March 2001

Kirk Leech Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Dam campaigns

The Narmada dam in India has met with opposition from campaign groups. But as Kirk Leech reports from Gujarat, many of the locals welcome it.

Dr Mark Matfield Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

The case for animal experiments

Dr Mark Matfield of the Research Defence Society takes a cool look at some facts behind the rhetoric of antivivisection campaigners.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

'Animal research is the only hope for people like me'

Despite hate mail and death threats Andrew Blake of Seriously Ill for Medical Research continues to fight in defence of animal research.

Josie Appleton Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Animal extremism - the heart of the matter?

While the Labour government has launched its campaign against 'evil extremists', it has given more than tacit support to the underlying philosophy of animal rights.

Roger Scruton Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

On foxhunting

The value of hunting as a form of cull is of secondary importance to those who take part in it.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

A timeline of reaction

Opposition to animal research has a long history - and none of it is glorious.

Ann Furedi, Dr Ellie Lee Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Defending abortion - in law and in practice

This spiked-paper tackles the hard arguments against abortion. It puts the case for late abortion and abortion for fetal abnormality, and refutes the claim that abortion is a threat to women's mental and physcial health.

Ann Furedi, Dr Ellie Lee Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Abortion is a fact of life

Abortion is accepted by policymakers and by the public as an acceptable means of fertility regulation.

Ann Furedi, Dr Ellie Lee Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

The case for 'late' abortion

Currently, the interests of the fetus are allowed to take priority over those of the woman. In all abortion, including in the case of late abortion, the interests of the woman should be paramount.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

'Amnesty' for dead organs: morbid anatomy

The scandal over human organs retained by hospitals after autopsy illustrates a society whose narcissistic obsession with the living body is paralleled by a morbid preoccupation with dead bodies.

Ann Furedi, Dr Ellie Lee Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Abortion for fetal abnormality

Abortion for fetal abnormality does not encourage discrimination. A woman who opts for this kind of abortion is not making a social or political statement about disabled people. She is making a statement about herself; what she feels she can cope with and what she wants.

Ann Furedi, Dr Ellie Lee Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Is abortion a health risk?

There is no evidence that abortion poses a risk either to women's mental or physical health.

Phil Mullan Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Going for grey

As politicians compete to bribe the grey voting bloc, they reveal the depth of their contempt for the elderly.

Alex Standish Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

The key to skills

It is education, not skills training, that prepares young people for work.

Frederick Cuthbert Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Elevating corpses

The cult of the hospital consultant has been replaced by a cult of the body.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Me and my vote

Brendan O'Neill quizzes some of the great and the good on their voting intentions at the general election.

Andrew Calcutt Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Party politics: it's only rock'n'roll

Expect the British general election to be more like a readers' poll for the New Musical Express than a political contest.

Toby Andrew Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Let stem cell research begin

How the UK government squandered two years of potentially life-saving research.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Dixon of dot com

The Internet Watch Foundation says it 'supports free speech' - so what about the thousands of pages it removes from the web each year?

Stuart Waiton Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

NSPCC report: a picture of innocence?

The report on 'Child maltreatment in the UK' by a major UK children's charity shows that family life is not the abusive nightmare it is often presented to be. So why won't it challenge society's preoccupation with child abuse?

Joanna Williams Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Computers and teachers: a lesson

When education is left to computers, the pupils lose out the most.

Sara Hinchliffe Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Who sets the boundaries on sexual behaviour?

Rape has historically been seen as a crime of violence. Now, a UK government consultation proposes a focus on the issue of consent. But how can consent be defined?

Phil Mullan Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Demystifying IT

Blinded to both the limitations and the real potential of IT, we risk squandering an opportunity of the century.

Virginia Hume Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Food: Executive Relief, March 2001

Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This feast from Franco Taruschio.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Global warming: Mr Blair's hot air

If the UK prime minister is not scaremongering about global warming, why does he exceed even the worst-case scenario predicted by the IPCC?

Sandy Starr Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Defending the indefensible online

The internet is a medium for words and pictures, not deeds. And words and pictures should be allowed free expression even where they appal us.

