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    1. 5 hours ago

      Cameron wisely refrains from fighting old battles

      Asked to condense into one phrase what is worst about the European Union, many Conservatives would plump for “The...

    2. August 27, 2015

      In Britain, community is a foreign language

      American in its consumerism and European in its godlessness, Britain might have the most individualist culture in the...

    1. July 11, 2015

      PM ‘seeking EU employment law opt out’

      Downing Street has described as “noise and speculation”, but has not denied, reports that David Cameron is seeking to...

    2. May 25, 2015

      Tory MPs told to stay in London to maximise slender majority

      The Conservative chief whip has told ministers to limit their travel plans for the first few months of the parliament...

    3. May 21, 2015

      Politicians seek ‘backstory’ and ‘narrative’ to bridge voter gap

      Before we get started, let me tell you a bit of my backstory. I know you want to get into the meat of this article but...

    4. May 17, 2015

      Danish solution offers lessons for Cameron on EU negotiations

      The year was 1992 and Denmark was stranded. The Maastricht treaty had been rejected, a second EU referendum loomed, yet...

    5. May 11, 2015

      Tory MPs cheer as David Cameron vows to fight for better EU deal

      David Cameron on Monday began his fight to “get a better deal” in Europe to resounding cheers from 330 newly elected...

    6. May 8, 2015

      An ever more fragile union

      Britain has a Conservative government. David Cameron has confounded the pollsters, and left egg on the faces of the...

    7. May 8, 2015

      Cameron will mourn the coalition

      My successor, Sir Jeremy Heywood, has a much less difficult job today than many expected: it will not be a coalition of...

    8. May 8, 2015

      It is 1992 all over again for David Cameron’s Conservatives

      David Cameron was euphoric: addressing party workers in the afterglow of his election victory at his campaign...

    9. May 6, 2015

      General election: Where fear and negative campaigning pervaded

      When historians come to look back at the UK general election campaign of 2015 they might well come to view it as the...

    10. April 21, 2015

      David Cameron steps up attacks on Labour-SNP alliance

      David Cameron stepped up his attacks on a possible Labour-SNP alliance after the general election, ignoring a chorus of...

    11. April 21, 2015

      Why the Scottish nationalists cannot call the shots

      Britain is set to wake up on May 8 as a helpless hostage in the custody of a few dozen Scottish Nationalists. So say...

    12. Off Message

      April 21, 2015

      Scotland's fiscal cliff

      Beyond the immediate political battles being fought by the Labour party against the Scottish National party, and the...

    13. April 21, 2015

      Sir John rides in to rescue UK from rebellious north

      Suddenly, into a campaign that is turning nasty without ever having got passionate, stepped Britain’s best-loved living...

    14. April 20, 2015

      Tory grandees at odds over tactics on SNP

      Conservative tactics of talking up the Scottish National party have been denounced as “short-term and dangerous” by...

    15. FT Data

      April 9, 2015

      Datawatch: the stock market and general elections

        A robust FTSE provides scarce comfort for incumbents. While the boom in 1987 did coincide with Margaret Thatcher’s...

    16. March 27, 2015

      The sludge report

      If current UK election campaign were to have a colour, it would be a muddy sludge. It’s not just the tone of the...

    17. 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...

    18. February 5, 2015

      Get ready for tax rises, whoever wins

      George Bush went into the 1988 US presidential election with the words: “Read my lips. No new taxes”. John Major cut...

    19. January 20, 2015

      Tesco, Terry Leahy and the importance of keeping shtum

      There is a framed picture that every retired leader should hang on the wall next to the photographs of their meetings...

    20. December 19, 2014

      Four PMs missed out on Butler reforms

      Sir, Whatever other advantages may have been conferred on Jonathan Farrington by a grammar school education (Letters,...

    21. December 15, 2014

      Forget immigration, the UK election will be all about the economy

      The first rule of politics is that almost nothing matters. Events, policies, speeches — things that captivate what John...

    22. November 21, 2014

      Support the arts: enter the draw

      Twenty years ago this week, Britons bought their first tickets in the newly established National Lottery. The...

    23. November 16, 2014

      John Major suggests ‘a little help’ to control migrants to UK

      Britain should seek “a little help” to cope with short-term influxes of migrants from struggling European countries,...

    24. November 13, 2014

      John Major warns EU over ‘serious possibility’ of UK quitting

      There is a serious possibility that Britain could leave the EU, and it will be dissuaded only if allies make...

    25. September 21, 2014

      Economists divided over benefits of minimum wage

      Does a minimum wage help or hinder workers? It is a question that has bedevilled economists and divided politicians...

    26. 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...

    27. September 10, 2014

      Scottish independence: New poll eases pressure on No camp

      The embattled campaign against Scottish independence earned some respite on Wednesday as a poll gave the No side a...

    28. June 19, 2014

      David Cameron faces humiliation over EU post, says Nigel Farage

      David Cameron is on course for a humiliating defeat over his attempt to stop the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as...

    29. June 18, 2014

      Private finance initiative overhaul fails to tackle problems, say MPs

      Much-vaunted changes to the private finance initiative have failed to address problems with the scheme, according to a...

    30. June 18, 2014

      Major sees silver lining in Juncker row

      Sir John Major, former UK prime minister, has claimed that Britain could win concessions from other European countries...

    31. June 2, 2014

      Scots’ place in union is changed, whatever happens in referendum

      At one o’clock on Monday afternoon, David Cameron formally welcomed proposals by Scottish Conservatives to devolve...

    32. April 9, 2014

      MPs don’t get it. Miller apology really did cause public outrage

      Government sources said on Wednesday that it was unlikely the former culture secretary Maria Miller would exercise her...

    33. April 8, 2014

      Maria Miller expenses row nears climax

      David Cameron will try to face down calls from the media, Conservative MPs and the public for Maria Miller, culture...

    34. March 21, 2014

      Another outbreak of Blair Disease

      At a reception recently I met the former president of a small post-communist country. I know that’s what he was because...

    35. March 2, 2014

      Nigel Farage sets David Cameron on a ‘Workers’ Party’ quest

      David Cameron’s attempt to rebrand the Conservatives as the “Workers’ Party” is partly inspired by evidence that...

    36. December 16, 2013

      Scots independence threat to UK influence, says Sir John Major

      Britain could lose its permanent seat on the UN Security Council if Scotland votes to become independent next year, Sir...

    37. November 27, 2013

      Johnson warns on increasing inequality in Britain since recession

      Boris Johnson has warned that inequality in Britain is worsening after five years of recession, arguing that a decline...

    38. November 15, 2013

      Taking on middle class privilege poses tough choices for politicians

      When Sir John Major this week railed against the domination of power by a privately educated elite, he was...

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