Politics - The future lies with the individual, not with the collective. And we now understand more
Observations on taxes
Conservatives would say that there are no such things as good taxes, and revolutionary socialists would oppose funding a bourgeois state. But those on the centre left should support taxation and take it seriously.
The spending review suggests the Chancellor is willing to put more trust in public servants
David "Two Brains" Willetts may be wrong on pensions, but at least he and the Tories are trying to g
In Defence of Globalisation
Jagdish Bhagwati <em>Oxford University Press, 324pp, £17.99</em>
Israel and the United States - For years, America has given almost uncritical financial and diplomat
London's transport finances may be difficult now, but they are set to get much worse. The answer is
The millions of passengers place a huge burden on London's public transport system, which is cripple
So far, the Financial Services Authority has few significant insider-dealing scalps. But can it real
The congestion charge was a high-profile risk that has paid off. Strangely, no other city is rushing
The planet can no longer sustain our oil addiction. Renewable energies, meanwhile, hold the key to e
In looking after their interests abroad, the French have overlooked bribery, corruption and even gen
In Kenya, people pay 16 bribes on average a month; the payments account for one-third of the average
How you reacted to the past week's press claims that the government wants you to work until you are 70 (all the better to tax you, grandmama) will depend on three things: what kind of work you do, how rich you are and your age.
Thirty-glumthings can't afford a house because prices are too high, lost out when "final salary" sch
"There's no such thing as a good tax," Winston Churchill grumbled. He was wrong: fuel tax is a huge
It's not just fuel prices. Traffic wardens, road humps, speed cameras - any curb on cars makes us an
After "trickle down", in which more wealth for the rich helped the poor (or so the Tories said), com
A few days ago, the Foreign Office - and let us at least give it credit for increased transparency - issued its annual report on arms control. It reveals that licences were granted for £992m-worth of arms exports in 2003.
Except in particularly vulnerable parts of the world, such as Bangladesh and some Pacific islands, humanity watches rising sea levels with equanimity. Rising oil prices, however, cause panic.
D-Day for British politics - Despite the claims of full employment, the grim reality is that more th
Put a frog in gradually heating water, and it will not realise it is being boiled to death. Is the s
When consumers demand products that don't damage the planet, business jumps to attention
City fund managers called for Piers Morgan's head, yet they never had to come forward and give their
How Blair's government came to look febrile and incompetent
Genuine meritocracy and greater social mobility are emerging as Labour's big ideas for the third ter