'Public support for cancelling the election amid the foot-and-mouth crisis was always an expression of the anti-political mood of our times.'
How the UK media reported the last major foot-and-mouth outbreak in 1967.
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.
'Whenever children aspire to be older than they are, it is seen as a problem - yet adults are encouraged to aspire to eternal adolescence.'
How can the UK government hope to encourage tourists towards a diseased countryside, when the local inhabitants can't even walk their dogs?
How critics of post-traumatic stress disorder explain its status as the disorder du jour.
The authors of a major new survey, Basildon: The Mood of the Nation, challenge the old and new stereotypes of Essex Man.
The ready-made radicalism of the left has become just as staid and uninspiring as the parliamentary politics it is supposed to be replacing.
'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.'
Interactive politics online - what are they talking about?
'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.'
'Why did Comic Relief cave in to the Catholic bishops on reproductive health?'
'Palace fans should be dreaming about winning trophies, not of carefully balanced budgets.'
'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).'
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.
At the fortieth anniversary of space travel, why has humanity stopped reaching for the stars?
Suicide is painless...for whom?
Even if you avoided the book, Bridget Jones's film diary is worth a peek.
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?
Why puking princesses are bad for democracy.
What is the point of Edward and Sophie?
Australians voted against the republic, not for the queen.
Astronomer Henry Joy McCracken on the closure of the final frontier.
A new study suggests car and train travel could also put us at risk of DVT. Not so fast.
The popularity of workplace teams indicates how work is elided with play.
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.
Will the UK government's plans to modernise secondary education, through a greater emphasis on specialisation, make a muddled situation even more confused?
Everybody from animal rights campaigners to Saddam Hussein has been blamed for starting the spread of foot-and-mouth.
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.
Essential vocab for Brits abroad this Easter.
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?
'"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.'
'The free "ethnic minority" seats were allocated - ghetto-fashion - in one block. The atmosphere in our section was eerily quiet.'
'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.'
The Irish category in the UK census will reveal a lot about modern Britain - except how many Irish people live here.
'The last thing older people need is a government campaign to educate them about their sexual health needs.'
The film of Jackson Pollock's life captures the artist's frenetic style, but does it do justice to his life?
Environmental campaigners might be suspicious of applying cutting-edge science in the developing world - but in Brazil, people are living with its benefits.
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.
'The latest torture for young people: a government-backed education manual for use in secondary schools called "Taking Drugs Seriously"'
Lie detector tests are becoming more widespread in the USA. But do they work?
Another survey manages to suggest that mental illness is all around us.
At last we know what the UK general election is really about: it's the Tandooris against the Tories.
The spy plane in China: why Bush turned an accident into an international incident.
'The problem of racism has been divorced from questions of politics and power.'
Why has the UK health secretary made an issue of banning reproductive cloning - when it is already prohibited?
'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's last word on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
'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?'
The mosquito-busting pesticide DDT has saved millions of lives. So why does the United Nations want to ban it?
Why playground squaddies won't bring peace.
The government's treatment of asylum seekers is far more offensive than its language.
To give the internet more than virtual possibilities, the UK government and telecoms industry need to get real about the infrastructure.
Do the chemicals released by foot-and-mouth funeral pyres pose a threat to human health? Dr Michael Fitzpatrick unravels the great dioxin scare.
How calf, not man, makes policy.
'The question should not be, are you for or against direct action in general, but what does this direct action represent here and now?'
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.
Beware the New Scientist's UK Global Environment Roadshow - you'll learn nothing but the art of guilt-trip.
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.
The what, why, how...and so what? of May Day 2001.
'Maybe they will start a Dog-Job Club, for these latest victims of foot-and-mouth.'
'Neither winter chill nor legal sanctions can deter some people from whipping off their clothes and cavorting naked around football pitches.'
'TV doesn't seem to do in-depth or advanced programmes about the arts, never mind stretching itself as a medium for them.'