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Friday 1 September 2006 September 2006
Mick Hume
Time for NYC to brush off the ‘sacred’ dust of 9/11
Read spiked editor Mick Hume’s New York Notebook in The Times (London).

Frank Furedi
What next? Will we need a licence to parent?
In a taster to a talk he's giving next week, Frank Furedi slates New Labour’s petty and incessant ‘early intervention’ into our lives.

David Chandler
Moral grandstanding in the Middle East
The EU and UN want to make political mileage out of the Israel-Lebanon crisis, while avoiding taking political responsibility for it.

spiked summer school
Journalism: a new generation
From binge-drinking to ASBOs, the 16- to 18-year-olds who attended spiked's summer school for state-school kids report on the big issues where they live.

Brendan O’Neill
‘Kashmir on the Thames’? It doesn’t hold water
The idea that a handful of wannabe martyrs from the Home Counties and London are the ‘biggest threat to US security’ is laughable.

Monday 4 September 2006
Philip Cunliffe
Exposing ‘Empire in denial’
David Chandler’s new book reveals that the West’s penchant for state-building in the Third World is really about extending its power.

Tuesday 5 September 2006
Emily Hill
These theories are ‘plane stupid’ – but popular
At first, conspiracy-mongering about 9/11 was the preserve of isolated fantasists. Now, five years later, it is positively in vogue.

Frank Furedi
Five years after 9/11: the search for meaning goes on
More than anything, the attacks on New York and Washington exposed the moral disorientation and bewilderment of the West.

Wednesday 6 September 2006
David Perks
Drax protesters: radicals for austerity
In the name of reducing CO2 emissions, greens are demonising mass electricity production – one of the marvels of the modern age.

Alex Avery
Organic milk is healthier? Don’t swallow it
The claim that organic milk is richer in omega-3s than conventional milk - and therefore better for us - is a lot of bull.

Thursday 7 September 2006
Rob Lyons
Crikey! He was only a TV presenter
He wasn’t a pope or royalty or a great leader. So what explains the international public mourning for croc-wrestler Steve Irwin?

Friday 8 September 2006
Antti Silvast
Blacking out the facts
Why do fears of impending power cuts dominate thinking about energy supply in various European states? Antti Silvast reports from Helsinki.

Mick Hume
How long before we have Goodbye! magazine, with pics of celebrity funerals?
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook on Steve Irwin in The Times (London).

spiked survey
Life, liberty and politics after 9/11
Updated: Nadine Strossen, Faisal Devji, Jeffrey Rosen, Brendan O'Neill, Michael Baum and others discuss the legacy of the terror attacks.

Todd Seavey
‘WTC cough’: time to draw breath
A large study was widely reported as confirming that Ground Zero workers may have been poisoned by toxins. Some healthy scepticism is required.

Brendan O’Neill
‘Cheap flights should be a cause of national rejoicing’
In the first of a series of interviews with speakers at the forthcoming Battle of Ideas, David Soskin of CheapFlights.co.uk defends no-frills holidaymaking against its 'ignorant' critics.

Mick Hume
Egotism, cliques and cowardly backstabbers - it’s politics after Blair
Only the deluded can believe that Brown is the solution to New Labour’s problems.

Monday 11 September 2006
Nancy McDermott
Time to pack away the 9/11 shrines
A Brooklyn writer on the fake flowers, photos of the Twin Towers and bodega ‘Jesus candles’ that still pop up on street corners.

Frank Furedi
Save us from the politics of behaviour
From spotting ‘problem people’ before they are born to advising dads on how to talk to their sons: government agencies are colonising our private lives.

Tuesday 12 September 2006
James Heartfield
Britain’s phantom housing boom
The author of Let’s Build! explains why a booming housing market has not led to the building of new homes – even though we could do with another five million of them.

Wednesday 13 September 2006
Alan Miller
If politics is lost, how can we find it again?
US writer Joe Klein's new book - Politics Lost - is funny on the dumbing down of political life, but not so forthcoming with solutions.

Emily Hill
MyScam: the PR puff behind ‘internet stars’
From the new blogger-on-the-block, LonelyGirl15, to pop stars Sandi Thom and Lily Allen: the rise of online celebs is not as organic as you think.

Brendan O’Neill
Is Iraq a ‘boil that must be lanced’?
Such is the self-regard of the Blair-bashers that they think disastrous wars abroad are all about them and their party careers.

Thursday 14 September 2006
Ed Barrett
Ashley Cole’s self-serving memoir: there’s no defence
Chelsea's new boy should know the score: bitching in a book about your old club will only make you look bad.

Helene Guldberg
Should childhood come with a health warning?
This week, a group of experts raised critical questions about how we mollycoddle children – but they also indulged some childish prejudices.

Mick Hume
The Brown stuff
Time to stop Waiting for Gordo – Brown is likely to be even worse.

Friday 15 September 2006
Mick Hume
So parents are ‘arseholes’? Pack it in, Oliver
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Tessa Mayes
Al-Jazeera: no laughing matter?
Why a private spoof video made by BBC staff for a colleague leaving for Al-Jazeera caused a media outcry.

