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Tuesday 1 May 2007 May 2007
Philip Cunliffe
When ‘Third World’ was a byword for revolution
The Darker Nations by Vijay Prashad looks back to a time when people saw more in the South than poverty and corruption.

Shirley Dent
A tale of two murals
The global chatterati was outraged when a Banksy mural in London was painted over. They didn't seem to mind when a mural for a murdered teen suffered the same fate.

Brendan O’Neill
What next, a Committee on Un-Scientific Activities?
The experts demanding that a film on climate change be 'corrected' before it is released on DVD are behaving more like Stalinists than scientists.

Wednesday 2 May 2007
Lee Jones
The end of the Union?
A victory for the Scottish National Party in this week's Scottish Parliament elections would be less a Braveheart cry for 'freedom!' than a snub to New Labour.

Emily Hill
Kate Moss and the socialism of fools
The Croydon supermodel has joined forces with a wideboy businessman to create a new fashion line for Topshop. The snobs don't like it one bit.

Nathalie Rothschild
...the British National Party?
Is the far right on the rise in Britain?

Brendan O’Neill
Crawley plot: an ‘Anti-Social Behaviour Outrage’?
With their disdain for 'slags', football fans and Bluewater chavs, the plotters come across like the armed wing of the chattering classes.

Thursday 3 May 2007
Chris Bickerton
The EU is also ‘firing bullets’ at Turkish democracy
The Turkish army is not alone in seeking to override the democratic process in Turkey in order to get the right result.

Tessa Mayes
Browne and the new morality of ‘outing’
In the past, tabloids outed gay people in order to shame them; now they out gay people to show there’s nothing wrong with being gay.

Ethan Greenhart
Is it ethical to vote?
Is it ethical to vote?

Josie Appleton
After Lord Browne: bring back privacy
In our rush to read all about the former BP head’s private life, we have forgotten the key role privacy plays in forging trust and identity.

Friday 4 May 2007
Mick Hume
This week’s other news quiz
Read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.

Patrick West
What’s wrong with a TV-induced coma?
Television’s detractors say that TV dulls the senses. That’s not always such a bad thing.

Duleep Allirajah
Cricket World Cup: so crap it was comical
These are the seven things the tournament will be remembered for (and it isn’t cricket).

Mick Hume
And the losers are…
If the elections in England, Scotland and Wales provide a snapshot of British politics, it is not a pretty picture.

Tuesday 8 May 2007
James Heartfield
The road to Baghdad was paved with good intentions
Many of those attacking the prime minister over Iraq were cheerleaders-in-chief of his earlier military ventures.

Jennie Bristow
Scarier than Thatcher the milk snatcher
From 'fetal ASBOs' to calorie-counting on the curriculum: the Blairites intervened in family life in ways the Tories never dreamed of.

Brendan O’Neill
What's worse than a Blairite? A Blair-basher
As Blair prepares to exit Downing Street, spiked's editor introduces our sober but cutting appraisal of the Blair years and what will come next.

Wednesday 9 May 2007
James Heartfield
Seeing people as a plague on the planet
The Optimum Population Trust’s claim that having a large family is an eco-crime exposes the anti-human streak in green politics.

Tim Black
Skinheads: the forebears of New Britain?
This is England is a humane and hilarious portrait of a lazy Eighties summer, until it tries to turn skins into models of multiculturalism.

Josie Appleton
Will someone, anyone, please challenge Brown?
With no debate or contest, the ‘handover’ of power from Blair to Brown is becoming an ever more princely, undemocratic affair.

Mick Hume
Why (almost) everything you know about 'Tony Bliar' is wrong
Exploding some of the myths about Blair's legacy, which are as misjudged as his war in Iraq.

Thursday 10 May 2007
Emily Hill
…Barbara Amiel?


Emily Hill
The wreckage of the ‘education revolution’
How the Blairites turned schools from centres of knowledge into social-engineering labs.

Munira Mirza
What now for the M-word?
Today, many slam the Blairites for enforcing divisive multiculturalism policies – but the critics’ solutions are no better.

Dolan Cummings
Scotland: almost afraid to know itself
Alex Salmond as Braveheart? Actually the increased vote for his Scottish National Party was born of desperation, not conviction.

Philip Cunliffe
Intellectual imperialism
A fashion-shoot cum missionary visit: Bernard-Henri Lévy's report from Darfur shows that liberal lust for Western intervention survived Iraq.

Friday 11 May 2007
Mick Hume
Madeleine McCann: let’s all make it worse
Read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.

Ethan Greenhart
What is the most ethical way to fight malaria?
Our ethical columnist on DDT, bed nets and GM mosquitoes.

