Labour’s analysis paralysis

They must not seek to settle the big questions and then choose a leader but the other way around

David Cameron gives a speech in Downing Street today announcing that the Conservatives had won a majority in the general election.
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Cameron must make sense of mandate

Britain does not feel like a country asking to be turned upside down by zealots

Illustration by Jonathan McHugh
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Cameron can savour campaign success

Austerity and popularity no longer seem so hard to reconcile

Vindication for Cameron and Crosby

There is no getting around it: the Tories have performed sensationally

Good riddance to a carnival of nonsense

The election campaign has shown up Britain with its studious avoidance of things like fiscal reality

England spells more trouble for the union

If the UK’s largest nation becomes exasperated with Scotland, then the game is up

Tories pay high price for low reputation

Increasingly voting Conservative is a transgressive act, like being a punk or emo

Too soon to put party back into politics

The campaign rhetoric is of post-austerity Britain — we are running the 2020 election in 2015

Jonathan McHugh illustration
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Westminster Wing’s transatlantic delusions

Britain is not America — it is time someone told our political class

Voters reject romance and rhetoric

Their grievance with the main UK parties is an excess of vision, not their lack of it

Policy is trivial — personality is destiny

PM’s character does much to determine government’s performance

Perpetual motion wrong in foreign affairs

The anti-Cameron carpers should admit that their complaint is with his ideas, not his lack of them

Osborne’s monstrously inept adversaries

Labour’s refusal to acknowledge past mistakes has been a decisive gift to the Tories

Confident message of simple words

In the zoological idiom of these events, Osborne shot foxes instead of summoning rabbits

Osborne needs a lasting legacy

Has he tilted politics in a conservative direction in a lasting way, or will it swing back?

Only future for the UK is a federal one

London and Edinburgh are in a loop in which each round of devolution emboldens the Nationalists

Brits grouch but vote for more of the same

A ‘change’ election is unlikely as voters seem to want the country tweaked, not turned on its head

Cameron and Osborne all yin and no yang

Intimacy of the prime minister and chancellor, with their hive mind, is a historical aberration

Punk Tories and Ecstasy entrepreneurs

The arts are accused of leftwing bias but look at popular culture and a different picture emerges

Miliband’s loyalties blind him to vested interests

The enemies on his list are commercial forces of some kind and pantomime villains at that


Janan Ganesh Janan Ganesh is political columnist for the FT. He was previously political correspondent for The Economist for five years, and a researcher at the Policy Exchange think tank for two.

He appears regularly on TV and radio, including a weekly slot on BBC1's Sunday Politics. He is also the author of a biography of George Osborne, the UK chancellor.

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