China’s first big eco-city has been put on hold, not because it was too ambitious, but because it wasn’t ambitious enough.
The reality TV show was a product, rather than the cause, of the collapse of standards and the death of privacy.
Yes, Ted’s death represents the end of the line for ‘America’s royals’, but it also exposes the ideology-shaped hole in the Democratic Party.
A Celtic fan invites Rangers fans to join him in taking a stand against the authoritarian policing of Scottish football.
The ASA’s censorship of an ad featuring a 23-year-old who ‘looks underage’ takes petty prudishness to a new low.
Rob Lyons is not convinced by Cancer Research UK’s justification for why it effectively outlawed fast-food outlets in a new building in London.
The UK government’s neverending, evidence-lite assault on smokers threatens to bankrupt London’s shisha bars.
The real story of the Megrahi affair is not the duplicity of the British government, but its utter cluelessness.
Even if UK capitalism avoids a full-scale depression, the danger is that the no/low-growth economy becomes the New Normal.
From Bloodgate to cocaine abuse, the sport of posh boys and coppers can no longer claim the moral high ground.
Home, about a family’s futile attempt at dropping out, defies easy conclusions about the ‘destructiveness’ of modernity.
A new book embodies the intellectual flimsiness and elitist disdain for the masses that courses through the veins of today’s anti-shopping lobby.
Social workers took a lot of flak after the Baby P case, but a government campaign to recruit more is hypocritical.
Contrary to Gordon Brown’s claims, no Afghan has been involved in the terror attacks of the past 10 years.
In continually advertising their fear of suffering casualties on the battlefield, Britain’s rulers are unwittingly strengthening their enemies’ hand.
A court case in Montana suggests that once you give the ‘right to die’ to terminally ill people, others will want it, too.
A proposal to genetically modify farm animals so that they don’t feel pain is practically and morally misguided.
The flurry of commentary in response to Lord May’s speech on climate change revealed greens’ authoritarian desire to chastise ungreen heretics.
Teachers should resist the General Teaching Council’s new code of conduct telling them how to behave outside of work.
Children should be allowed to ride to school, not to prevent obesity or global warming, but simply because cycling is fun.
The Libyan debacle has sunk Labour to depths of absurdity and impotence that even some of us Brown-haters find hard to comprehend.
The true lesson of Obama’s contentious schools address was that he connects with the kids, but lacks a vision for education.
The initiative to re-design pub glasses to stop them being used as weapons overhypes the problem and the solution.
Experts now shut debate down rather than providing Enlightenment.
The depressing cycle of over-inflated expectations and dashed hopes has started again. Will England fans never learn?
Forget about the Lisbon Treaty vote and the economic crisis, the burning topic in Ireland is the new Late Late Show host.
A new book’s claim that people’s psychology brings about economic downturns is both economically vulgar and politically unconvincing.
As spiked launches a new debate about the future of food, we mourn the man who fed the world.
A sudden spate of strikes in Ireland doesn’t mean we are witnessing a return to the militancy of the past.
Yes, the BNP should be free to appear on Question Time, but there’s another, harder argument to be made: it must also be free to exclude non-whites.
Alarmist reports that seek to persuade us that mobile phones are dangerous take a selective approach to the evidence.
Lumping Mozart and Einstein in with those who have severe socialisation problems is no help to sufferers or science.
In seeking to use religion to force people to change their eco-unfriendly behaviour, greens are debasing both religious belief and scientific truth.
spiked joined a ‘flash mob’ where photographers stood up against anti-terror laws and defended the right to snap.
Instead of ever-earlier state interventions in family life, we need an honest debate about how to safeguard children.
The politicians and children’s charities now questioning vetting regulations are the same people responsible for their creation.
It may be visually striking, but the ‘lunar clock’ to be built for the Olympics is a monument to backwardness.
The al-Qaeda frontman’s latest address to the American people wouldn’t sound out of place in mainstream US politics.
Secret Kremlin minutes from 1989 reveal that anti-communist Western leaders were privately terrified about the demise of the Soviet bloc.
A South African living in London finds Neill Blomkamp’s tale of an alien shanty town both compelling and uncomfortable.
It’s not the death of the wine-soaked celebrity chef that has been changing TV cookery shows, but the recession.
