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Monday 2 April 2001 April 2001
Mick Hume
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.'

Brendan O’Neill
When foot-and-mouth didn't make the front page
How the UK media reported the last major foot-and-mouth outbreak in 1967.

Wednesday 4 April 2001
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
The price of precaution
The official endorsement of the BSE inquiry marked the acceptance of the precautionary principle as a central tenet of government - and the response to foot-and-mouth reveals just how high the cost of this principle is.

Ed Barrett
Growing pains
'Whenever children aspire to be older than they are, it is seen as a problem - yet adults are encouraged to aspire to eternal adolescence.'

Thursday 5 April 2001
Jennie Bristow
On holiday in foot-and-mouth country
How can the UK government hope to encourage tourists towards a diseased countryside, when the local inhabitants can't even walk their dogs?

Ellie Lee
The invention of PTSD
How critics of post-traumatic stress disorder explain its status as the disorder du jour.

Dennis Hayes and Alan Hudson
Basildon Man: beyond the shell-suits
The authors of a major new survey, Basildon: The Mood of the Nation, challenge the old and new stereotypes of Essex Man.

Dolan Cummings
Yoof politics
The ready-made radicalism of the left has become just as staid and uninspiring as the parliamentary politics it is supposed to be replacing.

Ray Crowley
Diary of a first-time non-voter
'As things stand, I have absolutely no idea when I am supposed to be not voting, what I am not voting for, or why I now have to not vote on a different date from the one I was previously not voting on.'

Tiffany Jenkins
Where communication is king
Interactive politics online - what are they talking about?

Reshmi Parag
My barney with Charlie
'I felt compelled to run some of my thoughts past Prince Charles, to make sure that people's aspirations for a better life were not viewed with such royal distaste.'

Ann Furedi
Comic Relief: a bad taste lingers
'Why did Comic Relief cave in to the Catholic bishops on reproductive health?'

Duleep Allirajah
Offside
'Palace fans should be dreaming about winning trophies, not of carefully balanced budgets.'

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 5 April
'Americans seem to have a fondness for UK TV that goes beyond our famously world-class dramas and documentary series (mostly made in the 1970s).'

Fenno Outen
Is mental illness just 'different'?
A competition for schoolchildren held by WHO on World Health Day on 7 April 2001, designed to challenge the stigma attached to mental illness, may have the opposite effect.

Tuesday 10 April 2001
Sandy Starr
2001: Retreat from the Space Odyssey
At the fortieth anniversary of space travel, why has humanity stopped reaching for the stars?

Kevin Yuill
Voluntary euthanasia: a deadbeat solution?
Suicide is painless...for whom?

Jan Macvarish
Keeping up with the Jones
Even if you avoided the book, Bridget Jones's film diary is worth a peek.

Brendan O’Neill
Fake sheiks and redundant royals
Forget Sophie-gate. As everybody wants to debate the roles of minor royals, why is there such reticence to suggest that the Queen should give up her job?

Brendan O’Neill
Down with 'The People's Monarchy'
Why puking princesses are bad for democracy.

Brendan O’Neill
Royals without royalty
What is the point of Edward and Sophie?

Liz Frayn
Wallaby free?
Australians voted against the republic, not for the queen.

Henry Joy McCracken
Why have we still not walked on Mars?
Astronomer Henry Joy McCracken on the closure of the final frontier.

Thursday 12 April 2001
Josie Appleton
Cars, trains and blood clots
A new study suggests car and train travel could also put us at risk of DVT. Not so fast.

James Woudhuysen
Team players
The popularity of workplace teams indicates how work is elided with play.

Philip Stott
Global warming: the EU's sleight of hand
As the European Union leaps on its high horse over the USA's stance on global warming, it conveniently forgets that its own record is often worse.

Toby Marshall and David Perks
Fragmenting education
Will the UK government's plans to modernise secondary education, through a greater emphasis on specialisation, make a muddled situation even more confused?

Sandy Starr
Sheep, pigs and scapegoats
Everybody from animal rights campaigners to Saddam Hussein has been blamed for starting the spread of foot-and-mouth.

Mick Hume
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.

Josie Appleton
Dirty man of Europe: a phrasebook
Essential vocab for Brits abroad this Easter.

Jennie Bristow
Making a drama out of a crisis
At every stage, the panic over foot-and-mouth has run ahead of the disease. Is it any wonder we are now in such a mess?

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 12 April
'"Except for signs and wonders ye will not believe", Jesus once complained. The BBC's history department seems similarly resigned to the need for not-so-cheap tricks.'

