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Wednesday 4 January 2006 January 2006
Mick Hume
My miserabilists of the year
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Neil Davenport
The ‘Hitlerisation’ of history teaching
The problem with the teaching of the past today is that it makes universalism history.

Jennie Bristow
‘Thumb Culture’ and the meaning of mobiles
A thought-provoking new book asks: 'What is a mobile phone...?'

Thursday 5 January 2006
Josie Appleton
Searching for their own personal Palestine
Why middle-class Westerners like Kate Burton are queuing up to get into Gaza.

Wendy Earle
Pretending that youth apathy doesn’t exist
The authorities’ attempts to reinvent and ‘remix’ citizenship ignore the real problem.

Donald Winchester
Losing a grip on reality
Why do some people get so obsessed with video games?

Friday 6 January 2006
Brendan O’Neill
Choice on the sickbed
New Labour's new Patient Choice initiative suggests it doesn’t know the meaning of the c-word.

Helen Searls
The double tragedy in West Virginia
How the media helped to make a bad situation worse.

James Heartfield
Who’s afraid of the Thames Gateway?
Why government proposals to build 200,000 new homes in London and Kent are causing a stink in certain circles.

Mick Hume
Try the detosh diet
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Jamie Douglass
Charles Clarke’s bad trip
The home secretary says the public is confused about the legal status of cannabis. It's his government that is confused.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 6 January
Football's balance of power has shifted to west London.

Monday 9 January 2006
Mick Hume
What Kennedy and Galloway tell us about politics now
Their recent antics reveal the shallow (show-) business that political leadership has become.

Andrew Calcutt
I drink, therefore I am
Charles Kennedy's public confession of alcoholism was not so far removed from the Saturday night antics of teenage binge-drinkers.

Josie Appleton
Why the great and the good are ‘going organic’
Unearthing the origins of the Soil Association's meteoric rise.

Joe Kaplinsky
Down with catastrophism
James Howard Kunstler's new book, The Long Emergency, depicts humans as parasites who might benefit from a mass die-off. Speak for yourself.

Tuesday 10 January 2006
Jennie Bristow
A lesson in conformity for parents
Forget 'respect': the UK government’s National Parenting Academy is based on contempt for mums and dads everywhere.

Phil Mullan
The state, the economy and the politics of fear
De-regulation means more red tape, and simplification means increasing complexity. What is the state up to?

Thursday 12 January 2006
Brendan O’Neill
Who’s on life support: Sharon or Israel?
The response to Ariel Sharon's stroke suggests that some think a nation is dying rather than its leader.

Dolan Cummings
A full stop to the Satanic panic
A BBC documentary reminds us how irrational were the fears of ritual abuse in the 80s and 90s. Yet the view that parents can't be trusted lives on.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 12 January
Alan Green - free speech martyr or sanctimonious windbag? Discuss.

Friday 13 January 2006
Nancy McDermott
‘They sure did dress nice’
spiked-film: A descendant of the American West on the gay cowboys of Brokeback Mountain.

Rob Lyons
Time to tear up the Sex Offenders Register?
The fears stoked by the register are a bigger problem than most of the people on it.

Dr Liz Frayn
The dangers of prostate testing
A new study suggests that examining men for prostate cancer can do more harm than good.

Mick Hume
I’m Not Really a Politician, Vote for Me…
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Neil Davenport
Is religion the root of all evil?
spiked-TV: Richard Dawkins' attack on religion ended up giving atheist humanism a bad name.

Alom Shaha
The root of all anti-science?
A scientist's view of Richard Dawkins' televised assault on religion.

Monday 16 January 2006
Helene Guldberg
‘This is like a badly written Greek tragedy’
Stephen Minger of King's Stem Cell Biology Laboratory on the fall from grace of South Korean scientist Woo Suk Hwang.

Tiffany Jenkins
Dying to be on the box
Corpses are the new stars in TV documentaries.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Why do we carry on screening?
Yet another study has confirmed the uselessness of the test for prostate cancer, but that won't stop men trooping into my surgery asking for it.

Tuesday 17 January 2006
Josie Appleton
Rebranding Britishness: the last refuge of the vacuous
Gordon Brown's speech to the Fabian Society showed that our rulers are in the grip of an identity crisis.

