If Tony Blair really wants to wage a war against drugs, he should be seen with a spliff occasionally
By Sean French - 10 April 13:00

Alongside my fear of suddenly finding myself on stage in the middle of a play and not knowing my lines, I have another fear: of being rung up by somebody compiling one of those questionnaires about "my cultural life" or "what I wish I'd known when I was 17" which appear in newspapers and magazin

Fight for the future of Birmingham, or let the racists win
By Darcus Howe - 10 April 13:00

Birmingham seems to be hotting up, bubbling and backfiring. First, there was the vicious attack in that city on Chris Cotter, the white boyfriend of the black athlete Ashia Hansen. His enemies attempted to scalp him, Geronimo-style.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 10 April 13:00

Those who know more about these things than I do, a bafflingly large majority, say there is a deep-laid plot to ensure that Gordon Brown never becomes leader of the Labour Party and prime minister of his country.

You find irony everywhere these days. But I want irony that cares, passionate irony, Third Way irony
By Suzanne Moore - 10 April 13:00

Ironically, it was someone on this very magazine who told me once that I must never use the word "ironically" in my copy. It was bad style, mostly meaningless, unnecessary, cliched and one of the words that he thought should be banned.

The Misses Bates of Hampstead showed a far-sighted approach to curing short-sightedness
By Laurie Taylor - 10 April 13:00

According to the young optometrist at the Oxford Street branch of Top Specs, something very significant has happened to my eyesight.

With a zoom lens in the London Eye, your marital secrets could be subject to a podful of gossip
By Laurie Taylor - 03 April 13:00

"Something for you to write about," said Geoff, as our sealed glass pod soared high above the Thames on Sunday afternoon.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 03 April 13:00

It's all very well for Tony Blair to keep the punters guessing about whether he will take his statutory paternity leave, but everybody at Westminster knows what will happen. He will have his cake and eat it - as usual.

John Updike's son wrote just one novel: it must have been like firing a water pistol under the Niagara Falls
By Sean French - 03 April 13:00

So now, Stanley Kubrick being dead, A Clockwork Orange has been finally re-released, without much fuss and without gangs of youths beating people to death in the streets - or, at least, no more than usual.

If high-flyers refuse to be mums, we shall rear mediocrities
By Cristina Odone - 03 April 13:00

The Family Policy Studies Centre has come up with its very own bouquet for Mothering Sunday: a study that finds marriage has never been so unfashionable, or motherhood so unappealing. The statistics are dire.

My kids were called piccaninnies - by their granny
By Darcus Howe - 03 April 13:00

On 26 March, the Observer, in the wake of the racist attack on the British athlete Ashia Hansen and her partner, published an article written by Richard Ellis, a white English journalist. Ellis has been married to a black woman for the past 15 years.

Try as he might, Robin Cook cannot give credence to his vast lies - how does he explain away the deaths of 200 Iraqi children every day?
By John Pilger - 03 April 13:00

The facts of Iraq's epic suffering are now unassailable. The latest report by Unicef says that half a million young children have died in eight years of economic sanctions. That represents almost 200 deaths every day.

The New Statesman Profile - Imran Khan
By Rachel Halliburton - 27 March 13:00

He is an icon for the black community, but does he take too many risks in advancing the cause of ant

The joy of modern life is that you're only a call or an e-mail away from missing your friends
By Laurie Taylor - 27 March 13:00

Geoff rings on his mobile at half-past eleven on Tuesday morning to tell me that he's in Oxford Street. This is not altogether sensational news, in that he lives just off Marylebone High Street and so has only to take a three-minute walk to accomplish such a feat.

Summerhill has filled the powers that be with fear of naked feral children who never attend lessons
By Suzanne Moore - 27 March 13:00

"The absence of fear is the finest thing that can happen to a child." So said A S Neill, the founder of Summerhill. Neill the great educator had not reckoned with new Labour, SATs and performance-related pay for teachers.

Do those who enjoy unprotected sex also allow restaurants to serve them contaminated food?
By Sean French - 27 March 13:00

Nigel Wrench, one of the most famous news presenters on Radio 4, became HIV-positive in 1993 as a result of having sex on Hampstead Heath with a man who didn't want to use a condom.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 27 March 13:00

New Labour's attitude towards the security services is puzzling. On the one hand, it pursues the MI5 renegade David Shayler with a vigour exceeding its prosecution of General Pinochet.

