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  1. September 29, 2013

    Power Trip, by Damian McBride

    Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin, by Damian McBride, Biteback Publishing, RRP£20 The defining characteristics...

  2. Westminster Blog

    September 16, 2013

    Vince runs away

    “Given his tendency to treat rebellion like a reluctant bather inching his way into the sea at Skegness, it made sense to...

Special Reports

  1. Guide to Davos 2012

    The time for talk is over: Europe’s politicians need to act fast in order to solve the...
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  1. The World

    September 4, 2013

    Miliband v Miliband on Iraq, Syria and intervention

    This morning’s article in the FT by David Miliband has caused a stir in Britain. Just a week after Ed Miliband and the...

  2. August 29, 2013

    Cameron fails in quest for political unity over Syria

    David Cameron was left a diminished figure both at home and on the world stage on Thursday after suffering defeat in the...

  3. July 25, 2013

    In the Middle East, a decade of war promises a decade of disorder

    At first glance, there is something almost quixotic about John Kerry’s effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The...

  4. July 14, 2013

    David Miliband urges leaders to embrace ‘political Islamism’ in Egypt

    David Miliband, the former foreign secretary, has broken ranks with world leaders by describing the military intervention in...

  5. June 7, 2013

    Miliband’s future depends on how he addresses the past

    The “guild” is George Osborne’s mock-serious name for the professional politicians who bestride Britain, a closed shop of...

  6. May 3, 2013

    Votes for Ukip in council elections rock political establishment

    Ukip, the populist anti-EU party, has sent tremors through Britain’s political establishment, winning seats on councils...

  7. May 2, 2013

    Labour holds South Shields as Ukip vote surges

    Labour won the South Shields by-election on Thursday night but the threat of Ukip loomed large over all three main political...

  8. April 30, 2013

    Nigel Farage takes by-election fight to Labour in South Shields

    Possibly not since Muhammad Ali, the world heavyweight boxer, arrived in 1977 to a hero’s welcome has South Shields seen a...

  9. April 5, 2013

    Football’s little problem on the right wing

    In Paolo Di Canio’s autobiography, published in 2000, the Italian footballer says he is “fascinated by Benito Mussolini”....

  10. April 2, 2013

    Invest in Africa reviews Sunderland deal

    Invest in Africa, the not-for-profit initiative which promotes the continent as an investment destination, said on Tuesday...

  11. March 27, 2013

    David Miliband missed three chances for top job

    Allies and critics alike say David Miliband missed three big opportunities in the years leading up to 2010 to win a big...

  12. March 26, 2013

    David Miliband to step down as MP

    Former foreign secretary David Miliband is to step down as an MP immediately in a move that deprives Labour of one of its...

  13. March 22, 2013

    Pick the best school

    Corporal punishment, yes, but no exam league tables, no Ofsted, no national curriculum, no GCSEs … Schooling in the 1930s?...

  14. January 18, 2013

    Spotlight cast on David Miliband earnings

    David Miliband has made just short of £1m on top of his MP’s salary since he failed to win the Labour leadership in the...

  15. January 10, 2013

    Clegg sees ‘sombre’ outlook for 2015 poll

    Nick Clegg on Thursday gave the bleakest assessment yet by a senior minister about the likely economic outlook at the next...

  16. December 14, 2012

    Tullow keeps the ball rolling in Africa

    Few people would recognise FTSE 100 explorer Tullow Oil as sponsor of an English Premier League football club. But, as...

  17. October 15, 2012

    BAA leaves baggage behind

    For Colin Matthews, chief executive of the airport group formerly known as BAA, the decision to drop the umbrella company’s...

  18. June 8, 2012

    From vicious to virtuous

    A while ago I heard a bright, youngish, up-and-coming British politician say that eating organic food was “a lifestyle...

  19. Westminster Blog

    May 16, 2012

    PMQs: Cameron's Cruddas attack plays into Labour hands

    It was a curiously flat PMQs today, partially because we have heard the stock questions and answers from both party leaders...

  20. May 14, 2012

    Miliband to get back on track with reshuffle

    Ed Miliband is planning to stamp his authority on Labour this week with an expected reshuffle and an attempt to get the...

  21. May 13, 2012

    Blair to back Labour’s economic strategy

    Tony Blair and Lord Mandelson are to add their weight to Labour’s calls for a renewed emphasis on growth in a sign that the...

  22. April 12, 2012

    Cold war lessons can help disarm Iran

    Saturday’s talks in Istanbul between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are...

  23. April 12, 2012

    The bogus distinction between left and right

    In the French presidential elections, François Hollande, the Socialist candidate, who advocates a 75 per cent marginal tax...

  24. March 25, 2012

    Cruddas case puts political funds in spotlight

    Andrew Feldman moved quickly on Saturday night to cauterise the damage caused by Peter Cruddas, demanding the resignation of...

  25. February 29, 2012

    Labour vows to rebuild relations with business

    Labour on Wednesday admitted it had “lost the trust” of business and vowed to rebuild relations in the wake of concerns...

  26. February 24, 2012

    Labour leaders at odds over bonus excess

    Ed Miliband, Labour leader, and Ed Balls, his shadow chancellor, are at odds over the party’s attack on excessive bonuses,...

  27. February 17, 2012

    Old world disorder

     After The Fall: The End of the European Dream and the Decline of a Continent, by Walter Laqueur, Thomas Dunne Books,...

  28. February 12, 2012

    Don’t let the age of austerity be the age of inaction

    There is not much good news when it comes to managing the global system. The euro is (still) in crisis; trade talks are...

  29. Westminster Blog

    February 7, 2012

    David Miliband: I'm not becoming a cross-bencher

    Two strands of thought are emerging about David Miliband, the Labour leader that never was, who launched his report into...

  30. February 6, 2012

    David Miliband warns on youth unemployment

    David Miliband has stepped back into the political fray, urging the government to do more to tackle youth unemployment and...

  31. January 23, 2012

    Strategic balance

    In the year since the last meeting in Davos, a civilian surge has rocked the Middle East in the name of democracy, human...

  32. Westminster Blog

    January 23, 2012

    The other version of Ed Miliband's January 2012

    Journalism is the first draft of history, not the last. For a good example it’s worth turning to the first few months of...

  33. January 3, 2012

    How we can persuade the Iranians to stop short of a bomb

    From Sir John Thomson. Sir, Michael Herzog (Letters, December 22) is right to assert that Israel is actively debating the...

  34. December 30, 2011

    Former Obama adviser plots Miliband course

    Ed Miliband has a once-in-a-generation chance to win the argument over business ethics and should push ahead with his...

  35. December 6, 2011

    West must abandon its ‘bipolar’ policy choice over Iran

    From Mr Reza Ladjevardian. Sir, David Miliband and Nader Mousavizadeh correctly point out the potential dangers of increased...

  36. December 4, 2011

    Labour fall behind Tories in polls

    Ed Miliband has failed to make political capital out of public sector strikes and gloomy news over the economy last week,...

  37. beyondbrics

    December 2, 2011

    Further reading: easing into it

    Friday’s top picks from the beyondbrics team: Lex on China’s start to monetary easing and why Africa and oil is a tricky...

  38. December 1, 2011

    Risks of sleepwalking into a war with Iran

    Iran’s challenge to global order has been among the most complex and confounding tasks for international diplomacy since...

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