Guy Rundle reports from St Paul on the buzz about McCain’s promotion of creationist, gun-owner Sarah Palin.
Obama and McCain have remodelled themselves, and yet both remain hindered by low horizons and identity politics.
The Obama clique’s fear that their man will be killed by ‘rednecks with rifles’ reveals their almost aristocratic dislocation from the masses.
We were promised a fiery debate about the role of news in the modern world... but we got news bosses bickering over technical issues.
Having banned boozing on buses, now Boris is cynically exploiting fear of climate change. He is every bit Ken Livingstone’s heir.
Rising tensions with Russia show that there is no crisis so bad it cannot be made worse by the self-serving intervention of a Brown or Miliband.
Contrary to the government hysteria, being obese is not an indicator of ill-health, and it’s far from a death sentence.
The Advertising Standards Authorities’ censuring of a movie poster exposes its elite disdain for the dumb masses.
US officials’ overblown reaction to Gustav shows that the politics of worst-case thinking can seriously harm community safety and solidarity.
It’s a bit rich for a government that has screwed up the economy to fret about social atavism during a recession.
Comparing the credit crunch to postwar Britain reveals little about today’s economy, but a lot about our leaders.
The respectable media are outraged by Jade’s illness-as-publicity-stunt. Yet they’re the ones who made cancer a subject for public titillation.
The ‘coolest Scientologist in music’ may be pushing 40, but his new album is an innovative return to form.
Why Dame Helen Mirren is right about date rape and the law - read Mick Hume’s column this week in The Times (London).
It’s one of the great mysteries of our time: why players shine for their clubs but play like part-timers for England.
Forget indie and punk and their conformist ‘anti-establishment’ views. Heavy metal is the real music of rebellion.
The author of 1987’s The Truth About the AIDS Panic welcomes two new whistleblowing texts on the opportunism of the AIDS industry.
She’s neither evil incarnate nor the saviour of the Republicans, but an opportunist who plays the ‘hockey mom’ lifestyle card.
In their reaction to Palin, Republicans and Democrats seemed to be worlds apart - and that’s because they are.
Why our ethical columnist has no time for the gun-toting, pro-life wannabe VP.
In our era of lifestyle politics, the PC moral crusade against Palin exposes the cosmopolitan elite’s contempt for the common people.
The internet has exposed a spiked writer’s role in determining the direction of the US election. Or has it…?
20 years ago Kevin Rooney was defacing loyalist murals. So why is he now concerned that the authorities are removing them?
The army of unpaid conscripts who look after their grandkids is growing – but they don’t need a rulebook to manage their childcare affairs.
A leaked briefing reveals why officials think they lost the Irish referendum: because there’s ‘too much’ press freedom.
It’s fitting that the scaremonger Caroline Lucas has been elected first leader of the doom-obsessed Green Party.
The Balanced Migration group moans that Britain will need seven new cities to cope with an influx of immigrants. Well, let’s start building then.
After policing how we shop, holiday and dispose of waste, now environmental bigwigs want to turn us into eco-veggies.
We could challenge the food crisis by calling on governments to remove the bizarre barriers to producing more food.
Ignore those who complain that the collider experiment won’t have tangible benefits. Not every good can be measured. Plus photos.
The financial crisis and the reactions to it show that capitalism today is risk-averse and state-nursed rather than recklessly ‘neo-liberal’.
To allow sloppy spelling would be a cue for sloppy thinking. Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).
... is that the epithet ‘massive club’ is used by lazy journalists and desperate fans to describe success-starved teams.
Tania Head, who achieved fame posing as a survivor of 9/11, grasped the source of modern celebrity: victimhood.
Our ethical columnist gets all misty-eyed at the thought of eco-warriors pulling the plug on Britain's power industry.
Frank Furedi welcomes a new guide to morality for ‘grown-up idealists’, which reminds us how important is human reason in shaping the future.
Turning sections of the Caucasus into international protectorates will not deliver anything like democracy.
Critics have watched Guy Ritchie’s latest gangster movie and asked: ‘Is he taking the piss?’ Er, yes, he is.
The Greenpeace activists acquitted of criminal damage are not true protesters: they are part of a new caste of agitated bourgeois insiders.
It started out as a joke, but now the question of who polar bears would vote for in the US election is getting serious.
Whether lecturing parents or exaggerating security threats, both Obama and McCain see Americans as helpless victims.
The crisis on Wall Street shows that a risk-averse outlook - not foolish financiers - is the biggest threat to the economy.
Beneath the startling headlines, many of the explanations for the troubles at Lehman Brothers and AIG are sub-prime.
A new campaign to tackle ‘ignorance’ about mental health issues among the young pathologises being a teenager.
The ‘plot’ to overthrow UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown appears even more gutless than the one he staged against Tony Blair.
The Royal Society’s cowardly decision to force out its education director shows its inability to defend science.
While a new census reveals that US whites will be a minority by 2042, a dominant cultural majority has long been lacking.
Allowing everyone to vet their neighbours and partners won’t save children from abuse, but it will have a poisonous effect on community life.
Korean director Hong-Jin Na’s debut is a dark and deadly delight where the overwhelming theme is impotence.
...of politicians who don’t know who we are or what they stand for. Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).
Newcastle United and their fans are touted as a nation apart, but in truth they're the same as everyone else.
UKTV History shows that commercial channels can provide enlightening programming, too.
A new book smashes the myths shrouding Kafka, and allows us to appreciate his works anew.
Christopher Shinn, the writer of new political play Now or Later, explains how campus censorship strangles debate.
Despite the demise of holiday firm XL and money troubles at Alitalia, the desire to travel remains as strong as ever.
In his new book, Ben Goldacre takes a welcome swipe at quackery, but misses the wider abuse of science for political ends.
The emergence of a market in carbon emission rights shows that there is big money to be made from trading in hot air.
Tim Berners-Lee’s new group aims for a ‘free and open’ web, but the idea of ‘rating’ content would close down discussion.
Does the current economic turmoil really offer New Labour prime minister Gordon Brown his best hope of survival? Don’t bet on it.
The UK government’s list of nine types of heavy drinker is based less on scientific research than puritan zeal.
A recent BBC series showed how dubious scientific conclusions are weapons in the politicised debate over global warming.
While the existence of homicidal lunatics, like Finnish gunman Maati Saari, is nothing new, the wider cultural resonance of their actions is.
Health authorities and food campaigners have pursued their pet projects by promoting scare stories about children’s health.
The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas is just the latest example of the Final Solution being reduced to a trite morality tale.
The turmoil in the financial markets has become a real economic downturn because of the fearful and incoherent response of the political elite.
Boo to all that Euro-ballyhoo about the Ryder Cup. Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London).
Unjust refereeing decisions, such as Reading’s now infamous goal that wasn’t, are a vital part of a football fan’s life.
He used to be a sleazy hack, but the former Mirror editor’s honest interviewing style is a breath of fresh air.
A new ‘protesters’ handbook’ is about as rebellious as the newspaper that published it: the Guardian.
A reporter for the Londoner’s Diary tried to stay awake at the Miserabilist And Miliband Show at the Labour conference.
Despite the hype, round one of the televised presidential debates lacked vision or even a verbal punch-up.
In her new column, Wendy Kaminer says the hockey mom has come to bury liberal feminism… and Hillary Clinton provided her with the shovel.
The bailout debacle exposes indirection, immaturity and indiscipline in the heart of DC.
The attacks on the greed and thievery of bankers is anti-capitalism at its most shallow.
The most remarkable thing about the crisis is the absence of any serious critique of capitalism or debate about where our society is heading.