Praise for Britain’s new PM as he returns from his trip to the US is an exercise in fantasy politics.
The new 26,000-strong UN force being sent to the war-torn western province of Sudan is likely to stir up further tensions rather than deliver peace.
Some are happier promoting cannabis over booze, because dope pacifies its users rather than making them confident, cocksure and up for fun.
A British committee's shocking proposal to stamp a child's 'donor origins' on birth certificates reduces parenting to a basic biological function.
Celebrity sharks off Cornwall and 'Hugh Brown' in Washington - read Mick Hume's columns from The Times (London).
We've been inundated with suggestions that the floods are punishment for our wicked ways. But human ingenuity is the solution, not the problem.
The widow of Dr Spock – author of the Bible of parenting guides – says he'd be horrified by today's avalanche of advice for mums and dads.
Is it ethical to use sanitary towels?
In the battle between stopping copyright theft online and promoting the free exchange of ideas and images, there is more at stake than 'business models'.
On the 62nd anniversary of Hiroshima, read Mick Hume's essay on how the dropping of the A-bomb was the final act of a bitter race war in the Pacific.
In rejecting breastfeeding because she wants to work and enjoy sex, Katie Price has shown she is more liberated than the ‘militant lactivists’.
A new book encourages girls to knit, bake and make daisy chains. Emily Hill has a better idea: girls should use the book to make a bonfire.
Strict codes of conduct, bans on bad behaviour, no gambling or rowdiness: Nathalie Rothschild spent a day in Second Life and found it surprisingly stifling.
…before it spreads from Whitehall and Fleet St.
If New Labour is serious about making homes more affordable, then it should allow members of the public to buy land and build homes where they please.
The extinction of the Yangtze dolphin is a small price to pay for the transformation of the river into a source of work and energy for millions of people.
We all empathise with the mother of Stephen Lawrence. But we don’t have to respect her views on race, policing, Boris or anything else.
There was more to the ‘summer of love’ than zoning out, says a writer who spent it reading the NME and fumbling with girls.
Vetting is justified as an effort to keep perverts at arm's length. In truth, it encourages spying on everyday interactions between adults and kids.
Is it ethical to attend the Heathrow Climate Camp?
An outbreak of bio-insecurity, and Idealists Against Freedom - read Mick Hume's columns from The Times (London)
Clubs should be judged by their results on the pitch and their place in the League, not the alleged human rights records of their owners.
Media coverage of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been full of innuendo and even xenophobia. Except on one children's show.
Two new books offer striking insights into the suspicion of the public and fear of the future that underpins contemporary political analysis.
A new book suggests that it is politicians' own low horizons and scepticism about political change that leads to apathy amongst the masses.
Chasing the dragon, screwing prostitutes in a van, and why Coldplay are ‘utter middle-class shite’: the life and times of the late, great Tony Wilson.
Blaming Europe’s decline on the fertility rates of fecund immigrants misses the point that the continent is politically, not physically, exhausted.
Famed atheist Richard Dawkins’ latest TV attack on tarot-readers and the mystic-obsessed masses lets some far more dangerous irrationalists off the hook.
Why have the British media been silent about the Advertising Standards Authority’s damning judgement against the Save Darfur Coalition?
From toddlers' expressionism to giant slides at the Tate Modern: 'interactive art' is turning galleries into mindless playgrounds.
The cyber-scaremongers spreading silly stories about Nazis, criminals and weird loners lurking on Facebook should shut their faces.
The global crusade around missing Maddie seems more and more detached from the local police investigation in Portugal.
A new British government survey suggests that lots of us have an agnostic or atheist attitude to the cult of environmentalism.
There’s more to manmade flight than the spewing of CO2 molecules: flying is liberating and enlightening, and that’s why millions of us do it.
Doom-mongering placards, tangoing in tents, and smelly compost toilets (one for liquids, another for solids): welcome to the Climate Action Camp.
Elvis and Amy, Maddie and Amber Alerts - read Mick Hume's columns from The Times (London).
From Beckham's left foot to Rooney's hairline fracture: the injured metatarsal has become a metaphor for England's dashed sporting hopes.
It may be shot through with Little Englandism, but the double-headed chatshow is also diverse, comforting and catholic with a small 'c'.
Is direct action ethical?
A brilliant biography of Polish economist Henryk Grossman shows us the man – with silk white gloves and cane – behind the Marxist analysis.
