I was a secret Lib Dem voter...
...but I'm not any more. Here's why.
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.'
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?
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.'
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.'
|Monday 4 June 2001|
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
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.'
|Tuesday 5 June 2001|
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.
Science by committee
The Euro-ban on phthalates is a dangerous sign of the times.
|Wednesday 6 June 2001|
spiked-geist: Day 30
The most important election in history?; Guilt trips; Lower education
|Thursday 7 June 2001|
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.
spiked-proposals: Museums and galleries
Drop the non-artistic utilitarian criteria; invest in collections; value and trust curators' expertise; value and trust the audience.
spiked-proposals: The NHS
As GPs highlight a 'crisis' in their profession, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick makes some positive suggestions for improving the health service.
An end to fragmentation and divisions; long-term national planning; improvements to infrastructure; an overhaul of inner-city transport.
Stop treating over-65's as automatically dependent; scrap the fixed retirement age; and do more for the dependent elderly.
spiked-proposals: Growing up
spiked's first-time non-voter turns 21 on election day. Here's what she wants from the government.
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.
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.
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.
spiked-proposals: Freedom of expression
Defend free expression without qualification; scrap English libel law; distinguish between words and deeds.
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.
Kick politics out of football; kick football out of politics.
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.
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.
spiked-proposals: Teenage sex
Governments concerned about teenage sex and pregnancy should face the facts, and look for practical - not moral - solutions.
Cheating on democracy
Even before the stories about vote rigging, politicians' interest in postal voting was corrupt.
Spoiling for a fight?
Why I resisted the temptation to spoil my ballot paper on election day.
No turn-ups on turnout
The attempt to plunder history for pat explanations for low turnout doesn't work. Here's why.
spiked-proposals: Youth apathy
Politicians concerned about young people's disengagement from politics should talk politics, practise politics, and allow politics to be taught.
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.'
Offside, 7 June
The Football Association (FA) and the Home Office are trying to re-brand the English football fan by diktat
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.
|Friday 8 June 2001|
The new consumer activism, carried out in the name of 'the People', is really elitist networking that thrives on political apathy.
|Tuesday 12 June 2001|
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?
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?
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.
Pearl Harbor: so bad it's bad
Revenge often makes good cinema - but it's a bit pathetic 60 years after the fact.
|Thursday 14 June 2001|
Is Rome's SS Lazio really the race-hate capital of football? Dominic Standish reports from Italy.
The work thing
There's more to life than making a living. So why is the government so obsessed with work?
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.
|Friday 15 June 2001|
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?
TV UK, 15 June
'If not for the star turn by Peter 'Gloria Gaynor' Mandelson, election night TV would have been very dull indeed.'
Nice technology - where's the politics?
Voxpolitics 'Internet election postmortem': the failures weren't online, but on the ground.
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.'
|Tuesday 19 June 2001|
'Doctors and nurses should blow the whistle on New Labour's plans to give yellow and red cards to violent patients.'
Democracy: who are EU kidding?
Far from wrecking the Gothenburg summit, the riots did the EU a favour.
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.
A bold critique
Daniel Ben-Ami's 'Cowardly Capitalism': a refreshing and much-needed riposte to the new impulse for economic restraint.
Dinner with Jonathan Meades
England's Greatest Living Restaurant Critic dishes up a dinner menu for 12.
Child safety has its own dangers
Are we smothering our kids with care?
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.
Stuff stuffy museums
Museums have to modernise to survive, says a former head of web projects at London's Victoria and Albert.
'Singing for your supper at Sarastro, while Closer to Heaven throws everything into the pot.'
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.'
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?
|Thursday 21 June 2001|
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'.
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.
For exclusive friendships
If friendships and communities didn't exclude people, would they even exist?
Ideology as absurdity
The kind of democracy advanced for Africa is democracy with the demos deliberately taken out.
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.
Bulger killers: childhood on trial
Why the lives of the boys who killed two-year-old James Bulger are still a national obsession.
|Friday 22 June 2001|
A vote against politics
Election 2001: the anti-political vote should worry the political establishment as much as the historically low turnout.
Pitch invasions: they're just cricket
Complaining about cricket pitch invasions reveals more than a touch of the bad loser.
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.
The Conservatives' life support system
How the dying Conservative Party is being kept alive by the UK media.
TV UK, 22 June
'Dance isn't a sport, so I'm not sure that a competition is the best way to exploit it.'
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.'
|Tuesday 26 June 2001|
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?
|Wednesday 27 June 2001|
Slobbing out in southern Spain
El Morrean, Andalucia: a retirement village for wealth-less twenty-, thirty- and fortysomethings.
On fish, brains and inflated rectums
A scientist discovers that the pursuit of life and knowledge can sometimes be less than rational.
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?
My cat is weirder than yours
Woodstock 2001: after 30 years of decay, hippie culture stands revealed as intensely conservative.
The empathy game
Blair might have Clinton's politics - but he still lacks the Clinton touch.
How anti-brand activists and alternative marketers are taking over the boardrooms.
|Friday 29 June 2001|
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.
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.
Offside, 29 June
'What is the justification for extending the powers of the Football (Disorder) Act? That there has been no trouble whatsoever.'
TV UK, 29 June
'The Sopranos is a cult show not only with mobsters, but also with psychotherapists.'
Adding insult to injury
The British Medical Association's report 'Injury Prevention' puts safe living before...living.