April 2001

Mick Hume Monday 2 April 2001 comments

The strange affair of the election that never was

'Public support for cancelling the election amid the foot-and-mouth crisis was always an expression of the anti-political mood of our times.'

Brendan O’Neill Monday 2 April 2001 comments

When foot-and-mouth didn't make the front page

How the UK media reported the last major foot-and-mouth outbreak in 1967.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 4 April 2001 comments

The price of precaution

The official endorsement of the BSE inquiry marked the acceptance of the precautionary principle as a central tenet of government - and the response to foot-and-mouth reveals just how high the cost of this principle is.

Ed Barrett Wednesday 4 April 2001 comments

Growing pains

'Whenever children aspire to be older than they are, it is seen as a problem - yet adults are encouraged to aspire to eternal adolescence.'

Jennie Bristow Thursday 5 April 2001 comments

On holiday in foot-and-mouth country

How can the UK government hope to encourage tourists towards a diseased countryside, when the local inhabitants can't even walk their dogs?

Ellie Lee Thursday 5 April 2001 comments

The invention of PTSD

How critics of post-traumatic stress disorder explain its status as the disorder du jour.

Dennis Hayes and Alan Hudson Thursday 5 April 2001 comments

Basildon Man: beyond the shell-suits

The authors of a major new survey, Basildon: The Mood of the Nation, challenge the old and new stereotypes of Essex Man.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 5 April 2001 comments

Yoof politics

The ready-made radicalism of the left has become just as staid and uninspiring as the parliamentary politics it is supposed to be replacing.

Ray Crowley Thursday 5 April 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter

'As things stand, I have absolutely no idea when I am supposed to be not voting, what I am not voting for, or why I now have to not vote on a different date from the one I was previously not voting on.'

Tiffany Jenkins Thursday 5 April 2001 comments

Where communication is king

Interactive politics online - what are they talking about?

Reshmi Parag Thursday 5 April 2001 comments

My barney with Charlie

'I felt compelled to run some of my thoughts past Prince Charles, to make sure that people's aspirations for a better life were not viewed with such royal distaste.'

Ann Furedi Thursday 5 April 2001 comments

Comic Relief: a bad taste lingers

'Why did Comic Relief cave in to the Catholic bishops on reproductive health?'

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 5 April 2001 comments

Offside

'Palace fans should be dreaming about winning trophies, not of carefully balanced budgets.'

Dolan Cummings Thursday 5 April 2001 comments

TV UK, 5 April

'Americans seem to have a fondness for UK TV that goes beyond our famously world-class dramas and documentary series (mostly made in the 1970s).'

Fenno Outen Thursday 5 April 2001 comments

Is mental illness just 'different'?

A competition for schoolchildren held by WHO on World Health Day on 7 April 2001, designed to challenge the stigma attached to mental illness, may have the opposite effect.

Sandy Starr Tuesday 10 April 2001 comments

2001: Retreat from the Space Odyssey

At the fortieth anniversary of space travel, why has humanity stopped reaching for the stars?

Kevin Yuill Tuesday 10 April 2001 comments

Voluntary euthanasia: a deadbeat solution?

Suicide is painless...for whom?

Jan Macvarish Tuesday 10 April 2001 comments

Keeping up with the Jones

Even if you avoided the book, Bridget Jones's film diary is worth a peek.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 10 April 2001 comments

Fake sheiks and redundant royals

Forget Sophie-gate. As everybody wants to debate the roles of minor royals, why is there such reticence to suggest that the Queen should give up her job?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 10 April 2001 comments

Down with 'The People's Monarchy'

Why puking princesses are bad for democracy.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 10 April 2001 comments

Royals without royalty

What is the point of Edward and Sophie?

Liz Frayn Tuesday 10 April 2001 comments

Wallaby free?

Australians voted against the republic, not for the queen.

Henry Joy McCracken Tuesday 10 April 2001 comments

Why have we still not walked on Mars?

Astronomer Henry Joy McCracken on the closure of the final frontier.

Josie Appleton Thursday 12 April 2001 comments

Cars, trains and blood clots

A new study suggests car and train travel could also put us at risk of DVT. Not so fast.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 12 April 2001 comments

Team players

The popularity of workplace teams indicates how work is elided with play.

Philip Stott Thursday 12 April 2001 comments

Global warming: the EU's sleight of hand

As the European Union leaps on its high horse over the USA's stance on global warming, it conveniently forgets that its own record is often worse.

Toby Marshall and David Perks Thursday 12 April 2001 comments

Fragmenting education

Will the UK government's plans to modernise secondary education, through a greater emphasis on specialisation, make a muddled situation even more confused?

Sandy Starr Thursday 12 April 2001 comments

Sheep, pigs and scapegoats

Everybody from animal rights campaigners to Saddam Hussein has been blamed for starting the spread of foot-and-mouth.

Mick Hume Thursday 12 April 2001 comments

Don't mention the election

If any of the parties had a message to make us sit up and take notice, they would be shouting it from the rooftops now.

Josie Appleton Thursday 12 April 2001 comments

Dirty man of Europe: a phrasebook

Essential vocab for Brits abroad this Easter.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 12 April 2001 comments

Making a drama out of a crisis

At every stage, the panic over foot-and-mouth has run ahead of the disease. Is it any wonder we are now in such a mess?

Dolan Cummings Thursday 12 April 2001 comments

TV UK, 12 April

'"Except for signs and wonders ye will not believe", Jesus once complained. The BBC's history department seems similarly resigned to the need for not-so-cheap tricks.'

