Brits grouch but vote for more of the same

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Prime Minister David Cameron, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband attend a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Central Hall Westminster on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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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

Reece Dinsdale, centre, as George Jones in ‘The Absence of War'
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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

Austerity will break a Labour government

Party’s votes are already floating to leftwing alternatives, and this is before Ed Miliband has made a single cut

Jonathan McHugh illustration
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Greens contemplate life beyond the fringe

The party’s hippie gap year cannot last for ever

Tories can bore their way to election win

Party must contrast the risk Labour poses against their own desire not to do anything interesting

Bland UK politics offers cheery prospect

Intellectual torpor of the election campaign is a sign of Britain’s relative success and stability

Voters impoverished by negative politics

When politicians attack each other, voters take them at their word

Britons know their political destiny

May’s result is encoded in the minds of voters already: all politicians can do is bring it out

Scotland’s separatists will win the peace

The more power that is devolved, the greater the inequity between English and Scottish MPs

The Tories’ vote-repelling right wing

Even the anti-austerity, anti-nuclear, anti-fracking Greens are seen as nearer the centre

UK election will be all about the economy

The Autumn Statement has widened the ideological choice between Tories and Labour

Give up dogma of the unshrinkable state

This government has cut £35bn since 2010 without Britain regressing into a desolate pre-modernity

Labour is stuck in the political doghouse

It is possible to ridicule the Tories’ missed targets, and still favour them over the shabby alternative

Will the liberal Osborne please stand up

The UK’s political currents are for turning inwards – the resistance is in the chancellor’s hands

Cameron caves in to reality

Despite the PM’s spasm of common sense, he gives migration more attention than it deserves

Cameron needs to lift British politics

The PM should transcend the reactiveness of his premiership by giving Britain a long-term mission

Main parties to blame for Ukip agonies

Rochester election result highlights the culture wars dividing UK

The road from serfdom divides Britons

Chekhov’s theme of the social disruptiveness of liberalism also describes Britain today

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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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