May 2002

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 1 May 2002 comments

Who divided Oldham?

Was it the far-right BNP - or mainstream anti-racist policies? Brendan O'Neill reports from Britain's 'race-hate capital'.

Frank Fisher Wednesday 1 May 2002 comments

Boxing in the voter

In the brave new world of touchscreen democracy, spoilt ballot papers are neither permissible, nor possible.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 1 May 2002 comments

Catholicism in crisis

Even committed atheists should be concerned that the Church of Rome is under threat, not from the forces of rationality, but from a culture of victimhood.

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 1 May 2002 comments

Heavy petting

The discussion of a 'bill of rights' for animals enshrines a low-life view of people.

Patrick West Wednesday 1 May 2002 comments

Modernity's malcontents

Terrorism goes geeky, the Queen goes hippy, and the far right goes green.

Jennie Bristow Friday 3 May 2002 comments

Baby maybe

In a society starved of certainty, there is no 'baby hunger'.

Mick Hume Friday 3 May 2002 comments

Who's afraid of the far right?

A couple of local council seats for the BNP does not signify the resurgence of fascism, any more than the election of a man dressed in a monkey suit as the mayor of Hartlepool shows the rise of primate power.

Dolan Cummings Friday 3 May 2002 comments

TV UK, 3 May

ITV Digital failed as Buffy the Vampire Slayer started on Sky One. Ever since then, I’ve been putting off the inevitable.

Josie Appleton Friday 3 May 2002 comments

WOMBLES wandering free

...but what were they doing there? Josie Appleton reports from the hotbed of inactivity at London's May Day protests.

Rob Lyons Friday 3 May 2002 comments

'Over the moon' in June

A World Cup watcher prepares for his trip to Japan, and gives the latest on offensive umbrellas, the Puccini wars and Beckham's hosiery.

Sandy Starr Friday 3 May 2002 comments

Taking liberties all round

How can shadow home secretary Oliver Letwin 'debate' David Blunkett on freedom - when both agree that safety comes first?

Brendan O’Neill Friday 3 May 2002 comments

Muddled marines

Will Britain's Royal Marines 'finish off bin Laden' - or just 'cramp his style'?

Duleep Allirajah Friday 3 May 2002 comments

Offside, 3 May

The FA Cup has lost its lustre. So what?

Jennie Bristow Wednesday 8 May 2002 comments

You Can't Think That

The furore surrounding Ann Winterton’s gaffe is not about how the Tories view race, but about how society views jokes.

A Posthuman Future?

A public event in London examining the implications of human genetics for politics and society.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 8 May 2002 comments

Imagining America

By unpicking our views of America, two new books show us how we see ourselves.

Fiona Harvey Wednesday 8 May 2002 comments

A line on Linux

Is Linux the heir to communist revolution - or the bastard son of Geoffrey from Rainbow?

Patrick West Wednesday 8 May 2002 comments

Painting by laws

The only people who will suffer from London’s proposed anti-grafitti legislation are tomorrow's Rolf Harrises.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Wednesday 8 May 2002 comments

Return of the babysnatchers?

Ignore the headlines: we need less hospital security, not more.

Tessa Mayes Friday 10 May 2002 comments

Press freedom: it's not trivial

Journalists should stand up for free speech - while questioning the media’s obsession with people's personal lives.

Neil Davenport Friday 10 May 2002 comments

Doing fascists a favour

The left's 'No Platform' policy has elevated the BNP.

Mick Hume Friday 10 May 2002 comments

Pim Fortuyn and the fallout from 11 September

Why the killing of one little-known politician has shaken the Continent.

Barbara Hewson Friday 10 May 2002 comments

Private lives, public obsession

Just because something interests the public doesn't mean it is in the public interest to publish it.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 10 May 2002 comments

Offside, 10 May

Stuart Drummond, Hartlepool's monkey mayor, has broken the golden rule of mascots - never step out of costume.

Josie Appleton Friday 10 May 2002 comments

Tolerating Fortuyn

Why is Europe so sure that Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is 'no Le Pen'?

Dolan Cummings Friday 10 May 2002 comments

TV UK, 10 May

TV news: 'Is it anything?'

Ray Crowley Friday 10 May 2002 comments

Barking mad

Is Club 18-30 demeaning to dogs?

Jennie Bristow Tuesday 14 May 2002 comments

Don't put safety first

Potters Bar crash: how the culture of fear paralyses Britain.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 14 May 2002 comments

How hardline is Israel?

Israeli policy on Palestine is more fluid than many commentators think.

US media: whose side are they on?

American newspapers' confusion over how to 'get it right' on the Middle East reflects deeper confusions within the US government.

Unhealthy hype

There is a vast gulf between the real health service as experienced by people and the 'virtual NHS' of official statistics.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 15 May 2002 comments

History has not yet begun

Liberalism and socialism belonged to the Stone Age of ideologies. Now we are ready to crawl out of the caves.

Patrick West Wednesday 15 May 2002 comments

Of cyborgs and men

What's the biggest threat: cyborgs, hooligans, or a healthy diet?

Ray Crowley Wednesday 15 May 2002 comments

Tusk, tusk

Campaigns against ivory poaching put African people on the sharp end of survival.

