Gerry Adams’ promise that unionists will have respect and power in a future republic shows the naivety of identity politics.
People don’t eat organic for its nutrients, but because they want to distinguish themselves from the junk-scoffing hordes.
He was by all accounts a lovely bloke. But behind the effusive eulogising there lurks a disdain for today’s allegedly crass football fans and players.
Political and media pundits have been far too calm and cavalier about this serious economic downturn.
By calling for far-right people to be sacked from the civil service, the PCS union is adopting anti-union tactics.
The only thing worse than Phil Woolas’s points system for citizenship is his critics’ argument that the idea of citizenship is undesirable.
BBC newsreader George Alagiah is shocked that his bosses think Fairtrade is ‘somehow controversial’. It is.
Why Ban Ki-moon’s teenage Twittering about the evil of nuclear weapons has only 1,064 followers.
The notion that the UK banking sector will rescue the economy is as misplaced as the claim that a few bankers were to blame for the crisis.
Travel can be fun and inspiring, just so long as you avoid the micro-managed, skills-obsessed jaunts provided by New Labour.
The annual silly-season attack on British stags in Latvia is, once again, based on snobbery rather than facts.
Justifying high-speed rail as a way of stopping people from flying is a perverse anti-travel argument.
Environmentalists are defending jobs at the ‘good’ Vestas wind-turbine factory while ignoring the sacking of workers at ‘evil’ Thomas Cook.
Instead of rubbish new productions, cash-strapped channels like ITV should plunder their vaults for some TV gold.
Far from ruining Cricket's hallowed traditions, the new breed of booing and singing fan has revitalised the sport.
In a challenging new book, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at how therapy culture and individuation have frayed the social fabric.
A long-time Chelsea resident says the Kings Road has been ruined by property speculation and petty regulation.
Giving police the arbitrary power to prevent people from drinking in public is an attack on everyday freedom.
The smoking ban, on top of strict licensing laws and CCTV, has turned pubs from places of choice and tolerance into outlets for official meddling.
By focusing on consumption, both sides in the debate over illegal file-sharing ignore the value of creative labour.
Agriculture has provided great benefits to mankind, yet greens are keen to blame it for the swine flu pandemic.
Anyone interested in Big Politics and society-shaking debate should challenge the Conservative Party’s ‘clean politics’ agenda.
Until we have new technology in place, we can either cut greenhouse gas emissions or tackle poverty — but not both.
After the tragic death of Peter Connelly, underclass-baiting offers a relief for pundits in search of a moral crusade.
The party has no voters, no MPs, no leadership, no principles — but we still have to endure another nine months of it in government.
Under-investment in UK industry is a problem not just of the credit crunch, but of long-term risk-aversion.
Newly released correspondence shows how UK government tobacco policy is being created by anti-tobacco groups.
For generations, parents invited other adults to help raise and care for their kids. Now those relationships are being corroded by the state.
Anne Fontaine’s biopic suggests the French fashion icon was as much a social climber as a trend-setting genius.
The eclectic mix of re-runs on ITV4 remind us that mainstream, commercial television could be great.
The former Aussie batsman was right in his assessment of England’s cricketers: they don't like it up 'em.
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.
Ireland’s scrapping of the equal airtime requirement ahead of the second Lisbon Treaty referendum diminishes debate.
The support for a Twitter campaign backing the UK health service has little to do with the merits of state-run medicine.
The backlash against Obama’s modest healthcare reforms is born from the fear of an uncertain future and a distrust of the political class.
While Michael Gove has attacked the way children are pushed toward easier subjects, the real problem is a society that has devalued education.
A college disciplinary case over a lecturer showing students some edgy photographs reveals how fear of offence trumps academic freedom today.
Students should know better than to oppose the appointment of professors they disagree with. Uniformity of opinion only breeds complacency.
PHOTO ESSAY: Every year in the Serbian town of Guca, belly dancers, Gypsies and tourists get together for a week of fun.
The UK government’s obsession with energy self-sufficiency and renewables looks set to lead to blackouts in the next few years.
There has been no serious opposition to the West’s disastrous war in Afghanistan since 2001. What’s behind the outburst of questions now?
Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is preposterous, frequently cartoonish and too long — but it’s still lots of fun.
While A-level grades may be rising, UK education remains as culturally impoverished as the public life that informs it.
In the name of protecting children, new vetting procedures will condemn adults based on hearsay and dubious decision-making.
After a decade of decline, the semi-silly science programme is making a comeback – will it inspire kids to become geniuses?
Who was to blame for Crystal Palace’s goal that wasn’t? The ref, Bristol City, or those pesky stanchion designers (again).
A Yankees fan is not impressed by a book which claims that Alex Rodriguez is a demanding, self-absorbed drug-taker.
International politics, not truth or fair play, has been the determining factor in the story of Pan Am flight 103.
An article about the IDF stealing organs suggests ancient myths are becoming acceptable again in polite society.
It masquerades as progressive, but the campaign to cap big bonuses is really a moralistic critique of ambition.
The British government’s mismanagement of the al-Megrahi affair exposes its utter lack of intellectual, moral and political authority.
Recent events in America show that the ‘assisted suicide’ approach makes death more regulated rather than peaceful.
Promoting patient choice, regulating our behaviour... Cameron is channelling New Labour circa 1997.
The furore over the release of al-Megrahi shows how the US-UK alliance has lost its sheen since the joint crusade against Libya in the 1980s.
An insightful new book reminds us that we need both spiritual and material wealth to create the good society.
The Home Office proposal to replace pint glasses with plastic cups sums up its suspicion of animalistic Brits.
We should challenge the idea that everything from smoking a spliff to employing an African cleaner is potential complicity in a ‘slave trade’.
The revelation that the Video Recordings Act is not a real law shows the dangers of kneejerk, censorious legislation.
Chris Grayling’s comparison of Moss Side with The Wire was silly, but his critics have vilified the working class, too.
...when hysteria about hooliganism was rife, anti-working class prejudice was widespread, and there was a clamour for authoritarian solutions.
Most of us associate Futurism with painting, but as Radio 3 recently revealed they made music - well, noise - too.
With fate, a tragic hero and a Hussey, the 2009 Ashes series played out like a classical tragedy — for the Aussies.
A new book on the importance of questioning received wisdom leaves out one area of life where scepticism is frowned on today: climate change.