it's not about which party to vote for.
Did the Pope spread AIDS in Africa?
The evidence is less than compelling.
It’s as if the English Revolution never happened
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the petty debate around the royal wedding.
All in the hormones?
Vivienne Parry, author of The Truth About Hormones, questions whether chemicals control our destinies.
|Tuesday 12 April 2005|
Government by opinion poll
Surveys have expanded to plug the hole in representative democracy.
|Wednesday 13 April 2005|
Lunatics take over asylum
It's hard to know which side is worse in Britain's pre-election immigration debate.
The Dinner Lady
Jeanette Orrey's practical cookbook is spoiled by the half-baked prejudices of the Soil Association.
After Terri Schiavo: is there life in US politics?
Congress and the President showed that they are more interested in gestures than government.
Tying WiFi down
Wireless broadband is the latest casualty of burgeoning regulation in the workplace.
|Thursday 14 April 2005|
Al-Qaeda: a conspiracy of dunces?
The real story of the 'ricin plot' is that Britain's would-be terrorists are a bunch of losers.
Voter turnout: Size isn’t everything
How do you solve low turnout? How about by focusing on something less boring instead.
|Friday 15 April 2005|
British manufacturing: they think it’s all Rover
The collapse of the Birmingham-based car company points to deep structural faults in British industry.
That’s enough mourning sickness
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London) on the 'culture of death'.
Speak no evil
As Harvard President Lawrence Summers has learned, public figures are being pressured to keep schtum.
TV UK, 15 April
The Impressionists make today's enfants terribles of art look like dullards.
Offside, 15 April
On Fergie's sackability.
Where’s the rocket science?
The Edinburgh International Science Festival sold itself as light entertainment, but there were still a few scientists who could blow your mind.
|Tuesday 19 April 2005|
Playing politics with cancer
Cancer specialist Michael Baum says Labour’s targets for a speedier diagnosis of breast and cervical cancer could do more harm than good.
Pensions policy: same old story
For all the bluster over pensions, both the Tories and Labour agree that the real problem is too many elderly people.
|Wednesday 20 April 2005|
The papacy in a post-political world
How the Pope became an all-purpose Ethical Prince of international relations.
Where have all the good slogans gone?
These are not party manifestos, but annual reports.
How will women vote?
On the basis of their intuition and concerns about osteoporosis, reckons a panel of leading feminists.
|Thursday 21 April 2005|
Behind the ‘Battle of Bethnal Green’
Neither Oona King nor George Galloway deserves the respect of east London voters.
ASBOs: Politicians behaving badly
Why 'kids hanging around' in hoodies have become a key focus for public policy.
A manifesto for badly-behaved football
Free supporters, let players be players, and lose the fancy dress.
TV UK, 21 April
Is Blair really a spin Svengali?
|Friday 22 April 2005|
The real reason why it doesn’t matter who you vote for
Which party stands for humanity's history-making potential?
After Rover: Who needs middle-class pity?
Longbridge car workers once sparked fear and loathing in the elite – now they are sentimentalised.
MRSA: a metaphor for the diseased body politic
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Missing the mark on Bolton
We know that Bush's nominee for UN ambassador has a bad temper - but what about his politics?
Obelisks for all
The decision to return a 1,700-year-old stone from Italy to Ethiopia was motivated by narrow cultural determinism.
|Monday 25 April 2005|
New York columnist Matt Taibbi on why he wrote an infantile pisstake of a dying Pope.
|Tuesday 26 April 2005|
That’s a ‘REAL alternative’?
The Lib Dems are little more than a dustbin for everyone's frustrations with mainstream politics.
|Wednesday 27 April 2005|
What if bog-standard education for all turned out to be more elitist than the 11-plus?
|Thursday 28 April 2005|
A French lesson
Three new books by teachers in France expose the fallacies of the popular 'child-centred' model of education.
Iraq still isn’t an election issue
Debating the legality of the war is not the same thing as debating the war.
Political blogging: logging on, dropping out
It will take more than a web diary or two to drag the Tories out of crisis.
A culture of copy-and-paste
When US students see their degree as little more than a route to a job, is it any wonder that plagiarism is rife?
Happy Slaps: fact and fiction
Rumours of an epidemic of videophone violence have been greatly exaggerated.
Offside, 28 April
'They stopped us from playing football': the losers' complaint.
TV UK, 28 April
Who's responsible for Classroom Chaos?
No clear policies on nuclear energy
From global warming to 'war for oil', the political debate about energy has become a morally loaded rather than a technical one.
What is education for?
None of the political parties seems to have a clue.
|Friday 29 April 2005|
We should keep our noses out of the Beckhams’ bedroom
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London) on national voyeurism.
Why does New Labour stand for nothing?
Blair-bashers ignore New Labour's roots in both its party, and its times.
The end of Blairism?
Personality looms large in New Labour because it is a marketing initiative, not a movement.