While commentators speculate about a house price crash, it's the failure to build new homes that should worry us.
When policymakers use 'science' as a shortcut to solving society's problems, we need to be sceptical about science stories.
The government should give medical practitioners the tools to practice evidence-based medicine - and then leave them alone.
The diversion of arts funding to pay for the 2012 Olympics has caused uproar, and rightly so. But the art world has only itself to blame.
The daytime TV host is a smug, self-serving idiot - but the real problem is the widespread contempt for his audience.
Bars in London are telling customers to remove their hats - so the spy cameras can get a better look at them. Cheers!
Zack Snyder's film is 'comic-book' entertainment, but that is little excuse for its xenophobia, amorality and inaccuracy.
Just when we thought the knives were out for Tory leader David Cameron, talk of an election has rallied the troops - for now.
If George Osborne's plan to reform inheritance tax is the Tories' big idea, politics is dead and buried before the election campaign even begins.
Censoring photos of children, whether smoking or belly dancing naked, is damaging to artistic licence and our own freedom of thought.
The logical conclusion of the UK government's Every Child Matters agenda is to reduce parents to the role of 'partners' in child rearing.
When the Soviets put the first man-made satellite into space, 50 years ago today, the event launched an era of US self-doubt that continues to this day.
Conspiracy theories in high places, why blogs won't free Burma - read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
As the recent World Cup showed, women's football has a long way to go to match the men's game. The patronising coverage won't help.
Instead of resorting to cheap America-bashing, we should ask why Britain has failed to come up with a decent children's TV show since the 1980s.
Our ethical columnist on how we can make love while still loving the planet.
In outsourcing their authority to international institutions, governments bypass the democratic process and treat their publics as simpletons.
Anton Corbijn’s Control looks good. But it fails to capture the heart and soul of Joy Division, and the bleak-but-exciting era that forged them.
An interim report on the future of the National Health Service is based on a profound misunderstanding of Britain’s current ‘health crisis’.
Some snap thoughts on the UK election that didn’t snap in the night.
Video: In the first in a series of 'Battle Talks', Ceri Dingle of WORLDwrite says the idea that Africa is infected with political double-dealing is a load of 'corruptababble'.
The C4 documentary, China's Stolen Children, showed that there's a patronising streak in some of today's handwringing concern for Chinese kids.
Freedom of the press is a damn sight more important than royal privacy.
The slating of a British mother for asking doctors to give her disabled daughter a hysterectomy exposes today's deep distrust of parents.
The Mental Capacity Act replaces the freedom of doctors and carers to decide what's best for a patient with the clunking fist of legal decision-making.
Environmentalists are cagey about techno-fixes to climate change because berating mankind for its impact on nature is their raison d'être.
The live launch of the spiked/O2 online debate took a hard look at the impact of mobiles on the environment.
Food is a source of sustenance and pleasure, yet today's foodie miserabilists treat it as a potential poison.
The most striking thing about the Blackwater scandal is the American state’s readiness to share its means of coercion with others.
A retrospective at Tate Britain shows that, while critics have little time for the Turner Prize, the British public love it.
Our ethical columnist on why there is little difference between football and bear-baiting.
Support striking postal workers, and bugger the rugger buggers: read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
Neil Warnock is outspoken, competitive and loves winding up the opposition: he's the perfect manager for Palace.
Critiques of Hizb ut-Tahrir focus less on its dodgy politics than on its intellectualism. But what’s wrong with a devotion to the debate of ideas?
While appearing to be the ultimate experts on global warming, the UN's climate panel has actually distorted public discussion of the issue.
Al Gore, scaremonger-in-chief of the green lobby, is a fitting winner of a prize that's long mistaken fear-makers for peacemakers.
When is an error not an error? When it’s in a film designed to raise awareness about climate change and make us change our behaviour.
A stunt to put face masks on the unique Chinese figures at the British Museum shows up the childish nature of climate change activism.
Meet the rugby-playing student at a London university, forced to recant after sticking up an 'offensive' poster advertising an English Party.
If we’re not careful, claims that young people can’t cope with the ‘intense pressure’ of exams could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
At a debate in London, Martin Amis posed as the Dirty Harry of the Western liberal tradition, telling Islamic terrorists: ‘I want to be a target.’
Claims that the ‘obesity epidemic’ is as bad as climate change suggest that modern society is bingeing on scare stories.
The rise and fall without trace of another Liberal Democrat leader is symptomatic of our dried-up husk of a political system.
Look, if you want to know the history of Saudi Arabia, read a book. But if you want two hours of thrills, shoot-ups and car chases, watch The Kingdom.
The director of a new film about Africa explodes the myth that the continent is sick with corruption and needs the West to cure it.
