Why the birth of octuplets in California so speedily turned from a good news story into a finger-wagging morality tale.
We should roundly reject the new UK report which argues that time-stretched parents are producing damaged children.
In arguing that it’s wrong to have too many kids, Jonathon Porritt has joined the eco-misanthropes who want to reduce human numbers.
The head of the Community Security Trust responds to Frank Furedi’s essay on 21st-century anti-Jewish sentiment.
The latest celebrity-fronted awareness campaign conflates everyday emotional turmoil with serious mental ill-health.
The demand that an ancient skeleton should be taken out of Avebury museum and buried shows the dangers of officialdom’s ‘cultural sensitivity’.
There’s one major problem with the authorities’ obsessive focus on making us lose weight and shape up: it doesn’t work.
So what if Peter Morgan plays loose with the facts? He has produced that rare thing: a thrilling political drama.
The walkouts over foreign workers are neither evidence of a wave of xenophobia nor a re-emergence of trade union militancy.
Why has there been such gobsmacking conformity on the authorities’ bizarre demonising of the white stuff?
In backing the suspension of a nurse who offered to pray for her patients, New Atheists have become the new inquisitors.
The cyclists, tennis players and footballers taking a stand against the authoritarian, Kafkaesque anti-doping regime deserve our support.
Jerker Jansson, Sweden’s Thinking Chef, cooks a lamb stew while lamenting the death of radicalism and solidarity.
We should praise that pesky advert for Tic Tacs: it saved the nation from the agony of the Everton-Liverpool game.
It’s a nice little earner for Shane Richie, but the remake of the Eighties favourite takes a few ‘diabolical liberties’.
A recession could be good for us? The last time austerity ruled Britain, it increased ill-health and authoritarianism and dented community spirit.
The president of the National Secular Society responds to Nathalie Rothschild’s article on the suspended Christian nurse.
The term ‘trafficking’ depoliticises the debate about immigration and makes everyone into a pathetic victim.
Is it true that the war in Gaza has heightened community tensions here in Britain? PLUS: Brendan O’Neill on ‘Muslim anger’.
Sadhvi Sharma reports from Bombay on the reality of the slums that Prince Charles hailed as paragons of community life.
Guy Rundle asks if the fraying and isolation of communities in Victoria worsened the impact of the ferocious flames.
The latest shocking revelations about Dr Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 Lancet paper suggest there was more to it than skewed science.
What is Britain’s new vision for housing? Bribing council tenants to move into smaller properties to ‘make room’ for others.
With its lemon-sucking overacting and lack of flair, Doubt misses an opportunity for high Catholic melodrama.
Free speech controversies involving Prince Harry, Carol Thatcher and Jeremy Clarkson show the new thought police are in danger of running riot.
Joel Cohen reports from Israel on an election in which debate about policy came a poor second to pre-pubescent bickering.
The Israeli elections confirm the death of grand Zionist visions and the rise of new forms of fearful separatism.
Everyone’s enjoying the two-minute hate against greedy bankers, but it is obscuring a proper, truthful understanding of the recession.
Gus Van Sant’s praising biopic captures the pioneering gay politician’s skillful mix of idealism and pragmatism.
As Liverpool fans recently proved, throwing objects on to the pitch is part of a rich tradition of terrace humour.
The UK government’s insistence on classing Ecstasy alongside heroin exposes the limits to its ‘evidence-based’ approach.
Blaming selfish bankers, bridge-playing CEOs and greedy consumers for the downturn overlooks the larger systemic forces at work.
Foreign secretary David Miliband’s use of the ‘fire in a theatre’ argument against Geert Wilders was ahistoric and illiberal.
The Geert Wilders affair exposes an elite more interested in battling imaginary Islamofascists or Islamophobes than having an enlightened debate.
Written at the start of the 1960s, Revolutionary Road – now turned into a film – foresaw the decade’s decline
Anti-smoking activists are now comparing their critics to Holocaust deniers. It is a vile attempt to shut down debate.
With so many shrill studies telling us that parents are selfish and uncaring, is it any wonder some children might feel a little insecure?
