Democracy

Russell Brand is right about one thing: he is a twerp.

6 November 2013 12:53

Oh for the love of God, he’s back. Russell Brand, Britain’s sophomoric revolutionary-in-chief, has written another call-to-something. At least this…

Righteous indifference and how to fight it.

29 September 2013 22:59

Last week I wrote in the Observer about Qatar’s treatment of the hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers, who will…

Gibraltar – 200 years of history in the Spectator

6 August 2013 10:13

The most dramatic part of Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s unmatched submarine novel, Das Boot, takes place beneath the Straits of Gibraltar, when Buchheim’s…

Tunisia is not following Egypt’s path

1 August 2013 16:01

In recent days Tunisia has seen major unrest after the assassination of opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi. Faced with growing unrest…

Interview: Jared Cohen and The New Digital Age

8 May 2013 11:29

Jared Cohen is Director of Google Ideas, a think tank set up by Google dedicated to understanding global challenges by…

A woman campaigns for the taxing of rich people at an Occupy protest. Picture: Getty.

Interview: David Graeber, leading figure of Occupy

3 May 2013 9:00

The anarchist movement in the United States has had the support of leading libertarian intellectuals, such as Noam Chomsky; but…

George Galloway, The Great Dictator

12 February 2013 13:22

The video (below) of Galloway really does have to be seen. It is best with the sound off (for what…

How David Cameron can save money and boost interest in politics

11 January 2013 20:12

David Cameron started his times as Prime Minister by saying that ‘the days of big government are over’. But he…

When will the government confront the EU?

4 January 2013 17:33

Here is a story that should have got far more attention. A story that perfectly epitomises the corruption and anti-democratic…

How easy would it be to withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights?

22 November 2012 10:04

As James says, the prisoner votes row will return to parliament before lunch today. The government is expected to offer…

Where does power lie? Or where should power lie?

19 November 2012 17:05

Iain Martin has written a cracking piece for the Telegraph entitled: ‘The coming battle with the EU is about sovereignty.’…

A protest beyond parody

15 October 2012 15:15

Yesterday 10,000 Muslims travelled from across Britain to the London offices of Google to demonstrate that they do not understand…

The Nobel Prize’s EU joke prompts questions about the nation state

12 October 2012 16:38

The award of the Nobel Prize to the European Union is a tremendous joke; and like all great jokes it…

South Africa: Mired in corruption?

21 August 2012 11:36

On the 5th of August Mary Robinson delivered the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Cape Town. It should have been…

Guardian parody watch

19 July 2012 14:30

Top marks to Paul Watson for this nipping satire, published in today’s Guardian: ‘In fact it is almost impossible to…

What can the West do about the turmoil in Egypt?

22 June 2012 15:00

The situation in Egypt remains perilous, as protests mount against the military government which has delayed announcing the result of…

Burma’s fragile future

20 June 2012 19:45

It would be tempting to think of Aung San Suu Kyi’s return to Oxford University today as the end of…

The contests that really matter today

3 May 2012 13:36

For the long-term future of Britain, perhaps, the most important contests today are the mayoral referendums in 11 of Britain’s…

The resistance to elected mayors shows how badly they’re needed

12 April 2012 16:15

The old political establishment in the cities is fighting back against the idea of city mayors. They know that a…

How do you solve a problem like Baroness Ashton?

20 March 2012 13:44

Baroness Ashton has managed a return to diplomatic form by comparing the murder yesterday of three children and a Rabbi…

Putin’s dilemma

4 March 2012 15:21

If you enjoy scoring tiny but likely returns on your wagers, then how about putting some money down on Vladimir…

Gorby: Putin’s like Thatcher

16 February 2012 13:15

The Times has a fascinating interview (£) with former Soviet leader, Nobel Laureate and two-time Man of the Year Mikhail…

How democracy fared in 2011

31 December 2011 10:59

Even before we were a month in, 2011 was an historic year. Principally because in a region of the world…

Russia looms significant across 2012

27 December 2011 11:15

The Christmas weekend was, I’m sure you noticed, rich with political incident. And yet, from continued turbulence in the Middle…

In defence of technocrats

17 November 2011 17:28

Is Mario Monti’s administration in Italy democratic? Is Greece’s new government? To some, especially in the blogosphere, it is the…