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  1. August 3, 2014

    ‘Silicon Glen’ residents fear history repeating itself

    “RIP Bathgate,” said the headline in the Sun newspaper. “Massacre at Motorola.” Bathgate made national news in 2001 when...

  2. Westminster Blog

    November 6, 2012

    How Britain lent to tyrannies to buy our arms

    Figures published yesterday by UK Export Finance (which used to be called the Export Credit Guarantee Department) give a...

  1. November 5, 2012

    UK owed millions by repressive regimes

    Foreign countries owe the UK hundreds of millions of pounds that was originally borrowed by repressive regimes to pay for...

  2. November 2, 2012

    That rounded, glossy look

    To be comfortable in one’s skin sounds good in English but even better in French. Etre bien dans sa peau is somehow more...

  3. August 23, 2011

    A British taste for simplicity

    Sitting at a bamboo-topped table, Stephen Wall is reliving the moment that inspired Pho, his street-food style restaurant...

  4. June 29, 2011

    Setting an example to sullen Whitehall

    Whitehall is said to be in “sullen” mood on the eve of strikes over coalition plans to scale back public sector pensions....

  5. Westminster Blog

    July 27, 2010

    Five elephant traps for Cameron in India

    David Cameron’s trip to India is the biggest diplomatic gamble of his premiership. He’s packed a plane with the cream of the...

  6. July 27, 2010

    The UK has to trade its way out of its economic woes

    From Lord Jones of Birmingham. Sir, Sir Tony Brenton (Letters, July 23) highlights “the centrality of commercial work” to...

  7. January 14, 2010

    Blair and Bush 'set a trap' for Saddam

    Britain and the US agreed to seek a United Nations resolution against Iraq in late 2002 to "set a trap" for Saddam Hussein,...

  8. January 13, 2010

    Blair and Bush ‘set a trap’ for Saddam

    Britain and the US agreed to seek a United Nations resolution against Iraq in late 2002 to “set a trap” for Saddam Hussein,...

  9. July 28, 2009

    Lost curry cause

    Mohammad Sarwar, Labour MP for Glasgow Central, wants chicken tikka masala - once described by Robin Cook as "Britain's...

  10. April 9, 2009

    Miliband keeps grand residence

    David Miliband will keep his sumptuous official residence in London at One Carlton Gardens in spite of growing pressure on...

  11. April 8, 2009

    Foreign secretary retains grand residence

    David Miliband will retain his sumptuous official residence in London at One Carlton Gardens despite the growing pressure on...

  12. October 6, 2007

    Things can only get better

    Fiction Robert Harris’s cracking thriller inspired by the Blair years gives us hope that, one day, he will write the...

  13. October 6, 2007

    Things can only get better

    The Ghost By Robert Harris Hutchinson £18.99, 384 pages FT bookshop price: £15.19 Robert Harris has written a crackling good...

  14. August 4, 2007

    UN aide named as Brown's Mideast envoy

    A new envoy to the Middle East was unveiled yesterday by the Foreign Office. Michael Williams will replace Lord Levy, who...

  15. June 9, 2007

    Five literary doctors

    François Rabelais (c1494-1553) Best known for his satires Pantagruel and Gargantua, Rabelais practised as a doctor for most...

  16. April 6, 2007

    Why Sir Humphrey got the hump

    No government before New Labour has been so contemptuous of the civil service - openly, at times. John Reid, the home...

  17. December 14, 2006

    Trinity Mirror to sell raft of regional titles

    Trinity Mirror will announce on Thursday it will sell a group of its top newspaper titles, including the Racing Post, the...

  18. October 2, 2006

    Cook's 'ethical dimension to foreign policy'

    From Mr Harvey Cole. Sir, In her article "Tories' turn to steal opponents' clothes", Maggie Urry asks: "Hands up those who...

  19. September 28, 2006

    Tories' turn to steal opponents' clothes

    Hands up those who remember Labour's "ethical foreign policy", announced by Robin Cook in 1997 before he resorted to...

  20. September 27, 2006

    The Way We Live Now

    Tories’ turn to steal opponents’ clothes Hands up those who remember Labour’s “ethical foreign policy”, announced by Robin...

  21. September 10, 2006

    The myth of the boundless debt Labour owes Blair

    In all the frenzied speculation about when Tony Blair will resign, or be forced to resign, as Labour leader and prime...

  22. June 12, 2006

    Andrew Hood

    Adviser to Robin Cook at Foreign Office and then Geoff Hoon at the Ministry of Defence. He controversially left the MoD in...

  23. May 8, 2006

    ‘Safe pair of hands’ becomes Britain’s first female foreign secretary

    Margaret Beckett, last week appointed Britain’s first female foreign secretary, is one of the great survivors of Labour...

  24. May 5, 2006

    Straw sent along a well downtrodden path

    The demotion of Jack Straw from foreign secretary to leader of the Commons follows a long-established pattern: Geoffrey Howe...

  25. December 16, 2005

    Last of the true believers

    When the former foreign secretary Robin Cook died, he was given a service in St Giles Cathedral, in his native Edinburgh,...

  26. October 7, 2005

    An unfair and wickedly entertaining Whitehall farce

    You have to hand it to Tony Blair. He has given us cracking entertainment. We've had affairs, resignations, feuds,...

  27. September 30, 2005

    Labour holds Robin Cook's former seat in by-election

    A relieved Labour party on Thursday night put behind it a public relations disaster at its annual party conference and...

  28. September 28, 2005

    Reid wraps up Labour party conference

    John Reid, defence secretary, on Thursday wrapped up the Labour party conference in Brighton praising the British military...

  29. September 24, 2005

    POTENTIAL FLASHPOINTS AT THE CONFERENCE

    HEALTH:Unison, the public sector union, is urging a halt to any further private sector involvement in the National Health...

  30. September 23, 2005

    The week ahead in the UK

    Brighton lives up to its nickname of ‘London on sea’ this week as the government decamps to the seaside resort with the...

  31. September 14, 2005

    Brown beards the band of brothers

    Gordon Brown yesterday addressed the TUC, with a speech which encompassed praise for the England cricket team, the...

  32. September 13, 2005

    Notebook

    Gordon Brown on Tuesday addressed the TUC, with a speech which encompassed praise for the England cricket team, the...

  33. August 12, 2005

    Hundreds gather for Robin Cook’s funeral

    Hundreds of mourners, including senior cabinet members, paid tribute to Robin Cook at his funeral in St Giles cathedral,...

  34. August 9, 2005

    Blair survives the clash of ideologies

    Politics for Tony Blair has always been about the exercise of power. Forget the inherited loyalties or ideological truths...

  35. August 8, 2005

    Philip Stephens: Blair survives clash of ideologies

    Politics for Tony Blair has always been about the exercise of power. Forget the inherited loyalties or ideological truths...

  36. August 8, 2005

    Great parliamentarian who brought the Commons to its feet

    Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary, who has died at the age of 59, will be remembered, as he himself once intimated,...

  37. August 7, 2005

    Politician who resigned over invasion of Iraq

    Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary who has died at the age of 59, will be remembered as perhaps the greatest British...

  38. August 7, 2005

    Brilliant orator and a principled politician

    Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary, who has died at the age of 59, will be remembered, as he himself once intimated,...

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