Jennie Bristow
The suspicious characters in the Department for Education
Teacher vetting scandals are a crisis of the government's own making.

Graham Barnfield
Violence on the brain
What's behind the media's fascination with the theory that video games cause violence?

Thursday 19 January 2006
Sandy Starr
Who cares about Celeb BB? You decide
spiked-TV: Has-beens, hissy fits and a competition of victimhoods make Celebrity Big Brother grimly compelling.

Kevin Yuill
Euthanasia: scaring us to death
Those who support the legalisation of assisted suicide have become the chief fearmongers in the debate.

Stuart Waiton
Antisocial behaviour: the construction of a crime
Now the New Labour government has revealed its 'respect' agenda, the problem of 'antisocial behaviour' has moved to the forefront of political debate. But what is it?

Brendan O’Neill
Jarhead: a war movie without a war
spiked-film: Sam Mendes' satire about the first Gulf War reveals more about modern warfare than his critics have twigged.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 19 January
Sending Arjen Robben off for celebrating a goal shows how petty football's laws have become.

Friday 20 January 2006
Brendan O’Neill
Iran: an irrational war of words
The spat between the West and Iran highlights the dangers of making up foreign policy as you go along.

Mick Hume
Who will vet the vetters?
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

James Greenstein
Financial regulation: passing the bucks
The lack of any principle behind banking rules is short-changing everyone.

Stanley Feldman
Concrete over the railways
The combustion engine is streets ahead of the obsolete piece of Victorian engineering that is the British rail system.

Monday 23 January 2006
Frank Furedi
The curious rise of anti-religious hysteria
It is the Anglo-American cultural elites' insecurity about their own values that encourages their frenzied attacks on religion.

Tuesday 24 January 2006
Josie Appleton
Government by bribery
It's a sign that politics is bankrupt when the government pays the public to comply with its policies.

Rob Lyons and Kevin Yuill
Wailing for ourselves
Two writers reflect on the whale-in-the-Thames story that went on and on.

Bruno Waterfield
Nul points for Blair’s EU presidency
Why the British PM failed to make political capital from his time at the EU helm.

Neil Davenport
Why are coppers stalking celebrities?
The police are taking their lead from reality TV shows and gossip columns.

Thursday 26 January 2006
Nathalie Rothschild
Can you feel a Holocaust victim’s pain?
The emphasis on empathy at the New Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem makes a visit emotionally draining, but intellectually vacuous.

Brendan O’Neill
Diminishing the Holocaust
Having turned the Nazi genocide into a platform for cheap moral posturing, the UK government can't be surprised that everyone else wants a piece of the action.

Friday 27 January 2006
Mick Hume
Whatever happened to the anti-war movement?
The fall of George Galloway reveals that neither side is winning the battle over Iraq.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
The dangers of the crusade against cancer
Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres may have been set up with the best of intentions, but they give sanction to the backward notion that cancer is the wages of sin.

Nicholas Frayn
All quiet on the Middle Eastern front
Hamas may have won the Palestinian elections, but Western predictions of war and bloodshed are wide off the mark.

Mick Hume
Euthanasia and the grisly theatre of death
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Graham Barnfield
What the ‘Man in Black’ means today
spiked-film: The Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line shows that Cash is popular because he is not a man for our times.

Rob Lyons
How to Live Longer
spiked-TV: Why do TV bosses have an insatiable appetite for diet makeover shows?

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 27 January
Forget Faria and Ulrika. We were all seduced by Sven.

Monday 30 January 2006
Helene Guldberg
Chemical stories can make you blind
A new report washes away some of the myths about ‘potentially deadly’ chemicals.

Josie Appleton
Who’s obsessed with homosexuality?
It is the liberal elite, not the public, that kicks up a fuss about gay MPs.

Tuesday 31 January 2006
Rob Lyons
Guilt by emission
A new UK government book about climate change only sees humans as the problem, never the solution.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Munich: a fantasy view of the Middle East
spiked-film: Steven Spielberg's 'prayer for peace' suggests that if only the Israelis and Palestinians would talk, everything would be okay. He needs a history lesson.


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