Andrew Lansley’s health vouchers scheme exposes the coalition’s view of the masses as unhealthy and a bit thick.
Cable’s threat to topple the coalition government is in keeping with his cut-off, petit-bourgeois outlook.
The snow crisis of December 2010: what a striking snapshot of the chasm that separates the warming-obsessed elite from the rest of us.
When even English Lit students get marks for work experience, you know universities have been colonised by the market.
Nathalie Rothschild reports from Sweden where lawmakers are exploiting people’s fears to curtail liberty.
The media circus surrounding the Joanna Yeates case reveals what can happen when a murder inquiry gets mixed up with a PR campaign.
In trying to connect with the public via the web, the Lib-Cons have only exposed how utterly cut-off they are.
For all the disaster porn about a Biblical-style flood, Queenslanders have demonstrated real resilience.
The eco-worriers promoting a Mao-style return to local energy and food production overlook how destructive ‘local living’ has traditionally been.
Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours combines gorno (that arm-hacking scene) with a tale of spiritual awakening aimed at blokes.
Kicking off his new music column, Patrick West sticks up for the cathartic power of self-pitying songs.
The media need to calm down. People like this period drama because it’s Through the Keyhole with costumes.
In modern-day Britain, a man in a comedy suit can’t even blow up balloons for children without first being okayed by the authorities.
Yes, the EastEnders cot-death baby-swap plotline is crass, but we don’t need ‘expert groups’ vetting scripts.
Whatever comes of the blame game around the Arizona shooting, we need a more rational political discourse.
Liberal commentators’ rush to blame the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords on heated political rhetoric exposes their censoriousness and intolerance.
Nick Clegg’s proposals are welcome. But to protect free speech we need to gag England’s libel laws completely.
It is not rising population levels that lead to food-price crises - it is economic underdevelopment.
EU officials are only concerned about Hungary’s new media law because it is explicitly moralistic. Brussels prefers technocratic censorship.
Why the constitutional enshrinement of guns as a check on tyranny really terrifies the liberal elite.
The main problems faced by social workers today are caused by society’s suspicion of the adult-child relationship.
The bizarre tale of PC Mark Kennedy reveals some unflattering home truths about both the British state and the eco-protest movement.
Politicians need to understand that the sole role of a school ought to be to transmit knowledge to the young.
BPAS’ chief executive explains why she is taking the UK Department of Health to court over early medical abortion.
With the human population heading towards seven billion, spiked challenges the miserabilists who say this is a Very Bad Thing.
A message to the England cricket team: save the open-top bus parades for when you really achieve something.
Channel 4’s sweet and soppy One Born Every Minute provides a joyous riposte to the procreation police.
Making people feel good about their lifestyle choices is not what Enlightenment thinkers had in mind when they argued for moral autonomy.
The revelation that British troops are in Afghanistan simply to ‘keep busy’ exposes the surrealism of a disastrous war.
The UK-based attempt to abolish the death penalty in the US reeks of American Revolution-era condescension.
Confusion over the meaning of Labour’s victory in Oldham confirms the need for some new signposts to the muddled UK political map.
Unlike its earlier exhibits, the Science Museum’s new climate-change exhibition neither inspires nor educates.
A new report on women’s mental health shows that religious groups now talk more about psychology than sinning.
The inspiring uprising springs from people’s aspiration for real freedom, not from Western Wikileakers revealing ‘the truth’ to Africans.
The problem with the European Court of Human Rights is that it restricts our ability to hold the state to account.
The European Court of Human Rights has become a ravening monster overriding the rights of individual states.
Pinning rebellious tracts to their doors and daring the police to arrest them: behold Spanish bar-owners’ ‘insubmission’ to the smoking ban.
Just because someone is in the public eye, that doesn’t mean we get to know everything about their private lives.
The group campaigning for Rupert Murdoch to sack shrill ‘shock jock’ Glenn Beck is threatening free speech.
You say you want to move away from New Labour’s hectoring of parents. So why all the child-targeted ‘early interventionism’?
ESSAY: Frank Furedi slams the ‘choice architects’ who bypass public debate in their zealous effort to reshape our minds and bodies.
The notion that ol’ Blighty is a hotbed of quality TV is as wrongheaded as the idea that Americans are all philistines.
Dalglish’s return to Liverpool is just the latest in a series of Messianic - and mostly failed - second comings.
For all the blame heaped on immoral bankers, it was poor profitability in the productive industries that fed the Wall Street monster.
The King’s Speech rewrites the story of George VI through the prism of today’s therapeutic, ‘damaged goods’ culture.
The fevered row about Muslim men ‘street grooming’ white girls suggests the political class has taken leave of reality.
Brendan O’Neill reports from Dublin on what has really rocked Irish politics: the elbowing aside of the public by Brussels bureaucrats.
We should all welcome The New Home Front: it reveals how nutty and mean-spirited environmentalists really are.
The liberal media’s anti-Andy Coulson campaign is further empowering the state at the expense of press freedom.
It was a widespread mood of anxiety and hostility to reason that allowed an insubstantial figure like Andrew Wakefield to have such an impact.
The sacking of football pundit Andy Gray is a serious blow to the right to express opinions freely in private.
Only those who unquestioningly embraced the propaganda of the ‘peace process’ could be shocked by these papers.
Daniel Ben-Ami reports from the Holy Land on the key achievement of the so-called peace process: the intensified partitioning of Arabs and Jews.
Channel 4’s new show is flawed, but occasionally manages to rise above the usual cynical fare that passes for topical comedy.
Laura Hall, the tabloid’s favourite binge drinker, epitomises society’s incapacity to socialise young adults.
The female activists claiming that they were violated by undercover police are doing women’s lib no favours.
The current debate about control orders shows how human-rights legislation actually aids the state in its attacks on our freedom.
The idea that the state should give everyone a basic income has seized the imagination of Germany’s middle class and politicians. Their enthusiasm is testament only to the poverty of their ambition.
As Bob Woodward’s inside account of the Obama administration shows, America’s top brass have no real idea what they are fighting for in Afghanistan and beyond.
Dan Hind’s clarion call for a return of the spirit of the radical political tradition rooted in English republicanism is compromised by his suspicion towards private interests.
Gary Taubes’ fascinating new book cuts through the scaremongering about an ‘obesity epidemic’ and searches for more rational explanations as to why we’re getting larger.
Jon Cohen’s new book reminds us that, for all the claims that apes and human beings are ‘98.5 per cent the same’ in terms of genetics, there is still an unfathomable gap between us.
Hungarian philosopher Gáspár Miklos Tamás talks to the spiked review of books about how humanity lost the skill of abstract thinking and became mired in identity.
All the non-stop commentary on Amy Chua's new book overlooks one important fact: determined ‘tiger mums’ are a response to the fact that society itself no longer pushes children to succeed.
A new film version moves Graham Greene’s gangster story from the 1930s to the Swinging Sixties. But Pinkie Brown, anti-hero of Greene’s dark masterwork, does not need ‘updating’.
Some experts now claim that social networking is turning us into a nation of nutters. It’s therapeutic drivel.
Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for all sorts of groups and institutions to dress up as morally virtuous.
Everybody seems to agree that Mubarak must go, but the confused character of the revolt means nobody knows what will come after him.