May 2001

Jim Butcher Tuesday 1 May 2001 comments

Magna - from steel to feel

South Yorkshire's new visitor attraction, Magna, might be attractive. But what is it, exactly?

Marilyn Mason Tuesday 1 May 2001 comments

Religious schools - pluralism or prescription?

The British Humanist Association's education officer raises some secular questions.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 1 May 2001 comments

Me and my vote: Pub Landlord and Stewart Lee

Al Murray's Pub Landlord is described as 'one of the few remaining Tory blokes'. So how come he's voting New Labour? Plus: Stewart Lee on why there's more to political satire than Ann Widdecombe's hair.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 1 May 2001 comments

British racism: a new original sin

How New Labour has racialised everyday life.

Victor Rortvedt Tuesday 1 May 2001 comments

Looking the death penalty in the face

Why the Oklahoma bomber's execution should be televised - and discussed.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 1 May 2001 comments

Doctors on the defensive

'One thing is clear from the "Doctors' day of action" - GPs are angry. But that's the only thing that is clear.'

Mick Hume Tuesday 1 May 2001 comments

People's peers: why not abolish the lot?

'Presumably those demanding that more "ordinary people" be turned into people's peers would be happy for political debate to echo the banality of commuter train chat.'

Sandy Starr Thursday 3 May 2001 comments

First Tuesday's first lady

Julie Meyer, founder of the IT networking phenomenon First Tuesday, on why being a dotcom entrepreneur is not all doom and gloom.

Josie Appleton Thursday 3 May 2001 comments

May Day UK: media-staged, police-controlled, damp squib

The only thing missing was the protest.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 3 May 2001 comments

Corporations in denial

As the City of London recovers from Dress-Down May Day, why are big firms so keen for their staff to look anything but corporate?

Ray Crowley Thursday 3 May 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter

On pigeons: 'I can't believe the feathered gremlins have provoked a protest, got their own alliance and had so much attention from the London mayor.'

Neil Davenport Friday 4 May 2001 comments

The Secret Rulers of the World

Jon Ronson: 'Crazy people are on to something, but what they're on to is very different to what they imagined it to be.'

Dolan Cummings Friday 4 May 2001 comments

TV UK, 4 May

'The Secret Rulers of the World goes beyond demonstrating the cookiness of the conspiracy theorists to uncover the viciousness and stupidity of unsinister mainstream institutions.'

Josie Appleton Friday 4 May 2001 comments

Museums: pushing the wrong buttons?

Show us the collections - or the Digidog gets it.

Timandra Harkness Friday 4 May 2001 comments

Stem cell research: the battle against Parkinson's

US clinical trials of a new treatment for Parkinson's disease might have failed - but that only shows the need for more stem cell research, says Robin Lovell-Badge, genetics expert at the UK National Institute for Medical Research.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 4 May 2001 comments

Offside

'Palace were losing 2-0 at home to Wolves. At this point fans hurled their season tickets on to the pitch and sang "Stand up if you want Smith out".'

Michael Fowler Friday 4 May 2001 comments

Anti-abortion law through the back door

In supporting the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, the US House of Representatives has taken the first step towards recognising a fetus as a separate person in law. What will this mean for women?

Joe Kaplinsky Friday 4 May 2001 comments

Capitalists against development

The private sector lending arm of the World Bank is keen to stress its support for sustainable development. What's in it for them?

Tracey Brown Friday 4 May 2001 comments

Name, blame, shame and claim

Putting litigious Britain in the dock.

John Pender Friday 4 May 2001 comments

Voices of the Poor - who's talking?

A study published by the World Bank claims that the world's poor value 'wellbeing' over money. Don't believe a word of it.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 8 May 2001 comments

License to drink - soberly

'The new licensing laws may exercise less control over WHEN we drink, but will only bring about more controls on HOW we drink.'

Mick Hume Tuesday 8 May 2001 comments

Inspire us with some new tunes

As the UK election campaign gets off to a non-start, spiked editor Mick Hume proposes a few bullet points for Tony Blair and William Hague to put on little cards and give to all their candidates.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 8 May 2001 comments

Me and my vote: JG Ballard

'Politics has been downgraded. It is no longer a matter of competing ideologies, but has become a kind of public relations exercise.'

spiked-geist: Day One

Tinkering with politics; Gorging on humble pie; Bunking off Downing Street; Tories: the musical.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 8 May 2001 comments

The hidden cost of free condoms

To any teenager attracted by the offer of free condoms from their GP, I would say: be careful. The price of a packet of condoms is the surrender of your personal life to professional intrusion.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 9 May 2001 comments

Wake up! The truth about youth apathy

So what if young people's attitude to politics is 'so what'? Every proposal made about how to engage them in politics will only make them more apathetic.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 9 May 2001 comments

Your vote counts! (to Bush, Blair, Gore and Hague, anyway)

Should voting be an act so banal as flushing the toilet?

