NS Essay - Whether it's sex, drink, schools or culture, the English are extremists
By George Walden - 07 March 12:00

England doesn't deserve its reputation for moderation. Where else do you find, in the same country,

The spice traders' tale
By Sejal Mandalia - 07 March 12:00

Observations on adulterated food

Mark Thomas scoffs at a meaningless apology
By Mark Thomas - 28 February 12:00

Blair finally said "sorry" to some of the innocent prisoners released after years of being locked up

Darcus Howe explains why blacks won't vote
By Darcus Howe - 28 February 12:00

Right-wing attacks used to panic blacks into voting Labour. Now we just don't vote at all

Always someone else's fault
By Sejal Mandalia - 28 February 12:00

Observations on HIV (2)

Crystal clear danger
By Rachel Halliburton - 28 February 12:00

Observations on HIV (1)

Michele Roberts argues that food is the great healer
By Michele Roberts - 28 February 12:00

To restore an ill person to health, you need infusions of herbs and lots of love , writes Michele Ro

NS Interview - Ruth Kelly
By John Kampfner - 14 February 12:00

Labour spring conference - She has a new vision for comprehensive schools - and promises her religio

Off their backsides?
By Margaret Cook - 14 February 12:00

Observations on incapacity benefit

NS Essay - Drink and be damned
By Charlotte Raven - 07 February 12:00

New laws won't reduce our frantic consumption of alcohol. Booze occupies a hole in our core sense of

Blame the government
By Margaret Cook - 07 February 12:00

Observations on HIV

A bad trip for the young
By Margaret Cook - 31 January 12:00

Observations on cannabis

Michele Roberts smothers her face in fruit and veg
By Michele Roberts - 24 January 12:00

I wash my face with avocado and honey, and moisturise with angelica

Why we all need to get out more
By David Nicholson-Lord - 24 January 12:00

Humanity has gone back to its origins. We live in caves again, but the cave is now a glass palace. D

New Labour's best-kept secret
By Edel Brosnan - 10 January 12:00

Observations on the National Health Service

Smaller gut, bigger brain
By Margaret Cook - 10 January 12:00

Observations on human evolution

Natural . . . but not nice
By Patrick West - 10 January 12:00

We live in a time in which we are exhorted to worship or "live in harmony" with nature. Human beings are seen as despoilers of the earth who seem interested merely in causing wars and wrecking the environment.

A very British sickness
By Shiv Malik - 10 January 12:00

Shiv Malik visits Easington, County Durham, Britain's incapacity benefit capital, and asks if a crac

Why fraud goes unpunished
By Theodore Dalrymple - 10 January 12:00

Observations on insurance

Beware of Hell's Grannies
By Peter Dunn - 01 January 12:00

Observations on danger in the streets

It's just mechanics
By Ziauddin Sardar - 01 January 12:00

2005: The decline of sex - Viagra is just the start: we'll soon have pills that make you feel deep l

How Sars could save a nation
By Xiong Lei - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - A deadly epidemic has persuaded the government to take its people's health more seriou

Rich tomorrow, maybe, but filthy today
By Jonathan Watts - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - Smog in the big city every three days, acid rain falling on a third of the country, mo

Nature, the most deadly bio-terrorist of all
By Robin McKie - 01 January 12:00

2005: Epidemics - It may not be in the next 12 months, but very soon, a new and virulent strain of f

The little emperor grows selfish
By Harriet Evans - 01 January 12:00

2005: China - The one-child policy was to benefit the nation, but it has also spawned uncivil indivi

Why everybody's got a headache tonight
By Charlie Lee-Potter - 01 January 12:00

2005: The decline of sex - A girl's dream date is now seductive music, candlelight . . . and yoga fo

So difficult, so painful
By Penelope Bennett - 13 December 12:00

NS Christmas - Penelope Bennett spends Christmas Eve with the homeless and sees their world anew

Danger on the wards
By Robert Blackhurst - 13 December 12:00

Observations on hospitals

The business - Patrick Hosking sees little hope for Big Pharma
By Patrick Hosking - 29 November 12:00

Things get worse and worse for the drugs companies. On top of growing resistance to their high price

All I want is a piece of paper
By Theodore Dalrymple - 29 November 12:00

Observations on public administration