Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on why a 50-year-old Alan Sillitoe novel is far superior to today's grimy TV soaps.
With Des O’Connor and Carol Vorderman departing, the end is nigh for Channel 4’s words and numbers quiz.
Saturday's welterweight title fight exemplified the joy and brutality of the sport - and why it must not be banned.
A fascinating new book argues that Americans are forming separatist ‘lifestyle tribes’. How did this happen – and how can it be challenged?
The fate of Barry George shows that the sort of public mourning unleashed by Jill Dando’s death has a dark, vengeful side.
The British Museum’s new exhibition is fascinating in its own right - so let's stop trying to make it so achingly now.
Commentators’ glee at the closure of 700 coffee shops, and the loss of more than 12,000 jobs, exposes the inhumanity of anti-globalisation.
Yesterday’s massacre of Chinese police officers highlights the dangers behind the international politicisation of the Olympics.
A new UK parliamentary report says the internet must be regulated to protect children - even though there’s no proof they are being harmed.
New Labour’s power struggle looks like medieval-style infighting between courtly cliques, from which we peasants are excluded.
The ‘climate campers’ pose as radical – yet their disdain for consumerism and love of sustainability makes them little different to Gordon Brown.
A new heist-style docudrama about a Frenchman who crossed a tightrope between the Twin Towers is a spellbinding tribute to risky living.
Today is Playday, a celebration of children’s ‘right to play’ - and an ideal time to have a kickabout with the culture of fear that imprisons our kids.
Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on why he refused to let his child be weighed by the UK government’s health police.
Alongside the election and the credit crunch, the endless policing of personal behaviour should be a Big Story in America.
The killjoy, censorious politicians calling on the BBFC to give the scary new Batman film a 15 certificate should grow some cojones.
Fifty years on, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – a tale of boozing, womanising, resilience and aspiration – seems more uplifting than ever.
Our ethical columnist discusses the Beijing Olympics
The arrest of four Free Tibet protesters in Beijing shows that Tibet still fulfills the fantasies of posh, disillusioned Westerners.
The Games have thrown up scores of incredible performances, political spats and glorious characters. Here's our pick of the best.
The assault on China even for its ‘gold medal culture’ exposes the mad mix of moral disdain and moral relativism behind China-bashing.
Why have free marketeers joined greens and ‘anti-capitalists’ in arguing that economic growth is a bad thing?
The push for new laws to allow guns on campus is built on the same irrational panic that fuels the campaign for gun controls.
The black-and-white reading of the horrific violence in South Ossetia overlooks the role of the ‘war on terror’ in destabilising the region.
Kids are being re-educated to become moaning little Maoists forcing their ignorant mums and dads to ‘go green’.
Whether we’re drinking or fornicating, why are we always being told to ‘stop, think, proceed with caution’?
The idea that we shuold except student’s spelling misstakes as merely ‘variant spellings’ speaks to the denigration of Trooth in education.
Ignore the shrill headlines about badly-behaved British tourists: the overwhelming majority have a great time overseas.
The silly-season resurrection of the McCann tragedy shows that this was always a cynical, elite-scripted drama.
Far from being radical, the attacks on France for its role in the 1994 war are designed to whitewash Western intervention more broadly.
Why are some men getting stiff with rage over the sale of women’s sex toys in Sweden’s state-run pharmacies?
A report on the lively, frequently passionate debate about medicine organised by spiked and Wellcome Collection.
The sporting festival has long been viewed through the political mood of the moment, from the age of empire to the politics of fear today.
The threat to artistic freedom comes not from Islamists but from an invertebrate cultural elite: read Mick Hume in The Times.
BBC3 has given us yet another helping of mechanically-generated TV designed to scare us about what we eat.
The first week of the Olympics is little more than a series of warm-up exercises before the real thing: track and field.
A new book on scary shills whitewashes the intellectual failures of the left, and shirks the task of putting forward a political alternative.
After Georgia: Far from ‘defending democracy’, Saakashvili and his backers have robbed Georgians of any real say over their fate.
After Georgia: The crisis in the Caucasus reveals the West’s Cold War-era peace-keeping alliance as a force of instability and division today.
After Georgia: In an era of juvenile diplomacy and patternless foreign policy, Cold War talk can easily become Hot War horrors.
Ignore the ignoramuses who say table tennis isn’t a real Olympic sport and behold Wang Hao: the greatest Olympian of 2008.
David Lammy’s ‘explanation’ for the teenage stabbings in London is a pointed attack on aspiration and prosperity.