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 9 May 2001 comments

Blair's other babies

What lies behind New Labour's infantile obsession with Young Britain?

spiked-geist: Day Two

Tory Story: the end; New Labour, new hospital food; Real people? Get real; Rock the vote, not the boat; Blair's other babies; R-word bad, A-word good?; Overexcited about apathy; Anti-smoking smokescreen.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 9 May 2001 comments

The magic of mobile

It is not wireless gizmos that make us stupid at work, but the kind of Hey Presto management thinking that prefers rabbits out of hats to real insights.

Andrew Calcutt Wednesday 9 May 2001 comments

Keeping culture in its place

Now that very few people are prepared to uphold the laws of art, what's left is culture with the cultural taken out: primarily therapeutic, with content rendered arbitrary.

spiked-geist: Day Three

Blair: Famous in Farringdon (not); Government by accountancy; Ghost-voting; The deserted ballot-box; Tony's school pantomime

Jennie Bristow Friday 11 May 2001 comments

10 things I hate about EU

It's boring, illegitimate, technocratic, divisive and bland. Nobody's for it, nobody's against it, it's a retreat from politics and a retreat from economics. And it's a tricky one.

Dolan Cummings Friday 11 May 2001 comments

TV UK, 11 May

'Charles I is another candidate for the dubious honour of being the original Tony Blair, but then so is Oliver Cromwell.'

Brendan O’Neill Friday 11 May 2001 comments

Me and my vote: Peter Tatchell

'I'm not sure about arresting Blair. You'd have a harder time getting to him than you would to Mugabe.'

Election spiked-geist: Day Four

NHS investment - a 'crucial' choice or a tiny difference?; Northern Ireland - 'the right to be policed'.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 11 May 2001 comments

Offside

'Post foot-and-mouth, Britain is now in the grip of a new epidemic: post-Dome lack-of-nerve syndrome. The first casualty is the new national stadium at Wembley.'

Muay Thai in Koh Samui

Ten days of intensive Thai boxing is a great holiday. But in Thailand, it is a livelihood and a business.

Ray Crowley Friday 11 May 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter

'Election day is my twenty-first birthday. What sort of party will I end up having now?'

Mick Hume Friday 11 May 2001 comments

Politics is important - voting isn't

'Nobody need feel any obligation to vote in an election that has become little more than a coronation ceremony for the new oligarchy.'

Brid Hehir Friday 11 May 2001 comments

Cot death: a guilt trip too far

Is every parent's nightmare also their fault?

Patrick West Friday 11 May 2001 comments

Pop goes parody

Pop music has been eating itself for decades. So what's new about today?

spiked-geist: Day Seven

Real Labour; Hard Labour; Never mind the bollards; Sketchy future; Scotland - out of kilter?; Geri for PM; Islington's cash-for-votes policy; Politics Hertz.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 15 May 2001 comments

Me and my vote: Julie Hesmondhalgh

As New Labour gets soap stars to back its election campaign, Julie Hesmondhalgh - Coronation Street's Hayley - reckons 'there are so many reasons to NOT vote New Labour'.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 15 May 2001 comments

Low 'Ambitions for Britain'

'New Labour's commitment to "equality of worth" is worse than worthless.'

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 15 May 2001 comments

Not-so-Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dems have made freedom their big election issue - but not freedom as we know it.

Josie Appleton, Rob Lyons Tuesday 15 May 2001 comments

spiked-geist: Day Eight

Letwin the outlaw; Demon eyes - The Return; Bread-and-butter issues

Dominic Standish in Italy Tuesday 15 May 2001 comments

Italy's unfashionable elections

After Silvio Berlusconi's election - is Italy really the hotbed of extremism and corruption the European press claimed it to be?

Barry Curtis Wednesday 16 May 2001 comments

Bremner, Cook and the politicians' fortune

Are today's satirists opposition leaders - or just friendly critics of the status quo?

Daniel Ben-Ami Wednesday 16 May 2001 comments

New Labour's economy: healthy, sluggish, dull

Are boasts of economic stability merely celebrations of lethargy?

