1 May 2001

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.'

26 April 2001

Direct action and dire ideas

'The question should not be, are you for or against direct action in general, but what does this direct action represent here and now?'

20 April 2001

Macpherson report: keeping our wits about us

'The problem of racism has been divorced from questions of politics and power.'

20 April 2001

Cook plays the curry card

At last we know what the UK general election is really about: it's the Tandooris against the Tories.

12 April 2001

Don't mention the election

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.

2 April 2001

The strange affair of the election that never was

'Public support for cancelling the election amid the foot-and-mouth crisis was always an expression of the anti-political mood of our times.'

29 March 2001

Modern life? It's the best yet

'Attach it to pretty much anything you (don't) like, from scientific research to supermarkets, and the prefix "modern" has become a boo-word, to be pronounced with a sneer.'

22 March 2001

An outbreak of anti-election fever

'We are left with a raging national debate over when the general election should be, while the small matter of what that election is actually going to be about passes almost without comment.'

15 March 2001

Things fall apart

'We seem to have lost sight of any distinction between rational measures to cope with an animal disease, and the irrational attempt to put the countryside (if not the entire country) into quarantine.'

13 March 2001

Why not a No Sermonising Day?

As UK No Smoking Day approaches, spiked calls for a No Sermonising Day instead.