Politics

On political paralysis, British intellectuals and the wisdom of Victorians

THE AUGURIES for next week’s Brexit votes are not good, to put it mildly. The European Reform Group...

How to build a successful business

IF YOU are looking for a flourishing industry, consider management books. Since starting his column, Bartleby has been...

On protesting “nuns”, a Labour “defection” and a story about “Andre Previn”

THE FIRST time I encountered protesters dressed as nuns was when I lived in the Bay Area of...

On Brexit films, Brexit books and Brexit television

I RECENTLY spent a happy few days in Los Angeles promoting my new book, “Capitalism in America: A...

Ask a silly question | The Economist

EVERY SO often, a tweet goes viral. The latest case is that of Olivia Bland, a 22-year-old Briton...

How to make work more enjoyable

DO YOU enjoy your job? Only 13% of employees feel engaged in their jobs, according to a Gallup...

Britain’s government slides into chaos

NOBODY CAN accuse Theresa May of an unwillingness to repeat herself. The woman who said, again and again,...

Boris Johnson takes centre stage—from the sidelines

TODAY’S Conservative Party conference is all about one person: Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson booked the largest room in...

Of blue suits and smelly trainers

THE most visible difference between the Conservative Party Conference and the Labour Party Conference is age-adjusted dress sense....

The Tory Party is split down the middle

THE first thing that you notice in Birmingham is that the Conservative Party is hopelessly split on Brexit....

What Birmingham means to today’s Conservatives

BIRMINGHAM was an obvious place for the Tories to hold their conference. The mayor of the West Midlands,...

John McDonnell offers an ambitious alternative economic policy

SO FAR the Labour Party’s annual conference has very much been John McDonnell’s. The shadow chancellor not only...

What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate

MORE than a decade ago, a colleague of Bartleby’s left the world of journalism for a better-paid life...

Americans are doing a good job of misunderstanding Britain

A RESTAURANT critic for the New York Times informs us that, on returning to London after a ten-year...

The robots coming for your job

IF there are two truths that are universally acknowledged, they are that western populations are ageing and that...

Labour is no longer the party of the traditional working class

ON JULY 3RD Jeremy Corbyn told Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union, that “Labour is back as the political...

Some thoughts on the crisis of liberalism—and how to fix it

BREXIT is such an all-consuming process for the British—at once a drama, a muddle and a mess—that it...

Do we pay nurses less because we envy them? Unlikely

WHEN starting a new column, it is nice to get a topic that is at the heart of...

When men rule the board

ANY teacher will be familiar with the excuses that children give for not performing a task, from grandmothers’...

So long, farewell | The Economist

IT IS an enormous privilege, and responsibility, to write for The Economist and capture a small sliver of...

Sounding the death knell for Corbynmania

THIS was a bad night for Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s hard-left leader. It would be too much to say...

Amber Rudd’s resignation throws Theresa May’s government into crisis

IN THIS week’s Bagehot column I ventured that Amber Rudd, Britain’s home secretary, was probably not fatally wounded...

Coming face to neck with Vladimir Putin

T.H. MARSHALL, one of the founders of modern economics, and one of the most brilliant analysts of the...

Some thoughts on the open v closed divide

ONE of the most popular interpretations of modern politics is that it is increasingly defined by the difference...

Theresa May wastes an opportunity to regalvanise her party

TODAY’S Cabinet reshuffle was billed as a golden opportunity for Theresa May to achieve two things: stamp her...

Damian Green’s exit gives Theresa May a problem—and an opportunity

AT THE last prime minister’s questions of the year, on December 20th, Damian Green loyally sat on Theresa...

A strange disease has taken hold of British politics

BRITAIN is suffering from a very un-British affliction at the moment: millenarianism. A country that has always prided...

The Tory conference reflects the dismal state of the party

IF I had to sum up the Labour Party conference in Brighton last week in a single word,...

How the Corbynites want to reverse the 1980s

PAUL MASON, a journalist turned Labour Party activist, was very much in evidence at the Labour conference in...

An evening with Momentum at the Labour Party conference

I VENTURED into Momentum’s “A World Transformed” jamboree—a sort of parallel conference running alongside the main Labour Party...

The Labour Party is in jubilant mood as it meets for its annual conference

ABOUT half-way through “Jaws”, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster, Sheriff Brody (Roy Schneider) finally catches sight of the giant...

Whatever she may say, Theresa May won’t fight the next election

ASKED in Japan whether she intends to stand down as leader of the Conservative Party in 2019 Theresa...

The politics of a tragedy

WE USE the phrase “death-trap” all too lightly. But a death-trap is exactly what the 24-storey Grenfell Tower...

The lesson from tonight’s astonishing results: campaigns matter

POLITICAL scientists are often sniffy about campaigns. They think that campaigns have at best a minimal impact on...

Unpicking the Corbynist manifesto | The Economist

BRITISH election campaigns are usually carefully choreographed affairs. They are short and sharp: just a few weeks of...

A brief history of one-nation Conservatism

I HEREBY predict that one of the great themes of British politics in the next few years will...

On the ground with Andy Street in Birmingham

TO BIRMINGHAM to look at the state of the race to become mayor of the West Midlands (to...

The tragedy of Len McCluskey’s re-election as head of Unite

THE deformation professionnelle of the British establishment is its habit of rewarding failure: mess things up, get a...

To understand Britain today, look to the 17th century

DAMN her eyes! I took over as Bagehot only the other day, on April Fools’ Day, having not...

A farewell to Britain | The Economist

LO, BREXIT is under way. And I have effected my own exit: having penned my last Bagehot column...