July 2001

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 3 July 2001 comments

Northern Ireland: Trimbling at the brink?

The first minister has gone - but the peace process, and the instability it brings, will go on.

Helene Guldberg Tuesday 3 July 2001 comments

Animal research - money isn't everything

Would the UK government need to step in to save Huntingdon Life Sciences, if it had not helped fuel the reaction against it in the first place?

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 3 July 2001 comments

e-quality - why hyphenate?

Before criticising the dotcom world for not delivering a better deal for women, we should interrogate what this better deal might be.

The whalers' tale

The UK government has banned a Norwegian whale research survey from British waters. But Norwegians worry that Anglo-American anti-whaling is a kind of cultural imperialism.

Jason Burton Wednesday 4 July 2001 comments

Storm over Hailstorm

Microsoft's 'Hailstorm' web service could make the internet cleverer - and your life more convenient. So why has it proved so controversial?

Josie Appleton Wednesday 4 July 2001 comments

London Day: why?

How the Greater London Authority staged an event for 'real people'.

Aidan Campbell Wednesday 4 July 2001 comments

Cartoon characters

'James Gillray: the Art of Caricature', at Tate Britain: a must-see show for anybody interested in political art.

Bruno Waterfield Wednesday 4 July 2001 comments

Debating liberties - not

On 27 June MPs had their first chance to oppose Labour's unprecedented onslaught on the fundamentals of justice and civil liberties. Here's how they blew it.

Ray Crowley Wednesday 4 July 2001 comments

'Consent condoms'? No thanks

What happens if a woman is happy to have sex after the first glass of wine and thumbs her approval, only to change her mind three glasses later?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 4 July 2001 comments

Body parts: part two

As the British Medical Association urges the UK government to promote the benefits of organ donation, read Dr Michael Fitzpatrick on the morbid anatomy of the body parts scandal.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 4 July 2001 comments

Shrek: the anti-fairytale

Forget living happily ever after - Shrek's stars are an ugly beast and an ugly princess who live 'ugly ever after'.

Molly Sullivan Wednesday 4 July 2001 comments

Something in the water?

Is fluoride a dangerous 'foreign substance', or a 'perfect public health intervention'?

Dave Hallsworth Wednesday 4 July 2001 comments

Mobius Dick versus the Luddites

At last - a pop group willing to take a stand against the greens and the softies.

Josie Appleton Thursday 5 July 2001 comments

Blunkett - redefining rights

At his first keynote speech as home secretary, David Blunkett showed his intention to define rights out of existence.

Dolan Cummings Friday 6 July 2001 comments

TV UK, 6 July

Unless you think that TV is for people who can't be bothered to go to the theatre, Channel 4's Samuel Beckett plays are of limited value.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 6 July 2001 comments

Offside, 6 July

Sol Campbell's decision to stay in the English Premiership is great news for Arsenal, but bad for Campbell.

Brendan O’Neill Monday 9 July 2001 comments

Oldham: unasked questions

As the police, politicians and media talk about the 'shame of Oldham', the truth is that they are responsible for it. Brendan O'Neill reports from Greater Manchester.

Mick Hume Monday 9 July 2001 comments

Who's to blame for Bradford?

Fingering the far-Right is a way of evading the real problems in places such as Bradford and Oldham.

Mick Hume Wednesday 11 July 2001 comments

Defend the Right to Make the Wrong Choices

It is good to see some cottoning on to the importance of standing up for liberty in New Labour's second term. But we need to go much further in defence of freedom.

Austin Williams Wednesday 11 July 2001 comments

Safe as houses?

Do garages kill, and does paint poison?

Bill Durodié Wednesday 11 July 2001 comments

Gender-bending chemicals: facts and fiction

Fears about the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals - commonly referred to as gender-benders - are rife. But where's the evidence that we have something to be scared of?

Virginia Hume Wednesday 11 July 2001 comments

Food: Executive Relief, July 2001

Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This menu from Rita Bruni.

Victor Smart Wednesday 11 July 2001 comments

Target practice

The UK government has set around 600 targets for the public sector. Why?

Tiffany Jenkins Wednesday 11 July 2001 comments

The short-sightedness of spectacle

If art takes people's breath away, is that enough?

Frank Furedi and Mike Weber Wednesday 11 July 2001 comments

spiked-seminars: What's real about the virtual community?

spiked has been organising a series of seminars in the run-up to its London conference, Don't blow IT. Frank Furedi and Mike Weber led the discussion on IT and community.

Ian Walker Wednesday 11 July 2001 comments

The stuff of museums

A museum curator responds to Nizami Cummins' criticism of 'stuffy' museums.

Allison Felus Wednesday 11 July 2001 comments

Moulin Rouge: a spectacle for sore eyes

Moulin Rouge is more Bollywood than Hollywood: a big, captivating, song-and-dance bonanza.