Michele Ledda
‘Cool Maths’: The sum of all fears
Schoolchildren will never learn to love abstract subjects like maths if teachers are afraid to challenge them.

Brendan O’Neill
‘Bob Geldof, you are not our messiah’
DeRoy Kwesi Andrew, Ghanaian co-producer of the film Damned by Debt Relief, on how post-Live 8 'charity' is strangling poor countries.

Monday 18 September 2006
Andrew Calcutt
Boorman’s bonfire of the vanities
Magazine editor Neil Boorman’s public burning of all his branded goods was not as radical as he thinks.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Global warming: time for a heated debate
Al Gore's dogmatic documentary An Inconvenient Truth embodies the worst possible response to climate change.

Rob Lyons
Jamie Oliver: what a ‘tosser’
St Jamie's school-dinners crusade returns tonight, providing yet another unhealthy serving of food fears with a side order of parent-bashing bile.

Tuesday 19 September 2006
Nathalie Rothschild
Sweden: only a very Moderate change
The victory of the centre-right coalition over the Social Democrats is a result of the winds of opportunism rather than the winds of change.

John Fitzpatrick
Why nobody should be tried twice for the same offence
The UK government's ditching of the double jeopardy rule diminishes the dignity and autonomy of all of us.

Mick Hume
Is the Pope a Catholic?
If the 'infallible' Supreme Pontiff is no longer allowed to express certain strong beliefs, what chance is there for the rest of us?

Wednesday 20 September 2006
Malcolm Evans
The weighing game
The founder of the Weight Foundation on how dangerous dieting has become a way of life, and having an eating disorder a badge of pride.

Neil Davenport
Not saying sorry is the hardest thing to do
Why does David Cameron spend so much time apologising for old Tory policies, from the poll tax in Scotland to bashing the ANC?

James Woudhuysen
The dangers of Brownfield Brutalism
New Labour’s narrow vision for infrastructure causes overcrowding and inflames the Malthusian idea that there are ‘too many immigrants’.

Thursday 21 September 2006
Emily Hill
The University of the Smart Mob
spiked gets an exclusive preview of the new – and very blue – Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University.

Robin Walsh
Confessions of a student binge drinker
Pathways to Problems, a report into young British people’s drinking and drug-taking habits, offers only a ‘pathway to paternalism’ as an alternative.

Brendan O’Neill
Darfur: damned by pity
There is no civil war so bad that it cannot be made worse by the intervention of Western liberals.

Friday 22 September 2006
Mick Hume
The ‘positive image’ police: not a pretty picture
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah
If bungs help improve the team, who cares?
Ignore the media handwringing over Allardyce’s alleged backhanders: football isn't the only institution with a 'bung culture'.

Josie Appleton
‘Where are the Margot Fonteyns?’
Jeffery Taylor, former dancer turned dance critic, says PC attitudes towards touching children are ruining British ballet.

Monday 25 September 2006
Emily Hill
‘We use healthy girls with tits’
Emily Hill braved London Fashion Week and found few fashionistas willing to defend the use of skinny models.

Munira Mirza
A thinly veiled political gesture
Ruth Kelly’s call for more women in hijabs on TV was a shallow attempt to show that the government is listening to ‘Muslim voices’.

Frank Furedi
Hungary: a ‘hooligan revolution’?
Why EU bureaucrats have been so snobbish and hostile towards the demonstrators in Budapest.

Tuesday 26 September 2006
Steve Bremner
‘Speedophile’ panic
The critics who took potshots at Top Gear following Richard Hammond's accident are crashing bores.

Philip Cunliffe
What ever happened to the ‘good war’?
As Afghanistan starts to look more like Iraq, its image as a just war of self-defence is being questioned.

Brendan O’Neill
Iraq: the world’s first Suicide State
With daily bombings by faceless insurgents, Iraq looks like a country committing suicide for the cameras rather than aspiring to independence.

Wednesday 27 September 2006
Mick Hume
Time to put the Politics back into British politics
It will take more than celebrity statesmen and bean-counters to build the Good Society.

Thursday 28 September 2006
Daniel Ben-Ami
Why the new Amex card makes me see RED
The must-have credit card is more about making Western consumers feel good about themselves than ending AIDS in Africa.

Austin Williams
Down with carbon colonialism
Did you know that the money you donate to carbon-offsetting schemes is often spent on programmes that stifle development in the Third World?

Josie Appleton
In defence of fur
Ignore the protests of naked celebs: fashion is the best possible use of animals' skins.

Friday 29 September 2006
Duleep Allirajah
Wake me up when February comes
The group stage of the Champions League has become a snooze-fest.

Mick Hume
Politics of Fear: The Opera
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Nathalie Rothschild
‘The Greeks were art house, the Romans were multiplex’
Filmmaker Josh Appignanesi on the problem with the 'art house ghetto' – and why proselytising directors fail their audiences.

Brendan O’Neill
7/7: a very British bombing
John Reid's speech about 'extremist bullies' warping Muslim minds misses the point. Today's radical Islamists are made by mainstream society.


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