Mark Ryan Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Speaking by formula

When did computers start progamming our language?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

ADHD: turning a problem into a disease

Before we drug hyperactive children, shouldn't we determine if they are actually ill?

Ann Oliver Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Workplace appraisals: an appraisal

No marks for the dreaded self-assessment process.

Ted Huckapokie Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Are you a homosocial?

What do you call a man who likes women in bed, but not in the bar?

Jennie Bristow Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Chick Lit to Smith Lit

The worst thing that can happen to young female authors is that they are taken so damn seriously.

Brid Hehir Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

The rise and rise of CAM

Why have complementary and alternative medicine become so popular - even among doctors?

Munira Mirza Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

All the table's a stage

From TV chefs to DIY shows, UK lifestyle programmes have moved further and further away from the hobbies they are supposed to be talking about. Why?

Andrew Calcutt Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Generation Txt: mixed messages

Why young people can't stop texting - and adults can't stop talking about it.

Tony Gilland Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Greenfield cites

Pro-science crusader - or media luvvie? Professor Susan Greenfield talks about the difficulties of doing both.

Ann Furedi Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Infectious laws

If it is a crime to transmit HIV to your partner, why not make it an offence to give them chalmydia - or flu?

Sandy Starr Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Rebel without a brand

I tried to become a political consumer - and found it took either too much money, or too little consumption.

Helen Searls Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

An Englishwoman in Washington

'Despite the attention of the world's media, attempted murder in American schools is still extremely rare.'

Ray Crowley Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter

'I live in the main "younger voters" area of Birmingham - Studentsville - and I have yet to visit a student house whose residents take all their empties down to the bottle bank.'

Sandy Starr Thursday 8 March 2001 comments

Defending the indefensible online

The internet is a medium for words and pictures, not deeds. And words and pictures should be allowed free expression even where they appal us.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 9 March 2001 comments

Offside

'I have no nostalgia for the decaying, rain-swept open terraces of the past, but safe standing sounds worse.'

Dolan Cummings Friday 9 March 2001 comments

TV UK, 9 March

'A Bradford City fan might be gripped by his team's encounter with Charlton Athletic, but most of us would rather watch The Antiques Roadshow.'

Josie Appleton Monday 12 March 2001 comments

National life is indefinitely postponed

How Britain, paralysed by fear, is closing itself down.

Mick Hume Tuesday 13 March 2001 comments

Why not a No Sermonising Day?

As UK No Smoking Day approaches, spiked calls for a No Sermonising Day instead.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 13 March 2001 comments

The smoking debate

'You don't want to take sides with either contestant in the battle between pro-smokers and the antis. You should just watch out for the referee.'

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 13 March 2001 comments

Passive smoke gets in their eyes

Second-hand smoke is assumed to be dangerous. But where is the hard evidence?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 13 March 2001 comments

Addiction addicts

The tendency to see addiction in everything from smoking to shopping is a morbid social symptom.

Patrick West Tuesday 13 March 2001 comments

Craic good, cigarettes bad

Ireland's new anti-smoking zealotry: to quote Father Ted's Father Jack - 'Arse!'

Victor Rortvedt Tuesday 13 March 2001 comments

Beyond California

A non-smoking American couldn't light up if he wanted to.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 13 March 2001 comments

Epidemiology uncovered

At the root of many contemporary health scares is the tendency to confuse sequence with consequence, and association with causation.

John Brignell Tuesday 13 March 2001 comments

Power cables - what risk?

The current panic over power cables is typical of the contradictory nature of health scares. A risk is either small or it is significant. It cannot be both.

Mick Hume Thursday 15 March 2001 comments

Things fall apart

'We seem to have lost sight of any distinction between rational measures to cope with an animal disease, and the irrational attempt to put the countryside (if not the entire country) into quarantine.'

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 15 March 2001 comments

Me and my vote: Fay Weldon and Will Self

Authors Fay Weldon and Will Self think politics has become boring - boring enough to stop them voting?