The author of a report launched today calls for an end to the state control of public drinking. PLUS: Exclusive extract from a new study on the pub.
Spanish athletes have been slated for mocking the Chinese. So why is it okay for Free Tibet activists to peddle slitty-eyed prejudices?
With his over-emotional, fact-lite insistence that GM is ‘destroying everything!’, Charles echoes his unfortunate ancestor George III.
The British government is exploiting the odious Gary Glitter to smash freedom of movement and hector governments in the Third World.
Designers who focus on producing only meek and sustainable things are denying their own creativity and impact on the world.
A law that criminalises death by careless driving is New Labour’s ‘Dangerous Dogs moment’: desperate, crude, illiberal.
Christine Ohuruogu’s gold medal in the Olympic 400m is a victory over grey-faced, doping-obsessed bureaucrats.
The demand that we should be ‘water wise’ shines a light on what lies behind the politics of environmentalism: shame at our existence.
Ignore Jeremy Paxman’s attack on Robert Burns for being sentimental. The Scottish Bard was a fine, humanist poet.
Michael Phelps’ medal haul is nothing to be sniffed at, but there’s more to greatness than the quantity of golds.
With no nationalism, and sportsmen too tired to blab in interviews, horse-racing beats Beijing hands down.
Why obese children are a heavy burden for Gaia to bear - and why they must be kept away from their resource-guzzling parents.
Like a magician wriggling free from a straitjacket, Sinn Fein ditched universalism and reinvented itself as a party of victimhood.
Yesterday’s ‘provocation picnic’ in Hyde Park was a protest against officialdom’s bizarre bans on public boozing.
When it comes to using animals in research, the only moral judgement should be: does it benefit humankind?
The creator of the world's first rotating skyscraper talks to spiked about changing the Dubai skyline and challenging post-9/11 gloom.
Guy Rundle reports from Denver on why the party is ignoring the working class: anything else would mean backing up the rhetoric with real change.
What Beijing’s opening ceremony and London’s handover ceremony reveal about China and Britain. PLUS: Londoners gear up for 2012.
In using England's archaic libel laws to have books pulped, the former free speech martyr puts himself in the same camp as censorious mullahs.
With the Games over, British bigwigs can return to other sports, like moaning about 2012 and sneering about football.
It was a bit much to watch the creator of hundreds of TV victims posing as an ersatz ‘Holocaust victim’ on BBC1.
Our ethical columnist explains the proper way to wipe away the damage we inflict on the planet.
Far from the Russian Bear reasserting its Great Power, its foreign policy, like Britain and America’s, is uncertain and erratic.
Attacks on Russia for recognising breakaway regions in Georgia are riddled with hypocrisy: Moscow is playing a game invented by the West.
Ma Jian’s gripping novel about Tiananmen Square, told from the point of view of a comatose, injured protester, vividly captures the years of slow-motion blackout that followed the government crackdown in 1989.
Charles Leadbeater tries to convince a sceptical Martyn Perks about the positive powers of 'we think' and how unleashing the creative potential of ambitious individuals could potentially overhaul society.
Terror and Consent has been hailed as a profound treatise on terrorism. In truth, it rehashes the paranoia and authoritarianism of the ‘war on terror’ and writes off anyone who dares to disagree with its thesis.
Paul Roberts launches some astute attacks on the system of global food production. But in the end, his partial criticisms and doom-laden outlook leave him choking on pessimism.
Michael Bull argues that the wearing of iPods signals the emergence of a new self, one that is cut off from 'chilly' urban landscapes. Perhaps. But that is not the whole story.
Robert Reich has written a fairly sophisticated critique of contemporary capitalism. Yet he manages to twist his assault on big business into a demand that the masses should accept a cut in their living standards.
In deriding mass party politics, attacking mums who use disposable nappies and slagging off thick cab drivers, a new ‘protesters’ handbook’ is about as rebellious as the newspaper that published it: the Guardian.
Excavating Kafka, a brilliant work of iconoclasm by James Hawes, picks apart the trendy morbid myths surrounding Franz Kafka, and allows us to behold the man – the real man – and appreciate his works anew.
Susan Neiman’s fascinating new book, a guide to morality for grown-up idealists, reminds us of the importance of human reason in resolving the age-old philosophical tension between what ‘is’ and what ‘ought to be’.
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, author of 1987’s The Truth About the AIDS Panic, says it is a shame that AIDS insiders did not expose the myths and opportunism of the AIDS industry earlier. But still, better late than never.