Democracy

The chilling effect of the Phil Woolas case

17 November 2010 21:53

We Spectator bloggers are now living under a new regime. Rather than posting our blogs ourselves, we now have to…

Delhi’s disaster indicts the Indian state

25 September 2010 14:20

Spectacle counts in the emerging East. China confirmed its coming dominance with the spectacular Beijing Olympics. On the evidence of…

The Pope: moderation is Britain’s national instinct

17 September 2010 18:22

Another good speech from Pope Benedict XVI, grand in historical sweep and intellectual clarity. His softly spoken, yet heavily-accented, English…

The rebirth of history

11 February 2010 16:10

We have Francis Fukuyama writing a cover piece for us this week, revisiting his ‘End of History’ thesis. When he…

People are Stupid, but the Electorate is Not

23 November 2009 0:16

Martin Bright argues that “the British people deserve a hung parliament”. I’m not sure that’s quite correct. It might be…

Sod the Public: We Need Representatives, Not Delegates

6 November 2009 2:36

I don’t mean to pick on David Kerr, the SNP’s candidate in the Glasgow North-East by-election, because, frankly, every single…

Egyptian Reformers Boycott Obama’s Speech

3 June 2009 23:43

More on the disappointing lack of emphasis Obama places on human rights and democratic reform. Mike Crowley reports from Cairo…

Obama’s Human Rights and Democracy Hypocrisy

2 June 2009 4:26

How committed is Obama to human rights? Not very, it seems. Perhaps his speech in Cairo on Thursday will change…

Reselect Democracy

20 May 2009 9:28

Hats of to Paul Evans of the Local Democracy blog who has come up with a brilliant idea for renewing…