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
Why have the tabloids become so awful? It is simple economics
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
The modern cult of the victim was foreshadowed by American playwrights in the 1940s. Blanche DuBois is the classic victim heroine and is almost beyond Jessica Lange
Jeremy Clarke confesses a blind spot for Dickens and a love of playing Pat the Balloon
Deborah Kellaway enjoys a book about how class difference has found new expression in the gardens of Britain. The book has one drawback: it puts you right off gardening
The west won the cold war, but cannot and should not impose its distinct values on other world civilisations. Samuel Huntington, in an elaboration of his "Clash of Civilisations" essay published in...