Northern Ireland: Trimbling at the brink?
The first minister has gone - but the peace process, and the instability it brings, will go on.
Animal research - money isn't everything
Would the UK government need to step in to save Huntingdon Life Sciences, if it had not helped fuel the reaction against it in the first place?
e-quality - why hyphenate?
Before criticising the dotcom world for not delivering a better deal for women, we should interrogate what this better deal might be.
The whalers' tale
The UK government has banned a Norwegian whale research survey from British waters. But Norwegians worry that Anglo-American anti-whaling is a kind of cultural imperialism.
|Wednesday 4 July 2001|
Storm over Hailstorm
Microsoft's 'Hailstorm' web service could make the internet cleverer - and your life more convenient. So why has it proved so controversial?
London Day: why?
How the Greater London Authority staged an event for 'real people'.
'James Gillray: the Art of Caricature', at Tate Britain: a must-see show for anybody interested in political art.
Debating liberties - not
On 27 June MPs had their first chance to oppose Labour's unprecedented onslaught on the fundamentals of justice and civil liberties. Here's how they blew it.
'Consent condoms'? No thanks
What happens if a woman is happy to have sex after the first glass of wine and thumbs her approval, only to change her mind three glasses later?
Body parts: part two
As the British Medical Association urges the UK government to promote the benefits of organ donation, read Dr Michael Fitzpatrick on the morbid anatomy of the body parts scandal.
Shrek: the anti-fairytale
Forget living happily ever after - Shrek's stars are an ugly beast and an ugly princess who live 'ugly ever after'.
Something in the water?
Is fluoride a dangerous 'foreign substance', or a 'perfect public health intervention'?
Mobius Dick versus the Luddites
At last - a pop group willing to take a stand against the greens and the softies.
|Thursday 5 July 2001|
Blunkett - redefining rights
At his first keynote speech as home secretary, David Blunkett showed his intention to define rights out of existence.
|Friday 6 July 2001|
TV UK, 6 July
Unless you think that TV is for people who can't be bothered to go to the theatre, Channel 4's Samuel Beckett plays are of limited value.
Offside, 6 July
Sol Campbell's decision to stay in the English Premiership is great news for Arsenal, but bad for Campbell.
|Monday 9 July 2001|
Oldham: unasked questions
As the police, politicians and media talk about the 'shame of Oldham', the truth is that they are responsible for it. Brendan O'Neill reports from Greater Manchester.
Who's to blame for Bradford?
Fingering the far-Right is a way of evading the real problems in places such as Bradford and Oldham.
|Wednesday 11 July 2001|
Defend the Right to Make the Wrong Choices
It is good to see some cottoning on to the importance of standing up for liberty in New Labour's second term. But we need to go much further in defence of freedom.
Safe as houses?
Do garages kill, and does paint poison?
Gender-bending chemicals: facts and fiction
Fears about the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals - commonly referred to as gender-benders - are rife. But where's the evidence that we have something to be scared of?
Food: Executive Relief, July 2001
Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This menu from Rita Bruni.
The UK government has set around 600 targets for the public sector. Why?
The short-sightedness of spectacle
If art takes people's breath away, is that enough?
spiked-seminars: What's real about the virtual community?
spiked has been organising a series of seminars in the run-up to its London conference, Don't blow IT. Frank Furedi and Mike Weber led the discussion on IT and community.
The stuff of museums
A museum curator responds to Nizami Cummins' criticism of 'stuffy' museums.
Moulin Rouge: a spectacle for sore eyes
Moulin Rouge is more Bollywood than Hollywood: a big, captivating, song-and-dance bonanza.
Leap-frogging over science
Deconstructing the transatlantic concern over deformed frogs' legs.
Culture Wars: Past tense
The Elgin Marbles may be in Britain, but their value is universal.
|Friday 13 July 2001|
Men will be...boys
The UK Office for National Statistics' new report on men seems to show that blokes are okay - if only they'd grow up.
Drugs: child's play
In today's culture, it's cool to play with drugs - while those who want to be grown-up about their leisure activities are treated with an unease previously reserved for young ravers.
Northern Ireland: peace, but no politics
The Good Friday Agreement is so vacuous that it can be threatened by a party that can't decide if it is pro- or anti-Agreement (UUP); a party with no alternative to the Agreement (DUP); and the most enthusiastic supporter of the Agreement (Sinn Fein).
What is expertise?
Joe Kaplinsky reports on the RSA/Economist summer fringe debate.
Offside, 13 July
Henmania, Henphobia - Duleep's friends talk tennis.
TV UK, 13 July
Vampire High: There are worse ways to spend the time until The Real One is back with us.
Drugs law: deregulation or re-regulation?
The one thing that does not feature prominently in the drugs debate is the question of personal choice.
Global warming: an economic hypothesis
Why is global warming seen as an environmental problem, rather than a social and economic question?
Spare us the rod
The UK government has endorsed a scheme to get young truants and vandals 'hooked on fishing'. Fishing?
|Monday 16 July 2001|
After Bradford: engineering divisions
The Ouseley Report seems to propose that there should be a no-holds-barred attempt at 'altering the mindset of people unwilling to interact with others who are not like themselves'.
Screaming blue murder
The Tory leadership contest may have high entertainment value - but its outcome will have little political significance.
|Wednesday 18 July 2001|
Smoking: a matter of choice
Philip Morris report: Is the equation 'smoking kills = government savings' any more dodgy than the quasi-economic arguments rehearsed in the smoking debate by both sides?