The co-founder of Modern Movement explains why they’re holding a pro-flight demo in London on Thursday.
PHOTO ESSAY: In defiance of a law making it a potential crime to photograph police, spiked went cop-snapping in London.
Why President Obama’s $787 billion recovery package won’t fire up the US economy — and might even make things worse in the long term.
The megalomania of James Hansen of NASA shows how ‘climate expertise’ can undermine democracy.
An academic who specialises in anti-Semitism responds to Frank Furedi’s essay on 21st-century anti-Jewish sentiment.
Laws ostensibly designed to protect children online are being used to punish them for sexual shenanigans or for ‘harassing’ their teachers.
Amish communities are often depicted as a monolithic ‘Other’ to modern society, but the truth is far more complex.
Abramovich’s sacking of yet another Chelsea manager once again emphasised the folly of dumping Jose Mourinho.
The controversial play England People Very Nice might be bawdily irreverent, but it ultimately conforms to Hampstead Liberal piety.
Media commissioners love Russell Brand because they think he’s the perfect combo of prole edginess and intellectual wit. Only he isn’t.
Manick Govinda attacks government restrictions on the unfettered movement of artists into Britain.
The ‘vaccine court’ in the United States, and its excellent expert witnesses, have finally slain and buried MMR junk science.
Commentators are made uncomfortable by Jade Goody because she’s a product of the degenerate celebrity culture that they helped to institute.
A website designed to show the government offering ‘Real Help Now’ for the economy is an exercise in blame-avoidance.
In order for the economy to recover and thrive, we need a revolution in political thinking and some serious risk-taking.
There is seemingly no financial crisis so bad that it cannot be made potentially worse by the prime minister’s intervention.
Ben Pile talks to a member of the UK Climate Change Committee — and to one of its staunchest critics.
Film classifiers’ fear that they might be turned on by porn if made to watch it alone reveals their elitist prudishness.
Officials want us to observe a ‘carbon fast’. It’s further evidence that environmentalism is about managing human behaviour rather than nature.
Brought up by parents who listened to Fairport Convention, I've always been suspicious of folk - until I heard Ranger3.
As two BBC documentaries revealed this week, we really need those 40 winks; without them, we'd go mad.
A new report from the World Cancer Research Fund recycles some highly dubious claims about our waistlines and health.
I’m opposed to the Iraq war and to Jack Straw. But he has a point when he says that not all Cabinet minutes should be published.
Universities need to remember what they are there for: to provide students with the intellectual tools to understand the world, not to provide a platform for the partial interests of academics.
A new collection of thought-provoking essays challenges the idea that communities are falling apart, and puts the case for less official interference in public space.
Helene Guldberg, author of Reclaiming Childhood, tells Jane Sandeman about the instincts that encouraged her to investigate the parenting panic, and why her book has caused such a stir.
Instead of lecturing fathers about ‘doing their bit’, politicians would do better to understand the messy and complex reality of contemporary parenting.
Simon Sebag Montefiore officially loathes the subject of his book, Joseph Stalin. Yet secretly, he also seems to find him – and the early revolutionary events he was involved in – entrancing and magnetic.
In labelling Churchill as ‘ape-like’ and claiming that Timothy McVeigh was driven by ‘primate’ instincts, the authors of Sex and War hope to prove that war is an evolutionary trait. Their thesis is mind-blowingly dumb.
Cosmo Landesman’s hilarious and compassionate memoir of growing up in a fame-obsessed, hippy household reveals more about celebrity culture than many a sociological tract.
A thorough and absorbing account of how Richard Nixon took advantage of shifting political dynamics in the 1960s sheds new light on that era, and also on American politics today.
Energise!, a brilliant manual for humanist futurologists, eschews the green ideology of misanthropy and restraint and instead puts the case for more human action to solve a human-made problem.
What sets Denis Dutton’s lucid The Art Instinct apart from other books is not his attempt to use Charles Darwin to explain our cultural needs, but his insistence on both art’s universality and necessity.