June 2001

Patrick West Friday 1 June 2001 comments

I was a secret Lib Dem voter...

...but I'm not any more. Here's why.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 1 June 2001 comments

Me and my vote: Anthony H Wilson

'No one was ever going to elect Michael Foot or Neil fucking hunchback Kinnock or the awful John Smith. But Blair is electable - so let's get back into power.'

Vicky Richardson Friday 1 June 2001 comments

Not-so-super humanism

On the SuperHumanism design conference: For most of the design world it seems that human-centred design means putting limits on the development of products, images and technology.

spiked-geist: Day 25

Conservatives implode; Election dotbomb; Tories online; Big Brother; On Labour's campaign trail; Did things get better?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 1 June 2001 comments

Offside, 1 June

'Tony Blair has used football to dress in the replica shirt of ordinary blokishness - but his government's handling of major sporting issues has been indecisive and inept.'

Dolan Cummings Friday 1 June 2001 comments

TV UK, 1 June

'Men Only depends on cartoon cliches of emasculation: impotence, a low sperm count, a female boss, an unfaithful wife, a disapproving father.'

Brendan O’Neill Monday 4 June 2001 comments

Me and my vote: Richard Holloway

The former Bishop of Edinburgh: 'The election is a bit like an Olympic Games - only you've got paraplegics battling against truly able-bodied athletes, rather than a contest of equals.'

spiked-geist: Day 28

The infantile election - top 10 gimmicks; Getting arsy with the voters; It's a long way to...Harlow

Mick Hume Monday 4 June 2001 comments

A landslide that signifies nothing

'This is the age of landslide-lite, when you can have an avalanche in the virtual world of parliamentary politics that leaves life pretty much untouched in the real world below.'

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 5 June 2001 comments

Public squalor or private rip-off?

The unleashing of market forces and the politicisation of health have generated increased consumer demand on health services - while eroding the spirit of public service that sustained the old NHS.

Bill Durodié Tuesday 5 June 2001 comments

Science by committee

The Euro-ban on phthalates is a dangerous sign of the times.

spiked-geist: Day 30

The most important election in history?; Guilt trips; Lower education

Frank Furedi Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Parents and children

The government should take politics out of family life; provide universal access to childcare; give parents a break during the school holidays; and allow teachers to teach and parents to parent.

Tiffany Jenkins Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Museums and galleries

Drop the non-artistic utilitarian criteria; invest in collections; value and trust curators' expertise; value and trust the audience.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: The NHS

As GPs highlight a 'crisis' in their profession, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick makes some positive suggestions for improving the health service.

Austin Williams Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Transport

An end to fragmentation and divisions; long-term national planning; improvements to infrastructure; an overhaul of inner-city transport.

Phil Mullan Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Pensioners

Stop treating over-65's as automatically dependent; scrap the fixed retirement age; and do more for the dependent elderly.

Ray Crowley Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Growing up

spiked's first-time non-voter turns 21 on election day. Here's what she wants from the government.

Sandy Starr and Rob Lyons Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: IT

The government should: aid the provision of an infrastructure; resist restrictions on mobile phone masts; stop treating ISPs as publishers; review intellectual property rights; stop eroding our privacy online; and recognise that IT will not solve the problems of education.

spiked-proposals: Secondary education

Focus teachers on teaching their subjects; separate education from training for work; teach children what's good for them, not what they are thought to be good at.

Stuart Derbyshire Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Animal research

In supporting the development of science and medicine, political leaders should get on a platform and argue the need to put humans first.

Bill Durodié Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Science

To help build a more advanced world, the government should stop hiding behind 'precaution' and 'participation', and encourage scientists to experiment and to think big.

Tessa Mayes Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Freedom of expression

Defend free expression without qualification; scrap English libel law; distinguish between words and deeds.

Ellie Lee Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Abortion

Politicians who say they are pro-choice on abortion should argue that abortion is a fact of life, and for the reform of abortion law. Women should have access to abortion as early as possible and as late as necessary.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Football

Kick politics out of football; kick football out of politics.

Stuart Waiton Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Youth and community

Policymakers should make public space more public, for both young and old; encourage local people to resolve local problems; and foster an environment where individuals can relate to one another without a third party.

Mick Hume Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

After the election

As the phoney war ends, the battle begins to determine how life in Britain will really be during Tony Blair's second term.

Ann Furedi Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Teenage sex

Governments concerned about teenage sex and pregnancy should face the facts, and look for practical - not moral - solutions.

Frank Furedi Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

Cheating on democracy

Even before the stories about vote rigging, politicians' interest in postal voting was corrupt.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

Spoiling for a fight?

Why I resisted the temptation to spoil my ballot paper on election day.

