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    1. August 26, 2015

      Harvey Proctor case stirs Westminster unease at sex abuse probes

      The sight of a distraught former Conservative MP publicly confronting allegations of murder and sexual abuse of...

    2. August 4, 2015

      Era of deference and denial swirls with child sex allegations

      In the years when Edward Heath was prime minister (1970-1974) the terms paedophile and paedophilia were known mainly by...

    1. August 3, 2015

      Heath child abuse claims investigated by police watchdog

      The police watchdog is to investigate allegations that the Wiltshire force did not pursue claims that former...

    2. Westminster Blog

      April 28, 2015

      Shock economic figures and a previous election

      This UK election was meant to be about the economy, where the government enjoys a hefty lead over its opponents. All it...

    3. April 17, 2015

      General election: The parallels with 1970’s shock result

      Human beings are hard-wired to search for patterns and parallels — especially those that seem to confirm their existing...

    4. January 20, 2015

      Tesco, Terry Leahy and the importance of keeping shtum

      There is a framed picture that every retired leader should hang on the wall next to the photographs of their meetings...

    5. April 23, 2014

      Manufacturing most optimistic since Heath years

      Britain’s manufacturers are at their most optimistic since the Barber boom of the 1970s, raising expectations of rapid...

    6. March 27, 2014

      Brittan on Britain

      I. Forced Normality My earliest semi-adult memories go back to the long, drawn-out struggle to persuade Sir Winston...

    7. March 5, 2014

      F&C stalwart Tigue to retire after 33-year career

      Jeremy Tigue, who runs the Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust, is to retire after a 33-year career. The trust is the...

    8. January 2, 2014

      Archives 1984: Thatcher considered using troops in miners’ strike

      Margaret Thatcher drew up plans to declare a state of emergency and call in troops to move coal at the height of the...

    9. April 16, 2013

      Cameron cannot revive Thatcherism

      Margaret Thatcher’s death must have been particularly poignant for Conservative ministers. Their electoral fortunes now...

    10. March 6, 2013

      The Audience, Gielgud Theatre, London

      Here is a bizarre contradiction: the year’s biggest West End theatrical opening so far actually has disconcertingly...

    11. January 16, 2013

      Passionate European’s case for leaving

      For a passionate European there is now a strong case for Britain to leave the EU. By passionate European, I mean...

    12. November 5, 2012

      An astute chronicler of power relations

      John Bourne1926-2012Journalist John Bourne, who has died aged 86, was an astute chronicler of British politics and...

    13. October 12, 2012

      From gonzo to dodos

      You wouldn’t know it was Ralph Steadman’s house from the outside. There are no trademark paint spatterings across the...

    14. October 8, 2012

      Political animal nips at party faithful

      Towards the end of his conference speech, George Osborne proclaimed that he wanted Britain to be in the forefront in...

    15. June 23, 2012

      The List: Five bears that made the news

      Bears don’t often make the headlines. When they do, it’s usually bad news. In honour of Taquka – who belongs to the...

    16. June 11, 2012

      Cameron bids Europe a Churchillian goodbye

      The wheel is turning full circle. When France and Germany set about building a united Europe from the wreckage of the...

    17. May 23, 2012

      Downtime Dave, chillaxed of Chequers

      It should not really come as a surprise that a nation raised on the legend of Sir Francis Drake finishing his game of...

    18. April 20, 2012

      No, minister

      Inside the Department of Economic Affairs: Samuel Brittan, the Diary of an ‘Irregular’, 1964-66, edited by Roger...

    19. April 1, 2012

      Office, not upbringing, is what turns politicians into targets

      When I arrived in Berlin in 1994 the newspapers were full of articles about a debilitating condition known as...

    20. March 21, 2012

      A pensions rot that was set in the early nineties

      From Mr Hilton Seely. Sir, I read with interest the letter from Christopher Donald (“Time to remember 1997 pensions...

    21. March 4, 2012

      Osborne well knows that Tories tax wealth at their peril

      Is the party of capital about to embrace taxes on wealth? Nick Boles, one of the sparkier of the new intake of...

    22. January 19, 2012

      The politics of responsible capitalism

      Only “responsible” capitalists, it seems, are wanted now. The irresponsible kind can just slink off with their cronies...

    23. The World

      January 11, 2012

      The strengths and weaknesses of Mitt Romney

      My friends in the press will do their utmost to keep a sense of excitement going, as the US presidential election heads...

    24. September 20, 2011

      Classic yachts: A piece of sailing heritage comes with a large price tag

      We are told to keep an eye on the opposition. It pays to do so when surrounded by tons of polished timbers and...

    25. July 22, 2011

      Memoirs

      A book by one of the grandest names in British journalism that sheds new light on Rupert Murdoch’s empire must – this...

    26. June 10, 2011

      Troubleshooter who turned round Lotus

      Terry Playle was a “company doctor” best known for his work saving Lotus, the glamorous but crisis-prone British sports...

    27. May 25, 2011

      Rolls-Royce built on gold-plated nursery of state support

      From Mr Paul J. Weighell. Sir, Richard Lambert’s citing of Rolls-Royce as an example of long-term investment is...

    28. February 7, 2011

      Cameron makes a dash for the sidelines

      For a half a century or so, Britain’s foreign policy has been framed by the competing pulls of the US and Europe....

    29. October 4, 2010

      State of Emergency

      State of Emergency: The Way We Were, Britain 1970-74, by Dominic Sandbrook, Allen Lane RRP£30, 768 pages It must have...

    30. Westminster Blog

      September 17, 2010

      Labour should take cold comfort from strong polling

      In a startling piece of analysis by Philip Cowley, one of Britain’s foremost psephologists, over at Left Foot Forward....

    31. September 5, 2010

      A Heathite lurks behind the big society

      David Cameron has been called many things: “heir to Blair” (supposedly even by himself) and “Thatcher’s son” (by many...

    32. August 11, 2010

      Leader who blended humanism with socialism

      The “work-in” at Upper Clyde Shipyards, which Jimmy Reid led in 1972, was an early defeat for the then prime minister...

    33. July 12, 2010

      Proof we can be more productive by working a little less

      From Mr Mike Rigby.Sir, Lucy Kellaway (“Don’t just dress down on Fridays, down your tools”, July 5) recommends ending...

    34. June 24, 2010

      Walker the 'wet' who beat the striking miners

      Lord Walker, the former Tory politician and businessman who has died at the age of 78, was the man who defeated...

    35. June 23, 2010

      Walker the ‘wet’ who beat the striking miners

      Lord Walker, the former Tory politician and businessman who has died at the age of 78, was the man who defeated...

    36. June 17, 2010

      Once again we must ask: 'Who governs?'

      In 1974, Edward Heath asked: "Who governs - government or trade unions?" Five years later British voters delivered a...

    37. June 16, 2010

      Once again we must ask: ‘Who governs?’

      In 1974, Edward Heath asked: “Who governs – government or trade unions?” Five years later British voters delivered a...

    38. May 31, 2010

      The Atlantic and Its Enemies

      The Atlantic and Its Enemies: A Personal History of the Cold War, by Norman Stone, Allen Lane £30, 688 pages FT...

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