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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

ABOUT JANAN

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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