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Monday 3 July 2006 July 2006
Rob Lyons
More pussycats than Three Lions
England are out of a World Cup they should have won. But don't just blame Sven – what about the players?

David Chandler
Make lecturing Africa history
A year on from Live 8, Bob, Bono and the rest seem more concerned with bashing African governments than helping African people.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Big Pharma: a paper tiger?
From Hollywood to the broadsheets, drugs companies are depicted as evil monsters, convincing healthy people that they're sick. But they didn't create these 'worried well'.

Tuesday 4 July 2006
Ed Barrett
After Sven’s reign of error: what next for England?
England's 'experiment' with a foreign coach was neither a success nor a failure, but a continuation of what went before.

Brendan O’Neill
A ‘shadow war’ performed for Western voyeurs
Why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict drags on and on.

Wednesday 5 July 2006
Duleep Allirajah
Suffering the penalty
Why England’s ‘golden generation’ turned into a bunch of bottlers when it came to spot kicks against Portugal.

Emily Hill
A political nursery
Childish campus politics is a perfect training ground for the media-obsessed, censorious politicians of the future.

Professor Michael Baum
What role for complementary medicine in treating cancer?
Leading British cancer specialist Michael Baum caused a storm with his letter criticising the NHS for spending money on alternative therapies. Here, he answers his critics.

Thursday 6 July 2006
Helene Guldberg
Don’t tinker with the libel laws – scrap them
No amount of reform will stop England and Ireland's stringent libel laws from having a chilling effect on free speech.

Friday 7 July 2006
Mick Hume
I’m sorry, but we shouldn’t make Rooney apologise if he’s not sorry
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Philip Cunliffe
Operation Restore NATO’s Prestige
The creaky North Atlantic alliance, a hangover from the Cold War, is intervening in Afghanistan in an attempt to save itself rather than the Afghan people.

Neil Davenport
Heaven knows I’m an Islamist now
The nihilistic posturing of some radical Muslim youth echoes the teenage angst of British popular culture, from Quadrophenia to The Smiths.

Munira Mirza
Why we should ignore Shehzad Tanweer’s pompous video
One way to deal with angry young Muslims is to stop taking their grandiose claims so seriously.

Mick Hume
7/7: a year on, darkness and confusion still reign
The anniversary of the London bombings is not an occasion for silence, but for some overdue debate.

Monday 10 July 2006
Josie Appleton
7/7: a media memorial
The commemoration of the first anniversary of the London bombings was a spectacle conducted for the cameras.

Tuesday 11 July 2006
Daniel Ben-Ami
What’s behind the case of the ‘NatWest Three’?
Even if you think they’re just merchant bankers, you should be worried about the efforts to have them extradited.

Frank Furedi
We need teachers, not amateur therapists
Schools have no business teaching children how to be ‘happy’.

Mick Hume
What next for humanity? Closing the survey, opening the debate
As we publish the final contributions, spiked editor Mick Hume summarises the survey and highlights some themes.

Wednesday 12 July 2006
Joe Kaplinsky and James Woudhuysen
A self-defeating argument for nuclear power
The UK government’s energy review is more interested in changing the public’s behaviour than in putting a positive case for nuclear.

Brendan O’Neill
Do they hate Mumbai because it’s modern?
Some thoughts on this week's terror on the trains.

Duleep Allirajah
Why ZZ blew his top
The soccerati’s search for a noble rationale for Zidane’s moment of madness typifies their silly quest for higher meaning in football.

Thursday 13 July 2006
Rob Lyons
Bin these authoritarian policies
The attempt to convict a mum of failing to follow new recycling rules shows that green policies are becoming ever-more draconian - and unpopular.

Friday 14 July 2006
Mick Hume
Take off your green-tinted glasses and get real
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Neil Davenport
Inviting Hindus to play the victim card
A survey of British Hindus reveals the extent to which multiculturalism fosters division and grievance.

Mick Hume
The strange case of l’affaire Zidane
His headbutt might have been a moment of madness – but the storm of shrill reactions to it seems to have turned into an endless outpouring of crazed emotions.

Monday 17 July 2006
Shirley Dent
Turning 7/7 into a modern morality play
A children's drama about the London bombings is spoiled by the tick-tick-tick of politically correct boxes.

