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  1. 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 aftermath...

  2. 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...

  1. 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 the...

  2. 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...

  3. 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 summer...

  4. 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 closely...

  5. 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 Harold...

  6. April 16, 2013

    Cameron cannot revive Thatcherism

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

  7. 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 enormous...

  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. 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 says...

  10. 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 chairs, I...

  11. 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 any...

  12. 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,...

  13. 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, the...

  14. 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 Angela...

  15. 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...

  16. October 5, 2012

    Politically incorrect

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

  17. 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 of...

  18. 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 pound,...

  19. 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...

  20. April 20, 2012

    No, minister

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

  21. 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...

  22. 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 fund...

  23. 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...

  24. 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 of...

  25. 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”, but...

  26. 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 Cult of...

  27. August 19, 2011

    Contesting Democracy

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

  28. 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 was the...

  29. 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 Scottish...

  30. April 25, 2011

    A cynical campaign, but a worthwhile step

    It’s 35 years since voters last went to the polls in a UK-wide referendum. The purpose then was to end the internal strife...

  31. April 13, 2011

    Social mobility yet to reach coalition

    Someone really should stop ministers embarrassing themselves by banging on about social mobility, too few black students at...

  32. April 13, 2011

    Cameron is losing touch with core Tories

    There is a paradox. In trying to address one of his party’s long-standing electoral weaknesses, David Cameron may be adding...

  33. March 22, 2011

    The white heat of inflation

    Another way of saying prices have doubled is to say, as an honest Harold Wilson might have put it, the pound in your pocket...

  34. January 14, 2011

    The Inventory: Sir Ranulph Fiennes

    Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, Bt, OBE, 66, led the first expedition to travel around the surface of the Earth’s...

  35. November 12, 2010

    Britain’s old ruling class is on a high, but can it last?

    Almost half a century ago, when the much-satirised Tory governments of Macmillan and Douglas-Home were eclipsed by the new...

  36. October 25, 2010

    Panic by Bank of England may have caused overreaction

    From Lord Haskins. Sir, Both Martin Wolf (CSR Comment, October 21) and Samuel Brittan (Comment, October 22) suggest that the...

  37. August 29, 2010

    Time for Labour to leave its comfort zone

    In one thing – an important thing for the Labour party – the candidates for its leadership are united in breaking with the...

  38. Westminster Blog

    July 27, 2010

    Five elephant traps for Cameron in India

    David Cameron’s trip to India is the biggest diplomatic gamble of his premiership. He’s packed a plane with the cream of the...

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