BBC 2’s Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole In My Heart shows that moral messaging can get in the way of good TV drama.
The hotly anticipated demo against the filming of Monica Ali’s novel in east London was in fact a ragbag collection of short-tempered middle-aged men.
The Bush administration is heir to the ‘humanitarian warfare’ masterminded by arch-interventionist Tony Blair.
This is not a traditional clash over territory or influence. It looks more like the continuation of the politics of identity by other means.
Pro- and anti-Israel wings of the Western political class are exporting their own 'culture wars' to the Middle East.
The feeble hate campaign against 'cheating winker' Cristiano Ronaldo ignores the real issue: England's World Cup squad was crap.
Ben and Jerry's Summer Sundae was a fun day out, but did it have to come with a generous side order of green sanctimonious hectoring?
Why are doom-mongers like Michel Houellebecq, author of the nihilistic novel-turned-movie Atomised, considered to be so profound?
New York coffee shops might have predictable food and plastic décor, but their warmth and friendliness will be sadly missed.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Today's narcissistic celebration of masturbation stems from a deep disdain for risk, passion and human relations.
The Blair-Schwarzenegger and Clinton-Livingstone love-ins on tackling climate change summed up the Lilliputian localism of today’s Green lobby.
When two different countries can top two different happiness surveys in the same month, you know there’s something dodgy about happy stats.
Why has the UK home secretary declared war on miniature motorbikes? Because it’s summer, the season for silly government initiatives.
Highlights from the spiked/Orange survey ‘Enlightening the Future 2024: Key Challenges for the Next Generation’.
Tommy Sheridan’s libel win over the News of the World was no ‘victory’ for the working class. It was a victory for an archaic law over open debate.
In his TV show on British Muslims, Jon Snow was more anthropologist than journalist, trekking to an exotic land to meet apparently peculiar people.
Herzog and de Meuron's 'pile of boxes' design for the art gallery's new wing shows that architecture is embracing chaos over order.
The UK government’s plan to monitor the number of black and Asian people employed by private companies is an affront to meritocracy, universalism and genuine equality.
Statistics reveal that it consists of rare and mostly minor incidents carried out by a handful of losers. So why is everyone so obsessed with it?
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
First he was a clown, now he's a superstar: the reaction to Monty Panesar is another example of our manic-depressive relationship with England teams.
A new report labels alarmist reporting about the environment as 'climate porn'. But it takes a missionary position on changing our lifestyles.
After '10/8', we’re back stumbling around in an atmosphere of confusion, hysteria and cynicism – a familiar experience in the 'war on terror'.
Making simplistic links between British interventions abroad and alleged terror plots at home is NIMBYism dressed up in anti-war garb.
Replacing physics, chemistry and biology with lessons in 'scientific literacy' will make children more wary of science in general.
Channel 4's Pram-face showed that single mums are now viewed as victims rather than villains. Is that really any better?
Taking Doublespeak to a new level, the United Nations will send a 15,000-strong force to occupy Lebanon in the name of strengthening it.
Islamic terrorism is real. But the notion of an Islamic terrorist threat to society is the product of our own insecure imaginations.
The delayed passengers put up in makeshift tents following last week’s terror alert are calm, but confused.
When Castro fell ill there was a fevered debate about what will happen to Cuba when he dies. In fact, much ‘transition’ has already occurred.
Why some British teens seek a sense of purpose by spending 'gap years' among the world's poor and downtrodden.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times.
Gillette may still love him, but Becks is no longer 'the best a man can get' on the pitch.
In their theorising about Israel's war in Lebanon, Western commentators missed an important point: Israel is a fractured and divided society.
Government pressure on broadcasters to restrict ads for junk food and promote 'healthy lifestyles' is causing a crisis of creativity in children's programming.
Religion is all the rage at the Edinburgh Festival this year. But is it all just self-satisfied liberals endlessly reprising The Life of Brian?
Why Greenpeace is red-faced over its short film showing a 4x4 driver being bullied and spat at by fellow workers.
The idea that vets should spy on their clients to make sure they aren’t sexually abusing their pets is based on a pretty degraded view of humanity.
Francis Wheen's 'biography' of Capital – part of the Books that Shook the World series – reminds us why Marx's classic is so unique.
From the 'Barry Manilow Method' to the screeching Mosquito: bizarre ways the British authorities are trying to keep kids off the streets this summer.
From predictions about the death of sport to fears over Muslim alienation: the Pakistan cricket controversy has generated some crazy commentary.
Tribewanted.com aims to create a new model 'eco-community' on a Fijian island. It's actually just a time-share deal for thirtysomething narcissists.
The UK government’s proposed restrictions on immigration from the new EU states are motivated by mean-spirited NIMBYism.
Lurking behind the 'populist' campaign against America's biggest retailer is elite disdain for the people who work and shop there.
Why so many Westerners get an emotional kick from looking at pictures of injured Palestinian kids.
An overview of the new spiked/Pfizer survey of scientists aged 19 to 93, ranging from new talent to Nobel laureates, on what made them take up science.
A song-and-dance show in Edinburgh about contemporary cynicism and mistrust? It might sound weird, but it works.
For all the talk of hotbeds of radicalism in Britain, these small, isolated sects are shaped by Western politics and self-loathing.
An astronomer reports from Mauna Kea, where the construction of star-gazing telescopes has been halted to protect a rare species of bug.
Ben Thatcher’s forearm smash on a Portsmouth opponent might have been brutal, but we don’t need the long arm of the law getting involved.
From criticising risk-obsessives to mocking multiculturalism, why are government officials attacking their own most cherished ideas?
Proposals that women who are too fat, too thin or over 40 should be denied IVF are draconian attempts to define what is a ‘good parent’.