Scientific institutions undermine their own authority when they say we should ‘take sides’ over climate change.
Exaggerated fear of terrorism should not be allowed to water down our most fundamental freedoms.
The imprisonment of Scottish socialist Sheridan is a disgrace to justice – and a sign of the danger of having illusions in the state.
After decades of backing autocrats, the best thing Washington can do for the cause of Egyptian democracy is to butt out.
Egyptian bloggers talk exclusively to spiked about why an uprising takes more than technology.
Secularist politics is weak in Egypt partly because the Brotherhood was often used as an attack dog against it.
The fear that the Egyptian uprising will create ‘another Iran’ reveals the extent to which 1979 still haunts the Western imagination.
The UK government’s new strategy for mental health is a patronising waste of money based on dodgy statistics.
Shale gas might help solve a global energy shortage. So why is Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated doc so down on it?
The crime-mapping website launched by the police and lauded by the media doesn’t empower us - it turns us into panicked netizens.
What's the point of Thin Lizzy when Phil Lynott is dead? A band is just a brand without its creative founders.
To ask whether injury-prone Fernando Torres is worth £50million is to mistake the world of football for business.
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings is a hit, not because it mocks travellers, but because it is camp and tacky fun.
A new film version shifts Brighton Rock, Graham Greene’s classic gangster story, from the 1930s to the Swinging Sixties. Bad move.
A recent case in England highlighted the dangers of turning bad teenage sex into a criminal matter.
Students, could there be anything more embarrassing than the militant mummies cheering your protests on?
David Cameron is right to slam multiculturalism, but wrong to blame tolerance for fostering today’s lily-livered non-judgmentalism.
Rumours about looting and beheaded mummies give credence to the idea that Egyptians don’t respect our global cultural heritage.
In echoing Mubarak’s call for an ‘orderly transition’, the US is undermining the fight for democratic rights.
Meet the all-party Western lobby to halt the Egyptian uprising: the New Authoritarian Democrats.
Those two questions are torturing observers, who are so obsessed with the mechanics of the revolt that they have missed its historic importance.
The fuss over a joke about Mexican cars shows how the elite’s disdain for Jeremy Clarkson fans has turned nasty.
Julian Assange’s supporters don’t know who to fear most: the Great Satan that is America or ‘feminazi’ Sweden.
Yes, the cranky Fox talkshow host should be criticised and mocked for his anti-Semitic rants - but he shouldn’t be forced off air.
In order to defend libraries from government cuts we must first clarify what these institutions are actually for.
The Lib-Cons aren’t merely rebranding anti-social behaviour measures – they are intensifying them.
ESSAY: The state’s vetting of adults working with children suggests it no longer trusts us to use our judgement to socialise the next generation.
BBC4’s Reggae Britannia shows how Jamaican music provided a joyous soundtrack to political rebellion.
Channel 4’s latest one-man mission to change consumer habits has little to do with the interests of The People.
The US show’s tumour humour is entertaining, but doesn’t kill off the idea that ‘positive thinking’ is the key to survival.
Snoods may be a crime against fashion but, whatever FIFA says to the contrary, they are not a health-and-safety issue.
For all the claims that apes and humans are genetically ‘98.5 per cent the same’, there is still an unfathomable gap between us.
An appreciation of the Thin Lizzy guitarist who died last week.
Dogs are a filthy habit, taken up by filthy people who clearly have no respect for those who don’t like dog hair.
The Lib-Cons’ overhaul of the vetting of adults who work with children doesn’t go nearly far enough.
The UK High Court will rule today on whether women should be free to carry out ‘early medical abortion’ at home. Jennie Bristow reports.
A member of the UN press corps reports on the EU foreign minister’s undemocratic plans for North Africa.
The idea that Obama played it ‘brilliantly cool’ on Egypt represents a spectacular rewriting of history.
…whether from Western politicians telling them they aren’t ready for democracy or radicals praising them for resurrecting ‘real politics’.
