Al Gore now says the Himalayan glaciers story was just ‘one small error’. In fact, it was every green’s trump card.
Ashley Cole’s misdemeanours have unleashed a tsunami of snobbery against wealthy working-class footballers.
Private Eye’s feeble apology for its support for Dr Andrew Wakefield reminds us of the media’s uncritical complicity in the MMR-autism theory.
The differences between the Haitian and Chilean earthquakes show why we need real development in the Third World.
Suicide itself – ‘the right of anyone to take his life’ – is being legitimated by the assisted-suicide campaign.
Some thoughts on what the assisted suicide debate tells us about our political life and times – and what Leon Trotsky might have made of it all.
Both the government and the opposition are scared of big, slow-return, risky projects – but Britain needs modernisation.
The government’s sex offenders disclosure scheme should remind us that it isn’t ‘the mob’ who are obsessed with paedos.
Labour and the Tories talk non-stop about ‘change’, but only because they would rather be in a state of perpetual flux than face up to political realities.
UK government policy is built on a long list of potential risks ‘out there’, but that’s no substitute for a political programme.
Instead of raising awareness about how to vote, how about raising the political temperature and making voting worthwhile?
Two veterans of the revolutionary left, Michael Fitzpatrick and Mick Hume, opt out of the nostalgia-fest following Michael Foot’s death.
Footballers like John Terry and Wayne Bridge need to man up and stop playing out their private dramas in public.
With giant beavers and Alanis Morissette, the closing ceremony of the Winter Games was a feast of stereotypes.
A new book reveals how celebrities’ and human rights activists’ simple-minded moral posturing on Darfur made the conflict even worse.
Shock-doc Dirty Oil wants us to hate the massive oil operation in Alberta, Canada. But I couldn’t help feeling awestruck.
Israel’s policy of assassinating its enemies springs from its culture of victimhood rather than any political strength.
It was not ‘the mob’ that turned James Bulger’s killer into a symbol of evil and moral decay – it was the decadent political elite and media.
The BBC’s critique of Live Aid replaces the view of Africans as victims with a view of them as corrupt.
Political observers are cynically celebrating the Iraqi elections as a welcome contrast to dumb apathy here at home.
As Republicans and Democrats squabble over who is most corrupt, the American people become more cynical about the entire political class.
In the run-up to next week’s live spiked debate, Rob Killick says Google is neither ‘good’ nor ‘evil’ – it’s just a very big business.
Riffing off one glib observation after another, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story is his weakest film yet.
Britain’s illiberal authorities are exploiting the tragic ‘Facebook murder’ to demonise social-networking sites.
Size isn’t everything – history shows that it takes more than a majority of members of parliament to make a strong and purposeful government.
Ahead of next week’s live spiked debate, Andrew Orlowski looks at how Google is securing profits and overriding copyright law.
Neither ‘momentous’ nor ‘historic’, the devolution deal is just more of the same in the neverending peace process.
Red tape-obsessed, visionless governments are holding back the kind of big and risky innovation society needs.
For the liberal intelligentsia to accuse Denise Fergus of warping law, justice and morality is blame-shifting of epic proportions.
Andrew Lang’s moving and punchy debut film is a tale of young pugilists’ triumph over adversity in Havana.
Professor Brian Cox is an engaging guide to the wonders of space. But he might be just a bit too wide-eyed.
A new book explodes the myth of racist children and reveals how anti-racist initiatives in British schools have split pupils into ethnic camps.
Ahead of a live spiked debate, Simon Davies of Privacy International says Google should stop treating privacy as a pain.
Musician Joe Jackson on why drinking, smoking singers are now depicted as dangerous rather than glamorous.
Jack Straw’s proposal for a fully elected second chamber is motivated by a desire to limit and frustrate real, direct, passionate democracy.
In the run-up to this week’s live spiked debate, Jason Walsh of forth magazine asks if Google's behaviour really is abnormal.
It is job-cutting, wage-freezing British Airways that has behaved deplorably, not its action-taking cabin crew.
Louise Turnbull reports from Scotland where rule-following firemen failed to rescue a woman trapped in a mine shaft.
ELECTION ESSAY: Frank Furedi explains why the mighty mess Labour made of education won’t be fixed by privatisation or parental pressure.
Ahead of this week’s live spiked debate, David Crow of City AM offers his thoughts on Google’s current predicament.
Ludicrously strict visa rules for artists and academics from overseas are strangling cultural life in the UK.
Far from ‘keeping America safe’, the elite’s depiction of the US as fragile and at-risk makes even lonely weirdos seem like a deadly threat.
Apparently 40,000 ‘hookers’ will be trafficked to South Africa for the World Cup. Where have we heard that story before?