Josie Appleton Thursday 15 March 2001 comments

Jet planes and blood clots

A large-scale research project into the assumed link between long-haul flights and deep-vein thrombosis has been announced. But the scare will no doubt continue - whatever the evidence says.

James Heartfield Thursday 15 March 2001 comments

Culture vultures

How can the UK government present the creative industries as a major money-spinner? Through some creative accounting.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 15 March 2001 comments

We're all Irish now

The real O'Neill on St Patrick's Day: 'What is happening on 17 March: a multiethnic karaoke night?'

Josie Appleton Thursday 15 March 2001 comments

Marcos and his merrie men

Zapatistas: Why Western radicals love the guerrilla who fires off more emails than bullets.

spiked-geist Thursday 15 March 2001 comments

Minister: precautionary principle has 'got out of hand'

UK minister for the environment Michael Meacher today conceded that, in responding to the foot-and-mouth outbreak, 'the precautionary principle perhaps got out of hand because we did not understand all of the issues'.

Ray Crowley Thursday 15 March 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter

'Why not move members of the UK government and shadow cabinet into the brightly painted Big Brother house, and allow us to vote one of them out each week?'

Ann Furedi Thursday 15 March 2001 comments

Perverse perceptions

There is nothing 'sinister' or 'perverse' about the Gearon photographs at the London Saatchi Gallery. So why is it assumed that we will look at them in that way?

David Nolan Thursday 15 March 2001 comments

St Patrick's Day, USA

A Dubliner finds his Celtic roots in Washington, DC.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 16 March 2001 comments

Ireland cancels St Patrick's Day

As the rest of the world goes Celtic for St Patrick's Day, the Emerald Isle cancels celebrations through fear of foot-and-mouth.

Andrew Cox Friday 16 March 2001 comments

Welsh wails

A Cardiff-dweller wonders why the Welsh take Anne Robinson so seriously.

Derek Allen Friday 16 March 2001 comments

Football avec frontiers

UEFA says it wants to promote footballing harmony. So why is it colluding with passport officials, in branding international stars illegal immigrants?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 March 2001 comments

Offside

'The crisis of refereeing authority is one of FIFA's own making. The more disciplinary powers referees have been given, the more their authority has been undermined.'

Dolan Cummings Friday 16 March 2001 comments

TV UK, 16 March

On the absence of a St Patrick's Day theme night: 'After Friday's extravaganza of charitable tat on BBC1, a whole night of emerald effluent would be too much even for people who like that sort of thing.'

Kenan Malik Tuesday 20 March 2001 comments

Genes, culture and human freedom

What it is to be human.

Victor Rortvedt Tuesday 20 March 2001 comments

Chocolat: kids' stuff from Miramax

As the race for the Oscars hots up, best picture nominee Chocolat is posing as the independent contender. But is there anything radical about this sickly sweet confection?

Daniel Ben-Ami Tuesday 20 March 2001 comments

Taking stock of technology

How the fixation with technology companies has caused the rise of the world's stockmarkets - and now their fall.

David Dunn Thursday 22 March 2001 comments

The UK's non-science curriculum

How can values be taught in the school science curriculum, when science is value free?

Mick Hume Thursday 22 March 2001 comments

An outbreak of anti-election fever

'We are left with a raging national debate over when the general election should be, while the small matter of what that election is actually going to be about passes almost without comment.'

Ray Crowley Thursday 22 March 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter

'If politics is about who can create the most entertaining TV, politicians are on to a sure loser. Myleene, Kym, Danny and the rest have already won hands down.'

Josie Appleton Thursday 22 March 2001 comments

Macedonia: oh no, not NATO

The history of the Balkans over the past decade is a story of outside intervention igniting, intensifying and perpetuating local conflicts.

David Nolan Thursday 22 March 2001 comments

Abortion: a man's right to choose?

However tough it seems, the decision to have an abortion has to be the pregnant woman's and hers alone.

Josie Appleton Thursday 22 March 2001 comments

The media: watchdogs of democracy?

Journalists' debate: how can newspapers hold politicians to account, when nobody else does?

