On alcohol advice for pregnant women and the latest in the search for 'Our Maddie': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
Why did Jade Goody's mildly chauvinistic remarks about Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty attract more opprobrium than a Dutch death lottery?
Our ethical columnist on why the Italian city should be left to sink beneath the waves.
A Russian academic in London asks why British commentators are so keen to find Russia itself guilty of the dissident's murder.
A new survey shows many men are reluctant to work with children in case people think they're secret paedophiles.
The international community’s multicultural solution in the Middle East has achieved the remarkable feat of making things worse.
The mayor's reorganisation of New York schools - and his attack on 'special interests' - reveals a lot about how politics is conducted today.
Academic and supposed dyslexic James Panton thinks the professor who describes dyslexia as a 'social fig leaf' for the middle classes has a point.
Bernard Kouchner poses as a rule-breaking rebel determined to save the wretched of the Earth. In fact his 'humanitarianism' is a recipe for mayhem.
By putting a fat butt-naked Beth Ditto on its front cover, the NME has ensured that she is better known for her curves than her music – just like Girls Aloud.
They pose as the chummy cohorts of mums and dads. Yet family liaison officers in British schools are undermining teachers and keeping a suspicious eye on parents.
Sadhavi Sharma reports from Bombay where thousands of slum dwellers are being moved into gleaming new flats, and asks: why are greens so down on this inspiring initiative?
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor refused to turn up to his trial in The Hague this week, claiming the court was a sham. He has a point.
First they came for the lager-drinkers; now they're coming for champagne socialists. New Labour's battle against booze is heralding a new era of miserabilist puritanism.
Some lessons of the grammar school debacle for the state of post-Blair politics.
The bizarre squashed swastika that is the London 2012 Olympics logo perfectly captures the authorities' confusion about what the Games are for.
The 2005 summit was serenaded by pop stars and cheered by campaigners for cutting debt relief. So why is Africa still in an economic straitjacket?
Sabine Beppler-Spahl visits the protest camps at the G8 summit and finds the grungy protesters have a lot in common with the suited and booted world leaders.
Today's Tesco-bashers are a degenerate alliance of blue-blooded conservatives and cynical left-wingers. Their assaults should be resisted.
On global warming hot air and Time Out turning all Islamist: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
Did Liverpool fans really steal tickets from children at the Champions League Final? Unlikely, says Duleep Allirajah.
From the squawks of protest over the airing of Diana's dying moments to accusations at Anfield, why are we all so righteously offended?
Our ethical columnist on the dangers of driving for the planet and its people.
Channel 4's transformation of the 'nigger incident' on Big Brother into a moral parable for the viewing public is the really offensive thing.
Far from being in bad taste, the Channel 4 documentary about the paparazzi at Princess Diana's death scene brought home the importance of press freedom.
Call it ‘compassionate choice’, 'aid in dying' or whatever you want. But there’s no escaping the fact that legalised euthanasia would provide cultural approval for suicide.
A new report calls on parents to let their kids venture out unsupervised. That might be easier if scaremongering officials put a sock in it.
A new book shows how the international community undermined every legal principle in its desperate bid to convict the former Yugoslav leader.
The live launch of the spiked/Pfizer survey ‘What is the Greatest Innovation?’ took a critical look at the i-word - that buzzword of our age.
…the ivory trade?
From global warming alarmism dressed up as Geography to 'happiness teaching' through yoga: the classroom has been hijacked by zealous campaigners who care little for pedagogy.
Women in Britain are having more children. And for some green miserabilists that can only mean more mouths to feed and more carbon to clean up.
What will foreign policy be like under Gordon Brown, or David Cameron? Similar to what it was like under Blair: a desperate search for purpose overseas.
The G8 should be renamed the G9: the pompous U2 singer had a stately presence and an obscene amount of influence at the latest summit.
How We Are, a sweeping exhibition at the Tate that covers 170 years of photography, provides a snapshot of today's British identity crisis.
The only thing worse than the UK government’s conveyor-belt testing of schoolkids is the anti-testing argument that says exams are evil and children 'can't cope'.
Not another British paedophile panic? The unhealthy obsession with child sexual abuse should stop. Full stop.
Politicising the Olympics and Europe's unequal treatment of 'binge-drinkers': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
BBC2's Seven Ages of Rock reminded us how great metal was, before it merged with grunge and emo to become yet another outlet for teen angst.
The 22-year-old driving sensation has taken motor racing by storm. It's just a shame that it's such a deadly dull dud of a sport.
In the run-up to next week’s spiked debate on the ‘surveillance society’, speaker Dolan Cummings sorts fact from science-fiction.
Our ethical columnist on why these two new economic powers need to de-develop as soon as possible.
James Delingpole, author of a ‘guide to making lefty liberals history’, talks to spiked about greens, Glastonbury and his revolution-phobia.
Murder, rape, torture, gang warfare: the billboard headlines for local newspapers are an assault on the senses.
John Pilger's new film rightly slates US intervention - but its fawning over Chavez substitutes fantasy for political analysis.
How can there possibly be too many of us?
The proposal to enshrine a woman's 'right' to nurse in public is another attempt to spread the propagandistic message: 'breast is best'.