Ed Barrett Wednesday 16 May 2001 comments

Political satire? Don't make me laugh

Satire may have become the new opposition - but only in the sense that sneering and mocking have replaced politics.

Toby Marshall Wednesday 16 May 2001 comments

Teaching by telly

With the new Digital Curriculum, says Michael Stevenson, joint director of Factual and Learning at the BBC, teachers will become guides on the side, rather than sages on the stage. But will they - and should they?

Ray Crowley Wednesday 16 May 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter, 16 May

'Surely it's more apathetic and lazy to vote for a party you don't really support just because you feel you ought to, than it is to refuse to vote with very good reason?'

Josie Appleton Wednesday 16 May 2001 comments

spiked-geist: Day Nine

Labour Party manifesto: 25 steps to a politics-free life.

Sandy Starr Thursday 17 May 2001 comments

The politics of 'Ethics man'

Sandy Starr asks anti-sleaze MP Martin Bell what he's standing for this time.

Mick Hume Thursday 17 May 2001 comments

Shopping for cut-price votes

'The parties try to use taxes to entice us to vote for them, as if we were deciding whether to do the weekend shop at Tesco or Sainsbury's.'

Brendan O’Neill Friday 18 May 2001 comments

Me and my vote: Martin Rowson

The Guardian cartoonist on Tony Blair: 'I think he is sincere, and that's just another thing that makes him so ghastly.'

Helen Searls Friday 18 May 2001 comments

An Englishwoman in Washington

'Only one aspect of the UK election has so far aroused the interest of the US media - the total collapse facing the British Conservative Party.'

spiked-geist: Day 11

'Your Family' and other stereotypes; The BBC: Licence to patronise; Socialist Alliance: What's left for the Left?

Dolan Cummings Friday 18 May 2001 comments

TV UK, 18 May

In the studio audience for a show with Tony Blair: 'If anybody is here to assassinate Blair, I thought, shoot me instead'

Jennie Bristow Friday 18 May 2001 comments

No dreams - and little reality

New Labour's manifesto leaves nothing to the imagination. And that's the problem with it.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 18 May 2001 comments

Offside, 18 May

'Now here's a radical idea for you: let's abolish the FA Cup.'

Josie Appleton Friday 18 May 2001 comments

spiked-geist: Day 10

Prescott feels their pain.

Jennie Bristow Monday 21 May 2001 comments

Election 2001 and the Grey Vote: It's the numbers, stupid

Youth apathy may be the big concern of the election - but it's the Grey Vote that the parties really want. Why?

Fran O’Leary Monday 21 May 2001 comments

Voting by beer mat?

New Labour's campaigning techniques assume young people will vote Labour after being handed a leaflet in a club, because we'll associate Labour with clubbing. In fact, this just insults us.

Jennie Bristow Monday 21 May 2001 comments

The deserted ballot-box

Key facts and statistics: A picture of political disengagement in 2001.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 22 May 2001 comments

Asylum: enforcing discrimination

Are tougher asylum laws just common sense?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 22 May 2001 comments

Asylum: a bogus debate

Look at the figures - asylum seekers are not a problem.

John Gillott Tuesday 22 May 2001 comments

Global warming - where's the consensus?

The facts behind the politics.

Helene Guldberg Tuesday 22 May 2001 comments

Just another expert?

Frank Furedi, author of the controversial book 'Paranoid Parenting', clears up some of the confusions created by his critics.

Allison Felus Tuesday 22 May 2001 comments

Green fingered

Tom Green's film Freddy Got Fingered may be gross - but it is also a wicked comment on the Hollywood film industry.

Dolan Cummings Tuesday 22 May 2001 comments

Scotching Westminster

Even politicians in Scotland regard the UK general election as little more than a dress rehearsal.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 22 May 2001 comments

spiked geist: Day 15

Sanitised debate and cynical stunts.

Howard Fienberg Tuesday 22 May 2001 comments

Videos - only a game?

However widespread the assumption that video games are linked with real-life violence, research so far has failed to find any concrete link between the two.

spiked-geist: Day 16

Roll up for the pensioners' auction; The University of Hot Air; Europe: neutering politics; The passive postal vote; Playing games with the youth vote; Fragmenting education; Vigilantes' Charter; Dogs R Us?

Kevin Yuill Wednesday 23 May 2001 comments

Suffocating hope

What does the sympathetic reaction to a father's 'mercy killing' of his depressed daughter say about our attitude to life?