Whether it is cigarettes, booze or soda, it’s not the place of the taxman to dissuade us from our enjoyable bad habits.
Ten years after a libel trial closed LM magazine, its former editor reflects on how that case foreshadowed the battles over free speech today.
Science on TV has had low expectations of audiences for too long, but a couple of new programmes have bucked the trend.
Le Big Mac may be on the rise, but a French woman explains why her country’s food culture is still alive and well.
When Becks snapped that tendon, it ended an era marked by public tears, metrosexuality and great corners.
What a shame that David Willetts, one of the few intellectual parliamentarians, has written such a wrongheaded book on the baby boomers.
Despite what politicians say, the way to reduce the UK’s fiscal deficit is to boost production, not curb consumption.
Tim Black reports from last Thursday’s spiked debate at the Royal Society of Arts, which asked: ‘Is Google too big?’
The health reforms in the US are neither historic nor disastrous. They simply show what ‘Change’ means under Obama: tinkering on the edges.
Attacks on the church are less likely to foster a free, secular society than a suspicious, state-dominated one.
No normal people care about the Byers-Hewitt-Hoon scandal, proving that sleaze-hunting is now an utterly elite pursuit.
ELECTION ESSAY: The elite now expresses its snobbery and authoritarianism by being ‘pro-immigration’ rather than anti-immigration.
The leaders’ wives – Serious Sarah, Sexy Sam, Anonymous Miriam – are taking the politics of personality to a new low.
The environmentalists fighting to stop the construction of a huge dam in Ethiopia must have no regard for human life.
It’s not enough for libertarians to defend free speech for gay groups and others they agree with. They must defend it for their opponents, too.
If nothing else, the rumour about the hip-hop star taking over at Selhurst Park has blinged up a dismal season.
In his last TV column for spiked, Patrick West muses on the idea that extraterrestrials watch human TV shows.
Whether they’re marshalling ‘science’ to stop us from smoking or from eating meat, we should all be more sceptical of the new expert class.
Novelist Ian McEwan is clearly not a climate-change sceptic, but as a writer he cannot resist showing up the humbug in the heavily ideological field of contemporary environmentalism.
A biography of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author, L Frank Baum, speculates about the weird and wonderful characters in the children’s classic, and why Baum was a one-hit wonder.
Maybe human beings are fundamentally irrational – why else did I read Rebecca Goldstein's clunky, academic, atheistic novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God from cover to cover?
A fascinating new collection of essays examines how the commercialisation and politicisation of the Olympic Games have made them less and less about ‘swifter, higher, stronger’.
Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall (yes, Hugh’s mum) has written an interesting history of food rationing during the Second World War. But bizarrely, she is nostalgic for that period.
The controversial French philosopher Elisabeth Badinter has stirred up a storm with her critique of the Anglo-American eco-mums whose values are now invading France.
If Terry Eagleton is right that evil is literally, supremely pointless, and also reassuringly rare in a world full of human purpose, then why are we discovering it everywhere we look?
Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, co-author of What Darwin Got Wrong (reviewed in this issue of the spiked review of books), says Darwinism has become a new secular faith that you transgress at your peril.
Following mainstream scientists’ celebration of Darwin’s big birthday last year, two new books argue that Darwin’s theory is not all it’s cracked up to be. Are they on to anything?
The so-called ‘progressive greens’ challenging the idea that the planet is overpopulated are actually only interested in making Malthusian thinking more palatable and PC.
Britain might soon face power cuts if it doesn’t invest in new energy generation - and, yes, that means embracing nuclear.
With authoritarian politicians on one side and elitist experts on the other, the public is shunted from the drugs debate.
The reaction to the paedophile priest scandal is as guilty of scaremongering, illiberalism and elitism as the Catholic Church has ever been.
Guy Rundle reports from Rome on how the disarray of the left has helped to keep the man they love to hate in power.
Can a play depicting Bolsheviks as a menace and royalists as victims reveal any truths about the revolution?
Vince Cable’s performance in last night’s debate confirmed that he is the unofficial spokesman for a nasty petit-bourgeois outlook.
Ask the Chancellors showed that the economy, for so long a flashpoint ideological issue, is now utterly divorced from Politics with a capital P.
What kind of country arrests religious preachers in the streets and drags them to court? Britain, actually.
‘Gorvid Camerown’, the ‘Labservative party’... The Lib Dems’ spoof election campaign is neither big nor clever.
Google’s passion for the free flow of information, including in China, is based on business interests and naive politics.
The aim of the MPs’ investigation was not to uncover the truth, but to defend the moral authority of climate-change alarmism.