Brendan O’Neill Friday 23 March 2001 comments

Bloke on a rope

'According to the experts - those men in white coats who have replaced men of white cloth - a man's life is one long rollercoaster ride of disease, disorder and death.'

Dolan Cummings Friday 23 March 2001 comments

TV UK, 23 March

'David Burke sees interactive TV as part of a sinister plot to "manipulate" viewers and turn us into zombies.'

Duleep Allirajah Friday 23 March 2001 comments

Offside

'Trying to cajole Asians to participate in football smacks of cultural engineering.'

Frank Furedi Monday 26 March 2001 comments

Why consumer activists should pack their bags

It's not about individualism, it's not about power, and it's not about politics. Consumer politics is the opposite to everything it claims to be.

Jennie Bristow Monday 26 March 2001 comments

Safe Spice

Who do they think they are?

Jennie Bristow Monday 26 March 2001 comments

A spicy read?

Jennie Bristow reviews Geri Halliwell's If Only and Helen Fielding's The Edge of Reason.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 27 March 2001 comments

Why the Popstars can't be popstars

'ITV's Popstars made the Spice Girls look like the most original thing since Dylan.'

Sandy Starr Tuesday 27 March 2001 comments

Are you the one in four?

'UK politicians claim that "as many as one in five children who use internet chat rooms are approached by paedophiles". The evidence proves something quite different.'

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 27 March 2001 comments

The Queniborough CJD cluster

The reported link between five cases of variant Creuzfeldt-Jakob disease and contaminated meat in a UK village is based on nothing - except bad science.

Tony Gilland Wednesday 28 March 2001 comments

Strictly for the birds

Tony Gilland questions the assumption that modern agriculture is threatening farmland birds.

Kirk Leech Thursday 29 March 2001 comments

On training in India

Cows, eggs and 'no spitting zones'.

Mick Hume Thursday 29 March 2001 comments

Modern life? It's the best yet

'Attach it to pretty much anything you (don't) like, from scientific research to supermarkets, and the prefix "modern" has become a boo-word, to be pronounced with a sneer.'

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 29 March 2001 comments

Intensive farming debates

Why is there such opposition to modern farming techniques?

Jennie Bristow Thursday 29 March 2001 comments

Supermarkets are - super

They stand accused of everything from killing the high street to fuelling the foot-and-mouth crisis. But what have supermarkets done to deserve it - other than providing a large variety of nice, cheap food?

Frank Furedi Thursday 29 March 2001 comments

Urban prejudices, rural myths

Why we should all stop romanticising the countryside.

Jan Bowman Thursday 29 March 2001 comments

Organic food: why?

Organic farming is no safer than modern agriculture, and it certainly couldn't feed the world. So why is it so popular - even among European governments?

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 29 March 2001 comments

Animal research: a scientist's defence

Medical research is not concerned with the welfare of animals - and nor should it be.

Derek Allen Thursday 29 March 2001 comments

What rogue referees do well

Football is not just about acts of inspiration - moments of madness are equally important. Technologically literate referees will undermine both.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 29 March 2001 comments

The great ape debate

Comparing primates to humans makes apes of us all.

Ray Crowley Thursday 29 March 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter

'For anybody thinking of voting, the question of how you are going to get to the polling station should be number one on your list of woes.'

Dolan Cummings Friday 30 March 2001 comments

TV UK, 30 March

'I seem to have a knack of saying the wrong thing when I'm on TV - but then TV debates don't lend themselves to sophistication.'

Duleep Allirajah Friday 30 March 2001 comments

Offside

'Stan Collymore, the self-confessed therapy case, had the post-Diana world at his feet. So where did it all go wrong?'

Helen Searls Friday 30 March 2001 comments

An Englishwoman in Washington

'Campaign finance reform is popular because it provides a way for politicians to distance themselves from the nasty business of politics.'

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 30 March 2001 comments

Why 'awareness' is bad for your health

'The result of greater public awareness of prostate cancer will be that large numbers of men will be subjected to investigations (and even treatment) that will be of no benefit to them.'