Some brief thoughts penned in sorrow upon hearing of the death of the foul-mouthed comedian.
Nathalie Rothschild asks why a drug that has no proven serious side-effects - except for making its users feel hung over - has attracted the ire of the anti-drug lobby.
Try to stay awake during this week’s EU summit, because the debate reveals a Euro elite united in its contempt for the continent’s peoples.
The Australian court that classified an unfavourable restaurant review as 'defamation' has dealt a blow to critical thinking.
Tristram Hunt is repeating an old scare story when he says the Estuary is 'beautiful, historic and doomed'. He's wrong on all three counts.
Hamas points the guns and Abbas appoints the governments. But it is the US and the EU that are determining the fate of the Palestinians.
Tomorrow night, Harrods, the Ritz, Buckingham Palace and millions of Londoners will be asked to take part in a mass ‘switch-off’ to save electricity. Don’t do it, says Josie Appleton.
Dave Eggers’ new non-fiction novel about a former child soldier is boring, bullying and besotted with its own moral probity.
Ignore the scaremongering of environmentalist writers and thinkers: China should be free to develop as it wishes.
The building behaviour of animals is fascinating (spiders can even weave webs in outer space!) But contrary to the claims of Gould and Gould, it's no feat of engineering, artistry or complex thinking.
Paul Mason's new book tells some scintillating stories of working-class resistance. Yet it ends up endorsing the anti-development prejudices of today's sourpuss greens.
In today’s Technology Wars, the techophobes of the New Left have emerged victorious over the technophiles of the Cold War era – and that is bad indeed for humanity.
Colin Wilson, one of the original Angry Young Men, talks to spiked about the time Kingsley Amis tried to kill him, glimpsing Marilyn Monroe's tits, and why he's so cocky.
A new batch of books on everyday life in Everytown – where literary types deign to mix with the natives – shows just how disconnected ‘they’ have become from ‘us’.
To complain about the ‘injustice’ done by humans to chickens – those cannibalistic balls of faeces and feathers – is to call into question the entire basis of human civilisation.
It is because secular intellectuals have lost their own belief in progress and liberation that they are turning venomously on those who retain a vision of the good society: the religious.
Rent-a-gob chairman Simon Jordan is certainly entertaining. If only he was as successful at generating points as he is column inches...
Our ethical columnist provides us with a 'scoop' on the pros and cons of eating our favourite dessert.
Honesty and an appreciation of banter: two things that Bernard Manning and Adrian Chiles have in common.
Why the EU is a dead weight around the neck of civilisation and the latest 'Rushdie affair': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
Glastonbury used to be about getting wasted to music. Now it's a heavily-policed, fenced-off, no-fun wet weekend for Devonshire tax advisers.
Why are so many commentators throwing their toys out of their prams over the right-on mums and dads who live in Park Slope, Brooklyn?
Meet the Ivy League professor and expert on forecasting who is challenging Al Gore to a $20,000 bet that he is wrong on global warming.
It's high time we had a frank inquiry into England's Abortion Act, which remains, on paper, one of the most restrictive in the Western world.
Why should cinemagoers have to endure the narcissistic display of endless opening credits? They're distracting, artistically unacceptable mood-killers.
The deputy leader may have made a u-turn on apologising for Iraq, but the real scandal is her claim that she was 'duped' into supporting the war.
Illiberal, miserly, curmudgeonly and a coward: under our new PM, things can only get bitter.
All those countless No Smoking signs make a fitting epitaph to the Blair years in British politics, and a signpost to the future.
Anyone can perform a step-over today. So why do we continue to treat Brazil with such reverence?
An Englishman goes north to see if the World Cup has fuelled Scottish wrath.
BBC2's Hunt for Britain’s Paedophiles was a sordid show.
'A surreal and frustrating experience….' The second World Cup instalment from our man in Japan.
People only invoke the 'Golden Age of television' sarcastically, to justify the rubbish that is broadcast today.
I don’t know whether it’s the intrinsic beauty of the music or the fact that it reminds me of my childhood, but somehow the them
Why US football fans are watching Spanish-speaking TV commentators go gaga over goals.
Why US football fans are watching Spanish-speaking TV commentators go gaga over goals.
A one-off tragedy is no reason to mark a product with a health warning.
Paddy Ashdown may have been a failed politician in Britain, but the former Lord of Bosnia now fancies himself as a free-floating colonialist who can fix the world's problems.
The people of Europe should have the ultimate say over any EU Treaty. Yet some of those calling for a referendum on the matter are driven by an anti-democratic impulse.
The UN's all-powerful climate change panel is no straightforward scientific body. It is a deeply political organisation that was born out of disenchantment with progress.
Floods as God's punishment and the Newspeak of 'Smokefree': read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
'I said I was going to be a Gunner for life', said Thierry Henry, and now he's gone. Gone to get his va-va-voom back in Barcelona.
With public smoking about to be banned, our ethical columnist suggests what should come next.
As a smoking ban comes into force in England, writers in Paris, Rome, Brisbane, New York, Stockholm and Ireland report on the impact of enforced stubbing-out across the globe.
A new batch of books on everyday life in Everytown shows just how disconnected ‘they’ have become from ‘us’.