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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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 oldest...

  2. 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 miners’...

  3. April 16, 2013

    Cameron cannot revive Thatcherism

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

  4. 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 little...

  5. 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 someone who...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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 largest...

  10. 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 war,...

  11. 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 bowls...

  12. April 20, 2012

    No, minister

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

  13. 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...

  14. 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 raid”,...

  15. 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 Conservative...

  16. 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 and...

  17. 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 to...

  18. 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...

  19. 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 month...

  20. 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 car...

  21. 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 misleading...

  22. 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. Should the...

  23. 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 been...

  24. 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. Prof...

  25. 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 on the...

  26. 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 Edward...

  27. 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 the...

  28. 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 Britain's...

  29. 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 Britain's...

  30. 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 final...

  31. 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 final...

  32. 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 Bookshop...

  33. May 20, 2010

    Welcome to Europe, Prime Minister Cameron

    Dear Prime Minister,Congratulations on having made it to 10 Downing Street. As you prepare to meet Nicolas Sarkozy today,...

  34. May 19, 2010

    Welcome to Europe, Prime Minister Cameron

    Dear Prime Minister, Congratulations on having made it to 10 Downing Street. As you prepare to meet Nicolas Sarkozy on...

  35. Brussels Blog

    May 12, 2010

    Every step you take, David, EU will be watching you

    As you’d expect, European Union leaders were quick to congratulate David Cameron on his appointment as British prime...

  36. Westminster Blog

    May 11, 2010

    Growing hostility within Labour to a coalition with the Lib Dems

    I woke up to the dulcet tones of David Blunkett warning that a Lib-Lab coalition may not be quite the panacea that Lord...

  37. May 10, 2010

    The unappealing choices after an inconclusive election

    It has been a generation since the British electorate delivered such an inconclusive result at a general election. Not since...

  38. May 9, 2010

    The unappealing choices after an inconclusive election

    It has been a generation since the British electorate delivered such an inconclusive result at a general election. Not since...

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