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Former Australian Prime Minister says climate change claims are exaggerated

Jim Armitage: Meddling governments don't help on housing

Outlook Successive governments, no matter how libertarian, always interfere in the housing market.

16-year-old William Hague rails against the evils of socialism in his famous speech to the Conservative Party conference in 1977

National archives: William Hague? He’d be embarrassing - when Margaret Thatcher vetoed a Treasury job for the boy wonder

The annual release of secret papers from the National Archive reveals Mrs Thatcher’s scornful response to a plan to put the precocious young Tory in the Treasury

Rajan's Wrong 'un: Mischief-maker CMJ will always be a hero to me

In a fittingly grand service at St Paul's last week, Christopher Martin-Jenkins was remembered as the best friend cricket ever had. His amateur affection for the game, and bumbling technophobia, were celebrated by many living legends of the game. But what I admired most about CMJ, one of my heroes as a child, is just what a canny and mischievous hack he was.

For and against Maggie: when the Iron Lady stood (almost) alone

There are twice as  many names in the  'against us' column as in the 'for us' one

Jeremy Hunt defends chancellor's record

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt today defended George Osborne's record in office after a poll suggested nearly half of Britain's voters believe the Chancellor should be ousted.

John Rentoul: The wackiness has gone from No 10

David Cameron protests too much when he suggests that the departure of his adviser Steve Hilton will change nothing

Politicians 'should face performance reviews'

Ministers should face regular performance reviews in the same way employees do in every other profession, an influential think tank suggests today.

Gus O'Donnell: No wonder they call him God

Britain's most senior civil servant has a reputation for ruffling prime ministerial feathers. But is he becoming too powerful?

The Business On... Matthew Earl, Analyst, Matrix

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Mary Dejevsky: A strong government refuses to countenance failure

If civil servants act to thwart measures they dislike or deem contrary to their interests, this raises the very serious question of the Government's power to govern

Treasury Committee gets surprise champion

To the surprise of many observers, the powerful Treasury Select Committee will be chaired by Andrew Tyrie, the Tory MP for Chichester and a former special adviser to Nigel Lawson and John Major.

Adam Boulton regrets on-air spat with Alastair Campbell

Broadcaster Adam Boulton expressed regret today over a furious on-air spat with Labour's former head of communications, Alastair Campbell.

Julian Knight: Stagflation is here, so how do you live with it?

The stock market, once it has settled down after the euro affair, may be the investment answer

An office to calibrate degrees of uncertainty

With few international parallels, the Office for Budget Responsibility is the latest event in a process that is taking economic policy away from politicians, Sean O'Grady reports

The thick of it: How to be chancellor (and survive)

No political office is more demanding – and as this week's revelations of tensions between Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling illustrate, none is less forgiving. For his latest BBC series, Michael Cockerell asked chancellors past and present how they survived Whitehall's toughest brief
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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