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Tuesday 1 November 2005 November 2005
Brendan O’Neill
This is no way to bring down Bush and Blunkett
The scandal-mongering that passes for politics on both sides of the Atlantic means no one is ever truly held to account.

Wednesday 2 November 2005
James Heartfield
They should have dropped the Code of Conduct, not the minister
The manufactured scandal over David Blunkett's earnings shows up the problem of over-regulation.

Josie Appleton
A shell of a memorial
The 7/7 remembrance service turned London's response to the bombs into a media cliché.

Dr Elizabeth Whelan
Science goes down the river
US environmental authorities have forced General Electric to remove a type of 'cancer-causing' chemical from the Hudson River. On what evidence?

Thursday 3 November 2005
Helene Guldberg
Man is more than a beast
The primatologist Frans de Waal says we should get in touch with 'our inner ape'. Speak for yourself.

Jennie Bristow
Mobile MPs: the health debate
What do members of parliament think about the UK's precautionary approach to mobile phones and masts?

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 3 November
Legless: the dangers of mixing your genres.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 3 November
What was all that about the Premiership being predictable?

Friday 4 November 2005
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
When quackery kills
The tragic death of a five-year-old autistic boy in the USA following treatment with mercury chelation reveals the dangers of alternative therapies.

Rob Lyons
Global warming treaty goes cold
Blair and others might be casting doubt on the Kyoto Protocol, but the broader consensus on global warming goes unchallenged.

Mick Hume
An invitation to wannabe celebrity suicide bombers
spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Donald Winchester
Pick’n'mix citizenship
The questions in the proposed UK nationality test are bizarrely random.

Neil Davenport
Breeding divisions in Lozells
The riots in Birmingham bore all the hallmarks of today's grim political culture.

Robert Latona
Resurrecting Franco
Spain's political leaders are dusting off the old dictator as a panto villain to distract an increasingly disgruntled public.

Tuesday 8 November 2005
Frank Furedi
French lessons for us all
The riots reveal the political exhaustion of Europe.

James Heartfield
Who’s fanning the flames?
It is not that assimilation has failed, but that France only pays lip service to assimilation.

Wednesday 9 November 2005
Jennie Bristow
Too much sex talk
Government policy keeps teenagers’ sex lives a secret from their parents - but not from the police. So much for confidentiality.

Chris Gilligan
‘What was it all for?’
Why are former Royal Ulster Constabulary officers seeking compensation for stress now, 10 years after the end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland?

Friday 11 November 2005
Grace Chua
In a huff about Hu
Human rights activists protest against the visiting Chinese PM more loudly than they do against Blair's erosion of civil liberties at home.

Mick Hume
Blair, Bush, Chirac: in power, but in paralysis
Why can't any government face up to a political challenge these days?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
The death agony of the anti-MMR campaign
Even after a Cochrane review found 'no credible evidence' of a link between MMR and autism, sections of the British media just won't let it lie.

Mick Hume
Herceptin: Nanny Hewitt doesn’t know best
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 11 November
We'll stop booing lanky Crouch when he starts scoring some goals.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 11 November
The Thick of It: a nastier version of The Office.

Alan Miller
A lame-horse race
The 'city that never sleeps' was lulled into slumber by Tuesday’s mayoral elections.

Brendan O’Neill
A bad day for Blair - an even worse one for liberty
MPs may have given the prime minister a bloody nose, but they knocked freedom out for the count.

Stuart Derbyshire
Unethical committees
A burgeoning ethical infrastructure can mean that scientists take less care of their research subject.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
The death agony of the anti-MMR campaign
Even after a Cochrane review found 'no credible evidence' of a link between MMR and autism, sections of the British media just won't let it lie.

Monday 14 November 2005
Brendan O’Neill
Exploiting our nuclear fears
It's alleged that three Australian terror suspects were thinking about targeting a nuclear reactor. Where could they have got an idea like that?

Patrick Belton
Letter from a burning banlieue
As the dust settles over Aulnay-sous-Bois, an Oxford student asks the rioters what all that was about.

Rob Lyons
Greenhouse kids throw a tantrum
Tony Blair’s decision to talk down the Kyoto agreement really got environmentalists' backs up.

Tuesday 15 November 2005
Josie Appleton
Knee-jerk rebellion
Tony Blair's parliamentary no-men are little more than political saboteurs.

Shirley Dent
No rhyme or reason to poem panic
How did a 14-year-old's not-very-good poem about Hitler provoke handwringing about anti-Semitic teachers warping our kids' minds?

