Nigel Lawson

Martin Wolf and his academic mentors warned that austerity would be economic suicide. They were and are mistaken

The new rules on annuites are radical – and welcome

Ignore talk of ‘Tory splits’. The country wants Conservatives and UKIP to co-operate — otherwise Labour will deny us a referendum

Two major biographies of Margaret Thatcher — one vivid and concise, the other magisterial — are essential reading for anyone who cares about the Iron Lady

BY OLIVER WISEMAN  Thanks to a bet made during a Standpoint dialogue, Nigel Lawson has started 2013 £100 richer than he ended 2012. 

In a letter to Standpoint, published in the latest issue of the magazine, Nigel Lawson reveals the Cabinet’s unanimous support for Special Branch protection of Salman Rushdie when, in 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, issued a fatwa against the Satanic Verses author and offered a bounty for his death.

In Plutocrats, Chrystia Freeland vividly describes the lives of the very rich, but has little to say when it comes to what should be done about this new elite

An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming by Nigel Lawson, and Blueprint for a Safer Planet by Nicholas Stern

Former Tory chancellor Nigel Lawson challenges David Cameron’s Conservatives, represented by the party’s policy chief Oliver Letwin, to break with the consensus on global warming. Their discussion is chaired by Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson