A minister’s pledge to make opposition to windfarms as unacceptable as refusing to wear a seatbelt is revealing.
spiked editor Brendan O’Neill ventured into a pit of population-controllers, and found himself holding his nose.
A crack squad of spiked writers twittered live from the end-is-nigh protests against the G20 in London on Wednesday.
Saturday’s pre-G20 demonstration featured a mish-mash of often contradictory ideas that was more confusing than inspiring.
In this photo-essay, Brendan O'Neill and Nathalie Rothschild show you the sights and sounds of the anti-banker protest.
As the G20 kicks off, Rob Killick sets out a three-point agenda that it – and the rest of us – should be talking about.
Yesterday’s protest of poseurs against bankers confirmed that anti-capitalism itself has become an empty brand, like KFC or FCUK.
With humour and violence, indie flick Tony Manero explores a world suppressed by dictatorship and fed on Hollywood mythology.
Cult comedy Red Dwarf, set on a spaceship, is returning to our TV screens, with an injection of postmodern irony.
Why hasn't Michael Owen been called up? Because, like all good strikers, he's too selfish for the new England team.
The history of the 1984-85 miners' strike has been either rewritten or erased altogether. The miners, and history, deserve better.
Patrick Hayes reports from Visteon in Enfield, where sacked workers launched a surprise occupation of their factory.
Widespread opposition to a proposed Afghan law is less about liberating women than shoring up Western authority.
In his speech to the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick said the ‘war on autism’ is dehumanising people with the condition.
Claims that Chinese cyber-spies are plotting world domination through the World Wide Web are greatly exaggerated.
North Korea’s rocket launch was not a Team America-style evil plot, but the desperate act of an isolated state.
If it’s true that the British public is ignoring cacophonous cancer warnings, that isn’t a sign of stupidity: it’s the height of rationality.
The founder of the Swiss suicide clinic has unwittingly exposed the misanthropy of today’s ‘right to die’ lobby.
Imploring restaurants to list calorific content won’t help people lose weight, but it will zap the pleasure from eating.
News of migrants leaving recession-hit Britain has caused panic, even amongst those who didn’t welcome them when they first arrived.
As yet another ‘world’s toughest job’ show, Oil Riggers feels like a substandard rip-off with a Texan accent.
Tyson was once regarded as the embodiment of terrifying black rage, yet a new film shows that his story is a very human one.
Religulous, Bill Maher’s religion-baiting documentary, confirms what modern atheists hate most about religion: its humancentricity.
Demonising Pakistani students because a handful have been arrested as terror suspects is mad, bad and dangerous.
If you want to help families affected by autism, you shouldn’t be inviting Polly Tommey to No.10.
The campaign over the death of a bystander on the G20 protest has little to do with seriously challenging the police or defending liberty.
A photo-essay by Nathalie Rothschild and Brendan O’Neill on the most under-reported demo of the decade.
Before Hillsborough, football fans were treated like caged beasts. Today we are treated like wicked children.
The deaths of 96 Liverpool fans were not only a tragic accident; they were also the unintended consequence of a deliberate policy.
The devastation of the Abruzzo region in Italy owes far more to an act of nature than modern building techniques.
The raid on climate protesters was disgraceful — but so was the protesters’ plan to shut down a power station.
The rumour-mongering of top New Labour officials is only the most twisted expression yet of the institutional corrosion of the political class.
Embarrassing Bodies is only a symptom of the deeper disease of dumbing down that now afflicts Channel 4.
One of the world's fastest men tells spiked about his battle with the UK's sanctimonious sporting establishment.
Jessica Mudditt reports from Iran’s little-known skiing resorts, where young Iranians escape the petty restrictions of the Islamic theocracy.
The author of Empire of the Sun and Crash was no dystopian prophet; he used disaster to reimagine the world.
A trustee of the Optimum Population Trust responds to Brendan O’Neill’s report on their recent conference.
A US journalist caused a storm when she dared to challenge some of the scientific claims of the breast-is-best lobby. She talks to spiked.
