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    1. August 1, 2013

      1983 Archive: Margaret Thatcher vetoed William Hague appointment

      National Archives: 1983 in pictures William Hague’s youthful political career hit a surprise setback in 1983, when Margaret...

    2. July 5, 2013

      Tax reforms should pass the ‘Gipper test’

      The cost of a Church of England wedding is £440, rising to £451 next year. The Catholic church invites a donation from the...

    1. May 7, 2013

      Lord Lawson’s declaration throws EU rejection in spotlight

      Lord Lawson, chancellor to Margaret Thatcher, on Tuesday put into the Conservative mainstream a view that was previously...

    2. April 8, 2013

      Margaret Thatcher in her own words

      “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.” 1973, as education secretary “I am not a consensus...

    3. 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...

    4. August 10, 2012

      The List: Politics and the art of the long goodbye

      This week chick-lit author turned Conservative MP Louise Mensch announced her resignation from parliament to spend more time...

    5. March 16, 2012

      The UK’s Budget box deserves reverence

      Leafing through the second volume of Harold Macmillan’s diaries, I ran across a photograph from April 1959. In it, Derick...

    6. December 30, 2011

      Tories debated letting Liverpool ‘decline’

      Senior members of Margaret Thatcher’s government argued that Merseyside and other deprived urban areas could be candidates...

    7. December 30, 2011

      Year of turmoil highlighted in archive

      It was the year Margaret Thatcher stuck to her pledge that she was “not for turning” and sacked five cabinet members in the...

    8. December 30, 2011

      Thatcher retreated to inner cabinet to defeat ‘wets’

      Margaret Thatcher was forced to retreat into an inner circle of close confidantes as she battled to quash opposition from...

    9. December 30, 2011

      Move to massage unemployment data

      Geoffrey Howe proposed massaging unemployment figures to keep the figure below 3m as jobless levels grew to almost three...

    10. August 8, 2011

      Patient threatened by rating agency medicine

      Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade US government debt from triple-A was not well received, seeming to confirm the...

    11. February 17, 2011

      UK has lost more than it gained from spurning the euro

      From Mr Tom Brown. Sir, Philip Stephens (Comment, February 15) is to be congratulated on saying what to foreigners appears a...

    12. February 10, 2011

      Credit is due to Lord Howe for enterprise zones

      From Sir Adam Ridley. Sir, Your reports on February 7 of the coalition plans to set up enterprise zones gave an unbalanced...

    13. January 25, 2011

      Calls for Plan B grow louder

      George Osborne blamed the snow, but no amount of seasonal adjustment could damp the shock at Westminster of the growth...

    14. December 30, 2010

      Ministers pursued plan to buy British

      Although the Thatcher government is generally associated with a desire to let free markets rip, the reality was more...

    15. December 30, 2010

      Records show Thatcher clash with Bank governor

      Swiss bankers convinced Margaret Thatcher, the prime minister, that her chancellor and the governor of the Bank of England...

    16. December 30, 2010

      Cabinet and Church tussled over Budget date

      An embarrassing row that erupted when the 1980 Budget was scheduled on the same day as the enthronement of the Archbishop of...

    17. December 30, 2010

      Sixpence coins scrapped to save £3.5m

      Margaret Thatcher resolved to go ahead with the abolition of the sixpence in 1980 in spite of being braced for an outcry in...

    18. December 21, 2010

      Cameron will float above Clegg’s woes

      This was Nick Clegg’s year, and not in a nice way. British politics represented a dystopian sci-fi vision in which a...

    19. October 29, 2010

      Thatcher’s secret plan to ‘educate’ UK

      Margaret Thatcher’s first government drew up secret plans to “educate” the British public in the “economic facts of life”...

    20. September 9, 2010

      A good reason why economists lack attraction

      From Ms Wendy Mantle. Sir, Gideon Rachman (“Sweep economists off their throne”, Comment, September 7) interestingly...

    21. July 2, 2010

      Osborne’s cuts yet to slice his popularity

      George Osborne was surprised to learn this week that he is the most popular Conservative chancellor since Ipsos/Mori began...

    22. June 28, 2010

      Let us hope the coalition is flexible

      From Mr R.J. Philpott. Sir, Jonathan Guthrie’s review of the Budget, “Corporal punishment for the body politic” (June 23),...

    23. June 23, 2010

      Conservatives take a gamble to avoid a funding crisis

      When the ruling Conservative party seek a parallel for yesterday's historic Budget, they reach for former chancellor...

    24. May 15, 2010

      Bonfire of the manifestos?

      A key, as yet unanswered question, is just how far are either the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats now held to what...

    25. Westminster Blog

      May 14, 2010

      Do any Con-Lib promises now hold?

      One important question for the new coalition – and anyone interested in policy – is just how far is either party now held to...

    26. May 13, 2010

      The Short View

      Gordon Brown's final gift to the British nation was a sharp jump in sterling. His resignation on Tuesday prompted an...

    27. May 12, 2010

      Short-lived sterling relief

      Gordon Brown’s final gift to the British nation was a sharp jump in sterling. His resignation on Tuesday prompted an...

    28. April 15, 2010

      History holds answers to the impact of Tory fiscal tightening

      With the election campaign properly under way and the polls having generally leaned in favour of a Conservative government...

    29. April 14, 2010

      History holds answers to the impact of Tory fiscal tightening

      With the election campaign proper underway and the polls having generally leaned in favour of a Conservative government in...

    30. 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-...

    31. January 5, 2010

      Harvey's new role

      Ex-Aviva chief Richard Harvey , who was appointed chairman of PZ Cussons in November, has added to his portfolio with a...

    32. December 30, 2009

      Archives reveal Thatcher resolve on spending cuts

      Details of how Margaret Thatcher berated her senior cabinet colleagues over their timid approach to spending cuts when she...

    33. December 30, 2009

      Archives reveal Thatcher resolve on cuts

      Margaret Thatcher arrives in Downing Street in 1979 Details of how Margaret Thatcher berated her senior cabinet colleagues...

    34. October 20, 2009

      Windfall tax ruled out over bank bonuses

      Banks that pay out excessive bonuses will be hit with heavy capital penalties rather than a windfall tax, government...

    35. October 19, 2009

      Windfall tax on bank bonuses ruled out

      Banks that pay out excessive bonuses will be hit with heavy capital penalties rather than a windfall tax, government...

    36. October 9, 2009

      The silent treatment: What was left unsaid

      Departmental spending Cuts of £7bn ($11bn) a year were proposed, perhaps £23bn over a Parliament but there were no clues...

    37. September 16, 2009

      Osborne plans 'cuts' Budget within weeks of election win

      George Osborne said yesterday he would introduce a "cuts" Budget within weeks of a Tory general election victory, rejecting...

    38. September 15, 2009

      Osborne plans urgent ‘cuts’ Budget

      George Osborne said on Tuesday he would introduce a “cuts” Budget within weeks of a Conservative general election victory,...

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