The Chelsea/Arsenal brawl was great entertainment, but it wasn't enought to revive the Carling Cup.
In our era of ethical shopping, it's no longer a question of what's hot this season so much as what's right this season.
The prostitution of the G-word for cynical political ends has given rise to a grisly new international gameshow.
Our ethical columnist gives advice on a proper education.
Read Mick Hume, in The Times (London), on the contest for the deputy leadership of the UK Labour Party.
The Americans declared independence in 1776, yet their TV depictions of Britons show they're still emotionally attached.
During Fairtrade Fortnight, ‘ethical shopping’ might reduce Western guilt but it does little to reduce Third World poverty.
The Oxford students calling for the censure of an anti-immigration professor are selling short both the case for open borders and academic freedom.
Scary headlines about a 'dementia timebomb' expose today's miserabilist view of the human success story that is longer life.
Plans to get more single mums off benefits are less about saving money and more about saving children from the 'wrong' kind of parental love.
Devoid of any real constituency or purpose, the 'third force' in British politics only succeeds when the big parties fail.
The game of ‘spot the anti-Semite’ currently being played in intellectual circles misses what is new in expressions of the oldest prejudice today.
Described as the authentic voice of Africans, new film Bamako is actually more of an indulgent treat for guilt-ridden Westerners.
Artist Mark Wallinger's recreation of Brian Haw's anti-war protest has been hailed as brave political art. In fact, it's not political, nor is it art.
We name the guilty parties in the latest 'UK government cover-up' story: the political class, the police, and the media.
Many have rallied around a Cambridge student disciplined for publishing an anti-Islamic cartoon. What about other instances of campus censorship?
Describing trafficking as the 'new slavery' might flatter the egos of those who campaign against it, but it does little to challenge today's injustices.
Our columnist suggests the fashion for writing eco-books may be wasteful.
Before next week’s spiked seminar on housing, a speaker carries out a controlled demolition of a new report that says cities make us sick.
Read Mick Hume's columns from The Times (London) this week.
Answer me this - if things are so great Down Under, why do so many Aussies leave?
Arsenal may play beautiful football, but there are no trophies for artistic merit.
Martin Durkin, director of The Great Global Warming Swindle, on green intolerance, soft censorship and his ‘dodgy’ Marxist background.
A new survey claims many children stay awake at night worrying about apocalyptic climate disasters. Where could they have got ideas like that?
The obsession with measuring the physical effects of drugs means never championing the joys of reality over the black hole of drug-induced fantasy.
The latest review of the drug problem peddles dangerous myths about helpless addicts, and suggests making the state drugdealer-in-chief.
Ignore the touchy PC brigade: the fans of north London football club Tottenham Hotspur should be allowed to call themselves whatever they like.
In banning the n-word, New York City Council is driven by the dodgy notion that words make reality, rather than the other way around.
The Prince of Wales may have some wacky views - but they seem to be shared by government ministers.
As the language police turn their attention to banter between buddies and football-ground chants, no area of life is safe from the censors.
Disposable nappies make an unpleasant part of childcare more bearable. So why is a womans' group campaigning against them?
Oh, to read an Austen novel pre-1996, before theme-park Austen-mania turned her into an early-day Bridget Jones!
The dangers of the new consensus around the politics of global warming.
Last week’s TV column by Patrick West, in which he called Australians ‘white trash’, caused an uproar Down Under. An Aus journalist responds.
A patronising campaign encouraging Premiership footballers to hand over a day’s wage to hard-up nurses should be kicked into touch.
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What's behind the fashion for labelling cultural critics who are dissatisfied with the present (such as himself) as ‘grumpy old men’?
On the greening of politics and the truth about Trident: read Mick Hume's column in The Times (London) this week.
Watching Life on Mars we’re supposed to look down our noses at racist, sexist, Paddy-bashing Gene Hunt. But, hey, he gets the job done.
A photo of two polar bears seemingly stranded on an ice floe has come to symbolise man’s destruction of nature. But is it all that it seems?
Four years on, the Congestion Charge hasn't got Londoners moving faster. It is a failure of policy, and a failure of imagination.
In debates about citizenship, health and education, the government is displacing its own crisis of identity on to newcomers.
Our monthly column on parenting.
When even infants are expected to achieve ‘69 early learning goals’, you know that no area of life is free from New Labour’s tyranny of targets.
The social networking site for twentysomethings is churning out a generation of navel-gazing pseudo-celebs.
The Good German, a new film noir, shows that recycling old techniques passes for cinema experimentalism today.
In 2004, Bob Geldof was crowned chief of development in a Ghanaian town. Now the town chief wants to know: where's the development?
For research using human embryos to move forward, and to reap benefits for humanity, scientists will have to break free of overregulation.
A science writer argues that discussions of the political and economic options on climate change must be informed by the best scientific knowledge.
The fact that a 2p cut in income tax can be greeted as ‘dramatic’ shows how low public expectations of economic change have sunk.
If poor people have less opportunity to fly, then surely the answer is to tackle poverty rather than to limit other people's travel.
The authors of Diet Nation argue that efforts to lose weight are generally doomed to failure - and may possibly cause more harm than good.
Western governments are using the myth of a strong internal opposition to Mugabe's regime to conceal their own weakness.
Whether it is right or wrong, true or junk, science should never be prostituted for political ends.
Our ethical columnist on the need to start reducing the population.
How to beat malaria, and why sportsmen are not 'role models': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.
An end to juvenile and lazy catchphrase comedy would be a real Comic Relief.
The po-faced guardians of public safety have banned the harmless sport of celery chucking at Chelsea.
Are the commemorations of the abolition of the slave trade helping to foster fatalism amongst young black Britons?
Adam Curtis, director of BBC2's The Trap, on conspiracy theories, why Isaiah Berlin was wrong, and his biggest influence: Starship Troopers.
The 'Walk of Witness' to apologise for the slave trade captured today’s use and abuse of past atrocities for political (and religious) ends.
The bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade has become a field day for the new politics of apologism.
Britain has been loudly demonising Iran for months. Why has it quietened down now that the Iranians have seized 15 British troops?
The British government's proposal to fine teenagers who drop out of school further criminalises youth and degrades education.
Why has the US rapper been banned from the UK?
The new deal in Northern Ireland is built on the decommissioning of political debate.
Frank Miller's 300 has lashings of homoeroticism and violence. But he's read his Plutarch and Homer.
A new film about Diane Arbus imagines her as compassionate. Have the filmmakers seen her photos?
What's behind the latest bout of handwringing over the display of shrunken human heads in a museum in Oxford?
How a dubious story about baby pacifiers set off an anxiety attack among New York mums.
A Greenpeace-financed study claims GM corn is bad for us. Why did the media swallow it?
The outraged reaction to the Iranian TV footage of Leading Seaman Faye Turney exposes Britain’s impotence after Iraq.
Is it ethical to donate sperm?
Read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London) this week.
Why do football bureaucrats like Brian Mawhinney always come up with idiotic schemes to make the game 'more exciting'?
spiked sent its staff writer Emily Hill to a three-night rave with weirds, Goths and pagans in Norfolk. She survived to tell the tale.
Ripped from any wider debate about living standards, the discussion of ‘child poverty’ is as much to do with controlling adults as helping kids.