While Japan is building floating trains, British politicians are promising (slightly) lower fares.
Science may hold the key to unlocking a tragedy that has fascinated since 1959.
What passes for radical politics today is as downbeat as the mainstream.
Why is the PM so keen for us to believe he’s a football fan?
Ella Whelan reports from the protest against Protein World's beach-body ad.
How the self-styled ‘nasty party’ has destroyed itself.
The Cleggite politics of consensus has eroded British democracy.
Young people, don’t vote Labour. Do something daring instead.
The state is propping up a zombie economy. Why isn’t this an election issue?
The election campaign has exposed the paucity of liberal thinking.
The results confirm the end of Labour, and the space for something new.
And other unanswered UK election questions.
Breathalysing fans brings Stalinism to the turnstiles.
PODCAST: Brendan O'Neill on voting in an era of post-politics.
Behold the oligarchical contempt for the demos, and for democracy itself.
In an era of ‘You can’t say that’, people aren’t always honest with pollsters.
Grafting on a new head won’t bring the zombie party back to political life.
The election confirmed the UK’s purple-tinted political shift.
Peter Hitchens talks to Tom Slater about the phoney nostalgia for the great charter.
Freedom is never given to us – it must be won.
The document that built a ‘brazen wall’ to guard the individual from the state.
Cameron’s crackdown on extremists will destroy freedom, not protect it.
What a fantastic irony: his letters to ministers show how very Guardian he is.
This film/musical is nasty piece of ideology from which no one may dissent.
The fancy-dress furore at Hartlepool shows that football anti-racism has sunk to a new low.
Rape victims shouldn't be encouraged to dwell on their experiences.
The fuss over Protein World exposes the wetness of the new feminism.
A new memoir of the great thwarter of alternative medicine is a paean to courage, conviction and reason.
Detroit 67 is a gritty portrait of the year Motown unravelled.
A Soviet crime — the neglect of their greatest poet — must be avenged.
Women are weak? With feminists like this, who needs misogyny.
Too many sacrificed support for democracy at the altar of Sisi’s coup.
The PM, like so many others, doesn't get how important tolerance is.
Two defences of free expression, two very different ideas of freedom.
The Human Rights Act has set back the fight for freedom.
Tory plans to replace the HRA will only reinforce judicial tyranny.
We must resist the new assaults on due process.
It lost its ‘voice of organised labour’ long ago, and has found no other.
The pro-Charlie set is now holding back the fight for free expression.
Lefties no longer struggle with the people – they feel sorry for them.
Two enlightening new books explore the miserable rise of the happiness industry.
He was a local hero, yes. But he fell short of greatness.
Twentysomething Swiftdom shows how scared of growing up my generation is.
Censorship on campus – and elsewhere – is dumbing down political debate.
Police trawling for child-abuse cases is an affront to justice.
There’s something sinister in Labour’s about-face on a referendum.
Why Boomer-blaming is a very bad idea.
Clamping down on BDS will only fuel its intolerant campaign.
Yes, Ireland has entered a new era of equality – but not the positive kind.
Dark chocolate causes weight loss? Hacks actually believed it.
This zany Tasmanian art gallery lays the limits of contemporary irony bare.
Universities have one responsibility – to educate.
Where was the bill to abolish the Human Rights Act – or the NHS?
The nostalgia for Eighties alt culture reflects how pale public life is today.
A fascinating new book treks through the hidden internet.