In Kevin Macdonald’s thriller, investigative journalism saves The Truth from corrupt politics and the blogosphere.
Roy Keane is back, as boss of Ipswich Town. Yet while he was a no-nonsense player, is he a bottler in the dug-out?
BBC2’s Best: His Mother’s Son was a poignant tale about how alcoholism can ruin the lives of the most unlikely people.
To understand the current economic crisis, we need to look beyond the obsession with finance to the deeper structural problems of capitalism.
The swine flu scaremongers have no shame: four years ago they were making exactly the same wild claims about bird flu.
Tessa Mayes reports from Mexico City on the country’s transformation into a diseased, pariah state.
Essay: As health officials tell us ‘all of humanity is under threat’, Frank Furedi provides a guide to today’s various species of scaremonger.
Ahead of a major conference, The Battle for the Economy, Stuart Derbyshire declares war on ‘behavioural economics’.
Jacqui Smith’s desire to protect Britons from extremist foreigners is patronising, impractical and illiberal.
The ongoing collapse of the New Labour government confirms that the crisis of political leadership is even deeper than the economic one.
Media-friendly, gimmicky and pointless: New Labour’s ID cards scheme provides a fitting testament to its time in office.
Blaming bankers glosses over long-term economic decline, says a speaker at the upcoming Battle for the Economy.
Exams are an important means of assessment. But New Labour has turned them into a tool to micro-manage schools.
Christopher Monckton, the Third Viscount of Brenchley and well-known climate change sceptic, tells spiked he was censored by Gore.
Sounds Like Teen Spirit is an uplifting documentary about young starlets singing their hearts out for their countries.
Ricky Hatton’s devastating defeat in Las Vegas last weekend should be his last time between the ropes.
As the Rushdie affair shows, if you invite the state to define the boundaries of acceptable speech, it will limit you as well as your opponents.
A nutrition expert slams the academics who think parents should stop saying ‘puppy fat’ and instead say ‘obese’.
When Michael Fitzpatrick criticised the Autism File he was branded a ‘backwoods doctor’ who should shut up. Why?
The bizarre Battle of the Excluded Gurkha, led by Joanna Lumley, sheds light on the crisis of meaning in today’s Tory and Labour parties.
The church’s sensitivity to the new Dan Brown movie, Angels and Demons, reveals a lack of faith in its own message.
Tessa Mayes reports from Mexico on how the government’s reaction to the outbreak is seen as evidence of political intrigue.
Obesity is cool, exotic and iconoclastic – as long as you’re famous rather than poor.
When politicians’ claims for the cost of a bath plug can knock the recession out of the headlines, politics is in danger of going down the gurgler.
Forget the hype about an ‘obesity epidemic’: the research shows carrying a little extra weight is harmless.
The organiser of Freedom Summer explains why defending civil society from the state has never been more important.
ESSAY: The ICTY’s Kafkaesque decision to bump up a prisoners’ sentence by 12 years shows that it is nothing like a proper court of law.
Forget the expenses scandal: politics was far more rotten when only the privileged few could afford to be MPs.
A narcissistic ‘hunger strike’ for Darfur is getting far more attention than protests without celebrity endorsement.
While there has been much speculation about ‘green shoots’ of recovery, it is how we shape the economy after the recession that really matters.
JJ Abrams’ film looks fantastic thanks to modern special effects, while retaining the moral core of Gene Roddenberry’s original.
This week’s Horizon programme on violence showed that even pacifists can get a kick out of a punch-up.
Chelsea fans might be angry, and pundits critical, but for everyone else referee Tom Henning Ovrebo is a hero.
The persistence of the notion that ‘Gaia’ is a living organism with its own interests exposes the mystical, anti-human streak in environmentalism.
Sadhvi Sharma reports from Bombay on the gimmicks and threats that were used to get people voting in the elections.
The way the term ‘bullying’ has spread from schools to workplaces exposes today’s low view of workers.
