Sadhvi Sharma reports from the streets and stations of a city that remains resilient in the face of ‘hair-raising experiences’.
Claims that the attacks represent a new form of ‘Fourth Generation Warfare’ are infused with historical amnesia and fearmongering.
A year ago, Scottish health chiefs boasted that the smoking ban had cut heart-attack rates. It was a load of hot air.
The proposed ban on pub ‘happy hours’ is a metaphor for the government’s miserabilist disgust with fun.
The attempt to punish utterances of the F-word and the S-word on American TV exposes the arbitrary and patronising nature of censorship.
The idea that more Down’s syndrome births show that Britain has become more ‘caring’ is severely misleading.
The UK's new climate change plan suggests we make considerable sacrifices for little practical benefit.
It is not going too far to compare the arrest of Damian Green with King Charles I’s war-provoking arrest of five members of parliament in 1642.
From the Diggers’ lunacy to Cromwell’s moral emptiness, the aim of TV drama The Devil’s Whore is never less than true.
Something’s missing from this new film starring an award-tipped Angelina Jolie – and it’s not just a boy called Walter.
If the killing of Baby P wasn’t awful enough, now his death is being used to institute a new era of familial fear and spying.
The author of Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion exposes the powerful quackery movement offering dodgy ‘cures’ for autism.
By reorganising our lives around suspicion and the fear of crime, design can leave us feeling insecure - and less free.
As the BBC’s recent Horizon programme proves, challenging, thought-provoking TV just needs a little time.
The football phone-in show has provided the ideal showcase for that most tedious of species: the professional whinger.
Former Enron lawyer turned climate change sceptic Christopher Horner tells spiked that scaring people green has become big business.
Dominic Standish reports from Venice on how residents and visitors coped with the highest floods in 20 years.
What Karen Matthews did to her daughter is obscene. So is the implication that such cruelty is widespread in ‘feral Britain’.
The author of a new EU Phrasebook, launched in Brussels today, analyses European leaders’ utter inability to understand the word ‘No’.
The recall of Irish pork products exposes the opportunism and hysteria of Ireland and Britain’s food standards bodies.
Posh Plane Stupid insists that it is not picking on poor people. So why is it so madly obsessed with cheap flights?
Now that he’s lined up a conservative cabinet, Obama’s supporters are in disbelief and denial.
The champions of mandatory filtering are not Australia’s Christian Right but its PC, feministic, leftish elite.
Rudd has been rattled by the Angry Geek brigade, which has launched an online war to defend free speech.
Kevin Rudd’s Labor government is pushing through a mandatory internet filtering system that rivals China’s severe online censorship.
There's no evidence that children will be tempted to smoke by seeing cigarette packs on the shelf in their local corner shop.
In the age of euthanasia, politics has become less about pursuing the Good Life than ensuring a Good Death.
Televising an assisted suicide was perverse, but unsurprising given our culture’s obsession with the dark side of life.
Many see the riots as a simple response to the credit crunch. In truth they expose Greece’s deep and historic crisis of legitimacy.
Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on the Lily-ban’s hijack of Stansted airport protests.
Remixed with an eco-twist and a slice of Gore, a new version of The Day the Earth Stood Still popularises human-hating.
A new documentary about the greatest fight ever shows that Joe Frazier suffered most from Ali's verbal punches.
Kenan Malik discusses the multiculturalism, political conflict and liberal cowardice that defined the Rushdie Affair and its legacy.
The Pill gives women control over their bodies, time and sex lives. Getting hold of it should be made much easier.
The government’s review of primary education is about training children to conform to political pieties.
In Britain’s ‘new vision’ for primary education, adults are reduced to the mere flatterers of techno-savvy kids. It’s a recipe for ignorance.
Mancunians have struck a blow against the politics of behaviour and blackmail by shunning the congestion charge.
The shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes reveals the chaos within the institutions of the British state.
Society's inability to make sense of the downturn is hampering what we really need: a major public debate about the economy.
The ‘doctor-turned-terrorist’ has convinced many that it’s too easy for foreigners to join the NHS. In fact, it’s too hard.
The global reaction to the shoe-throwing incident in Iraq is a shoe-in for the most bizarre debate of 2008.
On a trip to Israel and the West Bank, Mick Hume sees the ‘two-state solution’ already leading to a new partition between Israelis and Palestinians.
The author of a new book on geography teaching says the subject should not be exploited to forcefeed kids ‘values’.
Mums and dads should trust their own judgments more, and resist the tyranny of the new ‘science of parenting’.
In presenting the artist and aborigines as natural aristocrats who rise above ‘common cruelty’, Australia turns history into a moral fable.
Only grey-haired music-press bores and Boris Johnson think this daughter of privilege is the spokesperson for my generation.
We should chill out about football fans shouting abuse at their own players: it’s only pointless pantomime.
Multi-channel, multi-platform TV limits moments of shared viewing - and the need for someone to write about them.
From ancient Rome to 9/11, jokes have long been a way for humans to fart in the face of conventional logic, expectation and morality.
Concern that Christmas is anything from too religious to too commercial exposes America’s troubled soul.
Climate change will be a central part of government agendas in 2009 - and a rich source of diplomatic squabbles, too.
Animal Aid has attacked the nauseating fashion for sending goats and dung to Africans at Christmas - but for all the wrong reasons.
Forget ‘going ethical’ by buying overexpensive organic gifts you can’t afford. Be moral this year instead.
Across musical genres – from hip-hop to nu-folk, from rock to soul – this year was never short of tuneful delights.
At the fag end of 2008, two experts look back at puffed-up claims about smoking bans and the ‘obesity epidemic’.
In 2008, movie misanthropy went mainstream, but we had uplifting films about Russian scum and tightrope walkers.
Let’s put into perspective the mad panics – from melting ice to Olympian smog – that made the news in 2008.
From Delia Smith to the ‘Obamabots’, from polar bears to John Maynard Keynes, meet our heroes and villains of the year.
Alastair Campbell’s first novel offers an intriguing peep into New Labour’s view of the human condition: a world in which fucked-up lunatics and victims are governed by other fucked-up lunatics and victims.
‘Libertarian paternalism’ represents a retreat from political debate, and the rise of a base psychological agenda that wants to make us conform on green, health and lifestyle issues.
A new book on the politics of official apologies takes them too much at face value. These are not sincere attempts to amend past wrongs, but public performances of emotional literacy by our isolated leaders.
The same qualities that made Harold Pinter one of the great dramatists – free association, non-sequiturs, jarring juxtapositions, unreliable recollections – also made him a bad political activist.
As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 60, many seem unsure whether to criticise Western governments for breaching it or to urge them to enforce it. The end result is that our understanding of rights has become degraded.
Through vivid explorations of tears, snot, earwax and blushing, Ray Tallis’ brilliant new book shows us that ‘being human’ is not a simple stimulus-response thing – it is shaped by history, thought, time and space.
It’s high time we reclaimed and celebrated this gleeful scheming propagandist and rabble-rouser of the first order, without whom the American Revolution might not have occurred.
They’re self-important and ironic. They love organic food, Tibet and Noam Chomsky. They loathe corporations, their parents and Fox News. Christian Lander tells Nathalie Rothschild about the rise and rise of ‘white people’.
The arch revisionist of Irish history is now denounced as an intellectual eccentric. Yet his misanthropic vision governs modern Ireland; he was the Grandfather of the Peace Process.
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, author of Defeating Autism, talks to Helene Guldberg about how raising a child with autism can be made infinitely harder – emotionally, financially and practically – by the charlatanic ‘war on autism’.