21 August 2008

Outrunning sport’s witch-finder generals

Christine Ohuruogu’s gold medal in the Olympic 400m is a victory over grey-faced, doping-obsessed bureaucrats.

20 August 2008

Paedophile Imperialism

The British government is exploiting the odious Gary Glitter to smash freedom of movement and hector governments in the Third World.

13 August 2008

‘Our Maddie’ makes a media comeback

The silly-season resurrection of the McCann tragedy shows that this was always a cynical, elite-scripted drama.

8 August 2008

Putting the ‘I’ into

The arrest of four Free Tibet protesters in Beijing shows that Tibet still fulfills the fantasies of posh, disillusioned Westerners.

7 August 2008

The BBFC is scarier than The Dark Knight

The killjoy, censorious politicians calling on the BBFC to give the scary new Batman film a 15 certificate should grow some cojones.

4 August 2008

Barry George: a victim of emotional tyranny?

The fate of Barry George shows that the sort of public mourning unleashed by Jill Dando’s death has a dark, vengeful side.

31 July 2008

How The Dark Knight sheds light on the world

Christopher Nolan’s second Batman movie is a brilliant piece of movie myth-making. PLUS: Graham Barnfield on Batman’s ‘kidult’ appeal.

29 July 2008

How to be authentic in three easy steps!

The opening of a Reality TV School that teaches Big Brother wannabes to ‘be themselves’ is deliciously ironic – and telling.

Books 25 July 2008

Does hypocrisy have a place in politics?

David Runciman’s new book is erudite and thought-provoking. But in lambasting the cynics who are obsessed with exposing political hypocrisy it risks defending the democratic façade to state power.

14 July 2008

Dwain Chambers: sport’s last great hope?

Anyone who cares about sport should cheer the British runner’s attempt to beat the moralising bureaucrats and compete at Beijing 2008.