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  1. August 15, 2014

    Taxing wealth on death is nothing new

    When Sir William Harcourt, a Liberal chancellor, introduced a top tax rate of 8 per cent on estates of more than £1m in...

  2. August 13, 2014

    Isis is at war with all of us and Kurds need help to defeat them

    Sinjar, a Kurdish area of Iraq near the border with Syria that has seen more prosperous times as a trading and farming hub...

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  1. London and the World 2013

    With the capital’s population predicted to soar to 10m by 2031 and challenges from riv...
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  1. July 15, 2014

    Heart of Britain’s military history put up for sale

    The government building where a century of British politicians and military leaders have strategised their war plans is on...

  2. June 11, 2014

    Volution ready to extract value with UK listing

    A manufacturer that installed extractor fans in Downing Street for Winston Churchill and won praise from David Cameron for...

  3. April 28, 2014

    Serco issues profits warning

    Serco, the scandal-hit outsourcing company, has issued a profits warning and signalled that it might have to raise capital...

  4. April 25, 2014

    ‘The Literary Churchill’, by Jonathan Rose

    The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor, by Jonathan Rose, Yale University Press, RRP£25m, 506 pages In 1953 the Nobel...

  5. April 4, 2014

    Bush’s brushstrokes paint a warmer legacy

    George W Bush once declared that he could peer into Vladimir Putin’s soul. More than a decade later, the former US president...

  6. April 2, 2014

    The muppet show – live from London

    For anyone raised outside Britain or certain Wall Street trading floors, it may seem hard to believe that the word “muppet”...

  7. March 31, 2014

    Grande Bretagne roof garden, Athens

    Where: Hotel Grande Bretagne, Syntagma Square, AthensWiFi: yesPlug sockets: yesEspresso: €4.50Open: breakfast 6-11am;...

  8. March 27, 2014

    Brittan on Britain

    I. Forced Normality My earliest semi-adult memories go back to the long, drawn-out struggle to persuade Sir Winston...

  9. The World

    February 6, 2014

    The struggle under the Persian carpet: infighting in Iran

    Winston Churchill once famously described watching Soviet politics from abroad as “like watching two dogs fighting under a...

  10. December 30, 2013

    Cigars face extinction in Britain by 2026

    The era when deals in the City of London were sealed amid a fug of late-night cigar smoke is drawing to a close. Over the...

  11. FT Alphaville

    December 23, 2013

    An economist's Christmas

    A little Christmas levity courtesy of Lombard Street’s Dario Perkins: If you put two economists in a room, you get two...

  12. FT Photo Diary

    December 18, 2013

    New money for the old lady

    Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg Bank of England employees carry concept designs for the new polymer five-pound note featuring...

  13. FT Alphaville

    December 18, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Sterling to Carney: Paul notes that sterling is now appreciating too much and that any...

  14. December 18, 2013

    UK to introduce plastic wipe-clean banknotes in 2016

    Crumpled fivers and tenners are set to be consigned to history after the Bank of England announced the introduction of...

  15. December 13, 2013

    See you, see me

    For Winston Churchill, it was a gun carriage pulled by soldiers through stilled Westminster streets. For Martin Luther King,...

  16. November 24, 2013

    Fund management reform will help avert groupthink

    Can globalised capital markets coexist with democracy and the nation state? It is reasonable now to fear that the answer is...

  17. FT Photo Diary

    October 30, 2013

    Marching for Winston Churchill

    Michael Reynolds/EPA The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps march during a ceremony held by US Congress to dedicate a bust of the...

  18. The A-List

    October 2, 2013

    Four cheers for the UN

    It is worth taking a moment to cheer the United Nations for its outstanding successes this past week. The UN is the global...

  19. September 27, 2013

    Churchill’s Bomb, by Graham Farmelo

    Churchill’s Bomb: A Hidden History of Science, War and Politics, by Graham Farmelo, Faber and Faber, RRP£25/Basic Books,...

  20. September 20, 2013

    The Bombing War, by Richard Overy

    The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945, by Richard Overy, Allen Lane, RRP£30, 880 pages After years of comparative neglect, the...

  21. September 16, 2013

    Hail the titans of tedium

    Can a politician be labelled “boring, snoring” and reach the top? The answer seems a resounding yes: often it is a prime...

  22. September 6, 2013

    White House jeweller: Obamas find the perfect present

    For centuries, the etiquette of gift giving has proved to be a diplomatic minefield for countless legions of foreign...

  23. The A-List

    September 2, 2013

    Australia, America and the Pacific ties that bind

    On Saturday Australia will go to the polls. Prime minister Kevin Rudd – recently returned to office in place of the deposed...

  24. August 23, 2013

    War of words

    The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill’s World War II Speeches, by Richard Toye, OUP, RRP£25, 309 pages Winston...

  25. July 26, 2013

    Cameron’s critics have much venom but little sense of history

    After three years in office, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron leads a coalition that has fallen low in public esteem....

  26. July 24, 2013

    Jane Austen to be new face of £10 note

    The Bank of England appeased its feminist critics on Wednesday by naming Jane Austen as the next face to grace its banknotes...

  27. July 21, 2013

    Diversify the sources of lending for the UK’s small businesses

    I would rather see finance less proud and industry more content.” Those words were spoken by Winston Churchill almost 90...

  28. June 28, 2013

    The list: women on banknotes and other currency controversies

    With Sir Winston Churchill replacing Elizabeth Fry as the new face of the £5 note, the Queen will now be the only woman to...

  29. June 25, 2013

    No prejudice as Austen lines up as face of £10 note

    Jane Austen is “waiting quietly in the wings” to become the new face on Britain’s £10 notes, Sir Mervyn King has revealed....

  30. June 7, 2013

    Yes, Churchill did change history

    From Mr Iain Moffat. Sir, My earliest memories are of being a refugee from Malaya during world war two in Perth, Australia,...

  31. June 1, 2013

    Churchill neck and neck with Marshall

    From Mr Bernard Grigsby. Sir, Like Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, I have an inspiring...

  32. April 26, 2013

    Churchill to make appearance on new £5 banknotes

    Sir Winston Churchill will be on Britain’s new £5 notes, the Bank of England announced on Friday. The new notes will feature...

  33. April 26, 2013

    Austerity: the debate heats up

    If austerity is going out of fashion, could somebody please tell the Bank of England? The Old Lady said on Friday that the...

  34. April 17, 2013

    A conclusion of unThatcherite pageantry

    The journey that began in a flat above a grocer’s shop in Grantham and ended at the Ritz Hotel had its coda in St Paul’s...

  35. April 10, 2013

    Thatcher rifts re-emerge in parliament

    Margaret Thatcher was recognised across the political divide on Wednesday as a politician “who defined her age”, with...

  36. April 8, 2013

    The Iron Lady towers over modern Britain

    A generation has passed since she left Downing Street – tearful and, remember, electorally unvanquished – but the UK still...

  37. March 12, 2013

    London’s blue plaques: Marks of a notable past

    Wren’s retreat to the country Given Sir Christopher Wren’s intimate connection with the City of London, it is unexpected to...

  38. March 6, 2013

    The Audience, Gielgud Theatre, London

    Here is a bizarre contradiction: the year’s biggest West End theatrical opening so far actually has disconcertingly little...

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