27 February 2015 12:42 AM
As investments go, the taxpayer’s 80 per cent stake in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), owner of NatWest and the soon-to-be resurrected Williams and Glyn, has been disappointing.
Lost soul: With the naming of Isis's most notorious killer, religious and cultural chasm is laid bare
27 February 2015 12:41 AM
As details emerged about the background of Mohammed Emwazi, the man thought to be the Isis murderer “Jihadi John”, it was hard to avoid the familiar feeling of dread that, yet again, a young Briton had found himself so disengaged from this country that he prefers to oppose its people and its values in the most brutal manner.
Constructive criticism: We would be wise to heed the OECD's advice on road building and the housing market - not that we will
24 February 2015 08:39 PM
Many large corporations that consider themselves successful, well-managed and with little room for improvement could benefit from a little impartial, frank, strategic advice from external consultants. So too with nations. Greece, most obviously, would do better to listen to the advice proffered by its European partners and the IMF about structural reforms, rather than simply pleading for debt forgiveness.
24 February 2015 08:37 PM
Today did not end quite so disastrously as it began for the leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett. If the leader of any of the main parties had put in such a toe-curlingly awful interview as she did, early in the morning on LBC radio, the following day’s papers would be full of speculation about an impending leadership contest. But by frankly apologising at the first opportunity and admitting that the interview had been “excruciating”, Ms Bennett made the best of a very bad lapse.
22 February 2015 12:00 AM
Better to go into the heart of the establishment and make your case than to stand outside shouting slogans
20 February 2015 10:32 PM
When English domestic football resumes today at the end of a week disfigured by the racist incident involving Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro, it should do so in a spirit of sober self-examination. It is not enough to dismiss what happened on Tuesday as an unrepresentative outbreak of appalling prejudice whose significance is somehow lessened by having occurred some distance from the stadium.
The great divide: Post-communist Russia was never going to become just another Western state, as the world is learning to its cost
20 February 2015 10:31 PM
They were heady days when communism collapsed in Europe a quarter of a century ago. The star political scientist of that period was the American Francis Fukuyama, who wrote an essay in 1989 entitled The End of History?, then removed the question mark when he expanded his ideas in book form.
19 February 2015 10:11 PM
It is a sequence of events all too sadly familiar, in which progress is checked by tragic setback. Our cities change to make cycling more attractive, and the number of cyclists duly increases. But then comes news of another cycling death, very often after a collision with a lorry.
Sins of the brother: Don't judge Jeb Bush by the presidency of George W. He is a thoughtful candidate worthy of the Republican ticket
19 February 2015 10:10 PM
The first obstacle to Jeb Bush’s ambition to be President of the United States is his surname. Hence this week’s foreign policy speech, in which he declared: “I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. But I am my own man.”
Libya civil war: Egyptian air strikes on Isis will only impede UN's work to bring about a peaceful resolution
18 February 2015 08:46 PM
The beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts has refocus the West's attention on the anarchy taking place in the North African nation
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
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