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  1. July 26, 2013

    Cameron’s critics have much venom but little sense of history

    After three years in office, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron leads a coalition that has fallen low in public esteem....

  2. April 10, 2013

    Thatcher rifts re-emerge in parliament

    Margaret Thatcher was recognised across the political divide on Wednesday as a politician “who defined her age”, with...

  1. March 13, 2013

    Judging the honesty of British politics

    One of the great things about the British political system is its extraordinary integrity and honesty. Everyone says so....

  2. January 30, 2013

    Police forces veto G4S outsourcing deal

    Three police forces have abandoned a planned outsourcing contract with the security company G4S after their newly appointed...

  3. October 5, 2012

    Politically incorrect

    May 8 1969: the Labour Cabinet, under Harold Wilson, was discussing the Industrial Relations Bill, which was designed to...

  4. June 17, 2012

    Staycations breathe life into Welsh leisure sectors

    Mark Woolfenden jokes that he “swapped spin doctoring for spin drying” when he gave up a city job with Citigate Dewe...

  5. April 2, 2012

    Liberation wars and the Galloway spring

    George Galloway’s hailing of his by-election victory as a “Bradford spring” shows the deaf ear to irony we have come to...

  6. February 27, 2012

    The Liberals and the House of Lords

    Just over a hundred years have passed since Herbert Asquith’s Liberal government made a first stab at reforming the House of...

  7. February 23, 2012

    Tax England’s green and pleasant land

    “Roads are made, streets are made . . electric light turns night into day. . . To not one of those improvements does the...

  8. December 5, 2011

    David Lloyd Leisure plans to appoint adviser

    David Lloyd Leisure, the European fitness club operator part owned by Lloyds Bank, plans to appoint an investment bank in...

  9. November 11, 2011

    The Beauty and the Sorrow

    In December 1920 David Lloyd George, the Liberal prime minister who had just led Britain to victory in the first world war,...

  10. October 24, 2011

    A penny for the anti-capitalist guy

    Guy Fawkes seems an unlikely man of the moment. On November 5 a few Britons will burn him in effigy on Bonfire Night, a...

  11. September 30, 2011

    UK start-ups head for Chile

    A clutch of nine UK-based start-ups are set to relocate their operations halfway across the world to Chile, lured by the...

  12. August 14, 2011

    Low-cost fitness chain looks to bulk up

    A low-cost UK fitness chain that caters to commitment-phobes has secured funding to double in size. Pure Gym, which offers...

  13. June 17, 2011

    Lords reform to struggle to meet deadline

    Nick Clegg’s 2015 deadline for House of Lords reform may be missed because of recalcitrant politicians in both chambers, the...

  14. June 13, 2011

    Sanctions are much less effective than we’re led to believe

    From Mr Lindsay Peter Mackenzie. Sir, While Joseph Nye claims economic sanctions can make a “big difference” (“Syria can...

  15. May 4, 2011

    Interview: Running and reading fit into a life of travel

    It is clear from the way Paul Brooks talks that he enjoys running. The chief financial officer of Experian, the FTSE-100...

  16. October 19, 2010

    Whitbread thrives in coffee shops and hotels

    Grinding beans: the group believes UK customers will seek out ‘everyday affordable treats’ from Costa Coffee Alan Parker...

  17. July 27, 2010

    Future generations will curse us for cutting in a slump

    In 1937 Keynes wrote: “The boom, not the slump, is the right time for austerity at the Treasury.” Jean-Claude Trichet,...

  18. July 5, 2010

    Lloyds’ housekeeping fails to sweep up debt exposure

    After months of speculation, Lloyds Banking Group has finally confirmed the sale of 70 per cent of its Integrated Finance...

  19. July 5, 2010

    Lloyds sells BoS private equity unit stake

    Architect of a large-scale restructuring: Truett Tate, head of Lloyds Banking’s corporate division, wants to retain many...

  20. June 29, 2010

    Femocrat in the land of the larrikin

    Four years ago Mark Latham, a former Australian Labor leader, warned that "the Aussie bloke is in crisis and in danger of...

  21. June 29, 2010

    Femocrat in the land of the larrikin

    Four years ago Mark Latham, a former Australian Labor leader, warned that “the Aussie bloke is in crisis and in danger of...

  22. June 7, 2010

    HBOS managers to survive unit sale

    Bankers at a private equity arm of HBOS that made heavy losses will continue to manage its assets after an anticipated £500m...

  23. June 6, 2010

    HBOS managers to survive unit sale

    Bankers at a private equity arm of HBOS that made heavy losses will continue to manage its assets after an anticipated £500m...

  24. May 17, 2010

    A history lesson on coalitions for Liberals

    The formation of a coalition government in Britain is rather like the eruption of a volcano in Iceland. It is not supposed...

  25. May 16, 2010

    Britain is no stranger to successful coalitions

    The formation of a coalition government in Britain is rather like the eruption of a volcano in Iceland. It is not supposed...

  26. May 15, 2010

    Where to now?

    David Cameron, Britain's new prime minister, sat in the cabinet room in 10 Downing Street on Thursday morning, his...

  27. April 9, 2010

    Man in the News: Nick Clegg

    Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats have had only a passing acquaintance with power in Britain since the days when politicians...

  28. March 25, 2010

    Ballot box Budgets

    In its lasting im-pact, David Lloyd George's so-called People's Budget was one of the most dramatic in Britain's budgetary...

  29. February 22, 2010

    SCM launches emerging market income fund

    Somerset Capital Management, the boutique founded by Jacob Rees-Mogg, is launching one of the UK’s first global emerging...

  30. October 28, 2009

    Knightly hunger

    Forget all that stuff about Gordon Brown dithering between KitKats and cream puffs. The real crunch is at the Treasury....

  31. October 27, 2009

    Storms lie ahead for politics' odd couple

    Mervyn King and George Osborne are the odd couple of British politics: a self-consciously cerebral governor of the Bank of...

  32. October 26, 2009

    Storms lie ahead for politics’ odd couple

    Mervyn King and George Osborne are the odd couple of British politics: a self-consciously cerebral governor of the Bank of...

  33. October 9, 2009

    Armchair generals

    John Hutton: The relationship between politicians and the military in any democracy has to rest on one cardinal principle:...

  34. October 8, 2009

    Military and Whitehall must both pipe down

    The relationship between politicians and the military in any democracy has to rest on one cardinal principle: that it is the...

  35. October 1, 2009

    Tax land values, not properties on it

    From Mr Jack Bovill. Sir, Martin Wolf’s comment on mansions tax, while 49 per cent on target, misses the point that the rise...

  36. August 31, 2009

    Aristocrats

    Aristocrats: Power, Grace and Decadence – Britain’s Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present By Lawrence James Little,...

  37. August 12, 2009

    Hair raising

    The reputation of the moustache was already under strain after the fall from grace of Sir Allen Stanford, the Texan tycoon....

  38. July 12, 2009

    Four shots and decades of rivalry

    olitics, says John Campbell, is inescapably about power. “Ideas prosper only through the flawed men and women who champion...

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