As Jade Goody’s slow death in public shows, dying is celebrated as one of the few things that still seems to unite us.
Saturday’s gathering of ‘freedom fighters’ was a welcome start, but it raised as many problems as solutions.
Reactions to the untimely death of the Tory leader’s young son reveal much about the problems with the media and politics today.
Why was a flimsy study apparently showing a link between booze and breast cancer so uncritically accepted?
The Scottish proposals to eradicate cheap alcohol are coercive attempts to control our choices and behaviour.
Incapable of having an honest debate about the economy, New Labour witch-hunts bankers instead. PLUS: Sean Collins on the politics of pay.
Hysterical claims that we have only 93 months to ‘save our climate’ are based on ignorance of human ingenuity.
The author of Cyburbia says recent wars in the Middle East show that techno-savviness is no substitute for purpose.
Ahead of a conference on the psychology of climate change denial, Brendan O’Neill says green authoritarians are treating debate as a disorder.
Irish people are angry about the recession, but there's little evidence that the land of green is turning red.
The new French film The Class offers some profound insights into the crisis of legitimacy of the Fifth Republic.
The elite protest against today’s Israel Day of Science in London is built on double standards and a deep disdain for academic freedom.
It is fitting that this soulless Brad Pitt vehicle won gongs for visual effects and make-up but nothing for acting, story, direction.
Channel 4’s Supersize vs Superskinny turns both fat and thin people into freakshow-style figures of horror.
Since their World Cup win in 2003, the England rugby team has become one of the dirtiest, most tedious in the world.
A study of how Richard Nixon exploited the Culture Wars in the 1960s sheds new light on his political era - and on the Obama era, too.
Watch out: the recession could turn you into a fat fascist wife-beater with anger-control issues. Allegedly.
The therapeutic elite has slyly shifted from blaming wealth to blaming poverty for our alleged mental instability.
The UK government’s offer of free therapy to victims of the slump turns a socioeconomic crisis into a mental health issue.
Boris Johnson’s proposal of an ‘earned amnesty’ for illegal immigrants sounds progressive. Until you read the small print.
Obama’s extension of federal funding to stem-cell research is good news. But Bush was not the only barrier to progress.
The attacks in Northern Ireland are not a rerun of the past but rather an Irish variant of the inchoate terrorism of the twenty-first century.
The insistence that all parties clearly and continually condemn the splinter IRA attacks reveals much about the peace process.
Declan Ganley, hated by the Irish elite for opposing the Lisbon Treaty, makes some good points about democracy.
The furore over Julie Myerson’s book about her drug-using son marks a downward spiral from childhood misery memoirs to misery mum-oir.
It is not the Real or Continuity IRA that is plunging Northern Ireland back into the past. It is the ‘peace process’.
Germany has some of the tightest gun controls in the world, but that didn’t stop yesterday’s school shooting.
Predictably, the ICC’s arrest warrant for Sudan’s president has created a backlash against aid workers and crippled hopes of an end to war.
Zack Snyder's big-screen version of the graphic novel comes with baggage: cultish fans who could make or break the movie.
Andrew Marr’s documentary on Origins was not nearly as irritating or Christian-baiting as I expected it to be.
spiked’s resident football columnist faces a parental rite of passage: taking his young daughter to a match.
What sets Denis Dutton’s book apart from others is not his use of Darwin to explain our cultural needs, but his insistence on art’s universality.
Why independent schools are rebelling against the UK government’s dumbed-down national exams.
The proposal that officials should tax chocolate is further evidence of the moralism driving the ‘war on obesity’.
spiked reports from the premiere of The Age of Stupid, a cretinous film that unwittingly exposes the elitism and dodgy science of the green lobby.
What can ‘Brits Out!’ mean today when Britain has withdrawn from Northern Ireland emotionally and spiritually, if not physically?
Forget the fears of a return to the past. History has moved on, that war is over, and it ain’t coming back.
With its new ‘Respect’ agenda, the Football Association is demonising a key figure in youth sport: demanding dads.
