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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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