PHOTO ESSAY: Jessica Mudditt reports on a protest for open borders at the wasteland migrant shanties in France.
Brown’s promise of social housing for local people shows that he thinks the way to beat the BNP is to steal its policies.
The irony of the embassy controversy is that the UK has been singled out for attack by the Iranian regime because it lacks influence there today.
Rebranding Indian cities, streets and landmarks with ‘authentic’ Hindi names is parochial and chauvinistic, says Bombayite Sadhvi Sharma.
The British government seems more interested in saving its own skin than devising an economic strategy.
The Brown regime’s U-turns on Royal Mail, ID cards and education reveals something shocking: Britain currently has no real government.
A brilliant documentary on the Apollo missions reminds us that, yes, going to space is a risky business, but it's worth it.
He’s got a reputation as a self-obsessed, grumpy brat, but at least he’s got a chance of winning Wimbledon.
Ayelet Waldman’s memoir may be solipsistic, but it is far more enlightening than the reams of mummy lit written over the past 10 years.
PHOTO ESSAY: spiked reports from the unveiling of Antony Gormley’s reality-sculpture One and Other in Trafalgar Square.
Ahead of tomorrow’s live spiked debate on the future of business, Tim Black laments the lack of vision on the recession.
The bizarre advice given to us doctors on how to deal with swine flu confirms that top-down scaremongering is destroying medical practice.
Multinationals in China flag up their green credentials in order to dodge a far more serious matter: labour rights.
Why is Greenpeace calling on the UK to lecture nations like China, when the Chinese are cleaning up faster than us?
When everything from looking after kids to dancing in pubs requires a licence, Josie Appleton suggests a summer rebellion against regulation.
Social workers are trying to improve their image post-Baby P, but the fact is they will always be controversial.
The rise and rise of quasi non-governmental organisations reflects the diminution of democracy and debate.
Those who are too afraid to admit the dimensions of the economic crisis even to themselves are unlikely to come up with any new solutions.
Al Gore is only the latest environmentalist to use the spectre of Nazism to try to scare people green.
Officials are using financial threats to get the right result in the second Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
In the run-up to the UN’s World Population Day, spiked argues against all attempts to cajole, coerce or convince people into having fewer kids.
Does Microsoft's Passport system invade our privacy?
From the subdued transfer market to the meritocracy of Wimbledon, UK sport seems to have opted out of silly season.
Swearier, flashier, gayer and set in Cardiff, BBC’s Dr Who spin-off Torchwood shows UK sci-fi can’t take itself seriously.
What do suicide bombers and environmentalists have in common? Faisal Devji explains in his daring new book on contemporary terrorism.
Investigative journalist Tessa Mayes bought heroin from a drug cartel and faked an ID to get hired in a brothel – because the stories were worth it.
For journalists to demand that other journalists be investigated under the RIP Act is like turkeys marching for more Christmases.
The overblown media furore about alleged phone-hacking by News of the World reporters reveals the danger of ill-judged moral crusades.
Museums are good for children, but campaigns to make them more ‘family-friendly’ are bad for kids, adults and culture.
For all its daring pretensions, Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno ends up in bed with the very celebrities it mocks.
There are two swine flus: the real disease, which is proving manageable, and the fantasy catastrophic disease invented by officialdom.
Radical greens who encourage Prince Charles to butt into politics are setting history back hundreds of years.
Instead of opposing the war in Afghanistan on principle, the anti-war movement has merely exploited Western failures.
All of those who are suddenly asking ‘Why are we in Afghanistan?’ should look for the answer, not in Helmand or Kabul, but at home.
Sadhvi Sharma reports from Bombay on one Indian official’s mad scheme for reducing the number of poor people.
Patrick Hayes joined a rabble of radical greens in London demanding a 55mph speed limit and an end to stag nights.
The UK’s new climate change plan shows how the green ethos is used to add a gloss of respectability to economic and visionary failure.
Juliet Tizzard of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on Hollywood’s view of ‘saviour siblings’.
The England cricket team’s draw against the Aussies reminds us that, sometimes, not losing is everything.
Josie Appleton of the Manifesto Club hails Philip Pullman and other children’s authors who are refusing to submit to criminal records checks.
Upon the death of Frank McCourt, described by some as the inventor of the misery memoir, read spiked’s interview with him from 2001.
