Motherhood in Western Europe

Insights from Western European Mothers

The changing face of motherhood — Western Europe

The accompanying reports combine a review of existing literature with an analysis of original quantitative data derived from a poll of 9,582 mothers from 12 countries in Western Europe, making it one of the largest studies of this kind ever conducted

Child Obesity and Health

An analysis of the latest available data from the Health Survey for England (HSE)

Child Obesity and Health — download the full report in pdf format

In this ‘National Childhood Obesity Week’, the SIRC report, Children, obesity and heath: Recent trends, holds up a true mirror, accurately reflecting the trend towards slimmer, healthier children. more

The Future of Freemasonry

An examination of the role of Freemasonry in the 21st century


This report is, as far as we know, an account of the first ever study that has been commissioned by Freemasons from a non-Masonic body. None of the SIRC members involved in the project are Freemasons, a fact that evoked surprise and welcome in equal measure from the Lodge members we met. more

The Changing Face of Motherhood

Insights from three generations of mothers


The report seeks to answer some specific questions about the changing face of motherhood and determine the extent to which modern ‘solutions’ to motherhood are more or less beneficial than the solutions of the past. more

Modified language

A headline in the Express today (16/12/99) declares British back the farmers who sue GM crop giant. Reading on, one finds that the "British" in question are Greenpeace UK and Friends of the Earth, both of whom have expressed support for a lawsuit against Monsanto filed by US and French corn and soybean farmers.

Whatever one may think of Monsanto, the many British scientists and others who disagree with the views and actions of unelected groups such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth will be surprised to find that these groups are now regarded as representing the British nation, as the headline implies.

The article also reports that Greenpeace UK and Friends of the Earth have demanded "independent research into the potential effects of the controversial technology". This is also somewhat surprising, given Greenpeace's attempts to sabotage precisely such research by digging up GM trial sites.