Plain, nameless and seriously confused about his identity: Jason Bourne captures the cultural zeitgeist far better than Daniel Craig’s pomo Bond.
For years Western observers slammed China's 'red authoritarianism'. Yet today they positively cheer on its eco-authoritarianism.
Essay: Eco-ethics, with its rules about waste, water and energy-use, is a new brand of conservatism that is sucking the fun out of life.
The UK government's new restrictions on adverts for online casinos are an insult to the public.
Things are probably both better and worse than we are led to believe. PLUS: Why stock market jitters are 'contagious'.
Alexander Waugh’s Fathers and Sons, featuring Evelyn, Auberon, a gay scandal and bananas, is better than any misery memoir.
The BBC’s hospital soap has scrapped a storyline involving Islamic terrorists. And it’s not the first time it has allowed PC to get in the way of reality.
The furore over the decision not to deport the killer of a headmaster from the UK is being used to promote a dangerous idea: victims’ justice.
In a new Channel 4 series, the British Muslim boxer tries to whip six young reprobates into shape. It's Supernanny with the gloves off.
Roy Keane's fiery tirades are often on the money. But he's wrong to blame WAGs for footballers' reluctance to move to Sunderland.
While all eyes were on the greenies at Heathrow, landlords, pub-patrons and karaoke kings were marching against the smoking ban in Somerset.
Guardian columnist Lucy Mangan’s ‘essential guide to being a girl’ - full of lengthy sentences, stories about weeing and descriptions of infant genitalia - is untreated bilge.
In Michael Chabon’s brilliant Yiddish noir novel, Israel was never created, Jews are living on skid row in Alaska, and their potential Messiah is a heroin addict who’s just been shot.
Ecotourist jaunts might make green-leaning holidaymakers feel warm and moist, but they do little to help Third World communities. In fact, ecotourism is a trap for the world’s poor.
A brilliantly trenchant critique of the Democrats’ penchant for outsourcing canvassing to professionals-for-hire sheds light on why Kerry was blown away by Bush in 2004.
Free will and agency are not merely the creation of nerve endings in the human brain. So while neuroscience can tell us a lot, it does not hold the key to understanding human uniqueness.
It’s mere organic matter, a bundle of muscle that pumps blood around the body. So why throughout history has the heart been seen as the seat of all that is vital in human life?
Many of those fretting over the state of contemporary childhood, concerned that kids are passive, cooped up and sedentary, are motivated by naked nostalgia - sometimes even by snobbery.
Dan Hind’s defence of reason has much to recommend it. But his desire paternalistically to ‘enlighten’ the public rather than engage it in a battle of ideas belongs in the dark ages.
Despite what Robert Service says in his GCSE coursework book masquerading as an academic study, the longevity of communism had nothing to do with Russian breastmilk. It was the failures of capitalism that kept it alive.
Ignore the critics of economic growth who claim that prosperity makes us unhappy. We need to win the war against scarcity once and for all, so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of longer, healthier and wealthier lives.
Who would try to exploit the senseless murder of an 11-year-old to promote their agenda? Well…
A Ghanaian filmmaker who toured the UK with a documentary on debt relief was shocked to find so many Britons down on development.
Today's cheap critiques of the US military for its ‘friendly fire’ blunders in Iraq overlook Britain’s own disastrous history of killing its own.
The problem of waste in Britain is overstated - we should be more concerned with a modern outlook that treats humanity itself as disposable.
In No Kids, a work of populist misanthropy, Corinne Maier taps into Western culture’s guilty secret: rhetorically it celebrates kids; actually it fears and dislikes them.
Why is the planet-friendly Honda Civic not as popular as the celebs' favourite, the Toyota Prius? Because it looks too much like a normal car for narcissistic eco-drivers.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development may be right that the Chinese are sluggish on research and development. But the same is true of America and Europe.
The overblown scare about China’s lead-painted Big Birds and vinyl bibs has become a metaphor for Western fears about the ‘yellow peril’.
Ten years after Diana died, an emotionally-correct, victim-oriented Britain, bereft of real heroes, still clings to the princess.
The BBC’s new sitcom Outnumbered wasn’t edgy or awkward enough to be aired without a laughter track.
Sugarhouse, a British gangsta thriller about yoof, drugs and street life, is a cartoon-like portrayal of social inequality.
Our ethical columnist on the dangers of global communications.
Despite what Robert Service says, its longevity had nothing to do with Russian breastmilk. It was the failures of capitalism that kept it alive.