The BBFC’s effective banning of A Serbian Film shows that we still aren’t trusted to judge movies for ourselves.
Why was the mental-health lobby so quick to diagnose depression in the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground?
There is nothing new nor alien about cricketing scandals; the sport of Empire has always been torn between high morals and low tactics.
Greenpeace’s latest stunt in the Arctic suggests that what it really fears is human exploration and expansion.
The removal of US troops isn’t that significant. Politically and emotionally, Washington left Iraq some time around 2004.
That Blair has published his bitchy memoirs at a time when Labour is picking a new leader speaks volumes about the end of grown-up politics.
I know he’s 37 and his best days are behind him, but I’m stupidly excited that Palace have signed Edgar Davids.
By introducing weekly gangland killings and bent coppers, The Bill thought it could become Croydon’s answer to The Wire.
Still raucous, hedonistic and BS-intolerant, author and celeb chef Anthony Bourdain serves up more scrumptious food stories in Medium Raw.
The campaign to ramp up the price of booze is an unspoken class war by wine-quaffers against cider-consumers.
Twentysomething Brits shouldn’t have to provide state-backed ID in order to purchase a glass of wine or can of beer.
The Lib-Cons’ proposed reforms to the licensing laws would make them even more authoritarian and killjoy than they already are - no mean feat.
For fear of being branded elitist, British libraries have ruinously sacrificed silence and good books for cafés and DVDs.
Anti-traffickers promiscuously use the s-word in order to present themselves as heroic rescuers of fallen women.
The great irony of the campaign against the pope is that it uses the same process of demonology that the Catholic Church once excelled at.
The relentless politicisation of the humble school dinner has been bad for parents, teachers and children.
A new New York resident says it is mad for skyscrapers to dim their lights just to save the lives of migrating birds.
Is reheating an old scandal about a Tory spindoctor and phone tapping at the News of the World really the best the Opposition can offer?
We don’t need a prudish and unaccountable watchdog to decide how products and services are presented to us.
This Is England 86 confirms that the 1980s are now the most mythologised decade of the twentieth century.
The massive, unnecessary storm over the US pastor planning to burn some Korans speaks to the post-9/11 disarray of Western society.
It’s not only Coleen and Cheryl who have fallen out of love with England players - the supporters are cheesed off, too.
Never mind the history nerds, the hit US show reflects a modern ambivalence towards consumerism.
In a sparkling, erudite polemic, Helene Guldberg demolishes the idea that apes are anything as intelligent or emotional as human beings.
Did Catholic priests really rape 10,000 children over the past 50 years, as respectable media outlets claim? No, they didn't.
Sarrazin’s claim that people are imprisoned by their ethnicity is not that different from PC notions of ‘diversity’.
The expulsion of the Roma is not a simple case of racism. Rather, this act of aggression speaks to the profound crisis of the French Republic.
Green advertising campaigns are aimed at scaring adults witless and turning kids into Mao-style mum-policing spies.
A 20-year-old American student warns Britain not to adopt America’s puritanical and invasive alcohol policies.
It was the profound jitteriness of Western society that allowed one cranky pastor from Florida with 50 followers to hold the whole world to ransom.
Today’s incessant intellectual attacks on the baby boomers are really just a pubescent cry of ‘I HATE YOU!’.
Greens must have very hard hearts if they can look at flood-hit Ethiopia and still say ‘don’t build dams’.
Those comparing the unions’ campaign to the Winter of Discontent or the poll tax protests are living in the past, or cloud cuckoo land.
Why both the left and right are fantasising about a new Winter of Discontent, and why spiked isn’t.
As the pope arrives in Britain, the Advertising Standards Authority bans an anti-Catholic advert. Where are the protests?
The current Catholic-baiting springs from the cultural elite’s suspicion of anyone who, unlike them, has strong beliefs.
The idea that the pope is responsible for spreading AIDS in Africa is built on some very dodgy, colonial-style prejudices.
The campaigners against the pope’s visit have more in common with the fanatical Inquisitors of old than with Enlightened liberal humanists.