Bill Durodié Wednesday 11 July 2001 comments

Leap-frogging over science

Deconstructing the transatlantic concern over deformed frogs' legs.

Ian Walker Wednesday 11 July 2001 comments

Culture Wars: Past tense

The Elgin Marbles may be in Britain, but their value is universal.

Jennie Bristow Friday 13 July 2001 comments

Men will be...boys

The UK Office for National Statistics' new report on men seems to show that blokes are okay - if only they'd grow up.

Neil Davenport Friday 13 July 2001 comments

Drugs: child's play

In today's culture, it's cool to play with drugs - while those who want to be grown-up about their leisure activities are treated with an unease previously reserved for young ravers.

Chris Gilligan Friday 13 July 2001 comments

Northern Ireland: peace, but no politics

The Good Friday Agreement is so vacuous that it can be threatened by a party that can't decide if it is pro- or anti-Agreement (UUP); a party with no alternative to the Agreement (DUP); and the most enthusiastic supporter of the Agreement (Sinn Fein).

Joe Kaplinsky Friday 13 July 2001 comments

What is expertise?

Joe Kaplinsky reports on the RSA/Economist summer fringe debate.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 13 July 2001 comments

Offside, 13 July

Henmania, Henphobia - Duleep's friends talk tennis.

Dolan Cummings Friday 13 July 2001 comments

TV UK, 13 July

Vampire High: There are worse ways to spend the time until The Real One is back with us.

Frank Jordans Friday 13 July 2001 comments

Drugs law: deregulation or re-regulation?

The one thing that does not feature prominently in the drugs debate is the question of personal choice.

James Harkin Friday 13 July 2001 comments

Global warming: an economic hypothesis

Why is global warming seen as an environmental problem, rather than a social and economic question?

Ray Crowley Friday 13 July 2001 comments

Spare us the rod

The UK government has endorsed a scheme to get young truants and vandals 'hooked on fishing'. Fishing?

Josie Appleton Monday 16 July 2001 comments

After Bradford: engineering divisions

The Ouseley Report seems to propose that there should be a no-holds-barred attempt at 'altering the mindset of people unwilling to interact with others who are not like themselves'.

Sandy Starr Monday 16 July 2001 comments

Screaming blue murder

The Tory leadership contest may have high entertainment value - but its outcome will have little political significance.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 18 July 2001 comments

Smoking: a matter of choice

Philip Morris report: Is the equation 'smoking kills = government savings' any more dodgy than the quasi-economic arguments rehearsed in the smoking debate by both sides?

Timandra Harkness Wednesday 18 July 2001 comments

Away with the fairies

Co-writer of the BBC Radio 4 play 'No Future in Eternity' wonders why a godless society has started loving angels instead.

David Perks Wednesday 18 July 2001 comments

AS good?

The AS-level saga indicates deeper problems with UK secondary education.

Norman Lewis and Neil Barrett Wednesday 18 July 2001 comments

spiked-seminars: Privacy from whom?

spiked has been organising a series of seminars in the run-up to its London conference, Don't Blow IT. Norman Lewis and Neil Barrett led the discussion on privacy and data protection.

James Panton Wednesday 18 July 2001 comments

McEducation - and bits on the side

A conference at Canterbury Christ Church University College, Kent, in July 2001 brought together sociologists George Ritzer and Frank Furedi to debate the question: 'What is the McUniversity?'

Sandy Starr Wednesday 18 July 2001 comments

Sensitive about censorship

Free speech on the internet gets the youth vote (almost).

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 18 July 2001 comments

Training to complain

The UK rail network covers its tracks (no pun intended) with apologies left, right and centre, while passengers moan and whine. No wonder Richard Branson travels by balloon.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 19 July 2001 comments

Bristol Inquiry: key questions

The Bristol Inquiry report into baby heart deaths was more the result of the drive for reform of the medical profession, than it was the cause of it. The consequence has been to manipulate parents and demoralise doctors.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 20 July 2001 comments

Offside, 20 July

Brazil is the embodiment of the jogo bonito (beautiful game). But perhaps the awe in which we hold the Samba Boys is set to end.

Ray Crowley Friday 20 July 2001 comments

African horizons

The Ghanaian exchange group had to wait two years for a visa - for Britons going to Ghana, the application process takes about two days. Is this why our favourite prince hasn't invited his Kenyan friends back?

Helene Guldberg Friday 20 July 2001 comments

Libel law: free speech on trial

As UK novelist and former politician Lord Jeffrey Archer gets four years for perjury and perverting the course of justice, Helene Guldberg examines the iniquities of English libel law.

Joe Kaplinsky Friday 20 July 2001 comments

Better safe than sorry?

Joe Kaplinsky reports on the RSA/Economist summer fringe debate on science and risk.

Toby Andrew Monday 23 July 2001 comments

spiked statistics

A statistician's guide to the use and abuse of stats.