The British head of Libertas tells spiked about their campaign to fix Europe’s ‘democratic deficit’.
Yes she’s a good singer, but there’s no excuse for turning Susan Boyle into a theological, moral and political symbol.
The Geordie blubberer is set fair to take over Princess Di’s conspicuous compassion job, if all personality isn’t ironed out of her first.
Neither police brutality nor anti-police sentiment are what they once were in British society - yet the crisis of authority appears worse than ever.
Today’s UK Budget won’t create millions of green jobs in Britain’s windpower industry, because we barely have one.
In the Loop avoids the lazy notion that Blair was Bush’s poodle and instead satirises Britain’s own war games.
The United States has five per cent of the world’s population yet 25 per cent of the world’s known prison population. What is going on?
Mark Steel's sharp and self-deprecatory humour shines through in his new laugh-out-loud radio show.
Teaching children the values of good sportsmanship is a mistake: sport requires ruthlessness.
Alistair Darling’s plan is to kickstart a ‘low-carbon recovery’. This is code for: ‘We have run out of ideas.’
Even by New Labour standards, yesterday’s Budget was an unusually disturbing attempt by our leaders to evade economic responsibility.
A barrister wonders if Julie Myerson, in writing about her son’s drug-taking and bad behaviour behind closed doors, may have crossed a legal line as well as a moral one.
Following the ‘credit crunch’, and now full-blown recession, the big story of the twenty-first century is likely to be the shift in the balance of power between the indebted West and the credited East.
Dominic Raab has written a swashbuckling tirade against New Labour illiberalism, but his sycophantic devotion to the Conservative Party means he has missed the broader problem of unfreedom today.
In advising parents to ignore hectoring experts, Judith Rich Harris’s book still packs a punch 10 years on. But its use of evolutionary theory and social psychology to explain how people are ‘shaped’ leaves much to be desired.
James Lovelock’s argument that Gaia is a living organism with its own interests — which it will ‘pursue’ against humans — exposes the mystical, anti-human streak in contemporary environmentalism.
A fascinating new book argues that today’s internet culture springs from the anti-authority, anti-objectivity outlook of the 1960s counterculture, and puts the case for people escaping from their all-consuming ‘Second Lives’.
In the 20 years since the Rushdie affair, many on the left and right have failed to learn the most important lesson: if you invite the state to define the boundaries of acceptable speech, it will impact on you as well as your opponents.
In the first part of his essay on the 1930s and today, Sean Collins puts the case for going beyond Keynesianism and monetarism and the obsession with finance to look at the deeper structural problems of capitalism.
Patrick Hayes reports from the first fast-food outlet in Britain to be shut down because it is too close to a school.
A major Irish investigation has failed to find proof of people-smuggling, puncturing the ‘new slavery’ scare.
Tim Black reports on the London gym offering people lessons in headbutting hoodies and duffing up ‘the scourge’ of society.
Essay: A leading cancer experts explains why, despite the ‘Jade Goody effect’, he has severe doubts about the benefits of cancer screening.
Ceri Dingle explains why her charity has made a film exposing the piety of the ‘Save Africa’ bed-net campaign.
Tessa Mayes reports from Mexico City on what it's like to fall ill in the world capital of the new influenza strain.
Recent events show that, while society has the scientific know-how to cope with outbreaks of flu, it still sees disease as a harbinger of apocalypse.
Why does New Labour want to ban cigarette displays in shops when there's no evidence it will impact on smoking habits?
Yet another research project claims to show that fish are capable of feeling pain. It’s as wrongheaded as all the rest.
The UK government’s tax rise for the better off does not mark a return to Labour’s socialist past – it is a classic New Labour stunt for today.
Why the well-heeled, slow-witted campaigners of the Slow Movement are welcoming the economic downturn.
Everyone from big business to greens imagines that British government policy favours nuclear energy. It doesn’t.
The gap between the reality of swine flu and officialdom’s hysteria is widening every day, with potentially dangerous consequences.