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  1. May 7, 2014

    UK rate rise speculation sends sterling to highs

    Norman Lamont, who took the decision to abandon the defence of sterling on Black Wednesday, once said that he “knew the game...

  2. March 26, 2014

    US ‘bullying’ UK banks and hindering legal trade with Iran

    Washington is “bullying” UK banks into refusing to support legal exports to Iran, costing British companies hundreds of...

  1. September 11, 2013

    Britain is recovering like it’s 1995 – or so it hopes

    Two years before the next general election, the British economy appears to be recovering rapidly after a longer and deeper...

  2. September 4, 2013

    Just whose recovery is it, anyway?

    Here is a selection of headlines from the FT’s coverage of the UK economy: Service sector grows at fastest rate for 6...

  3. Westminster Blog

    March 14, 2013

    Just how unpopular is George Osborne?

    Some fascinating economic research by Ipsos Mori, published today, shows that George Osborne is the least popular chancellor...

  4. June 21, 2012

    Enough of the bookkeeping, Mr Osborne

    Does the plan to boost credit for British business, outlined by chancellor George Osborne and Bank of England governor...

  5. March 8, 2012

    This time they really may be ‘green shoots’

    Norman Lamont, Conservative chancellor in the early 1990s, was fiercely attacked in some of the tabloids for discerning too...

  6. Westminster Blog

    December 13, 2011

    Has Ken Clarke gaffed by talking about a "prolonged recession"?

    There are two rules for politicians during a period of economic uncertainty. One is not to claim to have seen “green shoots”...

  7. November 11, 2011

    Francis Maude on. . .

    Europe To some of the hardcore members of his party, Francis Maude committed the ultimate act of betrayal when in 1992 he...

  8. September 5, 2011

    Four hunt for big fat bonus in rescuing JJB

    Taking on Mike Ashley is not for the faint hearted. The majority shareholder of Sports Direct has an uncompromising attitude...

  9. FT Alphaville

    August 15, 2011

    SNB shows some pegleg

    SNB: “Leave our dear Swissie alone. Seriously, leave it alone.” Investors: ”But we don’t know where else to hide.” SNB:...

  10. June 24, 2011

    Poor results lead RAB Capital to drop out of Aim

    Redemption requests from investors have forced RAB Capital, once the darling of UK hedge funds, to cease trading on Aim,...

  11. May 11, 2011

    RAB set to delist as assets evaporate

    RAB Capital, the hedge fund that was the toast of London’s financial community in the boom, is poised to delist from the...

  12. February 15, 2011

    Time for more than one God

    Amid all the cuts in Whitehall, there is talk of a new look at the very top. Or rather a return to an old configuration....

  13. Westminster Blog

    December 7, 2010

    Vince Cable and the coalition twist to the Cambridge Mafia

    Over at the Guardian, Nick Watt has pulled together a terrific summary of the lifelong rivalry between Ken Clarke and...

  14. September 20, 2010

    Friends – who needs the drama?

    We do not expect political leaders to be buddies. We simply want them to be effective. The Blair-Brown wars – which look...

  15. September 1, 2010

    OBR bed of nails

    A decision about who will be next chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility is expected soon, with interviews taking...

  16. July 2, 2010

    Osborne’s cuts yet to slice his popularity

    George Osborne was surprised to learn this week that he is the most popular Conservative chancellor since Ipsos/Mori began...

  17. April 6, 2010

    Pledges from the past cast long shadows

    In politics and psephology, the coming election in the UK appears rather similar to the 1992 campaign. An unpopular...

  18. April 1, 2010

    Parties face consequences as poll history repeats

    In many ways this year's election appears similar to the one in 1992.An unpopular, thirdterm government is headed by a...

  19. March 31, 2010

    Parties face election echoes

    In many ways this year’s election appears similar to the one in 1992. An unpopular, third-term government will face voters...

  20. Money Supply

    March 30, 2010

    UK election 2010: Those 1992 parallels

    As far as the economy and the election is concerned, I have been struck for some time by the similarities with the 1992...

  21. March 15, 2010

    UK economy

    UK chancellor Norman Lamont supposedly sang in the bath after sterling was ejected from Europe’s exchange rate mechanism in...

  22. February 26, 2010

    An enigma's variation

    As David Cameron squeezed past the shattered door to the Conservative campaign office, stepped over the remains of a petrol...

  23. February 24, 2010

    Out from the shadows: from bright young thing to Black Wednesday

    As David Cameron squeezed past the shattered door to the Conservative campaign headquarters, stepped over the remains of a...

  24. February 23, 2010

    How Cameron emerged from the shadows

    As David Cameron squeezed past the shattered door to the Conservative campaign headquarters, stepped over the remains of a...

  25. January 27, 2010

    Long haul still fraught with danger

    If the official figures are to be believed, Britain hardly felt the roar of recovery in the fourth quarter of last year....

  26. January 27, 2010

    Long haul still fraught with danger

    If the official figures are to be believed, Britain hardly felt the roar of recovery in the fourth quarter of last year....

  27. January 26, 2010

    Long economic haul still fraught with risks

    If the official figures are to be believed, Britain hardly felt the roar of recovery in the fourth quarter of last year....

  28. January 26, 2010

    Recovery prospects still uncertain

    If the official figures are to be believed, Britain hardly felt the roar of recovery in the fourth quarter of last year....

  29. January 12, 2010

    Threadneedle Street makes a power grab

    A Conservative prime minister once called a general election on the issue of "who runs Britain?" The voters decided that if...

  30. January 11, 2010

    The tug of war over Britain’s economic policy

    A Conservative prime minister once called a general election on the issue of “who runs Britain?” The voters decided that if...

  31. Money Supply

    January 5, 2010

    The idiotic debate over marriage tax breaks

    British politics is obsessed with a silly row over whether the Conservative policy of “recognising marriage in the tax...

  32. August 12, 2009

    Strange goings-on in the basement

    Landlords do not always have it easy, as Norman Lamont found out the hard way. The former chancellor was mocked for years...

  33. August 11, 2009

    Strange goings-on in the basement

    Landlords do not always have it easy, as Norman Lamont found out the hard way. The former chancellor was mocked for years...

  34. June 26, 2009

    Absurd 'green shoots' debate misleads policymakers

    Those with short memories have forgotten that "green shoots" became notorious in the UK when Norman Lamont, then chancellor...

  35. June 25, 2009

    ‘Green shoots’ debate misleads policymakers

    Those with short memories have forgotten that “green shoots” became notorious in the UK when Norman Lamont, then British...

  36. May 13, 2009

    Whitehall paralysed as MPs fiddle

    As the Westminster gravy train comes off the rails in spectacular fashion, Whitehall is running into the buffers. "The...

  37. May 12, 2009

    Whitehall paralysed as MPs fiddle

    As the Westminster gravy train comes off the rails in spectacular fashion, Whitehall is running into the buffers. “The...

  38. April 16, 2009

    A long cool look at budget deficits

    The year 1992 was the last in which the Conservative party won a British election – to the surprise of most political...

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