Cycling in cities ought to be fun, so why are the pro-bike lobby making it sound like a certain-death ride.
Heaney's politics may invite questioning, but his command of language will continue to inspire.
Few contemporary poets 'did English' with such clarity and simplicity as Heaney.
The idea that there will be ‘no British intervention in Syria’ is surreal. There already is, and it has proved lethal.
A 12-year-old school pupil on the monumental borefest that is personal, social and health education.
Going to a pub was a way for young people, pints in hand, to learn to behave like adults. No more.
Politicians fetishise tax avoidance because they have little clue how to generate wealth.
Branding one's political opponents as 'phobic' is a sly and illiberal tactic.
Forget Fawlty Towers, it seems the old enemy has become our best friend.
Massive open online courses, like too many modern universities, can only offer qualifications, not education.
The ethics of journalism shouldn’t be dictated by the police, judges - or the Guardian.
This heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age movie is the perfect remedy to a disappointing summer at the cinema.
The proposal to value school subjects according to their contribution to people’s future incomes is breathtakingly philistine.
The claim of a link between trolling and domestic violence is itself a massive and fact-lite act of 'trolling'.
The idea of a 'tobacco-free Ireland' has little to do with health - it’s a desperate attempt to prop up the country's ailing political class.
The Oz electorate should give the Labor Party the kicking it deserves.
Spending £86million on one footballer may be bonkers, but it only testifies to the global popularity of football.
Jumping for Joyce fails to get to grips with the great modernist author.
A new ‘companion’ to Allen's movies confirms the sterility of film studies.
Rebuilding the World Trade Center is stirring stuff, but it shouldn’t take tragedy for us to celebrate our mighty skyscrapers.
Professor Michael Young on why knowledge must be put centre-stage in schools.
Why evidence-based teaching methods are a bad idea.
Once the preserve of the unfortunate-looking, classical music is suddenly full of stunners.
Bob Dylan revisits past muses in his exhibition of pastel portraits.
Abortion for reason of fetal sex is not actually illegal.
Rewriting The Merchant of Venice to ‘tackle its anti-Semitism’ is a very foolish endeavour.
The hypocrisy of the liberal critics of the Lobbying Bill.
Middle East commentator Karl Sharro talks to a group of young filmmakers about what happened to the Arab Spring.
The fortieth anniversary of the slaying of Allende has exposed some double standards among human-rights groups.
The enemy in the ‘war on terror’ was created by a lack of meaning or purpose in the West.
This showtrial exposed how irrationally obsessed with ‘evil’ Britain has become.
Help! My teachers have become zombies who feel the need to edit or reprimand every playground joke.
Anti-stuff, pro-gay, old skool - the Seattle rapper clearly sees himself as the antidote to greedy, sexist hip hop.
This week, the Co-op removed lads’ mags from its shops. Russell McCarthy decided to put them back.
Every loser wants to blame the Murdoch press for their failings.
If England’s hospitals are as bad as Channel 4 News suggests, why is discussion of NHS reform still political kryptonite?
Dennis Kelly’s new play The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas is as shallow as the anti-capitalism which inspires it.
England won’t win the Big One till its young players get first-team action regularly - and are hungry enough to go abroad to get it.
The hysteria over Robin Thicke’s hit shows PC has colonised every area of life.
The one thing worse than the UK government’s case for HS2 is the case being made against it.
The European Convention on Human Rights is 60 years old this month - but this is no cause for celebration.
The focus on what happened after Hillsborough obscures what made it possible in the first place.
Ann Furedi on the dangers of clamping down on ‘sex-selection abortions’.
Voyager 1 speaks to humanity’s unquenchable curiosity.
Modern public libraries are places to hang out and be distracted, not to explore the world of words.
What could be a big help to parents is really about taking choices away from them.
We urgently need to reform these Kafkaesque proceedings.
As he enters his 80th year, seeing Cohen live is life-affirming.
Daniel Pelka’s death raises troubling questions about the state of social solidarity.
The ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine is a symbol of the West’s inability to define its post-Cold War role.
When will our legislators act to end this senseless equine-related carnage?
The new iPhones show that Apple still has its eye on the future - and its finger on the pulse of a self-absorbed society.
How sad that the West can only define itself in opposition to a piece of cloth.
Lloyd Bradley’s new book offers a passionate history of black music in the capital.
Let’s be honest: who really cares about the Mercury Prize?
Much hyped gangster comedy Barking In Essex is a car crash of a show built on snobby satire.
British football fans have long had a schizophrenic attitude to gamesmanship.
Germany's Green Party is redundant, thanks to Angela Merkel's eco-conservatism.
Twenty years on, Samuel Huntington’s seminal essay remains misunderstood.
A new film is a missed opportunity to challenge the climate of anxiety about our use of the internet.
The aim of the IPCC is to freeze political debate.
Why are human-rights organisations arguing that Saif Gaddafi can only receive a fair trial in The Hague?
Learning becomes impossible when we split students into racial and gender camps.
A recent Greenpeace protest only demonstrated that environmentalism is not a mass movement.
Constantly asking students about what should be taught corrodes the authority of lecturers - and knowledge.
Why ‘the people's party’ discussed sending in troops during the banking crisis.
In the second part of his alternative lecture, Frank Furedi contrasts the robust humanist view of people with the modern obsession with vulnerability.
This ‘remix’ of The Baccahe may sound like tripe, but in fact it’s an intellectual riot.
Podcast: Tom Slater talks to Brendan O'Neill about the Labour conference.
The couldn’t-make-it-up rivalry between F1 heroes Niki Lauda and James Hunt makes for one of the most entertaining films of the year.
Alan Moore’s latest graphic novel is an ill-fitting take on the fashion industry.
Ignore the jibes of the pro-intervention crew: it's the Little Englanders and ‘isolationists’ who are the true internationalists.
Why is Waltham Forest fining people for little more than bad manners?
The victory of mumsy Merkel speaks to the infantilisation of European politics.
The idea that the mentally ill are likely to be violent comes from the government far more than from stores selling fancy dress.
The ex-Sunderland manager may have been a ball-buster, but it was his refusal to honour the dressing-room code of silence that did for him.
The bloody mess created by the occupation of Iraq was built on the West's own weakness and incoherence.
Tom Slater, 22, slams the extension of adolescence to 25.
Transsexuals’ histrionic response to every slight only confirms how flimsy their identity is.
Steven Berkoff’s new production ignores the modern forms of anti-Semitism.
A satirical, fun, bonkers masterclass of a videogame: a 12-year-old gives his verdict on GTA V (certificate 18).
Anyone who values freedom must resist the assault on private and family life.