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Thursday 1 September 2005 September 2005
Neil Davenport
Extras? Special
The genius of Gervais and Merchant owes more to American comedies of manners than to Fawlty Towers.

Josie Appleton
Muslim students: taught to complain
A conference of young Muslims played up their victimhood to an audience of political and media luminaries.

Friday 2 September 2005
Mick Hume
After Katrina, another putrid deluge
Some of the commentary almost seems to be rubbing its hands in ‘we-told-you-so’ glee.

Brendan O’Neill
Ken Clarke and the suicide bomber
Should critics of Blair's foreign policy take their lead from an old Tory and an Islamist fantasist?

Mick Hume
Ape genetics won’t reveal what makes us human
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Philip Pettifor
The decline of the public library
Libraries are being filled up with drama groups, crèches and slimming clubs, while books are pushed to the margins.

Sara Selwood and Maurice Davies
Museums: after the Lottery boom
National Lottery cash for museums was justified in terms of increased visitors. But do the sums add up?

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 2 September
That’s enough middle-class whingeing about Murdoch getting his mitts on the cricket.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 2 September
Rum, Sodomy and the Lash: racy memoirs as historical sources.

Jennie Bristow
The wrong signals
A major new study rejects the notion that mobile phones cause cancer. That the health authorities tell us to worry anyway shows that there's more to this debate than the science.

Monday 5 September 2005
Jennie Bristow
Parents: we are not the law
The government's attempts to turn parents into policemen are deeply dysfunctional.

Kate Abley
Passing the book
Who's to blame for kids' bad behaviour in schools?

Tuesday 6 September 2005
Brendan O’Neill
BBC: get back in your box
The controversy over John Humphrys' after-dinner speech reveals some unappetising truths about journalism.

Sandy Starr
Indecent proposals
It's not just perverts who should be worried about the government's proposed ban on violent pornography.

Wednesday 7 September 2005
Rob Lyons
Fat chance of making kids healthier
There’s no need for the government to micromanage school meals.

Josie Appleton
More than just a SHAM
Self-help gurus might be fakes - but why do so many people fall for them?

Rob Lyons
Fat chance of making kids healthier
There’s no need for the government to micromanage school meals.

Thursday 8 September 2005
Brendan O’Neill
Was New Orleans flooded to make way for a new Las Vegas…?
Gossip, rumours and conspiracy theories about Katrina are spreading through the Blogosphere.

Josie Appleton
New Orleans police go AWOL
Did state forces collapse along with the flood barriers?

Friday 9 September 2005
Mick Hume
Time to stop playing ‘pin the blame on the donkey’
Everybody seems to want to use Katrina to settle old scores.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Why people hate fat Americans
Today's attacks on obese Yanks are motivated by a broader unease with affluence.

Mick Hume
The death tolls that don’t make many headlines
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Matt Warman
Stars get in your eyes
The 'star system' provides a poor measure of a play’s quality.

Rob Lyons
Offside, 9 September
Great managers are either brilliant tacticians or supreme motivators. Sven is neither.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 9 September
No Sex, Please – We're Teenagers: spunky teens meet Christian do-gooders.

Monday 12 September 2005
James Heartfield
Concreting over the facts
That's enough handwringing about 'the end of the countryside': the vast majority of Britain is greenfield, and it's likely to stay that way.

Austin Williams
Lessons from Chicago
Over a hundred years ago, the entire city of Chicago was lifted up above the waterline. Why can't we do the same with New Orleans today?

Elizabeth Whelan
Juicing the truth
A new ad by US orange juice promoters tries to scare consumers away from 'chemical-packed' rivals.

Tuesday 13 September 2005
Josie Appleton
Target practice for the police
British police forces have been given target numbers of arrests - and they're offered points and bonuses to reach them.

Sean Bell
Gentlemen of leisure
We should question the assumptions made about the need for a new masculinity before we give up on men.

Wednesday 14 September 2005
Brendan O’Neill
Riots for ‘recognition’
The clashes in Northern Ireland expose the dangerous side to the politics of identity.

Helen Searls
Government collapses, Americans come through
Katrina's winds exposed the holes in the second-term Bush administration.

Timandra Harkness
There’s more to roads than safety
A transport policy with the sole aim to cut deaths to zero - where’s the vision in that?

Thursday 15 September 2005
Jennie Bristow
Politics of Fear
Frank Furedi talks about his new book.

Rob Lyons
Offside, 15 September
Even people who don't know their 'Owzat?' from their lbw joined in the post-Ashes party. Why?

