Who divided Oldham?
Was it the far-right BNP - or mainstream anti-racist policies? Brendan O'Neill reports from Britain's 'race-hate capital'.
Boxing in the voter
In the brave new world of touchscreen democracy, spoilt ballot papers are neither permissible, nor possible.
Catholicism in crisis
Even committed atheists should be concerned that the Church of Rome is under threat, not from the forces of rationality, but from a culture of victimhood.
The discussion of a 'bill of rights' for animals enshrines a low-life view of people.
Terrorism goes geeky, the Queen goes hippy, and the far right goes green.
|Friday 3 May 2002|
In a society starved of certainty, there is no 'baby hunger'.
Who's afraid of the far right?
A couple of local council seats for the BNP does not signify the resurgence of fascism, any more than the election of a man dressed in a monkey suit as the mayor of Hartlepool shows the rise of primate power.
TV UK, 3 May
ITV Digital failed as Buffy the Vampire Slayer started on Sky One. Ever since then, I’ve been putting off the inevitable.
WOMBLES wandering free
...but what were they doing there? Josie Appleton reports from the hotbed of inactivity at London's May Day protests.
'Over the moon' in June
A World Cup watcher prepares for his trip to Japan, and gives the latest on offensive umbrellas, the Puccini wars and Beckham's hosiery.
Taking liberties all round
How can shadow home secretary Oliver Letwin 'debate' David Blunkett on freedom - when both agree that safety comes first?
Will Britain's Royal Marines 'finish off bin Laden' - or just 'cramp his style'?
Offside, 3 May
The FA Cup has lost its lustre. So what?
|Wednesday 8 May 2002|
You Can't Think That
The furore surrounding Ann Winterton’s gaffe is not about how the Tories view race, but about how society views jokes.
A Posthuman Future?
A public event in London examining the implications of human genetics for politics and society.
By unpicking our views of America, two new books show us how we see ourselves.
A line on Linux
Is Linux the heir to communist revolution - or the bastard son of Geoffrey from Rainbow?
Painting by laws
The only people who will suffer from London’s proposed anti-grafitti legislation are tomorrow's Rolf Harrises.
Return of the babysnatchers?
Ignore the headlines: we need less hospital security, not more.
|Friday 10 May 2002|
Press freedom: it's not trivial
Journalists should stand up for free speech - while questioning the media’s obsession with people's personal lives.
Doing fascists a favour
The left's 'No Platform' policy has elevated the BNP.
Pim Fortuyn and the fallout from 11 September
Why the killing of one little-known politician has shaken the Continent.
Private lives, public obsession
Just because something interests the public doesn't mean it is in the public interest to publish it.
Offside, 10 May
Stuart Drummond, Hartlepool's monkey mayor, has broken the golden rule of mascots - never step out of costume.
Why is Europe so sure that Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is 'no Le Pen'?
TV UK, 10 May
TV news: 'Is it anything?'
Is Club 18-30 demeaning to dogs?
|Tuesday 14 May 2002|
Don't put safety first
Potters Bar crash: how the culture of fear paralyses Britain.
How hardline is Israel?
Israeli policy on Palestine is more fluid than many commentators think.
US media: whose side are they on?
American newspapers' confusion over how to 'get it right' on the Middle East reflects deeper confusions within the US government.
There is a vast gulf between the real health service as experienced by people and the 'virtual NHS' of official statistics.
|Wednesday 15 May 2002|
History has not yet begun
Liberalism and socialism belonged to the Stone Age of ideologies. Now we are ready to crawl out of the caves.
Of cyborgs and men
What's the biggest threat: cyborgs, hooligans, or a healthy diet?
Campaigns against ivory poaching put African people on the sharp end of survival.
The campaign to rename the film of Tolkien's The Two Towers might be a joke, but this fan isn't laughing.
|Thursday 16 May 2002|
The mother of all stunts
Jailing a mother because her kids skip school is gesture politics, with a very real consequence.
Offside, 16 May
Don't worry about England's midfield injuries - our World Cup weakness will be the defence.
TV UK, 16 May
Post-9/11, TV dramas still stand or fall on how they handle personal life.
|Monday 20 May 2002|
Despite the panics that dog the airline industry, passengers plump for the benefits of flying.
Andrew Wakefield: misguided maverick
The doctor behind the MMR-autism scare has never proved his case. That hasn't prevented him from getting a platform everywhere from the Lancet to Private Eye.
Could Bush have prevented 11 September?
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).
|Tuesday 21 May 2002|
How anthraxiety infected Europe
After 11 September, Germany witnessed an unhappy marriage between fears of terrorism and concerns about biotechnology - providing fertile ground for an anthrax panic.
Fast cars and loose morals
So far as car rallies go, you need balls for the Gumball.
An Asian youth worker believes that the war on terrorism has helped Islamicise young British Muslims.
Zen has been modified to suit Western youth's desire to 'pick and mix'
Star Wars: Tears of a Clone
A lifetime Star Wars fan learns to let go.
|Wednesday 22 May 2002|
Friends and enemies
Why I love Friends Reunited, don’t love Sinn Fein, and hate interfering football stewards.
Why does every news bulletin look like Brass Eye?
'I have not jumped off the modernity boat'
Francis Fukuyama talks about History after 11 September, human exceptionalism, Ritalin and Islam.
Bollywood films might be taking Britain by storm, but they're still watched almost exclusively by Asians.
|Thursday 23 May 2002|
Treating criminals like addicts
Unable to hold the line on drugs, politicians get the health service to do the job of the courts.
The battle of Sangatte
Why does the spectre of the asylum seeker haunt the UK establishment?
TV UK, 23 May
The fight over whaling is less an East-West cultural clash than an argument within Western culture.
World Trade Centre syndrome
We are healthier than ever - but fear is making us ill.
|Friday 24 May 2002|
Why the marines messed up
It's easier to fight a war in the British tabloids than in the Afghan hills.
|Tuesday 28 May 2002|
Kashmir - whose 'war on terrorism'?
We are witnessing a piece of military-diplomatic theatre, played out for the benefit of an international audience.
Too Keane to win
Why there's no place for Ireland's Roy Keane in the World Cup.
All cultures are not equal
Western liberals and Islamic fundamentalists both reject ideas of modernity, universality and progress.
Politicians want films to promote Australia - but nicely.
'It's like something between the Olympics and Christmas'
Young Australians' annual pilgrimage to Gallipoli has little to do with commemorating those who died in 1915.
|Wednesday 29 May 2002|
Triumph of the crows
The downfall of UK transport secretary Stephen Byers will benefit nobody.
|Thursday 30 May 2002|
TV UK, 30 May
After midnight, satellite TV comes into its own.
The real wannabes
Forget the saddos who applied to be on Big Brother - the show's producers are just as desperate for 15 minutes of fame.
Speaking of science
The UK prime minister has celebrated science - too cautiously.
Pensions in peril
The business world is adopting safer, but lamer, pension schemes.
Offside, 30 May
Football hooligans disgust and frighten us - but they fascinate us too.
Golden Jubilee blues
The World Cup/Golden Jubilee/Bank Holiday combo will be good fun. But where's the Shared National Experience?