In his new BBC show, affable choirmaster Gareth Malone joins the chorus of complaints about underachieving lads.
After 36 years, loyal Liverpool fan Rob Lyons finally gets to sing ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’ at the Spion Kop.
Maybe – if they practised for 10,000 hours. Mick Hume reviews a book by a former Olympian that challenges the myth of natural-born talent.
Saturday’s elections were more about giving a shot in the arm to Western politicians than giving control to Afghanis.
A new report blames teachers for overdiagnosing kids with special needs. But the whole of society is playing this game.
Saturday’s demo against the pope confirmed that he has been transformed into an Emmanuel Goldstein figure for so-called humanists to hate.
The Swedish elections confirm that even in every leftist’s idea of political paradise, labourism is on its last legs.
A new play on Afghanistan exposes the ideological nature of our apparently neutral ways of seeing the world.
Its demands for tax cuts for billionaires and an end to the tyranny of bicycle paths make the Tea Party seem nuts. So why is it so popular?
Two men have been found guilty of ‘providing sperm without a licence’. But is there a man in Britain who hasn’t done that?
When politicians bang on about feral boys and wear stab-proof vests, it’s not surprising young women are fearful.
By entering into government, the Lib Dems have lost their USP: being an ‘anti-establishment’ receptacle for disgruntled middle-class votes.
After 9/11, the BBC1 spy show used to be high-minded and gritty. Now it's absurd and consequently far more fun.
But one glorious Ashes series five years ago and falling off a pedalo in 2007 does not make you an all-time great.
ESSAY: Why our desperate leaders try but fail to hide behind the elderly heroes of the Few and some pensionable Second World War myths.
John Cornwell’s biography reminds us what an inspiring thinker Newman was, and shows that he has far more to offer real humanists today than do the likes of Richard Dawkins.
Dismissed as a politically inoffensive populist, Seamus Heaney shows in his latest elegiac collection why he deserves to be considered a titan of poetry.
On the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain, it’s worth looking back at Richard Overy’s cutting-edge revisionist history, which shoots down many a myth.
In his endless, often exasperating pursuit of Truth, Socrates made many enemies. Yet his ideas and his questioning outlook remain invaluable to understanding the present.
Although it is more of a textbook than a polemic, Robert Paarlberg’s Food Politics flambés many of the myths about the food price crisis and the Malthusian lobby’s fearmongering about mass hunger.
In her autobiography, the normally taboo-busting comedian flat-out refuses to break certain new taboos. So maybe she’s not as ballsy as her fans – including me – thought she was.
The celebrity QC’s war against Vatican sovereignty is motivated less by liberal-humanist instincts than by a desire finally to finish off the principle of non-intervention in other states’ affairs.
Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap has scandalised the middle classes with its critical examination of everything from intergenerational breakdown to the pieties of multiculturalism.
Liberal activists’ dismissal of the Tea Party as ‘insane’ only shows how cut-off they are from the American masses.
With Cameron, Clegg and Ed running the show, political dramatists and comedians face tough times ahead.
The weird victory of Ed Miliband reveals that there’s no rhyme or reason to the inner workings of the British Labour Party today.
The idea that we shouldn’t carry out research on Egyptian mummies because we don’t have their consent is bonkers.
...but of the narrow-minded, misanthropic, austerity-loving variety, not the future-oriented Marxist kind.
Okay, I’m not a neuroscientist or a psychologist, but I’m going to trust my gut feeling that most ‘parenting science’ is utter rubbish.
After spreading mad scares during the Olympics and World Cup, now anti-traffickers are turning their attentions to golf.
The web giant was once seen as a saviour of society and now it is branded as evil. But it is neither of those things.
These days it seems the Empire can only strike back at its uppity former colonial subjects in India with health-and-safety lectures.
In a speech in Gothenburg, spiked’s editor called for a rebellion against the ethics of environmentalism.
The editor of a Finnish weekly is alarmed by the Swedish left’s desire to censor the right-wing Sweden Democrats.
Nathalie Rothschild on how Sweden’s cultural elite is scaremongering about the far right to avoid facing up to the collapse of social democracy.