Away with the fairies
Co-writer of the BBC Radio 4 play 'No Future in Eternity' wonders why a godless society has started loving angels instead.
The AS-level saga indicates deeper problems with UK secondary education.
spiked-seminars: Privacy from whom?
spiked has been organising a series of seminars in the run-up to its London conference, Don't Blow IT. Norman Lewis and Neil Barrett led the discussion on privacy and data protection.
McEducation - and bits on the side
A conference at Canterbury Christ Church University College, Kent, in July 2001 brought together sociologists George Ritzer and Frank Furedi to debate the question: 'What is the McUniversity?'
Sensitive about censorship
Free speech on the internet gets the youth vote (almost).
Training to complain
The UK rail network covers its tracks (no pun intended) with apologies left, right and centre, while passengers moan and whine. No wonder Richard Branson travels by balloon.
|Thursday 19 July 2001|
Bristol Inquiry: key questions
The Bristol Inquiry report into baby heart deaths was more the result of the drive for reform of the medical profession, than it was the cause of it. The consequence has been to manipulate parents and demoralise doctors.
|Friday 20 July 2001|
Offside, 20 July
Brazil is the embodiment of the jogo bonito (beautiful game). But perhaps the awe in which we hold the Samba Boys is set to end.
The Ghanaian exchange group had to wait two years for a visa - for Britons going to Ghana, the application process takes about two days. Is this why our favourite prince hasn't invited his Kenyan friends back?
Libel law: free speech on trial
As UK novelist and former politician Lord Jeffrey Archer gets four years for perjury and perverting the course of justice, Helene Guldberg examines the iniquities of English libel law.
Better safe than sorry?
Joe Kaplinsky reports on the RSA/Economist summer fringe debate on science and risk.
|Monday 23 July 2001|
A statistician's guide to the use and abuse of stats.
A load of Red Bull
Is it time to clip the wings of clubbers' favourite mixer?
TV UK, 20 July
Like most science on TV, Space will serve as an introduction for curious children, but is unlikely to excite an adult audience.
|Tuesday 24 July 2001|
Condemning the 'mindless violence' of anti-capitalist protesters lets everybody off the hook - protesters and authorities alike.
The politics of 'Waaah!'
The demands of today's anti-capitalists are often worse than anything they criticise.
The Genoa Tales
Dominic Standish reports from Genoa, Italy, on the tales and truths about the G8 summit.
|Wednesday 25 July 2001|
spiked-seminars: The lessons of ICT and education
spiked has been organising a series of seminars in the run-up to its London conference, Don't Blow IT. Toby Marshall and Chris Yapp led the discussion on ICT and education.
Forever - or a day?
As marriage declines and single households mushroom, why does making a long-term commitment now seem so hard to do?
Was it the UK's first internet election?
The UK Hansard Society's new report on the role of the internet in the UK election is a useful factual analysis. But what political conclusions should be drawn?
Food Scares Agency
The Food Standards Agency was set up to restore our confidence in food. So why does it flag every potential danger, however insignificant?
Robert Kunzig, winner of the 2001 Aventis Science Books general prize, brings oceanography to life.
Why Irish eyes aren't smiling
The Irish authorities have declared all-out war on alcohol - and in some parts of Ireland it is now virtually impossible to get drunk without committing an offence.
ICTeachers - a revolution in schooling?
What's the educational agenda behind New Labour's interest in the use of ICT in schools?
AI - a film of two halves
A new film about Artificial Intelligence is the brainchild of two great film directors: Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick. So why isn't it a great film?
Tomb Raider: why?
Is the film of the computer game 'truly awful' or full of 'sundry delights'? Two filmgoers battle it out.
Bigorexia, orthorexia, non-purgative bulimia - is there no end to the illnesses you can catch from trying to eat healthily?
|Thursday 26 July 2001|
Final verdict: We know who lost, but who won?
The election shows the irrelevance of the Tories and the isolation of the new political elite.
The apathy debate
Are lazy voters really to blame?
New Labour always claims to be a party that listens to 'ordinary people'. We commissioned a group of 'ordinary people' - including a doctor, three teachers, a youth worker, a scientist, two netheads and a first-time voter - to tell the government what kind of politics they would like to see during Labour's second term.
A manifest lack of vision
The promises I wish New Labour wouldn't keep.
New Labour's health cares
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick looks towards an unhealthy second term for the NHS.
|Friday 27 July 2001|
Offside, 27 July
If Disney wants to sponsor Crystal Palace, fine: but what's in it for Disney?
TV UK, 27 July
Hippies, hairdressers, 'Hello Culture'... and Richard and Judy.
Driving London to despair?
Congestion charging will do nothing for motorists - or for pedestrians and commuters. So what is it about?
Joe Kaplinsky reports on the RSA/Economist summer fringe debate on Science and the Public: who needs to understand whom?
|Tuesday 31 July 2001|
Warts and all
As the UK government launches its 'National strategy for sexual health and HIV', why can't politicians keep their hands to themselves?
Brass Eye: reaching satire's gold standard?
Alexander Pope said that satire 'heals with morals what it hurts with wit' - and that's what Chris Morris' Brass Eye manages to do.
Top men and bad lads
Menswear store Topman momentarily forgot where acceptable laddishness ends and unacceptable laddishness begins. Big mistake.
Beyond the boy zone
Do lads need to be taught self-esteem, or should they be left alone to grow into men?