Welcome to the me-economy where ego is supreme
By Cristina Odone - 27 March 13:00

Budget time, and the living is easy. Or at least, the economy is doing very well indeed. Everywhere you look, there are freshly minted millionaires aged about 16, and - give or take a Rover or two - thriving businesses.

How the European God took disaster to Africa
By Darcus Howe - 27 March 13:00

The church of the Restoration of the Ten Commandments it is called, a consecrated building surrounded by banana farms, heads of cattle and schools for infants. It sits in the fertile savannahs of Uganda.

When Blunkett said there would be no selection, he meant it as a joke, but not as a joke. Got that?
By Sean French - 20 March 12:00

Last week, a friend was complaining to me that some people had unrealistic expectations of new Labour and would not be satisfied whatever the government did. She meant me, but I don't think she was right. I have pitifully low expectations of everything.

Labour isn't the only party with a core voter problem
By Cristina Odone - 20 March 12:00

Once again, a few Labour grandees are raising the alarm about the core voters. John Prescott, Robin Cook and Peter Hain fear that Mr Blair's unrepentant middle-class ethos has alienated the grass-roots proletarian Labour support.

The cricket rows could lead to a Caribbean rising
By Darcus Howe - 20 March 12:00

The West Indian masses have taken to the streets, boycotts are taking shape and governments are worried that the current movement may well destabilise the region.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 20 March 12:00

Such fun to see Michael Portillo engaging nose with carpet at Treasury Questions. But the Tories have only themselves to blame. The Chancellor used to let his shadow know, through the usual channels, which questions he would answer, and which he would pass on to his underlings.

For once I was looking forward to watching the wedding video; but it wasn't at all reassuring
By Laurie Taylor - 20 March 12:00

"Why don't we put on the wedding video?" asked Ken. After years of reaching for my scarf and gloves at such moments, I was rather surprised to hear myself joining in the chorus of approval. Yes, indeed. Let's look at the wedding video.

Laurel and Hardy in Spanish and French? Just try translating "Laughing Gravy" to get a laugh
By Sean French - 13 March 12:00

In one of his lifemanship books, Stephen Potter recommends that if the person next to you on a plane asks what you're reading, if you have a newspaper you should reply: "Do you read your press cuttings?" Or, if you have a book: "Proust. In Spanish. Much funnier."

The maiden aunt is free: that's the real triumph of feminism
By Cristina Odone - 13 March 12:00

"Women have settled for a fake equality instead of true liberation." Discuss. More than 500 women across the UK did, as part of a survey undertaken by Germaine Greer's publishing house, Anchor.

Are Dobbo and Ken big enough for the city of Dickens?
By Darcus Howe - 13 March 12:00

I have in the past few days been pretty close to the mayoral argument. I chaired a meeting in east London only days after Frank Dobson was named the Labour Party candidate. He did not turn up and sent no apologies. Trevor Phillips, his running mate, replaced him.

Paul Routledge
By Paul Routledge - 13 March 12:00

Tetchy Tony Blair is not solely motivated by a natural parental concern in his legal action to prevent the Mail on Sunday (or any other newspaper) printing revelations by the family's former nanny, Ros Mark. He is also worried about his image, and that of the First Lady, Cherie.

My clear-out last week may have accidentally created a glut in the academic text market
By Laurie Taylor - 13 March 12:00

I may have started a trend. In normal weeks this column hardly attracts a bulging postbag.

Sanctions on Iraq kill 200 children every day; bombing raids have cost the taxpayer £60 million. This is news
By John Pilger - 06 March 12:00

Last August, the defence minister John Spellar described the no-fly zones over Iraq as "international zones, designed by the international community". This is false.

Do drugs affect creativity? By two in the afternoon, I've drunk so much coffee that I can scarcely hit the keyboard
By Sean French - 06 March 12:00

Do you remember the ridiculous level of coverage when the last Oasis album came out? Newspapers were reviewing it on the front page, acclaiming it as a work of genius.