Sculptor Nancy Fouts provides a stimulating exercise in juxtaposition in her London show.
In flambéing Jamie Oliver, the Lib-Con health secretary is striking a blow against a deeply patronising form of politics.
A proposed Israeli bill to punish groups that call for boycotts is the ugly conclusion to today’s shallow Israel-bashing.
A contributor to a major report on ‘fetal pain’ says the facts are important, but a woman’s right to choose should be discussed in moral terms.
The old school of political comedy shares too many of the new elite’s pretensions to be able to make fun of them.
Apparently the Brazilians are ruthlessly efficient and the Germans play with flair. And commentators still talk crap.
The scientific and political defensiveness about vivisection gives the green light to misanthropic animal-rights activists.
A new book hysterically imagines that the crisis of Western liberalism is being brought about by fecund foreign fundamentalists.
The branding of a perfectly normal 11-year-old boy as ‘overweight’ shows how mad the obesity panic has become.
A former breastfeeder says of course mums should be free to nurse in public, but why do so many of them want to?
The predictions of success for African teams and of triumph for Latin America’s ‘beautiful game’ were based on fantasy football politics.
The director of Big Brother Watch argues that Google has failed to respond properly to privacy concerns.
The head of a privacy think tank says the internet giant should be more honest about what data it’s collecting.
Kicking off spiked’s proposals for which laws should be thrown in the shredding machine of history: rip up the religious hatred act.
Labour’s school building scheme was a poor substitute for raising educational standards, but axing it is a bad idea.
Four commentators will debate the potential for IT and telecoms at Thursday night’s spiked debate in London.
The bombings in London in 2005 were homegrown, nihilistic acts — not part of an international terrorist conspiracy.
Despite its predictable warning about personal ambition, Derick Martini’s comedy is a cut above the usual indie fare.
A French poster unwittingly reveals the kind of relationship the therapeutic state wants to have with tobacco users.
We can only give kids the independence they need if we have faith in other people to look out for them.
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act is based on a poisonous assumption: that every adult is a potential abuser unless state-approved.
So it’s not The Wire, but at least ITV’s new drama Identity is an intriguing exploration of the surveillance society.
The only thing that was more tired than the English players was the litany of excuses for their failure.
With its positive approach to the future, Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist is a breath of fresh air in today’s smog of misanthropy.
Labour MP John Robertson worries that a lack of education leaves many blind to the dangers of the internet.
Lib Dem MP Tom Brake calls for dialogue between government and internet companies prior to product deployment.
Derek Wyatt, former MP and chair of the All-Party Internet group, says that Google is not entitled to our private data.
MP Robert Halfon argues that we need to stop internet companies from creating their own surveillance society.
The boring Spanish deserved to win, but spare us the moralistic guff about the beautiful game’s triumph over ‘Cloggers’.
Kicking off a week of reports from Tibet, spiked’s editor finds that Lhasa is nothing like the mystical kingdom of British imperial fantasies.
While the UK tightens its collective belt, why must we put up with Charles, a useless, unelected feudal throwback?
Bob Geldof’s charitable venture ushered in an era in which Africa once more appeared as the white man’s burden.
The Chinese authorities use the idea that Tibet is somehow ‘different’ to justify the lack of democracy and development.
The police authorities and media were the ones who seemed most delusional about the fugitive gunman’s powerful image and anti-hero status.
Around 400 years ago, Britain faced another problem of dwindling energy resources: ‘peak wood’.
Those espousing austerity measures for the UK might want to look at the bitter experience of those across the Irish Sea.
Western activists are often disappointed to find that Tibetans aren’t keen on living lives of peaceful, contemplative poverty.
In the latest in spiked’s series on laws fit for the scrapheap, Tim Black argues for the UK’s snooper’s charter: the RIP Act.
A High Court ruling against the ‘shock jock’ confirmed that the state can pick and choose what we’re allowed to hear.
As part of spiked’s series of law-busting demands, a Brighton resident explains why he’d like to free the city of booze bans.
In one of their first interviews with a Westerner since the 2008 unrest, Tibetan officials wildly claim that the ‘Dalai clique’ is behind everything.
While the football itself might have been below par, there was still plenty to savour from the past month in South Africa.
A witty sit-com about a vicar who is not from Dibley is in stark contrast to most of the BBC’s bland, safety-first comedy output.
Tibetans are caught between a Chinese authoritarianism that treats them as undeserving of liberty, and a shallow Western solidarity that treats them as incapable of exercising liberty.
