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Friday 1 June 2001 June 2001
Patrick West
I was a secret Lib Dem voter...
...but I'm not any more. Here's why.

Brendan O’Neill
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.'

Vicky Richardson
Not-so-super humanism
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.

Jennie Bristow, Sandy Starr, Brendan O’Neill, Josie Appleton
spiked-geist: Day 25
Conservatives implode; Election dotbomb; Tories online; Big Brother; On Labour's campaign trail; Did things get better?

Duleep Allirajah
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.'

Dolan Cummings
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
Brendan O’Neill
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.'

Josie Appleton, Sandy Starr
spiked-geist: Day 28
The infantile election - top 10 gimmicks; Getting arsy with the voters; It's a long way to...Harlow

Mick Hume
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
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
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.

Bill Durodié
Science by committee
The Euro-ban on phthalates is a dangerous sign of the times.

Wednesday 6 June 2001
Josie Appleton, Brendan O’Neill
spiked-geist: Day 30
The most important election in history?; Guilt trips; Lower education

Thursday 7 June 2001
Frank Furedi
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.

Tiffany Jenkins
spiked-proposals: Museums and galleries
Drop the non-artistic utilitarian criteria; invest in collections; value and trust curators' expertise; value and trust the audience.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
spiked-proposals: The NHS
As GPs highlight a 'crisis' in their profession, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick makes some positive suggestions for improving the health service.

Austin Williams
spiked-proposals: Transport
An end to fragmentation and divisions; long-term national planning; improvements to infrastructure; an overhaul of inner-city transport.

Phil Mullan
spiked-proposals: Pensioners
Stop treating over-65's as automatically dependent; scrap the fixed retirement age; and do more for the dependent elderly.

Ray Crowley
spiked-proposals: Growing up
spiked's first-time non-voter turns 21 on election day. Here's what she wants from the government.

Sandy Starr and Rob Lyons
spiked-proposals: IT
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.

Toby Marshall, Alex Standish, David Perks
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.

Stuart Derbyshire
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.

Bill Durodié
spiked-proposals: Science
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.

Tessa Mayes
spiked-proposals: Freedom of expression
Defend free expression without qualification; scrap English libel law; distinguish between words and deeds.

Ellie Lee
spiked-proposals: Abortion
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.

Duleep Allirajah
spiked-proposals: Football
Kick politics out of football; kick football out of politics.

Stuart Waiton
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.

Mick Hume
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.

Ann Furedi
spiked-proposals: Teenage sex
Governments concerned about teenage sex and pregnancy should face the facts, and look for practical - not moral - solutions.

Frank Furedi
Cheating on democracy
Even before the stories about vote rigging, politicians' interest in postal voting was corrupt.

Jennie Bristow
Spoiling for a fight?
Why I resisted the temptation to spoil my ballot paper on election day.

Rob Lyons
No turn-ups on turnout
The attempt to plunder history for pat explanations for low turnout doesn't work. Here's why.

Jennie Bristow
spiked-proposals: Youth apathy
Politicians concerned about young people's disengagement from politics should talk politics, practise politics, and allow politics to be taught.

Dolan Cummings
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.'

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 7 June
The Football Association (FA) and the Home Office are trying to re-brand the English football fan by diktat

Brendan O’Neill
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
Frank Furedi
Consuming democracy
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
Josie Appleton
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?

Josie Appleton
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?

Brendan O’Neill
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.

Allison Felus
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
Dominic Standish
Lazio's banners
Is Rome's SS Lazio really the race-hate capital of football? Dominic Standish reports from Italy.

Jennie Bristow
The work thing
There's more to life than making a living. So why is the government so obsessed with work?

Nancy McDermott
Shutdown.com
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
Bríd Hehir
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?

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 15 June
'If not for the star turn by Peter 'Gloria Gaynor' Mandelson, election night TV would have been very dull indeed.'

Sandy Starr
Nice technology - where's the politics?
Voxpolitics 'Internet election postmortem': the failures weren't online, but on the ground.

Duleep Allirajah
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
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Policing patients
'Doctors and nurses should blow the whistle on New Labour's plans to give yellow and red cards to violent patients.'

Josie Appleton
Democracy: who are EU kidding?
Far from wrecking the Gothenburg summit, the riots did the EU a favour.

Nicholas Frayn
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.

Phil Mullan
A bold critique
Daniel Ben-Ami's 'Cowardly Capitalism': a refreshing and much-needed riposte to the new impulse for economic restraint.

Virginia Hume
Dinner with Jonathan Meades
England's Greatest Living Restaurant Critic dishes up a dinner menu for 12.

Helene Guldberg
Child safety has its own dangers
Are we smothering our kids with care?

John Fitzpatrick
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.

Nizami Cummins
Stuff stuffy museums
Museums have to modernise to survive, says a former head of web projects at London's Victoria and Albert.

Alan Miller
Creatives' London
'Singing for your supper at Sarastro, while Closer to Heaven throws everything into the pot.'

Dave Hallsworth
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.'

Helen Searls
An Englishwoman in Washington
'Bush has tried to run the country as though the Clinton years did not exist: big mistake.'

Sandy Starr and Frank Jordans
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
Brendan O’Neill
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'.

Josie Appleton
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.

Piers Benn
For exclusive friendships
If friendships and communities didn't exclude people, would they even exist?

Dr Julie Hearn
Ideology as absurdity
The kind of democracy advanced for Africa is democracy with the demos deliberately taken out.

John Fitzpatrick
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.

Jennie Bristow
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
Rob Lyons
A vote against politics
Election 2001: the anti-political vote should worry the political establishment as much as the historically low turnout.

Rob Lyons
Pitch invasions: they're just cricket
Complaining about cricket pitch invasions reveals more than a touch of the bad loser.

Mick Hume
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.

Sandy Starr
The Conservatives' life support system
How the dying Conservative Party is being kept alive by the UK media.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 22 June
'Dance isn't a sport, so I'm not sure that a competition is the best way to exploit it.'

Duleep Allirajah
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
Jennie Bristow
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.'

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick and Bríd Hehir
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
Hugh Wilson
Slobbing out in southern Spain
El Morrean, Andalucia: a retirement village for wealth-less twenty-, thirty- and fortysomethings.

Stuart Derbyshire
On fish, brains and inflated rectums
A scientist discovers that the pursuit of life and knowledge can sometimes be less than rational.

Tessa Mayes
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?

Jeff Nicolich
My cat is weirder than yours
Woodstock 2001: after 30 years of decay, hippie culture stands revealed as intensely conservative.

Christi Daugherty
The empathy game
Blair might have Clinton's politics - but he still lacks the Clinton touch.

Andrew Calcutt
Countercultural corporations
How anti-brand activists and alternative marketers are taking over the boardrooms.

Friday 29 June 2001
Josie Appleton
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.

Mick Hume
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.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 29 June
'What is the justification for extending the powers of the Football (Disorder) Act? That there has been no trouble whatsoever.'

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 29 June
'The Sopranos is a cult show not only with mobsters, but also with psychotherapists.'

Josie Appleton
Adding insult to injury
The British Medical Association's report 'Injury Prevention' puts safe living before...living.


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