Yes Horne and Corden was ‘excruciating’ and ‘puerile’, but why are we only noticing the rot of British comedy now?
It is the marketisation of higher education, its transformation into a glorified job-training scheme, that sustains the case for tuition fees.
On the one-thousandth day of his capture, the young soldier has become a symbol of Israel’s disorientation.
The consistent incompetence of politicians is no accident: it is testament to their lack of a cohering ideology.
This week it was revealed that chimps use sticks to smash open beehives. But there’s nothing remotely ‘human-like’ in such behaviour.
Forget Fred the Shred: in his weird, garbled tones, it’s the BBC’s business editor who’s been talking us into a recession.
As English domination shows, money can’t buy you love, but it can give you a better chance of winning the Champions League.
Energise! eschews the misanthropic green ideology of restraint and explains how human action can solve a human-made problem.
Cancer charities hope that ‘Jade’s legacy’ will be more uptake of cervical smear tests. This might not be a good thing.
Everyone remembers the tabloid witch-hunting of Jade Goody. But the broadsheet witch hunt was far more terrifying.
The salacious reports of Jade Goody’s physical demise confirm that death is the new sex: a form of voyeuristic entertainment.
When it is devised and defended by whiter-than-white Clare Short rather than by evil Israel or George W Bush.
Journalists and editors did more than simply cheer NATO’s bombing of Belgrade: they wrote the script for it.
The transformation of Kosovo into a colonial-style protectorate exposes the authoritarianism behind Western governments’ ‘ethical’ foreign policies.
It is not the Afghan PM’s corruption that has wrecked Afghanistan, but the disarray of the invading powers.
Jack Straw’s new bill of rights is nothing like the Magna Carta: it would erode rather than enhance our liberty.
The referendum in California that banned gay marriage raises tortuous questions about the clash between majority rule and minority rights.
Channel 4’s dramatisation of David Peace’s novels was compelling TV, but its grimness bordered on caricature.
David Peace’s The Damned Utd might not be factually airtight but it gets to the truth about gobby genius Cloughie.
The attack on Fred Goodwin’s home is the result of an out-of-control anti-banker witch hunt that was cynically kickstarted by the elite.
On the tenth anniversary of the publication of her provocative book The Nurture Assumption, Judith Rich Harris talks to the spiked review of books about prescriptive parenting, playground bullies and grandmotherly advice.
The Spirit Level, a new book on why equal societies are better than unequal ones, fancies itself in the tradition of the French Revolution. In truth, it turns equality from a political goal into a therapeutic imperative.
An insightful new book puts Ronald Reagan in a proper historic perspective, but it overplays the strength of his political ideology and his role in creating a new world order.
Seth Freedman’s collection of columns and anecdotes about his travels in Israel and Palestine is more a juvenile journey of self-discovery than an exercise in eyewitness reporting.
Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded captures the extent to which green thinking is ingrained in the psychology of the Western elite, especially in that seat of has-been power: the United States.
The critique of Frank Furedi’s Therapy Culture in the current British Social Attitudes survey misunderstands the thrust of Furedi’s argument, and the extent to which emotional conformism has gripped modern Britain.
Dwain Chambers, one of the fastest men on Earth who six years ago was embroiled in a drug scandal, tells Tim Black that he is determined to stand up to the vitriol of the Great and the Good and return to athletics.
The history of the 1984-85 miners' strike has been either rewritten or erased altogether. The miners, and history, deserve better.
Marcus Brigstocke and Rufus Hound talk to spiked about free speech, Bernard Manning and Daily Mail readers.
Philip Hammond reports from a conference that cross-examined the prosecution of presidents by international tribunals.
As the UK government is thrown into turmoil by the home secretary’s claim for £10 worth of porn films, how much lower can politics go?
More and more evolutionary psychologists claim we are driven to consume by cavemen instincts. We don’t buy it.
Yesterday’s report from the UK Sustainable Development Commission shows what the S-word really means: no growth.
When even Time hopes the downturn will teach ‘childish, irresponsible, fat’ Americans a lesson, it’s clear recession porn has gone mainstream.