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 12 April 2001 comments

Offside

'The free "ethnic minority" seats were allocated - ghetto-fashion - in one block. The atmosphere in our section was eerily quiet.'

Ray Crowley Thursday 12 April 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter

'Tony Blair and William Hague just aren't interested in Bridget's thirtysomething, un-unemployed, childless, no-longer-in-education, fairly-comfortable, doesn't-live-in-the-countryside kinda life.'

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 17 April 2001 comments

Why I won't tick the Irish box

The Irish category in the UK census will reveal a lot about modern Britain - except how many Irish people live here.

Ann Furedi Tuesday 17 April 2001 comments

Over-age sex

'The last thing older people need is a government campaign to educate them about their sexual health needs.'

Allison Felus Thursday 19 April 2001 comments

Painting Pollock

The film of Jackson Pollock's life captures the artist's frenetic style, but does it do justice to his life?

John Conroy Thursday 19 April 2001 comments

Third-rate technology?

Environmental campaigners might be suspicious of applying cutting-edge science in the developing world - but in Brazil, people are living with its benefits.

Tiffany Jenkins Thursday 19 April 2001 comments

How to win the election in (Saatchi) style

Saatchi & Saatchi was credited with winning the 1979 election for the UK Tory Party, and branding the Thatcherite project in the 1980s. Strategic planner Craig Mawdsley advises the party leaders on how to smarten up their image for the general election 2001.

Ray Crowley Thursday 19 April 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter

'The latest torture for young people: a government-backed education manual for use in secondary schools called "Taking Drugs Seriously"'

Howard Fienberg Thursday 19 April 2001 comments

Polygraphs: the truth

Lie detector tests are becoming more widespread in the USA. But do they work?

Josie Appleton Thursday 19 April 2001 comments

Are you the one in four?

Another survey manages to suggest that mental illness is all around us.

Mick Hume Friday 20 April 2001 comments

Cook plays the curry card

At last we know what the UK general election is really about: it's the Tandooris against the Tories.

Helen Searls Friday 20 April 2001 comments

An Englishwoman in Washington

The spy plane in China: why Bush turned an accident into an international incident.

Mick Hume Friday 20 April 2001 comments

Macpherson report: keeping our wits about us

'The problem of racism has been divorced from questions of politics and power.'

Josie Appleton Friday 20 April 2001 comments

Clone truths

Why has the UK health secretary made an issue of banning reproductive cloning - when it is already prohibited?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 20 April 2001 comments

Offside

'Perhaps if fans were seen brandishing bottles of Evian water this would project a misleading image of Crystal Palace as a club for effete health-conscious muesli-eaters.'

Dolan Cummings Friday 20 April 2001 comments

TV UK, 20 April

Dolan's last word on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 24 April 2001 comments

Peer groups bad - friends good?

'When UK government policy flags up "peer pressure", what it means is that young people's friends are the problem. So why doesn't it just say that?'

Roger Bate Tuesday 24 April 2001 comments

Without DDT, malaria bites back

The mosquito-busting pesticide DDT has saved millions of lives. So why does the United Nations want to ban it?

Simon Knight Tuesday 24 April 2001 comments

From friends to prefects

Why playground squaddies won't bring peace.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 24 April 2001 comments

The new etiquette on asylum

The government's treatment of asylum seekers is far more offensive than its language.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 24 April 2001 comments

The Zen of ADSL

To give the internet more than virtual possibilities, the UK government and telecoms industry need to get real about the infrastructure.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 25 April 2001 comments

Dioxin: a toxin for our times

Do the chemicals released by foot-and-mouth funeral pyres pose a threat to human health? Dr Michael Fitzpatrick unravels the great dioxin scare.

Sandy Starr Thursday 26 April 2001 comments

Phoenix: cute calf, but what about the foot-and-mouth issue?

How calf, not man, makes policy.

Mick Hume Thursday 26 April 2001 comments

Direct action and dire ideas

'The question should not be, are you for or against direct action in general, but what does this direct action represent here and now?'

spiked-geist Thursday 26 April 2001 comments

Don't mention the R-word?

Should politicians pledge to keep silent on the race issue? Kenan Malik, author of The Meaning of Race, the CRE's Chris Myant, Tony Sewell, columnist for The Voice, novelist and critic Mike Phillips, and the UK Refugee Council's Jessica Yudilevich give their views.

Helene Guldberg Thursday 26 April 2001 comments

Eco-evangelism

Beware the New Scientist's UK Global Environment Roadshow - you'll learn nothing but the art of guilt-trip.

Dominic Standish Thursday 26 April 2001 comments

Flying to the foot-and-mouth capital

As I returned to Italy with a box of Milk Tray chocolates for my wife, I guessed what it must feel like to be a smuggler.

Josie Appleton Thursday 26 April 2001 comments

May Day in cyberspace

The what, why, how...and so what? of May Day 2001.

Ray Crowley Thursday 26 April 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter

'Maybe they will start a Dog-Job Club, for these latest victims of foot-and-mouth.'

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 26 April 2001 comments

Offside

'Neither winter chill nor legal sanctions can deter some people from whipping off their clothes and cavorting naked around football pitches.'

Dolan Cummings Thursday 26 April 2001 comments

TV UK, 26 April

'TV doesn't seem to do in-depth or advanced programmes about the arts, never mind stretching itself as a medium for them.'