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  1. April 9, 2014

    Listless David Cameron lost authority by indulging Maria Miller

    David Cameron’s handling of the Maria Miller expenses affair raises as many questions about the UK prime minister as it does...

  2. March 28, 2014

    ‘The Europe Dilemma’, by Roger Liddle

    The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration, by Roger Liddle, IB Tauris RRP£14.99/$35, 352 pages Think of...

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  1. Kuwait 2013

    The democratic sheen that many Kuwaitis have long pointed to with pride is being tarnished...
  2. Private Business 2013

    Often in the shadow of their quoted rivals, Britain’s growing number of private busine...
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  1. March 11, 2014

    Miners’ strike anniversary rekindles calls for inquiry

    The fall of an industry A fine summer day in a Nottinghamshire pit town that began with 40,000 striking miners marching with...

  2. March 7, 2014

    Ralph Bahna, travel and leisure executive, 1942-2014

    Barely a year into his time as chief executive of Cunard, Ralph Bahna found himself at the helm of a line with no liners. It...

  3. March 7, 2014

    The state school revival has traded equality for aspiration

    So Beatrice Gove is to go to a state school. Her father, Michael Gove, is the first Conservative education secretary ever to...

  4. February 27, 2014

    Merkel will not banish Britain’s EU demons

    Margaret Thatcher was right. Campaigning to keep Britain in the EU, the former Conservative leader declared that Europe...

  5. February 26, 2014

    The Full Monty, Noël Coward Theatre, London – review

    This exuberant stage adaptation, written by Simon Beaufoy and based on his 1997 film about stripping steelworkers, comes to...

  6. January 20, 2014

    Online viewing threatens BBC licence fee

    It is among the simplest of taxes, which survived the ire of Margaret Thatcher and now generates nearly £4bn a year. Yet...

  7. January 18, 2014

    Lord McAlpine: Tory fundraiser and Thatcher’s loyal confidant

    Lord McAlpine, who has died aged 71, was the Conservative party’s dynamic chief fundraiser during the prime ministership of...

  8. January 17, 2014

    Labour line of attack echoes with spirit of ‘79

    Injecting competition into banks. Promising cheap energy. Attacking tax evasion. Introducing wealth taxes. Tackling unused...

  9. January 9, 2014

    Free polarised politics from its intellectual vacuum

    Cynics who say power is all that counts in politics forget that power without ideas is just improvisation. It is ideas that...

  10. January 2, 2014

    Archives 1984: Thatcher’s struggles provide lesson for Cameron

    If David Cameron thinks he has had a hard time getting his ministers to agree to spending cuts, he can take some comfort...

  11. January 2, 2014

    Archives 1984: Thatcher believed public would back chemical weapons

    Margaret Thatcher believed public opinion would back the build-up of a western chemical weapons programme to counter the...

  12. January 2, 2014

    Archives 1984: Thatcher agreed release of Fletcher’s killer

    Margaret Thatcher sanctioned the release of the alleged murderer of a police officer shot outside the Libyan embassy in...

  13. January 2, 2014

    Archives 1984: Curious incident of the dog and the French embassy

    It was a diplomatic incident so bizarre it became an episode in the television sitcom Yes, Prime Minister – but the British...

  14. January 2, 2014

    Archives 1984: Thatcher considered using troops in miners’ strike

    Margaret Thatcher drew up plans to declare a state of emergency and call in troops to move coal at the height of the miners’...

  15. January 2, 2014

    Archives 1984: Thatcher’s bad holidays and good hair days

    When is a holiday not a holiday? For Margaret Thatcher, it seems, downtime was not an option. The release of the former...

  16. January 2, 2014

    Archives 1984: Partition considered as Northern Ireland solution

    The British cabinet was so pessimistic about the chance for peace in Northern Ireland it discussed repartitioning along...

  17. FT Alphaville

    January 2, 2014

    30 years of unsupplied demand

    Let’s start the year with a big chart. You may have picked up political rumblings of dissatisfaction in the UK with its...

  18. December 27, 2013

    Archives reveal Thatcher saw Ireland as ‘unfriendly’ over Falklands

    Margaret Thatcher threatened to scrap a planned trip to Ireland over fears that the country would back UN calls for a...

  19. December 27, 2013

    Why the west has not boycotted the Sochi Olympics

    With the approach of the Winter Olympics, to be held in February around the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, you can see...

  20. December 26, 2013

    Enterprise zones fall short on jobs targets

    David Cameron’s new wave of 24 enterprise zones is falling far short of the government’s targets for job creation, with...

  21. December 20, 2013

    A busy year for badgers – and the Chipping Norton sett

    The great British badger cull ranks second only to the Labour government’s attempt to “digitalise” all NHS patient records....

  22. December 20, 2013

    The young will inherit wealth or poverty

    ‘Securing a juicy inheritance may prove the best bet for the generation that came of age under Margaret Thatcher, with their...

  23. November 25, 2013

    Bank governor battled financial turmoil

    Lord Kingsdown, who has died aged 86, was governor of the Bank of England for 10 years from 1983 – a time when the central...

  24. November 25, 2013

    Boris Johnson calls for London housebuilding zones to boost supply

    Boris Johnson is calling for the creation of up to 10 housing zones across London that would galvanise housebuilding through...

  25. Off Message

    November 11, 2013

    What we know from one month of Help to Buy

    What can we say about Help to Buy from its first month of statistics? The press release is here and I have summarised the...

  26. Off Message

    November 8, 2013

    Scotland and the shipyards

    In a departure from spouting errant Social Darwinist nonsense, Ernest Renan said that a nation depends for its survival on a...

  27. October 30, 2013

    Private prisons and public duties

    It is 30 years since Margaret Thatcher first proposed that profit-seeking companies should replace state authorities as...

  28. October 25, 2013

    How demand is rising among wealthy buyers for ‘hotel-serviced living’

    She may have survived on just four hours’ sleep a night when she was in office, but Margaret Thatcher chose a suite at the...

  29. 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...

  30. October 11, 2013

    Cable goes further than Thatcher or Mandelson

    After three failed attempts to privatise Royal Mail in 20 years, the coalition’s flotation of 60 per cent of the world’s...

  31. Business Blog

    October 11, 2013

    A tale of two IPOs at Royal Mail and Chrysler

    Royal Mail and Chrysler are both businesses with a proud industrial legacy that suffered in recent decades and each has...

  32. October 7, 2013

    A sense of déjà vu on Royal Mail

    A big state-owned company is controversially floated on the stock market by a Conservative-led government. A rising Labour...

  33. October 7, 2013

    Minister praised Thatcher’s ‘looks, charm and bearing’

    Margaret Thatcher’s ability to reduce political opponents to rubble was renowned but new evidence is available that she was...

  34. October 2, 2013

    Handbagged, Tricycle Theatre, London – review

    There are not two, but four handbags on stage for much of Moira Buffini’s witty, sprightly play about the relationship...

  35. The World

    October 2, 2013

    The twilight of Forza Italia?

    (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) As the FT’s former man in Rome, I find it poignant to see Silvio Berlusconi battling...

  36. September 23, 2013

    Science can help to spot symptoms of executive hubris

    How can an investor tell if a bank is heading for danger? In the past five years, analysts have proposed all manner of...

  37. September 18, 2013

    Clegg’s handout is no free lunch

    For all the change that Margaret Thatcher wrought on Britain, few of her decisions have inspired as much emotion as taking...

  38. September 12, 2013

    Historic Royal Mail flotation greeted by strike call

    Ministers vowed yesterday not to allow strikes to blow the privatisation of Royal Mail off course after they announced the...

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