Springsteen could not come from Sunderland

British cultural chronicles conscript luckless workers to a leftwing creed they have always rejected

Past politicians fuelled Rio gold rush

Little matches this as a case study of intended success, of a top-down project going to plan

Britain owes a debt to ‘mod’ culture

Notebook: Class rigidities and old notions of masculinity succumbed to the proto-yuppies

May is the puritan Britain needs

Insiders look after each other and mediocrities fail upward, or at least sideways

oby Jones as Verloc in the new BBC1 adaptation of The Secret Agent. Photograph: BBC

London’s enduring ethos of anything goes

We should reacquaint with history and end the pretence that the city’s openness began in 2003

Time to rail against the elites was 1970s

Populists credit our rulers with an omnipotence that makes them culpable for all failures

English football’s ‘plucky loser’ goal

Notebook: We want our team to reflect national ideals

Corbyn backers deserve no sympathy

Unrepentant supporters of the Labour leader at least know their own minds

Hammond, the shape-shifting survivor

There may be more to the chancellor than the ‘accountant’ disparaged by mandarins

Jonathan McHugh illustration on Brexit
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Redesigning Conservatism is no easy task

Brexit will consume most of the government’s energies

Expect Theresa May to favour social order

She is a mystery. Colleagues know as much about her as many Londoners might know about a neighbour

We were all Blairites in an innocent era

The former UK prime minister symbolises a second Jazz Age followed by crisis and war

Labour split will win dejected Remainers

Moderates should get British history right. In the end, the party’s breakaway group won, and won big

Johnson exit is pyrrhic victory for Remain

When the former mayor retreated so did the best chance of salvaging an open, liberal Britain

Let Leavers govern as best they can

The economy, the union and the promises made during the referendum campaign are theirs to safeguard

Estranged land faces divorce and remorse

Leavers are social conservatives led by liberal free-traders — one side is about to be disappointed

UK voters may soon come to miss Cameron

He must prepare to be remembered for presiding over the end of 43 years in the European project

A referendum that is naive and necessary

Why is Cameron ‘putting us through this’? Because the pressure was too much to contain an eruption

A hint that tribal loyalties may be shifting

How much longer will politicians swear fealty to a party system forged for an empire nation?

Strikers in Europe are in short supply

Notebook: A recent fixation on possession has seen the best players fashioned into midfielders


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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