The remarkable fact about terrorism today is not how many lives it claims, but how few. Think of all the people, at home and abroad, who profess to hate our way of life. And yet the statistics show that they have been remarkably unsuccessful: in the great movie of our national life, terrorism barely has a walk-on role. This is not to minimise the suffering in Manchester, but to point out how thoroughly the extremists have failed.
When the chance to run in the Pyongyang marathon arose, J.P. Floru couldn't resist the opportunity to visit such a notoriously secretive and cut-off state. Under the gaze of his government minders, he found a mixture of the bizarre and the cruel. In North Korea, the state is responsible for everything. So, in theory, it can be blamed for everything - yet through ruthless terror, the Kim dynasty survives.
Since he first came to power in 2003, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has skillfully dismantled the secularist system that took Turkey a century to build. In a country perpetually suspicious of the 'deep state', he casts his enemies as part of a murky, privileged order and paints himself as the perpetual outsider. But has Erdogan's iron grip created a level of instability that may yet be his undoing?
A new report from the ONS lays bare the extent to which London and the South East prop up the public finances of the rest of the country. For example, the taxman takes nearly £16,000 a year from each Londoner and under £8,000 from each Welshman. This geographic inequality may seem extreme, but, because of the corresponding variation in the cost of living, it does soften the impact of nationwide income inequality.
For years it was assumed that aid was the only way to stimulate economic growth in poor countries with weak institutions. But recent history suggests otherwise. As we now know from places such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, no amount of aid can jump-start an economy which lacks the rule of law, the protection of property rights and accountable government.
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