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Friday 1 December 2006 December 2006
Mick Hume
Our man in Istanbul - and Woking…
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's columns from The Times (London) this week.

Tessa Mayes
More news from the world, please
Whatever you think of the tabloid editor who bugged Princes Charles and William, the fact is reporters must sometimes break the law.

Duleep Allirajah
We want to win, but expect to lose
Ba'athist motivational techniques might be a bit much, but we need some way of giving English sport a boot up the backside.

Rob Lyons
Still not ‘ethical’ after all these years
A report saying our buying habits are increasingly driven by ethical concerns made some fairly unethical contortions to reach that conclusion.

Monday 4 December 2006
Emily Hill
PostSecret: wish you weren’t here
The secrets scribbled on postcards and exhibited in a London gallery don't provide an 'emotional x-ray'. In fact, they're shallow and samey.

Rob Lyons
Frost/Nixon: 'An intellectual Rocky'
Peter Morgan's dramatisation of David Frost's interview with the disgraced US president gives a very human take on a little slice of history.

Paul Bickerton
From playground to podium: how to make an Olympian
Children need both freedom and guidance to excel at sports - and they're in danger of being denied both in today's risk-averse climate.

Tuesday 5 December 2006
Helen Birtwistle
A ‘dick on a string’?
Those calling for an extension of the Dangerous Dogs Act - 'the worst piece of legislation ever written' - seem most frightened of 'dangerous owners'.

Emily Hill
Santa’s grotty
It's hard to know which is more pathetic: the standard of art at Banksy's Christmas-bashing shop in Oxford Street, or the losers paying a fortune for it.

Brendan O’Neill
Welcome to the stay-at-home society
A new anti-movement movement is trying to put the brakes on cars and planes. Do they want to propel us back to medieval times?

Wednesday 6 December 2006
Mark Adnum
Sold short by Shortbus
The arthouse film titillating a certain class of cinemagoer claims to be about the mind and the heart. In fact, it's just porn with a moral message.

Ken McLaughlin
Scare in the community
Alarming-sounding reports on homicides by mental patients are being used by the UK government to justify draconian new laws.

Mick Hume
Trident: a damp squib of a debate
What could be even more pathetic than Blair’s case for renewing Britain’s nuclear deterrent? How about his opponents’ arguments.

Thursday 7 December 2006
James Heartfield
Standing up for science
A new collection of essays puts the case for a fresh scientific enlightenment to counter the rise of superstition.

Josie Appleton
Beware of the boars
From Bavaria to South Africa, rampaging animals are bringing towns to a standstill. Why don't we just shoot them?

Ethan Greenhart
How can I stop my friend starting a family?
Ask Ethan: Our columnist offers more advice on how to live the green and ethical life.

Friday 8 December 2006
Mick Hume
Animals count?
No they don't

Read spiked editor Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.

Duleep Allirajah
5/12: the day English cricket died
England's performance in the Ashes was the daddy of all batting collapses.

Brendan O’Neill
Who’s the miserabilist of them all?
The first round of nominations in spiked's hunt for the King of the Killjoys.

Monday 11 December 2006
Tim Black
A sporting tragedy
In a year of British sporting failure, the main theme of Sports Personality of the Year 2006 was bereavement.

Neil Davenport
From snobbery to slobbery
The Queen's accent is getting less and less posh, claim Australian scientists. Why is everyone, even ER, slumming it?

Brendan O’Neill
Time for a backlash against the hate-obsessed state?
After 7/7 we were warned of a possible pogrom against Muslims. If anything, prosecutions for anti-Muslim acts actually fell.

Tuesday 12 December 2006
Stuart Simpson
Starving Africa of money
Deprived of the funds needed to develop their economies by the corruption-obsessed West, African countries are turning to China.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Worse than Scrooge
Underlying the frequently expressed concerns about personal debt is a distaste for popular consumption.

Jane Sandeman
The battle of the lunchbox
Parents are quite capable of feeding their children - despite what the government's School Food Trust would have us believe.

Wednesday 13 December 2006
Mick Hume
Pinochet: the Ghost of Politics Past
He's dead and buried, along with his era. Time to get over it and move on.

