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    1. 14 hours ago

      Best books of 2014: Politics

      Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life , by John Campbell, Jonathan Cape, RRP£30 The biography of a centre-left politician who...

    2. May 22, 2014

      David Cameron appoints former Blair aide as special envoy to Libya

      David Cameron has appointed one of Tony Blair’s closest advisers to lead the government’s efforts in trying to restore order...

    1. March 27, 2013

      Cinema reviews: Trance, In the House, One Mile Away and more

      I am not sure when I stopped believing Trance – Danny Boyle’s return to film-making after the Olympics opening ceremony –...

    2. March 15, 2013

      Gang of one: Penny Woolcock’s new documentary

      Over a cup of tea in a cosy, cluttered flat in north London, a 63-year-old middle-class grandmother is telling me about her...

    3. June 29, 2012

      Blair vows to put business profits to work

      Tony Blair plans to significantly expand his boutique financial and government advisory service over the next five years,...

    4. May 11, 2012

      Developer sought Blair help over hotel case

      A legal battle over three of London’s most exclusive hotels on Friday offered a glimpse into the world of Tony Blair...

    5. March 6, 2012

      West needs to engage with ordinary Russians

      Vladimir Putin, after a campaign dripping with anti-western vitriol, has won a presidential election that monitors and...

    6. January 29, 2012

      Turner tells of BAE role in ministry

      Mike Turner says he was asked by Tony Blair’s former chief of staff to name his preference for defence secretary when the...

    7. January 20, 2012

      Of rocks, Russian reminiscences and spy rituals

      In 2006 the Russian authorities announced they had discovered that Britain’s foreign intelligence service – MI6, now renamed...

    8. January 19, 2012

      UK admits to deploying ‘spy rock’ in Russia

      Vladimir Putin has been handed a propaganda gift, according to some analysts, after an admission that British embassy...

    9. December 21, 2011

      Labour hires chief of staff after 15-month search

      Ed Miliband has filled a key vacancy in his inner circle with the appointment of a new chief of staff who was previously a...

    10. December 16, 2011

      Churchill is a poor lodestar for Cameron’s isolationism

      Nearly everyone agrees that the crisis in Britain’s relations with the European Union has a historic dimension. Some...

    11. December 15, 2011

      No surprise for this eurosceptic

      From Bill Cash MP. Sir, Jonathan Powell (“Cameron has betrayed 200 years of history”, December 12) states that Tory...

    12. December 14, 2011

      Long tradition of holding other powers in check

      From Mr Gregory Shenkman. Sir, Perhaps the history I studied at Cambridge was different to that absorbed some years later by...

    13. December 14, 2011

      Cameron should admit mistake and take back his veto

      From Mr Stephen Saint-Leger. Sir, Jonathan Powell eloquently expresses the disastrous consequences of David Cameron’s veto...

    14. December 14, 2011

      ‘Churchill-FDR’ is fair enough. But ‘Blair-Clinton’?

      From Mr Peter Devlin. Sir, Jonathan Powell (December 12) castigates the current UK prime minister and says that “we do not...

    15. December 13, 2011

      Hero or hillbilly? It’s too early to judge Cameron

      From Mr George Magnus. Sir, Jonathan Powell (“Cameron has betrayed 200 years of history”, December 12) laments the UK prime...

    16. FT Alphaville

      December 12, 2011

      Pink picks

      Comment, analysis and other offerings from Monday’s FT, Wolfgang Münchau: Snags, diversions – and the crisis goes on The...

    17. December 11, 2011

      Cameron’s catastrophic decision on EU

      In 1955 a Conservative government led by Anthony Eden took the catastrophic decision of opting out of the European Community...

    18. Westminster Blog

      October 27, 2011

      The private world of Tony Blair

      Tony Blair made clear in his memoirs how he thought that introducing Freedom of Information was one of his biggest mistakes....

    19. October 21, 2011

      Blair works on makeover for Kazakhstan

      Tony Blair has added Kazakhstan to his roster of oil-rich clients, advising the authoritarian Central Asian regime on...

    20. October 21, 2011

      ‘Unlikely friendship’ with strongman

      Margaret Thatcher is among the political heroes of Kazakhstan’s president – along with Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of...

    21. October 20, 2011

      Basque militants lay down weapons

      The militant Basque separatist group Eta has announced the “definitive cessation of its military activity” after more than...

    22. August 6, 2011

      The New Machiavelli

      Powell’s engaging memoir of his 13 years as Tony Blair’s chief of staff uses The Prince, Machiavelli’s classic political...

    23. August 5, 2011

      The Inventory: Jonathan Powell

      Jonathan Powell, 54, joined the Foreign Office in 1979 and was appointed Tony Blair’s chief of staff in 1994. Since leaving...

    24. July 21, 2011

      Loyalty, Hampstead Theatre, London

      Centre stage for Edward Hall’s production of Sarah Helm’s new play is a double bed. And on that double bed is a pile of...

    25. March 8, 2011

      Bloody times in Number 10

      Which of our last three prime ministers had the bloodiest time of it at the hands of the media? Was it the Tories’ Sir John...

    26. Westminster Blog

      March 8, 2011

      Tony Blair's interest in Kazakhstan

      The coverage of Prince Andrew’s ties with Kazakhstan has reminded me of another high-profile Brit with a fondness for trips...

    27. February 4, 2011

      The Diary: Sarah Sands

      Trying to make sense of events in Egypt, I have a strong urge to listen to a public figure who can communicate more than the...

    28. January 18, 2011

      Iraq inquiry has ‘central’ extracts banned

      A protester outside the Iraq inquiry last year The Iraq inquiry is to be stopped from publishing “central” extracts of Tony...

    29. January 16, 2011

      The shock jocks at the gate

      Polemical broadcasting – especially that practised by US shock jocks and Fox News presenters – has this past week been...

    30. January 12, 2011

      That sinking feeling over carrier inquiry

      To start the new year, a special, Whitehall OMG moment for you to savour. The story centres on the Ministry of Defence’s...

    31. December 3, 2010

      LSE targets top brass for global strategy programme

      Is the UK bad at strategy? The London School of Economics (LSE) thinks so and is building on its reputation as a centre for...

    32. November 29, 2010

      Britain: Breakneck coalition

      Princely values: ‘They are following the precepts of Machiavelli – you need to be bold and inflict the pain quickly’ In...

    33. October 25, 2010

      The New Machiavelli

      The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World, by Jonathan Powell, Bodley Head RRP£20, 352 pages As Tony...

    34. October 19, 2010

      The right deputy makes a lonely job bearable

      The White House has moved to scotch speculation that Hillary Clinton will replace Joe Biden as President Barack Obama’s...

    35. February 9, 2010

      Detective Chilcot is on the case

      Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the Iraq war is starting to turn into a bit of a thriller. It’s not so much a whodunnit – we...

    36. February 6, 2010

      Orange nod to marching season plan

      Assigning an issue to a working group is not the same as getting a consensus. Yet yesterday's commitment to change the way...

    37. February 5, 2010

      Orange nod to marching season plan

      Assigning an issue to a working group is not the same as getting an agreement. Yet the commitment on Friday to change the...

    38. February 3, 2010

      Why Sir Humphrey did not resign

      A word in the ear of Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the Iraq inquiry. I am told that if he is looking for the guilty man who...

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