Duleep Allirajah
Raining on the open-top bus parade
Roy Keane went up another couple of notches in my estimation when he snubbed the offer of driving and waving through Sunderland.

Patrick West
Nothing should be ‘no laughing matter’
Guests on The World’s Most Offensive Jokes recoiled with a squirm from tasteless gags. Clearly they don’t get the importance of black humour.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Empowering patients: New Labour’s unhealthiest idea?
Everyone slates Blair for Iraq while praising his health reforms. Yet his interventions in the NHS have alienated patients and degraded doctors.

Monday 14 May 2007
Julian Grenier
A toxic view of working-class parents
Commentators heaped praise on Sue Palmer's Toxic Childhood. Didn't they spot its poisonous arguments about a 'dead-eyed', over-breeding underclass?

Chris Bickerton
How scary is Sarkozy?
The European left is fast turning the French president into the new bogeyman of Europe. Yet his power base and political programme are not as coherent as they claim.

Nathalie Rothschild
Meet Camden’s killjoy ‘barbecue police’
Nathalie Rothschild reports from north London, where a local council’s ridiculous regulations are putting the dampers on a summer festival.

Tuesday 15 May 2007
Dolan Cummings
Stop the press: Scientologists are creepy!
Last night's 'exposé' of Scientology told us more about the narrow-mindedness of the BBC than the weirdness of L Ron Hubbard's lot.

Ben Pile & Stuart Blackman
The Royal Society’s ‘motto-morphosis’
It is an ominous sign that the prestigious scientific institution has changed its motto from 'on the word of no one' to 'respect the facts'.

Frank Furedi
The crusade against the A-word
The Orwellian removal of the word 'accident' from Britain's Highway Code shows we have a pretty primitive attitude to everyday misfortune.

James Woudhuysen
Come, friendly bombs, fall on Brown’s eco-towns
With his plans to erect zero-carbon homes in zero-car suburbs, Gordon Brown builds on the Blairites’ small-minded approach to housing.

Wednesday 16 May 2007
David Chandler
Serbia and Europe: who’s ruling who?
Many are shocked that Serbia has been made president of the Council of Europe, yet they turn a blind eye to the EU’s blackmail of elected Serb politicians.

Barbara Hewson
Ireland’s cruel and unusual abortion law
The Irish authorities’ attempt to stop a 17-year-old whose fetus had no head from travelling abroad for an abortion could be a tipping point.

Emily Hill
...Prozac?


Mick Hume
Missing ‘our Maddie’
The abduction of four-year old Madeleine McCann in Portugal has been turned into a public spectacle in Britain.

Thursday 17 May 2007
Emily Hill
When the Sixties were stifling rather than Swinging
Set in 1962, just before ‘sexual intercourse began’, Ian McEwan’s small but perfectly-formed novel tells the story of how a whole life's course can be thrown by one incident.

Tiffany Jenkins
The ‘disorganised apartheid’ of cultural diversity
Meet the curator and author who says that diversity policies in the arts are doing exactly what their label suggests: dividing people.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Playing a dirty trick on Africa
Western campaigners make grand pronouncements about ‘making poverty history’, yet their real vision for Africa is stiflingly small-scale. It is time for bigger dreams.

Neil Davenport
What’s behind the rise of ‘Tescophobia’?
A degenerate alliance of blue-blooded conservatives and tired old left-wingers has declared war on Tesco. Here’s why their assaults should be resisted.

Brendan O’Neill
How to be a ‘hippy fascist’
James Delingpole, author of an ‘essential guide to making lefty liberals history’, talks to spiked’s editor about ‘posho greens’, Glastonbury and his fear of revolution.

Josie Appleton
Measuring the political temperature
Today’s ‘global warming story’ – where the moral is always that we should calculate every bit of carbon we use – owes more to the anxious zeitgeist than scientific findings.

Frank Furedi
An emotional striptease
Ignore those publishers who claim ‘misery memoirs’ are popular because they tell life-affirming stories of survival. In truth, these books are a voyeur’s wet dream.

Friday 18 May 2007
Mick Hume
The cult of the crusading journo
Beware the sons of vicars, and who's afraid of Scientology? Read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (this week).

Matthias Heitmann
Nul points for the West
An Eastern bloc of crappy music? The co-editor of German magazine Novo investigates the 'Cold War' over the Eurovision Song Contest.

Duleep Allirajah
Let’s all laugh at the weeping fans
Whisper it: watching other people’s relegation misery is great fun. And this year’s final-day deciders didn't disappoint.

Patrick West
A potted history of bellowing on the box
From Alf Garnett to John Sweeney, why does the sight of people SHOUTING in TV shows make us laugh?