Wednesday 16 November 2005
Jamie Douglass
Licensing Bill: the morning after
The 24-hour drinking debate has descended into the gutter.

Norman Lewis
Innovation in an era of caution
A technology researcher argues that while business buzzes on about 'innovation', there's a dearth of real invention.

Thursday 17 November 2005
Jennie Bristow
Don’t give food alerts the green light
In seeking to label food as 'good' or 'bad', the UK authorities risk treating pizza like poison, and consumers like children.

James Heartfield
Cox Report: creative accounting
Designers and admen aren't going to save the British economy.

Grace Chua
A misdiagnosed generation
US teens find that popping one kind of pill soon means that you need another kind.

Friday 18 November 2005
Brendan O’Neill
Christopher Meyer: what a creep
In his controversial memoirs DC Confidential, the former British ambassador to the US comes off far worse than those 'pygmies' and 'pandas' in government.

Malcolm Kendrick
The Great Cholesterol Myth
We all know that a high cholesterol diet is bad for you, right? Wrong, says this medical writer.

Mick Hume
Little Britain: the comedy of conformism
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Josie Appleton
Latin America rising?
Westerners' talk of a Latin American 'revolution' replaces political analysis with pure fantasy.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 18 November
Rome: for men only? Bollocks.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 18 November
England is caught between Rooneymania and Pa-roo-noia.

Monday 21 November 2005
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
The absurdity of a ‘patient-led’ NHS
What next: a lunatic-led asylum?

David Perks
Faith no more
The spat over faith schools reveals the rotten core of British education.

Tuesday 22 November 2005
Jennie Bristow
After the Bradford police murder
The overblown sentimentalism that has greeted the tragic killing of Sharon Beshenivsky reveals a police force in denial.

Josie Appleton
Rape surveys: a reality gap
What's behind the claim that 'A third of Britons blame flirty women for rape'?

Donald Winchester
The death of the LP
In an era of pick’n’mix iPodding, who needs a 45-minute player?

Wednesday 23 November 2005
David Chandler
Ten years on: who’s running Bosnia?
The only people freed up by Bosnia’s ‘democratic’ reforms will be EU administrators.

Thursday 24 November 2005
Joe Kaplinsky
What happened to the positive case for nuclear power?
The UK government is trying to promote nuclear by stoking up fears about the future. Bad move.

James Woudhuysen
Stop this ‘urban regeneration’ roadshow
We need some tall thinking on city planning.

Friday 25 November 2005
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Pandemic flu: turning a drama into a crisis
UK health secretary Patricia Hewitt blames the ‘worried well’ for creating a shortage of flu vaccines. But who made the well worried?

Mick Hume
The proof that not everything is a conspiracy
Recent scandals over Iraq show that today’s leaders are incapable of covering their own backsides, never mind covering up a war.

Josie Appleton
Drunken consent is still consent
Reports of a recent court judgement claimed that 'binge-drink women may lose right to claim rape'. Some sobriety is required.

Nicholas Frayn
Behind Sharon’s pragmatism
The Israeli leader's resignation from his own Likud party shows up the superficiality of contemporary Israeli politics.

Mick Hume
Licensing laws: what’s all the binge-whingeing about?
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 25 November
A brief history of TV pubs.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 25 November
There's only one Keano - and that's the problem.

Monday 28 November 2005
Rob Lyons
George Best: grief shouldn’t be a national sport
Alongside the celebrations of a great footballer, the response to the death of Best brought out the worst in contemporary society.

Phil Mullan
Still procrastinating over pensions
We're all likely to be a lot older before we see any meaningful reform of Britain's pension policy.

Stuart Derbyshire
Bush isn’t the only one who’s anti-science
The Republican War on Science is on the money about the Bush administration. But it neglects to mention the sins of Democrats and even scientists themselves.

Tuesday 29 November 2005
Michael Savage
If you’re happy and you know it…
Why has happiness become a matter for public policy?

Wednesday 30 November 2005
Ken McLaughlin
‘One-in-10 kids are mentally ill’? That’s madness
Can you spot the three with disorders in your kid's nursery?

Jennie Bristow
Killing Thinking
Professor Mary Evans' critique of 'the death of the universities' has breathed new life into the higher education debate.

James Heartfield
City, suburbs and snobs
Richard Rogers' warnings about middle-class flight to the countryside are wide of the mark.

David Perks
Hard science
How can teenagers hope to study physics, when the educational establishment thinks that abstract thought is beyond them?

Josie Appleton
Is abuse an excuse for murder?
The new law on provocation creates one law for 'angry men', and another for 'fearful women'.


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