18 June 2018

Labour Live: bread and circuses

This north London day out fell far short of its radical pretensions.

24 October 2017

No, China isn’t going back to Maoism

Xi isn’t the nostalgic Communist Western reporters claim he is.

14 July 2017

Liu Xiaobo: champion of change

His passion for democracy put many in the West to shame.

10 July 2017

The cultural revolution on Western campuses

The alarming parallels between today’s student censors and Mao’s Red Guards.

20 August 2015

Tianjin was a tragedy, not comeuppance

Too many in the West are seeing a disaster as a moral lesson.

Books 27 August 2010

Is the motor car driving the world to destruction?

Two Billion Cars, like many modern green tracts, mixes demands for restraint with celebrations of techno-solutions to the problems we face. And as always, the restraint wins out.

24 September 2009

An epidemic of OCD: Obsessive Carbon Dogma

From living in virtual darkness to minutely measuring their water-use, greens’ fixation with carbon counting is verging on a mental illness.

1 September 2009

Dongtan: the eco-city that never was

China’s first big eco-city has been put on hold, not because it was too ambitious, but because it wasn’t ambitious enough.

Books 25 April 2008

Three cheers for China’s economic miracle

Development in China has lifted tens of millions of people out of poverty, and in the past decade alone Shanghai has built more skyscrapers than already exist in New York. Listen carefully: this is a good thing.

26 July 2007

Reducing cities to a statistical sprawl

The Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern – all warnings about overpopulation and eco-doom – shows architects have lost their ‘utopian drive’.