The sequel to the trendsetting Nineties series was more self-regarding 'reality TV' than real-world drama.
Behind the headlines about crazed pitbulls there's a salacious contempt for certain sorts of people.
A science charity explains why it has created a helpline for celebs to check their facts before endorsing dodgy campaigns.
Time's claim that we web surfers have 'changed the world' shows how low our aspirations for change have sunk.
Ask Ethan: Our eco-columnist offers advice on how to cleanse your mind, body and the planet in the New Year.
The furore over Saddam's 'X-ecution Factor' hanging reveals the state of Iraq – and the West's state of mind.
The gayest team, most po-faced censors and other Football Awards for 2006.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.
So what if material progress doesn't always make us happy? It's still a good thing, and here's why.
The big screen adaptation of Patrick Suskind's 'unfilmable' bestselling novel leaves a bad smell.
Scientists should vigorously oppose the UK authorities' clampdown on research involving 'hybrid' embryos.
As U-turn follows U-turn, New Labour is looking more and more like a party devoid of direction.
Declining standards cannot be reversed in the classroom alone - we need to recreate a passion for words in society at large.
Ugly Betty, the global drama-comedy franchise, hammers a familiar message: it's the inside that counts.
From Ruth Kelly's school choice to the footage of Saddam's hanging: why do we discuss everything but 'the thing' itself?
It’s not healthier or Greener, and it's incapable of feeding the world. So why is it back in fashion?
A report from smelly Manhattan on the various conspiracy theories about that New York 'gas cloud'.
The torch-lit protest by religious groups against gay rights regulations looked like a game of 'victim one-upmanship'.
Just when long-suffering Somalis think things cannot get worse, along come US helicopter gunships.
Mel Gibson's action-adventure depicting the fall of Mayan society is an anxious allegory about humanity today.
José Manuel Barroso's new energy policy represents a retreat from development driven by fear.
Ask Ethan: Our eco-columnist disagrees with Tony Blair – it is practical to stop flying.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.
The FA Cup is little more than an enjoyable distraction from the serious business of League football.
Emily Hill meets some of the highly skilled immigrants whose lives have been turned upside down by New Labour’s knee-jerkism.
Revealed: How more than £15million of legal aid funding was spent by lawyers trying and failing to prove that the MMR vaccination causes autism.
Laughs and insight are thin on the ground in the wishful drama The Trial of Tony Blair, showing on More4 tonight.
Measuring everything we do by how much carbon it produces is a contemporary form of penance.
Who cares what Simone Clarke thinks in private? Her performance as Giselle was sprightly, springy and brilliant.
When it comes to state surveillance, the problem is not the computers but a climate of fear and insecurity.
President Bush's surge of an extra 20,000 troops is a political stunt rather than a military tactic.
Interview: Indur Goklany, author of The Improving State of the World, slaps down today's voguish pessimists with some eye-opening facts.
Revelations that the British and French discussed a merger in 1956 have been greeted with guffaws. It’s not that shocking.
Nick Broomfield’s film about the Morecambe Bay tragedy is emotive, but it fails to ask any probing questions.
A mother treated at Mohamed Taranissi’s groundbreaking clinic in London defends him against the Panorama/HFEA witch-hunt.
Our columnist offers advice on the green alternative to wasteful washing, brushing and flushing.
Los Angeles is filled with people who are more famous than talented. David Beckham should fit right in.
Why is the Home Office demonstrating all the smooth-running efficiency of an Iraqi hangman?
The desire to escape the real world and 'live' in online games like Second Life is no longer limited to lonely geeks.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's columns this week in The Times (London).
What’s behind the international handwringing over ‘Jade v Shilpa’?
There is more to the HFEA regulators' pursuit of top infertility doctor Mohamed Taranissi than meets the viewer's eye.
Following the death of two ‘taggers’ in east London, chattering graffitists want a clampdown on those who give their art a bad name.
BBC TV's Street Doctor shows that there's nowhere to hide from today's tyranny of health advice.
Top doctors, business consultants and officials reckon we could all end up enslaved by the slot machines. Wanna bet?
The row over Celebrity Big Brother shows that hysterically witch-hunting 'racists' is a new British sport. Plus: Brendan O'Neill on Pete Burns.
Kevin Yuill’s enlightening new book shows that ‘affirmative action’ arose not from an optimistic vision of the future, but from despair.
…and put some politics back in.
The people have marked their ballots, yet the region's future is more likely to be decided in New York than Belgrade.
Michael Bywater's rage against the infantilism of modern life is insightful, but ultimately immature.
Ten-year-late handwringing admissions that the NI security forces were in cahoots with loyalist gunmen are like therapy for the British state.
E4's new teen drama Skins is, unfortunately, all it's cracked up to be: teen TV made by a committee of teenagers.
Football provided the template for the racialisation of trivial incidents that led to the 'Jade v Shilpa' debacle.
Ask Ethan: Our eco-columnist offers advice on how to make Holocaust Memorial Day less speciesist and blinkered.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Some American states are now banning smoking in cars, as legislators creep ever further into our once-private lives.
Do the Food Standards Agency’s ‘traffic-light’ labels take the pleasure out of eating? We ask some grocery shoppers.
John Luik, co-author of Diet Nation, tells Rob Lyons that the obesity panic is being fattened by savvy interest groups and junk science.
Six years after we launched spiked, I am vacating the editor’s chair.
Interview: Kids’ TV icon Timmy Mallett hammers today's sanitisation of children's programming, but swallows the ban on junk food ads.
Describing yourself as 'working class' has become a way of snobbishly dismissing materialism.
Why spiked takes neither side in the ‘great political divide’ over whether Islamophobia or Islamofascism is the biggest threat.
Blood Diamond, the Hollywood human rights thriller set in war-torn Sierra Leone, patronises both Africans and Western cinemagoers.
More people may support the 'right to die', but they often change their views when their own time comes.
There is a secular inquisition that stigmatises free thinking.
The co-author of a report that caused a transatlantic stir over Britain’s ‘militant Muslim youth’ puts some of the explosive headlines in perspective.
A paranoid government that wants to put every citizen on a list and every criminal in a cell? No wonder the system seems swamped.