The right to take pictures of and write about public figures is far more important than the privacy of Prince William's girlfriend.
The gay-bashing Phelps family in Louis Theroux's latest exploration of 'weird America' is a cranky fringe group that reveals nothing about the US.
The British media claim that an ‘Iranian hate mob’ has demanded the execution of the 15 captured British seamen. Really?
How seals became the latest poster species for climate change.
A survey claiming that 11 per cent of Londoners were ‘substantially stressed’ by the bombings raises more questions than answers.
Today's emphasis on 'cultural difference' is one reason why black people get unequal treatment in the mental health sphere.
The twenty-fifth anniversary of Thatcher’s triumph in the South Atlantic throws some light on Britain’s current crises over Iraq and Iran.
Days of Glory has a less-than-subtle political message: we should all be good patriots now, regardless of our skin colour.
The pundits may be too chummy or have hangdog demeanours, but at least TV cuts out all the boring bits.
NEW ESSAY: How human thought and action are being stifled by a regime of uncertainty.
Should England fans jeer the England team? Well, what else should they do when they've paid good money to watch Premier League prima donnas play like a bunch of girls?
Our ethical columnist provides advice on eggs, fish, turkeys and bird flu.
Easter special: Shirley Dent doesn't buy the cheap iconoclasm of 'Chocolate Jesus', and Dave Hallsworth on all the dirty talk in the Good Book.
A new report shows that heavy-handed ‘child protection’ policies mean that some clubs are closing their doors to kids.
Neil Addison, author of a new book on religious hatred laws, says the laws are dividing communities and inflaming a ‘grievance culture’.
Helene Guldberg and Wendy Earle pay tribute to a long-time supporter of spiked who died last month.
UK government initiatives to 'deal with' younger Muslims only leave them feeling more alienated from political life.
The numerous panics about children's bodyshape are more of a problem than whether our kids are too fat or too thin.
The saga of the 15 British servicemen, and the sale of their tales of woe from Iran, reveals a British military that is all at sea.
Free of Western pessimism, the young Chinese artists on exhibition in Britain are witty and experimental.
Harp-playing, incest and 7/7: a festival in deepest, darkest Suffolk showcases the work of yoof-ish British playwrights.
Jennie Bristow's guide to subversive parenting tackles the proliferation of mummy identities.
Tessa Mayes reports on how the British government is recruiting children to spy on and ‘re-educate’ the adult population.
Kate Moss is pretty but dim; her boyfriend Pete Doherty is posh and poetic. Meet Britain's new First Couple.
The anti-development message of the Al Gore-inspired gig planned for July is nothing to sing and dance about.
Celebrity economist Jeffrey Sachs is worshipped by Bono and Co, but his first Reith lecture showed up his painfully low horizons for the world’s poor.
Our ethical columnist on the danger humans pose to bio-diversity.
Italian and Spanish cops still like to baton-charge supporters, but the British have found more insidious ways to ruin the game.
Mitchell and Webb return to mine the gap between inner doubt and public appearance in Peep Show.
The case of the British woman denied the right to use her frozen embryos is a cautionary tale of our times.
The Lives of Others, a very human tale of omnipresent surveillance in East Germany, is as taut as a thriller.
Amid today's craze for anniversaries, there's one episode in history that nobody – especially on the left – wants to talk about.
Another Russia, the anti-Putin campaign group, commands the front pages of the Western press. But it hasn’t impressed the Russian people.
Why the British rock band are not
The sacking of US shock jock Don Imus for referring to 'nappy-headed hos' suggests we're all too weak to cope with obnoxious remarks.
A decade after Blair promised to prioritise 'education, education, education', his government still sees schools as a lab for solving every social problem.
What links the defence secretary’s mishandling of the Navy sailors debacle with the chancellor’s fantasies of a ‘new seriousness’ in politics?
What kind of security-on-campus measure could possibly prevent a maniac from lining people up and shooting them?
The response to the horrific shootings runs the risk of spreading fear and loathing beyond VT’s dorms to society at large.
The British government is making dubious links between climate change and conflict in an attempt to boost its moral authority in global affairs.
Nothing confirms the death of narrative like the zapper that lets us pick between a hundred channels without even getting off the sofa.
A new study suggests more fans are watching football in the pub because, thanks to the footie police, stadiums have become dull, rigid and regimented.
‘In denial’, ‘phobic’, ‘hateful’… increasingly, certain kinds of speech are depicted as a sickness, and censorship is seen as the cure.
Our ethical columnist on a dangerous and speciesist alternative to oil.
Celebrity culture and the UK government’s e-mpty e-stunts: read Mick Hume’s columns in The Times (London) this week.
A co-editor of the German magazine Novo says our obsession with scandal is corrupting political debate.
In the run-up to a debate in London on our 'Autism Nation', Dr Michael Fitzpatrick diagnoses a perverse celebration of a mental disorder.
In TV, film, newspapers, schools and political circles, the green outlook has become the new orthodoxy. And still greens aren't happy.
The green issue of the US magazine - all Beautiful People photographed on glaciers - shows how pompous environmentalism has become.
An Australian academic who worked on the latest IPCC report says it overstates scary weather scenarios and understates man’s ability to adapt.
Promoting healthy eating, tackling truancy, improving 'social inclusion': the great potential of IT is being used for instrumental political ends.
From ‘warrior for democracy’ to drunken buffoon: the former Russian president’s reputation was made and broken by Western pundits.
David Cameron has called for a ‘revolution’ against state interventionism into our lives. It’s a good idea, until you read the small print.
Good cops, bad cops, kingpins and foot soldiers: TV drama series The Wire is an intricate and humane portrait of a crumbling American society.
A contributor to a controversial study outlines the reasons why women need access to abortion - even five months after becoming pregnant.
As he turns 60, author Frank Furedi discusses environmentalism, conspiracy theories and the ‘network of McCarthyites’ slurring his name.
A Baptist pastor from New Jersey reveals how low some will go in the Christian turf wars over worshippers.
The Channel 4 documentary Human Footprint denies mankind’s positive side and reduces all our output to waste.
Giving nets rather than DDT to Africans sends a powerfully paternalistic message: ‘You can hide from disease, but you cannot eradicate it.’
Read Mick Hume's columns this week in The Times (London).
Our TV critic suffers an existential crisis - but satellite documentary channels, all war heroes and weird tribes, come to the rescue.
Some are mourning the death of Alan Ball, a member of England's World Cup-winning team, because it reminds us we haven't won the cup in 40 years.
Our ethical columnist on how we should stop people from living so long.
They might still use the rhetoric of Left v Right, but the presidential election confirms that those days are past in French politics, too.
Sam Tanenhaus, the American editor and author of a book on McCarthyism, proves to be a prickly interviewee.
He may be a 'professional exile', but a new book reminds Frank Furedi that the ideal of national sovereignty is worth defending today.