“The flow of corporate taxes that we so enjoy spending will one day dry up. We treat them as permanent revenues when they are so obviously anything but.”

It may come as a surprise but, on one measure at least, the global economy has never been in better shape. Deutsche Bank has counted up the number of (...)

Delegates carrying pro-Brexit bags at the annual Conservative Party conference. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Productivity growth is the only thing that matters for the economy. All of the current sound and fury in the stock market, arguments over the size and(...)

Residents who support a united Spain give their farewell to Spanish police officer leaving the Pineda de Mar hotels in Barcelona. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

Most of today’s nations emerged from the dissolution of empires. Nationalisms now threaten the dissolution of states. The independence movement in Cat(...)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his keynote speech during the Labour Party conference in Brighton. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Jim Callaghan would have had some sympathy for Theresa May as she struggled with her croaky voice and the prankster handing her a mock P45. Back in 19(...)

Martin Bell said the advent of the internet meant foreign news was being downgraded because it was “not a ratings winner”. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty

With the world living through the most dangerous time since the Cuban missile crisis, now is “no time for soft news, the fluff and forth of journalism(...)

Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd version 1971. Christie’s said the painting would go under the hammer in London on  October 6th with an estimate of £60m-£80m

Take a close look at this little-known painting by Francis Bacon (pictured above). It hasn’t been seen in public for 45 years, but by this time next w(...)

Dr Mary Murphy: “Public housing policy had shifted from the provision of housing to the provision of housing benefits . .  which represented the transfer of public money to private interests.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Social housing is “demonised” and should be rebranded as “public housing” to help change the way it is perceived, a conference of academics and activi(...)

Oh, Jeremy Corbyn: the leader  said the election result had “put the Tories on notice and Labour on the threshold of power”. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

When the cheering, the applause and the chants of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” died down the Labour leader told his party conference that although they did not(...)

US president Donald Trump with his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who has received a letter from 32 members of Congress, both Republic and Democrat, arguing that it is imperative that the US have a representative in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The prospect of complete disengagement by the United States from the Northern Ireland peace process could not have arisen at a worse time given the po(...)

Protesters depicting media magnate Rupert Murdoch and British prime minister Theresa May demonstrate opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Hannah McKay / Reuters.

The British government should judge Rupert Murdoch’s bid for broadcaster Sky on facts and not politics or risk stifling inward investment after Brexit(...)

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