What ever happened to the Orange Revolution?
Last year we were told that a popular uprising in Ukraine had ousted a fraudulent leader. So why has that fraudulent leader now been voted into power?
We need more drugs testing - on animals and humans
We mustn't let the disastrous trials at Northwick Park hospital blind us to the need for further medical innovation.
Farewell to the city?
Ignore the New Urbanists and 'Londonostalgics' - the end of the boundary between town and country is a liberation, not a loss, says a writer on urban issues.
Stop blurring the line between rape and sex
New Labour's rewriting of the rape laws is being guided by the ideas of 1970s man-hating feminism.
|Thursday 6 April 2006|
Offside, 6 April
Do we really need a campaign to stop footballers diving?
Food labelling wars
Labelling was once a dull technical matter. How did it get so controversial?
If it’s not easy being green, why do it?
spiked-TV: The rat race looks heavenly compared with BBC 2's peek into one family’s attempt to go eco.
Decommission the Electoral Commission
These nobodies and know-it-alls have replaced the dusty old lords as a block on popular democracy.
The UK government is kidding itself if it thinks designers can revive the economy.
Are packed lunches the ‘biggest evil’?
After school dinners, Jamie Oliver is turning his attention to 'shit' packed lunches. The message seems clear: parents can’t be trusted to feed their kids properly.
|Tuesday 11 April 2006|
Attacking Berlusconi for all the wrong reasons
His bank balance, foul language, rumoured plastic surgery: the left focused on Berlusconi's personal foibles because politically they aren't that different to him.
Prodi v Berlusconi: Italy’s ugliest election?
In the absence of any big ideological differences, Romano Prodi and Silvio Berlusconi traded barroom insults instead.
Saddam’s trial: playing the genocide card
The coalition is trying to win back some moral authority in Iraq by uttering the G-word.
Sticks, stones and hate speech
The case of a schoolboy prosecuted for calling a playmate 'Paki' has shown up the childish streak in Britain's speech laws.
|Thursday 13 April 2006|
The Bible story: holy shit
Conception through the left earhole, a 14-year-old virgin impregnated by God, and other wacky Easter tales.
Inside Man: just a heist movie?
spiked-film: There is racial politics aplenty in Spike Lee's latest.
Speak for yourself
spiked-TV: It's not just the two mute children in Help Me to Speak who fear the reaction their words might get.
Doffing the Burberry cap to nihilism
The photo of Prince William done up like a chav shows how mainstream slumming it (and slating working-class youth) has become.
Avian flu: this is not 1918
The discovery of a dead infected swan in Fife has led to warnings of another 1918-style flu epidemic. Let’s have some historical and scientific perspective.
Half-open door policy
Why America can't make up its mind about illegal immigrants.
In the shadow of the Fifth Republic
The French student protests might be lively, but they have failed to break free of the politics of the past.
Offside, 13 April
Wayne Rooney may be a bad gambler but let's not turn him into a therapy case.
Stop fighting a fantasy war over Iran
Both the Bush administration and its critics are talking war with Iran because they are struck dumb by events in Iraq.
The politics of abuse, and the abuse of politics
Today, the more acrimonious an argument or election contest appears to be, the less likely it is that anything of principle is really at stake.
|Tuesday 18 April 2006|
Animal rights protesters: don’t ban them, beat them
A leading member of the pro-vivisection group Pro-Test argues that animal rights activists should be defeated through debate, not legal injunctions.
Who’s afraid of the British National Party?
Only a clapped-out political class could see Nick Griffin and his band of nobodies as a threat.
Confronting the New Misanthropy
The big question today is not whether humans will survive the twenty-first century, but whether our faith in humanity will survive it.
|Thursday 20 April 2006|
Transamerica: dysfunction by numbers
spiked-film: Duncan Tucker’s road movie about a transsexual substitutes revelations of abuse for character or plot development.
The Time Lord of Love
spiked-TV: The new Doctor Who's emotional incontinence is light years away from the chaste original.
Offside, 20 April
With all the major issues settled already, the domestic football season is ending on an anti-climax.
Beyond Roe vs Wade: let the debate begin
A pro-choice South Dakotan investigates her home state's decision to prohibit abortion.
The creation of a phantom enemy
It is the scientific establishment's own self-doubt that lies at the root of the furore over creationism.
Bosnia: whose state is it anyway?
The European Union is in denial about its undemocratic domination of this tiny Balkan republic.
So, can a fetus feel pain?
A new study showing that premature babies launch a ‘brain response’ following a heel lance is cited as evidence that fetuses feel pain. One expert begs to differ.
India: where a movie star is more than a movie star
Why did 60,000 film fans riot in Bangalore following the death of an old actor? Alexander Zaitchik reports from New Delhi.
Climate change: a model cock-up
A climate model program downloaded by thousands of PC users had an internal error that meant it overstated how hot the world might get. Oops.
‘Gambling is a pastime, not a disease’
American addiction expert Stanton Peele chastises British commentators who see gamblers as fickle victims.
|Monday 24 April 2006|
I will never vote for a leader who makes an ethical spectacle of himself
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Courtroom therapy makes a mockery of justice
UK courts will soon give the family of murder victims their say in court. Frank Furedi, author of Therapy Culture, says that is bad news for all concerned.
|Tuesday 25 April 2006|
Unknown White Male: focusing on the future
spiked-film: For once, a documentary about amnesia that isn’t obsessed with excavating personal history.
No surrender to UEFA bureaucrats
What is UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body based in Nyon, Switzerland, doing debating the content of Rangers FC's chants?
Nepal: now that’s what I call democratisation
Why are those who bang on about bringing 'people power' to foreign lands so ambivalent about the people demanding power on the streets of Nepal?
|Thursday 27 April 2006|
Offside, 27 April
Alan Shearer, the hero of modern football? Pass the sick bag.
Scaring by numbers
France was once immune to news stories based on dodgy statistics. No longer.
From King of Chavs to object of pity
spiked-TV: Keith Allen's defence of 'Lotto lout' Michael Carroll came with some dodgy prejudices of its own.
What’s behind the shock-horror headlines about child obesity doubling in a decade?
Who’s afraid of the working class?
Once, the political elite was gripped by fear and loathing of workers. Now it just loathes them.
Interdependent we stand, divided we fall
The New Economics Foundation’s report on 'ecological debt' is a fascinating picture of Britain's exploitation of the world's resources. But it is frustratingly one-sided.
Blowing up Chernobyl
Twenty years on from the explosion, the anti-nuclear lobby is still playing fast and loose with the facts about casualties.
Barking: the land that Labour lost
White east Londoners' votes for the BNP seem to be more about resignation than racism.
|Sunday 30 April 2006|
Exercise in futility
Getting fit the Department of Health way turns out to be a full-time occupation.