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  1. July 15, 2014

    The 22-hour massacre does David Cameron no favours

    Oh, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! They send prime ministers mad. Fifty-two years and a day before David Cameron...

  2. June 16, 2014

    Supermac returns to haunt David Cameron

    David Cameron once said Harold Macmillan, the patrician Conservative prime minister from 1957-63, was his political hero....

  1. 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...

  2. Off Message

    November 14, 2013

    This is what the Wolfson prize winner has to beat

    The announcement that next year’s Wolfson prize will reward the designs of a new garden city is reason enough to share this...

  3. October 18, 2013

    The taxpayer has been sold short by the Royal Mail flotation

    When Harold Macmillan compared privatisation to selling off the family silver or the “nice furniture that used to be in the...

  4. Gavyn Davies

    September 8, 2013

    Events disrupt the Fed's timetable

    Harold Macmillan, the former British Prime Minister, famously described the main risks facing his government as “events,...

  5. March 25, 2013

    A pragmatic kind of obsession

    For decades, politicians have seen it as a one-way bet to pander to Britain’s supposed obsession with home ownership. George...

  6. 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...

  7. October 29, 2012

    Heseltine attempts revamp of regions

    Lord Heseltine will on Wednesday attempt to inject fresh energy into Britain’s tortuous, 80-year quest to unlock the...

  8. October 5, 2012

    Questions of faith

    Howard Brenton smiles, places his coffee cup on the table and says, with the firmness of a man screwing the lid back on the...

  9. September 27, 2012

    A liberal case for scepticism of the EU

    Since anything that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood, I must start with some disclaimers. I am not urging the EU...

  10. September 21, 2012

    Imperial dreams still haunt Britain

    George Orwell wrote that the loss of empire would reduce England to a “cold and unimportant little island where we should...

  11. August 31, 2012

    Coalition to set up Heathrow inquiry

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg are set to intervene in the increasingly fractious row over whether Heathrow should have a...

  12. FT Long Short

    August 17, 2012

    Presidential elections and the bond yield

    Bonds have been rallying hard since Mario Draghi of the European Central Bank raised the prospect of a eurozone solution....

  13. June 14, 2012

    Cameron on display at Leveson inquiry

    As Bob Dylan once pointed out “even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked”. However, this...

  14. March 27, 2012

    My generation should repay its good luck

    I belong to a lucky generation: too young to have experienced the Depression, or the second world war, or postwar austerity....

  15. March 23, 2012

    Arch outsiders don’t stand a chance with the Bishopburo

    A small piece of constitutional history is being made this year and no one seems to have noticed. Before 2012 is out the...

  16. 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...

  17. March 5, 2012

    Tories will rue their child-benefit bungle

    If David Cameron does it he’ll lose the next election. So said a shire Tory to whom I was talking last weekend. The “it” to...

  18. January 6, 2012

    Britain needs to forgive and forget the Iron Lady

    Meryl Streep remarked that she had tried, in the film The Iron Lady, to capture what it was about Margaret Thatcher that...

  19. December 27, 2011

    Old warriors play the best politics

    Just over half a century ago, at the start of 1961, Harold Macmillan, then the prime minister of Britain, was about to...

  20. December 19, 2011

    A torrid affair has become a loveless marriage

    Events, Harold Macmillan famously observed, defy the best of intentions. David Cameron set out to invent a modern, cuddly...

  21. December 3, 2011

    Tory origins of European cause

    From Mr Derek J. Cole. Sir, As a schoolboy I listened enthralled to my father, Eric Cole of the British electronics group...

  22. August 26, 2011

    Sailing through summer squalls

    The weather may have been unremarkable, but politically it has been a stormy summer for the UK coalition. In recent months...

  23. August 3, 2011

    The Syndicate, Minerva Studio, Chichester

    Sir Ian McKellen may make a plausible Marvel supervillain (as Magneto in the X-Men movies), but one wouldn’t necessarily...

  24. July 21, 2011

    Britain’s ruling class needs a good holiday

    July is the silliest month. In England, parliamentarians are tired, looking forward to the holiday, after months of...

  25. June 14, 2011

    The global order fractures as American power declines

    Harold Macmillan, the prime minister who watched US power rise as the British empire crumbled, used to say that Britain...

  26. April 15, 2011

    Cameron critic was early champion

    From Mr George Trefgarne. Sir, The political significance of Bruce Anderson’s excellent article “Cameron is losing touch...

  27. March 18, 2011

    The funny thing about Britain

    When a young British comedian began impersonating the prime minister on the London stage in 1961, hardly anyone in Britain...

  28. March 17, 2011

    Another growth strategy; politics as usual

    The UK government is “going for growth”, ignoring sage advice that growth, like happiness, is best achieved by concentrating...

  29. November 19, 2010

    Conditions not as rosy as Young suggests

    Harold Macmillan told an audience at Bedford football ground in July 1957 that “most of our people have never had it so...

  30. November 19, 2010

    Never had it so good? Try telling a saver

    So, how many market-moving events did I miss while I was away? Hardly any, if the analysts’ notes gathering dust on my desk...

  31. July 16, 2010

    Cameron admits ‘special relationship’ unequal

    David Cameron on Friday prepared for his first trip to Washington as prime minister with an admission that Britain’s...

  32. July 15, 2010

    Anglo-US relations are no longer so special

    It may be a journalistic failing, but I am reluctant to pronounce on the technical merits of the dispute between the Obama...

  33. June 24, 2010

    Kevin Rudd

    Most politicians, noted Harold Macmillan, are undone by developments no manifesto or focus group can anticipate. The tragedy...

  34. June 18, 2010

    A Gaullist 'Non' no longer looks out of place

    Seventy years ago today, a historic broadcast on the BBC calling on France not to accept defeat at the hands of the Germans,...

  35. 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,...

  36. 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...

  37. April 5, 2010

    The Tories' chance to lose their nasty image

    Labour should be dead. It is led by an uncharismatic man who can be blamed for the reces- sion. It is also out of ideas....

  38. April 4, 2010

    Tories’ chance to lose their nasty image

    Labour should be dead. It is led by an uncharismatic man who can be blamed for the recession. It is also out of ideas....

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