The fashionable Whig view that the executive is secretive and tyrannical and the House of Commons impotent is nonsense. That does not mean that all is well with our parliamentary system or our MPs
Robert Kaplan's 1994 predictions of coming anarchy were based on spurious statistics and powerful metaphors. Alex de Waal welcomes a mellowing of his views
Foreign fishermen gaining access to British fishing quotas seems unjust to the fishing communities in the west of England. But it makes some of their members rich and is economically efficient
Eurosceptics are looking to the Paris mob to stop the single currency. They may have to look no further than the government. Douglas Johnson reveals the real reason why Jacques Delors did not run for...
Catherine Drucker discovers that an interest in Kurdish folk dancing can attract Special Branch
Is Germany taking over in central and eastern Europe? The country has re-established a dominant presence in its eastern hinterland. But, apart from friction with the Czechs, it has been welcomed.
Recent Christmas films have been exercises in seasonal cynicism. Christopher Tookey says he would happily swap this year's two releases for Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life"