Emma Baxter Monday 23 July 2001 comments

A load of Red Bull

Is it time to clip the wings of clubbers' favourite mixer?

Dolan Cummings Monday 23 July 2001 comments

TV UK, 20 July

Like most science on TV, Space will serve as an introduction for curious children, but is unlikely to excite an adult audience.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 24 July 2001 comments

G8 expectations

Condemning the 'mindless violence' of anti-capitalist protesters lets everybody off the hook - protesters and authorities alike.

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 24 July 2001 comments

The politics of 'Waaah!'

The demands of today's anti-capitalists are often worse than anything they criticise.

Dominic Standish Tuesday 24 July 2001 comments

The Genoa Tales

Dominic Standish reports from Genoa, Italy, on the tales and truths about the G8 summit.

Toby Marshall and Chris Yapp Wednesday 25 July 2001 comments

spiked-seminars: The lessons of ICT and education

spiked has been organising a series of seminars in the run-up to its London conference, Don't Blow IT. Toby Marshall and Chris Yapp led the discussion on ICT and education.

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 25 July 2001 comments

Forever - or a day?

As marriage declines and single households mushroom, why does making a long-term commitment now seem so hard to do?

Sandy Starr Wednesday 25 July 2001 comments

Was it the UK's first internet election?

The UK Hansard Society's new report on the role of the internet in the UK election is a useful factual analysis. But what political conclusions should be drawn?

Jan Bowman Wednesday 25 July 2001 comments

Food Scares Agency

The Food Standards Agency was set up to restore our confidence in food. So why does it flag every potential danger, however insignificant?

Timandra Harkness Wednesday 25 July 2001 comments

Deep stuff

Robert Kunzig, winner of the 2001 Aventis Science Books general prize, brings oceanography to life.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 25 July 2001 comments

Why Irish eyes aren't smiling

The Irish authorities have declared all-out war on alcohol - and in some parts of Ireland it is now virtually impossible to get drunk without committing an offence.

Toby Marshall Wednesday 25 July 2001 comments

ICTeachers - a revolution in schooling?

What's the educational agenda behind New Labour's interest in the use of ICT in schools?

Allison Felus Wednesday 25 July 2001 comments

AI - a film of two halves

A new film about Artificial Intelligence is the brainchild of two great film directors: Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick. So why isn't it a great film?

Magnus Langton and Sandy Starr Wednesday 25 July 2001 comments

Tomb Raider: why?

Is the film of the computer game 'truly awful' or full of 'sundry delights'? Two filmgoers battle it out.

Ray Crowley Wednesday 25 July 2001 comments

Don't scoff?

Bigorexia, orthorexia, non-purgative bulimia - is there no end to the illnesses you can catch from trying to eat healthily?

Mick Hume Thursday 26 July 2001 comments

Final verdict: We know who lost, but who won?

The election shows the irrelevance of the Tories and the isolation of the new political elite.

The apathy debate

Are lazy voters really to blame?

the spiked focus group Thursday 26 July 2001 comments

spiked-proposals

New Labour always claims to be a party that listens to 'ordinary people'. We commissioned a group of 'ordinary people' - including a doctor, three teachers, a youth worker, a scientist, two netheads and a first-time voter - to tell the government what kind of politics they would like to see during Labour's second term.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 26 July 2001 comments

A manifest lack of vision

The promises I wish New Labour wouldn't keep.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Thursday 26 July 2001 comments

New Labour's health cares

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick looks towards an unhealthy second term for the NHS.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 27 July 2001 comments

Offside, 27 July

If Disney wants to sponsor Crystal Palace, fine: but what's in it for Disney?

Dolan Cummings Friday 27 July 2001 comments

TV UK, 27 July

Hippies, hairdressers, 'Hello Culture'... and Richard and Judy.

Austin Williams Friday 27 July 2001 comments

Driving London to despair?

Congestion charging will do nothing for motorists - or for pedestrians and commuters. So what is it about?

Joe Kaplinsky Friday 27 July 2001 comments

Comprehension tests

Joe Kaplinsky reports on the RSA/Economist summer fringe debate on Science and the Public: who needs to understand whom?

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 31 July 2001 comments

Warts and all

As the UK government launches its 'National strategy for sexual health and HIV', why can't politicians keep their hands to themselves?

Ian Walker Tuesday 31 July 2001 comments

Brass Eye: reaching satire's gold standard?

Alexander Pope said that satire 'heals with morals what it hurts with wit' - and that's what Chris Morris' Brass Eye manages to do.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 31 July 2001 comments

Top men and bad lads

Menswear store Topman momentarily forgot where acceptable laddishness ends and unacceptable laddishness begins. Big mistake.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 31 July 2001 comments

Beyond the boy zone

Do lads need to be taught self-esteem, or should they be left alone to grow into men?