Frank Field is one of parliament's most popular and respected mavericks. For this reason the Tory minister, his plans for reforming the welfare state have not received critical scrutiny
The "Brave New World" brigade is worrying unnecessarily about human cloning
China is more open than ever, but remains inscrutable to the west-and to itself. Aggression over Taiwan is only the most visible tension arising from chaotic growth
The rush to sell arms to brutal regimes is encouraged by strictly national defence industries. Charles Grant wants more defence mergers and Nato supervision of arms exports
Cannabis accounts for 83 per cent of all drug offences in Britain-yet the drug causes neither violence nor death. Alcohol, a legal drug, causes some 25,000 deaths a year. Duncan Campbell examines the...
Beppe Severgnini talks to Walter Veltroni, the man who wants to turn Italy's ex-communist party into an American-style democraticc party