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Friday 1 July 2005 July 2005
Mick Hume
Ken Livingstone: taking the pee out of politics
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Peter Martin
Studying science for its own sake
Ignore philistine government officials: there’s nothing ‘nineteenth century’ about the pure science subjects.

Josie Appleton
570,000 ‘illegal immigrants’: so what?
Britain is coping just fine with its new arrivals, and could take more still.

Mick Hume
It’s too easy for everybody to love Live 8
Is this a political protest for Africa, or a charity for the benefit of the British elite?

Monday 4 July 2005
James Heartfield
Mao: The end of the affair
A new biography by former Maoists Jung Chang and Jon Halliday blames Mao for everything that has gone wrong in China. What are they trying to hide?

Dr Elizabeth Whelan
Charges against Teflon don’t stick
The president of the American Council on Science and Health takes up dangerously overcooked health warnings.

Dolan Cummings
The good, the bad and the arts
John Carey’s new book is wrong: there is a basis for artistic judgement.

Tuesday 5 July 2005
Wendy Earle
Searching for citizenship
Why are kids' online antics seen as the key to reviving democracy?

Adam Hibbert
Building the houses we need
A new report seeks to demolish the excuses made for Britain's paltry housing stock.

Stuart Derbyshire
Do video games train for violence?
A neuroscientist reports from the Human Brain Mapping conference in Toronto.

Sabine Reul
Germany: the government defeats itself
The crisis of Gerhard Schröder's administration seems to have woken democracy from its slumber.

Wednesday 6 July 2005
Rob Lyons
Olympics: Let the real Games begin
Good news for London – but a pity that the bid relied on sustainababble rather than sporting excellence.

Thursday 7 July 2005
Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 7 July
Slaughterhouse tries to dissect the white working-class male.

Kevin Yuill
Assisted dying by the backdoor
Quiet developments are shifting the UK law on ending life.

Neil Davenport
Live 8: How did protests become love-ins?
Over the past 15 years, 'street politics' has lost its critical edge.

David Chandler
Saddam trial: A weak case for war
Western powers look to lawyers when they run out of political arguments.

Jennie Bristow
Who saved Birhan Woldu’s life?
Live Aid apparently saved the Ethiopian famine’s poster child in 1985, and 20 years later the UK media claims it ‘found’ her looking beautiful. Nice story - shame about the facts.

Friday 8 July 2005
Mick Hume
London bombs: We are many, they are few
It is the terrorists who are weak and desperate, and the people they target who are resilient and resolute.

Josie Appleton
London rises again
The mood on the streets was grim, but determined.

Mick Hume
A real display of human solidarity
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Monday 11 July 2005
Professor Simon Wessely
The bombs made enough victims - let’s not make more
A leading psychiatrist argues that the last thing Londoners need now is trauma counselling.

Tuesday 12 July 2005
Brendan O’Neill
It’s not all about Iraq
Why is everyone from George Galloway's RESPECT to the British National Party blaming Tony Blair for the London bombs?

Jennie Bristow
Moving images
The fascination with mobile phone footage of the London bomb attacks reflects a deeper cultural morbidity.

James Heartfield
Revisiting the Blitz Spirit
Myths about the Second World War won't help us understand what is happening today.

Wednesday 13 July 2005
Brendan O’Neill
British-born bombers: not so shocking
From 9/11 to 7/7, nihilistic terror has its origins in the West.

Mick Hume
After the London bombs: don’t let the culture of fear win either
It seems that some people want us all to remain stuck in those tunnels for as long as possible.

Josie Appleton
Who’s whipping up Islamophobia?
The British elite seems almost as fearful of the white working class as it is of the terrorists.

Thursday 14 July 2005
Philip Stott
Global warming: Common sense prevails
The G8 declaration blows apart Green delusions.

Dominic Standish
Were Londoners told the truth?
A couple of hours after the bombs, Italian news agencies were reporting that 50 people had died - but the UK press took a lot longer to come clean.

Andrew Calcutt
The limits of Ultimatism
Below-the-bum trousers express the wearer's contempt for others.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 14 July
The International Olympic Committee’s cull of dubious sports didn't go far enough.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 14 July
Escape to the Legion: reality legionnaires parade their hang-ups.

