Let’s choose our politicians by random selection

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Athens Standing right below the Acropolis, where pure democracy began because public officials were elected by lot, I try to…

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Why 1919 wasn’t the year it’s cracked up to be

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad The funny thing is that I was at school with a man called Ted Widmer, and I recently read…

Corbyn’s false democracy

6 October 2018 9:00 am

At the Labour party conference, Jeremy Corbyn said that he would do whatever his party members told him to. This,…

Put your trust in Hungarian wine (yes, really)

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The wines of Tokaji run like a golden thread through Hungarian history. There are references to their nectar-like quality in…

East vs West: the new battle for Europe

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Democracy isn’t dying on the Continent. It’s changing

You’d have more fun watching jelly set: Against at the Almeida reviewed

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Against by Christopher Shinn sets out to unlock the secrets of America’s spiritual malaise. Two main settings represent the wealthy…

Democracy is dead

5 August 2017 9:00 am

I’ve stayed far away from the new barbarians with their choppers, tank-like cars, home theatres on board, and fridge-shaped super…

Theresa May take note: Aristotle knew power lies with the middle classes

20 May 2017 9:00 am

The Labour party’s tagline for the forthcoming general election is: ‘For the many, not the few.’ Aristotle, who understood this…

Plutarch: the father of anti-democracy

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Hardly a week goes by without someone applauding Thomas Carlyle’s objection to democracy: ‘I do not believe in the collective…

Protest and petition all you like. I won't bother listening

4 February 2017 9:00 am

I think on balance I would prefer people to demonstrate their opposition to political developments — Brexit, the forthcoming state…

Populism vs post-democracy

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Europeans are usually alarmed or sniffy about American concern for democracy’s fate, but this time liberal opinion on both sides…

I’m a part of the elite. So why am I cheering for the populist right?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

‘Are you Charles Moore of The Spectator?’ I answered to that description. ‘Well,’ said my questioner, ‘I am worried that you’re…

How MPs can shut the people up for good

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In the eyes of the bien-pensants, the election of Donald Trump and the vote on Brexit have brought democracy to…

Am I part of the mob now, Matthew Parris?

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Wisdom of crowds Sir: According to Matthew Parris (‘Can we trust the people?’ 12 November), I have become part of the…

After Trump, I'm losing faith in democracy

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States may have signalled the death of the closest thing…

The Jeremy Corbyn of ancient Athens

29 October 2016 9:00 am

With the Labour party reduced to a cult in honour of the vain and incompetent Jeremy Corbyn, the Tory party…

Why I lie about voting Leave

2 July 2016 9:00 am

There are lies, damned lies and pretending to back Remain. I lie because I am a coward. I hug friends…

My dog and chickens have got it right on Brexit

2 July 2016 9:00 am

The Brexit vote has thrust this country into chaos. It has left it with neither a government nor an opposition…

How Plato predicted the EU referendum campaign

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Our politicians, realising that the referendum campaign will be settled not by themselves under the usual parliamentary constraints but by…

A lesson from Italy on the futility of referendums

23 April 2016 9:00 am

As we prepare in Britain for our momentous referendum in June, Italy has just had one. It happened last Sunday…

Long may we Brits laugh at our absurd demagogues

23 April 2016 9:00 am

In Reflections on the Revolution in France, Edmund Burke warned that ‘pure democracy’ was as dangerous as absolute monarchy. ‘Of…

Tax avoidance and the wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In a way the headline to my fellow columnist Dominic Lawson’s Sunday Times commentary on 12 April said it all.…

Whoever invented the referendum deserves a kicking

9 April 2016 9:00 am

My favourite quote of the year so far comes from the author Fay Weldon. ‘If this were an all-woman society,’…

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…

Donald Trump's angry America

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Welcome to Trump’s America, where greed is great and viciousness beautiful