In the sanitised stadia of top-flight football, provocative goal celebrations remind fans of why football rivalry is fun.
The BBC2 show demonstrates movingly that you don't need to be posh to appreciate traditional, ‘difficult’ music.
The French should demolish the migrant slum in Calais — but only after Europe’s inhumane immigration policies have been bulldozed.
Who could possibly think that Borlaug’s ideas for feeding millions were a bad thing? Green activists, that’s who.
Irving Kristol’s neoconservative legacy was to lay the foundation for the super-patriot identity politics of George W Bush.
Treating all women as mothers-to-be, who must conform to certain health and behaviour norms, turns us into little more than farmyard hens.
The recession has unleashed some old prejudices about Ireland being a third-world nation built on EU handouts.
Politicians are competing to see who can make the severest cuts — only because they have no broader vision for the economy.
Who needs the Taliban when Obama and the top NATO general both admit that the Western allies do not have a winnable strategy in Afghanistan?
A spiked survey of school students finds that they don’t like greedy bankers but they admire entrepreneurship.
The jailing of a teacher who had a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old girl is a victory for legalism rather than justice.
The sight of President Hu almost apologising to the West for his country’s vast economic growth was a revealing snapshot of our times.
Slaughterhouse-Five, a fatalistic, despairing work, is perfect radio listening for a Sunday afternoon.
For all the claims of bribery and ‘trafficking’, footballers should be free to choose their future employers like anyone else.
Restrictions on smoking around the world are claimed to have had a dramatic effect on heart attack rates. It's not true.
From living in virtual darkness to minutely measuring their water-use, greens’ fixation with carbon counting is verging on a mental illness.
An Italian and a Japanese debut author of ‘mathematical fiction’ form a perfect symmetry, locating in numbers and equations the essence of what it is to be human.
It is refreshing to read Kishore Mahbubani’s unabashed defence of aspirations in the East. But his attachment to the very Western culture of fear means that his book ends on a pessimistic note after all.
‘Institutional racism’ is the fashionable excuse for the poor educational attainment of black boys. But could the real problem be the modern culture of victimhood?
Under the presidencies of Bill Clinton, George W Bush and now Barack Obama, America has consistently pursued abroad what it lacks at home – moral authority.
Amy Sohn’s Prospect Park West captures perfectly the bourgeois-bohemian residents and overwrought moms of Park Slope in Brooklyn, but in the end its sharp, glinting satire might leave the reader cold.
An engaging, insightful history of the women who fought for the right to be educated reminds us how acts of perseverance and rebellion can transform society.
David Chandler’s new book Hollow Hegemony draws on the work of Marx and Engels to explain how the political class’s embrace of ethics and ‘global politics’ springs from their political weakness and isolation.
Robert Skidelsky's latest book on Keynes gives a clear and concise account of the current economic crisis, but its faith in Keynes as the 'master' of economic debate is seriously misplaced.
Whether it is wielded against sensible people who criticise the political exploitation of AIDS or less-than-sensible people who claim that vaccines cause autism, the accusation of ‘denialism’ is shrill, intolerant and censorious.
Jennie Bristow’s new book is as engaging and witty as those rebellious ‘bad mum’ memoirs. But it’s far more important, both explaining and critiquing the tsunami of state meddling in family affairs.
The ‘clarification’ of the law on assisted suicide only casts more suspicion on those struggling with end-of-life decisions.
At a time when people are living longer, healthier lives it makes no sense to have a Default Retirement Age.
Officialdom’s demonisation of two women over their babysitting arrangements is symptomatic of today’s out-of-control child-protection industry.
A proposal to remove the foreskin of every infant boy in America on health grounds is pointless, illiberal and harmful.
Alistair Darling’s decision to bash bankers at Labour’s party conference was predictable, misguided and dishonest.
The furore over his arrest is not about what happened in LA on 10 March 1977 - it’s a pathetic proxy clash between a clapped-out left and right.
Under Brown, New Labour’s obsession with acting in loco parentis for teens has expanded to older parents, too.
The Labour Party’s hate-love relationship with the tabloid newspaper speaks volumes about the demise of Labourism.
With both New Labour and the Conservatives pale shadows of their former selves, the danger is that politics will be the biggest loser. Unless…