Yes or no? Scotland is taking the question seriously

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From Glasgow to Coldstream, voters are approaching the independence question with a seriousness unknown among the self-mocking English

MPs don’t get it. Miller caused outrage

Never send to know for whom the bell tolls: it tolls for thee

Roy Jenkins playing tennis with his wife Jennifer at their home in East Hendred, Berkshire on March 20 1976
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Roy Jenkins recalled

The Labour politician missed out on being PM but did more to shape modern Britain than any of his political peers

Tony Benn

The paradox of Tony Benn

Politician’s lifetime spanned the history of Labour government

A church in the City of London
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The CofE’s moral investment dilemma

Hedge funds not a comfortable companion for an arbiter of moral values

British Institutions: police commissioners

Public distaste for police and crime commissioners appears to be matched by a sullen resentment from police of all ranks

Aussie rout leaves England nowhere to hide

Sydney performance goes down as one of the most disgraceful in memory

Britain’s sporting glories are history

Belief that UK could conquer world on international sports battlefields lasted just over a decade

Ashes whitewash looms for England

Latest disaster was in many ways the most galling yet for a team that started as hot favourites

Ian Nairn: flight from Subtopia

Thirty years after his death, the architecture expert is again attracting interest as a distinctive voice on urbanism

Sketch: Osborne triumphs in Balls battle

Chancellor gives his Labour shadow a pummelling

Do not compromise cricket

The game has challenges unknown in other sports, such as long and increasingly miserable tours

Problems at crease as Australia re-emerge

England fail to observe warning signs of last Ashes series

British Institutions: The City of London

‘There were times, observing the City, that I found the weight of the arcana just a little oppressive, bordering on the weird’

Tendulkar calls stumps on stellar career

Cricketer dubbed India’s greatest sportsman retires

Ovo head brightens energy committee’s day

Stephen Fitzpatrick seizes an unlikely marketing opportunity

Mellow fruitfulness

Tony Benn’s final volume of diaries is a touching portrait of old age

The unspoken word

An entertaining guide to the mysterious language of journalese. A review of ‘Romps, Tots and Boffins’, by Robert Hutton

Nationality and the question of sport

Genuine migrants should be allowed to play for England – those who move here as professionals not

The speech of a great PR, not a great PM

All that was missing from Cameron’s speech was a single fresh idea


Matthew Engel Matthew Engel has had a journalistic career of unusual variety, covering everything from terrorism to tiddlywinks. He has reported from 50 countries and seven continents, clocking up No. 7 in January 2012 when the FT sent him to the Antarctic.

For 12 years, he was editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. His latest book is Eleven Minutes Late, a dissection of Britain's railways. He is now writing a travel book about England.

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