Shirley Dent
A hymn to wishful thinking
Why is everyone singing the praises of Blake's 'Jerusalem', the official anthem to England's Ashes victory?

Friday 16 September 2005
David Chandler
UN: rhetoric without responsibility
Today's United Nations is little more than a bloated international think-tank.

Mick Hume
‘My Holocaust is bigger than your Holocaust’
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Sandy Starr
Making public debate history
Why should the authorities have the right to shut up both Make Poverty History and the BNP?

James Heartfield
Disability on a pedestal
Marc Quinn's sculpture of Alison Lapper in Trafalgar Square creates a tension between what we are supposed to think, and what we really feel.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 16 September
Self Portraits: from Dürer to Opie.

Monday 19 September 2005
Brendan O’Neill
Iran’s nukes: Jack’s straw man
Why did the British foreign secretary get so hot under the collar over Iran's desire for nuclear technology?

Tuesday 20 September 2005
Brendan O’Neill
German election: Was ist das?
On the gap between the pre-election predictions and the post-election mess.

Neil Davenport
Trevor Phillips: ghetto blaster?
The chair of the Commission for Racial Equality might worry about racial segregation in Britain's cities, but his proposed solutions will only push people further apart.

Wednesday 21 September 2005
Helene Guldberg
Scientific research: the sky’s the limit
The head of the Wellcome Trust has raised a welcome challenge to the UK government's instrumental approach to scientific research.

Chris Bickerton
Learning from les rosbifs?
You know the political malaise in France is bad when they start looking to moribund Britain for inspiration.

Thursday 22 September 2005
Jennie Bristow
A Sure Start for the therapeutic state
It's official: New Labour's scheme for deprived children does nothing for the under-fives. But then the government has always been more bothered about the parents.

Andrew Calcutt
When Harry met Marlon
Getting the Prince to pose like Brando in The Wild One was a bad case of the blind leading the bland.

Friday 23 September 2005
Mick Hume
Where have all the political parties gone?
Across the Western world, parties are fragile, anchorless and out of touch.

Rob Lyons
Grounded by low horizons
Killjoys want to reduce the number of cheap flights to sunny destinations, in pursuit of questionable targets on carbon emissions.

Mick Hume
Cocaine Kate and the PR-conscious cops
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Sandy Starr
The virtual library
How the publishing industry is stalling Google’s attempt to put all the books in the world on the web.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 23 September
Dangerous, demanding and chaotic: bull coursing puts fashionable 'extreme sports' to shame.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 23 September
No Sex Please: We’re Teenagers: a 'discombobulating' experience.

Monday 26 September 2005
Frank Furedi, Russell Jacoby, Richard Sennett
Reflections on the future
In New York this Friday, three leading intellectuals will interrogate and debate politics in the twenty-first century. Here, they outline their views.

Frank Furedi
The market in fear
Politics has become a contest between different brands of doom-mongering.

Russell Jacoby
Making possible the impossible
Politics is alive and well, in the age-old search for the best society and government.

Richard Sennett
Fragmented politics, fragmented lives
The insurgents of my Sixties youth got what they wanted - in a perverse form.

Tuesday 27 September 2005
Jennie Bristow
Free speech on campus
There should be no 'No Platform' policy for Hizb ut-Tahrir - or anybody else.

Thursday 29 September 2005
Brendan O’Neill
Taking politics out of the gun
Today's protests against arms and the arms trade are shot through with childish naivety - and more than a smattering of chauvinism

Rob Lyons
The Battle of Walter’s Heckle
You know the Labour Party conference is in a bad way when this year's political highlight was the ejection of an 82-year-old, mild-mannered heckler.

Elizabeth Whelan
Erin Brockovich: Ivy League star?
Harvard University’s School of Public Health should know better than to give its highest award to the poster girl for junk science.

Friday 30 September 2005
Mick Hume
After New Labour, what’s left?
Whatever else the left might have lost, it retains its unsurpassed capacity for self-delusion.

Sandy Starr
Anti-science lessons
UK schools’ new dumbed-down, issues-led science curriculum will inculcate students with suspicion about scientific endeavour.

Mick Hume
Fucking thin-skinned syndrome…
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Austin Williams
Micro-aspirations
The fashion for microgeneration reveals a sluggish approach to the future.

Steve Gibson
Hurricane Katrina: Location, Relocation, Abandonment…
Why have risk managers been so quick to give up on New Orleans?

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 30 September
The Closer: death files of the rich and famous.

Rob Lyons
Offside, 30 September
'Boring, boring Chelsea' aren't that boring - and neither is the Premiership.


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