Offside, 2 June
Liverpool's 'triumph': the greatest act of charity of the twenty-first century.
TV UK, 2 June
The Plane that Hit the Tower: the distraction of dramatic reconstruction.
Where’s the heart in Volunteering Week?
A state-financed volunteering industry is sucking the life out of doing good.
They’re all Deep Throats now
What made the Watergate mole decide to come clean?
Kelly Holmes: No prizes for confessing
The last thing teenagers need is another self-harming role model.
|Friday 3 June 2005|
Crazy Frog: more rock’n'roll than Coldplay
i>spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Currents of Death?
Twenty-five years of research has rubbished claims of a link between childhood cancer and overhead power lines. So why do new studies keep appearing?
For Europe, but not the EU
The French and the Dutch have voted No to the EU Constitution - now the British should be given the chance to do the same, to kick-start a debate on the European supra-state.
|Tuesday 7 June 2005|
Hedging their bets
How hedge funds became the ideal focus for anxiety about market instability.
Should we make ‘Make Poverty History’ history?
The problem with the Live 8 jamboree is not the self-important rock stars, but the politics of low expectations.
|Thursday 9 June 2005|
Offside, 9 June
'Tapping up' laws are outdated vestiges of soccer serfdom.
TV UK, 9 June
Spirituality Shopper: can a makeover show provide meaning?
Drivers: Guilty as charged?
The UK government's road-charging proposals present mobility as a polluting luxury, rather than something a civilised society should take for granted.
|Friday 10 June 2005|
Searching for life’s signposts
We don't believe in horoscopes - so why do we read them?
Fat and fiction
Michael Gard, author of The Obesity Epidemic, challenges the idea that we are greedier and more slothful than ever.
Africa: a stage for political poseurs
This summer's crusade is driven more by a crisis in Britain than 'over there'.
Stop the nonsensical war on inanimate objects
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
To riskily go
Colin Pillinger, the driving force behind the ill-fated Beagle 2 mission to Mars, responds to the Select Committee's accusations of 'over-ambition'.
Preying on minority communities
An isolated case of 'exorcist' child abuse has brought out all the old assumptions about African backwardness.
|Monday 13 June 2005|
From Europe to America: the populist moment has arrived
On both sides of the Atlantic, the political class has become convinced that the people do not know what is best for them.
|Tuesday 14 June 2005|
In a League of their own
The League of Gentlemen's debut feature film shows up Little Britain for the inferior rip-off it is.
Bureaucrat of the Year
Hilary Cottam won Designer of the Year for her work on Kingsdale School in south London, even though she didn’t design it. Old boy James Heartfield reports.
Tagging three-year-olds for life
The UK government thinks it can cut crime in the future by targeting badly behaved toddlers in the present.
We don’t need to talk about hating our kids
Lionel Shriver's Orange Prize-winning novel about a woman who can't love her son has been hailed for revealing a hidden truth about motherhood. This mum isn't empathising.
|Thursday 16 June 2005|
TV UK, 16 June
The Strangest Village in Britain: reality TV comes home.
No relief for Africa
Debt cancellation comes with strings attached.
A low turnout in Italy's fertility referendum was interpreted as a sign of voter stupidity
Bolivia: an ‘indigenous revolution’?
Some Westerners view recent Latin American protests through rose-tinted spectacles.
Doing the sums on debt
How much does Africa stand to gain from the G8 finance ministers' deal?
Stressed about breasts
When one in five women say they would have their breasts removed to prevent the risk of cancer, has ‘awareness’ gone too far?
|Friday 17 June 2005|
The Consequences of Love
A new Italian film shows that there are merits to taking it slow.
Offside, 17 June
Don't hit Tyson when he's down: 'Iron' Mike was once a truly terrifying fighter.
Bob, Blair and the White Man’s Burden
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Euro elites in denial in Brussels
Some are still claiming that 'there is no alternative' to the Constitution.
|Tuesday 21 June 2005|
All eyes on the future
New Labour invests a lot in cloudy crystal balls - a professor of forecasting explains why.
No artistry in apes
A 50-year-old painting by a chimp called Congo has sold at a London auction for £14,000. But is it art?
Africans need DDT, not ‘blah, blah, blah’
Africans have paid a heavy price for the West's misplaced demonising of the mosquito-killing pesticide.
The tyranny of therapism
The authors of One Nation Under Therapy question the notion that uninhibited emotional openness is good for our mental health.
|Wednesday 22 June 2005|
What ‘infertility timebomb’?
It's not obesity and office work that puts women off having children.
|Thursday 23 June 2005|
Offside, 23 June
Women's Euro 2005 was like park football, but without the fat blokes.
Free speech under fire
Campaigners have fought a good defence against the government's bill to outlaw incitement to religious hatred. But we could go further still.
Where are the bodies, Bob?
Bob Geldof told millions of TV viewers that dead African children wash up on a tiny Italian island every day. The island’s mayor says that is 'absolute nonsense'.
|Friday 24 June 2005|
TV UK, 23 June
The Girl in the Café: weak drama, worse politics.
The fag-end of public policy
The Department of Health consultation on a public smoking ban is Kafkaesque nonsense.
Chirac, Villepin and Sarkozy: friends or foes?
On the Machiavellian intrigues gripping the leaders of the French political class.
Glastonbury: It’s only rock’n'roll
Keep sanctimonious ethics out of music festivals.
|Saturday 25 June 2005|
Omagh: mixing politics and law
Should we support the Omagh families' civil action against the alleged bombers?
|Monday 27 June 2005|
Why are pop singers so samey and sexless?
The critically acclaimed chansonnier wonders what has happened to her art.
Society’s unhealthy obsession with abuse
Sir Roy Meadow is not single-handedly responsible for a culture that sees child abuse everywhere.
Expert witnesses, suspect science and dead babies
Why have women been wrongly convicted of killing their children? Dr James Le Fanu points the finger at medical experts. Below, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick responds.
|Thursday 30 June 2005|
Iranian elections: no throwback to ‘79
Today's Islamic 'hardliners' are capitalising on the deficiencies of reformist elites.
Batman Begins again
The latest version of the comic-book character offers a much-needed heroic lead.
TV UK, 30 June
Living with AIDS: responsibility and nihilism in Africa.
Offside, 30 June
Henmania is dead; long live Andymonium?