Duleep Allirajah
Offside
'The free "ethnic minority" seats were allocated - ghetto-fashion - in one block. The atmosphere in our section was eerily quiet.'

Ray Crowley
Diary of a first-time non-voter
'Tony Blair and William Hague just aren't interested in Bridget's thirtysomething, un-unemployed, childless, no-longer-in-education, fairly-comfortable, doesn't-live-in-the-countryside kinda life.'

Tuesday 17 April 2001
Brendan O’Neill
Why I won't tick the Irish box
The Irish category in the UK census will reveal a lot about modern Britain - except how many Irish people live here.

Ann Furedi
Over-age sex
'The last thing older people need is a government campaign to educate them about their sexual health needs.'

Thursday 19 April 2001
Allison Felus
Painting Pollock
The film of Jackson Pollock's life captures the artist's frenetic style, but does it do justice to his life?

John Conroy
Third-rate technology?
Environmental campaigners might be suspicious of applying cutting-edge science in the developing world - but in Brazil, people are living with its benefits.

Tiffany Jenkins
How to win the election in (Saatchi) style
Saatchi & Saatchi was credited with winning the 1979 election for the UK Tory Party, and branding the Thatcherite project in the 1980s. Strategic planner Craig Mawdsley advises the party leaders on how to smarten up their image for the general election 2001.

Ray Crowley
Diary of a first-time non-voter
'The latest torture for young people: a government-backed education manual for use in secondary schools called "Taking Drugs Seriously"'

Howard Fienberg
Polygraphs: the truth
Lie detector tests are becoming more widespread in the USA. But do they work?

Josie Appleton
Are you the one in four?
Another survey manages to suggest that mental illness is all around us.

Friday 20 April 2001
Mick Hume
Cook plays the curry card
At last we know what the UK general election is really about: it's the Tandooris against the Tories.

Helen Searls
An Englishwoman in Washington
The spy plane in China: why Bush turned an accident into an international incident.

Mick Hume
Macpherson report: keeping our wits about us
'The problem of racism has been divorced from questions of politics and power.'

Josie Appleton
Clone truths
Why has the UK health secretary made an issue of banning reproductive cloning - when it is already prohibited?

Duleep Allirajah
Offside
'Perhaps if fans were seen brandishing bottles of Evian water this would project a misleading image of Crystal Palace as a club for effete health-conscious muesli-eaters.'

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 20 April
Dolan's last word on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Tuesday 24 April 2001
Jennie Bristow
Peer groups bad - friends good?
'When UK government policy flags up "peer pressure", what it means is that young people's friends are the problem. So why doesn't it just say that?'

Roger Bate
Without DDT, malaria bites back
The mosquito-busting pesticide DDT has saved millions of lives. So why does the United Nations want to ban it?

Simon Knight
From friends to prefects
Why playground squaddies won't bring peace.

Brendan O’Neill
The new etiquette on asylum
The government's treatment of asylum seekers is far more offensive than its language.

Rob Lyons
The Zen of ADSL
To give the internet more than virtual possibilities, the UK government and telecoms industry need to get real about the infrastructure.

Wednesday 25 April 2001
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Dioxin: a toxin for our times
Do the chemicals released by foot-and-mouth funeral pyres pose a threat to human health? Dr Michael Fitzpatrick unravels the great dioxin scare.

Thursday 26 April 2001
Sandy Starr
Phoenix: cute calf, but what about the foot-and-mouth issue?
How calf, not man, makes policy.

Mick Hume
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?'

spiked-geist
Don't mention the R-word?
Should politicians pledge to keep silent on the race issue? Kenan Malik, author of The Meaning of Race, the CRE's Chris Myant, Tony Sewell, columnist for The Voice, novelist and critic Mike Phillips, and the UK Refugee Council's Jessica Yudilevich give their views.

Helene Guldberg
Eco-evangelism
Beware the New Scientist's UK Global Environment Roadshow - you'll learn nothing but the art of guilt-trip.

Dominic Standish
Flying to the foot-and-mouth capital
As I returned to Italy with a box of Milk Tray chocolates for my wife, I guessed what it must feel like to be a smuggler.

Josie Appleton
May Day in cyberspace
The what, why, how...and so what? of May Day 2001.

Ray Crowley
Diary of a first-time non-voter
'Maybe they will start a Dog-Job Club, for these latest victims of foot-and-mouth.'

Duleep Allirajah
Offside
'Neither winter chill nor legal sanctions can deter some people from whipping off their clothes and cavorting naked around football pitches.'

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 26 April
'TV doesn't seem to do in-depth or advanced programmes about the arts, never mind stretching itself as a medium for them.'


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