America’s new Matthew Shepard Act will punish criminals for their thoughts as well as their acts. But we should defend the freedom to hate.
The covert monitoring of public-sector staff will damage morale, and do little to provide decent public services.
Recruiting children to spy on eco-unfriendly behaviour will churn out a new generation of sanctimonious busybodies.
With cops baying for MPs’ blood and the Queen expressing her distaste, Britain’s undemocratic forces are milking the expenses scandal.
In giving students money if they pass their exams, some American schools are polluting the spirit of education.
It is essential to human life. People once even offered it to God. So why are today’s grey-faced officials so scared of salt?
A case involving the respected science writer Simon Singh proves again that the English libel courts are no place to seek the truth.
She’s been branded a ‘naughty girl’ for shouting ‘Abolish the monarchy!’ during Charles’s RIBA lecture. But Vicky Richardson has no regrets.
The reaction to the president’s speech at Notre Dame shows how much the debate about abortion has shifted in the United States.
Many thought the new UK abortion stats, released today, would show a link between the recession and rising abortion rates. They were wrong.
BBC One’s Why Poetry Matters was a noble idea, but it proved to be more patronising than inspiring.
By criminalising ‘indecent chanting’, the authorities threaten to turn all football fans into jester-hatted consumers.
Dominic Raab has written a swashbuckling tirade against Labour’s illiberalism, but he overlooks the broader, cross-party disdain for freedom today.
Politicians’ efforts to ‘restore public trust’ suggest they see the public as a passive blob to be moulded at will.
In its phoney moral crusade to stop the British National Party, the elite has replaced politics with emotional blackmail.
By proposing electoral reforms in response to the expenses scandal, politicians are futilely seeking an organisational solution to a political problem.
The arrest of 17 British men dressed as nuns in Crete should remind us how unmenacing laddish tourists really are.
Today’s economic crisis partly springs from years and years of under-investment in research and development.
As part of its fatwa against fat the government is measuring every schoolkids’ height and weight. It’s a waste of time – and bad for children.
The Radio 4 tribute to Clement Freud showed that the BBC at least still does good radio.
Noel Gallagher’s right: there’s no better sight than seeing a fat, topless Geordie fan crying.
Western economies are suffering from a triple crisis: an acute sickness, a chronic sickness, and doctors who don’t know what they’re doing.
The spat between Ruth Padel and Derek Walcott was an unappetising combo of namecalling and nitpicking that might have damaged one of the most important positions in British academia: Oxford professor of poetry.
Whose Culture? - a collection of essays defending the vital importance of museums - is a welcome challenge to repatriation policies underpinned by identity politics.
Lenore Skenazy, branded ‘America’s Worst Mom’ after she let her nine-year-old son ride the New York subway alone, has now written a manifesto for less panicked parenting and more childhood freedom.
Andrew Brown’s Orwell Prize-winning book about fishing in Sweden casts slivers of light on how Sweden has changed and why its welfare state model is not something to emulate.
A spookily timely book, published just as the swine flu panic kicked in, does a brilliant job of exposing the social factors behind our dread of disease and encouraging healthy scepticism towards claims of ‘epidemics’.
Tristram Hunt’s intelligent biography of Friedrich Engels reveals a man who loved wine, women and song and who was never afraid to leap headfirst into the great battles of ideas of his era.
A new book on celebrities taking over the world spends so much time taking petty, heat-style potshots at Paris Hilton’s miniature dogs that it forgets to mention Bob Geldof, George Clooney, the Redgraves…
He thinks there are far too many humans, that we are a plague on the planet and a rapacious horde, and that our desires for a better society will inevitably end in mass murder. How can such a misanthrope get out of bed every morning?
Whatever conventional wisdom tells us, it isn’t true that Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal brought the Great Depression of the 1930s to an end. However, today’s leaders could learn a thing or two from FDR’s ambitious scope.