Big ideas - The triumph of the ''I''
By Richard Reeves - 26 July 13:00

Politics - The future lies with the individual, not with the collective. And we now understand more

Marx loses his grip, 156 years on
By Charles Robertson - 26 July 13:00

Observations on taxes

Bite the bullet on council tax
By Staff blogger - 26 July 13:00

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.

Goodbye to the control freaks?
By Donald Hirsch - 19 July 13:00

The spending review suggests the Chancellor is willing to put more trust in public servants

The business - Patrick Hosking
By Patrick Hosking - 19 July 13:00

David "Two Brains" Willetts may be wrong on pensions, but at least he and the Tories are trying to g

Palestine - When the puppet runs the puppeteer
By David Hirst - 12 July 13:00

Israel and the United States - For years, America has given almost uncritical financial and diplomat

How to bridge the funding gap
By Stephen Glaister - 05 July 13:00

London's transport finances may be difficult now, but they are set to get much worse. The answer is

Overworked and underpaid
By Christian Wolmar - 05 July 13:00

The millions of passengers place a huge burden on London's public transport system, which is cripple

The business - Patrick Hosking on the lessons of M&S and its shares
By Patrick Hosking - 05 July 13:00

So far, the Financial Services Authority has few significant insider-dealing scalps. But can it real

Microsoft owns your sweat
By Sarah Richardson - 05 July 13:00

Observations on patents

A unique urban experiment
By Tony Travers - 05 July 13:00

The congestion charge was a high-profile risk that has paid off. Strangely, no other city is rushing

Blow, blow thou winter wind
By Andrew Simms - 28 June 13:00

The planet can no longer sustain our oil addiction. Renewable energies, meanwhile, hold the key to e

France's secret dirty wars
By Becky Tinsley - 28 June 13:00

In looking after their interests abroad, the French have overlooked bribery, corruption and even gen

Facts that should change the world
By Jessica Williams - 28 June 13:00

In Kenya, people pay 16 bribes on average a month; the payments account for one-third of the average

Pay up for pensions
By Staff blogger - 28 June 13:00

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.

The business - Patrick Hosking feels sorry for the thirty-glumthings
By Patrick Hosking - 28 June 13:00

Thirty-glumthings can't afford a house because prices are too high, lost out when "final salary" sch

The business - Patrick Hosking marvels at the beauty of fuel tax
By Patrick Hosking - 14 June 13:00

"There's no such thing as a good tax," Winston Churchill grumbled. He was wrong: fuel tax is a huge

We need a dose of mass psychotherapy
By David Nicholson-Lord - 14 June 13:00

It's not just fuel prices. Traffic wardens, road humps, speed cameras - any curb on cars makes us an

Politics - John Kampfner reveals the new "trickle-up" theory
By John Kampfner - 14 June 13:00

After "trickle down", in which more wealth for the rich helped the poor (or so the Tories said), com

An arms sales ban would cost us nothing
By Staff blogger - 14 June 13:00

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.

Cut out the middleman
By Theodore Dalrymple - 07 June 13:00

Observations on charities

Why al-Qaeda may save the world
By Staff blogger - 07 June 13:00

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.

How new Labour buried the dustbin people
By Peter Dunn - 07 June 13:00

D-Day for British politics - Despite the claims of full employment, the grim reality is that more th

The business - Patrick Hosking reveals what economists do to frogs
By Patrick Hosking - 31 May 13:00

Put a frog in gradually heating water, and it will not realise it is being boiled to death. Is the s

The rise of the ethical woman
By Annie Kelly - 31 May 13:00

When consumers demand products that don't damage the planet, business jumps to attention

The business - Patrick Hosking exposes Piers Morgan's assassins
By Patrick Hosking - 24 May 13:00

City fund managers called for Piers Morgan's head, yet they never had to come forward and give their

Gordon works. Don't let Tony wreck it
By Staff blogger - 24 May 13:00

How Blair's government came to look febrile and incompetent

NS Essay - The belief that more education will create more equal opportunities has been proved wrong
By Richard Reeves - 24 May 13:00

Genuine meritocracy and greater social mobility are emerging as Labour's big ideas for the third ter

A conspiracy of the rich
By Barbara Gunnell - 24 May 13:00

There's lots of ruin in a country, it is said. But only the IMF could turn one of Africa's wealthies