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Wednesday 4 May 2005 May 2005
Frank Furedi
None of them knows what we’re thinking
The political class is running on empty.

Josie Appleton
It’s not enough to not be Blair
Too many independents are carrying on complaining from their election platforms

Brendan O’Neill
Voting for me, me, me!
How did casting a ballot become an exercise in personal protest?

Thursday 5 May 2005
Jennie Bristow
Unwrapping the ‘cotton wool’ kids
It would take more than school lessons in risk-taking to challenge the culture that is stifling our children.

Brendan O’Neill
‘Reality capitalism’ is no substitute for real entrepreneurship
Alan Sugar's The Apprentice was not a new dawn for British business: it was a gameshow.

Friday 6 May 2005
Mick Hume
An election that nobody won
It looked less like a vibrant contest than the night of the living dead.

Philip Cunliffe
Downfall of humanity?
The response to a film about Hitler's final days suggests that some believe we're all to blame for the Holocaust.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Postponing the ‘End of Poverty’
Economist Jeffrey Sachs' new book has an upbeat title, but the message inside is that underdevelopment is here to stay.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 6 May
The Pop Idol election: looking for entertainment over transformation.

Nancy McDermott
More than a ‘momoir’
Judith Warner's new book Perfect Madness tries to untangle the mess of motherhood.

Mick Hume
Don’t lose your bottle in the face of militant lactivism
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 6 May
Liverpool: triumph of the mediocre.

Monday 9 May 2005
Helene Guldberg
How can we halt the ‘march of unreason’?
Dick Taverne on why we need to defend the Enlightenment against dodgy science and 'dogmatic environmentalists'.

Josie Appleton
Tough lessons for The Edukators
The characters in a new German film find that rearranging the furniture is no way to change the world.

James Heartfield
Second World War: The Battle of the Books
James Heartfield surveys the struggle to define the Second World War.

Wednesday 11 May 2005
Chris Bickerton
The end of the EU romance
Euro-elites can't decide whether enlargement is a new dawn, or if it's already exhausted.

Jennie Bristow
What did the turnout tell us?
Messing with the voting process hasn't boosted turnout - but it has cheapened the meaning of the vote.

Dolan Cummings
No ‘Scottish solution’
Politics in Scotland suffers from the same ailments as politics in England.

Thursday 12 May 2005
Duleep Allirajah
Fans: stop your sobbing
TV ghouls, weeping fans - it must be relegation weekend.

Neil Davenport
Respect: ‘the fourth force in British politics’?
George Galloway's party owes its isolated successes to the disgruntlement of Muslim youth.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 12 May
The Monastery: looking for the Big Brother in the sky.

Friday 13 May 2005
Mick Hume
Seven misconceptions about that election
Everybody in British politics seems to have joined the SDP - Self-Delusion Party.

Josie Appleton
Michael Jackson trial: nobody’s innocent
Outside the Californian court, we're witnessing a show trial of the most sordid aspects of contemporary culture.

Brendan O’Neill
Immigration isn’t the issue
Among the political class, ‘the immigration issue’ has become code for their own fear and loathing of the white working class.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Mercury and autism: a damaging delusion
A new book by a New York journalist falls for some contagious myths about the dangers of vaccines.

Mick Hume
Since when was a hot summer something to be scared of?
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Mercury and autism: a damaging delusion
A new book by a New York journalist falls for some contagious myths about the dangers of vaccines.

Tuesday 17 May 2005
Brendan O’Neill
Guantanamo: truth goes down the toilet
Camp X-Ray is a disgrace - but so are unsubstantiated reports of Koran-abuse and other horror stories.

James Heartfield
Abolish the DCMS
A cultural critic argues that arts funding should not be a matter for government.

Phil Mullan
It’s not the economy, stupid
Why it wasn't Gordon Brown wot won it.

Wednesday 18 May 2005
Josie Appleton
Uzbekistan: ‘War on terror’ bears bitter fruit
The crisis shows how America creates its own enemies.

Thursday 19 May 2005
Jennie Bristow
Respect for what?
Tony Blair's 'culture of respect' is as antisocial as it is illiberal.

Tiffany Jenkins
Memorial museums: cabinets of misery
There is an unhealthy obsession with showcasing the dark side of history.

Chris Gilligan
Northern Ireland: a return to ‘extremes’?
The increased vote for Ian Paisley's DUP reflects a new mood of disengagement, not a resurgence of 'tribal loyalties'.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 19 May
United’s anti-Glazer drama queens need to take a bow.

Craig O’Malley
The rise in crime
It is only relatively recently that crime became a political issue.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 19 May
Operation Muslim Vote: two blokes from Ilford take on the foreign secretary.

Friday 20 May 2005
Kevin Yuill
Leslie Burke: life, death and law
Laws preventing doctors from withdrawing patients' food and drink are no way to reassert a culture of life.

Graham Barnfield
How I unwittingly helped to start the Happy Slaps panic
A modern media tale: my 15 minutes of fame commenting on those 15-second videos.

Mick Hume
The anti-Glazer camp’s allegiance to Cloud Cuckoo Land
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Monday 23 May 2005
Chris Bickerton
The European ‘social model’ - non merci!
Measures such as the Working Time Directive make a virtue out of economic exhaustion.

Tuesday 24 May 2005
Jennie Bristow
‘Every parent’s nightmare’
A little girl's claim that she was raped in her bedroom turned out to be a childish fabrication. Why did the police get it so wrong?

Brendan O’Neill
George Galloway: an accidental hero
It says something about the degraded state of the global anti-war movement when the Swiss Toni of British politics can become its figurehead.

David Wainwright
Workers behaving sadly
The UK government is mobilising an army of psychotherapists to get people off Incapacity Benefit. Will it work?

Wednesday 25 May 2005
Helene Guldberg
The ethical case for animal research
A new report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics makes a virtue out of 'muddying the water'.

Thursday 26 May 2005
Josie Appleton
Is Britain a teenage ‘baby factory’?
Behind the national outcry over the young Derby mothers lies a concern about the 'wrong kinds' of people breeding.

Josie Appleton
MRSA: the making of a ‘superbug’
How an everyday infection came to be seen as the biggest problem facing the health service.

Sandy Starr
Why we need free speech online
In their crusade against 'hate speech', regulators want to subject all internet users to a system of parental controls.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 26 May
Gordon Ramsay 'Galloways' another intake of dopey chefs.

Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Fashion’s youth fixation
When it comes to style, teenagers rule OK.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 26 May
Kick joyless health zealots out of football!

Friday 27 May 2005
Mick Hume
We’re all Scousers now? Count me out
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Adam Burgess
Dialling up an old panic
What's behind the claims that it's riskier to use a mobile in the country than it is in the city?

Rob Lyons
Nil points for Eurovision whiners
Who cares about 'political' voting bias?

Tuesday 31 May 2005
Frank Furedi
The reawakening of European democracy
The French people's rejection of the EU Constitution represents a positive political event.

Simon Singh, Colin Berry, Philip Ball and Tracey Brown
What is science for?
Four experts offer their thoughts, as part of spiked's Einstein survey.

Bruno Waterfield
No means no
The EU is governance without government


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