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    1. 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 brainchild of...

    2. 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, Sir...

    1. 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 significant...

    2. 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 since...

    3. 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...

    4. 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 six-point...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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 if it...

    8. 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...

    9. 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 right...

    10. 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...

    11. 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 he...

    12. 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...

    13. 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 John...

    14. 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 in...

    15. 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 simultaneously...

    16. November 15, 2013

      No one knows a thing about social mobility

      “Sir John Major, the former Conservative prime minister, said he found it ‘truly shocking’ that ‘in every single sphere of...

    17. November 13, 2013

      Miley Cyrus, Sir John Major and model rebranding

      Former prime ministers do not twerk; well, not in public anyway. This is probably a good thing. Sir John Major, in...

    18. November 13, 2013

      Energy bills row threatens investor confidence, business warns

      The political furore over household bills threatens to damage investor confidence and make it harder for infrastructure...

    19. Off Message

      November 12, 2013

      Major discovers that Britain is an unfair meritocracy

      The South Norfolk Conservative Association’s annual dinner sounds like an event made for Alan Partridge but it is that other...

    20. November 11, 2013

      Cameron vows Help to Buy plan will deliver social mobility

      David Cameron vowed that his Help to Buy scheme would deliver the social mobility that Sir John Major said was lacking in...

    21. October 25, 2013

      British business must rebuild public trust – or be forced to

      To judge by recent newspaper headlines, something is going wrong with the British version of capitalism. There are two...

    22. October 25, 2013

      Warning signs that few are prepared to heed

      An utterly miserable email arrives from Britain’s grizzliest bear, Société Générale strategist Albert Edwards. Here we go...

    23. Off Message

      October 23, 2013

      Why green taxes are less than they seem

      At what should have been called Prime Minister John Major’s Questions, David Cameron announced that the UK government will...

    24. October 23, 2013

      David Cameron should listen to Sir John Major on energy prices

      “The trouble with these people,” Sir John Major was once heard to say, is that “they don’t know what it is like to run out...

    25. October 23, 2013

      David Cameron vows to rein in green energy initiatives

      David Cameron has vowed to cut consumer bills by reining back several green energy initiatives in a move that will set him...

    26. Westminster Blog

      October 23, 2013

      Major’s underrated premiership is long overdue for reappraisal

      We get the politicians we deserve, but politicians do not always get the reputations they deserve. None has been...

    27. October 23, 2013

      Major’s underrated premiership is long overdue for reappraisal

      We get the politicians we deserve, but politicians do not always get the reputations they deserve. None has been...

    28. Nick Butler

      October 23, 2013

      Energy poverty – why John Major is wrong

      Sir John Major has hit some raw nerves in the UK government with his comments on “lace curtain poverty” and the harsh impact...

    29. Off Message

      October 22, 2013

      John Major proposes another one-off windfall tax

      Prime Minister’s questions are often more fun when they are asked of former occupants of Number 10. This afternoon, Sir John...

    30. October 22, 2013

      Peter Lilley joins Sir John Major in raising fuel poverty concerns

      Another Tory grandee on Wednesday followed Sir John Major, former Conservative prime minister, in urging David Cameron to...

    31. October 4, 2013

      Ministers accused of selling off Royal Mail too cheaply

      Ministers face accusations that they are selling off Royal Mail more than £1bn too cheaply amid strong demand for the...

    32. September 11, 2013

      Royal Mail listing to get cabinet go-ahead

      Ministers will on Thursday give the go-ahead for a stock market flotation of Royal Mail, triggering a privatisation that...

    33. August 30, 2013

      Pop and circumstance

      A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s, by Alwyn W Turner, Aurum, RRP£25, 624 pages On the morning of May 2 1997, I stood...

    34. August 15, 2013

      Dismal scientists

      “Economics,” one of the discipline’s most famous practitioners, JK Galbraith, once said, “is extremely useful as a form of...

    35. June 28, 2013

      Political politesse

      Kevin Rudd, Australia’s new prime minister, this week called for politicians to behave in a kinder, gentler fashion. No one...

    36. June 10, 2013

      Yeo steps aside while watchdog makes inquiries

      Tim Yeo has stepped down from chairing the Commons energy committee as a Parliamentary watchdog examines accusations of...

    37. May 20, 2013

      David Cameron woes draw John Major comparisons

      Pulled apart over Europe, battered by parliamentary rebellions, sinking in the opinion polls: the comparisons are...

    38. May 9, 2013

      From one club to another

      Eton shows. Rupert Lendrum believes his boarding-school education gave him a visible air of confidence. “You can probably...

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