Rob Lyons Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

No turn-ups on turnout

The attempt to plunder history for pat explanations for low turnout doesn't work. Here's why.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

spiked-proposals: Youth apathy

Politicians concerned about young people's disengagement from politics should talk politics, practise politics, and allow politics to be taught.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

TV UK, 7 June

'The doctrine that all people want is something to yak about in the queue at Starbucks is convenient for TV executives.'

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

Offside, 7 June

The Football Association (FA) and the Home Office are trying to re-brand the English football fan by diktat

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 7 June 2001 comments

What the papers say before polling day

The newspapers' leaders give you a sense of Labour being the least bad of a very bad bunch, rather than a great choice for Britain.

Frank Furedi Friday 8 June 2001 comments

Consuming democracy

The new consumer activism, carried out in the name of 'the People', is really elitist networking that thrives on political apathy.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 12 June 2001 comments

The Great DVT Conspiracy?

BBC's Panorama has claimed that airlines refused to assist research into the relationship between deep-vein thrombosis and flying. An old cover-up - or a new panic?

Josie Appleton Tuesday 12 June 2001 comments

Spot the clot - smell the rat

One study claims that the risk of developing deep-vein thrombosis on long journeys is up to 40 percent higher than has previously been thought. Really?

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 12 June 2001 comments

Why banning the BNP is bad for democracy

We might never know exactly why some voters in Oldham supported the BNP - because the whole affair has been a debate-free zone.

Allison Felus Tuesday 12 June 2001 comments

Pearl Harbor: so bad it's bad

Revenge often makes good cinema - but it's a bit pathetic 60 years after the fact.

Dominic Standish Thursday 14 June 2001 comments

Lazio's banners

Is Rome's SS Lazio really the race-hate capital of football? Dominic Standish reports from Italy.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 14 June 2001 comments

The work thing

There's more to life than making a living. So why is the government so obsessed with work?

Nancy McDermott Thursday 14 June 2001 comments

Shutdown.com

The remarkable thing about Startup.com, a new documentary chronicling the rise and fall of an internet startup, is the climate that made this story possible.

Bríd Hehir Friday 15 June 2001 comments

Is motherhood more depressing than ever?

Postnatal depression is assumed to be on the rise, and scarce medical resources are being marshalled to deal with the problem. But how will this help new mothers?

Dolan Cummings Friday 15 June 2001 comments

TV UK, 15 June

'If not for the star turn by Peter 'Gloria Gaynor' Mandelson, election night TV would have been very dull indeed.'

Sandy Starr Friday 15 June 2001 comments

Nice technology - where's the politics?

Voxpolitics 'Internet election postmortem': the failures weren't online, but on the ground.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 15 June 2001 comments

Offside, 15 June

'I don't consider myself to be a football addict, just somebody who likes to watch, play, discuss, read and write about football. I'm in control. Honest.'

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 19 June 2001 comments

Policing patients

'Doctors and nurses should blow the whistle on New Labour's plans to give yellow and red cards to violent patients.'

Josie Appleton Tuesday 19 June 2001 comments

Democracy: who are EU kidding?

Far from wrecking the Gothenburg summit, the riots did the EU a favour.

Nicholas Frayn Tuesday 19 June 2001 comments

Ceasefire? Expect more bombs

Behind all the discussion of a ceasefire and a peace deal in the Middle East, the bombing, shooting and stone-throwing will go on.

Phil Mullan Tuesday 19 June 2001 comments

A bold critique

Daniel Ben-Ami's 'Cowardly Capitalism': a refreshing and much-needed riposte to the new impulse for economic restraint.

Virginia Hume Tuesday 19 June 2001 comments

Dinner with Jonathan Meades

England's Greatest Living Restaurant Critic dishes up a dinner menu for 12.

Helene Guldberg Tuesday 19 June 2001 comments

Child safety has its own dangers

Are we smothering our kids with care?

John Fitzpatrick Tuesday 19 June 2001 comments

Jodie and Mary: whose choice was it anyway?

That Gracie, the survivor of the Jodie and Mary Siamese twins, is doing well and returning home to Gozo with her parents shows that the judges' decision in this case was right. But it does not alter the fact that judges should not make these decisions.

Nizami Cummins Tuesday 19 June 2001 comments

Stuff stuffy museums

Museums have to modernise to survive, says a former head of web projects at London's Victoria and Albert.

Alan Miller Tuesday 19 June 2001 comments

Creatives' London

'Singing for your supper at Sarastro, while Closer to Heaven throws everything into the pot.'

Dave Hallsworth Tuesday 19 June 2001 comments

A heart-throbbing experience

A pensioner writes: 'What the cardiographer was really saying was that 999 out of a thousand having an angiogram had no ill effects. But still, I tensed up with apprehension.'