Dave Hallsworth Wednesday 23 May 2001 comments

Grey demands (What I want)

A pensioner pens his four proposals.

Ann Furedi Thursday 24 May 2001 comments

Give them enough rope

However wrong and despicable the ProLife Alliance party political broadcast might be, it is more wrong for the BBC to ban it.

Sandy Starr Thursday 24 May 2001 comments

Torn Tories

Caught between trying to appear modern and trying to hold on to traditional values, no wonder the Tories are tearing themselves apart.

Ray Crowley Thursday 24 May 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter, 24 May

I have noticed that there is money to be made in self-help manuals, so I am writing one to help wannabe politicians in their election campaigns.

Mick Hume Thursday 24 May 2001 comments

Some last words on that libel trial

Former editor of the now-deceased LM magazine, reflects on the bizarre world of the libel courts.

Mick Hume Friday 25 May 2001 comments

Blair wins - so why is New Labour so nervous?

'While New Labour is going to trounce the Tories, it has yet to establish the authority of the new political elite.'

Duleep Allirajah Friday 25 May 2001 comments

Offside, 25 May

After the UEFA Cup euphoria: 'Calm down, calm down - let's just stop to consider what Liverpool have actually achieved this season.'

Brendan O’Neill Friday 25 May 2001 comments

Northern Ireland election: a done deal

The election campaign in Northern Ireland is being described as a 'hot contest' - but it is not so much nationalist v Unionist, as nationalist v nationalist and Unionist v Unionist.

Jennie Bristow Friday 25 May 2001 comments

Baby bondage

Think about the phrases 'baby bond' and 'Child Trust Fund'. For a few hundred quid, the state can buy a bond with your baby - and show that you, the parent, cannot be trusted.

Angus Calder Friday 25 May 2001 comments

What's not cricket?

Meet Angus Calder: Scot, poet and cricket fan

Rob Lyons Friday 25 May 2001 comments

Cleaning up cricket

For cricket to retain credibility, it needs to get its house in order - but teams still play to win.

Nicholas Frayn Friday 25 May 2001 comments

War and peace in Israel

Why has Israel launched all-out war on Palestinians? The answer won't be found in the Palestinian territories that are being bombed, but in Israel itself.

Dolan Cummings Friday 25 May 2001 comments

TV UK, 25 May

'Nuremberg' reminded me of the story about the stage production of Anne Frank's diary that was so bad the audience shouted, 'She's in the attic!'.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 29 May 2001 comments

Same Oldham story?

When Oldham is painted as a hotbed of racism where whites hate Asians and Asians hate whites, it can't do much for community relations.

spiked-geist: Day 22

Stop treating women like dummies; Creating communities; Foot-and-mouth; School's out?

Stuart Waiton Tuesday 29 May 2001 comments

Are scruffy youth so scary?

The child curfew scheme in Hamilton, Scotland, was supposed to make both adults and children feel safe from crime. Yet it seems to have made all age groups more afraid of each other.

Virginia Hume Tuesday 29 May 2001 comments

Food: Executive Relief, May 2001

Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This menu from Laurel Carr.

Sally Millard Tuesday 29 May 2001 comments

'Men have made politics a combative sport'

New Labour women MPs talk about what the 'softer, more feminised' culture in the new parliament will mean for political life.

Daniel Nassim Wednesday 30 May 2001 comments

Pearl Harbor: the prequel

As the film Pearl Harbor opens in UK cinemas, what was really behind the Japanese attack on American fleets?

Josie Appleton Wednesday 30 May 2001 comments

spiked-geist: Day 23

Mr Sums and Mr Shrink; Grey Vote

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 30 May 2001 comments

Me and my vote: Susie Orbach

'We don't need more conflict and argument among politicians, but a bit of courage to solve the nation's problems.'

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 31 May 2001 comments

Jim Royle, Bagpuss, Tigger...how students see politicians

spiked-survey: 'Students may not be fired up about the Euro or tax, but there is one issue they are divided on - whether John Prescott is more like Jim Royle or Homer Simpson.'

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 31 May 2001 comments

Keep politics out of healthcare

The more Tony Blair makes health a key election issue, the more the health service will suffer.

Ray Crowley Thursday 31 May 2001 comments

Diary of a first-time non-voter, 31 May

Tory meltdown: 'Contests just aren't very interesting if there is only one contender. And they can't be won either.'