All those who value choice, liberty and enjoying a pint should resist the killjoys’ war on ‘boozy Britain’.
Npower’s decision to send out millions of mostly useless lightbulbs shows how demented climate-change targets can be.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s promotion from loser to enemy of civilisation suggests the politics of fear is a bigger threat than bitter individuals.
Comedian and radio presenter Tom Binns tells spiked how he was sacked for the crime of ‘insulting the monarch’.
James Cameron’s latest extravaganza is technically stunning yet promotes a bleak view of humanity.
Twenty years after kicking the habit, spiked’s editor-at-large Mick Hume bemoans the changed view of smokers and quitting.
With deep divisions within the green camp and little popular support without, Copenhagen could not succeed.
A proposal to cap the UK population at 70million shows how mainstream miserabilist population control has become.
The Conservatives’ declaration of war on supermarkets shows just how elitist and snobby is today’s anti-Tesco sentiment.
Essay: The anti-choice lobby’s claim that abortions always impact on women’s mental health is moralism masquerading as science.
Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest manmade structure in history, stands in glorious contrast to the pessimism of the West.
The clash between self-pitying Islamists and weeping military men is a perfect metaphor for the ‘war on terror’.
Those who welcome the film version of The Road as eco-propaganda for the masses have missed the point of McCarthy’s literary masterpiece.
There was more to the punk scene than sneering, swearing and affected nihilism. There were some decent tunes, too.
Football’s overlords cannot comprehend fans’ lack of interest in the FA Cup. Truth is, we’ve simply outgrown it.
Many still believe that Obama’s people reacted to the recession with vision and decisiveness. A new book reveals a very different story.
It is elite self-flattery to think Jonathan Ross was hounded out of the BBC by a Puritanical Middle-England lynch mob.
The post-Pantsman labelling of Yemen as a hotbed of terrorism is not the first time that nation has been unfairly demonised.
The so-called Hewitt-Hoon ‘coup’ merely confirmed that the less public purpose Labour has, the more internally corrosive it becomes.
The gun attack on the Togo football team has unleashed a torrent of fearmongering about the ‘Dark Continent’.
Created to frustrate the will of the people, Northern Ireland and its political parties barely function anymore.
However the scandal over the Robinsons unfolds, Northern Ireland politics will remain dominated by a one-party system: the Peace Process Party.
The idea that Alastair Campbell is single-handedly responsible for the disaster of Iraq is politically bonkers.
New research says children’s packed lunches are unhealthy. But what we feed our kids is no business of government.
Voltaire’s belief in freedom of speech has been so spectacularly abandoned by mainstream society that it can now be co-opted by radical Islamists.
The start of England’s first judge-only trial for 400 years is yet another blow to everyone’s democratic rights.
The proposal to teach financial responsibility to kids shows schools have replaced learning with social engineering.
Evangelist Pat Robertson’s real mistake was to describe the calamity in Haiti as God’s work rather than Gaia’s work.
‘Extreme weather’ is not so much a scientific category as a cultural metaphor, expressing humanity’s anxiety about its place in the world.
Sex & Drugs & Rock’n’Roll is a fantastic evocation of Seventies Britain and the funny, aggressive world of an unlikely pop star.
A film about a man trying to cope with a distressing condition suggested we’re only really moved by the truly weird.
Liverpool’s poor season just keeps getting poorer, but the sulky Spaniard is clinging on to his job.
A new book argues that mistrust of adults and the erroneous belief that children always tell the truth are creating a minefield of abuse accusations.
Underdevelopment and lack of economic growth made the Haitian earthquake far worse than it might have been.
There’s a danger that giving to Haiti has become a way of advertising our decency rather than helping the desperate.
The slow delivery of aid to Haitians suggests that even the noble mission of saving lives has been subordinated to the dictates of risk-aversion.
Recent figures on both sides of the Atlantic suggest claims of an epidemic of weight-related illness are grossly exagerrated.
News that Himalayan glaciers are not receding as quickly as claimed shows we need new ways to assess the evidence.
