There’s nothing original in David Cameron’s phrase, which has been spouted for years by tabloids, celebs and politicians.
Contrary to the wild claims of the ‘Broken Britain’ brigade, the Edlington child assaults were exceptional, not typical.
Trusting lawyers to decide when wars are illegal also means trusting them to decide when wars are legal. That’s called tyranny.
The shrillness and rank stupidity of the anti-Blair hysteria around the Iraq inquiry echoes the way Saddam was monstered to justify the war.
It is time we started evaluating studies on the effects of booze on their merits rather than on who happened to fund them.
As it heads for possible defeat in a General Election, what is Labour’s big idea? To ban smoking all over again.
Yes, Dr Andrew Wakefield’s MMR-autism theory was dishonest, but he’s not the only one to blame for the great vaccine scare of the past 12 years.
The farcical devolution talks at Stormont should remind us of the need to replace the exhausted institutions, both north and south.
Banning the diary from schools because she wrote about sex is bizarre. But so are the attempts to turn it into a guide to life.
If you believe in freedom of association, then you must accept the right of private institutions to discriminate.
Anthony Horowitz, author of the bestselling teenage spy novels, talks to Jennie Bristow about vetting and the poisoning of adult-child relations.
Yes, we need a better drinking culture: one where alcohol consumption is not seen as a social problem.
As the Australian experience shows, so-called Alternative Voting obscures rather than expresses the democratic will.
The problem with the IPCC is not that some of its science is dodgy, but the fact that it elevates science per se above politics and democracy.
In a programme that was as much about the much-mocked cockney as UFOs, Dyer showed an unidentified side of himself.
The England captain may have been a two-timing shit to his wife, but that’s a bad reason for Fabio Capello to sack him.
From libidinous Bill and crazy Hillary to the narcissistic John Edwards, Game Change shines a glorious, gossipy light on American politics.
It’s tipped to win Oscars, yet Precious is black-trash porn designed to titillate Oprahites and Hollywood liberals.
The death of tribal languages is sometimes a good thing, revealing the itchy dynamism of human society.
With Republicans pandering to the hard right and Democrats labelling their liberal critics ‘retards’, the US political scene is in a weird state of stasis.
It is right and proper that Meryl Streep hasn’t won an Oscar since Sophie’s Choice in 1982. But just try telling her fans.
‘Climategate’ confirms what many of us already knew: that claims of future catastrophe are political, not scientific.
Welcome to CeleBritain, where more of us seem to care passionately about who is England football captain than which dullard politician is PM.
Clint Eastwood’s Invictus reproduces the euphoria of South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup win, and many of its illusions too.
Under the cover of ‘protecting kids’, censorious groups are demonising the internet as a dark and dangerous place.
New research suggesting ‘third-hand smoke’ is a major health hazard was spurred by policy, not hard science.
The post-expenses-scandal idea that MPs are ‘nothing special’ is another way of saying that the public’s choices and desires are nothing special.
Hollywood’s post-Philadelphia love-in with all things gay has less to do with equality than with feeling superior to the redneck masses.
Why has torture become a flashpoint political issue today when it was so flagrantly ignored in the past?
A new report shows just how devastating, irrational and unfair are the UK’s restrictions on international students.
It is the Democrats’ deep-seated disdain for the masses and the Republicans’ continued state of disarray that allows Sarah Palin to thrive.
The director is popular with the arthouse crowd because he gives their prejudices a gloss of seriousness.
Mayweather v Pacquiao fell apart over drug-testing – but there are much more effective ways to bend the rules.
Everyone’s surprised that Gordon Brown will reportedly cry on TV, yet New Labourites have been blubbing publicly for years.
With her memoir of a rebellious youth well spent, Suze Rotolo proves she is so much more than that girl on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album.
Yes, the UK identity-card scheme is costly and clunky, but the main reason to oppose it is in the name of freedom.
If a ‘Robin Hood’ tax on financial speculation is so radical, why are world leaders paying lip service to it?
Parental determinism – the idea that parenting skills shape the future – makes Stalin’s economic determinism seem almost subtle by comparison.
