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Tuesday 3 July 2001 July 2001
Brendan O’Neill
Northern Ireland: Trimbling at the brink?
The first minister has gone - but the peace process, and the instability it brings, will go on.

Helene Guldberg
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?

Jennie Bristow
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.

Rune Frøvik and Simon Ward
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
Jason Burton
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?

Josie Appleton
London Day: why?
How the Greater London Authority staged an event for 'real people'.

Aidan Campbell
Cartoon characters
'James Gillray: the Art of Caricature', at Tate Britain: a must-see show for anybody interested in political art.

Bruno Waterfield
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.

Ray Crowley
'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?

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
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.

Brendan O’Neill
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'.

Molly Sullivan
Something in the water?
Is fluoride a dangerous 'foreign substance', or a 'perfect public health intervention'?

Dave Hallsworth
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
Josie Appleton
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
Dolan Cummings
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.

Duleep Allirajah
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
Brendan O’Neill
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.

Mick Hume
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
Mick Hume
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.

Austin Williams
Safe as houses?
Do garages kill, and does paint poison?

Bill Durodié
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?

Virginia Hume
Food: Executive Relief, July 2001
Easy posh dinners for people who value their time. This menu from Rita Bruni.

Victor Smart
Target practice
The UK government has set around 600 targets for the public sector. Why?

Tiffany Jenkins
The short-sightedness of spectacle
If art takes people's breath away, is that enough?

Frank Furedi and Mike Weber
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.

Ian Walker
The stuff of museums
A museum curator responds to Nizami Cummins' criticism of 'stuffy' museums.

Allison Felus
Moulin Rouge: a spectacle for sore eyes
Moulin Rouge is more Bollywood than Hollywood: a big, captivating, song-and-dance bonanza.

Bill Durodié
Leap-frogging over science
Deconstructing the transatlantic concern over deformed frogs' legs.

Ian Walker
Culture Wars: Past tense
The Elgin Marbles may be in Britain, but their value is universal.

Friday 13 July 2001
Jennie Bristow
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.

Neil Davenport
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.

Chris Gilligan
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).

Joe Kaplinsky
What is expertise?
Joe Kaplinsky reports on the RSA/Economist summer fringe debate.

Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 13 July
Henmania, Henphobia - Duleep's friends talk tennis.

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 13 July
Vampire High: There are worse ways to spend the time until The Real One is back with us.

Frank Jordans
Drugs law: deregulation or re-regulation?
The one thing that does not feature prominently in the drugs debate is the question of personal choice.

James Harkin
Global warming: an economic hypothesis
Why is global warming seen as an environmental problem, rather than a social and economic question?

Ray Crowley
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
Josie Appleton
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'.

Sandy Starr
Screaming blue murder
The Tory leadership contest may have high entertainment value - but its outcome will have little political significance.

Wednesday 18 July 2001
Jennie Bristow
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?

Timandra Harkness
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.

David Perks
AS good?
The AS-level saga indicates deeper problems with UK secondary education.

Norman Lewis and Neil Barrett
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.

James Panton
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?'

Sandy Starr
Sensitive about censorship
Free speech on the internet gets the youth vote (almost).

Brendan O’Neill
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
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
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
Duleep Allirajah
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.

Ray Crowley
African horizons
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?

Helene Guldberg
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.

Joe Kaplinsky
Better safe than sorry?
Joe Kaplinsky reports on the RSA/Economist summer fringe debate on science and risk.

Monday 23 July 2001
Toby Andrew
spiked statistics
A statistician's guide to the use and abuse of stats.

Emma Baxter
A load of Red Bull
Is it time to clip the wings of clubbers' favourite mixer?

Dolan Cummings
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
Brendan O’Neill
G8 expectations
Condemning the 'mindless violence' of anti-capitalist protesters lets everybody off the hook - protesters and authorities alike.

Jennie Bristow
The politics of 'Waaah!'
The demands of today's anti-capitalists are often worse than anything they criticise.

Dominic Standish
The Genoa Tales
Dominic Standish reports from Genoa, Italy, on the tales and truths about the G8 summit.

Wednesday 25 July 2001
Toby Marshall and Chris Yapp
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.

Jennie Bristow
Forever - or a day?
As marriage declines and single households mushroom, why does making a long-term commitment now seem so hard to do?

Sandy Starr
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?

Jan Bowman
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?

Timandra Harkness
Deep stuff
Robert Kunzig, winner of the 2001 Aventis Science Books general prize, brings oceanography to life.

Brendan O’Neill
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.

Toby Marshall
ICTeachers - a revolution in schooling?
What's the educational agenda behind New Labour's interest in the use of ICT in schools?

Allison Felus
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?

Magnus Langton and Sandy Starr
Tomb Raider: why?
Is the film of the computer game 'truly awful' or full of 'sundry delights'? Two filmgoers battle it out.

Ray Crowley
Don't scoff?
Bigorexia, orthorexia, non-purgative bulimia - is there no end to the illnesses you can catch from trying to eat healthily?

Thursday 26 July 2001
Mick Hume
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.

Jennie Bristow, Mick Hume, Ray Crowley, Fran O’Leary
The apathy debate
Are lazy voters really to blame?

the spiked focus group
spiked-proposals
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.

Jennie Bristow
A manifest lack of vision
The promises I wish New Labour wouldn't keep.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
New Labour's health cares
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick looks towards an unhealthy second term for the NHS.

Friday 27 July 2001
Duleep Allirajah
Offside, 27 July
If Disney wants to sponsor Crystal Palace, fine: but what's in it for Disney?

Dolan Cummings
TV UK, 27 July
Hippies, hairdressers, 'Hello Culture'... and Richard and Judy.

Austin Williams
Driving London to despair?
Congestion charging will do nothing for motorists - or for pedestrians and commuters. So what is it about?

Joe Kaplinsky
Comprehension tests
Joe Kaplinsky reports on the RSA/Economist summer fringe debate on Science and the Public: who needs to understand whom?

Tuesday 31 July 2001
Jennie Bristow
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?

Ian Walker
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.

Brendan O’Neill
Top men and bad lads
Menswear store Topman momentarily forgot where acceptable laddishness ends and unacceptable laddishness begins. Big mistake.

Brendan O’Neill
Beyond the boy zone
Do lads need to be taught self-esteem, or should they be left alone to grow into men?


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