Ethan Greenhart
Is it ethical to buy a house?
Our ethical columnist on the thorny issue of where people should live.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Dumbing down doctors
At last, Britain’s shambolic jobs website for young doctors has collapsed. But it was only a symptom of the sickness afflicting medical training.

Sunday 20 May 2007
John Dennen
A tale of scholarly pugilists
An Oxford Blue recognises the pleasure of thumping Cambridge boys in Blue Blood, a film about boxing at Oxford University.

Monday 21 May 2007
Frank Furedi
Phobias
There is something rotten in the trend to label political or cultural views as 'phobias' that must be treated.

Brendan O’Neill
Kick environmentalism out of football
After Saturday's FA Cup Final: green hectoring about litter and CO2 has no place in a Beautiful Game that is all about irrational passion.

Tuesday 22 May 2007
Yascha Mounk
For the love of the Louvre
French traditionalists, outraged by plans to introduce private investment into the country's museums, should be wary of state influence, too.

James Heartfield
We need more houses, not divisive housing policies
Margaret Hodge's comments that 'residents' should get priority will only legitimise anti-immigrant sentiment.

Rob Lyons
...wi-fi?
There is no real evidence of negative health effects from wireless internet - so why are people campaigning against it?

Nathalie Rothschild
'Can’t non-white people ever just make art?'
Sonya Dyer, author of a provocative new essay, talks to spiked about how diversity policies in the arts ghettoise black and Asian artists.

Wednesday 23 May 2007
Daniel Ben-Ami
The dangers of crying Wolfowitz
The unhealthy obsession with corruption can only strengthen cynicism about economic development and increase Western interference in Africa.

Thursday 24 May 2007
Guy Rundle
Jindabyne: a guilt-trip from Down Under
The latest big film from Australia wants to be a deep study of the country's racial politics, but it's just a shallow take on a classic short story.

Emily Hill
To be or not to be...
John Prescott

Wanted: no-mark politician as occasional stand-in for new prime minister. Meaningless title offered. Political vision not required.

Ethan Greenhart
Is it ethical to use nuclear power?
Our ethical columnist on what E=mc2 really means.

Mick Hume
'Maddie' and the media in Britain AD (After Diana)
The three-week emotional outpouring around the missing Madeleine McCann has laid bare much about British culture today.

Friday 25 May 2007
Mick Hume
Will walking to school and ‘wind’ save the world?
Read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.

Patrick West
Why EastEnders is in soapy bubble
As viewing figures plummet and the BBC loses Neighbours, the future looks bleak for soap on the box.

Duleep Allirajah
Six reasons why I was shouting ‘Forza Milan!’
Should we all have been supporting Liverpool in the Champions League Final? Don't talk shite.

James Woudhuysen
Take a PEW, hear a sermon
With three new tracts on planning, energy and waste, the government shows it would rather change our habits than encourage innovation.

Josie Appleton
Measuring the political temperature
Today’s ‘global warming story’ - where morality equates to carbon calculating - owes more to the anxious zeitgeist than scientific findings.

Tuesday 29 May 2007
Nancy McDermott
Monitoring mums and dads
A New York mum travelled thousands of miles to attend a conference in Kent, England, on today’s culture of ‘intensive parenting’. It was worth it, she reports.

Jennie Bristow
Rule 3: Pregnancy does not damage your child
This month, Jennie Bristow picks apart the hectoring advice that is dished out to pregnant women about everything from food and booze to smoking and hair-dye.

Neil Davenport
Ofcom: Mary Whitehouse in liberal attire
Everyone cheered the regulator for its ruling on Celebrity Big Brother. But what gives a bunch of unelected suits the right to lecture broadcasters?

Wednesday 30 May 2007
Emily Hill
An iron fist in a pink velvet glove
The EU authorities are using accusations of homophobia as another stick with which to beat ‘backward’ Poles and Russians.

Rob Lyons
...drink-driving?
Do government campaigns to raise awareness about drink-driving really make the roads any safer?

James Woudhuysen
Did Rachel Carson really kill more people than Stalin?
On the centenary of her birth, the author of Silent Spring is idolised by greens and demonised by the right. Both sides need to turn over a new leaf.

Thursday 31 May 2007
Anna Travis
Put the brakes on this cult of slowness
Forget slow food, slow travel, slow shopping and slow cities. It's far more fun, and liberating, to live life in the fast lane.

Duleep Allirajah
Why Becks is back
It is a measure of England's desperation, rather than Beckham's skills, that the former golden boy is being brought back into the fold.

Mick Hume
Hijacking at Stansted
Protests over the expansion of the UK airport are being turned into yet another pulpit for preaching about the evils of man-made global warming.


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