John Fitzpatrick
A war movie with a difference
Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley, set in 1920s wartorn Ireland, brilliantly captures a community’s struggle to make and shape history.

Mick Hume
Middle East crisis: what’s that all about?
A militarised mess has moved beyond the control of the Israelis, the Islamists and the international community.

Tuesday 18 July 2006
Brendan O’Neill
A level-headed guide to the Levy affair
Here are a few facts the police won’t be telling us about the background and consequences of the 'peerages for loans' scandal.

Wednesday 19 July 2006
Nathalie Rothschild
‘Truth, justice and all that stuff’
Superman returns - but why, and to do what?

Josie Appleton
Missing the mark on the de Menezes shooting
As police are charged with 'health and safety' violations over their killing of the Brazilian, the whole affair becomes increasingly surreal.

Thursday 20 July 2006
Graham Barnfield
What’s behind the rise of Yob Lit?
Books on ‘anti-social behaviour’ tend to reveal far more about the author’s mindsets than they do about life in Britain.

Duleep Allirajah
After the head butt, the fallout
If Materazzi is punished for dissing Zidane, it could signal the beginning of the end of that venerable football tradition: ‘verbals’.

Jennie Bristow
Children: over-surveilled, under-protected
A recent conference in London highlighted the dangers of the government’s insidious monitoring of our children’s lives.

Friday 21 July 2006
Barbara Hewson
After D: antenatal diagnosis and human rights
A recent ruling in D v Ireland suggests that Irish women may be able to obtain abortion in cases of lethal fetal anomaly. Barbara Hewson, counsel for D, reflects on the case.

Mick Hume
Hang on, who is Britain fighting in the Middle East?
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Brendan O’Neill
An explosion of pity
Faisal Devji, author of Landscapes of the Jihad, explains how the London bombers were driven by pity – that most 'dangerous and bitter passion'.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
The trouble with autism-lit
A spate of new books confirms that making autism ‘fashionable’ is not making life any easier for the parents of autistic children.

Monday 24 July 2006
Wendy Earle
Can TV remote-control our kids?
Some claim the media make children fat and violent; others argue the media can help to make children more socially responsible. Both sides should get a grip.

Tuesday 25 July 2006
James Woudhuysen
The folly of carbon swipe cards
David Miliband is right: his plan for all citizens to carry around a card that measures their use of carbon will be seen as ‘burden’ by most of us.

Brendan O’Neill
Blair, please save the Middle East – and us!
How the anti-war movement flits between telling Tony Blair to butt out of the Middle East and pleading with him to protect it.

Wednesday 26 July 2006
James Heartfield
Will Self’s mockery of the mockneys
The Book of Dave envisions a post-apocalyptic London, rebuilt along lines imagined by all those novelists obsessed with the seamy side of life in the capital.

Guy Rundle
Euston, you have a problem
An Australian journalist asks why some signatories to the Euston Manifesto are discussing cricket, Dr Who, Sunday dinner – anything but Israel-Lebanon.

Mick Hume
A bad case of imperial impotence
The Middle East crisis reveals that the USA, leader of the Western world, is suffering an acute loss of grip on global affairs.

Thursday 27 July 2006
Duleep Allirajah
A confusing cross to bear
Despite all the World Cup flag-waving, nobody seems sure what the St George's flag is for.

Nancy McDermott
Making sense of the ‘mommy wars’
Why has greater choice over whether, when and how to have children also led to greater anxiety for women?

Neil Davenport
Trial by TV and tabloid
Last night's BBC documentary The Boys Who Killed Stephen Lawrence showed that this tragic murder has been turned into a morality tale about the oafishness of the white working classes.

Friday 28 July 2006
Mick Hume
In defence of air-con, a cornerstone of civilisation
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times.

Mark Adnum
A seamy side to Sydney
Cate Blanchett’s deluxe, blue-ribbon aura sits uneasily in gritty Aussie drama Little Fish, but the film’s still worth seeing.

Rob Lyons
Blair’s unhealthy political vision
In a speech about public health, the prime minister declared open season on our private lives.

Monday 31 July 2006
James Woudhuysen
Windmills of the mind
Why the UK government's energy policy is more concerned with changing our behaviour and mindsets than with actually supplying more energy.


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