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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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