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    1. January 20, 2015

      Tesco, Terry Leahy and the importance of keeping shtum

      There is a framed picture that every retired leader should hang on the wall next to the photographs of their meetings with...

    2. January 19, 2015

      Conservatives can bore their way to general election victory

      The quote is better known than understood: “Once again, the facts of life have turned out to be Tory.” Margaret Thatcher did...

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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. December 30, 2014

      Archives 1985 & 1986: Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ clashed with UK’s Trident

      Ronald Reagan’s plans for the “Star Wars” nuclear missile shield and his vision of a nuclear-free world threatened to...

    2. December 30, 2014

      Archives 1985 & 1986: Thatcher questioned BBC licence fee

      Margaret Thatcher demanded 30 years ago to know why anyone should pay the BBC licence fee, whether or not they watched...

    3. December 30, 2014

      Archives 1985 & 1986: Heseltine warned Thatcher over Westland bid

      Michael Heseltine warned Margaret Thatcher a US-led bid for Westland was backed by Libya as he desperately tried to win...

    4. December 30, 2014

      Archives 1985 & 1986: Thatcher warned Scots had ‘snout in trough’

      Margaret Thatcher was warned 30 years ago that Scotland had its “snout . . . in the . . . trough” of public spending, thanks...

    5. December 30, 2014

      Archives 1985 & 1986: Nigel Lawson warned of poll tax catastrophe

      Nigel Lawson tried to prevent one of the biggest political disasters of the Thatcher years when he warned in May 1985 that a...

    6. December 27, 2014

      Leo Tindemans, statesman, 1922-2014

      Leo Tindemans’ Report on the European Union in 1975 was instrumental in shaping the course of the continent's integration....

    7. December 26, 2014

      UK government spending: Back to the future

      Britain’s past is dominating the political battle over the nation’s future. With an extremely close election over four...

    8. December 12, 2014

      All-female panels: the new normal?

      A couple of months ago, I chaired a panel to discuss reform and regulation at the Sibos banking conference in Boston. No...

    9. FT Data

      November 26, 2014

      Datawatch: Opposition party leader's performance

        Ed Milliband, leader of the UK Labour party, has the lowest voter satisfaction rating this close to an election of any...

    10. November 25, 2014

      Hong Kong arrests 86 as protest site cleared

      Hong Kong police arrested 86 people over the past 24 hours during an operation to clear a key protest site in Mongkok, as...

    11. November 23, 2014

      ‘How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness’, by Russ Roberts

      How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life, by Russ Roberts, Penguin, RRP£14.99, $27.95 As any Financial Times reader can tell you,...

    12. MBA blog

      November 6, 2014

      The benefits of a prestigious university

      Trinity college photo before the matriculation ceremony What does it mean to be ‘embedded within a world-class university’?...

    13. November 4, 2014

      Outsourcers strive to rebuild reputations after scandals

      The gleaming new Fiona Stanley hospital in Perth, Western Australia, is a state of the art facility, with 783 beds,...

    14. October 27, 2014

      Ronald Reagan’s career-making speech still shines 50 years on

      What were the great turning points of the cold war? You could make a case that one was 50 years ago on Monday when Ronald...

    15. October 20, 2014

      Sir John Hoskyns: Tory adviser who called Thatcher ‘incompetent’

      Sir John Hoskyns, who has died aged 87, was a businessman who became the pugnacious first head of Margaret Thatcher’s policy...

    16. October 19, 2014

      Sir Andrew Likierman of London Business School on good leaders

      Are you a successful leader? How would you know? Probably even more importantly, how would others know? These are questions...

    17. October 9, 2014

      Lord Bell’s textbook for old school public relations

      “Everyone’s entitled to put their point of view across,” says Lord Bell, reclining at his desk near London’s Sloane Square,...

    18. September 22, 2014

      Hong Kong students strike for democracy

      Hong Kong students demand democracy Thousands of Hong Kong students began a week-long strike on Monday to protest against...

    19. September 11, 2014

      ‘Background guy’ plays major role in fightback against Yes camp

      The business fightback against Scottish independence has been organised from behind a desk in 10 Downing Street by a former...

    20. The A-List

      September 3, 2014

      The contested ties between asset prices and QE

      The development of economies can to some extent be predicted. For example, when an economy has recently been growing at a...

    21. August 29, 2014

      America: the best place to be British

      It was a hot night in a bar at my British university, 20-odd years ago. A group of young American women had come over for a...

    22. August 11, 2014

      A censorious creed that gnaws away at the Conservative vote

      Modern London is a Conservative creation. When Margaret Thatcher became prime minister in 1979, it was dowdy, depopulating...

    23. August 7, 2014

      The truth and lies of Scottish and EU secessionists

      This week’s television debate between Alex Salmond, the pro-independence Scottish first minister, and Alistair Darling,...

    24. August 3, 2014

      Doubts cast over David Cameron completing full term if re-elected

      Supporters of George Osborne and Boris Johnson are increasingly convinced David Cameron will not continue as prime minister...

    25. July 31, 2014

      European history lesson gives Cameron a headache

      Britain’s attempt to renegotiate its ties with the European Economic Community ahead of the 1975 referendum created...

    26. July 24, 2014

      Why tax systems are trickier than Martian algebra

      Tax is a divisive subject but everyone seems to agree on one point: taxes are too complicated and should be simpler....

    27. FT Photo Diary

      July 23, 2014

      Cameron visits Shetland Islands

      Stefan Rousseau/Pool/Getty Prime Minister David Cameron is the first prime minister to visit the Shetland Islands in 34...

    28. Off Message

      July 16, 2014

      Michael Gove's unfinished revolution

      Shortly after Margaret Thatcher died, Chris Husbands wrote of her: She established more comprehensive schools than any other...

    29. Off Message

      July 13, 2014

      The Scottish government is misleading Scots about oil

      Why North Sea oil and gas is important Without North Sea oil and gas it is unlikely that there would even be a referendum on...

    30. July 11, 2014

      Lessons in cultural capital

      Every era gets the art it deserves,” declares the German academic and respected collector Harald Falckenberg. I sometimes...

    31. July 4, 2014

      Patten attacks China over Hong Kong judiciary remarks

      Chris Patten, the former British governor of Hong Kong, has waded into a heated debate about the territory’s relationship...

    32. June 20, 2014

      Wonderland, Hampstead Theatre, London

      Thirty years after the miners’ strike, this epic new play by Beth Steel (the daughter of a miner) looks back at this crucial...

    33. June 20, 2014

      China calls Hong Kong democracy poll ‘illegal’

      Hong Kong residents have cast more than half a million votes in an unofficial democracy referendum that the Chinese...

    34. June 15, 2014

      Brian Ager, journalist, 1935-2014

      When the Financial Times was shifting to computerised production in the 1980s, a cadre of unbylined newsroom staff came into...

    35. June 13, 2014

      Frenetic jester who went for the jugular

      Just as punk rock transformed British popular music in the late 1970s with its rawness and aggression, the new wave of...

    36. May 27, 2014

      Mark Carney warns of dangers of growing inequality

      Inequality is “demonstratively” growing and risks undermining the basic social contract of fairness, Mark Carney, the Bank...

    37. May 22, 2014

      Confrontation flares yet crime falls on Theresa May’s beat

      Once, the thin blue line referred to the colour of the police force’s politics as well as its uniforms. But, as Theresa...

    38. beyondbrics

      April 28, 2014

      Guest Post: is Modi a Thatcher or a Hitler?

      By Deepak Lal In the midst of an interminable election, all the opinion polls are predicting an absolute majority for the...

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