Bureaucracy

How time-saving technology destroys our productivity

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In 1929 John Maynard Keynes predicted that by 2029 people in the developed nations could enjoy a perfectly civilised standard…

Ali Smith’s post-Brexit Britain is already falling apart

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Ali Smith is that rare thing in Britain: a much-beloved experimental writer. Part of her attraction for readers is that…

Spectator letters: The EU was never designed to be a democracy

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Democracy or bureaucracy Sir: Professor Garton Ash makes a scholarly appeal for us all to be content with government from…

Shouting in Guildford, and six other things you’re not allowed to do

5 March 2016 9:00 am

You can’t do that there ’ere Some of the things which have been banned under Public Spaces Protection Orders, according to…

How come our cash-strapped universities can afford so many administrators?

6 June 2015 9:00 am

At Oxford and elsewhere, university administration is out of control

Should we fear a Mugabe-style land grab in rural Scotland?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Are estate owners to be nationalised?

Why the NHS needs less professional management

9 May 2015 9:00 am

‘Professionalising’ public-service management is effectively a means of legalising corruption, says Theodore Dalrymple 

'I will call the police!': My close encounter with 'revenue protection'

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Conversations with a ticket inspector on the Norwich train

The eurozone is strong enough to kick out Greece if Syriza wins

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Ever since European Central Bank president Mario Draghi declared himself ready, in July 2012, ‘to do whatever it takes to…

Italy’s in terminal decline, and no one has the guts to stop it

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Italy is in terminal decline

How to fix the NHS: a doctor's prescription

18 October 2014 9:00 am

A doctor’s prescription

Meet the bloated, useless General Medical Council

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Its licensing system has turned doctors into full-time form-fillers

‘Escalate’: an exciting new way to say ‘pass the buck’

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Shaun Wright, the police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire, spoke to Sky television last week about how little he…

Why don’t more non-smokers try e-cigarettes?

30 August 2014 9:00 am

I was waiting on an office forecourt recently puffing on an e-cigarette when a security guard came out. ‘You can’t…

The battle against the dog police

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Feral bureaucrats are banning dogs from places they’ve been walked for generations. But now owners are fighting back

What I learned in a Qatari jail cell

1 February 2014 9:00 am

This column nearly didn’t appear. Another 24 hours and I would have trumped the late Jeffrey Bernard with the single…

Welcome to Ryanair Britain

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Local councils, banks, railway companies and the taxman have all learned the art of ‘pirate pricing’

Low life: The art of filling out form ESA50

18 May 2013 9:00 am

‘Can you manage to plan, start and finish daily tasks?’ said a panic-stricken Simon, reading aloud from the Department of…

Low life

23 March 2013 9:00 am

The final few passengers straggled aboard and a sulky, petulant-looking BA steward, his orange face creased with sleep, passed through…