The new criminalisation of blasphemy is not a return to the pious past, but rather is underpinned by a very modern suspicion of offensiveness.
It was only a matter of time before the swine-flu scare lobby turned its attention to those who are seen as an easy target for fear: mums-to-be.
Green opposition even to eco-friendly electric cars shows that what environmentalists really dislike is travel itself.
The campaign to restrict the advertising of booze in order to save the public could end up driving us to drink.
Is children’s charity Kids Company really planning to send a mobile scanner to examine tearaways’ brains? Yes and no, says the charity’s founder.
Patrick Hayes reports from the Vestas factory occupation on the Isle of Wight where greens and workers made uncomfortable bedfellows.
The BMI measurement is crude and unscientific, yet the government loves it because it draws almost everyone into its anti-obesity orbit.
In the hands of the UK’s non-political parties, the historic crisis of the system is in danger of becoming an historic missed opportunity.
The LifeStraw allows Africans safely to drink filthy water. Is it the most degrading gadget ever invented?
It was degenerate feminists, not ignorant men, who first argued that childbirth should be a painful rite of passage.
Why this week’s revelation that there will soon be more over-65s than under-fives provoked another bout of hysterical anxiety about ageing.
From Angela's Ashes to Who Do You Think You Are?, the Emerald Isle is still a reliable source of self-pity.
With his glossy brochure and glass legs, Michael Owen’s move to Man Utd is the strangest deal of a mad year.
Despite all the media hype about ‘clever chimps’ using tools and feeling emotions, in truth there is nothing remotely human about primates.
On John Calvin's five-hundredth birthday, Para Mullan traces how work has come to be seen as a Bad Thing.
Hillary Clinton’s pressure on India to shrink its ‘carbon footprint’ is little more than eco-imperialism.
Yes, the Tories came first – largely by default – but the only real victor in last week’s Norwich North by-election was anti-politics.
Redefining everyday problems and personality quirks as psychiatric problems is bad news for us all - and democracy.
Darling’s attack on banks for failing to make credit available shows he still has no big ideas for overcoming the recession.
Healthcare controversies, dumb comments about the arrest of a Harvard professor, and ‘frumpy jeans’: is Obama losing his Midas touch?
The latest NSPCC/ChildLine initiative on bullied children presents both adults and kids as toxic beings.
The bureaucratic watchdogs charged with disciplining elected politicians are bringing democracy into disrepute.
After writing an opera about monkeys, Britpop’s answer to Tim Henman is back with his old chums.
It wasn’t Trevor Phillips who made the Equality and Human Rights Commission ‘dictatorial’ - by its very nature the EHRC is authoritarian.
The Irish veteran's warm-hearted whimsy is far preferable to the quarrelsome heavyweight news on Today.
Why is the Australian cricket team turning its back on sledging, sexual slurs and competitiveness?
The media went wild over a new report claiming that sunbeds are ‘carcinogenic to humans’. But dermatology expert Sam Shuster is not convinced.
Once a way for radicals to feel they could do some good, social work now thrives parasitically on the notion that people are incapable of dealing with everyday problems.
A fascinating new collection of essays spells out the threat to individual autonomy in the areas of sex, reproduction and family life, and puts the case for trusting people to make and take rational decisions.
A new book on the importance of being sceptical about received wisdom and simplistic spindoctoring mysteriously leaves out one area of life where scepticism is thoroughly frowned on today: climate change.
A new book claims that people’s psychology and ‘animal spirits’ bring about economic downturns. It’s an argument that is both economically vulgar and politically unconvincing.
Neal Lawson’s All Consuming – yet another book that bashes the consumerist society – sums up the flimsy intellectualism and elitist disdain for the masses that courses through the veins of today’s anti-shopping lobby.
Yankees fan Sean Collins is not impressed by a book which asserts – but never proves – that Alex Rodriguez is a self-absorbed, high-maintenance, long-time drug-taker. When did sports writers get so moralistic?
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has celebrated its 100th birthday not by throwing a party or patting itself on the back, but by publishing a challenging book on how individuation and therapy culture have eaten away at the social fabric.
‘Calvinist’ has become a dirty word, used to describe especially dour people. We have forgotten that John Calvin was not only a severe Christian but also a key figure in the intellectual making of the modern world.
Susan Neiman talks to spiked about the death of philosophy, the need for moral reasoning, and how the Enlightenment taught us to live without absolute certainty.