We should ignore the warnings of the environmentalists and keep playing those itunes.
Battle Talk: Dominic Lawson, former editor of the Sunday Telegraph, on free speech, environmentalism and the death of ideology.
An illustrator argues that the cost of government funding - the loss of artistic independence - is too high a price to pay.
Defend the suburban wine drinkers, and don't zap the paparazzi - read Mick Hume's columns in The Times (London).
England's appearance in the Rugby World Cup final tomorrow has become another excuse for an outburst of class snobbery against football fans.
As commentators moan that BBC budget cuts will mean more re-runs, the new digi-channel 'Dave' reminds us why some shows are worth a second look.
Mice are beautiful creatures, says our ethical columnist. If anything, it's human beings that should be 'got rid of'.
It is striking the extent to which Bin Laden, celebrity terrorist of the MTV era, speaks through Western dummies rather than in his own voice.
The Channel 4 Dispatches documentary on late abortion and fetal pain was a gratuitous and confused mess.
Did you know that abortion is still formally illegal in the UK? Here's why the 1967 Abortion Act needs to be overhauled.
With anti-abortionists pushing 'scientific evidence' on fetal viability, it is time to restate the moral case for a woman's right to choose.
Why everyone is getting out of their box over the fact that some supermarket packaging can't be recycled?
From football to frisbee, school sport is being stripped of its competitive element and turned into a tool for social engineering.
Should the England Rugby Union team’s ‘manly tears’ and Lewis Hamilton’s politeness really make them ‘role models’?
The debate about the Lisbon Treaty - the European Constitution rehashed - reveals how divorced European leaders are from the European masses.
In turning James Watson into a pariah, Britain’s scientific community failed miserably in its responsibility to challenge unreason through open debate.
The convenor of the Manifesto Club calls for a New Deal for public debate: Stop hiding behind cries of 'offence!' and stand up for your beliefs.
The desire to belong has made atheism into its own religion. But non-belief is no basis for a group identity.
Battle Talk: James Delingpole, author of How to Be Right, on the petty miserabilism of Britain's killjoys-in-chief.
Our ethical columnist suggests that consumerism is a trick, not a treat.
Why should Third World farmers pay the price for the Soil Association’s ethical posturing on organic produce?
James Lovelock’s Gaia theory started life as an interesting scientific hypothesis. A new book shows that it has since morphed into a mystical creed that sees Mother Earth as vulnerable and humans as wicked.
In linking population growth in Africa with declining living standards, economist Gregory Clark presents poverty as a natural given rather than a product of manmade underdevelopment.
The Prussian master's brilliant analytical method in On War provides richer insights into the contemporary wars against terrorism than anything his glib critics have come up with.
In exposing the euthanasia lobby’s disregard for equality before the law, and for free will itself, Neil M Gorsuch has written the most important book yet on the ‘right to die’.
Far from being big, bold or original, Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine is shallow and simplistic, and reading it feels like being bored to death in a pub by refugees from the 1980s Left.
Why did so many leap to the conclusion that white lacrosse players at Duke University must have been guilty of gang-raping a black woman? This disturbing book reveals how political correctness led to a disastrous rush to judgement.
The latest publishing craze – rapid-consumption novels about women trying to conceive – is not quite the literary cup of hot chocolate that was provided by Bridget Jones and the other zany singletons of the Chick Lit era.
Authors whose books on terrorism have been ‘erased from the map’ by English libel actions - that is, effectively banned in the UK - tell British readers what they’re missing out on.
Walt and Mearsheimer are on to something when they say the invasion of Iraq was not in America’s national interest. But they’re way off the mark to claim that Israel and its agents orchestrated the war.
On the ninetieth anniversary, American journalist John Reed's pulsating first-hand account of the October Revolution remains a powerful antidote to our historical amnesia about what happened in Russia in 1917.
The British PM treats freedom as a stuffy British tradition, through which he might 'connect' with an atomised public. Thomas Jefferson he ain't.
The UK citizenship curriculum is authoritarian, undermines independent thinking and it won't solve the problem of political disengagement.
Concerned Christians, police with helmet-cams, greens monitoring our pumpkin waste… some scary figures will be out in force this week.
Chris Atkins, director of Taking Liberties, talks about freedom, fear and how the government is making us all ‘stand in the naughty corner’.
The seventh World Toilet Summit kicks off in New Delhi tomorrow, and its message is clear: people in the developing world need lavatories.
In claiming the UK is overpopulated by migrants, the Tory leader has shown himself to be a fully paid-up member of the New Malthusians.
Anti-arms protesters ask the war-mongering British government and our unelected queen to teach the Saudi king about rights and morality.
If an autocratic anachronism like King Abdullah didn’t exist, some human rights crusaders might need to invent him.