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  1. July 28, 2013

    Vince Cable warns Help to Buy poses housing bubble threat

    Vince Cable has voiced misgivings over the chancellor’s pet project to boost home ownership, warning that the Help to Buy...

  2. January 10, 2013

    ‘Super-jail’ pledge as six prisons shut

    Ministers are considering plans to build a US-style “super-prison” holding more than 2,000 inmates, as part of a...

  1. October 18, 2012

    Clarke open to new law to regulate press

    Ken Clarke has told the Leveson inquiry that statutory backing for a new type of press regulator “would not be the freedom...

  2. September 4, 2012

    Cameron moves to secure his right flank

    Only two cabinet reshuffles in the past half-century have been very important: Harold Macmillan’s “night of the long knives”...

  3. September 4, 2012

    Reshuffle tilts Conservatives to the right

    David Cameron has cleared the way for a U-turn on the expansion of Heathrow airport, in a pro-business ministerial reshuffle...

  4. May 30, 2012

    Search for a solution among the subplots

    Like one of the multi-episode Scandinavian crime dramas currently in vogue on British television, the Leveson inquiry has...

  5. May 30, 2012

    A wake-up call for George Osborne

    With Britain back in recession and the eurozone in crisis, the country needs its chancellor to have a firm grip and a steady...

  6. May 1, 2012

    MPs urge car insurers to cut premiums

    Ministers will on Wednesday seek to drive down car insurance premiums through a crackdown on whiplash claims, which have...

  7. April 15, 2012

    Private group signs joint deal to run prisons

    The involvement of the private sector in criminal justice takes a step forward on Monday when Interserve, which already runs...

  8. February 21, 2012

    ‘Hysteria’ that was simple good sense

    From Mr Roger Steer. Sir, Nick Bosanquet accuses a clutch of female economists and academics of being “hysterical” (Letters,...

  9. February 9, 2012

    Court system faces shake-up

    The government has announced a shake-up to the court system that will free the High Court to deal with the most complex and...

  10. January 18, 2012

    Torture inquiry scrapped amid fresh claims

    Britain has been forced to scrap a judicial inquiry into allegations that its security services were complicit in the...

  11. December 2, 2011

    Advice from a fortysomething – we need greybeards

    Mockery of politicians is a national sport long dominated by professionals. Amateurs finally got a look in recently – thanks...

  12. October 19, 2011

    Clarke move to ease spy agency cases

    Ken Clarke, the justice secretary, has unveiled proposals under which individuals taking legal action against Britain’s...

  13. July 27, 2011

    Clarke pledges to cut probation red tape

    Kenneth Clarke, justice secretary, said on Wednesday he was “staggered” by research showing that probation officers in...

  14. July 7, 2011

    Government dealt blow over statistics chief

    MPs have for the first time forced the government to think again on a big public appointment, having seen previous refusals...

  15. June 29, 2011

    Clarke defends sentencing reforms

    Kenneth Clarke, justice secretary, on Wednesday defended proposed cuts to the legal aid system in England and Wales, saying...

  16. June 9, 2011

    As under Blair, the tabloids dictate our policies

    The cost of an overnight stay at Her Majesty’s pleasure is greater than a night at the Ritz. I remember one of Tony Blair’s...

  17. June 6, 2011

    Report urges alternatives to women’s prisons

    Ministers could save millions on women’s prison places if they invested more in community sentences and women’s centres,...

  18. April 15, 2011

    How Lansley got into his messy revolution

    “I could have done most of this without the legislation,” said Andrew Lansley in a little-noticed aside as he announced the...

  19. April 15, 2011

    Virtual immunity for the dishonest

    From Mr Robert Morfee. Sir, As Frank Partnoy says in his Comment “Grubby lessons from a life of serial fraud” (April 9),...

  20. April 1, 2011

    Bare minimum on bribery is not common sense

    From Mr Eoin O’Shea. Sir, The article by Kenneth Clarke, the secretary of state for justice (“UK tarnished by bribery no...

  21. March 16, 2011

    Move to end ‘libel tourism’

    Ministers have moved to counter the “chilling effect” of Britain’s draconian libel laws by outlining draft legislation that...

  22. December 31, 2010

    Honoured Carr made his name as a raider

    The knighthood bestowed on Roger Carr was a perhaps inevitable laurel for a pillar of British business who will assume the...

  23. December 23, 2010

    Clarke is now open to the coalition

    From Mr Peter Tyler. Sir, Bruce Anderson (Comment, December 9) clearly is not as well informed of the thoughts of Kenneth...

  24. December 22, 2010

    The perfect job for Mr Cable

    Vince Cable has one consolation. The Liberal Democrats have always advocated nuclear disarmament. He has now practised what...

  25. November 14, 2010

    Plan to restrict number of legal aid claimants

    The number of people entitled to legal aid assistance is set to drop dramatically as a result of government plans to find...

  26. July 12, 2010

    Lansley bets it all on swift reforms

    Andrew Lansley is planning a big bang. The Conservative health secretary intends a sudden and sweeping liberalisation of the...

  27. June 30, 2010

    Straw accuses Clarke of being soft on crime

    Jack Straw has accused Ken Clarke, the justice secretary, of being soft on crime after Mr Clarke said he would slash the...

  28. Westminster Blog

    May 2, 2010

    Armchair election: Who fights for tax credits?

    “We are fighting to save tax credits”; seven words that sum up everything that has gone wrong for Gordon Brown in both this...

  29. April 27, 2010

    Boring approach to politics has pluses

    From Mr Robin Willi. Sir, Kenneth Clarke (“A hung parliament would be a tragedy for Britain”, FT.com, April 21) and Chris...

  30. FT Alphaville

    April 26, 2010

    About those hung parliament fears...

    …. part XII of an increasingly regular series. And Monday finds the yield on the 10-year gilt below 4 per cent. Somebody...

  31. April 24, 2010

    This faction will not vote Tory

    From Mr John Szemerey. Sir, The UK Conservatives are indulging in wishful thinking if they hope British voters living abroad...

  32. April 23, 2010

    Clarke out of tune with public mood

    From Mr Mike Thomas. Sir, Kenneth Clarke, the shadow business secretary, argues against a hung parliament on the assumption...

  33. FT Alphaville

    April 22, 2010

    Sterling whistles past the sovereign graveyard

    ‘A tragedy,’ Kenneth Clarke, the British Conservatives’ shadow business secretary, said. ‘A hung Parliament is instability,...

  34. April 22, 2010

    Public borrowing worst since war

    The government borrowed £163.4bn in the past financial year, the worst level of borrowing in Britain’s peacetime history,...

  35. FT Alphaville

    April 22, 2010

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Thursday’s FT, John Gapper: Greed is not good for Goldman There are various ways...

  36. April 22, 2010

    Tory leader faces vital test in second UK debate

    Britain's three main party leaders will do battle tonight in the second live televised debate of thegeneral election...

  37. April 21, 2010

    A hung parliament would be a tragedy for Britain

    I didn’t actually watch last week’s television debate. I was on a train from Scotland to York, in the middle of a week of...

  38. April 21, 2010

    Crucial test for Cameron in UK poll battle

    Britain’s three main party leaders will do battle on Thursday night in the second live televised debate of the general...

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