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  1. August 15, 2014

    Taxing wealth on death is nothing new

    When Sir William Harcourt, a Liberal chancellor, introduced a top tax rate of 8 per cent on estates of more than £1m in...

  2. March 14, 2014

    Benn’s programme for Labour

    Tony Benn was at the height of his political career when he addressed the Labour Party conference in September 1980, the...

  1. Westminster Blog

    March 14, 2013

    Just how unpopular is George Osborne?

    Some fascinating economic research by Ipsos Mori, published today, shows that George Osborne is the least popular chancellor...

  2. August 29, 2012

    Don’t make wealth tax a habit

    If kite-flying were an Olympic sport, Nick Clegg and his Liberal Democrat cabinet colleagues (no doubt appearing as Team LD)...

  3. November 15, 2011

    There is no big bazooka

    From Mr Miles Saltiel. Sir, The seriousness of the euro crisis makes otherwise sensible people foolish. In 1976 when Denis...

  4. November 3, 2011

    Absolutist King needs challenge from a City panel

    Eyebrows can be scary, as those of Denis Healey and Frida Kahlo proved. Beware also the circumflex forehead fur of...

  5. June 23, 2011

    Greece’s euro exit can now only be a matter of time

    If something is unsustainable it will not be sustained. But it still might be kept going for quite a long time. This was the...

  6. April 1, 2011

    Politics: Threats to the edifice

    Debit column? Big houses in smart parts of London such as Belgravia would be taxed more highly if the Liberal Democrats had...

  7. February 1, 2011

    Jedi mandarins strike back

    “Is the Whitehall empire striking back against sofa government?” The question rang out across the quiet, panelled room high...

  8. September 4, 2010

    Defining Moment: Denis Healey agrees to the demands of the IMF

    Sterling plunges, the IMF demands £2.5bn cuts and Healey can hardly bear to look At a press conference held at the Treasury...

  9. August 10, 2010

    Cameron must heed the lessons of New Labour

    Who says politics is boring? Welfare, social housing, the health service, schools and the police – all preparing for major...

  10. April 2, 2010

    Matthew Vincent: Sheepish chancellors avoid juvenile debate

    To employ the politics of fear, you have to campaign on a genuinely scary issue. I suspect that the three would-be/would-...

  11. February 24, 2010

    Let me refresh those left-leaning economists’ very short memories

    From Mr John Salkeld. Sir, It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that the Financial Times should want to give such...

  12. February 12, 2010

    Poems for our time

    James Mackintosh: There's been a sudden spate of rather good poems about the financial crisis, started by Giles Wilkes at...

  13. October 9, 2009

    Armchair generals

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

  14. 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...

  15. FT Alphaville

    August 19, 2009

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Wednesday’s FT, Kenneth Rogoff: Why we need to regulate banks sooner, not later...

  16. August 19, 2009

    The Short View

    Denis Healey, the former chancellor of the exchequer, likened an attack from his successor, Sir Geoffrey Howe, to "being...

  17. August 18, 2009

    Short View: Indexers ascendant

    Denis Healey, the former UK chancellor of the exchequer, likened an attack from his successor, Sir Geoffrey Howe, to “being...

  18. April 23, 2009

    Labour breaks pledge on taxing wealthy

    The Labour government lifted the top rate of income tax to 50 per cent, ripping up a central promise of its 2005 election...

  19. April 22, 2009

    Labour breaks promise on taxing rich

    The Labour government on Wednesday lifted the top rate of income tax to 50 per cent, ripping up a central promise of its...

  20. Westminster Blog

    April 22, 2009

    David Cameron scores the easy hits

    Being leader of the opposition on this Budget Day was like shooting fish in a barrel. The forecasts didn’t predict a...

  21. April 22, 2009

    Cameron slams ‘highest ever’ UK borrowing

    Alistair Darling’s Budget does nothing to bring the public finances under control, David Cameron, leader of the oppostion,...

  22. Westminster Blog

    April 6, 2009

    Hedgies: printing money is Darling's only option

    Some grim developments on the public finances front. Alistair Darling prepares to acknowledge the biggest forecasting error...

  23. February 28, 2009

    Das Bookfest

    The German ambassador, Georg Boomgaarden, hosted a jolly Anglo-German evening celebrating the launch of Oxford Group...

  24. FT Alphaville

    January 23, 2009

    Dear Jim Rogers... (Cc: David Cameron)

    RBS analysts wrote a thoughtful letter to Jim Rogers earlier today – in riposte to his “Armageddon-esque vision of Britain”....

  25. January 22, 2009

    Cameron warns on risk of IMF plea

    Britain is “running the risk” of being forced to go to the International Monetary Fund to prop up its economy, David...

  26. December 16, 2008

    No chancellors here

    Another in my series of highland stories, this one sent in by Bob Wickham. Denis Healey, Labour chancellor of the turbulent...

  27. November 20, 2008

    Labour is warned of vulture attack

    A vulture marked “recession” perches ravenously over a harried Denis Healey, the 1970s Labour chancellor, on the walls of...

  28. Westminster Blog

    September 3, 2008

    I know where all the bodies are buried

    There is speculation that Alistair Darling could be removed during the forthcoming cabinet reshuffle. The thinking is...

  29. August 7, 2008

    Three little boys

    After the February 1974 general election, when Labour was returned to power under Harold Wilson, the 41-year-old Eric...

  30. April 23, 2008

    Field of dreams?

    Westminster blog : It's one thing for an MP to put his name to an early day motion - a chance to say "I'm on your side,...

  31. Westminster Blog

    April 22, 2008

    Frank Field of dreams?

    It’s one thing for an MP to put his name to an early day motion – a chance to say “I’m on your side, honest” without...

  32. March 12, 2008

    Shame on you, FT, for stoking up envy of non-doms

    From Mr David A. Randall. Sir, I am a life-long subscriber, and proselytiser of the FT, but over recent weeks you have...

  33. March 8, 2008

    A guide to surviving Budget day

    Next Wednesday, the chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling delivers his first Budget speech. Drawing on centuries of...

  34. December 28, 2007

    London warned on defence cuts

    Britain's Nato allies tried to frighten the UK government into retreating from planned defence cuts by warning that West...

  35. December 28, 2007

    Police threat pushed PM to brink

    James Callaghan's desperate attempts to stop his government's incomes policy un-ravelling 30 years ago are underlined in...

  36. December 28, 2007

    1977 Files: Police threat pushed PM to brink

    James Callaghan’s desperate attempts to stop his government’s incomes policy un­ravelling 30 years ago are underlined in...

  37. December 28, 2007

    1977 Files: London warned on defence cuts

    Britain’s Nato allies tried to frighten the UK government into retreating from planned defence cuts by warning that West...

  38. December 20, 2007

    It is time to jettison the forecasts

    More than 30 years ago, Denis Healey, a contains an evaluation of the organisation’s recent projections. The conclusion,...

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