The next UK election carries a winner’s curse

Cameron’s duty is to run a country, not wet-nurse a few mewling intransigents in his party

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The unofficial capital of globalisation

Nowhere else has pushed openness to such extremes

Miliband and the English question

Party leader should avoid giving Labour a reputation as the self-described second party of England

The union lives, but it may as well be dead

The UK may have survived but the outcome is confusing

A united kingdom requires more than gifted amateurism

Irreversible promises to do with governing are being thrown around as campaign bait by desperate men

A bad campaign is not the real unionist problem

The adhesives of empire, existential threats, Protestantism, armed forces have gone or are fading

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A buffer’s guide to shining shoes

Learn the art of the perfect polish with a cleaning masterclass

Cameron has polish but no panache

The suspicion about the prime minister is that he is not a man you set your watch by

Carswell’s defection is a pivotal moment

The UK eurosceptics are true believers, and nothing is ever enough for them

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Cynicism is no match for the Isis threat

Our safety is compromised by a squeamishness about a security state at home

Number 10 is reduced to stately weakness

Slender majorities and coalitions translate into stronger MPs and enfeebled prime ministers

A creed that gnaws at the Tory vote

Demographic trends are remaking the country in London’s image

Darling wins debate but consolation may be Salmond’s

Something of essence of each campaign came through in TV debate

Small-scale vision is right for Britain

The country does have a role in the world: as a nexus for global flows of capital and people

Miliband’s talk of big ideas makes for risky politics

The Labour leader is happy to be seen as radical – he should not be

The Blair legacy is electoral domination

The former PM was good in the same way as Macmillan, governing with the grain of history

William Hague: A qualified success

Cameron and Osborne needed Hague’s wisdom and it has not failed them

Reshuffle is more symbol than substance

Overhaul will not reveal much about the intellectual direction of the Conservative party

Service should be less superior, more civil

The purpose of Whitehall is to serve our politicians’ needs, not subvert them

Labour greets sharp cuts with dull protest

The prolonged pain of austerity has elicited little more than feeble whimpering from the left


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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