The sacking of Baroness Tonge was not the work of any Jewish lobby, but of Britain’s own fearful and impotent political elite.
The BNP made their ‘big decision’ in the pub where I learnt karate and watched Sunday lunchtime strippers.
The cajoling of the racist BNP to change its constitution should alarm everyone who believes in free association.
The bizarre notion of giving your enemy advanced warning of an assault reveals much about the West’s self-defeating adventure in Afghanistan.
FB may have hundreds of millions of users, but judging by its campaign groups it won’t change the world anytime soon.
Guy Rundle visits the troubled country’s capital to try to find the truth behind the much-caricatured crisis.
Article after article after article now tells us that human overpopulation of the planet is the Great Unmentionable. Hmm, something doesn’t add up.
Reports about ‘eco-quarrels’ causing relationship breakdowns show how green-think can poison human relationships.
The lack of public protest against the current conflict has its roots in the inadequacy of opposition to the Iraq war.
A compassionate society should accept that mercy killings take place. But that doesn’t mean publicly sanctioning them.
Once upon a time, you kicked us Brits out when we tried to tell you how to run your affairs. It’s time to do the same with Jamie Oliver.
With its ruminations on death, modernity and sentiment, there is more to Tom Ford’s directorial debut than some critics suggest.
With the pop stars being either old or imitating a time when nostalgia was in, the ceremony was a postmodern pastiche.
To make English football more competitive requires a massive redistribution of wealth, not a fourth place play-off.
Prosperity’s critics are demonising material desires and calling for governments to elevate happiness over growth. It’s time to fight back.
A verbal war fought out in the letters pages of the British press has revealed the vacuity of economic debate today.
The PCC’s ruling on Jan Moir didn’t cause much fuss because the job of censuring her had already been done.
Money has always been a prime reason for marriage, so why are working-class women who wed wealthy footballers seen as vulgar?
The real problem is not Brown’s behaviour but the therapy culture’s cultivation of self-styled victims who experience everything as ‘bullying’.
Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem celebrates a raucous, rebellious England over contemporary conformity.
An Oscar-nominated documentary about America’s food industry is simply ‘outrage porn’ for organic eaters.
The treatment of peer-reviewed science as an unquestionable form of authority is corrupting the peer-review system and damaging public debate.
The idea that the sex-ed curriculum is pure and neutral, in contrast to faith schools’ alleged bigotry, is nonsense.
‘Advertising is based on one thing: happiness’, says Don Draper. Not for the British government, it isn’t.
...mostly because it appears they could be even more full of New Labourite nonsense.
A radio series on Johnny Cash explains why this singer of dark’n’moody country songs still lives in our affections.
It’s a bunch of sports that Brits don’t understand, yet our sports columnist finds himself glued to events in Vancouver.
Yes, the Italian decision on Google was mad, but many of the British politicians slating it also have a dire track record on freedom of speech.
Death to Trad Rock, John Robb’s splendid recollection of the noisenik experimentalism of the Eighties and early-Nineties indie music scene, is not just nostalgia for fortysomethings – it’s a timely reminder of less sanitised, conformist times.
A brave new book challenges the introduction of anti-racist policies in British schools, arguing that they blow everyday spats out of proportion and split kids along ethnic lines.
Veteran green Stewart Brand’s new book proves a surprisingly useful source of arguments and facts against green dogmas. But critics of environmentalism should still be wary of him.
It sounds like an unquestionably good idea, yet officialdom’s promotion of happiness and wellbeing is driven by disdain for economic growth and a penchant for conformism.
In his new book, heavyweight economist Joseph Stiglitz imagines he is making a profound contribution to the debate about the recession. In truth he offers only shallow and rehashed arguments.
Martin Amis’s complaint that he is treated badly by the British press is bizarre. Even his painfully bad new novel The Pregnant Widow – full of tits, Islam and pseudo-poetry – has been slavishly well-received.
Rob Crilly’s new book is a fine work of reportage, challenging the myths and misunderstandings that surround Darfur and exposing how celebrity campaigners intensified the conflict.
David Willetts is one of today’s very few intellectual parliamentarians, which makes the fact that he has now written a neo-Malthusian, generation-bashing book all the more depressing.