Thursday 14 December 2006
Nathalie Rothschild
A slap In the Face of History
The inspiring content of an exhibition of twentieth-century photography is undermined by the curators' emphasis on the particular and the subjective.

Ethan Greenhart
Is it ethical to attend an office Christmas party?
Ask Ethan: Our columnist offers advice on how to negotiate the dangers of the 'festive' season.

Frank Furedi
Do they know it’s Christmas?
Forget 'Peace on Earth' - Christmas has become a battleground in the culture war over the status of religion.

Friday 15 December 2006
Mick Hume
Diana report: an accident waiting to happen
Read Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

Duleep Allirajah
Come on and do the conga
The desperate attempt to find examples of British sporting excellence means we're redefining what 'sport' means.

Emily Hill
Have yourself a killjoy Christmas
In the second round of nominations, spiked approaches the great and the good in the ongoing quest to expose the King of the Killjoys 2006.

Mick Hume
Turning murder into reality TV
From police and reporters to criminologists and psychologists - everybody seems to want a walk-on part in the 'Suffolk Ripper' show.

Monday 18 December 2006
Ed Barrett
The Life of Python
Michael Palin's diaries and the digitally remastered Monty Python albums show that these comedy greats are not quite dead parrots.

Mark Vernon
Thomas Henry Huxley: a better bulldog
An agnostic ex-vicar says Richard Dawkins could learn a thing or two from a humbler 'Darwinian bulldog' of the 1860s.

Michael Fitzpatrick
The Dawkins delusion
'Catholic atheist' Michael Fitzpatrick finds himself repelled by Richard Dawkins' crass and prejudiced polemic against religion.

Tuesday 19 December 2006
Miserabilist of the Year
Killjoy to the world
Quake ye cantankerous gits: it's the third and final round of nominations in spiked’s hunt for the Miserabilist of the Year.

Brendan O’Neill
Blair plots PR coup in Palestine
It's that time of year again, when our leaders use the Middle East as a platform for moral posturing.

Wednesday 20 December 2006
Julia Svetlichnaja and James Heartfield
Caught up in a new Cold War
When we interviewed Alexander Litvinenko, we had no idea we would end up being branded as Kremlin agents.

Josie Appleton
There’s more to childhood than counting calories
The obsession with expanding waistlines is narrowing horizons for children - and replacing adult guidance with health tips.

Miserabilist of the Year
And the whiner is…
Meet the winner of the inaugural Miserabilist of the Year Award: the prudish and prudent Presbyterian killjoy heading for Downing Street.

Thursday 21 December 2006
Ethan Greenhart
How to have an ethical Winterval
Ask Ethan: Our columnist offers tips for having resource-neutral fun during the silliest of seasons.

Sadhvi Sharma
Why these patronising gifts get my goat
Giving donkeys, goats, therapy or campaigning packs to developing countries only helps to reinforce Third World poverty.

Duleep Allirajah
Putting the ‘boxing’ into Boxing Day
Bad-tempered derby matches on 26 December are one of football's finest traditions - and the perfect antidote to the soporific message of Christmas.

Mick Hume
The year we nearly went mad
From celebrity colonialism and Muslim-mania to flying backwards and resurrecting dead gods: some trends of 2006.

Thursday 28 December 2006
Nathalie Rothschild
Dancing penguins and other holiday turkeys
A taste of what the cinemas were serving up this Christmas.

Helene Guldberg
A hard cell
Eve Herold on why we should take sides in the Stem Cell Wars, and cheer those scientists pushing the boundaries.

Neil Davenport
The Sopranos: still the Greatest Show On Earth
The latest batch of tales from New Jersey's mafia lowlife shows this series has its finger right on the pulse of US society.

Jennie Bristow
Why I won’t be joining the ‘Bad Mothers Club’
There's something creepy in the latest literary genre that celebrates stressful, even bad, motherhood as an identity.

Brendan O’Neill
Let’s make 2007 the Year of Real Tolerance
...and not the vacuous, censorious kind promoted in Xmas messages by the Queen and Channel 4.


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