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    1. June 8, 2015

      Cameron must avoid a re-run of Maastricht

      Possessed of a slender majority in the House of Commons, and with a hardcore of eurosceptics growling menacingly on his...

    2. May 18, 2015

      Cameron should not expect Europe to fix his problem

      Domestic problems about your country’s relationship with the rest of Europe? If you are British the answer is easy:...

    1. April 20, 2015

      Former miner and veteran Labour politician Lord Mason dies at 91

      Lord Roy Mason of Barnsley, who has died after a long illness at the age of 91, was a veteran Labour politician and...

    2. 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...

    3. March 13, 2015

      Minority UK government would be better than a coalition

      Residents of the Westminster political village seem agreed on two things: that no party will achieve a majority of...

    4. March 9, 2015

      ‘The Audience’, New York — review

      Queen Elizabeth II has made all her official visits to the US under Republican administrations, so I am happy to report...

    5. December 27, 2014

      Leo Tindemans, statesman, 1922-2014

      Leo Tindemans’ Report on the European Union in 1975 was instrumental in shaping the course of the continent's...

    6. November 6, 2014

      Made in Dagenham, Adelphi Theatre, London – review

      Bunny Christie’s set design consists of huge boards of press-out parts for life-size models of the Ford Cortina...

    7. October 3, 2014

      UK civil servants plan for hung parliament

      Senior UK civil servants have begun to plan for a possible hung parliament next May with some considering how to deal...

    8. August 22, 2014

      David Cameron caught in holiday dilemma

      On vacation with the prime minister After David Cameron returned from his second summer holiday to deal with the...

    9. July 31, 2014

      European history lesson gives Cameron a headache

      Britain’s attempt to renegotiate its ties with the European Economic Community ahead of the 1975 referendum created...

    10. March 14, 2014

      Friends and foes pay tribute to former Labour firebrand Tony Benn

      Tony Benn: A life in pictures Tributes have poured in from friends and former political enemies following the death at...

    11. March 14, 2014

      Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn dies aged 88

      Tony Benn: A life in pictures Tony Benn, a champion of the left for more than five decades and one of the intellectual...

    12. Westminster Blog

      September 4, 2013

      More poll blues for Miliband

      This weekend, a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times showed Labour with a 10-point lead over the Tories. After a bruising...

    13. August 22, 2013

      Yes, productivity matters – but it is not everything

      Economists are often accused of an obsessive preoccupation with real gross national or gross domestic product, two...

    14. July 23, 2013

      A real energy revolution needs us to look beyond sound bites

      The origins of Britain’s impending energy crisis go back half a century. The Beatles were in their heyday, the young...

    15. April 16, 2013

      Cameron cannot revive Thatcherism

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

    16. March 20, 2013

      Budget 2013: North Sea revenue unlikely to refill coffers

      On a sunny November day in 1975, the Queen, the prime minister, his cabinet and about 1,000 guests gathered in an...

    17. 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...

    18. February 17, 2013

      Only one in three wants UK to stay in EU

      David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have an uphill struggle before any EU referendum according to a poll that...

    19. February 1, 2013

      Power players

      It’s probably the nearest I will ever get to being the Queen. In a private room, furnished with scarlet and gilt...

    20. January 31, 2013

      EU renegotiation set to fail, says Lawson

      David Cameron’s plan to negotiate a better deal with Europe is likely to fail and the British people will see through...

    21. January 29, 2013

      Given a choice voters opt for safety

      The latest opinion poll from Scotland shows support for independence down to a new low of 23 per cent. Alex Salmond,...

    22. January 16, 2013

      Curtain rises on new Pakistani drama

      Few jobs in politics are riskier than the post of Pakistani prime minister. The 21 predecessors of Raja Pervez Ashraf,...

    23. January 13, 2013

      EU patience wears thin over UK stance

      Like London buses of old, European anniversaries take a long time coming and then arrive all at once. On January 22...

    24. 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...

    25. October 5, 2012

      Politically incorrect

      May 8 1969: the Labour Cabinet, under Harold Wilson, was discussing the Industrial Relations Bill, which was designed...

    26. May 22, 2012

      Class war rumbles on in Westminster

      Class and poverty are dominating discussion in Westminster as the coalition exchanges blows with Labour over the issue...

    27. April 29, 2012

      China’s support will come at a price

      Harold Wilson, the former UK prime minister, in a televised speech on November 19 1967, after the devaluation of the...

    28. April 26, 2012

      The BoE needs neither a bureaucrat nor a dictator

      We are told the process of selecting a new governor of the Bank of England to succeed Sir Mervyn King, who retires in...

    29. April 20, 2012

      No, minister

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

    30. March 29, 2012

      Cameron should look to the future, not to the pasty

      The Commons has risen for the Easter recess, and the Tory high command is relieved. Especially when the sun shines and...

    31. February 5, 2012

      Pensions seen as passive pots of gold

      I am getting worried about my pension. More specifically, I worry about designs the government may have on the pension...

    32. January 11, 2012

      Tories see referendum as ‘win-win’ situation

      For David Cameron to preside over the break-up of the UK would be an unfortunate legacy for a Conservative and Unionist...

    33. October 1, 2011

      The List: Five famous postwar protests

      Fifty years ago, in the autumn of 1961, demonstrators rallied to the call of the Committee of 100, a militant offshoot...

    34. September 21, 2011

      Spads seen as vital to government

      Clare Short, the Labour former cabinet minister, famously dubbed special advisers as “the people who live in the dark”,...

    35. September 2, 2011

      The Elizabethans

      When I look at the books shelved around my desk, I can see Sex in Elizabethan England, An Elizabethan Progress, The...

    36. August 19, 2011

      Contesting Democracy

      Before the first world war large numbers of Europeans had a fundamentally optimistic outlook on life. It seemed that...

    37. June 23, 2011

      Greece’s euro exit can now only be a matter of time

      If something is unsustainable it will not be sustained. But it still might be kept going for quite a long time. This...

    38. May 8, 2011

      Salmond sets sights on devolution

      A referendum on independence will not be blocked, the UK government has promised, after a landslide victory by the...

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