In ancient Athens, each citizen had to take a turn offering his governance. The Rational Parliament attempts to bring that spirit back, because certain issues are too important to leave to the professionals.
Why can’t we see how much is being spent by private healthcare companies to push for NHS reform, why can’t we see which companies thought the Work Programme was a good idea?
We asked prominent thinkers, politicians and writers to take the long view.
The left has no monopoly on political correctness. Just try being rude about Margaret Thatcher. Right now, the list of things we’re not allowed to say about the rich and powerful is getting longer - and not just for professional writers.
George Pitcher writes on Rowan Williams, the political church, and who comes next. PLUS: John Bercow, the runaway speaker.
A natural outsider, John Bercow is a thorn in the side of David Cameron and his friends in the Tory party - and a punchbag for the right-wing press. Why do they dislike the "backbenchers' Speaker" so much?
The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.
The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.
Supporters pay thousands to get their children work experience in hedge funds and banks.