Frank Furedi challenges the cult of sustainability and restraint that is growing in response to the economic recession.
Why are American women, doctors and politicians outraged over proposals to limit painful and stressful breast screenings?
Valerie Hartwich spoke to the angry academics who are taking a stand against stringent new visa rules for foreigners wishing to study in Britain.
As Britain’s dark, smoky, friendly pubs close down, the anti-pub - the JD Wetherspoon - is taking their place.
John Bercow’s attack on Heat-reading, ‘under-informed’ voters shows that he doesn’t understand the crisis of politics.
A freelance writer in Dubai says snobbery about its wacky buildings is a poor substitute for serious debate about its economy.
Dubai’s crisis has been cheered by Western observers, for whom the ‘ecocidal’ Gulf state is a symbol of everything rancid about modernity.
There are two things all progressives should demand in this era of recession: more freedom and more prosperity.
As scientists get closer to creating tasty, nutritious in vitro meat, let’s not turn this into another food scare.
In sending an invading force of 30,000 and admitting the war is unwinnable, Obama’s Afghan policy is as dangerously unhinged as Bush’s was.
If Wenger’s men play football the ‘right way’, to cite all those footie pundits, then how come they keep losing big matches?
It has high artistic aspirations, but the movie version of Disgrace has a shallow view of both apartheid and humanity.
Free-marketeers idolise Ayn Rand because they far prefer her imaginary, heroic capitalists to the snivelling, mendacious capitalist class of today.
Those UEA scientists indulged in dodgy academic activity, but they did not invent the politics of global warming.
The leaked emails suggest that Projection and Anecdote are the key planks of the science of global warming.
As the Copenhagen summit starts, the rise of eco-Malthusianism shows the anti-human, future-fearing essence of climate-change alarmism.
The queen has no right to stop the press from publishing paparazzi shots of her family or to create no-photo zones.
New Labour’s childish toff-baiting owes more to a deterministic identity politics than to class conflict.
A tax on bonuses will not alter the bigger problem of inflated City banks being expected to fill the hole where the economy should be.
Michael Wolff, the designer who irritated Thatcher and helped rebrand Labour, talks about being creative during a recession.
A mini-computer that nags you about your energy use and allows suppliers to remote-control your freezer? No thanks.
With 127,000 children added to the vetting database annually, one young volunteer explains why being 16 is not so sweet.
We wouldn’t need another bloody inquiry into Iraq if there had been some serious moral and political discussion about the war.
An examination board’s ban on Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Education for Leisure’ is a stab in the back for liberal education.
Maurizio Morabito uncovers a 1974 CIA report showing that the ‘scientific consensus’ then was that the world was cooling.
The crazy, progress-stalling carbon cuts being proposed at Copenhagen just aren’t going to happen – and it’s a good thing too.
SLIDESHOW: Truth-seeking, Viagra ads and bad-taste jokes all played their part in tweets about the Russian nightclub fire.
How can someone who once commissioned The Ascent of Man now churn out such human-hating parables?
A punch-up between a semi-naked manager and his star striker is part and parcel of footballers’ Xmas parties.
From smoking bans to sin taxes, Scotland has proved itself a willing victim for the nanny state’s angrier successor: the bully state
Where The Wild Things Are is the perfect kids’ story for our child-centred, adult-doubting, wisdom-lite times.
While so-called experts pore over Tiger Woods’ sex life, candidates for high office play up their ordinariness.
Two key campaigners against Britain’s vetting database argue that Ed Balls’ ‘u-turn’ isn’t nearly enough: the vetting regime must be dismantled.
Malthusianism is so widespread that greens can now openly sing the praises of China’s population authoritarianism.
Environmentalists claiming that the Copenhagen summit is ‘the last chance’ to save the planet sound like a broken record.
Frank Furedi recalls being educated through fear in Stalinist Hungary, and is disturbed that the same tactics are now used by environmentalists.
Having lost the war on drugs, the UK police now want to wean young people off cocaine by flagging up its eco-impact.
It’s a fitting end to the Year of Surreal Industrial Relations that it has taken BA cabin crew to stand up for workers.
The most surprising thing about Tony Blair’s ‘revelation’ that he would have deposed Saddam regardless was that so many found it shocking.
James Howell thought university life would be filled with junk food, non-conformism and critical thinking. He was wrong.
Italian politicians are taking advantage of the attack on Silvio Berlusconi in Milan to clamp down on liberties.
At least the tabloids only expect Woods to spill the beans. The left bizarrely expects him to ‘challenge capitalism’.
The jeering of a climate sceptic by supposedly liberal atheists confirms that questioning manmade climate change is the new blasphemy.
We should hammer Tiger Woods if he gets caught in a bunker, not for who he bunks up with in his private life.
BBC Four’s Hop, Skip and Jump suggested that risk-aversion is a bigger problem for kids than TV and gangs.
One month ago, NASA made one of the most important discoveries of our lifetimes: water on the moon. Why aren’t we more excited about it?
Given humankind’s ingenuity, we would have no trouble adapting to a possible rise in global temperatures.
For our confused and cut-off leaders, Copenhagen offered a chance to magic up some historic momentum.
The idea that a PR, celebrity spectacle like Copenhagen could change the world is worse than naive – it’s ludicrous.
Challenging Ireland’s abortion ban in the European Court of Human Rights is a poor substitute for political debate.
The decision of the European Court of Human Rights to ban crucifixes in Italian schools sets a dangerous precedent.
How one celebrity offspring has managed to avoid the trap of trading off her parents' fame.
The chart victory of the preposterous RATM suggests today’s yoof might be the uncoolest generation in history.
Both our paper rights and our unwritten freedoms were the victims of political GBH in the Noughties.
From Y2K to the threat of a flu-induced End of Days, a variety of panics went global in the Noughties.
There was much to celebrate in this decade: IT and medical breakthroughs and the further erosion of poverty.
This year’s swine flu panic crowned a decade in which the gap between public-health scaremongering and reality was vast.
…or perhaps more accurately, the Noughties was the decade when we forgot about politics.
A collection of articles from Mute - an arts/politics journal and website – provides some rich and rewarding insights into the political and cultural trends of the past five years.
By challenging the ‘xeno-racist’ immigration policy and practice of European states, Liz Fekete’s A Suitable Enemy makes a refreshing change from the sanctimony of official anti-racism and its tendency to bash the white working class.
In spite of the headline-seeking, drug-taking confessions, Andre Agassi’s autobiography offers a fascinating insight into the inner life of a sporting great.
The flint-hearted, prune-faced, carbon-obsessed bean-counters who want fewer people, especially fewer poor people, should reread A Christmas Carol.
With its angst-ridden, haughty prose and embarrassing sex scenes between a has-been actor and a lesbian, Philip Roth’s latest novel is a crime against his own oeuvre.
It’s long been derided as a super-dull city where the inhabitants have irritating accents, but Birmingham was the cradle of industry and has been a hotbed of free thought.
A provocative new book argues that a combination of suspicion towards adults and officialdom’s belief that children always tell the truth is creating a minefield of abuse accusations in schools.
Garry Bushell’s 1,001 Reasons Why EastEnders is Pony is not only a rollicking read – it also shines a light on the metaphorical castration of working-class soap characters by BBC bigwigs who have never set foot in the EastEnd.
Andrew Ross Sorkin entertainingly describes the dithering and panic at the heart of the US financial system as the 2008 banking crisis unfolded, but is too generous to those who allowed it to happen in the first place.
Fifty years after Raymond Chandler died, we need his ‘shop-soiled’ Galahad Philip Marlowe as much as ever to put our mixed-up world to rights.