A vital new book calls for a counter-offensive against the idea that economic growth and mass prosperity are no longer desirable.
Calling for ExxonMobil to stop funding climate-sceptic groups is really a demand that these groups be silenced.
The Royal Society’s two-year study of population seems to have already decided that there are ‘too many people’.
The fools who want to obliterate the face veil in the name of Enlightened values clearly don't know what Enlightenment is all about.
Instead, big ICT companies and national regulators need to work together to set out international privacy standards.
Musician Joe Jackson on why it’s time to extinguish this illiberal, undemocratic, junk science-inspired legislation.
Patrick Hayes speaks to the weird and not-so-wonderful campers facing eviction from the ‘Democracy Village’.
The ‘Prince of Darkness’ has published his party’s political obituary – and been pilloried by erstwhile Labour allies as they still cling to the corpse.
A government-backed campaign to get the entire UK adult population online threatens to make cyber slaves of us all.
The panic about footie fans getting HIV in South Africa exposes the moral colonialism of AIDS campaigning.
There are some good instincts behind the Lib-Cons' BS agenda. But it risks reducing politics to the level of community cakebaking.
Museums aren’t businesses and they shouldn’t be selling off their treasures to pay the electricity bill or mend the roof.
In a sweaty Westminster room, Tim Black joined 60 Tories who talked more about how we vote than what we vote for.
When cyclists are continually told that their mode of transport is saving humanity from doom, it’s no wonder so many of them are annoying pricks.
Feted as a youngster, new Liverpool-signing Joe Cole has spent much of his professional career giving the ball away.
C4’s film about the world’s first gay parents was both thought-provoking and tacky at the same time.
A new book exposes the problems with Third World aid missions, but ends up replacing NGOs’ black-and-white view of Africa with its own.
The jury is out on whether David Cameron’s flagship initiative will really reduce the role of the state in our lives.
The hit BBC show reveals the bean-counting cautiousness and lack of entrepreneurial spirit of today’s capitalists.
The expulsion of Nick Griffin from a palace garden party shows how desperate the political class is to keep the BNP as their pet bête noire.
Danton’s Death at the National Theatre is a thrilling study of how social relations melt into air during revolutions.
The deaths of 20 revellers is a terrible tragedy, but we shouldn’t respond to such events by putting life on hold.
Journalists’ increasing reliance on leaks is turning them into passive recipients of information rather than active seekers of truth.
Far from being enlightened, the attacks on Catholicism ahead of the pope’s UK visit are illiberal, censorious and ignorant.
Speed cameras are neither scarily Orwellian devices nor the saviours of pedestrians from rampaging motorists.
Of course child sexual abuse is a heinous crime that should be punished. But fantasising about child sexual abuse should not be.
Alex Higgins stood out in an era when sportsmen tend to have every crease of personality ironed out of them.
Amish: World’s Squarest Teenagers provides an enlightening and upbeat insight into teenage life.
Far from being anti-war heroes, UN weapons inspectors paved the way for the bombing of the ‘bastards’ and ‘moral lepers’ of Iraq.
Yes, the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM is mad, labelling even shyness a disorder. But it didn’t create today’s therapy culture.
Zoe Williams’ witty and insightful Bring It On, Baby joins a tiny handful of new books calling for solidarity between parents and a war of resistance against patronising parenting propaganda.
This occasionally meandering critique of assisted dying may be written by a priest, but that should not detract from the sharp insights and cogent criticism contained within.
Anthony Seldon’s book on how to restore trust in Britain is a hastily put together manual for how to coerce people into having faith in each other and institutions, relying on anecdotes, pop-philosophy and polls. It’s not to be trusted.
Should parents be free to create ‘saviour siblings’? To have boys and no girls? What about making sure their baby is deaf? A fascinating new book explores these modern moral dilemmas.
Philippe Legrain’s Aftershock is a lucid and open-minded introduction to the world economy. But it makes the common mistake of blaming bankers for the current economic crisis.
Many of today’s self-styled ‘Enlightened thinkers’ actually have little regard for the freedom of conscience and principle of autonomy that underpinned Enlightenment thought. Tzvetan Todorov gives them their comeuppance.
Although the GDR was little better than an open prison, a surprising number of its former citizens hanker after the old days. Such a longing for old certainties exists elsewhere in the West, too.
Wolfgang Sofsky’s Privacy: A Manifesto is the finest defence of freedom, autonomy and human dignity published in years. We could do worse than use it as a springboard for reclaiming the unpoliced space.