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Counting the cost: Labour offered nothing for the aspiring middle class

What business wants from Cameron

23 May 2015

At a party in London’s St James’s on election night, the many senior business figures present were ecstatic. We’d had dinner, and the mood during the meal was one of… Read more

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16 May 2015

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, soon got used to the surprise of the Conservatives being returned in the general election with a majority of 12. He retained George Osborne… Read more

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How Lampedusa copes when the migrant ships come in

2 May 2015

 Lampedusa The young hang about in packs or speed around town, two to a scooter. Old women group together on benches around the town square in front of the church.… Read more

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Cameron is the only leader who can deliver an EU referendum. Why is he ashamed to say so?

25 April 2015

The election campaign is becoming increasingly dominated by a small party whose raison d’être is to preach independence from membership of a union it claims is hindering national ambition. But… Read more

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How Helge Lund’s humungous salary helped Shell to a bargain

18 April 2015

Helge Lund was widely expected to go into domestic politics when he ended his successful tenure as head of Statoil, the Norwegian state oil and gas company. Instead, he was… Read more

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21 March 2015

The Goldsmith effect Sir: Much as I admire filial loyalty, I cannot allow Zac Goldsmith’s article about his father to go uncorrected (‘My dad saved the pound’, 28 February). Sir… Read more

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Here’s what a real reform of business rates would look like

21 March 2015

Of all the measures talked up ahead of the Budget, the reannouncement of a ‘radical’ review of the business rates was the least concrete in content but the most important… Read more

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Wanted: a party leader willing to talk about defence

14 March 2015

In the 1984 US presidential election, Ronald Reagan came up with an effective way of embarrassing his rival Walter Mondale over defence. ‘There’s a bear in the woods,’ ran his… Read more

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The eurozone: chronicle of a failure foretold

7 March 2015

A couple of years ago, a bookseller sent me ‘a little gem of a book’, namely The Making of the Euro by Claudio Hils. This is a somewhat humourless coffee-table… Read more

"Rapid Trident" Military Exercises In Western Ukraine

It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin

7 March 2015

Just for once, let us try this argument with an open mind, employing arithmetic and geography and going easy on the adjectives. Two great land powers face each other. One… Read more

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The Great European Disaster on BBC4 reviewed: propaganda worthy of Leni Riefenstahl

7 March 2015

My favourite bit of The Great European Disaster (BBC4, Sunday) was the lingering shot that showed golden heads of corn stirring gently in the breeze. It was captioned ‘Europe’. I… Read more

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Paul Mason

28 February 2015

It’ll be a Skype interview, says the producer from Greek television, and not live. In TV-speak that usually means not urgent and not important, but I’ve become vaguely interesting to… Read more

28 February 2015

The presence of a church Sir: The challenge for the Church of England and the wider community is to ensure that our village churches are a blessing and not a… Read more

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Zac Goldsmith: How my dad saved Britain

28 February 2015

In recent weeks Ed Balls has been offering a new reason to vote Labour: it was his party, he says, that saved Britain from joining the euro. Now, the shadow… Read more

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Bet on a swift Grexit

21 February 2015

‘Will Greece exit the eurozone in 2015?’ Paddy Power was pricing ‘yes’ at 3-to-1 on Tuesday, with 5-to-2 on another Greek general election within the year and 6-to-4 on the… Read more

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How Vladimir Putin is waging war on the West – and winning

21 February 2015

Last month, the speaker of the Russian parliament solemnly instructed his foreign affairs committee to launch a historical investigation: was West Germany’s ‘annexation’ of East Germany really legal? Should it… Read more

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Worry about the eurozone crisis if you like. But profit, too

14 February 2015

If you want something to worry about, you need only cast your eye across the channel to find yourself spoilt for choice. There is the background noise of massive unrepayable… Read more

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Taki’s recipe for the survival of the Greek nation

7 February 2015

The good news is that a Greek suppository is about to relieve the EU’s economic constipation. The bad is that there’s a Castro in our midst posing — just as… Read more

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Nigel Farage

31 January 2015

Dry January is tougher than it sounds. Well, for me anyway. It’s now been some 28 days since I’ve had a drink, and you should see what that means for… Read more

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What’s good about austerity (whatever the Greeks think)

31 January 2015

The only question I remember from my Oxford moral philosophy paper was ‘What is integrity and is it a virtue?’ In the margins of all the politicking that follows the… Read more

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Europe’s crisis is Cameron’s opportunity

31 January 2015

Napoleon notoriously preferred his generals to be lucky — and on that score at least, he would have approved of David Cameron. The triumph of the Syriza party in Greece… Read more

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The benefits of breeding like a rabbit

31 January 2015

Let’s face it. Whatever Pope Francis actually means when his head is in the clouds during those in-flight press conferences of his, we Europeans need to breed like rabbits if… Read more

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How will the British public take to Rubens’s fatties?

24 January 2015

This week a monumental exhibition, Rubens and His Legacy, is opening at the Royal Academy. It makes the case — surely correct — that the Flemish master was among the… Read more

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Why the Greek election could decide Britain's next government

17 January 2015

Before the eurozone crisis, Greek elections didn’t receive much attention in Westminster. At the moment, however, the polls from Athens are being studied by every politico from the Prime Minister… Read more

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Good news! The eurozone is now strong enough to split

10 January 2015

Ever since European Central Bank president Mario Draghi declared himself ready, in July 2012, ‘to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro’, the likely disintegration of the single currency… Read more