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    1. September 12, 2014

      No country for old statesmen

      Almost 30 years ago Harold Macmillan, the former Conservative prime minister, stood up at a dinner in London and made a now...

    2. September 12, 2014

      France – the way the French see it

      François Hollande was two hours late but still everyone waited. It was 2011, and a salon full of Parisian intellectuals was...

    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....

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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,...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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....

    15. 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...

    16. 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....

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. June 24, 2010

      Kevin Rudd

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

    36. 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,...

    37. 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,...

    38. 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...

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