Sandy Starr Wednesday 15 May 2002 comments

Towering stupidity

The campaign to rename the film of Tolkien's The Two Towers might be a joke, but this fan isn't laughing.

Josie Appleton Thursday 16 May 2002 comments

The mother of all stunts

Jailing a mother because her kids skip school is gesture politics, with a very real consequence.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 16 May 2002 comments

Offside, 16 May

Don't worry about England's midfield injuries - our World Cup weakness will be the defence.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 16 May 2002 comments

TV UK, 16 May

Post-9/11, TV dramas still stand or fall on how they handle personal life.

Peter Smith Monday 20 May 2002 comments

Winging it

Despite the panics that dog the airline industry, passengers plump for the benefits of flying.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Monday 20 May 2002 comments

Andrew Wakefield: misguided maverick

The doctor behind the MMR-autism scare has never proved his case. That hasn't prevented him from getting a platform everywhere from the Lancet to Private Eye.

Mick Hume Monday 20 May 2002 comments

Could Bush have prevented 11 September?

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).

Thomas Deichmann Tuesday 21 May 2002 comments

How anthraxiety infected Europe

After 11 September, Germany witnessed an unhappy marriage between fears of terrorism and concerns about biotechnology - providing fertile ground for an anthrax panic.

Alan Miller Tuesday 21 May 2002 comments

Fast cars and loose morals

So far as car rallies go, you need balls for the Gumball.

Josie Appleton Tuesday 21 May 2002 comments

Home truths

An Asian youth worker believes that the war on terrorism has helped Islamicise young British Muslims.

Aidan Campbell Tuesday 21 May 2002 comments

Generation Zen

Zen has been modified to suit Western youth's desire to 'pick and mix'

Sandy Starr Tuesday 21 May 2002 comments

Star Wars: Tears of a Clone

A lifetime Star Wars fan learns to let go.

Patrick West Wednesday 22 May 2002 comments

Friends and enemies

Why I love Friends Reunited, don’t love Sinn Fein, and hate interfering football stewards.

Ray Crowley Wednesday 22 May 2002 comments

Unreality TV

Why does every news bulletin look like Brass Eye?

Helene Guldberg Wednesday 22 May 2002 comments

'I have not jumped off the modernity boat'

Francis Fukuyama talks about History after 11 September, human exceptionalism, Ritalin and Islam.

Tabasam Haseen Wednesday 22 May 2002 comments

Bollywood blues

Bollywood films might be taking Britain by storm, but they're still watched almost exclusively by Asians.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 23 May 2002 comments

Treating criminals like addicts

Unable to hold the line on drugs, politicians get the health service to do the job of the courts.

Josie Appleton Thursday 23 May 2002 comments

The battle of Sangatte

Why does the spectre of the asylum seeker haunt the UK establishment?

Dolan Cummings Thursday 23 May 2002 comments

TV UK, 23 May

The fight over whaling is less an East-West cultural clash than an argument within Western culture.

Simon Wessely Thursday 23 May 2002 comments

World Trade Centre syndrome

We are healthier than ever - but fear is making us ill.

Hazhir Teimourian Thursday 23 May 2002 comments

Iran's problems

Iran's problems

Brendan O’Neill Friday 24 May 2002 comments

Why the marines messed up

It's easier to fight a war in the British tabloids than in the Afghan hills.

Mick Hume Tuesday 28 May 2002 comments

Kashmir - whose 'war on terrorism'?

We are witnessing a piece of military-diplomatic theatre, played out for the benefit of an international audience.

Carlton Brick Tuesday 28 May 2002 comments

Too Keane to win

Why there's no place for Ireland's Roy Keane in the World Cup.

Kenan Malik Tuesday 28 May 2002 comments

All cultures are not equal

Western liberals and Islamic fundamentalists both reject ideas of modernity, universality and progress.

Mark Adnum Tuesday 28 May 2002 comments

Advertising Oz

Politicians want films to promote Australia - but nicely.

Timandra Harkness Tuesday 28 May 2002 comments

'It's like something between the Olympics and Christmas'

Young Australians' annual pilgrimage to Gallipoli has little to do with commemorating those who died in 1915.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 29 May 2002 comments

Triumph of the crows

The downfall of UK transport secretary Stephen Byers will benefit nobody.

Dolan Cummings Thursday 30 May 2002 comments

TV UK, 30 May

After midnight, satellite TV comes into its own.

Ray Crowley Thursday 30 May 2002 comments

The real wannabes

Forget the saddos who applied to be on Big Brother - the show's producers are just as desperate for 15 minutes of fame.

Bill Durodié Thursday 30 May 2002 comments

Speaking of science

The UK prime minister has celebrated science - too cautiously.

Hilary Salt Thursday 30 May 2002 comments

Pensions in peril

The business world is adopting safer, but lamer, pension schemes.

Duleep Allirajah Thursday 30 May 2002 comments

Offside, 30 May

Football hooligans disgust and frighten us - but they fascinate us too.

Jennie Bristow Thursday 30 May 2002 comments

Golden Jubilee blues

The World Cup/Golden Jubilee/Bank Holiday combo will be good fun. But where's the Shared National Experience?