Helen Searls Tuesday 19 June 2001 comments

An Englishwoman in Washington

'Bush has tried to run the country as though the Clinton years did not exist: big mistake.'

Still going for the virtual vote

Now that the election is over, what has happened to the parties' websites and online gimmicks?

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 21 June 2001 comments

Frank about memoirs

Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, on fact, fiction and why 'there's more to Frank McCourt than feckin Frank McCourt'.

Josie Appleton Thursday 21 June 2001 comments

Enterprise culture vultures

UK Chancellor Gordon Brown's call for schools to promote an enterprise culture is bad for education - and will not save business.

Piers Benn Thursday 21 June 2001 comments

For exclusive friendships

If friendships and communities didn't exclude people, would they even exist?

Dr Julie Hearn Thursday 21 June 2001 comments

Ideology as absurdity

The kind of democracy advanced for Africa is democracy with the demos deliberately taken out.

John Fitzpatrick Thursday 21 June 2001 comments

Second bite at double jeopardy

The arguments in support of changing the rule on double jeopardy are remarkably thin, in contrast to the arguments against.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 21 June 2001 comments

Bulger killers: childhood on trial

Why the lives of the boys who killed two-year-old James Bulger are still a national obsession.

Rob Lyons Friday 22 June 2001 comments

A vote against politics

Election 2001: the anti-political vote should worry the political establishment as much as the historically low turnout.

Rob Lyons Friday 22 June 2001 comments

Pitch invasions: they're just cricket

Complaining about cricket pitch invasions reveals more than a touch of the bad loser.

Mick Hume Friday 22 June 2001 comments

Put liberty first in New Labour's second term

Can we all please turn our telescopes away from far-off Planet Tory and the amusing antics of its alien occupants? Back among the human beings here on Earth, there are important matters afoot.

Sandy Starr Friday 22 June 2001 comments

The Conservatives' life support system

How the dying Conservative Party is being kept alive by the UK media.

Dolan Cummings Friday 22 June 2001 comments

TV UK, 22 June

'Dance isn't a sport, so I'm not sure that a competition is the best way to exploit it.'

Duleep Allirajah Friday 22 June 2001 comments

Offside, 22 June

'Labour's pledge to bring about a "radical extension of sporting opportunities" in schools will be undermined by the banning of informal playground games.'

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 26 June 2001 comments

Bulger case - neverending story

'The mob of vigilantes apparently ready to hunt down James Bulger's killers seems to be a creation, not of feelings on the ground in Merseyside, but of journalists in their offices in London.'

The dangers of 'safe sun'

Are sunbathers really at risk of skin cancer - or are public health zealots turning a summer perk into a source of anxiety and fear?

Hugh Wilson Wednesday 27 June 2001 comments

Slobbing out in southern Spain

El Morrean, Andalucia: a retirement village for wealth-less twenty-, thirty- and fortysomethings.

Stuart Derbyshire Wednesday 27 June 2001 comments

On fish, brains and inflated rectums

A scientist discovers that the pursuit of life and knowledge can sometimes be less than rational.

Tessa Mayes Wednesday 27 June 2001 comments

No privacy in public?

If it intrudes on somebody's privacy for the media to broadcast CCTV coverage, why does the media get the blame - and not Britain's 24-hour surveillance society?

Jeff Nicolich Wednesday 27 June 2001 comments

My cat is weirder than yours

Woodstock 2001: after 30 years of decay, hippie culture stands revealed as intensely conservative.

Christi Daugherty Wednesday 27 June 2001 comments

The empathy game

Blair might have Clinton's politics - but he still lacks the Clinton touch.

Andrew Calcutt Wednesday 27 June 2001 comments

Countercultural corporations

How anti-brand activists and alternative marketers are taking over the boardrooms.

Josie Appleton Friday 29 June 2001 comments

Museums: ticking the trust box

Lord Evans, chairman of the strategic agency for museums and galleries, has attacked culture-by-target. But his alternative is more insidious.

Mick Hume Friday 29 June 2001 comments

More to it than Milosevic

However Slobodan Milosevic's trial at the Hague turns out, it will be highly questionable whether justice has been done.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 29 June 2001 comments

Offside, 29 June

'What is the justification for extending the powers of the Football (Disorder) Act? That there has been no trouble whatsoever.'

Dolan Cummings Friday 29 June 2001 comments

TV UK, 29 June

'The Sopranos is a cult show not only with mobsters, but also with psychotherapists.'

Josie Appleton Friday 29 June 2001 comments

Adding insult to injury

The British Medical Association's report 'Injury Prevention' puts safe living before...living.