The campaign to win the right to vote for prisoners has exposed the hollowness of the human rights cabal.
Even radicals who struggled for democracy did not think convicts should be enfranchised – and with good reason.
UK prime minister David Cameron’s bs Big Society ‘mission’ can carry on because neither government nor opposition has any bigger ideas.
A Swedish hunter tells spiked that Brussels bureaucrats don’t understand why it’s good to cull wolves and foxes.
The English Defence League has provided an easy target for politicians and campaigners in search of a cause.
‘Not so much Yes Minister as The Thick of It…’ Ann Furedi of BPAS reports on her fight with health officials for sensible abortion services.
A recipient of whispered and tweeted praise, marvellous new cop drama The Killing deserves to be more than cult viewing.
That overhyped goal showed that British football pundits are world beaters at losing all sense of perspective.
The man who caused a storm and outraged Rihanna with his pro-anorexia tweets tells spiked why he did it – and why he has no regrets.
Pfizer’s decision to close its UK research facility was born of an industry-wide angst about medical discovery.
A brilliant new documentary about democracy-loving Sylvia Pankhurst reminds us that Everything is Possible.
A new hit play about US racial sensitivities would have been better as a tragedy rather than a comedy of manners.
The modern men of science who want to silence quacks are ironically on the same side as pre-Enlightenment religious dogmatists.
Don’t fall for the EU’s crocodile tears over Libya - it conspired with Gaddafi to restrict Libyans’ freedom of movement.
Bahraini royals and the US are wrong to depict the uprising as a harbinger of Iran-style extremism.
Even more than Tunisia and Egypt, the inspiring rebellion against Colonel Gaddafi’s regime shows that nothing is permanent.
A visit to the reportedly radical store reveals that it doesn’t quite live up to its posh backers’ expectations.
A film lecturer from Down Under slams the portrayal of the monarchy as decent and Aussies as submissive.
The Arab uprisings shocked us all – but perhaps the even bigger surprise is that these empty regimes have taken so long to crumble.
Nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar, Exit Through the Giftshop might just be a big hoax. But does it matter?
Mike Parry’s debut on Five Live’s 606 provoked outrage, but he’s the kind of wind-up merchant the show needs.
When God Spoke English: why everyone from Richard Dawkins to Boris Johnson worships the KJB.
Eco-towns, we were told, would help to ‘save the planet’ and provide thousands of new homes. Tim Black investigates why they were never built.
Joan Wolf's new book is a brilliant broadside against the pseudo-scientific dogmatism of today's pro-breastfeeding lobby.
Author James Geary talks to spiked about the explosion of metaphors around the economic crisis and the Arab uprisings and what they reveal about the attitudes of commentators and politicians.
Lizzie Collingham’s book on the role of food during the Second World War is well researched. But it’s far too kind about Britain’s scorched-earth tactics in Asia and the impoverishment of the working class at home.
The latest anti-consumerist tract to roll off the factory line slams people’s obsession with ‘stuff’. But this so-called stuff has transformed our lives.
Nicholas Carr’s book gives a witty, stirring history of the rise of book-led thinking - but he’s too technologically deterministic in the way he explains its current demise.
This wonderful new book explains why, despite some of the weaknesses in Betty Friedan’s myth-busting classic of the 1950s, it stirred up women of all classes and helped to change the world.
There have always been people opposed to vaccination, but the new anti-vaccine lobby is different: 'meaner, cruder, more strident' and possessed of great celebrity clout.
Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy presents itself as a serious book penned by real Guardian journalists... but it is surely the greatest spoof ever written about the self-obsessed media.
Two new plays show that climate change is better understood as a moral issue rather than a scientific one.
The British police’s bizarre new ‘riot brochure’ gives the lie to the idea that they’re more Orwellian than ever.
The pop megastar’s pro-gay hit ‘Born This Way’ confirms that even this manic queen of reinvention buys into modern notions of fate.