Was it the far-right BNP - or mainstream anti-racist policies? Brendan O'Neill reports from Britain's 'race-hate capital'.
In the brave new world of touchscreen democracy, spoilt ballot papers are neither permissible, nor possible.
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.
In a society starved of certainty, there is no 'baby hunger'.
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.
ITV Digital failed as Buffy the Vampire Slayer started on Sky One. Ever since then, I’ve been putting off the inevitable.
...but what were they doing there? Josie Appleton reports from the hotbed of inactivity at London's May Day protests.
A World Cup watcher prepares for his trip to Japan, and gives the latest on offensive umbrellas, the Puccini wars and Beckham's hosiery.
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'?
The FA Cup has lost its lustre. So what?
The furore surrounding Ann Winterton’s gaffe is not about how the Tories view race, but about how society views jokes.
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.
Is Linux the heir to communist revolution - or the bastard son of Geoffrey from Rainbow?
The only people who will suffer from London’s proposed anti-grafitti legislation are tomorrow's Rolf Harrises.
Ignore the headlines: we need less hospital security, not more.
Journalists should stand up for free speech - while questioning the media’s obsession with people's personal lives.
The left's 'No Platform' policy has elevated the BNP.
Why the killing of one little-known politician has shaken the Continent.
Just because something interests the public doesn't mean it is in the public interest to publish it.
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 news: 'Is it anything?'
Is Club 18-30 demeaning to dogs?
Potters Bar crash: how the culture of fear paralyses Britain.
Israeli policy on Palestine is more fluid than many commentators think.
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.
Liberalism and socialism belonged to the Stone Age of ideologies. Now we are ready to crawl out of the caves.
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.
Jailing a mother because her kids skip school is gesture politics, with a very real consequence.
Don't worry about England's midfield injuries - our World Cup weakness will be the defence.
Post-9/11, TV dramas still stand or fall on how they handle personal life.
Despite the panics that dog the airline industry, passengers plump for the benefits of flying.
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.
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).
After 11 September, Germany witnessed an unhappy marriage between fears of terrorism and concerns about biotechnology - providing fertile ground for an anthrax panic.
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'
A lifetime Star Wars fan learns to let go.
Why I love Friends Reunited, don’t love Sinn Fein, and hate interfering football stewards.
Why does every news bulletin look like Brass Eye?
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.
Unable to hold the line on drugs, politicians get the health service to do the job of the courts.
Why does the spectre of the asylum seeker haunt the UK establishment?
The fight over whaling is less an East-West cultural clash than an argument within Western culture.
We are healthier than ever - but fear is making us ill.
It's easier to fight a war in the British tabloids than in the Afghan hills.
We are witnessing a piece of military-diplomatic theatre, played out for the benefit of an international audience.
Why there's no place for Ireland's Roy Keane in the World Cup.
Western liberals and Islamic fundamentalists both reject ideas of modernity, universality and progress.
Politicians want films to promote Australia - but nicely.
Young Australians' annual pilgrimage to Gallipoli has little to do with commemorating those who died in 1915.
The downfall of UK transport secretary Stephen Byers will benefit nobody.
After midnight, satellite TV comes into its own.
Forget the saddos who applied to be on Big Brother - the show's producers are just as desperate for 15 minutes of fame.
The UK prime minister has celebrated science - too cautiously.
The business world is adopting safer, but lamer, pension schemes.
Football hooligans disgust and frighten us - but they fascinate us too.
The World Cup/Golden Jubilee/Bank Holiday combo will be good fun. But where's the Shared National Experience?