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Thursday 1 December 2005 December 2005
Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 1 December
On the fans who refused to stay schtum for Best.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 1 December
Ghost Squad: the best in a new breed of British cop shows.

Michael Gough
Dioxin: death for objectivity
Compensation schemes for vets exposed to Agent Orange fly in the face of the evidence.

Sarah David
REACHing an impasse
The new EU chemicals legislation shows the triumph of environmentalist thinking over common sense.

Brendan O’Neill
Can George Best save the peace process?
In Belfast, politicians and community activists are trying to turn the late footballer into an anodyne 'symbol of unity'.

Friday 2 December 2005
Mick Hume
One murder doesn’t make a racist society
The response to the killing of Anthony Walker tells us more about Britain than the murder itself.

Mick Hume
How ‘bestie’ made his comeback
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill
Muriel Degauque: Islamo-fascist, freedom fighter or what?
The Belgian brunette didn't only blow up herself in Baghdad - she also blew to bits the various stereotypes of Islamic terrorists.

Monday 5 December 2005
William Melotti
Down with ‘call-centre justice’
One writer explains why he thinks mechanised law enforcement is bad for justice - and bad for law and order.

Jennie Bristow
Civil partnerships: let’s get one thing straight
The UK government has its own reasons for pushing a form of gay marriage - and it’s not about equality, or even being nice.

Tuesday 6 December 2005
Rob Lyons
Mobile phones and health, information and fear
Report on the spiked/O2 seminar.

Josie Appleton
David Cameron: A blank slate
The Tory Party’s new leader has risen to the top by not saying much about anything.

Wednesday 7 December 2005
Jonny Thakkar
The winds of illiberalism blow through Chicago
From our man in the Windy City: the latest place to ban smoking in public.

Brendan O’Neill
Why Saddam’s trial is so trying for the coalition
The 'trial of the century' has descended into a 'comedy show'.

Thursday 8 December 2005
Timandra Harkness
Homeopathy: diluting the evidence
The bold claims of a new study don't hold water.

Phil Mullan
Ageing and the ‘pensions crisis’
Never mind the Pensions Commission: we can afford the future without saving our pennies and keeping pensioners in poverty.

Josie Appleton
Drink-spiking scare: shots of anxiety
A new police study finds little evidence of drug-assisted rape. So why are awareness-raising campaigns getting into full swing?

Friday 9 December 2005
Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 9 December
Gazza: why we binge on this binge-drinker’s misfortunes.

Neil Davenport
The elites, masses and racism
The aftermath of Anthony Walker's murder shows that it's working-class whites who are now seen as the scum of the earth.

Sandy Starr
Pinter: good playwright, bad politician
Harold Pinter's Nobel speech highlighted the chasm between his literary insights and childish worldview.

Mick Hume
Olympics 2012: sport-for-anything-but-sport’s-sake
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Rob Lyons
What about a Routemaster for the twenty-first century?
The shift from the old double decker to the new bendy-bus reveals officialdom's disparaging view of The People.

Monday 12 December 2005
Jennie Bristow
A dark day for whom?
The Buncefield blaze has set the British media ablaze with conspiracy theories and doomsday fantasies, while the news is reported by amateurs.

Tuesday 13 December 2005
Shirley Dent
Why polemics are killing poetry
Anti-war cod-poems 'silently beg you to SCREAM'.

Brendan O’Neill
Bin Laden’s script: ghost-written in the West
One thing is clear from the new book Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden - the al-Qaeda leader doesn't have an original thought in his head.

Rob Lyons
Keeping Kyoto on life support
Why world leaders bend their knee to the Protocol even as they fail to meet its demands.

Wednesday 14 December 2005
Josie Appleton
Bringing democracy into disrepute
The quangocracy’s case against London Mayor Ken Livingstone should be thrown out of court.

Thursday 15 December 2005
Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 15 December
Space Cadets: a comedy of cynicism.

Ben Walford
New Toryism: easy listening politics
David Cameron's 'big challenges' get some young Londoners humming along - but does that mean he's 'the future'?

Kevin Yuill
Treating doctors like murder suspects
The trial of Dr Howard Martin shows how the process of dying is becoming a sordid battleground.

Mick Hume
David Cameron and the demise of Conservatism
We now have a non-Tory leading the Conservative Party, to go with our non-Labourite leader of the Labour Party.

Friday 16 December 2005
Mick Hume
After Hemel Hempstead: Attack of the Killer News Headlines!
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

James Heartfield
Humanitarian interventionists dig in
In his new book Anti-Totalitarianism, Oliver Kamm makes a shrill and inconsistent defence of the Iraq war.

Neil Davenport
The other Outback trial
Joanne Lees was found guilty by the media for refusing to play the role of traumatised victim.

Monday 19 December 2005
Shirley Lawes
What’s lost in translation
Promoting foreign language learning as a functional business skill won't inspire anybody to go beyond 'au revoir'.

Jennie Bristow
Reservoir Dolls?
A new study finds that little girls torture their Barbies. At least they know the difference between fantasy and reality.

Wednesday 21 December 2005
Munira Mirza
Teaching adults about ‘scary Santa’
How did patronising advice for parents about the perils of Christmas end up on a government-funded website?

Nancy McDermott
Don’t mention the C-word
The word 'Christmas' is conspicuous by its absence in NYC.

Stephen Bremner
Eat, drink and be merry
Pay no heed to seasonal advice from official gloom-merchants.

Josie Appleton
Who Killed Christmas
There's no 'war on Christmas' from without – only a lack of belief within.

Thursday 22 December 2005
Josie Appleton
In search of utopia
Does utopian thinking offer a route out of today's political doldrums?

Daniel Ben-Ami
Capitalism as if the world matters more than we do
In his new book, Jonathon Porritt dresses up a demand for austerity in the language of environmentalism.

Friday 23 December 2005
Grace Chua
The Blue Man Group
A great show - if you're a five-year-old.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 23 December
What's Really in Your Christmas Dinner: bingeing on food snobbery.

Neil Davenport
Worth more than a Peep
You know that Peepshow is cutting-edge comedy when it gets ignored by the boring conformists of the British Comedy Awards.

Mick Hume
From mistletoe and wine to misanthropy and whingeing
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Rob Lyons
No room at the inn for smokers
...or even in their own homes, if health officials have their way.

Wednesday 28 December 2005
Nathalie Rothschild
March of the Penguins
How did a National Geographic documentary spark discussions about everything from God to climate change?

Alan Miller
Free thinking?
A report on the recent Cato Institute conference in New York.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 28 December
And it's good night from him: Dolan Cummings' last TV column.

Josie Appleton
The story of myself
A new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, pictures the rise and fall of individual identity.

Brendan O’Neill
An unholy marriage
Catholic reactionaries and secular miserabilists have joined forces to spoil our fun.

Mick Hume
2005: No ‘Annus Horribilis’ for humanity
Why use the Asian tsunami as the defining image of life this year?


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