Friday 15 July 2005
Josie Appleton
London memorials: A show for whose benefit?
At yesterday’s official vigil and two minutes’ silence, the crowd at times became a stage army.

Mick Hume
How about a 12-month silence?
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Dolan Cummings
Hideously bad TV
The BBC's latest bout of white, middle-class self-flagellation won't do anything for quality.

Monday 18 July 2005
Jennie Bristow
Harry Potter: pick on someone your own size
Many of those who thought the boy wizard would save our world are now complaining that he failed to fulfil their fantasies.

Sandy Starr
Mobile politics
Do mobile phones invade our privacy? British MPs give their views.

Brendan O’Neill
Creating the enemy
How a risk-averse West has inflamed the terrorism it fears.

Tuesday 19 July 2005
Mick Hume
Defend free speech - now more than ever
Laws against 'incitement to religious hatred' and 'indirect incitement' to terrorism can only make matters worse.

Brendan O’Neill
Who’s in denial about the London bombs?
Whether they point the finger at Islamic clerics or Iraq, everyone seems to be looking for a foreign factor.

Wednesday 20 July 2005
David Chandler
Srebrenica: Prolonging the wounds of war
The international community's promise of justice in Bosnia has erected a barrier to reconciliation.

Andrew Mickel
Masters in procrastination
Universities can feel like graduate factories

Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Body and soul
In Kazuo Ishiguro's new novel about organ-donor clones, it is art that gives them a glimmer of their humanity.

Thursday 21 July 2005
Josie Appleton
Why the extremism taskforce will fail
Blair is naive to imagine that moderate Muslim institutions can soothe the breasts of disgruntled youth.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 21 July
Football authorities tinker with the offside rule at their peril.

Friday 22 July 2005
Brendan O’Neill
Linking 7/7 and Iraq: a peculiar consensus
When everyone seems to agree with George Galloway, you know that something strange is going on.

Mick Hume
Who needs to plant big bombs once you have planted fear?
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Sandy Starr
Do mobile phones invade our privacy?
A report on the live spiked-debate.

Ellie Lee
Is bottle-feeding a mark of bad motherhood?
A new study investigates how women who use formula milk in the early months engage with the cultural expectation to breastfeed.

Rob Lyons
TV UK, 22 July
So, Extras: is it as good as The Office?

Bruno Waterfield
Europe: Where’s the spirit of liberty now?
EU elites are using the cover of recent terror attacks to take away our freedoms.

Monday 25 July 2005
Helene Guldberg
Why Roman picked London for his libel trial
How does a film director based in France who is a fugitive from the USA sue a US publisher and win? By taking his case to 'a town called Sue'.

Wednesday 27 July 2005
Brendan O’Neill
Fantasy terrorism: an incendiary device?
Chris Cleave, author of a novel about a suicide attack in London that was eerily published on 7/7, debates the relationship between culture and terror.

JJ Charlesworth
A clever twenty-first century fool
Mark McGowan's 'running tap' artwork touched the raw nerve of environmental correctness.

Andrew Mickel
Does CNN still rule the waves?
New international channels like Venezuela's Telesur claim to be a counter-hegemonic force.

Tessa Mayes
Blanket coverage from Therapy News
In the wake of the London bombs, reporters gave us their feelings, not the facts.

Mick Hume
After Stockwell: the threat of fear and defeatism
The response to the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes suggests that we are losing the ability to have a rational debate about terrorism.

Thursday 28 July 2005
Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 28 July
The New Al-Qaeda: more than a 'nightmare'?

Josie Appleton
London’s new superstition
The capital is carrying on - but commuters are inventing their own ways of trying to ward off the terrorists.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 28 July
No Barmy Army at Lords? That just isn’t cricket.

Friday 29 July 2005
Helene Guldberg
Singer on ‘speciesism’: a specious argument
In his new book In Defense of Animals, Peter Singer reduces the value of human life to a tick-list of capabilities.

Brendan O’Neill
IRA ceasefire: déjà news
The IRA has formally declared an end to its armed campaign. What, again?

Mick Hume
Why would asylum seekers try to bomb Britain?
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Phil Mullan
Don’t raise the state pension age - scrap it
People should be able to choose when and how they retire.


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