Since the occupation began, some 200 leading Iraqi academics, most of them in the humanities and soc
Romania, now set for EU membership, has no proper democracy or market economy. It will be the exploi
Observations on motorway stops
Absenteeism wasn't invented at British Airways; the workers have been at it for centuries. And quite
Edinburgh funding - Raising money for the arts is never easy. In Scotland, it's torture. Timothy Cli
Say what you like about the sybaritic Blairs (and doing so has become a favourite silly-season activity), they do understand the importance of holidays. Not for them the one week somewhere and a couple of city breaks later. They go away for August.
Observations on public ownership
During its seven years in office, new Labour has transformed the terms of public debate so that poverty and inequality are no longer unmentionables.
If a hospital invites babies to take part in its consultation process, the NHS must be unwell
Popular, respected and chic, the four-gallery Tate empire has forged an unassailable position in Bri
They go to France, Spain, Canada, New Zealand and, increasingly, eastern Europe. Britons, particular
Something must be done. As thousands in the Darfur region of Sudan face famine, rape and ethnic cleansing, the chorus goes up from politicians, NGOs, leader-writers and assorted do-gooders. The liberal interventionist bandwagon rolls.
Economics - "Monetarism lite" may rule the world, but "the dismal science" has begun a renaissance b
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