The UK government’s border ban on an American shock jock reveals its utter disdain for freedom of speech and its fear of a volatile public.
Anti-tobacco campaigners want to make Britain ‘smokefree’ - so what have they got against smokeless e-cigarettes?
The Home Office-backed charity Drinkaware might just be the most patronising public health initiative ever.
The all-party support for yet another crackdown on drinkers is a sign of the illiberal times – and a far cry from past battles over booze.
Yes, ‘money can’t buy you happiness’ is a cliché, but it’s made to feel fresh in the new George Clooney film Up in the Air.
Will Straw’s tantrums about Blair’s betrayal of his father confirm New Labour’s descent into mafia-style infighting.
Gordon Brown’s stringent security measures in response to one failed bombing show the madness of the ‘war on terror’.
A win for a Republican unknown not only spoiled Obama’s one-year anniversary in office – it also exposed a deeper crisis of American politics.
The death of ‘the voice of rugby’ Bill McLaren has prompted too much nostalgia for an era that never was.
Football clubs’ semi-Orwellian efforts to keep their players off Twitter will further alienate footballers from their fans.
A new book reveals the behind-the-scenes soap opera in which BBC suits continually tried to emasculate EastEnders’ working-class characters.
PHOTO ESSAY: spiked joined a mass photographers’ protest against Britain’s freedom-sapping terrorism laws.
Healthy-living killjoys now even want to ban the yellow creamy stuff that makes food so tasty and enjoyable.
Obama’s plan to reform the big banks is rank political opportunism and will do little to address the underlying problems of the financial crisis.
Holocaust Memorial Day rips the slaughter of millions out of its historical context to teach us that we are all capable of evil.
By latching on to the ‘heroic’ Pantsman, bin Laden proved he is an attention-seeking exploiter of Western anxiety.
There should be full freedom of speech for ‘extremists’ in British universities – and also for those who want to slate or ridicule them.
A BBC film ‘made’ by chimpanzees at Edinburgh Zoo only confirms how different humans and apes really are.
Banning ‘football hooligans’ from going abroad during the World Cup is a shocking violation of free movement.
The ‘end of the recession’ in Britain? An honest debate about how to confront the malaise and restructure the economy has not even begun.
Administration might spell the end of the Crystal Palace football club, but it won’t crush the supporters’ spirit.
A question for all those who think the Beeb is just one big liberal-left conspiracy: have you actually watched TV lately?
How did Haiti so quickly become a conduit for celebrity emoting, celebrity gossip and even celebrity rescue operations?
It would be brilliant if El Sistema, Venezuela’s social movement for classical music education, came to Britain. But there are obstacles.
It is true that in the world economy, R&D, laboratories and national competitiveness aren’t everything – but they count for more than Amar Bhidé suggests.
Harold Evans’ autobiography doesn’t only reveal the sparkle of his long career in journalism and publishing – it also sheds light on what is (and is not) behind today’s crisis of reporting.
Tom Standage’s fascinating new book reveals how central were the production, transportation and consumption of food to the creation of human societies and human progress.
John Kampfner’s account of the erosion of freedom following the end of the Cold War is written with verve and clarity. But is he right that we were all bought off by consumerism?
He may not have published very much, but Salinger’s contribution to modern literature was enormous: the creation of a new kind of literary character struggling with the crisis and corrosion of The Individual.
She is best known as the girl on the cover of Bob Dylan’s album The Freewheelin’, yet her memoir of her full and rebellious youth suggests there is far more to Suze Rotolo.
With his hatred of nightclubs and blokes, his constant carping about what’s on TV, and his recent campaign to censure a newspaper columnist, Charlie Brooker is the closest thing we have to a modern-day Mary Whitehouse.
It’s not surprising that Game Change became such a speedy bestseller and is the talk of America – its revelations about what happened behind the scenes in the 2008 presidential race are toe-curlingly fascinating.
Today’s critics of prosperity are guarded about expressing their views directly, instead hiding behind climate change, ideas about ‘moral limits’, and the elevation of happiness over GDP. This makes it even more important to oppose them.